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Does Car Body Work Always Require a Full Paint Job?

Does Car Body Work Always Require a Full Paint Job?

The appearance of your vehicle is one of the features that prompted you to make the purchase. We all want to be seen driving a spick-n-span car with no blemishes on the paint or body. That's why most drivers feel tacitly obliged to repair dents and dings after getting involved in minor knocks. Other auto body repairs might require a complete paint job. For instance, if you plan to resale the car or simply upgrade its appearance, you'll need an entire paint job. What most drivers find confusing is deciding whether to have a full or partial paint job to repair their vehicle's body. Well, it depends on the extent of damage to the body and the owner's personal preference. Below, we discuss in-depth the circumstances that warrant a whole paint job. Safety – Your vehicle's paint does more than just improving its appearance. It is designed to protect the body from structural damage. The steel used in their manufacture corrodes and weakens when exposed to eleme ... read more

How Often Does Transmission Fluid Need to be Changed?

How Often Does Transmission Fluid Need to be Changed?

Transmission fluid acts as a lubricant that protects all parts of your engine from wear and tear. It is the very reason that everything in your car keeps running as well as it does, so knowing when to have it changed requires some observation on your part. Transmission fluid should be changed at 50,000 to 100,000 miles for automatic cars. This helps in reducing the likelihood of an engine breakdown. Plus, the reason this requirement is so different from a manual transmission is that you don't need to worry about always having to shift to a new gear every time you change speeds. Those who drive manual transmission vehicles should typically get their transmission fluid changed at least once every 50,000 to 90,000. On some cars, you may need to have it changed sooner, which could be at 25,000 miles. Much of this decision is influenced by how often you drive and the behavior of your vehicle. If the transmission appears to be slipping when shifting gears, then the odds are great that ... read more

What are the Most Common Subaru Repairs?

What are the Most Common Subaru Repairs?

If you own a Subaru then it is important that you keep up on all of the necessary car maintenance information and that you know what to do if you need to go out and get your car repaired. There are certain things that will affect the condition of your car and Subaru repair is just one of those things. In this article, we will take a look at some of the most common Subaru repairs and what you can expect when you go to our shop for assistance. One of the most common problems that car owners experience with their Subaru vehicles is that the brakes need to be serviced. Brake pad replacement is often needed, which is why our experts are here to assist if you find yourself needing a brake service. Some signs that you may need a brake repair are loss of brake power, a spongy brake pedal, squealing or grinding noises, and more. If your car has lost its steering control then it is imperative that you give us a call or an inspection. The steering is important to your safety and ensuring that ... read more

Problems To Watch for if You Own a Subaru

Problems To Watch for if You Own a Subaru

  There are lots of positive things to say about a Subaru. It's a car that's safe, practical and comfortable. However, just like any other car, there are certain repairs that Subaru owners commonly have to deal with. To drive the car you love for as long as possible, there are some things you should watch out for. Air Conditioning O-Rings When you're driving your car on a hot day and turn on the A/C, only to feel warm air blowing in your face, there's a good chance the o-rings are to blame. Over time, they can get worn down and let the cold air escape. As inconvenient as it may be on a hot day, it's a very minor repair. Head Gaskets Engine oil and coolant flow through the head gasket of your Subaru, and an issue with the head gasket, that tends to occur in some Subaru models, results in a leak. If you're paying attention to the levels of oil and coolant, or if you get a whiff of one of those liquids dripping onto the exhaust, take it in for a repair ... read more

Does It Hurt My Engine To Have It Steam Cleaned?

Does It Hurt My Engine To Have It Steam Cleaned?

If you've ever looked under the hood of a car and noticed a great looking engine, you know the feeling one may experience. Seeing a clean and shiny engine compartment can always make the area under the hood look so much better. You're able to see the metal shine, the hoses seem to have a glow, and there's no grease in sight. Many people always want to have that feeling with they look under the hood at their engine; which leads to steam cleaning. While this is something you hear about more often these days, is it good for your engine to do this? To steam clean your engine there is heated water that is applied from a hose with high pressure. There are some great advantages to steam cleaning your engine. The look you'll end up with is great, but there's more. This includes: Spotting Potential Trouble: Steam cleaning your engine will help to see any potential issues that may be major. If your engine isn't cleaned you wouldn't know if somethin ... read more

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