Symons Garage

Symons Garage Auto and Truck Repair located in Ruchsville, Pennsylvania.

For 65 years, vehicle owners have made Symons Garage their source for prompt and efficient auto services. Located in Ruchsville PA, a short drive north on Mauch Chunk Road from the 15th exit of Route 22, we service all makes and models and do all types of repairs. From the most complicated driveability issues to simple emissions or inspection repairs, our team does it all, and we do it right. We even do motorcycle, camper, RV and trailer inspections! Come to Us with Your Concerns: Auto services can be confusing. Don’t worry, we encourage you to ask any questions or address any concerns you might have about a job. For your added convenience, if there are any problems during the job, our professionals call you right away to explain the problem and the possible estimate increase. This ensures there aren’t any surprises when you come back to the shop to get your vehicle. Remember our motto: We Do It Right!

04/21/2016

Your car’s cooling system consists of a variety of parts and components that function in tandem to cool the engine. These elements include the water pump, hoses, control valves, heater core, the radiator and expansion tank.

04/19/2016

If you’re a road tripper, a good road repair kit should be a part of your inventory. A small bag with basic tools, flat tire repair tools, flashlights, and reflectors can all be crucial if you need small repairs.

04/14/2016

Automatic transmissions are very complex components that not only require technical expertise, but also specialized equipment and tools to properly diagnose and repair your vehicle’s transmission problems. That's why bringing your car to our professionals is best.

04/12/2016

If your car stereo is not working, you may have blown a fuse. This is the first place to look as it will be the least expensive solution. If the fuse has not blown, you will want an expert to evaluate the electrical system.

04/07/2016

Most vehicles have a number of microprocessor units that control areas such as engine management, brakes, and suspension. They are also able to detect any problems, and store them in the vehicle’s memory system.

04/05/2016

Packard installed the first automobile air-conditioning system in 1939. It did have one shortcoming, though – there were no controls inside the car. Turning it on and off required accessing the motor and disconnecting the compressor belt (after stopping the motor, of course).

03/31/2016

Have you wondered what the numbers on oil cans mean? You're not alone. The "w" number (5W/10W) indicates how low a temperature the oil can remain fluid. The lower the number, the colder. The second number (30/40) indicates oil thickness at high temperatures.

03/29/2016

If you notice a dark red fluid under your car, you may have a transmission fluid leak, which will affect your car’s performance. This must be fixed immediately to prevent costly damage to your transmission from a lack of fluid.

03/24/2016

We all know the hazards of a frayed wire, and how it can cause problems with an electric system. The air conditioner in your car is no different. An auto A/C expert can track down the damage and repair it, then make sure it didn't cause other problems with your A/C.

03/22/2016

Back in the day, before multi-weight oils, it was very common to have both winter and summer oils. This is no longer necessary, but if you normally use 10W30 because you live in a warm climate, then be sure to switch to 5W30 if you move somewhere with very cold weather.

03/17/2016

If your car is taking longer to start when you crank the engine, you might want to get your battery checked. This is a clear warning sign that the battery is not at a full charge, and it is only a matter of time before it is unable to start the car.

03/15/2016

A road test is considered a hands-on form of auto diagnostics. An auto technician may perform a road test if the customer is complaining about strange noises when driving the vehicle. These tests are often also performed following a repair.

03/10/2016

If you are debating which type of transmission your new car should have, think about where you live and how you use your car. Manual transmissions are much easier to deal with on highways and faster roads, but can be a nuisance when driving in city traffic.

03/08/2016

The leading cause of tire failure is under inflation-too little air in the tires. Under inflation increases the friction by having more surface area of the tire in contact with the road, which also causes the engine to work harder.

03/03/2016

Some potential issues with radiators include rusty hose clamps, corrosion to the aluminum core, and problems with the thermostat that regulates the coolant flow in your radiator.

03/01/2016

Do you know how a solenoid works? Inside it is a plunger surrounded by a coil, or windings. When the ignition key is turned to the start position, a small amount of current passes through the coil. This creates a magnetic field that pulls the plunger inward, eventually creating a large amount of current that is delivered to the starter.

02/25/2016

If you’ve recently purchased a used car model that you’ve never driven before, you may not know exactly what’s going on under the hood. When you need quick and efficient air conditioning repairs for it, we’re here for you.

02/23/2016

A popular tool for auto diagnostics is a borescope. Originally, this was a rigid device used to inspect gun bores in WWII (or a "bore scope"), but today's modern borescopes are made out of fiber optic material, which allows them to be flexible and fit into the engine.

02/18/2016

Air suspension systems can develop leaks around rubber seals and gaskets, in the lines, the sensors, wiring, or fittings. When air leaks out, the suspension system is compromised and corrective actions need to be taken.

02/16/2016

Basically, an automotive charging system is going to be made up of three major components: the battery, the voltage regulator, and the alternator. The alternator works in tandem with the battery to generate power for the vehicle’s electrical components.

02/11/2016

Auto air conditioning experts have a variety of tools they use to make sure an A/C system is working properly, including pressure gauges, refrigerant dyes, and power meters. More importantly, they have the experience to know how to spot when things are wrong.

02/09/2016

One of the early adopters of modern disc brakes was the Crosley car company with their 1950 Hot Shot. Founded in 1939, the car company was only a decade old when added the innovation to the car. While it was ultimately not successful and the company folded in 1952, it was a key step in the development of disc brakes.

02/04/2016

Even though electrical systems have become a lot more intricate over the past 20 years or so, they are based on the same basic design. Traditionally, car electrical systems included alternators, batteries, solenoids, front and rear lights, and spark plugs.

02/02/2016

Worn shocks can do more than make your ride bumpier; they can also make it less safe. If you have worn shocks, it can actually increase your stopping distance by 10 percent, which can make a big difference when you're trying to avoid an accident.

01/28/2016

Through the use of electronic control units (ECUs) in cars, the process of auto diagnostics has become quite simple. Technicians are able to take advantage of the computer technology to help them identify and resolve malfunctions.

01/26/2016

The automatic transmission uses a compound planetary gearset, which looks like a single gearset but actually behaves like two planetary gearsets combines. This unit has one ring gear that is always the output of the transmission, but has two sun gears and two sets of planets.

01/21/2016

A vehicle’s suspension system basically consists of several different parts or components. These are the chassis or frame, coil springs, leaf springs, dampeners (including struts and shock absorbers), and anti-sway or torsion bars.

01/19/2016

The first shock absorbers were built into a car by Mors from Paris in 1901. These were so effective that when Henri Fournier used the "Mors Machine" in the Paris to Berlin race, his time of 11 hrs 46 min beat the second place person by 30 minutes.

01/14/2016

While most people don’t give their car’s air conditioning system much thought during the cooler months of the year, it’s smart to bring it in for service well before you need it. Whether it’s been acting up or you want to ensure you can stay cool when it matters most, we’re always here for you.

01/12/2016

It’s important to remember that you don’t always have to take your car back to the dealership where you bought it in order to get repairs made. If you’re tired of driving all the way to them, we’re always happy to take over your brake system repairs.

01/07/2016

The alternator is actually a small electric generator. It gets its name because it generates an alternating current. Large generators, such as the ones in power stations, also generate AC, but the name "alternator" usually only means smaller generators like the one in your car.

01/05/2016

Both oil and coolant flow through your engine block, but in two different systems that shouldn't mix. Oil analysis can spot any water or antifreeze in your oil that could point to leaks in your gasket or cracks in the engine block.

12/31/2015

As you already know, the tires on your semi truck are one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. If your truck is out of alignment, your tires may wearing unevenly and in ways that are impossible to predict.

12/29/2015

For a long time, motorcycles were only kick-started, which meant starting them could sometimes take a lot of work. Today’s motorcycles have electric starters, which means, like cars, they can run into dead batteries, but a motorcycle expert can recharge or replace the battery.

12/24/2015

When you hit the gas, you expect your bike to take off. When it does not, you need to bring it in to be checked. Some of the reasons for a poorly running bike, especially when trying to reach higher speeds, include everything from carburetor problems to air intake issues.

12/22/2015

A good sign of transmission problems is if there's a lack of response, and not just while shifting gears. In fact, a lack of response will usually happen while shifting between Park and Drive. If this is happening, a transmission expert can give you transmission a thorough once over.

12/17/2015

Do you know why changing your transmission fluid regularly is necessary? Transmission fluid works, becomes contaminated, and additives get depleted. If it’s not changed at this time, it could lead to damage, which could cost $2,000 to $4,000 to repair.

12/15/2015

Did you know your problem could be something as simple as an external sensor that needs adjusting? There are many things that can be misdiagnosed and end up costing you a lot of unnecessary money. Get it done right with our expert diagnostic service.

12/10/2015

At a speed of 30 mph, the average car with good brakes and a sound suspension system should be able to stop within 46 feet or less. Worn shocks can increase stopping distances by as much as 20%, which increases the stopping distance to 55 feet.

12/08/2015

If you change the coolant in your car yourself, make sure to tightly seal the lid on the container holding the old fluid. Antifreeze is highly toxic and its sweet smell attracts animals – including the family dog. Take proper precautions and dispose of it according to local requirements.

12/03/2015

If your car shakes when you hit the brakes, have your brake rotors checked. Shaking is an indication of brake rotors being warped. We can help diagnose all your brake system issues.

12/01/2015

Onboard diagnostics software provides auto technicians with detailed information on all aspects of the vehicle and its operation. With computer diagnostics, mechanics are actually able to modify the performance of the car using the software.

11/26/2015

Over time, your transmission can wear down, which can lead to the gears slipping. This is when the car randomly pops out of gear while driving, or the stick (in a manual) pops back to neutral. Transmission experts can track down the culprit and get it fixed.

11/24/2015

Is your clutch lever suddenly not working on your bike? This could be a problem with the clutch, or it could be a problem like a broken cable or leaking hydraulic cylinder. Either way, a motorcycle expert can track down the problem.

11/19/2015

A transmission fluid leak can be caused by one of several factors. It may be a defective pan gasket or loose filler tube, but it could also be loose extension housing for your transmission case.

Address

3170 Mauch Chunk Rd
Coplay, PA
18037

Opening Hours

Monday 07:30 - 19:00
Tuesday 07:30 - 19:00
Wednesday 07:30 - 19:00
Thursday 07:30 - 19:00
Friday 07:30 - 18:00

Telephone

(610) 799-3220

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