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Great Falls Auto Service strives to give you sound information regarding the state of your vehicle and what your repair and maintenance options are.
It’s snowing at Great Falls Auto Service!! We are getting into the Christmas spirit !!
Our 1st winter storm of the year is coming. Is your car ready for that? Is your battery in good condition? Is your cooling and heating system in proper working order. Call the shop today and get your vehicle checked before your stuck on the road or in a parking lot.
703-444-9162 or 703-759-9000
The importance of an oil change!
At Great Falls Auto Service, we understand all too well the importance of changing your oil regularly. Three to five thousand miles sounds like a lot, but it doesn’t really take that long to rack them up. The busier you are, the more you probably drive, and the more likely you are to forget it’s time to change your oil. Here are some reasons to pay attention to your oil changes, and help you better understand why oil changes are so important.
Oil essentially does two things for your engine; cleans and lubricates it. You are probably aware that oil is necessary to lubricate moving parts and prevent your engine from wearing out prematurely. What you may not have considered is the cleansing aspect of engine oil. Oil is engineered in such a way that as it moves around your engine, it is constantly removing carbon buildup and debris. Oil turns black because it essentially soaks up the buildup that it removes. Once the oil is saturated with this debris, it becomes harmful if it stays in the engine, becoming sludgy and depositing debris where it can do damage. When the oil is changed on time, the oil which has become saturated with the dirt and debris it has removed is flushed out of the engine, and the process starts over again with the new oil. If the oil is not removed on time, it begins to make things worse; if left long enough, it will block small oil veins and clog your oil pump and filter, which means critical moving parts are starved of oil. When oil starvation occurs, engine failure is imminent. Sludge can also build up in the valve train, or anywhere oil goes, causing damage, poor running conditions, and inefficiency. It is far easier to change the oil and keep an engine from getting dirty than it is to clean up a dirty engine, so it’s really worth the effort to keep clean oil in your vehicle.
Any amount of debris, such as metal shavings from wear and tear on your engine, can also have a devastating effect on moving parts. Metal in your oil scars bearings and journals, making them ineffective and allowing moving parts to touch one another, rather than riding on the thin layer of oil like they’re supposed to. If the engine can’t lubricate correctly, it will fail sooner rather than later. The oil that is left in an engine too long also begins to deteriorate, becoming less effective as it breaks down. Deteriorated oil doesn’t lubricate properly and will allow moving parts to wear abnormally fast. A vehicle will typically last well beyond a missed oil change, but the risk gets higher and higher the longer dirty oil is used, and the damage it causes is virtually irreversible. Proper oil maintenance is the key factor between an engine that lasts for 300,000 miles, and one which gives out at 80,000 miles. If you are lucky enough to have an oil related breakdown that doesn’t cost you an entire engine, you are still looking at an expensive, invasive, and time-consuming repair. When you recognize all the negative effects and hazards of skipping oil changes, it becomes apparent that this simple maintenance procedure is also the most important.
Take it from our technicians, who have witnessed firsthand the effects of neglected oil maintenance; don’t skip oil changes. If you’re closing in on your next oil change, your maintenance required light is already on, or you purchased a used car and aren’t sure if the previous owner maintained it well enough, our technicians at Great Falls Auto Service will be more than happy to provide you a fresh oil change, or walk you through some procedures for getting rid of sludge and buildup in your engine. Call or visit us anytime!
Great Falls Auto Service has pick up and drop off service for all your needs during the COVID 19 pandemic. Please call the office to schedule your appointment. We also have contactless service as well.
Please contact Rich with and questions or needs at 703-759-9000
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Bad engine mounts, why is it a problem for you?
Failed engine mounts are an irritating issue to live with causing your car or truck to vibrate and you don't know why. At Great Falls Auto Service in Sterling, VA, we can help, no matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive and it is an easy issue to detect on a test drive.
There are a few indicators your engine mounts need to be replaced. For one, you can do a visual inspection, if they’re accessible enough - if they looked cracked, smashed, or dry-rotted, it’s probably time for new ones. If the engine visibly shakes while it’s running, engine mounts are also likely the culprit. However, if you are like most drivers you simply get in and drive on down the road until something is different or a light comes on! Then you call our shop for help!
Sometimes, you can’t tell until you’re idling in drive with your foot on the brake, or until you begin to accelerate. If your car vibrates bad enough you can feel it or hear it at any time, you’ve got a motor mount that has definitely given up on you. Don’t wait to have it replaced - it’s not only so annoying you’ll start thinking about buying a new car, but it could also potentially cause damage to other components as well.
Stop by today and let us take care of it for you, you’ll be surprised what a difference new engine mounts make and you'll be happier driving down the road in no time flat. Your car will be much quieter, much smoother, and ready for the road ahead. Here it is all about working with you to get your car back on the road with lower repair costs and avoiding issues that make you unhappy! We treat your car or truck like it is ours and we don't drive a car or truck that vibrates! It's not pleasant at all!!! Stop by Sterling Va., and see your friends at Great Falls Auto Service. today.
The inner workings of your transmission !!
Automatic transmissions aren’t easily understood outside of specialists like those at Great Falls Auto Service. While it would be impossible to teach you enough to make you a transmission expert in a series of articles, what we can do is give you the fundamental knowledge you need to have a good idea of what your transmission is doing, and how it works.
To most people, a transmission is simply witchcraft. However, while there are complex components at play, the basics are actually pretty simple. Anyone can learn enough about an automatic transmission to have a pretty good idea of how one works.
Essentially, all a transmission does is change the gear ratio that drives your car, so you have acceleration and power at your disposal when you need it, selected automatically by a series of inputs generated by hitting the gas, going up a hill, and so on. It’s all heavily dependant on signals either electronic or analog, and everything relies on fluid pressure and when and where it’s applied.
Everything in the transmission is essentially centered around applying fluid at the right moment, with the right force, to engage or disengage different rotating gears. There are parts that do work, and there are parts that provide the means to apply for that work efficiently.
Your transmission doesn’t have to be an enigma. Though the following information may not have you ready to tear down and build your own transmission, it will give you a better idea of what’s going on with your transmission, and how to know if something isn’t right. At Great Falls Auto Service , we have you covered.
Essentially, all a transmission does is change the gear ratio that drives your car, so you have acceleration and power at your disposal when you need it, selected automatically by a series of inputs generated by hitting the gas, going up a hill, and so on. It’s all heavily dependent on signals either electronic or analog, and everything relies on fluid pressure and when and where it’s applied.
Maintaining the Oil and Filter changes on your vehicle !
At Great Falls Auto Service, our priority is keeping your car or SUV in the best possible condition, for as long as possible. If you drive a BMW, Audi, Porsche, Subaru, Land Rover, or other luxury or performance vehicle, you want to keep it going strong for years to come. A huge part of that is keeping up with oil changes.
Cars like yours are complex, and precision-engineered. Everything from valve timing to turbocharging is controlled by oil pressure and flow through tiny passageways in your engine. These passageways can easily become clogged by oil that has broken down or stopped absorbing contaminants after a neglected oil change. Furthermore, moving internal parts like bearings, valves, cams and cranks begin to accrue damage once the lifespan of your oil has run its course.
With cars that are built to perform, oil changes are especially important. The way you drive, the conditions you drive in, and the type of car you own factor invariably into the condition of your oil, and your oil is one of the most important determining factors in the condition of your car. Don’t take a chance on dirty oil - have it serviced every 5k miles, even if the manufacturer recommends going longer.
No matter your repair or maintenance needs, our technicians have you covered. For the best performance and luxury vehicle service, call or stop by Great Falls Auto Service today.
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Great Falls Auto Service is open for all your automotive needs
We are open and keeping everything clean and providing a safe environment. we can arrange contactless repairs, where we will valet your vehicle from your driveway and return it to the same spot, and then take payment over the phone. Call Rich (703-759-9000 or 703-444-9162) to arrange any repairs, big or small. We are also cleaning all door handles, steering wheel, shifter handles with an antibacterial. Also using a new set of gloves on each vehicle. Everyone stay safe and healthy, that's the most important thing, Thank you, the crew at Great Falls Auto Service
Great Falls Auto Service will remain open for all your service and maintenance needs. Please do not hesitate to call the shop or stop by.
Help combat the Corvus-19 virus. Have your HVAC system serviced to prevent a possible infection. Call the shop today for an appointment.
Are you worried about the Corona COVID-19! Stop by and get your vehicle disinfected with our BG Frigi Fresh. Call us to set up your appointment!!
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Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place for all 6 league matches in your Region! The top 12 juniors in each age group will advance to The Happiest Place on Turf for the UA Junior Golf National Championship at Walt Disney World Resort July 17-18-19!
Brakes…One of the Most Important Parts of Your Vehicle
Obviously, your brakes are pretty important. Your brake system is made of many components that all have to work correctly for your brakes to operate seamlessly. If one thing needs to be repaired, the whole system is compromised. Brake pads, rotors, hoses, calipers, and metal lines all play a part in stopping your car. At Great Falls Auto Service, we’re here to make sure your car, truck, or SUV stops as it should.
Your brake system is made of many components that all have to work correctly for your brakes to operate seamlessly. If one thing needs to be repaired, the whole system is compromised. It makes sense that brakes need to be serviced more often than other systems on your vehicle. If you think about it, it’s pretty incredible those 4-inch brake pads can stop the momentum of a ton of moving metal thousands of times with no issue.
Given the amount of stress your brakes are under, when one component fails, it’ll lead to other failures if the issue isn’t addressed, so give us a call at Great Falls Auto Service. Bad brake pads lead to bad rotors, bad hoses lead to worn pads, etc...it’s much more cost-effective to get any issues fixed as soon as they arise. No matter your repair or maintenance needs, we’ve got you covered. For the best auto service shop in Great Falls / Sterling, call or stop by Great Falls Auto Service today and let us get your vehicle ready to safely drive the road again.
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Is it a bad brake master cylinder or something else
The time to know if your brakes are going bad is NOT when you go to stop at that red light or on the parkway when someone suddenly swerves in front of you. It's not always "just" brake pads either, your brake master cylinder could be an issue. How do you recognize the signs that you have a real problem with your brake master cylinder and just what is it? Here at Great Falls Auto Service we not only have the answers, but we also put together a service schedule for you and keep an eye on issues based on your driving habits, vehicle type and your description of issues you are having. We treat your car, truck or SUV as if it were ours keeping you informed of issues we find so you can get them fixed "before" there are larger repair bills so you can keep your vehicle Newer - Longer! Below is everything you need to look for and tips on your brake master cylinder.
Your brake master cylinder is an integral part of your brake system. When one fails, some odd symptoms may arise, and it may be difficult to diagnose. Here’s some information to help you decide if yours has given out on you.
No Brakes. We never want our Mooresville drivers to experience this issue as it is critical to life and limb, but it is the most obvious symptom of a bad master cylinder. It is a rare condition - the master cylinder is essentially the hydraulic pump pressurizing your brake lines with input from the pedal, and on anything made in the last half-century is partitioned internally. This means typically either your front or back brakes will go out, but not usually both at once. ANYTIME you find yourself with brakes that are not working 100% of the time to your satisfaction - if you are concerned at all about how they are performing, we need to look at it. If they are worse than that call us to discuss it as we don't want you driving a vehicle with bad brakes. The safety of our Mooresville drivers is exceptionally important to all of us here at Bowles Automotive.
Poor Braking. Since usually only the brakes at the front or back will go out at a time, you will likely notice your car doesn’t stop as well as it should. Inadequate braking can cause unwanted accidents, minor and major, so it's important that you're able to identify the problem and strive to solve the problem before those accidents are able to occur. If only half your brakes are working, the master cylinder is likely to blame.
Spongy Brakes. If the fluid is leaking past the seals inside the cylinder, the pedal may feel firm for a moment but won’t hold steady; it’ll feel spongy and keep sinking towards the floor. When a master cylinder begins to fail, sometimes the brakes will feel fine one second and lose braking power the next giving you this effect.
Leaks. If you notice brake fluid leaking from the back of the cylinder against the firewall or brake booster, or can see it leaking down the firewall on the inside of the car, it’s definitely time to have the master cylinder replaced. If it’s leaking, it’ll run out of fluid eventually, leaving you without at least half your brakes. Plus, it lets air enter the system, causing the brakes to feel spongy as well. Sometimes the pedal will regain firmness if you pump it a couple of times, but it typically won’t last for more than a few seconds.
If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, have one of our technicians take a look. Your safety is very important to us, and we want to make sure your vehicle has the utmost reliability when it's on the road. We’ll diagnose and repair your bad master cylinder, and have your vehicle stopping like it’s supposed to in no time.
No matter your repair or maintenance needs, we’ve got you covered. For the best service shop in Great Falls and Sterling, call or stop by Great Falls Auto Service today where we treat you like family.
Time For Tires, But How Do You Decide?
There are multiple types of tires on the market for almost every car, truck, or SUV. Once you decide it's time to replace your tires, the choice can be overwhelming. The type of tire you want depends on a variety of factors, from climate to how you drive. At Great Falls Auto Service, our technicians have been trained to help you make that choice. Here’s a short rundown of common street tires that will suit your needs.
All-Season - All-season tires are designed to give you a good balance of road performance, no matter what the weather outside looks like. They aren’t particularly geared toward anything specific but are meant to be a sort of all-around well-performing tire. These tires provide a quiet, smooth ride on the highway, in addition to good traction in most conditions.
Summer - Summer tires are designed to perform well in wet or dry conditions, diverting rainwater away from the tread and maintaining traction whether it’s rainy or sunny outside. These tires don’t perform well in the snow and ice but are exceptionally good performers in warm climates.
Winter - Winter tires are a must-have if you’re spending any time in extended winter climates. These tires effectively grip through snow and ice and are specifically engineered to perform in cold, slippery conditions.
All-Terrain - All-terrain tires have deeper tread and are designed for use in sand, snow, mud, and on the road. They might be a little noisier than all-season tires but will perform better off the street or in extreme conditions. They’re essentially a more rugged version of all-season tires.
If you need a second opinion or want to check out your options, Great Falls Auto Serice has you covered. We’ll help you find a tire that matches your budget, vehicle, driving style and the conditions you drive in. Call or stop by today so we can get you the right tires for the season put on your vehicle.
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