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What Is a Tune-Up?

What Is a Tune-Up?

A tune-up is a way to keep your vehicle performing at its optimal level. By having regular tune-ups, you can even enhance the automobile's lifespan. But, much of the reason tune-ups were a necessity in the past was because of the number of components that required manual adjustments over time. Is it the same today? Let's take a moment to discuss. What's a Tune-Up? A tune-up is a two-part process. One aspect of it consists of an inspection, which includes a visual examination of the engine's fuel system. The mechanic will look at the fuel filter, fuel pump, and fuel injectors. The automotive technician will assess the condition of the spark plugs, PCV valve, and coolant levels, to name a few examples. The second part of the tune-up is the actual tune-up, where the mechanic performs various tasks to elevate the vehicle's performance. It may include replacing spark plugs, PCV valves, and filters. Is a Tune-Up Necessary? Although needing a tune-up isn't like it ... read more

What to Know About Servicing Your Transmission Fluid

What to Know About Servicing Your Transmission Fluid

  At Honest Wrenches, we strive to educate rather than just sell to our clients, so that we can make the best-informed decision to suit their needs and timeline of their vehicle. We find that transmission fluid service is a subject that our customers have questions on. So, do you need to service your transmission fluid? The short answer is yes.   The myth that if you service your transmission fluid, your transmission will go out, is absolutely false. The job of transmission fluid is to clean, cool, and lubricate the internal components of your transmission. This means that over time, the transmission fluid will lose its lubricity, as well as the ability to clean and cool the transmission so you’ll need to service it so that your system will work properly. This is especially true during the summer months when it’s so hot out, as your transmission fluid will further degrade at high temperatures.   When servicing, flushing, or changing your transmission flu ... read more

Extended Warranties: To Buy or Not to Buy?

Extended Warranties: To Buy or Not to Buy?

  There’s nothing scarier than making an investment that doesn’t pay off. This spooky season, don’t get stabbed in the back because you don’t have all the information. So today, we’ll investigate if having an extended warranty is worth the investment? Before we begin, we acknowledge that extended warranty companies aren’t all the same. While most are fine, there are some companies that may set off red flags. However, it’s completely up to you, and with this information, you can make the best decision based on your needs.    There are typically three main types of extended warranty packages: basic (or bronze), plus (or silver), and deluxe (or gold.  The basic extended warranty package will be an extremely basic warranty. It will only have coverage up to a certain amount of money per hour paid out, as well as it generally will only cover half of the bill up to a maximum amount. Usually, it covers internally lubricated parts ... read more

Repair or Replace?

Repair or Replace?

  There always comes a point with vehicles where you have to decide whether it’s worth it to put in the time and money to give it the repairs it needs or to move on and buy a new car. With today's vehicles becoming more complex and sophisticated, falling behind on important maintenance in a car can really cause some major problems with some unexpected repair bills.    When you bring a vehicle to Honest Wrenches Automotive Repair, we always follow our 300% rule. 100% of the cars that come into our service centers will get inspected 100% of the time. We will estimate those findings and present them to you 100% of the time.   We do this, not to sell you something, but to ensure you are always fully aware of the condition of your vehicle and the investment required to get it back up to safe and reliable condition. It's then up to you whether or not you want to do any of it at all.    So, now we have to figure out whether or not you should ... read more

Why is Your Car Too Hot?

Why is Your Car Too Hot?

  As the summer months come to an end, a warm car might not seem like a problem. But what do you do if it gets a little too hot? Here are 5 reasons why your car may be overheating that we can help you with at Honest Wrenches.   Failed serpentine belt     Your serpentine belt powers multiple essential systems, like your cooling system. A failed belt means that your water pump isn’t getting power, so your engine won’t be receiving any coolant.   Blown head gasket     Your head gasket is another vital part of your engine and system. A blown gasket could mean that coolant is entering your engine, where it either burns off or leaks out. As the coolant escapes the system, your engine can overheat.      Failed thermostat     Just like the thermostat in your home, your vehicle’s thermostat controls the temperature in your car’s cooling system, regulating the amount of coolant being circulat ... read more

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