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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

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

On the Road Again: How to Prepare Your Car for Your Summer Road Trip

On the Road Again: How to Prepare Your Car for Your Summer Road Trip

Your summer road trip is almost here! If you’ve followed our first three tips for road trip prep last Thursday, here’s three more to make sure you’re ready to hit the road.   Start System   Have your battery/starting/charging system checked. Your battery provides electrical power to start the engine, stabilizes voltage for the charging system, and supplies additional current to the charging system. It’s always good to catch a weak battery before you get on the highway, rather than having it fail while you’re on your trip.   Emergency Kit   If our tips missed something in your vehicle, or something unforeseen happens and you find yourself in a sticky situation, having a kit with all the necessities will hold you over until help arrives. In this kit, you’ll at least want to pack some blankets, drinking water, snacks, first aid, and reflective triangles. The food and water will keep you nourished and hydrated, a first aid kit ... read more

Hit the Road : Preparing for Your Summer Road Trip

Hit the Road : Preparing for Your Summer Road Trip

Summer is here and so are your summer road trips! Before you hit the road, it’s important to ensure that your car is ready for the journey ahead. Regardless of your destination, taking the extra steps to prepare your car and have your mechanic check it out to get it road-trip-ready will keep you from being stranded on the side of the road on your vacation.     Tires   The only thing between you and the road is your tires. It’s crucial to ensure that your tread is wearing evenly, there’s plenty of the tread remaining, that no road hazards have damaged your tires, and they are filled to the proper pressure. And don’t forget the spare! You never know when a flat tire could create a detour in your route.   Fluids   Fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle. Your car has many different fluids ranging from engine oil, engine coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, differential fluid, and of course, your fuel sys ... read more

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