Auto Repair and Service

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 21 October 2013

Auto Repair and Service means a lot to the consumer in this fast pace world we live in. Being without transportation is an inconvenience while the vehicle is being repaired. Finding someone to follow you to the shop and give you a ride home. Wondering how much it's going to cost for the service. With all this in mind we consumers want a repair shop that is well kept and clean. The personnel are polite and ethical. The technicians are certified and experienced. Most of all we expect to get our vehicle back fixed and in a timely manner.

How do we decide who to take our car to when it requires service. A recommendation from a friend or family member is the best choice. They have already experienced the service and built a trust with this provider. If you are new to an area you can contact the Chamber of Commerce, check them out with the BBB (Better Business Bureau), or use the different social medias for information. Check out the service providers web site and see what they have to offer.

What types of service do they offer. Are they going to be able to do all your required service at one location or do they specialize in a certain area. Do they offer service in all of the following areas. Engine repair, engine performance, suspension, steering, brakes, exhaust, HVAC, electrical, electronic systems, drive train, axles, and transmissions. Are the technicians certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). A shop that offers everything is going to be convenience for you.

As you approach this new to you service provider do a mental check list. Is the parking lot neat and clean. Is the office and waiting area clean. Are the office personnel polite and welcome you. Is the shop area clean and neat. Are the technicians polite and dressed appropriately. On the other hand is the parking full of what appears to be junk. Is the office cluttered and smells like dirty oil. Did the office personal make you feel uneasy. Does the shop area look like a grease pit with clutter everywhere. Do the mechanics look like they needed a shower and clean cloths. If so, you may want to look for another shop.

Hungry Mouse

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 21 October 2013

Ever wonder why things stop working on vehicles.   One reason why is a disconnect or open wire in a circuit. It will cut off the voltage or ground.   Either way no power and the device will not operate. The mouse in this situation made a nest behind the battery and was using the wire harness for a food supply.   The complaint was the check engine light is on, the transmission doesn't shift property, and some on the instruments on the dash quit working.   Everything was taking care of by relocating the mouse and its home and repairing the chewed wires. 

2008 PORSCHE CAYMAN S

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 21 October 2013

Thickness New:  10.5 mm

Wear Limit:  2mm

Current thickness at top of outboard pad 5mm

Parking brake failure

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 21 October 2013

The parking braking on this vehicle is part of a rear disc brake system. The parking brake shoes are located in the hat of the rotor disc. As you can see the system failed and caused the wheel to lock up. It damaged the wheel seal, backing plate, and all the components of the parking brake system. This vehicle has less than 50 thousand miles on it. At the same time it is 11 years old.

Rusty Fuel Lines

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 21 October 2013

Rust has taken its toll on these fuel lines. In areas where chemicals are used to control snow and ice it's not uncommon to see fuel and brake lines rusted like you see here. Especially on trucks that plow the snow and spread salt. In most cases all the lines are replaced with new coated lines to help slow down the corrosion process. A key to prevent this from happening or at least slow it down, is to wash the under carriage through out the snow season. If the vehicle is purchased new have it undercoated.