Archive | Automotive Maintenance

Road Trip

Are you planning a short road trip for the long weekend coming up?  If so, we would be happy to do a free courtesy inspection before you leave.  We will check all of your fluids, brakes, belts, hoses, exhaust and tires.  Takes us about 20 minutes while you wait.  If there is anything that needs attention, we will give you a quote and a time frame, so that you know exactly what is going on, how much and how long it will take.  It’s always nice to know that everything is in good shape before heading out on your road trip, no matter how long or short.  Breaking down is just no fun at all.

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Fleet Service

We offer outstanding Fleet Service to our commercial accounts.  We understand how important it is to keep your vehicles running and your employees working, so that your company can be profitable.  Nothing is worse that having a important job get delayed because your truck broke down on the side of the road.  We keep all of you maintenance and repair records up to date.  We make sure that you understand what needs to be done and when, so that you can plan for it.  Twice a year we review and give you an update of what has been done and what is coming up.  So if you have a fleet of vehicles that you want to be in tip top shape all of the time…give us a call!!

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Coolant

When was the last time you had your Coolant flushed and your cooling system serviced and checked?  It’s important to keep the coolant clean in your system.  It can get dirty and even get thick if left to long, this can hinder your cooling system from doing it job.  It can also damage parts of the cooling system like the radiator, and hoses.  If you can’t remember the last time this was serviced, we will check it for you and let you know if it needs to be flushed or not.  We want to help you with maintenance that will prevent you with costly repairs.

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Battery

This might seem like a silly question, but do you know where your Battery is located?  Most people assume it is under the hood…but not always.  In some cars it is under the back seat, odd location and not real easy to get to.  Others are in the trunk.  If you don’t know where your Battery is, look in your owner’s manual, or swing by and we will show you.  It’s important to know the location, in case you ever need to jump it, you will know how to access it.

 

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Classic Cars

We Love Classic Cars, and it’s Classic Car Friday!!  If you know anyone that is looking to restore the mechanical portion of their Classic Car, we would love to help in their project.  We have a special rack and space in our shop that is reserved for Classics.  Randy Long, our owner LOVES to help our customers with their projects.  Randy has been working on cars since the 70’s, and is an expert in this field.  We also work hand in hand with a body shop that specializes in restorations.  Please give us a call with any questions

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Battery Health

Is you car a bit harder to start in this colder weather?  If so, it could be that your battery is getting weak.  If you have had the same battery for 4 or more years, it’s a good idea to have it tested to see how strong it still is.  Give us a call for an appointment and we will be happy to check all of your charging system out.  Sometimes it’s not the battery, if it is strong, then it could be that your alternator is not doing it’s job, or a belt may be loose.  In any case, making sure that all components of your charging system are working well is important, you surely don’t want to get stranded in the cold weather.

 

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Cold Weather Tip

Our cold weather tip is to make sure that you fuel tank is alway half full.  The reason is twofold, with bad weather come bad traffic, and sometime that short drive can turn into a much longer one, so you want to make sure that you have enough fuel, so that you don’t run out.  Secondly this helps avoid moisture forming and your fuel lines possible freezing.

 

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Belt Squeal

Is your car making a squealing noise when you start it? That high pitched noise that drives you crazy, is probably your drive belt also known as your serpentine belt.  This belt drives all of the engines accessories such as the alternator, a/c compressor, and power steering pump  Over time  they start to fray and wear out. We can assess the condition of your belts to ensure they are in proper working order, preventing you from getting stranded because of a broken belt.
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Classic Cars

Here at Long’s we LOVE Classic Cars.  Randy, the owner, specializes in helping the owners of classic’s keep them in good running condition.  He will also rebuild engines, so that they can run again.  We have a bay in the shop that is dedicated to this work.  We also help customers that want to sell their classic, by having it in our showroom.  This way the car stays dry and warm, and is easily viewed by prospective buyers.  We also work hand in hand with a body shop, just down the road, that has the same passion we do for classics.  So if a vehicle needs both body work, and mechanical work we can take care of it for you.  So if you have just bought a classic that needs some work, or if you are maintaining the health of one, we would love to be part of your project.April 2015 2nd edits-38

Buying a Used Vehicle

Are you thinking about buying a used vehicle?  If so, please be careful.  Yes there are some great used cars out there for great prices.  But buyer beware…sellers can be pretty tricky when they want to be.  I used to know a detailer that worked for used car lots…it was amazing the things he could cover up, rust spots, remove mold, and the smell…when he got done they looked like new.  So you can’t always tell a book by it’s cover.  We have seen cars that have been underwater…they only way we knew is buy find a bit of sand on the underside of the car on the frame…places you wouldn’t normally have access to.  Also, if a check engine light is on, some people will disconnect the battery so the light will go off.  Unfortunatly for the unknowing buyer, the vehicle needs to be driven a bit for the light to come back on.  So for example, let’s say the seller knows that the catalytic converter needs to be replace..cost on this vehicle $2500.00, he doesn’t want to spend the money, he turns off the check engine light, you buy the car drive it for a couple of days, the light comes back on..and look who is stuck with the repair.  We always recommend a pre-buyers inspection to anyone that is buying a pre-owned vehicle no matter who you are buying it from.  We have the ability to tell if the light has been turned off, we inspect every bit of the vehicle so that you know exactly where you stand.  Sometimes this ends up with you not buying the vehicle, sometimes it means giving you the information that you need to get a better price on the vehicle.  Sometimes the cars get a clean bill of health.  In any circumstance it give you the ability to make the decision that is right for you.  As we always say “Knowledge is Power”.

 

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