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Regular Maintenance Prevents Costly Repairs

Many people know they should get an oil change approximately every 3,000-5,000 miles. Some people will need to change their oil more often. Some people will need to change it less. However, some people don't think of that 3,000-mile mark as a good time to have regular maintenance performed on their cars.

Maybe you've heard this said: "If it's not broke, don't fix it." Your car is an exception to this rule. In fact, many aspects of your life are not subject to that silly saying. Waiting until something is broken before you fix it will almost always make the repair significantly more expensive.

So, remember to change your oil and get regular maintenance every 5,000 miles. The wear and tear on your car adds up. With deferred maintenance, your car is much more likely to need all the repairs at the same time. Unless you have extra money laying around to spend on repairs that could have easily been prevented, keep up on your car's maintenance. We don't say this to add to our bottom line; we're letting you know because we care about your car.

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My Car Won't Start

  • Wheel Lock – This is an anti-theft mechanism. When you put the key in the ignition, you may need to turn the wheel left or right as far as it goes, and hold it there while trying to turn the key. Holding the wheel there releases the lock and should allow the car the start again.
  • Fuel Pump – The engine may crank, but not be drawing fuel in through the fuel pump. If your tank isn’t empty, there’s a good chance your problem is the fuel pump.
  • Frozen Fuel Line – In winter, frozen fuel lines can keep your car from starting. Keep your tank at least half-full in winter to keep your fuel lines from freezing.
  • Alternator – The alternator charges your car’s battery whenever the car is running. If the alternator isn’t running well, your battery could be dead, and it won’t be getting charged when you drive.
  • Starter – If the starter is making a whirring noise, it’s trying to draw more power than the battery can give. This may give the impression the battery is dying. However, the battery may be fine.
  • Gas – Do you have gas in the vehicle?
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My Car Is Leaking Oil

Oil leaks are likely due to simply having poor seals somewhere along the oil lines.

  • Engine Gasket
  • Oil Pan
  • Oil Seal
  • Bad Connections

These issues can sometimes be solved at home with DIY methods, but these problems can lead to other issues if fixed incorrectly. Your best option is bringing the vehicle in for a diagnosis.

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My Car Is Overheating

Overheating is generally due to a lack of coolant circulating throughout the engine compartments. This could happen from a number of causes:

  • Cooling System Leaks – When coolant leaks out of your engine system, something, scilicet air, needs to take its place. The result is an air bubble that can’t be pushed through the coolant system. Remaining coolant can’t be pushed through the system, and what is in the engine becomes superheated.
  • Blockage – There could be a poorly functioning thermostat, mineral deposit, or foreign object inside the coolant system—these things can block the coolant from entering the radiator, and therefore impede the cooling process.
  • Failed Water Pump – The water pump is the most active part of a vehicle’s cooling system. Impeller’s wear down or rust or other complications happen with it, and then the water pump no longer runs. This is when the engine overheats.
  • Diluted Coolant – Cold weather climates can freeze the coolant, or rather, make it turn into a gel-like substance. The coolant cannot circulate in this case, and the engine overheats. Using a coolant with a high-enough concentration stops this problem from occurring most of the time.
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My Car Won’t Accelerate

Your car may not be accelerating at all. Maybe it’s accelerating slowly.

  • Gear – the car may not be in gear
  • Timing Belt – normal wear and tear on the timing belt causes it to lose teeth and slip
  • Electronic Error – many times, the problem is electronic in newer vehicles
  • Transmission – the transmission may need to be replaced

Any of these fixes may be the real issue, but finding out which one is the issue can be complicated. It’s best to have a professional diagnose the issue. Come in today to have the issue diagnosed and get back on the road with reliable repairs.

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Oil & Filter Change—

Oil Filter for Oil Changes

Dirty oil causes premature engine wear-out and adds to air pollution. At present, this service is recommended every 3,000 miles or every 3 months, whichever comes first.

Includes a 23-point courtesy safety inspection.

  • Rotors/Drums

  • Distributor

  • Ignition

  • Fuel Filter

  • Motor Mounts

  • Axle System

  • Exhaust

  • Suspension

  • Struts and Shocks

  • Cabin Air Filter

  • Ignition Wires

  • Fuel Indicators

  • Tires

  • Battery

  • Fluids

  • Air Filter

  • Belts and Hoses

  • Lights and Lenses

  • Wiper Blades Washers

  • AC/Heater

  • Interior Lights

  • Brake Function

  • ...and, of course, the oil/filter change!

Battery—

A battery stores energy to ensure an adequate amount of electricity is available to meet your vehicle's needs. Batteries generally run out or die after 3-4 years.

  • Ravenswood Auto will test your battery free of charge during any in-bay auto repair service, unless it is not easily accessible.

Factors Affecting your Car Battery's Life

Storage
A car battery should only be stored for about 6 months in a proper storage facility. Proper storage facilities will be climate-controlled and well ventilated. If you bought multiple batteries and have stored them in your garage for years, the batteries will likely not perform at peak abilities.

Temperature
The temperature of the atmosphere around your car's battery critically affects its life span. Batteries are made to perform best at 77 °F, and any deviation (over or under) from this temperature causes the battery to underperform. A difference of 15 °F over the course of one year takes about 50% of the battery's life.

Cycling
Starting your car takes a significant amount of energy from the battery for a short period of time. Once the car is running, much less energy is required to maintain essential vehicle functions, and the battery is very slightly recharged. This is known as a cycle. Each cycle diminishes the battery's relative capacity by a small amount, killing the battery in time.

Vigilance
Like anything you use often and want to make last as long as possible, vigilance is required. Periodically check under your hood to make sure things look okay. A verdigris-colored buildup on the terminals is not good and may be the reason your car needs a jump start. Don't worry. We can remedy the issue.

Factors Affecting your Battery's Performance

Cold Cranking Amperes (CCA)
Tell how many amperes a fully-charged car battery at 0 °C can deliver for 30 seconds while maintaining 1.2 volts per cell.

Car Battery Replacements

Starters—

New Car Starters Installations

Starters draw current from your vehicle's battery to enable the engine to "crank" or "turn-over." There is usually no warning before a starter has reached the end of its life.

  • Ravenswood Auto installs lifetime, nationwide warranty replacements.

Call/contact our repair shop or stop in today to find out if your car needs a new starter and if it's still covered under warranty.

Coolant, Transmission, Power Steering, & Brake Fluid Flushes—

These services have regular change intervals as listed in your owner's manual. Adds longevity and improves performance. These fluids never wear-out, instead they become non-lubricating by many contaminants. The above fluid levels are checked during all oil and filter change services.

Fluid Change/Check Schedule:

  • Coolant
    • Check - bi-annually
    • Change - every 2-3 years
  • Transmission Fluid
    • Check - monthly
    • Change - every 100,000 miles or sooner depending on driving habits and manufacturer recommendations
  • Power Steering Fluid
    • Check - monthly
    • Change - every 100,000 miles or sooner depending on driving habits and manufacturer recommendations
  • Brake Fluid
    • Check - w/ oil changes
    • Change - every 2 years

The color swatches below are to illustrate what the color of these fluids will look like when spilled on concrete. Your fluids may appear differently colored due to differences in the brand, surface they are on, or other possible variations. If you find a fluid on your driveway or in your parking space as you leave for work in the morning, this chart can help you to identify which part of your car it may be leaking from.

Car Fluid Color Examples

Car Fluids Brake Coolant

Alternators—

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Car Alternator Installation

An alternator keeps your battery full of electricity. A faulty alternator will cause the battery to run out of electricity and can cause the engine to stop running while driving.

  • Ravenswood Auto's alternators provide a lifetime, nationwide warranty.

Radiators, Heater Cores, Hoses, Water Pumps, & Thermostats—

Important components of the cooling system. Their failure will cause engine overheating problems. It is recommended you get your radiator flushed every 40,000-60,000 miles.

  • Never open your vehicle's radiator cap if the vehicle has been running recently. The liquid inside will be highly pressurized and VERY hot.
  • Ravenswood Auto provides lifetime, nationwide warranties on some of these parts, as well.
Car Radiator Installation

Timing Belts—

Car Timing Belt

Not all vehicles have timing belts. If yours does, it should be changed at regular mileage intervals. In some vehicles, if the timing belt breaks, the engine can become seriously damaged necessitating costly engine repair or replacement. This condition happens if your engine has a "run-on" or "interference" engine.

  • It is recommended you change your timing belts every 90,000-100,000 miles.

Engine Drive Belts—

Engine drive belts—such as the ones your car uses for air conditioning, power steering, and alternator function—should be checked for cracks and glazing every 3 months or every 5,000 miles, and should be replaced as needed.

  • Have your engine drive belt checked each time you come in to get your oil changed to extend the life of your vehicle.
Engine Drive Belt

Other Auto Repair Services—

Check Engine Light Service Reading

The above is only a small sampling of the services we provide at our auto body shop. We are able to fix virtually any repair your car needs under the hood.

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