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Tell. The. Truth.

One of the pillars of our business is honestly. I may not fix you car, but I will always be honest with you. If you are a good, moral businessman, you will have a CHANCE to succeed. If you are not a good moral businessman, you will have NO CHANCE to succeed (Except in this industry......). This week we had a gentleman come in with a car we had previously worked on. He had it at another shop and they told him it was leaking from a previous repair we had performed (Was in for a coolant leak at the intake manifold). After we raised the car up and inspected it, we noticed numerous oil leaks. It did have a very slight oil leak from a gasket that we had replaced. I could have easily acted like that was not an issue and sold the older gentleman a bunch of work. The scenario is that the car is drive about 500 miles per month. In the inspection we found the vehicle had an oil cooler leaking, oil pan and rear main seal leaking, causing a drip. When I spoke with the gentleman, I told him the repa ... read more

The truth about EVs and Hybrids

By now we have all seen a Tesla or Prius on the road. These are the most common Hybrid/EVs in the US. With the release of the Model 3 Tesla now owns over 50% of the US market for Electric vehicles. These cars are quite impressive from offering auto-pilot to updating overnight giving you up to date user experiences, these cars seem futuristic in an industry that is not as advanced as many would like. Electric vehicles have limited range and must be charged frequently. Hybrids on the other hand still have gas generators and can go until the next fill-up giving you and unlimited range provided you can find a gas station. There are plug in hybrids that have a chargeable battery as well as a generator. The EV market however currently has a large hill to climb. With low fuel prices there is little incentive for folks to buy EVs. Additionally Americans like fast, big cars and trucks. So that doesn't exactly fit the green narrative. In rural America, an EV simply would not be a viable opti ... read more

What the Snap, Rattle and Pop?!

Your vehicles steering and suspension typically deteriorates slowly over time and can be unnoticeable until you hear that rattle or clunk.  The parts that typically fail include ball joints, tie rods, struts, shocks, springs, control arms and stabilizer links or sway bar links. Ball Joints/Tie Rods: Imagine yourself holding a baseball tightly, but over time your grip loosens and the baseball falls out. This is similar to how a ball joint and tie rod work. Its a ball in socket joint and they wear out causing looseness and sometimes catastrophic failure where the joint comes out of the socket. Your tie rod is the steering rod between your rack and pinion and the ball joint is the pivot point between your axle/control arm and wheel assembly. The easiest way to spot issues with these parts is abnormal tire wear. That would be a lot of tread on one side of the tire and a little tread on the other side. So something as simple as walking to your car and looking at the wear on your tires ... read more

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