Category: MAINTENANCE

Should Never Happen

Monday started like every Monday, a yawn here, a here we go again there, and zoom we are going. This Monday changed when I received a phone call from another garage. They were interested in telling me about a warranty item on a vehicle they were repairing. To make a long story short, the Tech began… Read more »

Spring Maintenance Is Due

It is March and winter may be not be over, regardless, winter temperatures take a toll on your ride. Here is a short list of items which should be inspected . Measure tire pressure, tread wear pattern, and depth, ( remove studded winter tires by April 15th.) Inspect front and rear wipers for wear and… Read more »

Damaging – Coolant Sludge and Slime

Nearly 40 percent of engine failures can be attributed to cooling-system issues. Clearly, it pays to take care of your vehicle’s cooling system. Sludge/slime are just one of the common symptoms of larger problems. Left unchecked, it’ll plug the radiator, heater core or fluid passages, resulting in overheating and expensive repairs. What causes it, and… Read more »

How Far Can You Run A Belt Pulley??

” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Click on the first picture – see the rusty brown part under the engine belt, Also notice the belt is grooved. Do you see what needs to be replaced?  The car made it to our shop because we towed it in. The lesson learned here – this person had an Angel… Read more »

Spark Plugs – A What?

 One question comes to mind when viewing these bad spark plugs, Has your vehicle ever had the spark plugs changed?     So what does a spark plug have to do with having the top part of the engine removed? A small piece of the spark plug center electrode (about one-quarter inch long and about… Read more »

Engine Oil Service

Going to ask a silly question, “When was the last time you checked the oil level in your car”? Last week, last month, or most likely not since the oil was changed. In the last year or so we have been surprised to find oil levels low, I mean two quarts low in a four… Read more »

Love Your Family and Your Car ?

Believe it or not, way back in the 50’s, car emissions were reduced by about 90% by the “Positive Crankcase Ventilation Valve” better known as the PCV valve. (when an engine is running, there is oil blow by ( pressure build up in the oil of the engine). This oil blow by, was vented below… Read more »

1996 Ford F150 Daily Driver Care

As you can see, Scott is using an application pattern when waxing the van. Using a pattern in this fashion reflects less light, thus the wax job appears cleaner with fewer smudges. Ok, we all don’t have a large polishing tool like this, but we can purchase a five inch electric polishing tool to make… Read more »

Help Your Mechanic Diagnose That Rumble Noise

 Be nice to think this video would make us all super mechanics, takes a couple of more videos and a few more years of training to meet that goal. The objective here is to help us all understand, the rumble noise made by a wheel bearing, and what to do.  Ok, we all have a… Read more »