Questions You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Ask Your Auto Repair Tech

March 30th, 2016

Often, drivers are mystified by how their cars actually work. It’s to be expected. Even an older car is a complex machine with many sub-assemblies that all work together to move it down the road.Mechanic Ohio

As a result, drivers tend to be a little intimidated by auto repair and often tend to not inform themselves by asking the necessary questions of a tech or a garage. Too often, that ends up being a big mistake. Here are some examples of the kinds of things you really should know before any auto repair work starts:

  • Does your shop work on any kind of vehicle? Of course, most shops can service a product from GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and the other leading makes. Some makes, however, require a lot more training and experience, or even fac ...[more]
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What's Leaking From My Car?

December 29th, 2015
You go out to your car, start it up, pull out of your parking space and see a puddle of...something...where you were parked a moment ago. This is never a good Auto Repair Ohiofeeling. What could it be? 
 
Fortunately, some automotive fluids are dyed different colors to make this a little easier to narrow down. 
 
Does it appear to be water? Were you recently running your A/C? Chances are that's just condensation from the A/C system, which drips out through a rubber tube and is perfectly normal. No worries there. 
 
For years, antifreeze was dyed a bright green to make it easy to identify. Today, other antifreeze formulations can be colored pink or orange, but it's still not hard to figure out -- ant ...[more]
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Cooling System Maintenance and Repair

April 30th, 2014

With the summer here and temperatures rising, keeping your vehicle’s engine cool is very important to its performance and life. That's why it is important to have your vehicle’s cooling system maintained and working as it should. The cooling system in your car is what keeps your engine at the proper operating temperature. Keeping your vehicle’s engine at proper operating temperature keeps it running properly, giving you the best performance out of your vehicle.

The cooling system in cars usually consists of: engine water jacket, thermostat, water pump, radiator / radiator cap, cooling fan (depending on the vehicle electric or belt-driven), hoses, heater core, and expansion tank.

The cooling process works like this: the coolant in your car or the antifreeze circul ...[more]

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How To Update Your Auto Repair Routine

November 30th, 2011
Time has a way of sneaking up on everyone, and so does mileage on a vehicle. If you have a long commute or regularly put lengthy interstate trips on your car, you can easily rack up 15-18,000 miles a year. Even though today’s cars don’t need as much maintenance as cars from a generation ago, it’s still something you can’t neglect. Here’s a reminder of some important milestones for service on your vehicle: 
 
Monthly 
• Check tire inflation
• Check oil and transmission fluid levels
• Check all lights
• Check windshield washer fluid
 
Every 5,000 Miles
• O ...[more]
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Mark Auto Repair off Your Back-To-School To-Do List

August 10th, 2011
The kids are going to be headed off to school again before you know it, and then of course, the holidays will start coming one after another between Labor Day and the end of the year. There’s a lot to stay on top of, and auto repair should be one less thing for you, the grownup, to worry about as the year marches on. Here are some suggestions for things you might want to take care of before it all starts rolling again: 
 
• Oil Change – Can’t remember the date of your last oil change? Then it might be a good idea to go ahead and set up another one. Dirty motor oil is so loaded with carbon and other contaminants it will begin to form sludgy carbon deposits on internal engine assemblies and moving parts. 
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