What To Know About Auto Repair It can be a very stressful situation when worrying as to what company to decide on
for your personal auto repair, but provided that you know how to make this process it might be quite simple. Every company will claim that they have the most effective mechanics and present the best prices, but clearly that may be not the case. The easiest way to know that you are currently having the best repair for the cheapest price is always to take the time to seek information. The first step to finding the best clients are to search for the reviews which have been left by previous customers. Most likely you may have more mechanics in your town than it is possible to count. It can be difficult to pick which companies to even compare with others. Look for a site which gives you the option to see their reviews at a general star level. Following that you will be able to discover the top 10 companies in your neighborhood. Then you certainly should take the time to read the reviews which were left by their past clients. Recognize that there definitely will be negative reviews, regardless how good the corporation is, but the vast majority ought to be positive. Search for negative reviews that share the same issues, including the need to bring their vehicle back in a shorter timeframe since it actually had not been yet fixed. Any shop should e able to diagnose and repair a vehicle the very first time. From the initial set of 10 you will be able to narrow it to 3 different businesses that are the top. After that you can call each and inquire if they are willing to offer you an estimate free of charge. If they have made your best three list they will be more than willing to do so. That way you can determine what they presume to be the trouble and also anything they think it is going to cost. After you have quotes from all 3 you may then decide who to work with. It might be tempting to determine simply in accordance with the cost, but exactly how they treat you need to be considered. Customer care is essential when it comes to auto repair. If they are prepared to explain everything for your needs and demonstrate they feel which you have value then they are truly enthusiastic about obtaining your company and keeping it. Take into consideration every part of your interaction prior to making a conclusion about which mechanic you believe is better to service your vehicle. Every auto mechanic will claim they have the ideal costs, from parts to service, but the fact is that they can all differ in many ways. Spend some time to investigate how others have felt about their service, what their costs are and exactly how you personally felt once you visited their shop. This really is the easiest way to get a quality auto repair shop which will suit your needs and expectations.
FAQ's Auto Repair
Is The 1992 Toyota 4Runner A Stick Shift Or An Automatic?
I'M Looking For My First Car, And A Lady Just Called Me Telling Me She Was Selling Her Old 4Runner. I Forgot To Ask If It Was Stick Shift Or Not Before I Hung Up, And It'S A Bit Late To Call Now. I'M Neither Interested Nor Willing To Learn To Drive Stick, So I'M Really Hoping It'S An Automatic ^^;
auto transmissions were an option on this platform.
if it's a 4x4, make sure they prove to you that works.
if it's a V6 engine, make sure the coolant is pristine. perfect. and find out when or if the timing belt has been changed. bad coolant denotes a compromised water pump. the timing belt should be changed every 90,000 miles. to change a belt or water pump on the V6 will cost 300-400 in labor alone. parts not included! so if this has a V6 and they can't give you any info on those two items, consider the cost of that maintenance when evaluating the price on this.
the difference between the I4 and V6 is the I4 is great for 4x4ing. but it has difficulty maintaining hwy speeds. especially with an automatic transmission. so if you do a lot of hwy commuting, prolly want the V6.
only thing wrong with the V6 is, well, nothing. except the outrageous cost of timing belt and water pump replacement. head gasket issues were addresses via a campaign set in motion by toy.
for *serious off roading*, it has been argued, and i agree, that the I4 is plenty capable and the V6 does not have the torque to off set the increased weight over the I4. plus, the V6 has a higher center of gravity that the I4.
owner 93 toy pu 4x4 V6 (sister platform to the runner) and 86 toy pu 4x4 I4.
Does Penn Foster Auto Repair Technician Program Really Work?
I See That Penn Foster Has An Auto Repair And Wondering If It Really Teaches You Auto Repair, I Know They Send You Books And That'S Half Of Learning Auto Repair, But They Do Send You Labs; But, What Lab Material Do They Send? What Is Your Experience With The Program?
Thank you for your interest in the Penn Foster Auto Repair Program.
Many people who have tried their hand at Auto Repair without any formal training have either quickly failed, or, have had slow success in their careers. Although hands-on training is certainly essential to learning this trade effectively, there are many reasons why you should consider completing a training program before attempting to go and work in the field.
For instance, a well-trained mechanic must first have knowledge in the many different systems of a vehicle, how they work together for proper auto operation; the correct assembly of the parts and their functions. Additionally, it is equally important to be properly trained in understanding the use of common tools and materials, and how to correctly, (and safely) remove and install auto components. Safety, again is a serious consideration not only to avoid personal injury, but for the final outcome of your job, since your customer, their families, for example, will be relying on what you have completed will be safe.
Having said this, as an Auto Mechanic you will be required to understand how to read diagrams, charts, and reference repair manuals. Since you will often be collaborating with a team and/or your manager, as well as your customer, you must be able to communicate with other people effectively to be sure that the proper diagnosis and plan of action to complete a repair is necessary.
You must also be able to have good problem solving skills. You will often be presented with unusual circumstances, where you have to rely on your math and problem solving skills to get the job done efficiently. Having the right training will benefit you in many ways and can set you apart from other entry-level auto repair positions, including opportunities to grow in the field, such as a supervisor or owner of your own business.
Penn Foster’s program is a thoroughly designed course of study that is carefully planned to train students with little or no prior auto repair knowledge, although commonly many of our students have some practical experience but no formal education. It may interest you that many of our students have been sponsored by their employers, such as General Motors, for example, to complete this training—the course has been looked upon very favorably as a worthwhile course. In addition, Penn Foster Auto Repair Students will receive 5 valuable National Institute for Automotive Service of Excellence (ASE) Certification Exam prep manuals that will help you prepare for ASE certification in 5 popular automotive disciplines!
Finally, one of the unique advantages of this program is the opportunity to participate in an optional hands-on externship or "Work Experience Option" at the end of the program. This provides you with a chance to shadow a professional and put your skills your have learned to use in real life repair jobs. The WOE will help you gain more confidence it what you have learned and will also provide you with a local reference for future employment!
As you can see from above the training overall will not only strengthen your knowledge and skills, but, will give you more confidence in your ability as a good mechanic. It will also demonstrate to any employer or potential customer that you have mastered the essential skills to do the job right—a very important factor in determining repeat business which will determine your success as a mechanic.
I hope this helps! We hope to see you as a student!
Head Gasket Blown In My 96 Camry ?
There Is Smoke Coming Out From Inside The Hood (Right Side) While Driving. Engine Heat Level Rises To The Highest Level. Sometimes Engine Stalls While Waiting On A Red Light. Check Engine Light Is Also On. What Could The Problem Be ? How Much Could It Cost ? Is It Worth Repairing Or Selling Off To A Junkyard Or Trading For Whatever Value I Get ?
Help/Suggestion Please ?
Take it to an auto zone and they will tell you what the check engine light is about and that might help you. Camry's hold a good value and the computer should be able to tell you what is wrong. If it a head gasket good luck. Also don't overheat it to much or the engine will ceasze and your done.
Valve Cover Gasket 2003 Toyota Camry Oil Leak?
My 2003 Camry With 140K Miles Is Having A Minor Oil Leak
I Checked The Oil Levels And For The Last Year (Last 4 Rounds) When I Moved And Changed Oil Where I Do, They Pour More Oil Than Is Necessary So I'M Going A Quart Over
I Recently Became Aware This Was Bad For The Engine And Might Be The Cause Of The Oil Leak
But My Mechanic Said The Valve Cover Gasket Needs To Be Repaired To Fix The Leak
Is That Right Or Does He Just Want My Money As The Camry Is Reliable So Shouldn'T The Valve Cover Gasket Not Go So Early?
There Is A Minor Oil Leak
And It'S Not The Head Gasket
Are You Sure Its' The Valve Cover Gasket
Or Is It Just Due To Too Much Oil
Should I Go Back To Where I Changed The Oil, Tell Them To Drain My Oil
And Warn That If They Overfill Again, I Will Sue/Charge Them?
Do They Do This To Discrminate Against Japanese Cars Since I Live In Michigan Where All Cars Are Domestic?
Should I First Drain The Oil, See If It'S Still Leaking And If No, Then I Won'T Need To Replace The Valve Cover Gasket But If It Still Leaks, Then I Ahve The Issue
Also, They Recommend A Spark Plug Change
Is That A Good Idea Or No?
if the rocker/cam cover leaks, then it needs a new gasket. but those are rubber type. not cork. sometimes simple re-torquing of the fasteners does it.
never over fill a sealed crank engine. any engine for that matter. but these have a return check valve in the oil pan that's spring loaded. so it normally operates under pressure. entire engine save the oil pan. over pressurization dealt with by the pcv system.
only drain the oil enough to get rid of excessive oil. or siphon it out via the dip stick tube if you have small enough tubing.
to check for leaks, simply wipe the suspect area clean. run her and keep tabs on where oil forms/leaks. tells one which gasket is the issue.
since it was over filled, the pcv system may need some cleaning.
if the engine is only leaking oil and not consuming it, the HEI ignition systems will let the plugs on these purdy much last the life of the vehicle. but at that mileage, it won't hurt to at least do a visual on them.
can't hep ya on the usb/charger stuff or how to deal with the quickie lube place. just a wrench here.
Toyota Overheats While Steady Driving. But When I Stop It Holds Hot. Then When I Hit The Gas And Go It Cools?
It Cools Down Fast When I Hit The Gas Then Heats Back Up. Ive Replaced The Thermostat Twice And Burped The System. I Just Replaced The Heads.
What year Toyota is it?
I'm not sure if you have an electrical fan or fan clutch.
You could have a short if it's electrical or if it's a fan clutch it need to be replaced. Check the play on the fan clutch if you have one.
Don't forget to check any belts for slipping or wear.
No Heat In My Ford Contour?
I Have A 98 Ford Contour. There Is No Heat Or Even Cold Air Coming Out Of The Vents When I Turn It On. I Try Every Fan Speed With Every Vent And Still Nothing. When I Do Change Which Vents The Air Should Come Out, I Here A Noise That I Can Only Desribed As Something Decrompressing Very Slowly. There Is Coolant In The Spot Where I Pour It In, Its Almost Full, I Haven'T Checked The Radiator Though. The Engine Heat Meter In The Car, Does Work I Think Because After Running The Car For A While The Needle Does Go Up But Still No Hot Air. When The Car Is Running The Big Fan In The Front Is Not Turning. What Could Be The Problem And How Do I Fix It.
The place you pour in anti-freeze is the overflow tank. You need to remove the radiator cap (when cool) and check out the level inside the radiator. If it is low or out, you have a bad leak in your coolant system that needs fixed immediately! Fill with coolant and pressurize (special tool required). The pressure tester has a gage on it and if the system looses pressure or you see a visible leak, it must be repaired. The leak could be internal (blown head gasket). If your level is OK, start the engine and let it warm up to where the gage is starting to move. With the heater controls on hot, feel the heater hoses going through the firewall to your heater core. If they are cold, you are not getting circulation or your thermostat is not closing. If one or both hoses are warm, then your problem is under dash. The noise you hear is the vent doors changing position which is good.