With as much as you paid for your vehicle, you want to keep it on the road as long as possible. That's why we offer high quality oil changes. It's more than an oil change, it's preventive maintenance to change, inspect, check/fill and clean essential components of your vehicle and help keep it all running smoothly. By taking care of your vehicle with an oil change, you’ll be getting the peace of mind that your vehicle will be with you for a long time.
Transmission gears deliver power from the engine to the drive wheels, shifting automatically to provide the best power and efficiency for your driving speed. A special transmission fluid cools and lubricates the gears. Over time, this fluid degrades, and its lubricant qualities diminish. Changing the fluid at the correct intervals can help prevent premature wear and damage to the transmission.
Every time a vehicle's driver presses the gas pedal, they are controlling how much fuel and air the engine takes in. The pedal tells the throttle valve how much air to let in and the computer tells the fuel system how much fuel to deliver. These calculated amounts of air and fuel are typically mixed together before being sucked into the combustion chamber of an engine cylinder. There the spark plug ignites the mixture, producing the controlled burn that powers the vehicle. It's important for the fuel in the vehicle to be as clean as possible.
Performing fuel system cleaning service: helps remove fuel varnish build-up, helps remove intake valve deposits, helps reduce cylinder head deposits and cleans the fuel system.
Air is drawn into the engine as a critical part of the combustion process. The engine air filter captures airborne contaminants such as dirt, dust and even bugs before they can enter the engine. A dirty, clogged engine air filter can contribute to poor overall engine performance.
The fuel filter is located on the line that brings fuel from the tank to the engine. The filter removes contaminants and particulates so fuel can flow to the engine smoothly and without obstruction. A clean, unclogged fuel filter can help prevent reductions in engine performance.
Windshield wiper blades are made of a soft rubber compound. Over time, the elements break down that compound and make it brittle. As this happens, your windshield wipers will leave streaks, potentially affecting your ability to see the road ahead and compromising your road safety.
Tires may wear differently depending on their position on the vehicle, your driving style and the condition of your suspension. Regularly rotating your tires can evenly distribute their wear—helping you get the most miles out of your tires while maximizing traction on all four wheels.
Regular brake inspections should be part of your vehicle's ongoing maintenance, helping to ensure its safety and reliability. In fact, we recommend that you have them inspected at least once a year or if you experience any of the following: low or spongy brake pedal, hard brake pedal, brake warning light that stays on and/or continuously squealing or grinding brakes.
Our brake services are comprehensive. Below is a list of services your brakes may require to stop properly, once we have correctly diagnosed the problem: brake fluid exchange - removes air and brake fluid contaminants, replacement and installation brake hardware, rotors, wheel bearings, calipers, brake hoses, drums and master cylinders, resurfacing of drums and rotors, cleaning and adjusting drum brakes and parking brakes, repacking wheel bearings, anti-lock Braking System Diagnostics and Repair.
The function of an air conditioner is to help remove the heat and humidity from inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Powered by a belt, the air conditioning compressor compresses the refrigerant to pressurize it and pump it through the system. The refrigerant is pushed through a valve where pressure and temperature are reduced. The now-cool refrigerant travels through the evaporator in the passenger compartment. As a result, cooled air is blown into your vehicle. This refrigerant returns to the compressor, where the cycle begins once again.
Your vehicle's suspension system helps provide a comfortable and safe ride ensuring your wheels stay in contact with the road. If your ride's gotten bumpy, it's time to have your suspension system checked out by the experts at Express Care. Signs of bad shocks or struts or worn springs include a bouncy or uncomfortable ride, bottoming out, the front end of the vehicle diving or loss of control while making a sudden stop, the vehicle swerving more than normal while changing lanes, and a vehicle that sags in the front or the rear.
Removing the buildup of dirt and particles in your fuel system will not only help restore and improve your vehicle's performance and reduce emissions. It will also help improve your gas mileage and oveall drivability.
The battery supplies electrical power to the starter, along with the rest of the electrical components of the vehicle, which is necessary to start the engine. When the engine starts running, the charging system takes over to provide electricity to the various vehicle electrical systems. The battery cable terminals connect the battery to the electrical system.
Coolant is the fluid that absorbs heat from the engine and then dissipates it through the radiator. It is also dissipated through the heat exchanger in the passenger compartment when you crank your heat in the winter. Coolant, which is commonly called antifreeze, is a mixture of ethylene or propylene glycol and water, usually in a 50/50 ratio. Servicing the coolant involves draining and/or flushing your car's cooling system and then replacing the old coolant with fresh coolant.
These belts are toothed, reinforced belts used to drive the camshaft via a sprocket to a crankshaft. They ensure the synchronization of the engine's camshaft, crankshaft and distributor.
Did you know that sooner or later your vehicle's engine accessory drive belts and coolant hoses will dry out and crack? Over time, belts and hoses lose their ability to properly expand and contract. And that's not good. One sudden malfunction of these relatively inexpensive but very important parts can have costly consequences. Our experienced mechanics can detect many potential belt and hose problems with a simple visual inspection. Regular inspections, coupled with timely belt and hose replacement in accordance with your vehicle manufacturer's recommendations, will help protect against expensive repairs.
A bad axle will make a clicking sound when you turn around a corner, but will be fairly quiet when you're driving straight ahead. A hard to diagnose vibration can also be from a worn CV joint: they don't always make a clicking noise. Get your constant velocity universal joint axles serviced at the 50,000 mile intervals. Also check your CV boots regularly: if you see a tear, or grease slinging out, get them fixed immediately.
There are times when you can feel your vehicle’s alignment is off: your vehicle may pull to one side of the road when you’re trying to go straight; maybe the steering wheel is not in the starting position; or when you’re turning your tires might squeal. But sometimes the alignment problem is so subtle you can’t even feel it. Symptoms or not, misalignment can really do some damage to your tires by prematurely wearing them out. If your driving is askew, protect your investment. Protect your ride. Come see us if you need help with alignment.
Everyone knows that tires play an important role in your vehicle’s road-handling performance. But people forget that proper tire maintenance, along with monitoring tire pressure, tread depth and performing regular tire rotations, are all safety issues. To keep you from landing on the wrong side of these statistics, Midas technicians are committed to proper tire maintenance. Remember, tire pressure should be checked at least once a month. Monitoring tread depth will help ensure you’re receiving the proper level of traction and road-hugging performance as well as the ability to funnel water out from under the tire to reduce hydroplaning. Rotating your tires can even out wear rates based on the amount of weight that each tire carries on a vehicle.
Gear oil lubricated differentials are found in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive pick-up trucks and SUV's, as well as in rear wheel drive passenger cars and vans. Although periodic replacement of the gear oil is specified by vehicle manufacturers to maintain the performance and longevity of the differential, this is probably the most commonly overlooked service in personal transportation. With the growing number of pick-up trucks and SUV's on the road, it is important that differential fluid service gets the attention it deserves.
Think of the water pump as the heart of your vehicle cooling system. Its job is to continuously circulate engine coolant through the cooling system—from the radiator to the engine and then back again. If the water pump fails in this Sisyphean task the cooling system itself will fail to function. Your vehicle will run hot and possibly suffer serious damage from engine overheating. The water pump takes its power from the engine. Some operate through a belt and pulley and others via a gear or chain. This power is transferred to a shaft on which there is an impeller. The impeller spins and circulates coolant in much the same way a propeller works on a boat or airplane to move water or air. The shaft and impeller spin on a sealed bearing, and this bearing is the part of a water pump that usually wears out.
You can count on us to help keep your car safely on the road. While it’s true today's cars are more complex than ever, our service technicians have the expertise your vehicle demands. You can rely on us for preventive vehicle maintenance, exhaust and suspension services, climate control repair, oil and filter changes, tires, alignments, engine tune-ups – you name it, we can handle it.
The electric fuel pump is the heart of every electronic fuel injection system. Usually located inside or near the fuel tank, the fuel pump's job is twofold: 1) To push fuel from the tank to the injectors, and 2) To create sufficient pressure so the injectors will deliver the correct amount of fuel under all operating conditions. The pressure developed by the pump, as well as the volume of fuel it flows, must both meet the vehicle manufacturers' requirements or engine performance, economy and emissions will suffer. The amount of fuel pressure required for a given application will vary depending on the type of injection system (L-Jetronic, CIS, Motronic, etc.), the flow characteristics of the injectors and the engine's fuel requirements.
Your car has a lot of responsibilities. It takes you to work. And the kids to school. It can’t be late for soccer practice. Or the orthodontist. Most importantly, it has to do all these things, and many more, while keeping you and your family safe. We're committed to maintaining the safety and reliability of your car. In fact, our mechanics are trained to perform factory-recommended maintenance services for most vehicles.
The ignition system is essential to the proper operation of your car's engine. Keeping it well maintained can help you keep your car on the road longer.
Today's vehicles have complex electronics and onboard computers. Our automotive computer diagnostics system can diagnose symptoms including: check engine light is on, fuel economy is down, your vehicle failed an emissions test, engine hesitates, stumbles, loss of normal engine power, engine cranks but won't start, engine stalls, engine misfire, cylinder misfire, other warning light(s) on.