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We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. For the first time in 41 years we will be closed from December 24 thru January 3. Lets hope and pray for a fantastic New Year. Everyone stay safe and thank you for your business...
At our shop, it seems we get frequent calls regarding tune ups. The customer is often price shopping to find who can install tune up parts to fix their drivability problem. During the customer interview process, we find frequently that they have not even scanned the vehicle for fault codes. I think a lot of people still live in the '80s era when plugs, wires, caps and rotors fixed most of the rough running concerns. With today's modern vehicles, it is challenging for a service advisor to sell a tune up because they do not know what parts it should get. Does the vehicle have ignition wires? Does the vehicle have an external fuel filter? Is the positive crankcase ventilation valve a replaceable part or is it integrated into the valve cover? As a rule of thumb, we advise the customers that we must physically inspect the vehicle to determine what a tune up should include. Call if you need us 407-851-3437
Wndshield Wipers Were Invented by a Woman, how about that....
Next time you're driving in a rainstorm, you can thank Mary Anderson, who invented windshield wipers in 1903. Anderson was visiting New York City and noticed that the streetcar driver had to keep his window open in a sleet storm in order to reach his arm out of the car and manually clean his windshield with a squeegee. Anderson received a patent for the windshield wiper, but she couldn't sell the invention to the auto companies, who claimed that the device did not have commercial value. After Anderson's patent ran out in 1920, windshield wipers eventually became a standard feature on automobiles.Today, changing windshield wipers is an important part of automotive maintenance. Wiper blades come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and some are even heated to help keep your windshield clean in icy conditions. I never would have guessed they were invented by a woman...
How Do I Know When to Change My Brake Pads and Rotors?
Squeaks, squeals and metal-to-metal grinding noises are typical signs you’re past due for new brake pads and/or rotors. Other signs include longer stopping distances and more pedal travel before you feel significant braking force. If it’s been more than two years since your brake parts were replaced, it’s a good idea to have the brakes checked at every oil change or every six months. Brakes wear gradually, so it can be hard to tell by feel or sound when it’s time for new pads or rotors. Just give us a call and we will inspect your brakes 407-851-3437.
Interesting Car Fact. Do you know we spend two weeks at stop lights? Think you've been sitting at that stop light forever, you're probably not far off. The amount of time a traffic light is red will vary by the intersection, however red lights usually last at least 30 seconds. The average American will spend over 300 hours at stop lights in his or her lifetime. That adds up to about two entire weeks.
Good Morning, hope everyone is staying healthy. Just to let our customers know we are open for business just shorter hours. We will be closing on Friday until this virus is gone. We are taking precautions to keep our employees safe and you and your vehicle safe also. Please call us if you need us.
We wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year. Bring in your Tesla and we will give you a free oil change.
I have heard that people fear going to their Auto Mechanic more than going to the Dentist. I wonder how true this is? I hope our customers don't fear coming to us.
Ignoring Smells...An oily burning smell means oil or fluids are leaking onto hot engine and exhaust components. By the time you notice the smell, chances are you're already running low on fluid, and low fluid levels can cause serious and costly engine, transmission or power steering damage. Worse yet, the burning fluid can cause an under-hood fire that can destroy your vehicle....A burning rubber smell, on the other hand, can be the sign of impending drive-belt system failure that can cause engine overheating and engine damage and leave you stranded. A burning smell coming from your brakes is a sign that they're not operating properly. None of these smells are normal. Ignoring them will only result in a much higher repair bill. Your nose knows! Don't ignore unusual smells. Please call us 407-851-3437.
Why we shouldn't ignore unusual noises....Vehicles in good condition don't make squealing, screeching, grinding, rumbling, clicking or clunking sounds. A squealing sound can be a sign of a drive belt. A metallic screeching sound can indicate a failing pump or engine bearing. Grinding sounds while braking can indicate a serious brake issue, while clunking sounds can indicate suspension issues. A clicking sound during sharp turns is often a sign of failing constant velocity joints. Rumbling can be caused by a worn wheel bearing or a tire issue. If your vehicle makes any of those sounds or you hear anything unusual, get it checked out sooner rather than later. Trust us, components that squeal, screech , grind, rumble, click or clunk DON'T heal themselves, and when they fail, they usual cause damage to other expensive components. Call us 407-851-3437.
Ignoring a check engine, service engine soon or other warning light never pays. When a warning light or message appears, get your vehicle checked as soon as possible by your mechanic, before the root problem causes more damage. Starting in 1996 manufactures introduced OBD11 when the Check Engine or Service Engine Soon light comes on it can indicate a problem with your oil, cooling system, engine valve timing, engine, transmission, brakes, stability control, traction control, four wheel drive (if you have it) all wheel drive, airbag, HVAC, lighting, wipers, cruise control, anti-theft, accident avoidance, tire pressure, ride control, charging, electrical accessories, even your entertainment system. At Kilgore's Automotive we can help you call 407-851-3437.
Expecting a Free Diagnosis
Customers often think that diagnosing a car problem is as simple as plugging in a code reader and replacing whatever sensor is listed in the code. Since auto parts store read trouble codes for free, customers think the shop is ripping them off when they charge a diagnostic fee. But reading the trouble code is just the first (and easiest) part of diagnosing a problem. Only a hack technician would replace the part mentioned in the trouble code without conducting more tests. That's like doctor recommending a heart transplant because your blood pressure reading was high.
Professional technicians go way beyond just reading the trouble code. First they consult a database of technical service bulletins to see if the car maker has identified a "pattern failure" associated with the trouble code and then check to see if the manufacturer has issued a fix or released an updated part to correct the problem. Next, they perform voltage tests and examine the wiring harness to rule out a possible short, open or corrosion issue. Then they conduct individual tests in the shop and on the road to see if they can duplicate the problem. In many cases, the technician connects specialized testing equipment confirm or rule out the usual suspects.
A thorough diagnosis can easily take an hour or more by a highly skilled technician. That time isn't free, and since diagnostic technicians are usually the highest paid techs, shops often charge a higher fee for this service to cover the specialized equipment and ongoing training. A free diagnostic from an auto parts store is worth exactly what you paid for it. But a thorough diagnostic from a skilled technician is worth every penny. Call 407-851-3437 if you have a Check Engine Light, Service Engine Soon Light or any other warning lights on your dash.
In he last few days I can't tell you how many vehicles I have been behind and have had 1 or 2 brake lights out. Do your own inspection. It’s basic, but give your car a once-over periodically so you catch anything that looks out of the ordinary. Make sure all your lights are working. Check the air pressure in your tires every month or so (and buy a cheap tire air pressure gauge and keep it in the glove compartment). Doing so is good for your tires, gets you better mileage, and saves you money in gas if you discover that the pressure is off. Listen for any strange sounds, inside and out. Make sure your tires have enough tread. You can use a penny to do it, or look out for the wear indicators on the tire treads. If anything’s out of the ordinary, don’t ignore it. Call Kilgore's Automotive 407-851-3437. Ron, Sig or Ronnie will be glad to help you out.
Have a safe 4th of July
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Kilgore's Automotive wish you a blessed day with your families. We will be closed Thursday, Friday and as usual Saturday and Sunday. We will be back Monday morning at 7am. Everyone be safe.
Don’t let your brakes get this bad!
Come to Kilgores Automotive to have your blinker fluid checked.
Hi everyone, its that time of year to come by and get your pumpkin spice oil change. Give us a call 407-851-3437.
Rocky Racoon visits our dumpster weekly, maybe we should train him?
Imagine a world where everything that used electricity had to be plugged in. Flashlights, hearing aids, cell phones and other portable devices would be tethered to electrical outlets, rendering them awkward and cumbersome. Cars couldn't be started with the simple turn of a key; a strenuous cranking would be required to get the pistons moving. Wires would be strung everywhere, creating a safety hazard and an unsightly mess. Thankfully, batteries provide us with a mobile source of power that makes many modern conveniences possible.
While there are many different types of batteries, the basic concept by which they function remains the same. When a device is connected to a battery, a reaction occurs that produces electrical energy. This is known as an electrochemical reaction. Italian physicist Count Alessandro Volta first discovered this process in 1799 when he created a simple battery from metal plates and brine-soaked cardboard or paper. Since then, scientists have greatly improved upon Volta's original design to create batteries made from a variety of materials that come in a multitude of sizes. Just a little information on Batteries. Call us if you need one.
Good morning, it's almost time for Spring break and vacations, why don't you bring your vehicle in so we can do a thorough inspection before you take off. Call us at 407-851-3437
Happy Monday Morning everyone, just a reminder even with the road construction we are still here ready to serve you. Come in to have your car checked over before the Holidays are here. Just call 407-851-3437 and make an appointment. Have a great week.
Antifreeze should be filled and flushed (or at least inspected) every two years.
Have you ever tried to wash dishes in dirty water? I don’t recommend it. You’ll just spread the grease and germs around without getting rid of them. It’s a better idea to replace the water. Auto fluids are similar. You can’t just let them sit there forever. The fluid will get dirty, which causes problems as time passes. Most auto manufacturers recommend changing your antifreeze once 24-36 months. Check your owner’s manual for a specific recommendation. Because we live in Florida it should be changed every year. Call Kilgore's and we can help with this 407-851-3437.
Tires, underinflation is the main reason that tires wear out, tread separates and blowouts occur. Underinflated tires can also allow your car to hydroplane in wet weather, causing loss of control. Plus, underinflated tires cause a 5 to 10 percent loss of fuel economy. Check your owner's manual for proper pressure.
Few people think about their windshield wipers until they fail. Wipers are exposed to road grime and air pollutants, plus the blades bake in the Florida sunlight reflected off the windshield. Spend the few dollars it will cost to change them twice a year, and you may save yourself from an accident caused by lack of visibility.
Change your Cabin Air filter, this is the equivalent of the air filter in your HVAC unit at your home that traps airborne dirt and debris. Fail to change a car's cabin air filter and you may need to spend more on allergy and other medications. Changing the filter annually should be sufficient, even for those who drive in heavy traffic that fills the air with toxins.
Dad told you to change the oil every 3,000 miles or every 7,500 miles. Dad was probably right for the cars of yesteryear. Today's cars still need regular oil changes, but they generally don't need them at those mileage markers, and they don't need the same type of oil Dad recommended. Individual models need oil changes at specified times, as outlined in the owner's manual, and that's where the type of oil needed also is listed. Do not veer from manufacturer's suggested oil type (synthetic or conventional) or viscosity. Also buy brand name oil. Don't opt for a generic. The reason, brand names have the additives needed to lengthen the life of your engine. So the next time you need an oil change you can call us for that service and more...
ASE Certified Technician
I am looking for someone that can read Scope patterns, operate a scanner and is up to date in all the latest technology. I need someone to test drive a vehicle, diagnose the problem and do the repair after I make the estimate and sell the job. We work on most American and Foreign Vehicles. We are a 4 bay shop. We are open Monday thru Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. You will be expected to be here at 7:00 am and work till 5:00. You will be expected to clean up after yourself and help keep the garage clean and stocked. You will be paid on commission. You must have your own tools and be able to diagnose check engine lights and other diagnostic procedures. Please Do Not Apply if you don't have this experience.
Our grand daughter is moving up to a big girls bed so we have a like new crib, mattress, mattress pad, bumpers and 2 sheets for sale for $100. Call us at 407-851-3437 if interested.
We wish all of our amazing customers a very 'Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year!
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Thank you to all who donated and made this possible. Basket Brigade 2016, about to delivery thanksgiving gift baskets to deserving families.
A very Big Thank You to Brian Foster (Stay Clear Pools) and Terri Dougherty to their generous donation to our Basket Brigade.
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