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  • Why do you have to pay for Daignostics?

    Posted on 11, January, 2018

    I often get questioned about the cost of diagnostics. The most common question I get is, “why are you going to charge me when the part’s store does it for free? I took it to Billy Bob’s Auto Parts, and he put it on his machine for free and it said I needed new spark plugs.” Well yeah, BUT….. But the machine (also known as a diagnostic scan tool) does not test anything, it simply tells you there is a failure in a certain system. Then it tells you what could be the c... read more

  • Why is there a diagnostic fee? You charge me just to look at it?

    Posted on 02, June, 2016

    We hear these questions all the time. Mechanics are just ripping you off right?  The short answer: Testing saves you money and from receiving a headache.  The long answer: We take immense pride in the work we do. The only way to properly fix a vehicle is to properly determine what is causing the malfunction, no guesswork. Bringing it back 3-4 times paying for separate repairs that may or may not fix the concern you brought it in for is unacceptable. We spend thousands upon thousands of... read more

  • My Check engine light is blinking! What does that mean?

    Posted on 05, May, 2016

    The check engine light is designed to turn on when there is a fault in your vehicle systems.  When it blinks the fault has become detrimental enough to cause damage to the catalytic convertors.  Most often the light will blink due to a misfire significant enough to cause excess amounts of fuel to dump into the exhaust system.  This excess amount of fuel is then burned in the catalytic convertors causing them to superheat.  This can cause the substrate in the convertors to mel... read more

  • Why is my check engine light on?

    Posted on 21, April, 2016

    Have you ever had somebody tell you “don’t worry about that light”?  I am here to tell you they are wrong.  The check engine light is also known as a malfunction indicator light (MIL for short), and it means the engine computer has seen a fault in your vehicle systems.  There are literally thousands of reasons a check engine light will come on.  Yes, some malfunctions are more detrimental than others but they are all important for a safe, reliable, and effic... read more

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