The fuel injection system delivers fuel to your engine. A fuel injector atomizes the fuel by forcibly pumping it through a small nozzle under high pressure. Failure of the fuel injection system can cause poor performance and can ultimately destroy the engine. Contact us for an inspection of your fuel injection system to be sure your vehicle’s fuel injection system is maintained properly.
The ignition system is responsible for igniting (using an electric spark) a mixture of fuel and air in a gasoline engine. Ignition coils can fail due to heat or vibration, ignition wires can deteriorate over time, and spark plugs can become fouled or damaged from misfires causing poor engine performance, poor fuel economy, and check engine lights leading to failed emissions. Call us for a thorough inspection of your ignition system to keep your vehicle performing as it should.
Oil and Filter
Oil is critical for engine lubrication, cooling, and cleaning the internal engine components. Over time, motor oil becomes contaminated and the viscosity breaks down. Change your oil often to prevent damage to internal engine components and keep your engine running smoothly. When it is time for an oil change, give us a call. We use top of the line synthetic oils from Mobil 1 and Amsoil.
Check Engine Light
No one likes to see their car’s “Check Engine” light come on. The light could mean a costly problem, like a bad catalytic converter, or it could be something minor, like a loose gas cap. If your check engine light is on, give us a call and we can pull the code and diagnose the problem for you.
Anti-Lock Brake System
Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) ensure that the wheels don’t stop rotating during braking, preventing the car from skidding and offering greater control. If your ABS light comes on, give us a call and we will be happy to diagnose and fix the problem.
Brake fluid will absorb water from the air over time, causing the brake system to become less effective and the fluid to become corrosive, possibly damaging the system. It is important to perform a brake fluid flush regularly to ensure that your vehicle is using fresh fluid. Give us a call to discuss when it’s time for a brake fluid flush.
A brake line is a tube carrying pressurized brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brakes. A leak in a brake line can cause the brake, or the entire brake system, to fail. These don’t need to be replaced often, but should be replaced at the first sign of cracking or wear. Ask us about upgrading your brake lines to stainless steel for better braking and longer service life!
Brake Pads & Shoes
Brake pad problems can usually be identified by squealing brakes. If your brake pads deteriorate completely, you’ll hear a grinding metal-on-metal sound when braking, meaning that it’s too late and you’re ruining your rotors or drums.
The brake caliper houses your brake pads and fits around the rotor like a clamp, pressing the pads against the rotor when you brake. A brake caliper problem could cause uneven braking, making your car pull left or right while braking. Uneven braking can also cause your vehicle to slide out of control in bad weather conditions, so contact us as soon as possible if you notice these symptoms!
In a disc brake system, rotors are attached to your vehicle’s wheels. When the brake pads grip the rotor, they bring both the rotor and wheels to a stop. However, the friction causes grooves and cracks to appear over time. Contact us for a thorough inspection and we will recommend your best course of action.
Shocks and Struts
Shock absorbers (shocks), are hydraulic oil-filled cylinders that force the suspension to compress and decompress at a consistent rate to prevent the springs and vehicle from bouncing up and down.
Struts, which are similar to shocks, sit in the center of a coil spring. Strut assemblies consist of a coil spring to support the vehicle’s weight, a strut housing to provide rigid structural support for the assembly, and a strut cartridge within the strut housing and spring to control spring and suspension movement ensuring the tires maintain contact with the road.
If you are experiencing squeaks when going over bumps or dips, unusual clunking or rattling noises while driving on uneven roads or over potholes, oversteer traction problems, understeer traction problems, bump steer traction problems, excessive body roll, bottoming out, excessive bouncing when going over bumps, leaking shocks or struts, or the handling of your vehicle just does not feel right, contact us as soon as possible for a complete inspection of your suspension system.
Wheel Bearings and Seals
Though not technically part of the suspension system, wheel bearings are found inside of wheel hubs, allowing the wheels to spin freely, and are connected to the suspension and brake system. They can become worn over time, causing vibration and noisy rubbing as the car is driven. If they break completely, the vehicle will become very difficult to control and unsafe to drive. Replacement interval for wheel bearings varies greatly, but they should be checked for leaks and wear periodically.
Properly working seals provide oil and grease sealing – offering enhanced performance in a wide range of temperatures and environments. Worn out or warped seals allow external contaminants to enter the bearing unit or let lubricant escape from the unit. This ultimately leads to premature failure of the bearing unit. To keep out contamination and retain lubricant in the bearings, have the seals replaced with new ones.
Your vehicle’s cooling system is important to keep your engine running at its optimal temperature. A leaking radiator, faulty thermostat or radiator cap can lead to your engine overheating which can cause engine failure.
If your temperature gauge goes into the red or your engine temp light comes on, stop driving the vehicle as soon as possible to prevent overheating! Call us for an inspection of your cooling system as soon as you suspect there may be a problem.
Radiators are heat exchangers for cooling your car’s internal combustion engine. A radiator cools the engine by circulating an engine coolant through the engine block – it then loses the heat to the atmosphere through radiation. A radiator has a set of tubes through which the engine coolant flows. Fins surround these tubes. When the radiator fails, the excess heat produced by the engine could damage the engine components. To prevent this from happening, have your radiator serviced regularly.
A radiator is the part of your vehicle that keeps the engine cool and protects it from excessive heating. To be cool, the radiator needs to remain clean – always. With time, sludge, rust and other solid deposits build up inside your car’s radiator. These make the cooling system become clogged and less effective. This in effect hurts your vehicle’s performance. A regular radiator flush is enough to keep the system in shape. For this reason, make radiator flushing a part of your routine car maintenance schedule.
The compressor is the power unit of the air-conditioning system that puts the refrigerant under high pressure before it pumps it into the condenser, where it changes from a gas to a liquid. A fully functioning compressor is necessary for the air-conditioning system to provide peak performance.
The air-conditioning condenser is a radiator positioned between the car’s grille and the engine-cooling radiator in which the gaseous refrigerant sheds heat and returns to a liquid state. The liquid refrigerant flows to the evaporator inside the dashboard, where it cools the cabin. A faulty condenser can leak the Freon refrigerant causing the A/C system to perform poorly or not function at all.
Air conditioner Freon is responsible for cooling your car – it’s a key component of your car’s A/C system. Freon is a refrigerant that cycles through liquid and gas phases, and works to regulate the temperature inside your car. When this refrigerant leaks out, the system cannot cool the cabin air.
The battery supplies electric energy which powers the ignition system, the starter motor, and the lights of an automotive. If you need to jump-start your vehicle in the morning, your battery could be failing. When a battery starts deteriorating, it can either be replaced or repaired – this will depend on the severity of the damage. If you are having issues with your car battery, call us for an appointment. We provide a convenient battery testing and replacement service to get you back on the road. Battery replacement, charging, installation, testing, and recycling – we handle it all.
A starter is an electric motor that rotates the engine to initiate the engine’s operation. Starters are important parts of your car’s engine and their failure would translate to your car’s failure. When your car’s starter develops problems, call us as soon as possible. We have experts who can handle all your starter needs to get you back on the road – quickly.
An alternator is a device that converts mechanical energy to electric energy. The alternator is a critical component of your car’s electrical charging system, providing the necessary electrical power to run your vehicle’s electrical components as well as charge your vehicle’s battery. Contact us for diagnosis and repair of your vehicle’s charging system if you notice slow starting, dead battery, dimming headlights, or any other electrical issues.