Battery & Electrical System Check

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Cars today have way more electrical components than ever before. Practically everything in your car in one way or another runs or is powered by electricity. With all the new creature comforts come a heavy drain on your cars electrical system. The alternators purpose is to recharge and replenish the electricity your car uses from the battery. The more your car uses the more the alternator has to work to replace it. If your alternator is not working correctly, no recharging is happening and when the electricity that your battery has stored is used and there is no more to draw from, your cars systems will shut down and your car will quit running.

Getting your charging system and battery checked only takes a few moments, do it before you have to and save the grief and inconvenience of an unnecessary break down. Bring your car by today for a free electrical systems check.

Wheel Alignment

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Is your steering wheel crooked? Does it shake when driving? Does your car want to pull to one side or the other even though you are driving straight forward? Do you see uneven wear on your tires?

These are all symptoms of a steering and suspension system being out of alignment.

An alignment is, simply put, an adjustment of your car’s steering and suspension system components. Some cars and trucks only have adjustments for the front two wheels while others with what is called independent rear suspension systems will have adjustments for all 4 wheels, even on the rear.

Vehicles with an alignment out of the manufactured specified settings ranges can put undue stress and strain causing abnormal wear and tear on your car’s steering and suspension parts, like tie rod ends, idler arms, ball joints and let’s not forget the damage that can be caused to the tires.

Your car’s alignment gets knocked out of adjustment just by everyday driving. Normal bumps and ridges in the road over a period of time will cause you alignment setting to move. If you have ever driven through a pot hole in the road , you know the shock and impact your front end suspension goes through. Every day speed bumps in the parking lot, going over curbs coming out of your drive way and other simple uneven road conditions gradually cause your car’s alignment to need to be reset. The only real and true way to determine if you car is “in” or “out” of adjustment is to put it on an alignment machine and have it checked.

Rotate & Balance Tires

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Does your car have a vibration in the steering wheel or the seat of your car at certain speeds? Are your front tires wearing on the edges? This could be a sign you need to rotate and balance your car’s tires.

To get the smoothest most comfortable ride and the most even & longest wear out of your tires, it is recommended that you rotate & balance your tires every 5-6,000 miles regularly.

Your front tires do all the work when you are making turns. The weight of your vehicle rolls onto the edges of your tires as you turn causing them to wear more on the front edges than the rear. The turning process also scrubs against your tire tread causing it to wear faster than the rear tires. When you break with your car, the weight of the whole vehicle get’s shifted forward to the front of the car, thus onto your front tires, causing them to wear faster than the rear tires edges.

Your rear tires stabilize the vehicle and run mostly in a straight forward position. The weight is generally centered over the middle section of your tire causing the rear tires to wear down mostly in the middle area of the tire.

By rotating your front tires, which have mostly wearing on the outer edges, to the rear you now give them a chance to wear the center area of the tire and give the edges a break.

By rotating the rear tires to the front of your vehicle which has been wearing mostly on the center area of the tread, you now get some wear on the outer edges. Ultimately your tires wear evenly and will last much much longer if you stay with a consistent schedule of rotating your car’s tires.

Tire Rotation & balance – Auto Repair ShopAbout that vibration. Your tires are balanced to your car’s wheels as part of your tire installation procedure when you first have them installed.

What balancing does, is it measures the heavy spot of the wheel and the heavy spot of the tire on a balancing machine which spins to simulate high speed, finding where the two heavy spots meet. Then a trained tire professional will add weight to your wheel in the exact opposite position across from where the wheel and tire combinations heavy spots meet, thus the term balance.

As the tire rubber wears down from everyday driving and normal use, the heavy spot of the tire can change. Especially if your tires have an irregular wear pattern, like feathering on the edges of the tread or worn more on one side than the other from a misaligned steering and suspension system.

When your tires get “out of balance” it can cause your car to vibrate. If they are out of balance in the front , you will most likely feel a vibration in your steering wheel, it can vary from one speed to another. When your rear tires get “out of balance” the vibration caused will travel through the frame and floorboard area of your vehicle, sometimes causing the seat to shake.

Re-balancing your tires can help keep the internal belts in your tires construction from separating and coming apart causing your tires to prematurely fail. Proper maintenance of your tires will give you better gas mileage, longer lasting tires, a much smoother and more comfortable ride with the peace of mind of knowing your tires are less likely to fail due to a internal belt separation. We offer free tire rotations and have specials on balancing quite frequently to help you keep your car’s tires safe and dependable.

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Fuel System & Injector Cleaning

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Spending to much at the gas pump? Is your car hesitating or running a little sluggish? When was the last time you had your fuel system cleaned?

You pump gas into the tank but then what happens? Your gas will travel through your fuel system path until it reaches it’s final destination, your piston cylinder chambers.

When you start your car, the electric fuel pump in your gas tank goes to work pushing gas up to the engine. The gas goes through one, sometimes two filters, before it reaches your engine cleaning out any harmful rust, dirt and debris that may be in your tank.

Some engines have a fuel regulator which regulates the gas flow volume and the pressure of the fuel that is allowed to pass to your engines fuel injectors. Your fuel injectors then spray an even mist of gas into the piston chambers where your spark plugs catch it on fire causing it to explode. The force of this explosion is then harnessed and the power is used to make your car move.

Depending on the design of your engines fuels system, fuel injectors are located in the throttle body (formerly the carburetor) or they may be located on what is know as the fuel rail which contains several fuel injectors each in alignment with your individual engine cylinders.

It is extremely important for your throttle body and fuel injections to remain clean so that your engine can perform at peak performance. When the throttle body becomes built up with carbon it can effect the air/ fuel mixture ratio causing your engine to lack power and under perform. It could be costing you wasted fuel and poor gas mileage.

Feel free to come by the shop for a free inspection of your engines throttle body. Typically the fuel system should be serviced every 20,000-25,000 miles depending upon your driving habits and conditions. This is not a very time consuming service and can be performed while you wait. Normal service time is around an hour to hour and a half.

Engine Tune – Ups

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Engine Tune – Ups

Want your engine to run at peak performance? Want more power, better fuel economy? It may be time for a tune-up but how do you know?

Modern engines run much more efficiently than engines in the past. Most engines today don’t require having a tune up nearly as often as they used too. Depends on the manufacture and type of engine you have. Some manufactures still recommend the spark plugs being changed every 30,000 miles, while others say you can go as long as 100,000 miles before changing them. If your not sure when your car needs to be tuned up you can check your scheduled maintenance section in your owners manual or if you don’t have one you can call us (407.442.1920) and we would be glad to look it up for you.

What’s suggested with a tune-up varies with the amount of mileage you engine has. Low mileage engines may only need to change the spark plugs, while vehicles with higher mileage may need to change other ignition related parts like spark plug wire sets, ignition coil packs, distributor caps and ignition rotors. You can bring your car by for a quick courtesy check if you want us to pop the hood and give you a quick evaluation of the condition of your engines tune up components.

Belts and Belt Tensioner

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-Belts and Belt Tensioner

If it has a pulley chances are it’s run by a belt. Belts on today’s vehicles play a very important part in keeping your car’s systems running together. Your alternator, power steering pump, air conditioning, and most water pumps are usually run by one single belt called a serpentine belt. Named rightly so as it snakes in and out of your engine’s pulley systems. Some cars still have a separate belt for each function. If your belts are old and frayed or have cracks they could potentially break. Automotive belt’s are relatively inexpensive and should be regularly inspected to prevent unnecessary break downs and to ensure your car’s systems work in harmony. Stop by today and we will check your belt’s condition at no charge. It will only take a few minutes to check them.

Differential Fluid Exchange

Differential Fluid Exchange

Rear Differential Gears Fluid service OrlandoOn rear wheel drive vehicles the power that propels the car forward comes from the rear differential gears which are attached to the transmission by a drive shaft between the two. The fluid or “gear lube” in the rear differential unit needs to be changed on some cars and trucks as often as every 15,000 miles according to mfg scheduled maintenance intervals. This is often one of the most overlooked fluids in the vehicles drive train. If the fluid gets low (from leaking gaskets)or doesn’t properly lube the gears any longer, it can cause the gears to wear and fail. This can be a very costly repair that can usually be avoided.

Power Steering System Flush

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Power Steering System Fluid Exchange

You power steering system is another one of your car’s systems which rarely gets the proper maintenance it deserves until it’s to late and it has already failed. Your power steering system is what makes you car easy to steer and handle, if you have ever had to drive your car with out it working you already know how hard it can be to do a simple little thing like turn the steering wheel. No Fun!

You having the power steering fluid changed can save you unnecessary repairs like replacing your power steering pump or rack-n-pinion unit, which both can be very costly. Sometimes just because of the labor involved in getting to and replacing the units. So if you like the easy smooth maneuvering power steering gives you, take the time to get your power steering fluid changed today. You will be glad you did. Click here to save on your next scheduled maintenance flush service.

Brake System Flush

Brake System Fluid Exchange

Let’s talk safety for a minute. A car’s brake system is something we all take for granted. When we want to stop, we mash on the brake peddle and expect to stop!

Most vehicle’s brake systems are equipped with an ABS system now days. This system works with your normal brake system to help keep you from skidding and losing control if you should have to “panic stop”.

Your brake fluid is responsible for pressurizing your brake’s hydraulic calipers and wheel cylinders which are what actually applies the pressure to the pads or shoes causing your vehicle to stop.

Brake fluid gets very hot and breaks down , very much in the same way your engine’s oil breaks down from heat. Your brakes master cylinder, calipers and wheel cylinders all have rubber seals, these seals can get worn prematurely if the fluid is not kept clean. The dirt particles wear on the seals over time, eventually causing them to leak. When your brake system experiences a leak, normally you will feel it in the lack of firmness when applying the brake peddle. It can fade and feel spongy because as you lose fluid from you brake system – you gain air.

Your ability to stop is at risk when you have a loss of pressure in your brake system due to a leak. Take a look at your brake fluid, if it looks dark or discolored, chances are your brake system could use a good brake fluid flush. Prolong the life of your car’s brakes and get your brake fluid flushed today. Click here to save on a brake flush.

Transmission Flush & Filter Replacement

Transmission Flush & Filter Exchange

Then we have your transmission , it’s the second most expensive part of your vehicle , next to the engine. Today’s transmissions are much more complex than the transmissions from days gone by. They have a lot of internal electronics and are built with much tighter tolerances to ensure a smoother shifting experience as well as save you fuel when the overdrive feature kicks in. This means you must keep your transmission fluid & Filter clean or face expensive troubles way before you should have to. Your transmission can work a long time trouble free if you will follow your maintenance schedule and change your fluid on a regular basis. Stop in today and we can check your transmission fluid level and condition for you at no charge. Already know you are due for a transmission flush?