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Family owned and operated for 31
years - Lorne L. Almeida
Founder, Owner, President - CAL Enterprises, Inc.
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AUTOMOTIVE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER! ALL your automotive needs are under one roof at
Registered Repair Shop #3077
Last Update: 10/1/2010
Itís always better to service
than repair, and we encourage our customers to commit to a routine
maintenance schedule. It is proven that those who visit their repair
shops at least every six months for routine, recommended services have
significantly less repair bills and less frequent break downs during the
life of their vehicle and significantly maintain fuel efficiency.
Contact us today to make an appointment!
The National Institute for
Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) recently published the results of a
survey taken among ASE-certified technicians on the subject of vehicle
maintenance. Nearly half the technicians polled
(48%) indicated that they "always" tell their customers about the
importance of vehicle maintenance, while these same technicians report
that only 2% of motorists "always" follow their advice.
Adding in the responses for "usually," the results are not much better.
The vast majority of technicians (84%) said they "always" or "usually"
explain the importance of maintenance, while only 29% of motorists
"always" or "usually" follow technicians' advice.
"Considering the costs and complexity of today's vehicles, consumers are
being penny-wise and dollar-foolish if they neglect routine
maintenance," noted ASE president Ronald H. Weiner. Almost two-thirds of
the technicians surveyed felt that consumers could take care of their
vehicles' maintenance and repair needs for $500 or less annually. That's
not a huge amount, considering the average cost of a new vehicle or the
return on investment.
So what items specifically are consumers neglecting? The old-fashioned
oil change tops the list, followed by transmissions, tires, cooling
systems, brakes, belts and tune ups/engine performance. The downside of
all this neglect is shortened vehicle life, compromised safety and the
likelihood of minor repairs becoming big-ticket overhauls.
As vehicles become more complex and packed with computers, conventional
wisdom might suggest that younger people, at ease with today's high-tech
gadgets, would be a bit more likely to keep up with repairs than the
older generations. Not so. The technicians polled indicated that
middle-aged people took the best care of their vehicles (48%), followed
closely by the elderly (42%). Young people placed dead last (1%). Visit
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Automotive Tips of the
Engine! Change Your Timing Belt!
Timing belts are unseen and often forgotten. But if your timing belt
breaks, it can result in serious damage to your engine. Most
manufacturers recommend changing your timing belt every 60,000 miles,
but some vehicles can go longer. If you are unsure, just give us a call
and we can confirm that for you.
From now until December 30, 2010, if you need your timing belt changed,
schedule an appointment with us and mention this article; we will deduct
$25 from your invoice!
Heavy Keys Can Mean an Auto Repair Bill
Take a look at the key ring you are using to hold your vehicle's ignition key. How
many other keys do you have hanging there? More than 5 or 6? Do you have charms,
a flashlight, perhaps a bottle opener on the ring? How about the mini
plastic scan cards from all the stores you frequent? Your childs photo?
A cute, stuffed animal? Itís amazing how many of us, use our key ring as
a place to collect mementos and other gadgets we are fond of or want to
have immediate access to.
Having a large and heavy key ring may make it easier to find in your
purse, but there is a critical down side. Over time, that heavy key ring
swaying to and fro from your ignition, will wear down the tumblers in
the lock and cause problems with starting your car. The worst case
scenario is when your car wonít start at all. .
The best way to solve this potential problem is to keep your ignition
key on a detachable ring from your other keys and paraphernalia. That
way, when you get in your vehicle, you can simply detach the key for use
while you are driving. More and more vehicles today use the remote keys,
but if you still have to put your key in an ignition slot, be mindful
of the weight of your key ring and the possible damage it can cause. The
cost to replace your ignition tumblers is not cheap, but something you
can easily avoid.
Traction comes from your tires
gripping the road. No grip, no traction. Traction is important not just
for stability but for steering and braking as well. Tires are among the
most important and least understood components of your vehicle. Proper
inflation, the differences between snow and all season tires, tire and
tread types, it can be confusing to the average driver. However,
Guaranty Auto in conjunction with Vianor Tire, is here to help. We can
explain all these things and help you select the right tires for your
vehicle. Stop into or telephone either location for a tire quote and
SERVICES WE OFFER:
Oil Change (Oil/Filter/Lube)
Shocks & Struts
Coolant Systems Flush & A/C Repair/Recharge
Front End and 4 Wheel Alignment
Automatic and manual transmission services and repairs including
Front and Rear Differential Service &
Timing Belts and
Suspension & Alignments
Check Engine Light Diagnostics
(Interstate and Duralast IN STOCK)
(Firestone, Bridgestone, Cooper and NOKIAN)
WIndshield & Other Glass Replacement
Auto, Truck and Van Detailing
Tire Mounting & Balancing
Engine Service & Replacement
Auto Body and Collision Repair
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