Auto Repair Services, Vancouver WA
We provide fast and reliable auto repair services for Vancouver, WA area drivers. Certified to repair over 70 makes and models, My Auto Repair & Tire Center is a name you can trust.
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Your air conditioning and heating system keeps your cabin cool in summer and defrosts in winter. Without it functioning, your drive can be miserable.
A heating system is a heating unit that acts like a small radiator behind the dash. A fan, and hoses transfer the heat from the engine to the cabin. Air conditioning systems work the same way by delivering coolant to the fan, blowing air into the cabin.
Heating and A/C don’t completely operate off electric parts, unlike your home systems. Instead, they make use of the engine’s heat energy and the engine’s ability to cool down to change the temperature.
Heating and Cooling systems can wear out, hoses leaking or become obstructed without regular maintenance. Signs you are having trouble will be:
- In summer, air inside is slightly cooler than outside.
- In winter, air inside is slightly warmer than outside
- The air blowing in smells like mildew or rotten
- Defroster takes too long to work
- The A/C blows warm air or the heater blows cold air
- Even on full blast, your vents don’t push out much air
During our assessment of your cooling and heating systems we will thoroughly look for damage, leaks and holes. My Auto Repair and Tire Center will fix all issues and get you back on the road to enjoy your ride.
Most of today’s car batteries are maintenance-free, sealed and can last more than 3 years. Having engine trouble is often the first sign your battery needs replacing. Although this is less an auto repair than a replacement, it’s important to make sure your battery is working right.
One of the most crucial safety features on your car is a working brake system. This system should be checked at least once a year as part of your annual maintenance inspection. Most cars have either Standard Brakes or ABS.
A typical system will have a rotor, caliper, brake pads, drums or shoes. If you drive on worn out brake pads, you could damage your rotor too. Staying on top of things with an inspection will save money in the long run and also be much safer.
Never ignore an issue with your brakes. Call My Auto Repair and Tire Center immediately if you have any of the following issues:
- A high pitch squeak while braking
- A grinding or scratching sounds when not braking. This could also indicate a bearing issue
- Vibrating or shaking while braking
- Requiring more pressure than usual to stop
To maintain good performance of your brakes make sure to never drive with the emergency brake on and have your fluids examined and replaced as needed. If you are having to add more brake fluid than usual, you could have a leak, so make sure to come in if that happens.
The Driveline takes the power generated by your engine and transfers it to your tires, causing them to rotate. Your driveline will wear normally over time and regular inspections can avoid costly repairs down the road.
Often a vibration while driving can be a sign of a driveline issue. It can also be a tire balance issue so make sure you get them inspected to figure out what is causing the issue. Typical symptoms of unresolved driveline issues include:
- Difficulty making U turns, tight turns or parking.
- A low squeaking sound that gets worse as you slow down
- Vibrations that increase with speed, or vibrations while idling
Oil Inspection & Change
The most common maintenance you will perform on your car other than a wash, is your oil change. My Auto repair and Tire Center offers fast, professional service you can trust. Our standard change comes with a courtesy inspection and My Auto Members receive discounted oil change service and can earn free changes.
Lift Kits (leveling and lowering)
Whether you want to lower a custom car or raise your truck for an excursion in rough terrain, we have the expertise to help you with your lift kit needs.
Auto industry specialists recommend checking your steering and suspension system at least once a year in order to avoid significant repairs. Staying on top performance issues and concerning symptoms will ensure a safer ride and overall ride quality as well as avoid major and costly repairs down the road. Things that may indicate a suspension issue:
- Steering difficulty, excessive slop in the wheel and/or steering seems to be slipping
- Car pulls to one side
- Difficulty driving over dips or uneven roads
- After going over a bump, your car continues to bounce
- Tires will shake or stray
It’s important to check many factors to determine a true suspension issue and not a tire balance or other issue. Some things we look for when determining a need for suspension repair is:
- Check for uneven tires or wear
- Check for unbalanced tires
- Check nuts and bolts for proper tightness
- Power steering fluid level
- Worn or torn power steering belts
- Steering wheel alignment issues
- Check struts and impacts (shocks)
Windshield Wiper Blades
To maintain visibility and safety on the road, you need to have your wiper blades in good condition. This is an easy fix, in 10 minutes or less that can be life saving.
Plan to change your wiper blades every year or twice a year if you drive in harsh weather conditions.
To get the best performance from your blades, never run them while your windshield is covered with ice. Doing so will quickly and significantly reduce their cleaning capabilities, leaving behind noticeably patchy or streaky areas. Ultimately your blades will be ruined and your visibility limited.
To keep your engine running efficiently and improve fuel economy, you should check and/or change your Air Filter every 6 months. The way every car works is different, so it is hard to give a specific mileage figure or timeline of the life of your cars filter.
A filter lasting 20,000 or even 30,000 miles on a vehicle driving mostly on expressways may only last a month or two in a rural setting, since terrain is different and you’ll likely be driving on gravel roads.
A good recommendation for the city driver may be changing it annually/every 15,000 miles for preventative maintenance, but the same will not be said for the typical country driver.
No matter what the mileage or time, a filter needs to be replaced before the point where it creates a restriction of airflow that is significant. When exactly the point is where that is reached is subject to professional opinion.
Debris trapped by the filter element helps screen out smaller particles that are trying to get through. But eventually every filter comes to the point where enough pressure has built up and restricts the airflow.
Emissions, fuel economy and performance begin to get progressively worse and deteriorate until the dirty filter is replaced. Generally, with heavy duty trucks, when the filter becomes dirty the “restriction” meter on the air filter housing will set a code and display a message that the air filter needs replacing. When lacking such a device, the best you can do is guess.
If you remove your filter and hold it up to the light this should show you how dirty it is.
Excessive dirt, build up, debris and/or moldy discoloration are all indicators that the filter’s properties are compromised, and replacement is highly recommended.
Note: Often there are filters that appear to be dirty but are in fact still good and do not really need to be replaced. Whether or not you replace it is up to you based on the recommendation of your technician.
Belts and Hoses
Correctly preserving and regular replacement of belts and hoses can save time and money over the life of your vehicle. Belts and hose pipes are in control of important functions of your vehicle, so to prevent some of the most typical causes of breakdown, make certain your belts and hoses are checked at regular periods.
It is recommended to have them checked with every oil change or every 3,000 miles. Ask your mechanic about belts and hoses if you observe:
- Loss of power
- Squealing or grinding sounds
- Vibrations, or if you feel slips or any ‘catching’
Through each assessment, our professionals examine every belt for peeling, glazing, breaking, softening, correct tensioning, appropriate drive pulley and alignment. During our hose/belt inspection, we also inspect for: fractures, leaks, hardening, splitting and softening. Sometimes cooling system pressure examination can help inspect for holes and worn clamps.
Just like people, your car needs to dissipate heat to avoid exhaustion and over-heating. During combustion, the engine produces a lot of heat (about 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit), and the amount of heat is too much for the engine to bear. The cooling system is an integral part of the combustion process- regulating the vehicles’ operating temperature.
Cars tend to overheat due to a damaged part in the cooling system, typically the radiator which is the heart of the cooling system. It is therefore necessary that all the auto parts must be working properly to ensure the whole system is working efficiently.
Aside from the radiator, the cooling system is composed of a water pump, hoses, a thermostat, heater core, fan clutch and radiator fan. All these auto parts have important roles to perform, thus the absence of one can significantly affect the whole cooling process, and overall the engine’s performance.
The cooling system of your car works by taking the coolant (a mixture of antifreeze and water) and absorbing heat from the engine, it is drawn by the water pump from the radiator and is pumped through the engine block. The coolant then absorbs heat from the engine and its parts. It goes back to the receiving tank of the radiator through the radiator hose.
The radiator has tubes that contain a large amount of water and has an area to allow outside air to pass through, as the coolant spreads over the top of the radiator tubes, it transfers heat to the air.
Your car can possibly overheat, engine overheating is one of the most common problems an auto user will encounter. You can simply avoid this by adding water to your radiator. If you notice a problem in a specific part of your cooling system, consult us at My Auto Repair and Tire Center. If the issue is serious, we’ll replace it right away.
The performance of your car greatly depends on your cooling system, no matter how gutsy the engine is, it cannot work normally without a cooling system. The engine can even be useless in an instant if it overheats, and all other auto parts under the hood will be damaged.
Most vehicles now have sophisticated computers that run electronic and engine control systems. These systems can be tapped into with our diagnostic software and discover a multitude of issues in the following areas such as:
- Ignition System
- Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
- Restraint System
- Fuel Injection System
- Emissions (Exhaust) System
- Electrical System
As mentioned above, we are equipped with the latest and most trusted diagnostic computer system software and tools, enabling us to tap into your car’s computers and discover issues with your emissions exhaust system.
If you are having issues, we highly recommend you don’t put off coming in for service. Often your concerns are indicators that there may be more serious or hidden issues.
Restoring your headlights health can enhance your visibility by up to 140%! Sight is a major safety factor and should not be put off. In addition to cloudy, foggy or yellowed lights, a headlight that is completely out can cause you to get a ticket. Avoid costly tickets and accidents my making sure your headlights are functioning well.
While your car is turned on and parked, have someone walk around to check that your lights are working, along with your headlights, brake and tail lights, turn signals, and any other lights you may have.
Replacing your vehicles’ bulbs in today’s vehicles often prove challenging, so have a trusted mechanic spare you the frustration. Particularly when it comes to replacing and aiming headlights.
Additionally, our trusted professionals can spot the difference between a blown fuse and a burned-out bulb. We can get you quickly fixed up and back on the road.
The fluid in your transmission coats your gears and protects against extreme wear and slipping. A fluid flush should be done every 30,000 miles to keep your transmission running smoothly. You’ll know you are needing a fluid change or transmission repair if you notice the following:
- Trouble shifting gears
- Your car won’t move
- Transmission is slipping or very loud
- Leaking transmission fluid(this fluid will smell sweet and look reddish)
- Grinding noise when shifting gears
- Clutch issues
- Check engine light is on
You can avoid these issues with regular maintenance, but if you are having issues, we can help. Schedule an appointment today and we will work hard to help you get back on the road.