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Preventative Maintenance Tips

If you are the sort of person who wants to take a proactive stand against the maintenance problems that plague your car, then this may be the article for you. Everyday things that we unknowingly do to our cars are sending them to an early grave and only you can help to prevent it. Read More »

The Importance of Timing Belts

Many of today's cars are equipped with a timing belt in place of the old timing chain. The function of this small yet critical part is to keep your engine mechanically "in time." Read More »

Used Oil Filters

While used oil filter recycling rates have continued to climb over the past five years, the trend is starting to slow. Read More »

Rebuilt Vrs. Remanufactured Parts

There is a significant difference between REBUILT and REMANUFACTURED parts when you are considering a repair for your vehicle. Many people erroneously believe the two terms to be synonymous, where they actually refer to two different processes. In addition, many states, such as California, require re-registering and/or re-titling of a vehicle when it has received an engine replacement, since the ... Read More »

An Annual Physical for Your Car? Yes!

“Do As I Say, Not As I Do” It was a classic case of role reversal: Dr. Perkins had driven into Andy’s Repair Shop for advice on a “check engine” light and noisy brakes. After discovering brake rotors worn beyond repair and a leaking radiator hose, Andy told his customer (and family physician) she was just plain lucky. “You could ... Read More »

Give a Good Squeeze to Detect a Bad Hose

Until recently, the most common method of checking engine coolant hose was to visually inspect its outside cover for signs of wear or "ballooning" under pressure. This method is no longer considered completely reliable in light of research that proves most hoses fail from the inside out. Read More »

The Importance of Brake Performance

Let's talk about a major safety aspect of your car -- the braking system. Being "out of sight, out of mind," the braking system on most people's cars go unnoticed, until a problem crops up. What are the most common signs of brake failure? Read More »