OUR SERVICES

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For over 55 years, Bockman’s Auto Care has been the go-to vehicle repair, maintenance and upkeep service center that residents all over DeKalb County (and even beyond!) have been trusting with their vehicles. We literally have generations of customers that have been returning back to us throughout the decades for service. 

If you’re wondering whether we service your make, model or age of vehicle, the answer is “absolutely yes!” Whether it’s new, used or a classic; a car, SUV, or truck; or even something more exotic or unusual, we can handle your needs. Have a big truck or RV? Our sister company, Bockman’s Truck & Fleet, can handle those too!

Take a look at the many common services we provide our customers:

AXLE, CV JOINT AND DRIVESHAFT REPAIR

What are some of the benefits of having axle, CV joint, or driveshaft repairs?

Some of the components essential for the optimum performance of your vehicle includes the CV joint, axle, and driveshaft. It is important that you ensure that these components are in excellent condition if you are to get the best out of your vehicle.

What are the functions if the axle, CV joint, and driveshaft in a vehicle?

The driveshaft of your vehicle connects the rear differential and the transmission. It is an aluminum or steel cylindrical part that is attached to the transmission through the CV joints. The CV joints transfer torque at a constant speed to the drive wheels from the transmission. This allows the axle to bend while adapting to the bounce of the wheels, and also helps with bearing the weight of the vehicle. The axle also has an additional function of sustaining the forces due to accelerating and breaking. Just like every other component of your car, the CV joint, axle and driveshaft will require maintenance even with normal use over time.

Advantages of axle, CV joint, and driveshaft repair

Usually, the kind of sounds produced by these parts would suggest to you if you need to schedule an inspection for your vehicle. An issue with the CV joint will be suggested by clicking and clucking noises and will be fixed by replacing the part. A damaged driveshaft will usually result in problems with steering and turning and it will also vibrate during acceleration. A damaged axle will do the same, although this depends on the design of your vehicle. Damages to the CV joint is usually caused by the leakage of grease out of the CV boot.

The rate and extent of damage to your vehicle’s driveshaft, CV joint and axle depends on several factors. This is why it is necessary to ensure you schedule a regular inspection of your vehicle. Contact us today to learn more about the important vehicle components and how frequent you need to repair them.

BELTS AND HOSES

Why are belts and hose important in your vehicle?

Belts and hoses perform very important functions in your vehicle; they are involved in several processes such as the engine, air conditioning system, cooling system and the charging system. There are different belts and hoses in a typical vehicle and they perform different functions. The timing belt coordinates the rotation of the camshaft and crankshaft, thereby maintaining the precision of the engine. Some vehicles have timing chains instead of timing belts. The serpentine belt located on the outside of the engine transfers power to the systems in the vehicle from the front of the engine. These systems include the charging system and the air conditioning. The radiator hose and heater hose transport the coolant in liquid form to and from the heater core, engine, and radiator.

Several factors contribute to the wear and tear of your vehicle components and these include belt tension, mileage, vehicle age, oil contamination, electrochemical degradation and hose clamp failure. However, with proper maintenance, your vehicle will serve you much better.

Advantages of belts and hoses

Some of the signs that show that your vehicle’s belts and hoses are coming to the end of their short life spans include screeching, squeaking or grinding noises that start when you turn on your ignition or randomly when the vehicle is being used. More specifically, a damaged belt can be identified by occasional loss of power, steam from the engine, leaking coolants and fluids, and failure of the air conditioning.

You may not be able to identify problems with the belts and hoses on your own because it is usually difficult to carry out a visual inspection. However, carrying out routine maintenance according to your manufacturer’s recommendations will help reduce the rate of wear and tear.

BRAKE REPAIR

Importance of brake repair

The brake system of your vehicle is made with high precision parts that enable it to stop your vehicle during motion. The importance of a fully functional brake system cannot be overemphasized; it determines how safe you, your passengers and other drivers would be to a large extent.

When you step on the brake pedal, the pressure in the system of hydraulic brake lines connected to the wheels of the vehicle increases, especially at the point of contact between the brake pads and the drum. This creates enough friction that can bring the vehicle to a stop, regardless of the speed of movement. However, this continuous build-up of friction can cause wear and tear of the brake components over time. The major components such as brake pads, brake shoes, brake rotors, calipers and other parts, are usually the ones to watch for signs of damage that would necessitate brake repairs.

Advantages of brake repair

There are a number of signs that could suggest to you that your breaks are bad and need to be replaced. Sometimes, an indicator light on the dashboard would indicate damage to the bake system, but you need to know some of the other signs to pay attention to. Usually, a grinding or screeching sound when the brake is used suggests that the brake pads are worn out and need to be replaced. A faulty caliper and worn brakes can also be detected when your vehicle tilts to one side whenever you use the breaks. This may also be a sign that your brake fluid is running low.

These signs are not the only ones that may show that a brake is faulty, but they sure tell you that it is time to see a professional for proper diagnosis. This will ensure you can drive safely on the road and will also save you extra costs in the long run.

We have a team of professionals who are trained to identify problems with the brake system of your vehicle and who will offer you the best solutions available to ensure your vehicle returns to you in a top-notch condition. Therefore, if you experience any of the above signs or you need full service of your brake system, give us a call and let us handle it.

CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEMS REPAIR

Benefits of climate control systems

In most vehicles, there is a climate control system that needs to be inspected regularly in order to maintain its seasonal operations. A typical climate control system is made of several complex components that function in the regulation and control of the temperature of your vehicle. The overall aim is to ensure that the occupants of your vehicle are comfortable all through the year, regardless of the external temperature. In addition, some components of your vehicle need to be maintained at an optimal temperature for them to function properly. This is why it is important to ensure your climate control system functions properly at all times.

Advantages of climate control systems

It is important to visit a professional immediately as you observe any problems with your vehicle’s climate control system. This will ensure that your vehicle is in a top-notch condition and thereby guarantee the safety and comfort of all occupants of the vehicle.

In addition, manufacturers usually recommend service intervals for vehicle components and you should stick to them. You should also pay attention to the signs that there might be a problem with your vehicle’s climate control system to avoid getting into an emergency that could have been avoided.

If you observe any problems with the climate control system of your vehicle, contact us immediately and we will provide the professional service that you need.

COOLING SYSTEM REPAIR

Benefits of cooling system repair

The function of the cooling system of your vehicle is to ensure that the amount of heat in the engine is controlled. It performs this function through the collective operations of the radiator, heater valve, thermostat, heater core, water pump, cooling fan and other parts.

The cooling system works by ensuring that the temperature in the engine is kept within recommended limits. Whenever the heat builds up within the engine, the thermostat expands to release an antifreeze into the radiator which then absorbs the excess heat. In addition, this also prevents the fluids within the engine from freezing or boiling. The antifreeze circulates within the engine and the excess heat absorbed is then released through the walls of the radiator. The antifreeze cycles back and the cooling fan cools it until it is ready to be released again when the engine heats up. The cycle is a continuous one and should not be interrupted if the vehicle is to maintain its normal functioning.

Advantages of cooling system repair

With continuous use, the antifreeze in your vehicle gets degraded and becomes less efficient over time, thereby necessitating a change. If the old antifreeze is left in your car without draining it out, it can corrode the insides of your engine and this would cause further complications. If there is a malfunction in the cooling fan, it will result in overheating the engine. Our team of experts is trained to remove and replace old antifreeze and also inspect the cooling fan for damages. The radiator is another component that is usually subjected to scrutiny because any damage to it will result in poor cooling of the antifreeze and may cause complete engine failure. We will carry out a radiator pressure check to locate damages to the radiator hose and replace them immediately.

By carrying out a regular inspection and maintenance of your cooling system you would prevent having to carry out expensive engine repairs or replacement. Contact us today and we would be glad to give you our recommendations.

DIESEL ENGINE REPAIR

Benefits of diesel engine repair

A typical diesel engine system is designed to be able to ignite fuel without using spark plugs and pistons like gasoline engines. This contributes to its reliability, durability, and optimization. It is therefore not surprising that the rate of compression in a diesel engine is three times that of a gasoline engine. Diesel engines use glow plugs which are better than spark plugs, especially in low temperatures. The glow plugs get hotter faster and this makes the engine start faster and also run more efficiently. The air within a diesel engine has a high compression ratio, and this generates a lot of heat which makes it possible for fuel vapor to get ignited quickly when fuel mixes with the compressed heat in the engine chamber.

A diesel engine also has turbochargers that increase the rate of air compression in the engine, thereby allowing more air to flow into the engine chamber. The higher the amount of air in the chamber, the higher the amount of fuel that can get ignited. This component explains why diesel engines can run more efficiently per gallon of diesel fuel.

Advantages of diesel engine repair

Diagnosing diesel engine problems is not very easy, especially if one is not a professional. This is due to the fact that diesel engines are quite noisy even with normal use, therefore listening for signs of a fault may not be the best strategy because the damage would have to be extensive before you would even notice any strange sound. However, identifying diesel engine problems is a lot easier for trained professionals like those on our team.

It is important that you pay attention to your engine and know when to seek the services of a professional. There are some signs that you need to watch out for. When a diesel engine starts with difficulty or runs at lower RPM, it is a sign of low fuel supply/volume, low fuel pressure or poor fuel quality. Our staff is trained to identify the exact cause of this problem and to address them immediately. In addition, they are also trained to service your engine based on individual manufacturer recommendations.

By carrying out regular maintenance of your diesel engine and ensuring that the components are working properly, you will increase the lifespan of your engine and also enjoy using your vehicle to its full capacity.

DIFFERENTIAL REPAIR

What are the benefits of differential repair?

The term “differential” when used in reference to your vehicle, describes the transfer of power from the engine to the wheels of the vehicle. It ensures that your vehicle remains stable as you navigate turns by compensating for any change that may arise in wheel speed.

How does the differential work?

Usually, when you are about to make a turn while driving, the outside wheel turns faster than the inside wheel in order to maintain the same pace. It would be so easy to lose control if there was no differential and this would result in the vehicle bumping along the road in a very unstable manner.

The differential used will depend on the type of vehicle; for instance, a four-wheel drive has a differential in the front and the back, while a front wheel drive has its differential located between the front wheels. This is called the transaxle because it combines two functions- the transmission and the front axle. For a rear wheel drive, the differential is in the back while an all-wheel-drive vehicle will have the differential located between both the rear and front wheels. Additionally, all-wheel vehicles have a transfer case between the front and rear wheels that adjusts for speed changes.

The importance of a functioning differential cannot be overemphasized, seeing as it performs the primary role of transmitting and controlling power between the engine and the wheels.

What are the benefits of carrying out differential repair?

All vehicle types experience wear and tear of the differential, thereby necessitating a repair. However, the maintenance required for differentials differs depending on the vehicle type, usage and the kind of terrain you drive on. Vehicles that are used on unpaved roads, gravel or dirt roads will experience a higher degree of differential wear and tear than those that are used on well-paved roads. Therefore, when you have to schedule a differential repair service, it is important that you take these factors into consideration.

In addition, you should also pay close attention to your vehicle and watch out for any signs of trouble. While changing the differential fluid regularly will help maintain the health of your vehicle, you would be doing yourself a great service if you also visited a professional regularly. For instance, if you observe some kind of noise coming from your vehicle, it may just be an indication of some problems with the differential. It could be due to wear and tear of the gear and bearings or it could be due to insufficient lubrication. However, you would only be sure that you have the right diagnosis when you use a professional service like us.

Contact us at the first sign of trouble and we would be glad to allay your fears, make the right diagnosis and provide a solution for you.

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS REPAIRS

Benefits of electrical and electronic systems repairs

The electrical and electronic systems of your vehicle are the most intricate systems because they are linked to almost every part of your vehicle. They determine the functioning of some other systems by controlling the transmission of power and information between these systems. They are connected by wires, circuit breakers, fuses, and relays. A slight problem in any of the connections can result in a loss of power in your car or a complete breakdown of the system. This may be something as little as a loose wiring or broken switches or connectors.

It is therefore very important that you pay attention to the functioning of the electrical and electronic components of your vehicle. By providing our team with all the information about the problem you observe with your vehicle, such as when the problem started and how often you experience it, we will be able to provide you with an all-inclusive solution.

Advantages of electrical and electronic systems repairs

Usually, when a vehicle has electrical problems, it would not start up or may stop intermittently during use. When you report these problems early, our team of experts will be able to identify the exact cause of the problem and provide a solution.

Some problems with the electrical and electronic systems may include light issues such as dim lights, uneven brightness, inoperative lights and intermittent lights. These will be identified and fixed by our team of experts. In addition, they are trained to carry out full diagnostics on your vehicle to identify the cause of resistance problems in an electric circuit, wiring harness, and connectors, and they will also deal with solder repairs and electrical wiring, among others.

We also offer full service of the electronic component of your vehicle. Give us a call today and we will provide lasting solutions to your vehicle problems, regardless of the cause.

ENGINE DIAGNOSTICS AND PERFORMANCE

Importance of engine diagnostics and performance

Every vehicle has an in-build system that detects any irregularities in your vehicle’s engine performance. Your engine is connected to the On-Board Diagnostics System that relays information about the state of your engine through the lights displayed on your dashboard. Usually when the “service engine” or “check engine” lights go on, you have to take your car to a qualified personnel for diagnosis or a tune-up and this is where we come in. Our staff is trained to decode the information gathered by your vehicle’s diagnostics system and they will use this information to identify the issues your engine may be having. In most cases, you might just need an engine tune-up while in other cases, you will need to have your engine repaired. The information gathered will determine the nature of the problem and what needs to be done to address it. They will then proceed to fix them and make recommendations on how to prevent a reoccurrence.

Advantages of engine diagnostics and performance

It is important to note that you should have regular engine tune-ups in order to maintain the efficiency of your vehicle and also ensure that you do not have a lot of car troubles. Some of the parts usually inspected during an engine tune-up include the spark plugs and wires, filters, rotor and distributor caps, belts and hoses, all of which may need to be replaced. The function of different parts will also be checked to ensure they are functioning at the optimal level.

In addition to the scheduled maintenance, there will be times when your engine will require a tune-up or an outright repair. The On-Board Diagnostics System ensures that you detect this promptly and you take the necessary steps to forestall any major damage. This ensures that you can identify and fix minor issues before they result in major damages that might necessitate engine replacement.

In addition to this, there are some signs of engine problems that you can look out for and they include a reduction in gas mileage, stalling, rough idling, knocking or slow-cranking when accelerating. If you observe any of these signs, then you need to visit our shop for engine diagnostics. Contact us today and we will be glad to be of help to you.

ENGINE OIL SERVICE

Importance of lube, oil, and filter replacement

There are a number of preventative services recommended by vehicle manufacturers to help ensure optimum performance of your vehicle. These services can also elongate the lifespan of your vehicle when done regularly as recommended.

What are the functions of lube, oil, and filter replacement?

The oil performs two major functions, lubricating the engine components and acting as a cooling agent inside the engine. The engine has a lot of moving parts which generate a lot of heat due to friction, thereby requiring the use of oil to reduce the friction and to also cool the parts. In addition, the oil also traps harmful particles which are byproducts of combustion and directs them to the oil filter which then prevents them from flowing into the engine compartment. Thus, the oil and oil filter is important for the smooth running of your engine.

Over time, you will need to change the oil and the oil filter of your vehicle and this task is best left to trained experts like those on our staff. We will ensure that we follow the recommendations of the manufacturer when changing the oil, filter, and lube of your vehicle, leaving you with a properly lubricated and clean engine at the end of the service.

The advantages of lube, oil, and filter replacement

If the engine oil is not changed regularly, it will have way too many contaminants in it which can then be deposited in the engine, thereby affecting its performance. The oil will also lose its lubricating power which can result directly in overheating and eventual failure of the engine. In addition, the engine will be made to work harder than it needs to when the oil is dirty, has a reduced viscosity and flows too slowly.

Our service staff will ensure that the oil filter of your vehicle is replaced with each oil change and will ensure that you leave with your engine running better, longer and stronger. Contact us today and schedule your lube, oil and filter change.

EXHAUST SYSTEM REPAIR

Importance of exhaust system repair

The exhaust system of a vehicle is usually located underneath the vehicle and it performs the function of reducing harmful emissions into the environment. It also minimizes the noise from the exhaust using the muffler and helps your vehicle run smoothly. The vehicle engine produces some harmful gases during the combustion process; the exhaust collects these gases and transfers them to a catalytic converter which breaks down these harmful gases into less harmful ones. Some of these harmful gases include carbon monoxide which gets converted into oxygen, carbon dioxide and water vapor.

Benefits of exhaust system repair

If the exhaust system of your vehicle is damaged, it can affect the performance of your vehicle depending on the cause of the problem. It is important to carry out regular exhaust system inspection and maintenance to avoid any serious damage to your vehicle. Some of the signs to look out for with respect to the exhaust includes loud noises upon increasing the speed of the vehicle. Usually, this can be an indication of the presence of cracks or breaks in the exhaust pipes. Additionally, the presence of gas fumes leaking into the vehicle interior may be detected when you feel drowsy or notice any sharp odors whenever you drive the vehicle. Another thing to watch out for is rattling noises which you hear when you start the vehicle which indicates broken or failed hangers.

When you observe any of these signs, you have to schedule a service with a professional as soon as possible. Proper maintenance and servicing will ensure that your exhaust system keeps working efficiently and you do not have to spend extra to replace the exhaust system.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE SYSTEM MAINTENANCE

Benefits of the four wheel drive system

A typical four-wheel drive vehicle has a transfer case between the rear and front axles that ensures that the axles spin at the same speed and traction. There are different types of four-wheel drive systems utilizing various technologies to make the driving experience more rewarding. Some of them have a limited-slip differential, which means it can quickly regain traction when there is a slip in one wheel by initiating torque in the other wheel. Some others function by making both wheels to turn at the same time and this is called a locking differential. Some four-wheel drives have an automated hub while others have a manual hub; the difference lies in how the mechanism is initiated in order to fully get the system running.

We have a staff of experienced professionals who can work on every type of four-wheel drive systems and they will be glad to attend to you.

Benefits of four wheel drive system maintenance

The lifespan of your vehicle can be shortened due to the terrain you use it on. Most vehicles used on rougher terrains will need system repairs much earlier than those used on better terrains. Some of the signs that suggest a problem with your vehicle’s four-wheel-drive system include leaks in transfer case gears, unusual vibrations, unexplained noise when switching gears, and the warning lights could also be displayed on the dashboard.

In order to enjoy an efficient performance of your vehicle, you have to schedule regular inspection and maintenance of your system. Our staff is always on hand to attend to your inquiries and help you with the maintenance of your vehicle according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

Importance of preventative maintenance

In simple terms, preventive maintenance is taking care to protect your vehicle against major damages that may necessitate major repairs. Usually, car manufacturers recommend regular maintenance and service intervals in order to help you get the most out of your car. This includes its performance, durability, reliability and eventual resale value if you do decide to resell.

It is important to note that you may need to get your car serviced more often than the recommended intervals depending on the usage of the car. For instance, driving short commutes, carrying excessively heavy cargo, extreme temperatures, driving in rough terrain and even stop-and-go traffic can affect the performance of your engine. If your vehicle experiences any of these, then you need to have more regular servicing of your vehicle than recommended if you wish to keep using your vehicle at its optimal performance level.

Advantages of preventative maintenance

It goes without saying that even with normal use, your vehicle will experience wear and tear that would necessitate a repair. It is, therefore, necessary to prevent this by carrying out regular servicing and maintenance according to the manufacturer’s specifications. In addition, this will help you to save a lot of money on expensive replacements and repairs in the future. It will also ensure that you drive in comfort and safety all the time.

A complete vehicle service involves every part of the vehicle and the individual components; from the steering and suspension components to the belts and hoses, fluid filters, lights, batteries, transmission, exhaust system, brakes and axles and more. Our staff will ensure that every part is functioning as it should and will also offer recommendations on how to get the most out of your car. Contact us today to learn more and to give your car the kind of service it deserves.

STARTING AND CHARGING SYSTEM SERVICE

Importance of inspecting your vehicle’s starting, charging, and batteries

A typical vehicle is made up of several electrical processes that are required to get the engine started and to ensure your vehicle keeps running. These processes are the starting and charging system; the starting system is made up of a starter solenoid, a starter motor, and the battery while the charging system is made up of the voltage regulator and the alternator. If there is a problem with the starting system, then your vehicle will not start.

How do the starting and charging systems work?

The charging system sustains the battery charge and also transmits the energy needed for the electrical process. When you turn the ignition, the battery provides the electric power that is required for the vehicle to start. Thereafter, the starting system transfers power to the starter motor and solenoid from the battery and this starts the internal combustion process within the engine. The other electrical components are powered by the alternator while the voltage supplied is determined by the regulator. The entire cycle continues because the regulator ensures that the battery remains charged by the alternator.

The advantages of starting, charging, and batteries inspection

A tell-tale sign of a problem with the starting and charging system is slow turning engines and dim headlights. If your battery has run out, your car would not start and this would necessitate a jump start which may not work in some cases. By inspecting these components, you will be able to detect any problem with your vehicle early, thereby preventing further damage. You will also save money on expensive repairs in the long run.

If you experience any of these problems, then you need to schedule a service with us, so we can inspect your vehicle and provide you with the solution.

STEERING AND SUSPENSION SYSTEM SERVICE

Importance of the steering and suspension system

The steering and suspension system on your car helps to retain control of your car and also makes the ride comfortable while ensuring optimum driving performance. The suspension system of each vehicle is made up of basically the same components as the shock absorbers and the coil springs. These components help to reduce the impact of the road on the vehicle, by converting the energy initiated by bumps in the road to a sort of energy that is taken up by the vehicle frame. Over time, the suspension systems will get weaker as a result of the repeated exposure to driving stress. This will be made worse by repeated exposure to rough terrain, erratic driving, and extremes of temperature.

It is important that you detect and correct any issue with your steering and suspension system. Our staff is always on hand to help you fix whatever issue might arise.

Advantages of steering and suspension system inspection

Problems with your steering and suspension system include stiff and shaky steering, off-center and unsteady steering, excessive bouncing while braking and driving, and also losing control of your vehicle while driving. By fixing these problems, you will ensure that you maintain the stability of your vehicle and also avoid losing control of your car while driving. In addition, you will save the cost of expensive repairs and replacements down the road.

Contact us today for solutions to your steering and suspension issues and we will be glad to help you.

TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM SERVICE

Importance of your vehicle’s tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

Without tires, your vehicle would not move; with bad tires, the safety and comfort of the occupants of your vehicle will be put at risk. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System was designed to help improve the efficiency of your tires and the overall performance of your car.

How does the tire pressure monitoring system work?

There are two types of Tire Pressure Monitoring System and they both perform the same basic functions which are to improve your car’s handling, reduce fuel consumption, reduce the wear and tear of your tires and to reduce the braking distance of your vehicle. The Direct Tire Pressure Monitoring System conveys information about the pressure of your tires from inside the tire assembly to your car’s computer. The Indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System measures the pressure in your tires by measuring the rotational speed of your wheels using speed sensors. This is done through the Anti-lock Braking system of your vehicle.

In order to meet up with the manufacturer’s standards and recommendations, it is important that your vehicle has its own Tire Pressure Monitoring System to improve performance and ensure your safety.

Advantages of the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

The system detects any drop in the air pressure in your tires and notifies you of this immediately via the indicator light on the dashboard. You can then locate the affected tire and get it inflated to the required level. This will help you avoid emergencies and will also ensure the safety of the driver and the occupants of your vehicle.

Alternatively, you can bring your car to us and we will carry out a comprehensive TPMS maintenance service on your car. This will ensure that your vehicle is running at its optimal level, and if there are other issues that need to be resolved, our staff would be able to detect and remedy it immediately.

Contact us today for your TPMS installation, maintenance, repairs, and replacements. You will be glad you did.

TIRES & TIRE MAINTENANCE SERVICES

Importance of tire maintenance services

Tires form a vital part of your car’s suspension system seeing as they are the link between the road and your car. They transmit the forces of steering, driving and braking, it is therefore imperative that you ensure your tires are in the best condition for use.

Tires are very easy to maintain but they are usually the last things car owners pay attention to. If you would like to ensure you derive the maximum ride comfort and performance from your vehicle, then you need to maintain your tires and have an expert take a look at them regularly.

We offer tire maintenance services which include teaching you how best to take care of your tires and scheduling the best times to come for tire balance, rotation and alignment services. We will also make recommendations as to the kind of tires to get for your vehicle and when you should get them.

Advantages of tire maintenance services

It is important that your tires are inflated to the right amount of air pressure so you can avoid early tire wear and other undesirable effects. If your tires are overinflated or underinflated, it will result in uneven tire wear, although this may also be caused by the wrong alignment.

With properly inflated tires, you are guaranteed of improved traction, reduced tread wear, increased water dissipation, optimal haulage, and reduced rolling distance. In addition, you will achieve improved fuel economy and your tires would have longer lifespans.

Contact us today for any issues that have to do with tire service and we will be glad to help.

TRANSMISSION REPAIR

Importance of transmission repair

All types of vehicles have the transmission which serves as a link between the wheels and the engine of your vehicle. It ensures that there is a balance between the functioning of the engine and the speed of the vehicle, and this determines the overall efficiency of your vehicle.

How does the transmission work?

The engine of a vehicle runs at high rotational speeds and this is why the transmission is needed, to reduce the output speed of the engine. As the speed of the engine changes, the transmission determines the amount of torque that gets to the wheels through the differential and driveshaft. The transmission has a lot of moving and rubbing parts that may get rusty over time if not properly lubricated, and this is the function of the transmission fluid. Its function usually includes cooling and protecting the transmission from rust and corrosion, although this function may vary depending on the kind of transmission.

For an automatic transmission, the transmission fluid provides the pressure and force while the clutches and gear shifts provide these in a manual transmission.

Advantages of transmission repair

Regular maintenance and inspection of the transmission of your vehicle will ensure that you do not have problems with your vehicle’s efficiency. Some conditions of use can negatively affect the life of your transmission and this includes excessive loading, bad driving habits and not knowing the signs to look out for. Some of the signs that indicate that you need to do something about your transmission include vehicle bucking and hesitation while driving, difficulty shifting, grinding gears, excessive noise and slipping out of gear. A dragging clutch may also be an indication of transmission problems in a manual car. It is possible for the transmission to overheat and the transmission fluid starts burning; this will be indicated by a burning smell entering through the vents. If you notice any of this signs, it is high time you scheduled a transmission service with a professional.

We have a well-trained team of experts that are always on hand to help you diagnose and fix all transmission issues. Contact us today about transmission repair and you will be glad you did.

WHEEL ALIGNMENT SERVICE

Advantages of wheel alignment

A proper wheel alignment involves making the wheels of your vehicle perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. Usually, this consists of adjusting three main angles which are the caster, camber, and toe. When the caster angle is not aligned, the straight-line tracking will be affected. The camber will help you tell if the wheel is perpendicular to the floor or not while the toe is a measure of the angle of directional difference between the centerline and tire of the vehicle. You would be able to tell if your wheels are properly aligned just by looking at them; for a proper wheel alignment, the rear and front wheels would be parallel to the tire beside it an perpendicular to the ground.

Routine wheel alignments have the potential to save you money in the long run while promoting optimal vehicle performance.

Benefits of wheel alignment

By carrying out regular wheel alignments, you are better positioned to save money while maximizing the potentials of your vehicle. In addition, you will reduce wear and tear of your tires, improve your gas mileage and drive in safer conditions. If left unattended to, issues with wheel alignment can result in more serious problems that may affect the steering and suspension. This is due to the fact that when you drive your vehicles with wheels out of alignment, there is a lot of stress being put on the suspension components and also the tires.

Some of the signs of wheel alignment issues include uneven tread wear, a vibration in the steering wheels upon acceleration and pulling of the vehicle to the left or right while driving. If you observe any of these signs, please contact us right away for your wheel alignment service, done by professionals.

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