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

The Lease Is Over…Now What?

The lease is over!  Your car lease is about to end and now after 3 or 4 or 5 years of faithful monthly payments you are going to surrender the vehicle and walk home. Well you probably won’t have to walk, but you won’t have enough equity in the car you paid on for all these years to pay bus … Read More

Transmission Tips

Check the Fluid Level Regularly The fluid in an automatic transmission operates the clutches, provides cooling and lubrication and even drives the vehicle. So few things are more important than proper fluid operating level for keeping the transmission working. Most automatic transmissions have a dipstick for checking the fluid level. If you’re not sure where yours is or how to check … Read More

Why Look for an AAA Approved Shop?

What does your lawyer, real estate agent, doctor, exterminator, plumber, electrician, barber, hairdresser, and manicurist have that your local auto mechanic, or factory dealership service technician does not have? Give up? All the listed professions have minimum established criterion for education and training and a formal process for recognition before they can practice their trade. There are no standards enforced … Read More

Questions About Extended Warranties

How Long Will You Keep the Vehicle? If your vehicle is brand new and you plan to sell it before the bumper-to-bumper warranty expires, you probably don’t need an extended service contract, often referred to as an extended warranty. If you might keep the vehicle longer, you may want to buy an extended service contract while the car is still … Read More