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Air Bag Warning

June 6, 2013 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

May 30, 2013 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 23, 2013 Most modern vehicles come with antilock brakes (ABS). This system is designed to work in a panic or hard-stop situation. more »»

Cabin Air Filters

May 9, 2013 If you notice your air conditioning isn’t working well, get it checked. Poor air flow can be caused by a clogged cabin air filter. If it’s not cold enough, there could be a leak. more »»

How Much for a Tune-up?

April 4, 2013 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 »»

The Rules on Used Electronics

March 28, 2013 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 »»

Parts Pricing

March 21, 2013 When comparing repair prices, compare shop to shop, not shop to parts stores. All repair shops sell at retail prices--we must to stay in business. Don’t expect to bring in your own parts, either. more »»

Battery Service

March 7, 2013 It makes sense to look under the hood once a month, even if you don’t know what to look for. Any type of fluid leaks can cause problems. Green or blue corrosion on the battery is bad. more »»

Solar Battery Maintainers Can Keep Your Stored Car Charged

February 28, 2013 Solar Battery Maintainers Can Keep Your Stored Car Charged If you store your car outside for months at a time, you can buy a solar battery maintainer to keep your battery charged and ready to use... more »»

Welcome Home… to a Dead Battery

February 21, 2013 We get a lot of calls from people arriving on Maui only to find a dead battery in their car. This is actually normal in most cases, if the vehicle sat for more than a few month. more »»

Communicate with Your Mechanic

February 7, 2013 Communication is key in getting what you want from your auto repair shop. more »»

Timing Belt Estimates

January 24, 2013 When you call for an estimate for a timing belt estimate, make sure you’re getting the whole story. more »»


January 17, 2013 Modern vehicles have evolved a lot in the last 30 years. They are more reliable, safer and easier to drive. Gas mileage has gone from 10 mpg to 50 on many cars. Maintenance needs have changed, too. more »»

Brake Failure

January 10, 2013 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 »»

Get It In Writing!

December 13, 2012 An important factor to consider when choosing an auto repair shop is its warranty on parts and labor. You will find warranty coverage anywhere from 90 days to a year or more. more »»

If Your Engine is Overheating, Stop!

November 29, 2012 Another car towed in today. Another blown head gasket. Another $2,000 to $2,500.00 repair. And all so unnecessary. If your engine is overheating, stop! Don’t think you can make it to your destination. more »»

Turn Signals

November 22, 2012 Did you ever notice that one of your turn signals is blinking really fast? That usually means one bulb burned out and the other one is working. more »»

Brake Pulsation

November 15, 2012 Disc brakes can easily be overheated, especially going down long hills or towing heavy loads. more »»


November 8, 2012 Headlight lenses on many cars are made from plastic with a small, high-intensity bulb that can be replaced. The lenses are great until they age and turn foggy. more »»


November 1, 2012 Clutch problems may start gradually and you may not even notice. more »»



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