MAINTENANCE

With Tall Guy Small Guy Automotive, customers will find honest and reliable repair services for virtually any type of vehicle. Our head technicians, Steve and Vince, have been working on cars since 1981 and our entire team is factory trained and ASE certified to exercise their skill in the field of auto repair.

      TUNING & BRAKES

 

Screeching brakes, slow stops, grinding sounds coming from your wheel wells? Brakes need to typically be serviced every 18,000-60,000, depending on conditions. We can help you find the best solution when it comes to your brakes to ensure your safety while out on the roads.

      CAR SERVICING
 

Whether you need an oil change, transmission service, windshield wipers, or anything else, Tall Guy Small Guy are experts when it comes to keeping your car running smoothly to ensure the longevity of your vehicle.

       WHEELS & SUSPENSION
 

Wheel alignment, steering and suspension repairs (often referred to as "Front end repairs") can be expensive for some cars. Therefore, it’s important to find an auto repair shop that’ll provide quality repairs at a fair price. We realize your vehicle was a major investment, and the quality of your auto repair service shouldn’t be left to chance. 

Preventive Maintence Intervals

Check monthly

  • Automatic Transmission Fluid

  • Brakes & Brake Fluid

  • Cabin Air Filter

  • Check Engine Light On

  • Coolant (Antifreeze)

  • Engine Oil and Filter

  • Lights

  • Tire Inflation and Condition

  • Windshield Washer Fluid

Check Every 3000 miles

  • Battery and Cables

  • Belts

  • Chassis Lubrication

  • Engine Air Filter

  • Engine Oil and Filter

  • Exhaust

  • Fuel Filter

  • Hoses

  • Power Steering Fluid

  • Shock Absorbers and Struts

  • Wiper Blades

  • Check engine lights should be addressed promptly. Ignored check engine lights can mulitply and when they do, the root of the problem could be lossed, which in turn could make repair and diagnosing harder and more expensive.

 

  • Always consult your owner's manual, but a good rule of thumb is to have the oil filter changed regularly - every 3,000 to 4,000 miles.

 

  • Have all fluids checked, including brake, power steering, transmission/transaxle, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze. These fluids are key in the safety and performance of your vehicle.

 

  • Check tire inflation. Tall Guy Small Guy Technicians check tire psi levels on all vehicles before they leave the shop. Under-inflated tires can result in a loss of fuel efficiency. This is the least expensive form of preventive maintenance. Tires should be checked once a month.

 

  • Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent.

 

  • Have the chassis lubricated frequently. This step extends the life of the moving components of your vehicle's suspension system.

 

  • Check battery cables and posts for corrosion and clean them as needed. The battery fluid should also be checked and filled if it is low, unless it is a maintenance-free battery.

 

  • Have the lighting system checked frequently, including headlights, turn signals, and brake and taillights.

 

  • Check windshield washer blades for cracks, tears and windshield contact. Replace them at least once a year, or sooner if streaking begins.

 

  • Inspect engine belts regularly. Worn belts will affect the engine performance. Look for cracks and missing sections or segments.

 

  • Have the air filtration system checked frequently. The air filter should be checked every other oil change for clogging or damage. This system ensures that the vehicle is performing at its peak condition.

PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE TIPS

 

Some times it doesn't take a mechanic to care for your car. Anyone can be a responsible owner and driver by paying attention to important maintenance that will ensure the longevity of your vehicle and protect you from expensive repair costs down the road.

 

Check Your Battery:

From turning your car on to playing your radio, batteries in cars are essential for the overall function of the vehicle. While technological advancements have reduced the maintenance needs of most batteries, you can do your car and yourself a favor by periodically checking the condition of the battery. Most batteries now have indicators that give colored messages as to required attention. For example, blue means the battery is fine, red means it needs distilled water, and white means it needs charging.

 

Check Your Oil:

Consider the oil the blood to your car. The only catch is that the only doesnt know how to renew itself like your body. To check the oil levels of your car, have it parked on a horizontal surface with the motor turned off. Pull the dipstick out and wipe it clean with a rag or paper towel and dip it back in. When you pull it out the second time, check to see if the oil on the stick is at or under the right level line. If the oil is too low, you can top it off with the correct type of motor oil. Additionally, if the oil is black or dark red, have your oil and the filter changed by a professional mechanic. It is important to have the oil filter changed regularly - every 3,000 to 4,000 miles.

 

Refill the Antifreeze:

Antifreeze is the key factor that keeps your car from overheating. It keeps the engine temperatures stable in both hot and cold climates. In order to avoid a disaster, check the levels periodically and refill if needed. This will keep you from encountering an emergency on the road and sustaining permanent damage to your car's engine.

 

Have the Tires Realigned:

You can get the most out of your tires if you align and realign them properly. Since front and rear tires wear differently, switching them out with each other will balance the wear and prolong their use!

 

Replace the Air Filter:

The air filter is on the engine air intake and prevents dust and dirt from entering the engine. So, take care of your engine by replacing your air filter when necessary. Checking the air filter only takes a few minutes. It is usually hidden under a plastic casing under the hood of your car and you have to unsnap the case to switch out the filter. Refer to your operating manual for precise instructions to avoid injury to yourself or harm to your vehicle. As a rule of thumb, make sure your car engine is off before lifting the hood to replace the air filter. 

 

Trustworthy Advice and Quality of Service Excellence

As your local auto repair shop, it's our mission to ensure your cars are operating safely and properly. At Tall Guy Small Guy, this means providing both in-shop service and helpful education to empower you to take better care of your car.

 

Although preventative maintenance will help your car run longer without needing service from a professional, there is always a time when your car will require professional assistance. When that time comes, bring it in to Tall Guy Small Guy Automotive, where service is reliable and customer satisfaction is priority. For more helpful preventative maintenance tips from an expert or to get a free estimate on our auto repair services, contact us today by calling (360) 653-9627.

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