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What To Know About Auto Repair It can be a very stressful situation when worrying in regards to what company to select


for your auto repair, but providing you know how to go about this process it may be quite simple. Every company will claim that they have the most effective mechanics and provide the cheapest prices, but clearly that is untrue. The best way to know that you are getting the best repair for that lowest price would be to take time to do your homework. The first step to locating the best clients are to consider the reviews that were left by past customers. Most likely you possess more mechanics in your neighborhood than it is possible to count. It can be hard to pick out which companies to even can compare to others. Choose a site that offers you the option to see their reviews with a general star level. Following that you should certainly find the top 10 companies in your town. Then you certainly should take time to look at the reviews which have been left by their past clients. Understand that there definitely will probably be negative reviews, irrespective of how good the company is, however the vast majority ought to be positive. Look for negative reviews that share a similar issues, like the need to bring their vehicle way back in a quick timeframe mainly because it actually was not yet fixed. Any shop should e able to diagnose and repair a car or truck the first time. Out of your initial selection of 10 you will be able to narrow it as a result of 3 different companies that are the most beneficial. You can then call each and ask should they be willing to provide a quote free of cost. When they have made your best 3 list they will be over willing to achieve this. That way you can determine what they think to be the issue along with anything they think it would cost. Upon having quotes from all of the 3 you can then decide who to work with. It might be tempting to decide simply in accordance with the cost, so how they treat you need to be regarded. Customer satisfaction is essential in terms of auto repair. When they are happy to explain everything for your needs and reveal to you that they feel that you may have value chances are they are truly considering obtaining your organization and keeping it. Take into consideration every aspect of your interaction prior to making a determination about which mechanic you think is most beneficial to service your vehicle. Every auto mechanic will claim they have the best costs, from parts to service, but the reality is that they can all differ often. Spend some time to investigate how others have felt about their service, what their prices are and exactly how you personally felt if you visited their shop. This is the easiest way to find a quality auto repair shop that can provide what you need and expectations.





FAQ's Auto Repair

How Much For Head Gasket Repair For A 1994 Toyota 4Runner V6?
Ok So I Alway Seem To Get Taken To The Cleaners When I Get Repairs Done On My 4 Runner. Any One Know About How Much It Would Cost To Fix Something Like That?I Live In The San Gabriel Valley In Ca I Just Moved Here And A Friend From Vegas Tolled Me About $600.He Checked It Out For Me. I Just Dont Want To Get Riped Off. But Everywhere I Call Says To Bring It In. Well Its Kinda Hard When The Oil Pours Out So Fast. Somebody Help!!!!

$600.00 is approx. the correct price. Extensive labor is
required when replacing the head gasket on the 3.4 L.
You might need to leave it overnight. It depends on how
busy the dealership is.

Car Dealers Auto Mechanics?
Want To Know What The Setup Is, The Pay Practices Of Certified Mechanics Doing Car Repairs At New Car Dealerships. Do They Just Earn An Hourly Wage, A Set Wage? Or Do They Get Incentive Pay, Like A Bonus For Selling More Parts And Services? I'Ve Heard Some Small Car Repair Shops Do Something Called ' Tab '. They Try To Find Other Things Wrong With Your Car When You Bring It To Them For A Repair And They Pad The Bill - Therefore The Mechanic Makes A Bonus.

Mechanics generally get paid by the Job... Thus if the book says it takes 1 hour to do the job the Mechanic gets $.$$ for that hour of labor. If he can finish in 45 minutes and start another job then he gets to keep the extra. They ALSO generally get paid a co mission on Parts. And the commission depends on the shop, how good they are, and if it was the original job or something they found afterwords. The big question is not the Mechanic doing the work at the dealer its the person standing between you and the mechanic they call the service writer (who may or may not have any mechanic experience--- I know of a salesman becoming a service writer) they are paid the big bucks to upsell you on the extras like a tranny or coolant flush, tire rotation etc etc.
But I agree with the writer....When you find a mechanic you like and trust STAY WITH them... a Good mechanic will want your return business more then they want to upsell you on some added service this trip.

Do I Need A Smog Certificate To Sell My Car In California?
In The State Of California Do I Need To Get A Smog Certificate In Order To Sell My Car?

Depends on how old the vehicle is and who you're selling it to. Straight from the California DMV's website:

"When selling a California registered vehicle, the registered owner of record must:

Provide the purchaser with evidence of a valid smog certification, if applicable. Smog certificates are good for 90 days from the date of inspection. The smog certification is not required if the owner or buyer signs a statement that smog certification was submitted with renewal fees within 90 days prior to the transfer date (a vehicle inspection report may be required for proof of certification).

Recent legislation changed the requirements for vehicle transfers occurring on or after January 1, 2005. When you transfer a vehicle that is four or less model years old a smog certification will not be required. A smog transfer fee will be collected from the new owner. When a vehicle is more than four model years old, evidence of a current smog certification must be provided by a seller except when the following occurs:

*The transfer occurs between a spouse, sibling, child, parent, grandparent, or grandchild.

*A biennial smog certification was submitted to DMV within 90 days prior to the vehicle transfer date (a vehicle inspection report may be required for proof of certification)."

When Do I Change The Oil For My Toyota 4Runner?
I Have A Limited 1997 Toyota 4Runner That'S Over 5Yrs Old And Have Last Changed My Car'S Oil At Walmart. It Has Almost 80K Miles On It And Is A Bit Over The Reccomended Mileage By Walmart To Get The Oil Changed Again. But I Feel That Changing It After Every 3K Miles Is A Bit Redunant. Is It Really Necessary To Change The Car'S Oil Now? I'Ve Checked The Oil And It Isn'T Low...And I Understand That The Oil Can Get Dirty. Is Walmart Rippin Me Off Or Should I Change My Car'S Oil Every 3Kmiles Like Their Reccomendation.

My 94 Toyota 4Runner recommended every 3500 miles, however it also depends on your driving conditions, and what oil you use. My 08 Tundra is every 5,000 miles, and plan on keeping with dealership services since I have a 100,000 mile warranty anything happens its fixed $0 out of pocket expenses. Read your owner's manual or go talk to your local Toyota dealer. Your 4 Runner is most likely out of warranty but still, you don't want to be skipping simple maintenance it will bite you in the *** later. You can change the oil yourself pretty easily with simple tools and about 15-20 minutes of your time and all it will cost you is the price of the oil and the filter so about $20.

My 84 Ford Bronco 2 gets its oil changed every 3,000 miles well ok the past 2 oil changes were about 100 miles apart due to a head gasket replacement, but other than that I stick with the OEM recommendations for now until I get the bugs worked out of it from the previous owner's neglect, then I plan on switching to synthetic oil and will be able to go to 5000-7500 miles.

Ford Contour 99, Runs Very Bad.?
I Have A Ford Contour 99, I Did Replace The Timing Belt, Idler Pulley, And Timing Adjuster. Now After That It Run A Little Rough, So I Decided To Use For Some Time, Now Is Worse, I Did Re-Set Timing Following Ford Instructions, 1 And 4 Cylinder At Tdc, Cams Aligned With Flat Steel Tool, Cam Sprockets Loose, Timing Belt Tight All The Way Around, Re- Started And Runs Very Bad, Shakes, Misses, All Kinds Of Things. No Smoke At Tailpipe, Then I Checked The Compression, It Was Very Low, Almost Cero.. My Question Is: Can My Timing Be Off To Not Having Any Compression At All≫? Or Could I Have A Burned Valve, Or A Piston/Valve Collision, (Acording To Ford,Is Not An Interference Engine,[2.0 Liter] ) Any Suggestions≫?, I Almost Throwing My Towel, And Don'T Know What Can Be The Problem.. Did Replace Sparks, Coil, Sparks Cables, Checked My Injectors, No Vacuum Leaks, Thank You For Any Good Help.

A stock Zetec is non-interference unless it's a SVT or has been modified (high lift cam). If the timing is way off, then you won't have compression, but it sounds like you are doing it right from what I can gather. However, in some cases non-interference engines can get bent values due to carbon buildup on top of the cylinders, especially in the valve reliefs (reduces valve clearance). There are some rare cases of this occurring with the Zetec.

To test the valves, you can do a leak down test on the cylinders. Basically you shoot compressed air in through the spark plug and see if the pressure in the cylinder drops. In your case, if you have bent valves you should be able to hear a decent "hiss" in the intake or exhaust. You can also try testing the compression with the timing belt off and both valves closed (rotate camshafts).

Burnt valves are also a possibility, but you would have noticed this before the belt change. It is also unlikely all four would be burnt and giving zero compression.

Just to be sure, cylinder #1 is the one closest to the timing belt. Also, did you double check your plug wiring? Try to be as precise as possible with TDC in #1, otherwise you could be a tooth or two off.

You said no vacuum leaks, but did you check the EGR, IAC, and MAF? These can all cause roughness.

If all else fails, you can pull the head and see what it looks like inside. Might as well replace the head gasket (order after you see the condition of the valves).

Here is another how to, maybe a different source will help: http://www.contour.org/ceg-vb/showthread...

Hope you can figure it out!

How Much Should It Cost To Fix A Head Gasket In A 98 Ford Contour?
Just Curious As To How Much It Would Cost To Have It Fixxed

That is bad. I suggest a new car from craigslist. When you blow the head gasket, the whole engin needs a rebuild, plus the damage to your piston rings or pistons. Ouch