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Why Switch to Amsoil

Why Switch to Amsoil

Choosing the right oils for today's modern vehicles is difficult. Few people do their own oil changes and why would they? The time needed, the mess and proper disposal makes it too expensive to do the job at home. So we trust either our local shop or one of the quick lube places to do the job. But are they installing the best product for you vehicle? Maybe.     There are many different types of automotive oils. Standard oils, semi synthetic oil and synthetic oils. Then you have all the weight numbers: 0W20, 5W30 and so many others. The manufactures have speciations also as to what works best in their vehicles. And sometimes the manufactures find out that what they recommend is wrong, so they put out a memo to make the correction.     So what is the best oil?  We have chosen to carry the Amsoil line of products. You can go on their website to find out more information but here is what we have found.  1)Recently we did an oil change o ... read more

Purchasing a Salvage Title Vehicle

A while back  I had a young couple come to our shop with a 2014 Ford Focus with low mileage,  which her husband had purchased from a salvage yard.  With a new baby on the way he thought it would be a great car for his family, since it had all the new safety features.  The price was right  since  it was a salvage title,  but he was assured that any damage had been repaired properly.    We inspected the vehicle and after looking it over,  I refused to work on it. It was that bad.  The frame had been bent from the accident and had not repaired correctly. Who knows if the Airbag or any safety item would still function. The main computer was hanging by the wire harness. A major support piece was missing so   there was no place to bolt it on.  The inner fender well covers were just hanging and the AC pipe was completely missing so there was no way for the AC to work.   ... read more

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Getting your vehicle ready for the Holidays

Making sure your vehicle is ready for the Holidays.  Often we think of the holiday season as being from Thanksgiving to New Years, but the truth is your vehicle should be safe all year round, especially around any holiday season. Drivers seem to be more distracted during  the holidays and distractions multiply 10 fold  near the Christmas season due to the weather, especially rain or snow and the shorter days. That's why it's so important to take the time to either have your vehicle checked or take 30 minutes to do some basic checks. Here are some tips on checks you can do yourself.  Check all your lights. Ask a friend or family member to help and in the evening, have them turn the ignition key to the on position and work all the lights. Step on the brake, use the turn signals, check the emergency flasher and check the head and tail lights.  Also check your dash lights. Make notes of any lights that look dim or d ... read more

The Products We Carry Make Us Unique.

The Products We Carry Make Us Unique.

Let's pretend that instead of a shop  you were looking for a place to eat. You start by checking out reviews. Would this be the place you would pick? " The restaurant was noisy, dirty, and the food was the worse I've ever tasted, but the price was really cheap. Oh, and I got really sick afterwards, but I'll give it five stars since it was so cheap"   Many people select shops this way. By price.  Then they wonder why they feel like they were taken, even if they paid a lower price. I hate that feeling, so I run my shop differently.  Let's start with something simple; the oil I carry. Our major line of Oil is the  Amsoil line of products, which are full synthetic oils. Amsoil is one of the best oils you can run in your vehicle, because it  protect better, make major parts run smoother and helps improve performance and gas mileage. It's a better value.   We carry BG cleaning prod ... read more

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Communicating with the Service Advisor

Communicating with the Service Advisor

Customers will often use phrases that they understand, and, which they assume everyone else does as well. It happens once in awhile It doesn’t run like it use to. It doesn’t sound/feel right. It works ok most of the time. It’s slipping. I’m not getting the same mileage as before. These are vague statements which may mean something to you, but don’t really give much of a starting point for the tech to look at.The more specific you are with the problem, the better service you’re going to receive. Imagine asking someone to come over to your house, but you don’t give them your address or how to get there. Chances are they will never find your house. unless they make the effort to seek additional information. To fill in the blank spaces. When you drop off your vehicle for repair, you need to fill in the spaces the best you can. Here are just a few examples of stating the problem a little better. I notice the problem when I first start the ca ... read more

Is My Dipstick Missing?

Is My Dipstick Missing?

For several years now, some of the car manufactures have done away with installing a transmission dipstick or filler tube.If you own a late model Ford Explorer of Ranger, some BMW.s Cadillac Catera, or Isuzu Rodeo, the vehicle needs to be up on a lift, running to check the fluid level. Some Chrysler and Mercedes have the dip stick tube, but you have to purchase the dipstick as a separate tool. So, if you go to check the fluid level on your transmission and can’t find the dipstick, you’re not crazy. You may not have one. At Summit Transmissions and Auto Care, we have the knowledge and tools to check these transmissions out. Give us a call, and we can schedule an appointment to do a free transmission check

Free Code Scan vs Diagnosis with a Scan Tool

Free Code Scan vs Diagnosis with a Scan Tool

Many shops and even some auto parts stores will read codes for free if your “check engine light” is on. Sound great, but it’s important to understand that code retrivial is just the first step in finding the real problem. Not having all the information or jumping to conclusions based on codes could be costly. Here are two examples: Today I had a 2007 Toyota Tacoma come in. The customer had a friend scan for codes and it had a P2714, shift solenoid stuck on. When he came to a sudden stop, it would slip on take off. When he went around a turn it would slip. He cleared the code and it came back. At this point the customer was thinking he needed to replace the soleniods, have valve body work done, or maybe even a rebuilt transmission. None of the above. He was two quarts low on fluid. A simple transmission service took care of the problem. Another customer recently read the codes that indicated bad shift solenoids on his Chevy S10. After spending the money and his own t ... read more

What If The Auto Repair Industry Was Ran Like Medical Insurance Companies?

What If The Auto Repair Industry Was Ran Like Medical Insurance Companies?

Often, in the automotive repair industry, people feel that the time we take to diagnosis a problem should be free or at least waived if repairs are done. That the time we spend should be on us, the shop. Well how about we become like the medical insurance industry. Would that be OK with you? Think about it. Just like the medical insurance industry’s, we’ll send you a bill every month for $200 or more. You’ll pay that amount whether you need repairs or not. If however you have a problem with your transmission, you’ll of course need to pay a co-pay of $50.00 before we do anything. Then we will cover up to 80% of your bill. Oh, and we’ll need to do lot’s of test. Each test will require another co-pay, and you will need to pay it whether we find a problem or not. Sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? What, you don’t like that idea? Each month we try and educate you, the consumer, on how our industry works and how to keep from paying more th ... read more

Is your vehicle worth fixing?

Is your vehicle worth fixing?

So you’ve taken your car or truck into the shop and after they’ve checked it out, the manager comes over to you with an estimate for repairs. You look at the bill, look at your car, and then look back at the bill. You turn to the manager and say” that’s more than the car’s worth”. “I’ll buy another car”. Not so fast. Yea, the bill is expensive, but maybe fixing your car or truck is the least expensive option. Let’s start by asking a few good questions. How old is your car or truck? How many miles on the odometer and what kind of miles? Highway, or stop and go? How is the body and paint? How are the tires? What kind of money have you spent on the vehicle recently? You’ll need to look at all these factors before you say “no way” to getting it fixed. Let’s say for example your vehicle that is less than 10 years old, you’ve maintain it pretty good and you just put tires and brakes on it. The interio ... read more

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