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  • 13 Years......

    Posted on 03, July, 2018

    We opened our doors on July 5th 2005 for the first time with a prayer and knowing it was going to be hard, but doing things the way we wanted them done would be worth it. I'm not going to lie it's been hard, but I wouldn't change one day. Even after 13 years it's still a learning curve and we are doing the best that we can every single day. When we opened our goal was to take care of people and that hasn't changed. We wouldn't be here without the support of our community, and all of our customers who have put there trust in us. Our business has grown from just Jason running everything to two amazing technicians and our lovely service writer Olivia. We know that a 5 person shop is small, but to us it's perfect. We couldn't do this without them and they're our extended family. 

    Thank you and please know that your support means everything to us. We really don't have the right words, so .................. Thank you. 

     

     

  • Why is my car shaking?? Part 1

    Posted on 19, June, 2018

    For one when is it happening? Let's just say it's happening when you are braking. This is more than likely an issue with your brake rotors. When you apply the brakes and the pad meets the rotor it transfers a small amount of material from the pad to the rotor, if this happens at an uneven rate then it can create a variation in thickness. This variation when braking can cause the shaking.  Unfortunately there are a hundred different theories and ideas. When this happens though the rotors and pads will should be replaced for the shaking to stop. 

    There are many other reasons for your vehicle to shake when driving. I would recommend having it looked at just to keep you safe. 

    Happy Travels,

    Heather

     

  • Air Conditioning not Working?

    Posted on 23, May, 2018

    It's that time of the year when we all turn on our car air conditioning system on the first 80 degree day, it's not something we've thought about for the last 8 months and we remember it was cold the last time we used it and now it's not. No one wants to be in a hot car with no air conditioning or running around with the windows down with all the pollen in the air.

    It could be as simple as the refrigerant in your air conditioning system is low and it just needs a recharge, or you could have a component that went out sometime over the winter. The easiest way to know what happened is to schedule an appointment to have your air conditioning system tested. One other detail that most people don't realize is that the air conditioning compressor also turns off and on all winter when you're using your defroster, so it really works all year long.

    Jason and Heather

  • Overheating and You

    Posted on 18, May, 2018

    We are coming into the warmer months of the year and with that it can be easier for your vehicle to overheat if it is due for a cooling system fluid service or low on coolant/antifreeze. If your vehicle is starting to run warmer than normal it would be a good idea to have a cooling system test done.

    In a cooling system test they should check your vehicle for any external leaks, test the coolant/antifreeze, and pressurize the system to make sure you don't have any internal leaks.

    We all want to get where we are going and the best way to do that is to take good care of your vehicle and to make sure it is properly maintained. Cooling systems and hoses should be done every 100K or 6 years. If you think about it 100,000 miles is a lot of heating and cooling of those hoses and the fluid that goes through them. If it's been awhile it might be time to have yours checked out too.

    Heather

     

  • Idle Issues

    Posted on 11, May, 2018

     

     

    Searching through google today so many of you had questions concerning your car while it was at an idle. Typically your car should be running smooth while you are sitting at a light, parking lot or your driveway. This will be true for the everyday vehicle, for those who have a sports car or a performance car that will is not as true of a statement, but let's focus on the majority here.

    If you're having an issue it could very well be a motor mount or transmission mount. Those are the parts that mount your engine and transmission to the frame of your vehicle. After a period of time they begin to break down and they can break or crack causing excess movement of your engine or transmission. Some of the newer ones are a hydraulic mount and will be begin to leak as they get older. I would consider them a wearing item on any vehicle that will eventually have to be replaced, but typically not to often. 

    If you're having an issue with your vehicle please let us know. These are parts that wear slowly and over a long period of time so you won't typically notice that there is an issue until they need replaced. 

    Heather