Issues To Consider About Auto Repair It may be a very stressful situation when worrying about what company to decide on
for your auto repair, but so long as you know how to go about the procedure it could be rather easy. Every company will claim they may have the ideal mechanics and give the cheapest prices, but clearly that is untrue. The best way to know that you will be having the best repair for the lowest price would be to take time to seek information. Step one to finding the right clients are to look for the reviews that were left by past customers. Most likely you might have more mechanics in your area 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 method to see their reviews at a general star level. From there you should certainly obtain the top 10 companies in the area. You then should take the time to look at the reviews that have been left by their past clients. Understand that there definitely is going to be negative reviews, irrespective of how good the corporation is, however the vast majority ought to be positive. Seek out negative reviews that share a similar issues, including the need to bring their vehicle way back in a short amount of time because it actually had not been yet fixed. Any shop should e in a position to diagnose and correct a car or truck the initial time. From the initial set of 10 you should be able to narrow it down to 3 different companies that are the very best. You can then call each and inquire if they are willing to provide you with a quotation totally free. When they have made your top 3 list they ought to be greater than willing to do so. That method for you to really know what they presume to be the trouble as well as whatever they think it is going to cost. Once you have quotes from all 3 after that you can decide who to make use of. It can be tempting to choose simply depending on the cost, but exactly how they treat you need to be looked at. Customer care is very important with regards to auto repair. If they are prepared to explain everything for your needs and demonstrate they feel which you have value chances are they are truly considering obtaining your small business and keeping it. Think of every part of your interaction prior to you making a determination about which mechanic you think is most beneficial to service your vehicle. Every auto mechanic will claim they may have the ideal costs, from parts to service, but the reality is that they can all differ in several ways. Spend some time to investigate how others have felt about their service, what their pricing is and how you personally felt when you visited their shop. This really is the simplest way to look for a quality auto repair shop which will provide what you need 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.