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How Much for a Tune-up?

October 7, 2014 A lot of people shop by phone for prices on auto repair. It’s a flawed process at best. Some repairs are easy to price, but many are not, especially without seeing the vehicle firs. more »»

OEM Parts

September 30, 2014 The Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) distinction is for parts made by the manufacturer of the original equipment placed on vehicles. They are the most reliable and costly. more »»

Synthetic Fluids

September 23, 2014 Synthetic Fluids are lubricants consisting of artificially made chemical compounds. In general, they provide superior mechanical protection compared to traditional fluids and also last longer. more »»

Timing Belt Estimates

July 23, 2014 When you call for a timing belt estimate, make sure you’re getting the whole story. It should include a tensioner, idler pulleys, camshaft and crankshaft seals, and in most cases, a water pum. more »»

Air Conditioning & Humidity

July 17, 2014 Air conditioning is more than just a cold blast of air. It also removes the moisture from the air in your car. more »»

Change Wiper Blades for a Clean Sweep

July 10, 2014 In Kihei, it’s best to change your wiper blades every six months. If you don’t, you risk scratching your windshields due to dry rot or missing rubber. New blades are cheap and fast to install. more »»

Where the Rubber Meets the Road...

June 30, 2014 While in your vehicle, you and your passengers are literally riding on your lives! Correct tire pressure and rotation are crucial, but also, feel your tread for smooth and even wea. more »»

Oil is the Lifeblood of Your Car

June 24, 2014 The simplest way to see if it’s time for an oil change is to observe its color. more »»

Misdiagnosed Problems

June 17, 2014 At least three times this week, I have had people come to the shop with new batteries, complaining that their car still won’t start--all misdiagnosed electrical problems. more »»

Air Bag Warning

June 12, 2014 Airbag systems have a warning light. It may simply say “airbag” or it could be a picture of an airbag. It’s another one of those easy-to-ignore things, because it doesn’t affect our daily driving. more »»

ABS and Air Bag Warnings

June 5, 2014 A lot of vehicles come in to the shop with ABS (antilock brakes) or air bag dash warning lights on. When these lights are on, it means those systems are not working. more »»

ABS Systems

May 29, 2014 Most modern vehicles come with antilock brakes (ABS). This system is designed to work in a panic or hard-stop situation. more »»

Brake Master Cylinder Failure

May 15, 2014 You’re sitting at a stoplight and notice the brake pedal slowly sinking. It might even go to the floor. You pump it again and it seems OK. The brake feels normal when stopping. more »»

Disc Brake Care

May 8, 2014 What is a brake job? With a disc brake job, we replace the brake pads. Always use high-quality pads to avoid noise or rapid wear. more »»


May 1, 2014 How much is a tune-up? That question is impossible to answer, because there are so many different vehicles and each one is unique. It also depends on the condition of your car. more »»

Bad Brake Symptoms

April 24, 2014 Brake systems have two main parts. The hydraulic system actuates or applies the brakes. If there is a problem, the pedal will feel soft, low or fade away. more »»

Auto Repair Misconceptions

April 17, 2014 There are a lot of misconceptions about auto repair. When something goes wrong, some people try to diagnose the problem by looking on Google. This can be misleading. more »»

How to Increase Your Mileage

April 10, 2014 Gas prices hurt all of us. To get the best mileage, make sure your car is running well and the check engine light is off. Check tire pressure regularly, but never over-inflate them. more »»


April 3, 2014 Our most common customer misconception is that when the check engine light comes on, we simply hook up the little thingy and it tells us what’s wrong. Not true. more »»

The Rules on Used Electronics

March 27, 2014 We never recommend used electronic parts--ever. We diagnosed a bad control module on a customer’s car. It’s expensive for a new one. more »»



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