How Much Information About My Car Problem do You Need from Me?

Everything you can think of. Be clear of, and perhaps even take notes about, your car’s symptoms and performance. Try to be as specific as possible regarding when the problem started, when you are experiencing it and how often, and where it seems to be coming from—and don’t be shy. We aren’t going to laugh…

What are CV Boots and Joints?

If your car is newer, it transmits power to the wheels through flexible axles, called Constant Velocity Joints, attached to the drive shaft. These  are covered with rubber boots packed with grease to keep debris out of the joints. If the rubber boot gets damaged, this protective grease gets out and moisture and dirt get…

Why are my brakes squealing?

Because brakes are now made of hard, semi-metallic materials, hearing a squeal in brakes has become pretty common and doesn’t necessarily mean you need new brakes. It could just be that the brake pad is grinding on the steel rotar. On the other hand, the squealing could be an indicator that your brake pads are…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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