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Summer Time For Cars

We are getting to the hottest part of summer and there are a couple things that you need watch for with your vehicle.

You know to check our Air conditioning to make sure it is working properly. A couple other things that summer can have an effect on is your cooling system. Note if you see any coolant drips and check you coolant level regularly, especially in these hotter months your engine cooling system is very important.

Keep an eye on any warning lights on your dash and the temperature gauge if it appears to be getting into the red (hot) or if your car has a hot smell your vehicle is most likely overheating and you need to pull over and call someone. You don’t want to risk more costly repairs for your vehicle.

Check your tires year round to make sure they are in good condition, as well as checking your oil levels and making sure you keep up on getting your oil changed.

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Recommended Maintenance

There are different service intervals for your car and there are things that you need to check or have a mechanic check for you. These intervals are every month to every 90 thousand miles.
Every Month
Is your check engine light on
Cleaning
Lights
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fluid

Every 3 Months/ 3K miles
Automatic Transmission Fluid
Battery and Cables
Belts
Check Engine Light On
Engine Air Filter
Engine Oil and Filter
Exhaust
Fuel Filter
Hoses
Lights
Power Steering Fluid
Tire Inflation and Condition
Windshield Washer Fulid

Check Every 6 Months/ 6K Miles
All 3K mile items and wipers

Check Every 12 Months/ 12K Miles
All 3K mile items
Spark Plugs
Steering and Suspension
Coolant (antifreeze)
Chassis Lubrication

Every 30K/60K/90K miles
Depending on your car these can range from a tune-up to a timing belt your mechanic or your owners manual can give you a list of what is recommended at these intervals. Every car has different intervals.
These are very important when it comes to prolonging the life of your car. If you are checking these things every 3,6,12 months then this may prevent more costly repairs in the future. The 30, 60, 90 thousand miles are extremely important in preventing more serious issues with your car if you monitor and take your car in when it is due for these services.

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What kind of warranty does your shop have?

All Tech Auto Repair believes in standing behind our work. With most of our repairs we offer a life time warranty.All Major work carries a life time warranty the only items that we can’t offer a life time warranty on is maintenance items. Any repair that we have done if it comes back with an issue we try to get you in ASAP so we can correct it and get you back on the road. All Tech Auto Repair wants you to place your confidence in us which is why we make this guarantee.

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Convenience in Auto Repair

All Tech Auto Repair is all about our customers and what we can do to help them out. From our scheduling to our pick up and delivery service we are trying our best to look out for our customers.

We want to provide you with the best experience possible with us, so we will go the extra mile for your convenience. Our shop offers a pick up and delivery service to our customers in the area, we will come pick up your vehicle from home or work, complete your service or repair, and deliver it back to you. We also provide our loaner car to customers that will be with out their car for a few days or if we are working on their only vehicle. These are both services that we offer free to our customers.

To assist our customers further we know that people have busy lives and we would like to contact you with your best form of contact be it fax, phone, email or text. We have these options for you so that we can contact you get your approval and get your car back to you as soon as possible. We have accommodations for people to wait in our office for services such as oil changes so that if you do not have the availability to leave your car we have a place for you to wait comfortably while we service your vehicle.
Our goal is to get you in and out efficiently. We want to fix your car correctly in the quickest time. All Tech Auto Repair knows how important our customers cars are to them so with our system we have the techs doing the inspections while our office is making an estimate for your so that we can call you with an estimate and get your repairs done as soon as possible.

Our Warranty- we provide our customers with a life time warranty for most repairs. We stand by our repairs and if any issues arise with a repair that we have done we will get you right back in and take care of that for you. We take pride in our customers and will do our best for you.
We send our reminders of any services or repairs that your vehicle is due for based on mileage or previous inspection preformed by our mechanics. These provide you with the information that your car may need some repair so you can be aware and prepared. On all our invoices that we give customers there is a list of any recommended repairs that you may not have completed at this time so that you know what additionally needs to be done with your car. We want our customers to be informed and aware of anything that their vehicle may need so we can keep their running in optimum condition.

Let us know how we are doing we would love the feedback and we encourage reviews so that we know what we are doing right and what we can improve on so we make your experience convenient and positive.

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Know Your Brakes

Grinding, Squealing, Pulsing most people know these to be signs that their brakes aren’t working properly however some do not.

There are a number of reasons you could be having these symptoms in your car such as worn brake pads, improper size, worn rotors, even dust in your brake system can cause these sounds to occur.

There are different kinds of braking systems first off there is disk,  second there is drum. The main components of Disk Brakes  are brake pads, rotor, and caliper.There is also Drum Brakes that consist of brake drums and brake shoes and wheel cylinder.

In addition to the sound symptoms you may have additional symptoms or a different symptom. Pedal vibration, brake grabbing or dragging, soft or spongy braking are mechanical signs of your brakes wearing.

Having brakes that are not in proper working order is a safety risk for you and others if you are having any of these symptoms you should get your brakes inspected. It is also suggested to have your brakes checked every two years, even if none of these symptoms present.

All Tech Auto Repair will perform a free brake inspection for you and we guarantee our work with a life time warranty. We perform a brake inspection, make sure  your brake fluid is full, and give you a quote on exactly what you need.

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Check it out before you buy it

Here at All Tech Auto Repair we will preform an inspection on a new or used vehicle before you purchase it we will do the first one for free.
Lately there have been a few customers coming in with cars they have just purchased with a check engine light on or another issue, we can check all of that out before you purchase the car and let you know what kind of money you will be putting into it or if you are getting a great car. We print out reliability reports and a detailed list of anything the car needs, we will arm you with all the information you need before you buy the car. Being well informed when buying a car can help with the stress of finding the right car and prevent the headache of problems with your car just after you have purchased it.

Call us up and schedule an appointment for us to take a look at your potential vehicle.

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Air Conditioning season is approaching

The sun is shining and the weather is starting to warm up. Before you know it summer will be here and everyone will be using their A/C. All Tech Auto Repair offers an A/C service as well as A/C repairs and inspections.
Here is a little information to better understand the cooling system in your car.
The compressor is a pump that moves refrigerant through your car’s air conditioning system. The refrigerant is carried by hoses and pipes from one component to another. Compressor designs vary, but they all essentially work the same way.

The compressor is belt-driven by the engine through an electromagnetic clutch (although some hybrid vehicles use an electric motor to operate the compressor). The clutch allows the compressor to disengage when the A/C is switched off, or at times during A/C system operation when compressor function is not called for. The clutch usually receives its electrical signal from a component called a relay, which in turn, receives its activation signal, in most cases, from the fuel injection or engine control computer.

Besides pumping the refrigerant, the compressor has another job; at a certain point in the system, it raises the pressure of the refrigerant from low to high, and as the refrigerant’s pressure goes up, so does its temperature. Raising the refrigerant’s pressure and temperature enables it to release the passenger compartment heat it absorbed while inside the evaporator. The heat release process takes place in the next component to be discussed, the condenser.

The compressor can somewhat be compared to the water pump in an engine cooling system:

* The water pump circulates the engine coolant throughout the system. The coolant absorbs heat from the engine, and the water pump moves it to the radiator where it releases the heat to the atmosphere. It also circulates hot coolant through the heater core to warm the interior of the vehicle.

* The compressor circulates the refrigerant through the system. The refrigerant absorbs the heat inside the vehicle while passing through the evaporator. The refrigerant is then passed on to the condenser, where it gives up the heat to the atmosphere.

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35 Point Inspections

All Tech Auto Repair does a free 35 point inspection before you purchase a vehicle. There is a list of things that are checked to make sure you are getting a great vehicle. If there is anything that comes up in the inspection we also provide you with an estimate of the repairs, as well as printing out a reliability report.

35 Point inspection
□ On Lift:
□ Tire Condition:
□ Fluid Leaks:
□ Exhaust:
□ Shocks/Struts
□ Steering Linkage:
□ Ball Joints:
□ Axles:
□ Wheel Bearings:
□ Other: Continue reading

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Car Maintenance Coming into Spring

We are moving in to spring weather which means rainy weather, spring break trips, and another perfect time to check over your vehicle.

With the change in weather you want to make sure you are prepared

Fresh Wiper blades
Making sure your cooling system is working
Oil Change if needed
and any supplies needed if stranded

Before heading out on any long spring break trips you should get an over all inspection All Tech Auto Repair Does free 35 point inspections. When ever you are going to be taking a long trip you want to check for:

Properly maintained and inflated tires
you have a properly inflated spare tire, jack, tire iron
your coolant is non corrosive
your brakes are in good condition
you have completed recommended service for mileage
all components of your car are working properly
and an emergency kit

As Spring approaches All Tech Auto Repair is prepared to take care of all your car needs and keep your car running in good condition for all your spring adventures.

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Car Maintenace Check List

All Tech Auto Repair preforms a 35 point inspection when you bring your car into us. We keep record of everything your car may need and have it listed as a recommendation on your invoice. We want to keep your vehicle running in top preforming shape for you.

CHECK EACH MONTH
* oil level — add oil if low and check for leaks
* hoses — replace if bulging, rotten, or brittle
* belts — replace if worn, frayed, or glazed
* tire pressure — add air if low
* coolant or antifreeze — add more if low
* air filter — replace if dirty
* inspect tires for leaks, damage, bulges, or uneven wear

CHECK EVERY 3 MONTHS
Included in all oil changes preformed at All Tech Auto Repair

* oil and oil filter — change every 3,000 miles
* windshield washer fluid — add fluid if low
* battery and power steering fluid — add fluid if low
* brake fluid — add fluid if low
* transmission fluid — add fluid if low
* battery terminals and cables — clean if corroded

CHECK EVERY 6 MONTHS

* wiper blades — replace if worn, brittle, or smeary
* make sure headlights, brake lights, and turn signals work
* make sure horn works properly
* inspect brakes for wear and tear or “slippage”
* make sure spare tire is fully inflated
* inspect exhaust system for rust, damage, or loose parts
* inspect shock absorbers for oil seepage or wear

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