How often should I replace my belts and hoses?

It used to be easy to spot aging in belts and hoses, but modern parts often show no outward signs of damage. A good rule of thumb is to replace your V-Belt every 30,000 miles, while your serpentine belt and timing belt should be replaced every 50,000, although these numbers vary depending on the make…

Maintenance for Timing Belt

This belt allows the crankshaft to drive the camshaft, which opens and closes the valves; without this belt your engine doesn’t run. This should be inspected for cracks, shredding or excessive slack regularly. Replacing it too soon is preferable to having it break.

Why should I go to a repair shop when I can go to a quick stop for my oil change?

Our mechanics spend their days diagnosing and fixing automotive problems. They are trained and experienced to see things that are wrong with a car, things that an oil service attendant would never notice, and have an understanding of the overall picture. They are not interested in pushing the limited range of services that a quick…

Maintenance for Spark Plugs

Good to change at least every 30,000 miles. Your engine will suffer, misfire, and run poorly if you don’t. You’ll see less fuel efficiency and greater emissions as well. 

Do you honor vehicle warranties?

Yes and no. We are unable to perform warranty work on new cars still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. We do perform warranty work on vehicles with aftermarket policies.  This involves contacting the warranty company, explaining the situation to them, and making sure they will cover the work. A lot of shops won’t do this…

Maintenance for Power Steering Fluid

This fluid gets contaminated as other parts wear out, causing the power steering pump to work harder, which will eventually break. If it does break and damages the rack, you have to replace the entire system. Ouch. If you hear any whining or moaning noises when you turn the wheel, have it checked out right…

Maintenance for Oil Change

Mileage estimates vary from car to car, driver to driver, and road conditions. An oil change is one of the most important things you can do for your car in terms of its future. It also gives the car a chance to be seen by a mechanic who can possibly spot a problem before the…

Maintenance for Belts

Power the water pump, power-steering pump, other accessories. On modern cars, these are all powered by one serpentine belt. Belts will wear from use, and are prone to cracks and decay. Replace when recommended, check for damage periodically.

Maintenance for CV Boots

CV boots protect the drive axle joint. Have them checked whenever you get your oil changed. Replace before damage is done to the much more pricey joint. 

Maintenance for Coolant

Coolant absorbs heat from the engine and disperses it through radiator and interior heater; it also contains rust inhibitors. Changing it out removes dirt and rust particles that can clog the system and lead to an expensive overheat.

What is a drivability analysis?

Modern cars are extremely complex, and often problems are hard to diagnose.  If you are experiencing a problem with your car, we will do a number of things to discover the exact trouble.   It is a common misconception that all we have to do is hook up a computer to a car and immediately…

Maintenance for Air Filter

An air filter stops airborne contaminants from getting sucked into your car’s engine and wreaking havoc. Follow manual recommendations at least; if you do a lot of stop-and-go or dirt road driving, you might need to change it more often.

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