What To Know About Auto Repair It can be a very stressful situation when worrying about what company to pick
to your auto repair, but so long as you know how to make the procedure it might be rather easy. Every company will claim that they have the very best mechanics and provide the lowest prices, but clearly that is far from the truth. The easiest way to know that you will be receiving the best repair for that lowest price is to make time to do your homework. The first step to finding the optimum clients are to consider the reviews which have been left by previous customers. Chances are that you have more mechanics in your neighborhood than it is possible to count. It can be hard to choose which companies to even compare to others. Search for a site that offers the choice to see their reviews in a general star level. From that point you should be able to obtain the top 10 companies in your area. Then you should spend some time to look at the reviews that were left by their past clients. Know that there definitely will likely be negative reviews, irrespective of how good the business is, although the vast majority must be positive. Search for negative reviews that share the same issues, including having to bring their vehicle in a quick period of time since it actually was not yet fixed. Any shop should e in a position to diagnose and fix a car the first time. From the initial list of 10 you should be able to narrow it down to 3 different businesses that are the most effective. You can then call each and inquire if they are willing to give you an insurance quote free of cost. When they have made your best three list they will be a lot more than willing to achieve this. That method for you to determine what they feel to get the problem along with anything they think it can cost. Once you have quotes from all of 3 you can then decide who to work with. It could be tempting to choose simply based on the cost, so how they treat you must also be regarded. Customer care is essential in relation to auto repair. If they are prepared to explain everything to you personally and demonstrate that they feel you have value then they are truly interested in obtaining your organization and keeping it. Think about every aspect of your interaction prior to making a decision about which mechanic you believe is most beneficial to service your car or truck. Every auto mechanic will claim they have the ideal costs, from parts to service, but the truth is that they can all differ often. Take time to investigate how others have felt about their service, what their pricing is and how you personally felt if you visited their shop. This can be the easiest method to look for a quality auto mechanic shop that may meet your needs and expectations.
FAQ's Auto Repair
Bad Year For Auto Repair Industry?
We Own A Family Run Auto Repair Shop In The Midwest That Has Been In Business For Over Ten Years, Successfully. This Year However, Has Proven Itself To Be Quite A Challenge. The Parts Stores Near Us Claim It Has Been Their Worst Year Also.
I'M Just Curious If Anyone Else In The Industry Has Had A Bad Year.
I have a client that owns an auto repair shop in Illinois and he is having one of the best years ever. What you are seeing might be a local problem for your city or it could be a series of many other issues. There are several factors that we want to look at here. One, have you changed the way you market your business? If so, how? If not, now's the time to make some changes. Two, what changes have come to town recently? Things like other repair shops, walmart coming to town, a boom in another industry or a slump in an industry like a plant closing.
We also want to look at your team. How productive are they? What kind of hours are they turning out? How many R.O.'s are you turning out a month? What's your average R.O. ?
If you want to chat, please email me at email@example.com. Or you can call at 618-233-4412. I'd be happy to give you a free business assessment to see where we could make some simple changes to the business and correct what is happening to your family.
Could Someone Please Help?
What Could Cause A 1994 V6 3.0 Toyota Camry To Stall Out And Shake Violently?
Did the mechanic who said it was the igniter box look at the car first?
Does it smoke at all, especially when it chugs? If so, I know exactly what it is, and it ain't good... I had a 1993 Lexus ES300, which is almost the same as a Camry, and it suddenly started doing that -- turned out it had a blown head gasket. $2000 to fix that SOB. I hope it's something else.
I Recently Purchased A Ford Contour Gl 1998 From A Car Dealer. My Temperature Gauge Is Going Up And Down. Why?
The Car Had 300 000 Km On It When I Bought It, So I Tought The Motor Was Good To Handle So Much Km. The Minute I Left The Dealers Parking Lot, It Started Showing Engines Problem. One Of My Friends Who Is A Good Mechanic Told Me That He Could See That Some Oil Have Been Leaking From The Engine And He Thinks That It Needs A New Head Gasket Seal. I Went To See The Garagist Today And He Told Me That Its Only A Thermostat Problem. Is It Worth Trying To Pay For The Damages If The Rest Of The Car Is In Good Shape???
Could just have air in the cooling system and the air needs to be bled out of it.
A large air bubble can dramatically hinder the circulation flow of the coolant system.
Usually theres a little bleeder valve on or near the thermostat housing.
Heat up the engine and open the valve , once the air is completely out it will shoot a solid stream of (hot) water. then tighten the valve back down and the system is bled.
Could be a faulty coolant temperature sender . there usually inexpensive and easy to replace. Theres usually 2 of them .
one to the computer and one to the guage on the dash dash
The head gasket may not need to be replaced , the head bolts under the valve cover may need to be re-torqued. It needs to be looked into though, a loose set of head bolts is an open invitation to blowing a head gasket.
But if you do replace the head gasket , replace the timing belt system, as they will need to take the old one off anyway to remove the head.
A $20 book and a $150 dollar craftsman tool kit is well worth it .
2003 Toyota Camry Leaking Antifreeze, Check Engine Light On?
My 2003 Toyota Camry With 146K Miles Is Leaking Antifreeze In The Back Of The Engine. It Is Seen On The Ground. Also There Is A Check Engine Light On. Dealer Stating Headgasket Is Cause For Leaking Antifreeze And Check Engine Light Due To Calaytic Converter. However, The Car Is Not Overheating And I Have Never Had Problems. Shouldn'T The Car Overheat In The Head Gasket Is Gone? Does This Sound Plausible?
Your water pump's seals are starting to give way.
Car Smog Check? Help?
So I Live In California. I Went To A Mechanic About 2 Years Ago: My Father Told Him That He Wanted A Dealer Catalyst To Pass The Smog Check... The Legit Way. The Mechanic Agreed To Install It For Almost $800 With The Part. I Went To The Smog Check And It Still Failed. My Father Called The Mechanic To Complain. The Mechanic Told My Father, &Quot;You Wanted It To Pass The Smog Check Right?&Quot; My Father Said &Quot;No, I Wanted A Dealer Part.&Quot; Now That 2 Years Have Passed, My Car Failed The Smog Check Again! I Think My Mechanic Committed Fraud And Installed A Crappy Part. Can I Still Sue? I Mean How Else Can I Tell If The Part Is Real Or Not. When He Installed It, He Took It Out Of A Dealer Box, But I Know Fraud Can Still Occur. Can I Still Hold Him Liable Or Am I Screwed And Need To Pay $1000 For A New Catalyst Again? Help!
Easy to tell. (for a CA Smog Tech)
Factory cat generaly looks bigger (but not always)
Aftermarket Catalytic Converters (Sold or installed) IN CALIFORNIA after 1-1-2009 are REQUIRED to have CARB-EO number stamped on the Outside of it in about 1.5 to 2" high numbers. If it is aftermarket (not "crap" but not Factory) it would look (generaly) more like a football and have something like D-283-18 stamped on it.
For $800.00 cant be sure if you got a Factory one or just a high price on aftermarket (or reasonable price for an expensive aftermarket Cat)
How about listing the details about your car
Make, Model, Year, Engine, Milage.
What part of the Smog Check did it fail this year... if the tailpipe part then list ALL the numbers in table form so we can look at it. CATs (even aftermarket ones) can last a long time on a WELL Maintained car (and if your dad is asking for Dealer parts it sounds like he maintains his cars well.
two years later you are pretty much out of luck on making any "fraud" claim...YOU cant PROVE that you didn't replace the part (again) yourself...
Whatever CAT you did get it looks like you did Not get taken. . Here are some pictures and prices for them from an Aftermarket (Legal...not Crap) Unfortunately besides the EO number being stamped on the CAT...with your car they look almost identical to the Factory one (and many times are under a heat shield so you can't look easily anyway......
Universal Fit (Cut and Weld On) one: $654.55 (MSRP product only..no installation included)
Direct fit: (bolt on) $881.38 (MSRP product only...no installation included)
The direct fit one you can order On-Line (for less then the $881.38 I am sure) and litteraly bolt it on yourself. (It goes on the front of your engine right between the Engine and Radiator)
Again though... what part of the smog test DID your car fail this time , it might not be the CAT. Replacing the CAT every time your car fails smog is like having Knee surgery every time you scratch your knee falling off your skateboard. Most of the time the CAT is still OK...the problem is something else.
94 Firebird 5.7 V8, I Keep Having To Add Coolent But It Doesnt Leak!?
Every Morning I Add Coolent To The Radiator Cap But Theres No Leaks I Have Got A Pressure Check Done For That... Also The Reserve Coolent Tank Will Overflow At Times And Spill Over... All The Caps Are Sealed Tight When I Close Them... Is The Coolent Evaporating? What Could It Be!? Also My Thermostat (New) And Fan Are Fine And This Is A 2 Month Old Radiator... My Temperature Alwasy Rises When I Drive And Yesterday When I Idled At Stop Lights It Shot Up And Slowly Went Back Down As I Drove But Was Still In The High Range
Alright...coolant loss. Do you have any smoke? It'll be white smoke, and that means that it's bruning in your engine, most likely coming through a blown out head gasket.
Check this out though. I have an 88 Bronco...5.0. I noticed the same thing, but couldn't, for the life of me, figure out where it was all going. One day, I just happened to notice, on my radiator, on the upper driver's side of it on the side facing the engine compartment was a rubber nipple that covered over a spot that was meant to be connected to an extra line--for a towing package I think.
Since I wasn't using that line, that's why it had the rubber nipple there. It just got warped and dry-rotted from all of the years of holding the coolant back, and eventually cracked. All of the fluid would leak out while I was driving, but not when I was parked and the engine was off. Since I was driving, it's not like I could see where it was coming from or even notice it for that matter. Try to find the piece at Ford, but it's not the easiest thing. I think we ended up fabbing something up, and even then had a hard time getting it to stay on. Even the new ones got blown off from the pressure, so we had to figure out how to get a tight fit.
If that's it, you're only looking at a <$1.00 repair.