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Advice from experts concerning automotive parts, repairs, and services

Ford has announced the recall of nearly 10,000 2013 Escape models because of a potential engine compartment fuel leak. Only certain vehicles equipped with a 1.6L engine are involved. One of the fuel lines, which may split, is the culprit.

I just read a report listing the top reasons for car breakdowns in Arizona, which happen to be the same exact problems we see when cars are towed to our Phoenix shop.

These days, automotive service and repair shops are getting more calls than ever asking for an estimate. We understand that this is mostly due to the economy. People are understandably searching for the best value, and they want to make sure they can afford to pay for the service.

One of the biggest complaints from auto repair consumers is the cost of repairs and why they are charged for diagnostics. These days, most shops will charge for diagnosing what is wrong with your car. Sometimes it is credited to the repair if the car is repaired in the shop and sometimes it’s an additional charge on top of the repair.

Consumer Reports just came out with their latest Annual Auto Survey on car repairs. Each year, Consumer Reports asks car owners how satisfied they were with auto repairs performed by dealerships and independent shops for the previous year. For this year's report, Consumer Reports received responses on 168,000 vehicles. Here are some of the findings.

Things are changing fast in the automotive world as vehicles and the parts and fluids that keep them running properly are constantly being updated to make them more efficient. I thought I would take a moment to share the latest in coolant as I am frequently asked about it.

If you are going to love and drive the car that you’ve paid for, be sure your timing chain does not look like the example in the video. This timing chain is from a 1986 Mercedes Benz 300 diesel that my shop restored eleven years ago. The new owner had brought her in, having just purchased the vehicle. What a small world!

We have filters to protect us and our expensive devices from harmful debris. Think for a moment about the furnace filter in your house. If you don’t change it or clean it every so often, it gets clogged and can’t do its job well.

There are many factors which combine to make a great automobile repair technician, but all truly great technicians will have the following four characteristics:

I recently performed some repairs on my 1994 GMC Sonoma pickup. Along with replacing the fuel injector due to a leak from the fuel pressure regulator, I also replaced the spark plugs, air filter, and fuel filter. Not long after these repairs were completed, I began to notice a slight engine misfire when pulling away from a stop.