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Automotive Services

Valley Automotive Center performs a number of services for your vehicle. From maintenance to repair, home or high performance vehicle, we can accommodate all of your needs. We service all cars, foreign and domestic, luxury class and high performance.

Oil Change Service
Short drives and infrequent oil changes are two factors that lead to formation of sludge in an engine. This gelling of the oil can cause premature engine failure. Oil change intervals depend on the type of driving done. If most of the driving is open highway with little stop and go the interval could be 5000-7500 miles. But if the driving done is short trips and or stop and go, the oil should be changed every 3000 miles or 6 months whichever comes first.

Engine diagnostics
If your car is not running properly, won’t start or has a ‘check engine’ light on, you will need some diagnostics. This procedure first communicates with your car’s computer to find out what the computer thinks is wrong. We then verify component failure to make sure the computer is not simply confused. After determining the cause of your problem, we will recommend the necessary repairs.

Automatic Transmission service
Remove transmission oil pan and replace internal filter (if equipped), top off fluid and test drive. This service is designed for regular maintenance and should be performed with a transmission flush if the fluid is extremely dirty or burnt.

Cooling system service
Engine coolant loses some of its protective qualities after a period of time. This is why you should replace the engine coolant at 30,000 mile intervals if your engine has the traditional coolant (the green stuff) and 60,000 mile intervals for most extended life coolants (the red stuff).

Clutches
The clutch is what engages the transmission to the engine. Where and how you drive will have a huge impact on how long this part will last. On some vehicles, additional parts replacement may be required or recommended at the time of clutch replacement. Ask us about clutch replacement at the first sign of problems.

Batteries/Charging System
The battery is the lifeblood of your vehicle. It is responsible for starting your car and running many of the accessories on the vehicle. The battery must endure temperature extremes and still be able to perform. The natural venting of fumes from the battery will cause corrosion on the battery terminals. This must be periodically cleaned. The alternator is responsible for operating all the electrical accessories while the engine is running.

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Here is a short list of what we can do for your vehicle.

Climate Controls Air Conditioning Repair and Service
Brakes Clutches
Cooling System Repair and Maintenance CV Axles
Diagnostic Services Electrical (Alternators, Batteries, Starters)
Engines Exhaust
Fuel Injection Service and Repair Oil Changes
Steering Suspension (Shocks and Struts)
Timing Belt Replacement Tires
Transmission Service and Repair Tune Up
30, 60, 90,000 Mile Maintenance Services And More...

Timing belt replacement
Many of today’s engines utilize a timing belt. If this belt breaks, serious engine damage could occur. This is why the vehicle manufacturer will specify certain intervals at which this belt should be replaced. The mileage will vary from 60,000 to 90,000 miles with some recommending replacement at 105,000 miles.

Minor maintenance service
This service includes an oil change, full vehicle inspection including the brakes and suspension, inspection of all exterior lights, windshield wipers and a battery service. This service should be performed in between your major maintenance services to help keep your car in top running order.

Major maintenance service
This is typically your 30/60/90,000 mile service. Each manufacturer has their own recommendations on what services should be performed at this interval. Ask your service advisor for more information on keeping your car maintained.

Brakes
We first perform a complete inspection of the braking system. Without doing this, we cannot adequately determine what your car really needs or how much it will cost. Our technicians can repair all braking systems including the newer anti-lock brake systems. Each car requires different components to repair the braking system so please schedule an appointment to have your brakes inspected.

Suspension/shocks/struts
By replacing the shocks and struts on your vehicle you can maintain the ride quality, handling characteristics and performance of your automobile. Shocks and struts wear out very gradually and most people can’t feel the difference until they are replaced and the ride and handling is firm and crisp.

Heat/Air Conditioning
The heating and air conditioning system, also known as climate control, is what keeps us comfortable when we drive our cars. The coolant should be replaced periodically. Proper service and diagnosis of the air conditioning system and related repairs should only be done by a qualified technician.