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Fix It or Buy It?

Fix It or Buy It?

  Last week we asked, ‘is it worth fixing a car that needs a lot of work or should I get a different car?’ We’ve discovered that this question often results in a cycle among car owners–they believe their car needs too much work to put money into, go to trade in their car at a dealership, only to end up in the driver’s seat of the last owner’s problem.    What if we could create a plan for you to keep your car and help you prioritize the repairs and maintenance of your car based on your budget. Together, we can make a plan to get the vehicle back up to safe and reliable condition so you are maintaining your car again rather than being buried in repair bills.   Of course, there are situations when it just doesn't make sense to fix the car, and it's time to get a different car. If there is rust that is non-repairable to the vehicle or the integrity of the frame has been compromised, that's a sure sign that we probabl ... read more

My car needs a lot of work, is it worth fixing or should I get a different car?

My car needs a lot of work, is it worth fixing or should I get a different car?

With today's vehicles becoming more complex and sophisticated, falling behind on important maintenance in a vehicle 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. What is that rule you may ask? 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 keep your vehicle or not once you get the inspection report. Some people might look at that inspection report and go ‘yup, I knew that was going to h ... read more

Servicing Your Transmission Fluid

Servicing Your Transmission Fluid

On Tuesday, we broke down the myth of causing harm to your transmission by servicing your transmission fluid. This service is vital to your transmission’s performance, but if not done properly, there are risks. Like topping off your spoiled milk with fresh milk, adding new transmission fluid to old transmission fluid will just taint what’s good. Transmission fluid cleans, cools, and lubricates the internal components of your transmission, so you want to make sure that you’re keeping up on its maintenance.   If you don’t clean out all of the old “spoiled” fluid that captured all of the debris, sludge, and grime from the transmission, and then add new fluid that’s going to continue to clean the system, the debris, sludge, and grime will just be mixed back in with the good fluid. So, when we perform our transmission fluid service, we add an effective cleaner into the system prior to servicing the fluid and we get the fluid up to operating t ... read more

Do I Need To Service My Transmission Fluid?

Do I Need To Service My Transmission Fluid?

We hear this question quite often when we advise our clients on the needs of their vehicle. At Honest Wrenches, we strive to educate rather than sell to our clients, so that they can make the best informed decision to suit their needs and timeline of their vehicle. 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 fluid it is e ... read more

5 Reasons Why Your Car is Overheating

5 Reasons Why Your Car is Overheating

5 Reasons Why Your Car is Overheating   No one wants to see a dreaded warning light flashing or the temperature gauge rising off the charts, but when you’re on the road and the alarm bells are ringing (literally and metaphorically) what do you do? The first thing you’ll want to do is turn your heat and fan on high and roll down your windows to help dissipate heat through the car’s heater core. Next, quickly find a safe place to pull over and shut the vehicle off right away. In these instances when your car is overheating, it is not recommended to open your hood immediately, in case of burst or broken equipment that could expose you to hot engine coolant and cause injury. Once you’re pulled off safely, you’ll want to call your trusted automotive repair shop, Honest Wrenches.    So what could have caused this overheating? There are many reasons, 5 of which we’ll dive into today to help you understand what’s happening with your ... read more

Troubleshooting an Overheating Car: What Can You Do

Troubleshooting an Overheating Car: What Can You Do

Troubleshooting an Overheating Car: What Can You Do   Last Thursday, we talked about high temperatures–not just the sweltering summer weather, but high temperatures in your vehicle causing it to overheat. We’re rounding out our 10 reasons for an overheated engine with our final 5 this week.    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 temperatu ... read more

Back to School Tips for the Day to Day Driver

Back to School Tips for the Day to Day Driver

Back to School Tips for the Day to Day Driver   On Wednesday, we went over some tips for students whose car’s might sit unused for longer periods of time. Today, we’ve got tips for students who will be using your vehicle daily to get to and from school, sports, work, and other activities.    Service Get your vehicle serviced and make sure your fluids are in good condition. If you  are going to be driving it often, we really need to treat it like any other vehicle.  Making sure we maintain the performance of the vehicle and its fluids is just as important.   Tires You’ll also want to do a check in with your tires. What condition are they in? Are they cracking? Wearing unevenly? Older than 7 years? Properly inflated? These are all good things to look into, and answers we can provide. When you bring your car in for service here with us at Honest Wrenches, we can talk over these questions, and find so ... read more

Back to School Tips for the Mile-Saving Student

Back to School Tips for the Mile-Saving Student

Back to School Tips for the Mile-Saving Student   Even though it feels like summer just started yesterday, getting ahead for the school year is always a good idea! Whether you’re starting college, going back, or still pushing through high school, taking advantage of your free time this summer can give you peace of mind for the road ahead.  Today, these tips are for the college student that will be driving back to school, but might not be putting a lot of miles on it while they’re there. If this seems like you, your car might be sitting for long periods of time while you are away at school, so these 3 tips will help keep your car in the best condition while you’re not driving it.    Battery  Make sure you have a strong battery that is fully charged. Unplug all phone chargers, accessories, etc. that might be plugged into your car. They may not seem like they draw any power, but some accessories have functions like lights th ... read more

Coolant System Servicing

Coolant System Servicing

Coolant System Servicing   On Tuesday, we went over how often to service your car’s coolant. But how does that service work?   Can I just drain it and refill it?   Draining and filling the cooling system is only going to drain the radiator in most cases, which only contains approximately 50% of the system's fluid. The best way to change your engine coolant is to use a machine that will hook directly into the vehicle’s cooling system line and allow you to operate the vehicle with the system hooked up. When you follow this, it gives you the ability to add a ‘cooling system cleaner’ such as ‘BG Cooling System Cleaner Kit’ into the system. Then, get the vehicle up to operating temperature so the thermostat opens and the cleaner gets throughout the system to do its job. Now you’ll be able to transfer the old coolant from the system and replace it with new coolant using the machine. You’ll want to flush double the capac ... read more

How Often Should I Change My Engine Coolant?

How Often Should I Change My Engine Coolant?

How Often Should I Change My Engine Coolant? Coolant plays an important role in the function of your vehicle. Its primary purpose is to transfer heat to prevent damage to your engine, whether through freezing or overheating.  Most owners manuals will tell you to change your engine coolant around 150,000 miles. If you look further into your service manual to 180,000 miles, it will tell you you’ll need to service your coolant again, even though you just did it 30,000 miles ago. Why, according to your owner’s manual, should you wait to change your coolant for the first 150,000 miles, but then have to change it every 30,000 miles thereafter?      Most mechanics will recommend you actually check your coolant before the manual recommends. Vehicle manufacturers often compete in the market of “lowest cost of maintenance” in the first 100,000-150,000 miles of their products. It seems every year, a manufacturer finds a way to stretch that out a ... read more

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