Advice from experts concerning automotive parts, repairs, and services
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.
Picture yourself driving down the road on a dark and stormy night. Suddenly you hear a strange knocking noise that fills you with dread. Could it be … gasp … your car? You ask yourself: What is it? Can I make it to my destination? How much will it cost to fix?
When you put batteries in your TV remote control, they eventually die and you toss them out and replace them. Your cell phone, however, has a rechargeable battery that you plug in to charge. Since most of us do not plug our cars in (yet) and we don’t toss out our car battery on a regular basis, how does the battery charge?