DO I REALLY NEED SERVICE?
Preventative maintenance is like going to your doctor for a check-up. It gives you and the professional an opportunity to catch an issue before it turns into a problem causing serious damage.
Ignoring symptoms like fluid leaks, low tires, or abnormal sounds will result in a more costly repair. The benefits of maintaining your car are obvious, it will save you money. The cost of parts and labor are tiny compared with the cost of extensive repair work due if you neglect regular maintenance.
For your safety and for that of your family, it is important to have your car regularly serviced in order to keep it running efficiently. If you take care of your car, then it will take care of you!
Every ride in your car needs to be as safe as possible. Under VA law you are required to have your vehicle inspected every single year to make sure your car meets safety standards set by the Virginia State Police. The inspection includes lights, tires, brakes, etc.
When replacing tires select the correct size for the vehicle and purchase them in sets of four, or at least matching sets of two on front or rear.
Rotating your vehicle's tires ensures that your tread will wear down evenly and allowing your tires to last longer.
HEATING & COOLING
Our friendly and certified staff can diagnose your AC and get you rolling down the streets with your windows up!
Poor A/C performance isn't just due to only low refrigerant levels. The hoses and O-rings in the system are porous and can leak out refrigerant very gradually.
Nighttime visibility can be affected when you have a burnt out bulb or even by having two different headlight bulbs.
With two new headlights bulbs, you have full nighttime visibility and get the full output from your headlights. When you get all the light possible from your bulbs, you and your family will be safer on the road.
Headlight lens can also dim over time and this can jeopardize your safety on the road.
To ensure proper visibility we also offer a lens restoration service. This will take care of yellowed, cloudy, dull, hazed or scratched lens. We will have you seeing clearly in no time!
Taking your vehicle to us each month can help make sure your vehicle is operating correctly and running smoothly.
You can also raise the hood and not be intimidated by following a few simple recommendations for owner maintenance.
Regular service is the best way for you to save money on automotive costs and save time on easily avoidable mechanical problems.
Do you find yourself fighting the steering wheel of a car that constantly tries to pull to the right or left? Are you noticing an unusual pattern of wear along the inside or outside edge of one or both front tires?
Chances are you’re in need of a wheel alignment. A vehicle with out-of-spec wheel alignment costs you money in terms of premature tire wear and poorer fuel economy; the wheel that’s skewed out at an angle is “dragged along” and causes excess friction and rolling resistance. In addition, tire wear due to a poorly-aligned vehicle will negate a tire warranty.
Brakes are one of the most important components of your vehicle. You need the confidence of knowing that when you press your foot to the brake, your vehicle is going to stop.
When you're driving along the highway 60 mph. At that speed, if you suddenly needed to stop, it could take the length of a football field to come to a standstill.
Paying attention to the warning signs can mean the difference between life and death on the road.
Your mom always told you that blasting music in the car wasn't good for your ears. Well, it's not good for your brakes either.
The braking system emits a high-pitched squeal when your pads need replacing.
The purpose of your exhaust system is not only to reduce the noise, but also to redirect fumes away from your vehicle. Redirecting these fumes protects passengers in the car from toxins created by burning fuel.
If you experience an loud sound coming from your vehicle, it is vital to get your exhaust system checked immediately!
Your vehicle relies on oil, lubrication and an oil filter to keep it running smoothly.
How often should you change your oil? It depends on many factors, the way you drive, the age of your engine, and where you live.
Most mechanics will recommend you change your oil every 3,000 miles. Automobile manufacturers might suggest a longer interval, such as 5,000 miles. If you use synthetic oil, you might be able to go 10,000 miles between oil changes!
Consider changing your oil more often:
if you intend to drive at high speeds or
if you have an older engine or
live in an area that is particularly hot, cold, or dusty.
If overlooked, tires can lead to uneven wear, vibration, and dangerous driving conditions.
Often regarded as the same process, wheel alignment and wheel balancing are two entirely different automotive maintenance items that both affect the ride quality and handling.
If a wheel is out of balance, it will cause a vibration that can be felt in the steering wheel and/or seat, while a wheel out of alignment can cause excessive tire wear as well as steering problems.
Wheel balancing provides a smoother ride by minimizing tire bounce, which will in turn help improve traction and steering control as well as extend tire life.
HOSES & BELTS
One of the most common reasons a vehicle breaks down are your hoses & belts.
To help prevent this, make sure your belts and hoses are checked at regular intervals.
During a belt inspection our technicians check each belt for:
Glazing, cracking, peeling and softening
Proper drive pulley alignment
During a hose inspection our technicians check for:
Hardening, cracking and softening
A cooling system pressure test to help check for leaks
Loose or worn clamps
Today's vehicles are equipped with highly sophisticated computerized electronic engine control systems.
The computer receives information from a network of sensors which tells your ignition, fuel and control systems what to do.