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Tire alignment, also known as wheel alignment, can help your tires perform properly and help them last longer. It can also improve handling and keep your vehicle from pulling in one direction or vibrating strangely on the road.
While the battery is essential for starting your car when it's off, the alternator keeps your car alive when the engine is running. The alternator powers most car's electronic components while you're driving around or idling, including your headlights, electric steering, power windows, windshield wipers, heated seats, dashboard instruments, and radio.
Axles transmit the power of your engine to the drive wheels. They are usually set into the transaxle on a front-wheel drive vehicle, or into a differential if the vehicle is rear wheel drive. Modern all-wheel drive vehicles will typically use both.
Your battery stores and distributes electrical power to the various needed locations throughout your vehicle. It is filled with a reactive chemical and lead plates, making it a very heavy item. Most are located under the hood with the engine, but automakers today are changing locations to get this heavy item as low in the vehicle as possible. As such, some are located in the trunk, under the rear seat, or even below the trunk floor.
Your vehicle may have a single engine drive belt (called a SERPENTINE), or it may use several belts if it’s an older car or truck. These drive belts roll over pulleys which turn and generate rotational energy into each accessory attached to your engine. They typically drive the alternator, the water pump, air conditioning, power steering, and even the power brakes on some larger vehicles.
We have our vehicles so we can jump in and go somewhere...but once we get close, it’s important to STOP there! Your brakes are located on each wheel, and they use friction to slow the rotational energy of the wheels so you can slow down and stop where desired. They are complex systems using hydraulic fluid, mechanical parts, computer controls, friction material, and electrical sensors. Some systems on Hybrid vehicles also use generators on each wheel to put power back into the battery pack when slowing the vehicle to a stop.
Check Engine Light
Your “Check Engine Light” is simply a warning light that has received information from a sensor connected to your vehicle’s ECM, or “engine control module”. It can be an indicator of needed maintenance, or it could also be warning you of a major component failure.
Climate Control / AC / Heat
Keeping the cabin at the desired temperature requires a complex system of electronic, mechanical, and gaseous systems working at peak efficiency to keep us comfortable, and each system has specific maintenance needs for proper operation.
Our mechanics use diagnostic equipment, arguably the best equipment on the market, on each and every vehicle we perform a diagnostic test to ensure the most accurate code readings. This equipment helps us to guarantee the best service for our customers. We believe that our customers deserve the best service possible, provided through the best equipment available.
The electrical system in your vehicle is like the nervous system in your body…sensors generate impulses that are distributed, then processed, and those processed impulses are sent to some other area to display information, actuate another sensor or mechanical device, or provide power for device operation.
The engine converts energy into useful mechanical motion. This amazing machine is what keeps your vehicle moving. Although generally reliable, a car engine is susceptible to damage and breakdown. When this happens, do not sit and stress over it. Take action. Take the vehicle to a mechanic for an engine replacement.
Your vehicle has a variety of filters to keep small particles of dirt from circulating in the operating systems, causing damage and eventually failure of moving parts. Whether it be Cabin, Oil, Fuel or Engine Air, we can take care of you.
fuel & engine Management
Engine operation management requires the input of a few systems working together. The filtered air of the inductions system, the fuel delivered to each cylinder, and the emissions system all feed information to the ECM (or PCM) and the computer calculates the proper amount of fuel for each running condition. Being a computer, it can measure and correct parameters like the air/fuel ratio thousands of times per minute! It also takes input from the electrical system in determining load and how much timing advance the engine requires for optimum operation.
Headlights are your “eyes” when darkness falls. Usually their operation is fairly straightforward: You pull or twist a switch, and they turn on. More and more, vehicles are incorporating automatic headlamp systems, which use a light sensor to determine when it is dark enough for the lamps to come on. In these systems, there are a few more electrical components that may be subject to eventual failure.
An oil change is like a transfusion of new life into your vehicle. Over time, oil can lose some of its chemical properties that are designed to reduce corrosion and increase the lubrication in your engine. In some environments, dust and dirt can also find their way into your crankcase, so a regular change of your oil and filter are paramount to the long service life of your car or truck.
The powertrain of your vehicle consists of the engine, transmission or transaxle, and rear differential if you have rear-wheel drive. If you have a gas/electric hybrid, an electric motor or two may also be involved, as would the battery pack. And if your vehicle is all-electric, your powertrain would be the electric motor and the battery pack.
ride & handling
If your vehicle has a sudden change in drive “feel”, or is leaning or at a different height than you’re used to, come on in and let us take a look. It may be something simple, or there may have been some kind of road event that has damaged your suspension. We’ll inspect all suspension components for proper operation and report back to you any abnormalities we see. Sometimes these issues can be caused by tires, or misalignment…but whatever we find, you’ll know what it takes to get you back to the ride you enjoy.
Shocks & Struts
Shocks and struts are two components of your suspension system that keep your vehicle balanced and riding smoothly with all four wheels on the road. We recommend shock and strut inspections for maintaining excellent car handling characteristics. Blown shocks and struts can cause a vehicle to handle unsafely on public roads.
A timing belt is an internal engine belt or chain that tells the valvetrain of your engine what to do based upon the events of the crankshaft and pistons. It controls the intake and exhaust valves, creating just the right amount of gases in the cylinder for each engine stroke. Sometimes, it is this belt that also turns an internal water pump, depending on engine design. The proper operation of this belt is critical to engine operation, as a broken timing chain or belt can result in a loss of cooling, or even complete destruction of the engine.
The transmission in your vehicle has hundreds of interconnected parts that are always moving, rubbing, heating up and interacting with other internal and external components. Because there are so many parts in the transmission - and because each of those parts is continually exposed to friction and heat - it is natural that your transmission components will experience more wear and tear than other, simpler, mechanisms in your vehicle makeup.
An engine tune-up is the process of inspecting and replacing components of the engine that are essential to ignition and engine operation. A comprehensive tune-up can include replacing spark plugs, set ignition timing, replacing engine filters, replacing fuel filter, cleaning throttle body, performing fuel system clearning, replacing distributor cap and rotor and replacing PCV valve.