Auto Repair Services at Precision Automotive
Safety is important to you and your family. When you think you have a brake problem, take it to be checked by a mechanic you trust, for your families sake.
- Be weary of low priced brake jobs advertised in the paper or TV. Some shops will try a bait and switch or find other parts which “need” to be replaced. Salesmen will try to make you feel guilty for putting your families safety on the line. They claim you need the premium pads and rotors, of course at a higher price.
- Your mechanic should clean all the components of the brake system to ensure a dust and squeak free job.
- All bolts including lug nuts should have anti-seize compound on the threads to prevent them from rusting fast and causing headaches down the road.
- Have your mechanic use an anti-squeak compound on the back of the brake pads. This keeps the pads from vibrating and annoying you to no end. There are spray, and paste forms, with the paste working better for me.
- Insist on seeing the pads they removed from your car. There is no use paying to replace something that doesn’t need to be
- National brake shops are not all bad. Some stores only do brakes, so they should be pretty good at it. Ask around and get recommendations before you get work done. Quality depends on the owner of the national chain store, not the parent company, so shop carefully.
- Do you need the lifetime brake pads? Well, that depends on how long you will keep the car and how many rotors you plan on buying in the next few years. This initial cost is a little higher due to the fact the manufacturer knows he will most likely have to give you another set when yours wear out. Also these pads are made from a harder material and tend to wear down the rotors instead of themselves. You would be better off buying the basic pads and replacing them periodically instead of costly rotors every year or two.
- Make sure your mechanic uses a torque wrench or torque sticks on their impact guns. See above for the explanation.
Some preventative maintenance tips for your engine.
- Change your oil regularly and use the recommend weight of oil. Check your owners manual or under the hood for the correct oil to be used.
Give your engine a chance to warm up before driving if possible. Doing this will let the oil get into all parts of the engine before you put a load on the engine. This is even more critical in cooler temperatures when the oil is cold and sluggish.
- Change your timing belt or chain at your manufacturer’s recommended interval.
- Avoid “snake oil” additives advertised on late night TV. Regular oil changes and good maintenance habits will keep your engine running it’s best.
- If you have a turbo-charged engine, give the engine a minute or two to cool down before turning it off. This cool down period allows oil to circulate and cool down the bearings in the turbo. If you shut off the engine immediately after hard driving, the oil can gum up around the hot bearings and create problems down the road.
- If you have to replace your engine, discuss the benefits of buying used versus new. If you plan on keeping your car for some time, a new engine might be the best bet. Sometimes new engines are not much more expensive than rebuilt ones, and offer the best
- When trying to diagnose engine noises, be as descriptive as possible. Take note to when the noise occurs, at what throttle position, and when the noise started occurring. Sometimes changing the weight of oil being used can cause a new noise to crop up. Make sure your mechanic knows if you changed oil brands or weight recently.
Other Auto Repair Services
- Diesel Service
- Suspension Repair
- Transmission Repair
- Air Conditioning Repair