Water Pump

The vacuum pump is attached to the engine and maintains the pressure between in the outside air and the engine intake manifold. The pressure created helps run different systems like the ventilation and power braking. While there is no set time frame for having your vacuum pump serviced, ask your Service Advisor to check for…

EGR Valve

The Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve is vital to your car’s emission controls. By circulating a small portion of exhaust back into the engine, the valve keeps huge amounts of unburned fuel from being released into the atmosphere. To maintain your car’s efficiency, it’s important the EGR valve is working properly. If the EGR valve…

Drum Brakes

On many vehicles, drum brakes are an integral part of the braking system. When so equipped, they’re typically found on the rear wheels of a vehicle. They not only slow and stop your vehicle, but also may function as the parking or emergency brake. Drum brakes work on the same principle as disc brakes. When…

Coolant

Coolant is the generally accepted term for the liquid that absorbs heat from the engine and releases it through the radiator. As coolant circulates through the system, it transfers heat to the radiator and into the air. The liquid is cooled, fed back to the engine through the cooling system, and the cycle repeats. Coolant…

Camshaft

The camshaft is a shaft of your engine with one or more egg-shaped cams attached to it. As the camshaft spins, the cams open and close the intake and exhaust valves in sync with the motion of the piston. This is a critical job and can impact engine performance at different speeds. If the camshafts…

Cabin Air Filter

The cabin air filter is generally a pleated paper filter placed in the outside air intake to the passenger compartment. It is designed to remove dust pollen, mold, spores and other contaminants from the outside air that enters your vehicle. A clogged or dirty cabin air filter can significantly reduce air flow through cabin vents,…

Brake Rotors

Brake rotors are another critical component of the braking system, responsible for bringing your vehicle to a safe and complete stop. The brake pads clamp down on the brake rotors (or discs), in order to stop the wheels from turning. You might be surprised to learn the brake rotors are just as important as the…

Brake Pads

Brake pads are a key component of your vehicle’s braking system. When the brakes are applied, their contact with the brake rotors are what allow you to stop. Over time, this interaction causes the brake pads to gradually wear down, reducing your braking ability. We recommend replacing your brake pads after they have worn to…

Brake Fluid

Clean brake fluid plays a vital role in lubricating brake components and allowing your vehicle to stop efficiently, especially under heavy loads or high temperatures. The average motorist drives 10 to 15,000 miles per year and uses the brakes about 75 thousand times. We recommend changing the brake fluid every two years or 24,000 miles.…

Brake Calipers

Brake calipers are a vital part of your vehicle’s braking system. The calipers squeeze the brake pads against the surface of the brake rotor to slow or stop the vehicle. When you step on the brake, brake fluid from the master cylinder creates hydraulic pressure on one or more pistons in the brake caliper, forcing…

Battery

Your car battery is the heart of your vehicle’s electrical system. Composed of a series of lead plates submerged in an electrolyte solution, your 12-volt car battery permits a chemical reaction to take place that produces electricity for use throughout the vehicle. The battery supplies electricity to all of the vehicle’s systems and components, including…

Ball Joints

A ball joint is a flexible ball and socket that attaches the wheel hub to the suspension. It can move in every direction to help in steering and shock absorption. We recommend getting the ball joints lubricated or checked every time you have an oil change. If you’re hearing clicking, popping or snapping sounds when…

Alternator

The alternator is an important component that charges your car’s battery. It’s an electrical generator that converts mechanical energy to electrical energy in the form of alternating current. Ask your service advisor to inspect the condition of the charging system during every major service. If you lose power in your headlights or your car takes…

Air Filter

The air filter is an important part of the vehicle’s intake system. It allows the engine to breathe without the threat of contamination. An engine needs a precise mixture of fuel and air in order to run efficiently. Air enters the system through the air filter, which catches the dirt and other foreign particles, preventing…

Windshield Wipers

Windshield wiper blades are designed to remove rain, snow and dirt from the windshield of your car, and to do so quickly at the push of a button. They are required to endure temperature extremes, from sub-zero winter weather to scorching desert sunshine, normally operating for hours at a time. Wiper blades should be changed…

Windshield Repair

The windshield is a primary safety restraint in your vehicle. It’s important to repair any minor damage, if not get a full replacement, in order to keep yourself and your passengers safe. If you have a small crack or chip in your windshield, make sure to have it repaired as soon as possible. Be aware…

Wheel Bearings

Wheel bearings are a set of small steel balls or rollers that support the wheel and allow it to spin freely. Located at the center of the wheel inside the hub, they reduce friction by allowing the hub to roll around the axle instead of against it. Proper lubrication of the wheel bearings and regular…

Wheel Balancing

Often confused with wheel alignment, wheel balancing ensures that your tires will spin vibration free. Irregularities and imperfections in the manufacturing of wheels and tires can result in heavy spots. Balancing your wheels minimizes the potential vibration caused by these imperfections, generally felt in the steering wheel, seat or floorboard. Wheel balancing is performed by…

AC Recharge

  When your A/C system does not cool the cabin properly, it might be time to recharge the system. Refrigerant is the liquid that runs through your A/C system, cooling down as it flows, ultimately converting hot air into cool air. Without this liquid, your air conditioner won’t be able to do its job. If…

AC Compressor

  The A/C compressor is considered the heart of your vehicle’s air conditioning, since it pumps compressed refrigerant throughout the system. It plays a critical role in this complex process, making sure your car stays cool when you want it to be. Turning on your A/C on a regular basis can help keep parts lubricated…

TPMS

Most vehicles today are equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The TPMS is an electronic system used to monitor the air pressure inside your tires and alert you if they become underinflated. If your “low pressure” warning light comes on, this means your tire pressure has dropped 25% or more below the manufacturer’s…

Tire Rotation

Rotating your tires is an easy and inexpensive way to minimize wear and extend tire life. This process of moving your tires from one side of the vehicle to the other, from front to rear, or a combination of both, will minimize wear that is ‘position specific.’ We recommend a tire rotation every 3,000 to…

Tire Replacement

Tires don’t last forever, and the two main reasons for replacement are wear and damage. There are several ways to inspect your tires. You can visually check their general condition and look for abnormal and uneven wear patterns. You can also perform the “penny test” or check if the “wear bars” are visible, to see…

Timing Belt Tensioner

The timing belt tensioner is what applies pressure to the timing belt, keeping it tight and running smoothly. When something goes wrong, it is often the tensioner that’s the cause and not the timing belt itself. To prevent the timing belt from failing, the timing belt, tensioner and idler pulleys should be replaced every 50…

Timing Belt

  The timing belt synchronizes the cam and crankshafts in your engine and keeps the entire car running smoothly. For everything to work properly, the timing belt has to perfectly sync the valves with the motion of the pistons. To prevent the timing belt from failing, it should be replaced every 50 to 70,000 miles.…

Tie Rod Ends

Tie rods are attached to the steering rack. They play a critical role in helping push and pull the front tires as the steering wheel is turned. There are two tie rod ends, the inner and outer, which connect to the steering knuckle and turn the front wheels. The outer tie rod end is adjustable…

Spark Plugs

A spark plug is a device that delivers an electric spark into the combustion chamber of your engine. It ignites the compressed mixture of fuel and air, causing the pistons to move up and down. The power from the pistons is what ultimately keeps your car moving. We recommend getting your spark plugs checked every…

Shocks and Struts

Shock absorbers and struts influence the control and handling characteristics of your vehicle. They work in conjunction with springs to dampen the bouncing motion of the vehicle as affected by road conditions. The energy is absorbed as a piston inside the shock pushes against hydraulic fluid. This restricts the rebounding movement of the springs. Your…

Serpentine Belt

The serpentine belt, also known as a multi-vee or multi-rib belt, is a single, continuous belt used to drive multiple peripheral devices in an automotive engine. These include the alternator, power steering pump, water pump, air conditioner and others. Without the serpentine belt, there is no way to drive power to any of these devices.…

Radiator Hose

The radiator hose transfers coolant from an engine’s water pump to the radiator. An upper hose connects the top of the radiator to the top of the engine. A lower hose connects the bottom of the radiator to the water pump, which keeps coolant flowing through the system. It’s a good idea to replace the…

Radiator Cap

The radiator cap keeps your engine cool by sealing and pressurizing the coolant inside. It is designed to hold the coolant in the radiator under a predetermined amount of pressure. Once the pressure reaches its maximum, the cap opens the release valve and allows heat to escape. To maintain your cooling system, it’s important that…

Radiator

The radiator is a primary component of your vehicle’s cooling system. It circulates coolant from the water pump to the engine, keeping the car from overheating. To maintain your cooling system, it’s important the radiator efficiently removes heat from the engine. If your car is overheating and coolant is not moving effectively throughout the system,…

Power Steering Pump

Power steering enables you to turn your steering wheel without effort. The power steering pump pushes hydraulic fluid out at high pressure in order to keep your steering smooth. If you notice a power steering fluid leak, or if it becomes difficult to turn the wheel, chances are your power steering pump needs to be…

Power Steering Fluid

Power steering is what enables you to turn your steering wheel without a great deal of effort. Power steering fluid is the hydraulic fluid in the system that transmits power. If you’re having trouble turning the steering wheel or hear high-pitched noises when you turn it, chances are your power steering fluid is low or…

Oil Temp Sensor

The oil temperature sensor is an electronic device within your engine that monitors oil temperature. Most sensors in your engine don’t have a recommended service interval; you just have to replace them when they fail. If your engine starts overheating, chances are your oil temperature sensor is not working properly. Replacing the sensor is inexpensive…

Oil Change

Motor oil is an essential lubricant. Its main function is to lubricate the moving parts in your engine. It also cleans, inhibits corrosion and cools the engine, by carrying heat away from those moving parts. For years, the accepted interval for oil replacement and filter service has been every three months or 3000 miles. Improvements…

O2 Sensor

An oxygen (O2) sensor is an electronic device in your exhaust system that measures the air-to-fuel ratio in your engine. By sensing the amount of oxygen in the exhaust, it helps the engine adjust the amount of fuel that it consumes. To maintain a proper air to fuel mixture in your engine, it’s important the…

Mass Air Flow Sensor

The mass airflow (MAF) sensor measures the amount of air entering the engine. This allows the engine to receive the right amount of air and fuel to perform properly. We recommend getting your mass airflow sensor cleaned every time you replace your air filter. If your car is stalling or hesitating, or if you’re using…

Ignition Coil

An ignition coil is a high-voltage transformer in your ignition system. It transforms the battery’s low voltage to the thousands of volts the spark plugs need to start your engine and keep it running smoothly. We recommend getting the ignition coils checked during your recommended service intervals. If your car won’t start, or if the…

Fuel Pump

The fuel pump is an integral part of the fuel system, literally pumping fuel from the gas tank into your engine. We recommend getting your fuel pump checked every 100,000 miles. However, if your vehicle loses power while accelerating, or if the engine sputters, chances are your fuel pump is not working correctly. Without a…

Fuel Filter

The fuel filter keeps contaminants like dirt, water and rust out of your vehicle’s engine. Some fuel filters are located inside the tank, while others are fitted into the fuel line between the tank and the fuel pump. Check your owner’s manual for specific service intervals. If your vehicle loses power, misfires or stalls, you…

Fuel Cap

A fuel cap protects your fuel supply by providing a cover for the tank. It’s designed to prevent fuel loss and keep out contamination. Making sure your fuel cap is secured tightly will help decrease fuel loss from evaporation. If your Check Engine light comes on, or if you are using fuel at a higher…

ABS Wheel Sensor

The ABS sensor is part of your vehicle’s anti-lock braking system. It’s located on the tires and monitors wheel speed. This sensor works with the electronic control module to keep your wheels from locking up when you brake. Ask your service advisor to check the ABS wheel sensor during a routine brake service. If your…

Service Videos

Service Recommendation Video Library Have you ever been curious about what exactly what your mechanic is doing and if the maintenance recommended is really necessary? These videos are a great reference to learn more about general and specific types of auto repair. From brake pad inspection to oil changes, these videos will help educate you…