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A Guide To Help You Get The Best Performance Out Of Your BMW

A Guide To Help You 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

Are Transmission Services Still Recommended For My Vehicle??

Are Transmission Services Still Recommended For My Vehicle??

Are Transmission Services Still Recommended For My Vehicle?? The short answer is yes!  Here at Shadetree Automotive we strongly believe that if you properly maintain your vehicle, it is very unlikely you will ever have a major component failure.  We believe this so much that we offer a limited lifetime warranty on any transmission we service.   Please ask for further details!   We are backed by a major company, Valvoline, for all of our fluid service chemicals and equipment.  Valvoline has performed extensive studies proving that if your Transmission is serviced regularly, every 30k miles, and serviced with the proper procedures, additives, and fluids, there is a very low percentage of failures.  They trust their research and their products so much that they put their money where their mouth is by backing us with a limited lifetime warranty.   All you have to do as the consumer is allowing us to perform a transmission service on your vehic ... read more

Why We Feel We Have Assembled the Best Team of Mechanics in Utah!

Why We Feel We Have Assembled the Best Team of Mechanics in Utah!

Why We Feel Strongly We Have Assembled The Best Team Of Mechanics in Utah! Our family-owned auto repair shop right here in Layton, Utah has a slightly different approach when looking to add a new mechanic to our team.  Yes, it is important to have a lot of experience and knowledge to be a good mechanic but to be a good mechanic here at Shadetree Automotive, you must be an amazing person to be around as well.  Step one when interviewing a potential new mechanic is to determine if they are genuinely a good person. “I have the tools and skills to teach someone to be a better mechanic, but I do not have the skills to teach someone how to be a good person. Their parents needed to do that years ago” is a common quote from our owner Tom Lambert. So when we start the hunt for our next mechanic, we are asking very specific questions to ensure we find a good fit for our very specific culture. Once we have found a potential mechanic candidate that fits ... read more

Why the parts store is less money than my auto repair shop

As an auto repair shop owner, one of the questions I get asked regularly is:  “I jumped online and found the part for my vehicle for $120.00, why are you charging me $260.00 for the same thing? ”.  Often times followed up with “Can I just go get the part and bring it to you?”  There are several different answers for this very question.  Here are two of the most common:  The biggest reason is warranty.  I give you a 3 year 100k mile warranty on any job I do for you.  In order to do that, I am very selective on the technician that performs the work and the quality of part that is supplied.  Sometimes I am using the same or very similar part you can find at the local parts store.  Other times I am using a very specific brand or supplier based on the years of knowledge and product testing we have accumulated.  Does that make sense? To be completely honest, the other reason is that I make almost half of my living o ... read more

Signs Your Vehicle Needs New Oil

Signs Your Vehicle Needs New Oil

At Shadetree Automotive, we provide top-notch auto service and repair to vehicles everywhere from Layton to Clearfield and more. Our car services range from the simplest maintenance items to large-scale undertakings that will help keep your vehicle on the road. One such simple maintenance item is a basic oil change, and this is an area where you can be a big help to us as well. Here are a few common signs that your vehicle is in need of an oil change in the near future. Idling Issues As you’re idling at a traffic light or elsewhere, have you started to notice the vehicle is frequently shaking? This could be a sign that dirty or contaminated oil is in the engine, and is causing friction between pistons, rings and bearings within the engine. These areas have less lubricating oil to facilitate these movements, hence the rougher operation that can lead to shaking. Power Loss During Acceleration That lack of lubrication in the engine can also lea ... read more

Benefits of Regular Vehicle Tune-Ups

Benefits of Regular Vehicle Tune-Ups

Among the many auto services we provide at Shadetree Automotive, one of the most vital for nearly all vehicle owners is the basic tune-up. Tune-ups are one of the largest factors in preserving your car’s value and operational capabilities as it ages, with significant benefits in numerous areas. What are some of these benefits you’ll see from getting tune-ups at the recommended times? Let’s take a look. Fewer Repairs Necessary The main value of a tune-up is in preventive areas, where it helps catch issues before they turn into more serious problems. A dirty filter may not seem like a large problem, and at first it isn’t, but if left unchecked it will reduce the air that reaches the engine, which can in turn waste fuel and cause the engine to run rougher than normal. This engine trouble could then spread to other areas. If regular tune-ups are undertaken, however, these kinds of issues are caught and snuffed out quickly. Costs Less Tha ... read more

Basics of a Vehicle Diagnostic

Basics of a Vehicle Diagnostic

Nearly all vehicles on the road today have an interior computer that’s in contact with the sensors and electronic devices in the vehicle. When your check engine light comes on, as often as not it’s due to an issue identified by this computer. This whole system is generally known as “on-board diagnostics,” and running a “diagnostic” test by plugging this computer into a scanner is a common part of modern auto service. We provide diagnostics as part of our car service at Shadetree Automotive – let’s look at some basics on diagnostic codes and translations, plus what this information can do for you. Basics and Codes When you run a diagnostic, a scanner will be plugged into a port called the OBD-II port that’s standard in all vehicles sold in the United States after 1996. Vehicles from before this time may have had a diagnostic system, but it would have been very limited and would vary greatly between manufacturers ... read more

Tricks to Maximize Summer AC Usage

Tricks to Maximize Summer AC Usage

We’re right in the thick of a hot Utah summer, and at Shadetree Automotive, some of the most common auto services we’re providing this time of year are for air conditioning units. These units get more run during these months than the rest of the year combined, and they’re a regular part of auto repairs during this period. Apart from regular maintenance through our trained technicians, what are some other little tricks to keep your AC healthy and pumping refreshing air all summer long? Here are a few tips to chew on. Shade and Cover The simplest way to lessen the load on your vehicle’s AC is simply to give it less work to do – or in other words, to lower the car’s temperature in advance of the unit turning on. Shade is the simplest method here: Always park in the shade when possible, and if you’re parking somewhere for a long period, try to anticipate where shade will be in a few hours. If there’s no shade available, us ... read more

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