Advice from experts concerning automotive parts, repairs, and services
We sat down with Gary Sharits, the 2016 winner of RepairPal's ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year award, and asked him to talk with us about some important questions that many car owners are probably wondering, but don’t think to ask their mechanics.
It can be stressful knowing that you thought you found a solution to a car issue, just to be met with even more problems than you had before. RepairPal looks into two specific problems many car owners can experience after replacing their batteries.
Purchasing a new car can be a rewarding experience. But what happens when you receive that dreaded recall notice in the mail?
Car problems of any kind can be frustrating, but the one that seems to annoy people the most is when their car won’t start. People then get doubly annoyed when they call the shop and ask, “Why won’t my car start?” and we tell them, “It could be one of several reasons.” I thought I would go over some of the causes just in case you experience a no start in the near future.
While most shops have always had a certain amount of difficulty finding and keeping good quality technicians, the problem seems to be getting worse. It looks like this trend will continue for the foreseeable future.
Skilled automotive technicians are becoming harder and harder to find. I am not talking about technicians who change your oil and perform other minor repairs. I am talking about the highly skilled technicians who diagnose and repair the most difficult problems.
Many people think that your car manufacturer specifies regular maintenance schedules just to get you back into their shop and make more money off of you.
On the heels of last week's recall of 2013 Escape models, Ford has announced the recall of over 400,000 2001 to 2004 Escapes equipped with a V6 engine. The throttle may stick open when the accelerator is depressed to the floor, or nearly all the way to the floor.
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.