Auto Repair

Paint Chip Repair

What about dull or chipped paint on my vehicle?


Paint makes a difference! According to Kelley Blue Book, a car increases in value if the paint is in good condition. Yet, small chips and scratches are common and start occurring just as soon as a new car is off the showroom floor.

Window Tint Film

How does window tint film work?


A tinting film is bonded onto a piece of vehicle window glass on the inner surface of the glass. It is typically made of a clear polyester film with thin layers of tinting agents and is designed to reduce glare, but not impede nighttime driving. Tinting film blocks harmful ultra-violet (UV) and infra-red (IR) rays and works by absorbing the UV radiation.

Steering Wheel Repair

What about the steering wheel?


A steering wheel is part of a vehicle?s steering system and also contains a switch that activates the vehicle?s horn. It also may contain cruise control and audio control buttons. It is connected by a steering column to the steering gear and is used to change a vehicle?s direction.

Thermostat Replacement

What about the thermostat?


A thermostat prevents coolant getting to the radiator until the engine warms up. Once the engine reaches its operating temperature, the thermostat heats up and the thermostat valve opens. The thermostat helps reduce engine wear and tear and excess emissions.

Speedometer Calibration

What is a speedometer?


The speedometer is installed on the instrument panel of a vehicle and measures the speed in miles or kilometers per hour. While the speedometers of some older vehicles are mechanically driven, eddy current devices and electronic speedometers are the most common. Neither technique uses tire rotation to indicate speed. Rather, the speed indications are scaled to the rotation of the transmission, which may be subject to some error, and, from time to time, calibration may be necessary.

Timing Belt Replacement

How does a timing belt work?


A timing belt provides a connection between the camshaft and the crankshaft to ensure that pistons and valves work together in proper sequence. Timing belts require more frequent replacement than chains, and have been replaced with timing chains on many vehicle engines manufactured today.


What happens if the timing belt breaks?


If a timing belt breaks on a free-running type of engine, the engine will stop, and the vehicle will not run. If the timing belt breaks on an interference type of engine, there will be engine damage. Other timing belt problems include slipping of a loose belt or a damaged belt from wear and tear, which could cause poor performance of the engine.


What are my options?


The vehicle can be taken to a local dealer or repair shop, or the owner can replace the belt. There are numerous automotive websites that offer repair services or sell belts and replacement parts. Other sites offer free DIY instructions or service manuals can also be purchased.

 

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Clutch Repair

What is a clutch?


A clutch controls the slippage between an engine and a transmission. Since the engine spins and vehicle wheels do not, the clutch allows the wheels to be disconnected from the engine so that the driver can change gears and can also stop the vehicle without killing the engine.


Why is my clutch making a grinding noise?


A grinding noise occurs when the gears are not meshing. This means the clutch is not doing its job of disengaging the transmission from the engine. In this instance, the clutch may need adjustment. Other problems occur when friction material on the clutch disc wears out. A clutch then slips, and eventually stops transmitting power from the engine to the wheels. Other potential problems include a broken or stretched clutch cable, a leaky or defective clutch cylinder, and air in the hydraulic line.


What are my options?


The vehicle can either be taken to a local dealer or repair shop, or the owner can repair it, but it may involve pulling the engine with a hoist. There are numerous automotive websites that explain how to repair or replace a clutch. Other sites advertise repair services or service manuals.

 

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EGR Valve Replacement

How does an EGR valve work?


The exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve allows a small amount of exhaust gas to be recirculated and mixed with the fuel/air mixture just prior to the combustion process. This produces a more complete burning of the combustion mixture, which reduces the emissions of pollutants. If the EGR system is properly maintained, there is a nominal loss in engine performance.

Transmission Repair

What does a transmission do?


A transmission system includes gears, shafts, and other related parts, and power is transmitted from the engine to the wheels. An automatic transmission makes sure that power delivered to the wheels keeps the engine running at a certain RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) range, through various gear combinations.


What can go wrong with the transmission?


If a vehicle clicks, buzzes, whistles, moans or groans, screeches, hums or whines, it?s not necessarily upset, but there may be a problem with the transmission. Other obvious symptoms could include leaks under the vehicle or an inability or difficulty in changing gears or slippage of gears. The problem could be minor and call for a minor adjustment, or it could need extensive repairs.


What are my options?


Unless the owner has the skills and equipment, the vehicle needs to be taken to a local dealer, transmission repair shop, or auto repair shop. There are numerous automotive websites that advertise specialty transmission services and sell parts. Other sites offer free troubleshooting guides and DIY instructions, while others sell service manuals.

 

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Suspension Repair

What is a suspension?


A suspension system insulates the vehicle?s passengers from road noise and vibrations and also protects the vehicle itself. It consists of springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connect a vehicle to the wheels.

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