Miss-Diagnoses

I have been in the auto maintenance and repair business for quite some time now. There have been numerous occasions in which a client will ask me for a price on repairs based on what they think or what their buddy/mechanic friend thinks is wrong with their vehicle.

This speculation can be very dangerous !!!!. There are many reasons why and I could list them all for you but i don't want to bore you. Here it is simply put. Most of the time the guess that your friend made, albeit a valiant effort will cost you more money 90% of the time.

Why?

Brake Repair

Soooooooooooooo can anyone repair my brakes? Let's get the facts straight!

As a certified licensed maintenance and repair shop we see it all.

Customer: "My buddy is a mechanic and he did my brakes, now they make noise and shake when braking."

Did they put the brake pads in backwards? Yes we have seen this happen. Did they machine or replace the rotors? Did they service the calipers to make them last longer? Did he check the condition the brake lines and the brake fluid with a special water content strip?

Did they apply a special lubricant ($70.00 per bottle) to the back of the pads to prevent noise?

Did they install a good quality brake pads, or the cheapest available?

Anti-Freeze/Coolant

Neglected Engine Anti-freeze/Coolant can cause serious and expensive damage to your vehicle. As a Automotive Repair and Maintenance Shop we would much rather do relatively in-expense maintenance then costly repairs. You would not believe the damage I have seen over the years.

The antifreeze in the coolant perform three very important jobs: it prevents the coolant from freezing during cold weather, it raises the boiling temperature of the coolant to prevent overheating during hot weather, and it fights corrosion.

Besides checking the level of the coolant periodically to make sure it isn't low (which usually indicates a leak), the strength and condition of the antifreeze should also be checked. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze for normal freezing and boil over protection. Up to a 70/30 mixture of antifreeze and water can be used to maximize freezing protection, but higher concentrations should not be used. Straight water or straight antifreeze should never be used in a vehicle's cooling system.

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