Severe Service

They Said What? Over the last few years there has been a dramatic switch in the attitude of car makers regarding their service requirements. First off, many have changed the language in the owner’s manual from “Recommended” to “Required” maintenance. This single statement is a bold indicator of where they are headed. This requirement includes what service schedule you should … Read More

Back to School Safety Tips With a new school year starting many drivers are faced with a change in driving habits and experiences. Just getting to work in the morning can become a challenge with wandering children, school crossing guards, busses and congested streets. Another new adventure for many families is having a young adult venture off to college. Here … Read More

Technical Information Web Sites

Manufacturer Web Sites for Mechanic and Owner Information Company Short Term Monthly Yearly Acura $20.00 (72 Hr) $50.00 $500.00 Aston Martin No info at this time Audi sales are by document: not time based Bentley No info at this time BMW $20.00 (24 Hr) $300.00 $2,500.00 Dodge, Jeep, Eagle & Plymouth $20.00 (24 Hr) $200.00 … Read More

Automotive “Top Guys”

Need Someone From The Factory? Automotive “Top Guys” Who Might Be Helpful Some Day   Audi 3800 Hamlin Rd., Auburn Hills, MI 48326 VP: Len Hunt 1-800-FOR-AUDI   Aston Martin 533 MacArthur Blvd., Mahwah, NJ 07430 President: William Donnelly 310-224-4964   BMW 300 Chestnut Ridge Road, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07675 Chairman and CEO: Tom Purves 201-307-3790   Daewoo 1055 W. … Read More

Fuel Cost Comparison

The cost of gasoline has many folks going into “sticker shock.” Here is a quick comparative to help you understand how a new more fuel-efficient car might save you money. You can DOWNLOAD this spreadsheet in Excel format to run your own calculations. There is also a single vehicle and fleet Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) calculator available from the U.S. Department of Energy. This … Read More

Frequently Encountered Issues

[toggle title=”title”] contnet [/toggle] [toggle title=”My car makes a squeaking noise that stops when I apply the brakes.”] Most cars have wear indicators on the brake pads. These are designed to make a high pitched squeal just before the pads are worn out. Often these wear indicators will push back when the brakes are applied and the noise will stop. … Read More

Common Sense Maintenance Schedule

If you have questions regarding the service being done on your vehicle and what is appropriate for the vehicle based on its age and the driving conditions under which it operates, please ask us. This chart is a GUIDELINE – but the NEEDED service may vary from vehicle to vehicle dependent upon a number of different issues.

Why Service My Differential, Brakes or Power Steering?

Differential Service (rear wheel drive) The differential, or “rear end” of your car is what actually gets the engine power connected to the ground through the rear wheels. The gears inside the differential turn at up to 5000 time a minute and strain against the full weight of your car and whatever you are towing. These high stress gears are … Read More

When Do I Fix It, When Do I Replace It?

Should I fix this car or replace it? Allan & I hear this question at least a couple of times a month. There are a lot of factors to consider when making the decision to keep or replace a car. Here are some of the things that we like to consider when giving advice to customers in this quandary. How … Read More

Picking A Body Shop

Thankfully most of our customers never find it necessary to become experts on the procedures involved in getting an accident damaged car repaired. The average family has to deal with a wrecked car only once every 7 years. It is important that when your car is damaged you are dealing with a professional that has your interest in mind when … Read More