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What’s The Big Deal With Servicing European Vehicles?

In the auto repair world, there are auto mechanics that embrace working on European vehicles and other auto service shops that would prefer staying away from European vehicles. So, what’s the big deal with European vehicles? To give a simple answer, it’s because European vehicles require special tools, special software, and special skills that are specific to certain brands. For example, if a shop advertises that it works on Jaguars and Land Rovers, it’s because they have invested in the specialized equipment to perform quality service and repairs on these two brands. Independent shops that work on BMWs require BMW tools, software, and equipment. Same goes for Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche, and the like. To contrast with European vehicles, American-made and Asian vehicles tend to be more generalized when it comes to repairs. Any American brand tends to require the same parts, software, equipment, and skill sets, regardless of the make and model. The same could ... read more

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Auto Repair

Hybrid battery reconditioning

    I hear it all the time. “When you need a new battery for your hybrid vehicle, all the savings will be gone.” I will have to disagree with this statement. I purchased a 2011 Prius with 200,000 miles, a year ago. Many of you may think I’m crazy for this. The car was clean inside and I wanted to have to make repairs to it. The Hybrid battery was original along with the Brakes. That’s right 200,000 miles on original brakes! This winter I noticed we would park the car with a full hybrid battery and the next day it would be very low. Awesome, this is the reason I bought a high mileage car.     We have had training on Hybrid battery reconditioning. We know how to do it. We wondered however, how well does it work? My crew and I wired in a loom to the high voltage battery being careful to follow all the proper safety measures. I will point out that these batteries can kill you if proper techniques are not used. I therefore recommend thi ... read more

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Hybrid Vehicles

Tires and Wheel Alignment

Tires and Wheel Alignment

    Todays cars last longer ride better and are more efficient than ever before. Along with that has been significant changes in Tire and Suspension Technology. These changes affect Tire wear handling and the way the car drives. We now sell Tires that last 80,000 miles or more. Here are some Items that can adversely affect tire wear.      #1.Wheel Alignment and worn steering linkage- If your steering wheel is not level when you drive on most roads, your alignment is off. This is the #1 cause of tire wear. If the toe in ( how parallel your front tires are with each other) is off just 1/8 an inch its equivalent to pushing your car sideways 7 feet every mile you drive! When Technicians can feel play in steering linkage its usually at least 1/8 an inch.     #2. Wheel balance- proper wheel balance can help keep the tires on the road and not vibrating. When I first balanced Tires in my teens if you had the imbalance below ½ an ounce ... read more

The 300,000 mile Vehicle

       You may hear stories of vehicles being worn out after 100,000 miles. While this was a very good possibility 30 or 40 years ago, todays cars last much longer. With the advent of fuel injection, and better oil standards, engines have seen increased fuel economy, better performance, and increased longevity. Today’s automobiles are capable of 300,000 plus miles if maintained properly. I have seen three vehicles in recent years attain over 450,000 miles! I have personally Owned multiple vehicles with over 300,000 miles.     Your automobile is likely one of your largest investments second only to your home.  Protect that investment with routine maintenance. I recommend a complete vehicle inspection at least twice a year by an ASE certified technician. This will locate any potential safety concerns as well as inform you of needed maintenance. This will allow you to budget for needed repairs. Quick lube centers are great at changi ... read more

How To prepare Your car for Winter

How To prepare Your car for Winter

    It is time to start thinking about back to school and preparing your vehicle for winter. This is the Time of year to test and inspect Battery and cable ends, Tires, brakes and Coolant as well as wiper blades and light bulbs on your car. Don’t wait till your car wont start on the first cold day to think about your vehicles needs. Shorter days means more travels in the dark. This makes things like Wiper blades and lighting very critical. Look at your cars headlight lenses, they can become cloudy with age which tends to diminish the distance you can see in front of your car at night. These can be repaired to deliver near new performance to your headlight bulbs.     I realize we don’t want to talk about it, but winter is just around the corner. Winter driving demands the most of your tires. Half worn tires can decrease traction by more than 60% on rainy , snowy or icy roads. In icy conditions traction comes from all the small grooves or sipes in th ... read more

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Fall Car Care

AUTOMOTIVE FLUID SERVICES

AUTOMOTIVE FLUID SERVICES

                                                 I get questions such as; why do I need to exchange or “flush” fluids on my car. I will discuss why you should change fluids, and what can happen if you don’t. This list will cover the most common fluids today.     AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID- is a form of hydraulic fluid used to propel and lubricate. It has many detergents and additives to make sure the moving parts inside your vehicles Transmission stay clean and cool. This fluid turns a brownish color as it ages due to the heat developed in the transmission. Left unchanged this fluid will lose its lubrication and cleaning properties. This could lead to Sticking shift valves or solenoids and premature bearing and clutch wear. This fluid is usually vehicle specific today and should be changed every 30,00 to 50,000 miles ... read more

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