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7 Great Spots to Grab a Bite to Eat Near our Columbia MD Auto Shop

by Brian England on Mon, Jun 29, 2015

Some of the things we love about Columbia, MD -- the georgeous parkways and fabulous greenery -- can also make it a bit hard to spot a particular businesses you're looking for. If you’re ever leaving our auto shop around lunch time or are waiting here, and feel like walking out to take a quick bite...here are seven great spots that can satisfy your grumbling tummy. 

Our first three picks are hidden treasures. Each is tucked away in a business park or shopping strip that you can’t quite spot from the street. 

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Topics: Columbia, MD, lunch spots

Your Car Battery Just May Be The Cause of Your Problems

by Brian England on Tue, Jun 09, 2015

Have you ever said,  "Don't worry about the car battery; I can handle that," to your auto technician?

Recently, in just one week, I came across two cases where customers suggested that we "toss aside" their car battery as the cause of an issue because they perceived that it could not be causing the problem.

Well it seems that these two customers are in very good company.  In a study performed in the southwestern part of the U.S., it was found that car mechanics over looked a possible battery issue 50% of the time! 

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Topics: car battery, battery, auto battery maintenance, auto battery testing

12 Step Plan - Uncover What's Causing Your Car to Shake

by Brian England on Wed, May 06, 2015

Our all-time most popular blog post is all about shaking.  It is titled:  "Is Your Car Shaking? 3 Common Problems that Cause Cars to Vibrate", and it's had almost a quarter of a million page views.  Or, to put it in the words of Jerry Lee Lewis, there is "...a whole lot of shakin' going on."

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Topics: diagnose car problems, diagnostic forms, noise and vibration problems, car vibrations, shaking car

Does Your Car Smell Musty or Feel Damp? Is Water Pouring on Your Foot?

by Brian England on Wed, Apr 01, 2015

As April showers head our way, here are a few things to consider.

Is your car a convertible? Does it have a sunroof? Is water pouring on your foot when you turn? Do you park under a lot of trees? Does your car smell musty or feel damp?  If so, check out this important tip!  It could save you a lot of money.

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Topics: water damage, moldy smells in cars, car smells, musty car

Hit a Pothole? Check Tires, Wheel Alignment, Suspension & Steering

by Brian England on Wed, Mar 18, 2015

Know what season it is?   Pothole season.

All the melting snow has left behind a wonderful gift.  POTHOLES! 

In some places around the city, it's more like driving around an obstacle course.  The important thing to remember is that sometimes potholes can do a lot of damage, so it's important to be cautious and avoid them.  It may mean driving a bit slower, but it is worth it in the long run.

If you hit a pothole and notice that your car seems to be veering off to the left or right, it's a sign that there is a problem.  Cars just don't go out of alignment by themselves.  Something has to happen to cause it, and if you hit a pothole, it's the likely culprit.

Here are some things to check should a pothole catch you by surprise.

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Topics: misalignment, potholes, wheel alignment, steering, suspension problems

5 Q&A's: Intake Valve Carbon Build-up, Direct Injection & Mini Coopers

by Brian England on Thu, Mar 05, 2015

We see quite a few Mini Coopers with direct injection engines that have carbon build-up on the intake valves. While direct injection engines do offer enhanced fuel performance and cleaner emissions, these engines are more likely to have an issue with carbon build up on the intake valves.

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Topics: mini auto repair, intake valves, direct fuel injection, Mini Cooper, clogged intake manifold, carbon build up

Car Batteries. When to Change Them?

by Brian England on Tue, Feb 24, 2015

With the cold temperatures we have been having lately,  a lot of people worry that they will wake up in the morning, and their car won't start. The good news is that automotive technology has come a long way, and cars are a lot more reliable. We used to have cars lined up for battery service on cold days when the temperatures dropped to the single digits, but that's just not the case anymore. People are hopping into their cars, turning the key, and the cars are starting... even if they are a little hesitant at first.

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Topics: car battery, car battery problems, auto battery maintenance, auto battery testing

Preservation Focus: Reaching 200,000 Miles – It Takes a Little TLC

by Brian England on Mon, Feb 09, 2015

We celebrated the tenth birthday of our white 2005 Dodge Caravan free courtesy shuttle van last year, and not long after that, in December of 2015, we hit the 200K milestone.  

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Topics: preventive auto maintenance, high mileage vehicle, auto repair records, 200K Miles

My Nissan has a Fluctuating Idle When Hot. Is this a Problem?

by Brian England on Tue, Feb 03, 2015

In general a fluctuating idle is not a serious problem; however, if it is accompanied by the check engine light coming on or the engine stalling that is more cause for concern.

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Topics: fluctuating idle

My Battery Died Right After a Maryland State Inspection. What Caused This?

by Brian England on Mon, Jan 26, 2015

Recently a customer’s battery died the day after she picked up her car. She was convinced we had caused her battery to die. She told us her boyfriend knew about cars and told her,  "I suspect they cooked [overcharged] the battery."

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Topics: car battery, battery preventive maintenance, dead battery, battery, car battery problems, auto battery maintenance, auto battery testing

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