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4 Ways to Better Maintain Your Vehicle To Avoid Costly Repairs

4 Ways to Better Maintain Your Vehicle To Avoid Costly Repairs

4 Ways To Better Maintain Your Vehicle (and avoid major repairs) We can all agree that the cost of owning a vehicle is the biggest investment we have outside of the homes we live in. It cost a lot to buy a new vehicle and it cost a decent amount to maintain and repair our older vehicles. With over two decades in the auto repair, auto maintenance, and service industry, I have helped thousands of people make educated decisions on what to do with their vehicles.  I would like to share with you some proven maintenance practices that will ensure you are driving a safe and reliable vehicle for as long as you want to drive it.   Take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic every 6 months for a thorough inspection. Try to avoid the quick lube type places for this inspection. The quick lube has its use when you need a fast and convenient oil change but they don’t typically have the experienced mechanic on staff or the process in place to really check all the impor ... read more

What Questions Should I Ask My Mechanic?

What Questions Should I Ask My Mechanic?

What questions should I ask my mechanic? I definitely understand that calling your mechanic can be a stressful thing. It shouldn’t be…but it is. I have been in this awesome auto repair industry for 26 years now.  I have taken countless phone calls and met a lot of great new people throughout the years. You can often hear the tension in someone’s voice when it is their first time calling your shop. People are afraid of the unknown. They don’t know if you are going to be friendly. They don’t know if you are going to talk down to them with technical words. They don’t know if you are going to trick them into something they don’t need. They don’t know if they can even afford to come in. I strongly believe that everyone just wants to know that everything is going to be ok. I am going to give you some advice and things you should look for when choosing your family mechanic that will hopefully make the process far less stressful.  Foll ... read more

Get The Best Performance Out Of Your BMW

Get The Best Performance Out Of Your BMW

BMW WARNING LIGHTS, ESPECIALLY CHECK ENGINE LIGHTS Chances are that if you are currently searching for a BMW mechanic, you have some sort of warning light in your car’s message center.  Warning lights, especially check engine lights are the most common phone calls we receive.  If your check engine light is on solid, this means you should schedule your car in to be diagnosed by a BMW mechanic as soon as time allows.  Preferably in the next few days. If your check engine light is flashing, this means you should pull over as soon as it is safe to and turn your vehicle off.  The check engine light flashing is a warning that there is a malfunction severe enough to possibly cause damage to emissions components on your vehicle. We would advise calling your BMW mechanic before continuing to drive your vehicle. They will likely recommend sending a tow truck to pick you up to avoid any further damage. If your vehicle comes into our shop with the check engine light on, t ... read more

Should you replace all 4 tires on an AWD car?

Should you replace all 4 tires on an AWD car?

Why you should replace all 4 tires on an AWD vehicle at the same time The general rule we follow when determining if we can replace just one tire, two tires or all four tires depends on tread depth.  Tread depth can’t vary more than 2/32 from side to side on any vehicle.  Tread depth can’t vary more than 2/32 from side to side or front to back on AWD vehicles.  The reason why tread depth can’t vary more than 02/32 is friction.  Tread depth on a new tire is typically around 10/32.  The amount of tread depth a tire has left determines the total diameter of the tire.  A tire with a smaller diameter must spin faster and have more revolutions to travel the same distance as a larger diameter tire.  So if you have a tire with 07/32 of tread on the left front and a tire with 10/32 on the right front of a vehicle, the left front will be turning at a faster pace than the right to cover the distance.   On a front whe ... read more

Why Auto Repair Shops Charge For Diagnostic Time.

Why Auto Repair Shops Charge For Diagnostic Time.

Why Auto Repair Shops Charge Diagnostic Fees Diagnostic time expenses are an equally unwanted expense for both the consumer and the repair shop. For the consumer, they are often buying the unseen and untouchable.  They spend a few hundred dollars to find out exactly what is wrong with their car but don’t get to see it, touch it, hear it or anything.  Then they still have to pay for whatever repair is recommended once diagnosed properly. On the flip side, if the proper diagnostic time is not spent and you just take an educated guess of what is wrong based off the most common things found on Google, YouTube, parts store and such sources, you run the likely chance of replacing an expensive part that does not fix the problem.  With the rising parts costs, it is no longer a good financial decision to skip the proper diagnostic testing and replace the most common part.  Back when you could get the most common parts for less than $100.00, it made se ... read more

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