• About ME

    Over twenty years of automotive repair experience in one somewhat sarcastic auto tech.

    Grease has been a part of my life for a long time; longer than I care to admit. I was tinkering with my powerwheel as soon as it broke down in my sandbox. I've worked on bout every type of car and truck and love taking on new troubleshooting issues - it's like being a car doctor and feels good when I'm able to help someone who has no clue what's wrong with their ride.

    I was told blogging is good for business so here goes nothin'!

  • "The winner ain’t the one with the fastest car, it’s the one who refuses to lose."

     

    Dale Earnhardt

  • Areas of Practice

    Imports

    Classic Fords

    Electric Vehicles (fix your Prius)

    Anything Big Block

  • Common Car Repairs You Should Know, No Matter The Make Or Model!

    Regardless of the type of car you own or whether or not you’re an experienced driver, something can always go wrong. Of course, there are some issues that are limited to one specific model but with time, you’re bound to pay for some of the following repairs.

     

    • Brake Work


    Most car owners always take their cars to the repair shops because of their brakes. You should expect that your brake pad will wear and tear with time. Of course, the cost of repairing your brake pads isn’t costly but the serious the issue, you should expect to cough up more money. For instance, the repair could be for the rotor, drum or disc. However, there is rarely any need to repair the brake line unless they have been cut completely.

     

    • Oil Changes


    You should make an oil change after a few thousand miles to keep the car in a good working condition. That way, you can increase the life cycle of the engine. On the other hand, if your service record shows frequent oil changes, you can enjoy a high resale value of your vehicle. If you forget to make a simple oil change, you might end up visiting the repair shop with a more serious problem with the car’s engine.

     

    Here's a great video showing the oil change process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1hF25Cowv8

     

    • Coolant System


    It’s quite often for the car engine to overheat, especially if the car has been running for many miles. Therefore, you need to make sure that the radiator, as well as the cooling system is in a good working condition. If it’s working, your car might stop dead in the middle of the road with engine trouble. If the radiator is old or not working properly, visit the repair shop early enough to avoid the nightmare.

     

    • Tire Patches


    Every car might require a tire patch at one point or the other. Complete replacements of the tires are also quite common. There are numerous reasons why a tire can fail working or start leaking. For instance, there is a chance that the sidewall can split or the tire can go over a sharp object or nail. Of course, with tire patches, the repairs are not costly. However, if you need a complete replacement of your tire, you should expect to pay a little more money.

     

    • Ignition System


    Are you trying to turn the key in the ignition but the car will not start? Well, there could be many reasons for that including a dead battery, a faulty ignition or a starter that won’t work. If you need to replace the battery, there are various charges for it. However, repairs or replacements for the starter or ignition can be quite costly.


    • Electrical System
    There are many things that can go wrong with the car’s electrical system. For instance, there could be blown fuses and many more issues. If you’re not equipped with handling the electrical system of your vehicle, it’s prudent to let a professional handle it. Note that, the electrical system is one of the most delicate systems of any vehicle and one wrong move can damage the vehicle altogether.


    • Fuel System


    Are you always driving your vehicle with less than a quarter tank? Well, you’re the reason why your fuel pump is clogged. On the other hand, it’s important to replace the fuel filters occasionally since they gather a lot of debris, preventing it from getting to the fuel tank. Of course, for these issues, only a professional repair shop should be equipped to handle it.

     

    In conclusion, although these issues seem pretty damaging to your vehicle, you can always avoid them with regular and preventive maintenance of your vehicle - so don't slack!!! Save yourself the headache and the money and learn some of this stuff yourself it's not that hard :P

     

    However, if you're in our area you can always drop by our shop, simply Google 'auto repair el cajon ca' and it shoud pop right up on the map!

  • reach out

    I probably won't actually answer you on here, but I hope you at least get something from my knowledge here. If your message is interesting enough maybe I'll chat with ya! I'm always game for a new complicated car issue so try and stump me!