Great Falls Auto Service

Great Falls Auto Service Great Falls Auto Service strives to give you sound information regarding the state of your vehicle and what your repair and maintenance options are.
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Great Fall Auto Service is offering two types for bacterial services for you car!!  See attached fliers.  Call the shop ...
04/09/2020

Great Fall Auto Service is offering two types for bacterial services for you car!! See attached fliers. Call the shop to get your vehicles scheduled!! 703-444-9162

04/09/2020

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

03/31/2020

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 fo...
03/19/2020

Help combat the Corvus-19 virus. Have your HVAC system serviced to prevent a possible infection. Call the shop today for an appointment.

703-444-9162

Are you worried about the Corona COVID-19!  Stop by and get your vehicle disinfected with our BG Frigi Fresh.  Call us t...
03/11/2020

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!!

Here are the awards for the 1st,2nd and 3rd place finishers at each qualifying event!!
03/03/2020

Here are the awards for the 1st,2nd and 3rd place finishers at each qualifying event!!

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!

02/28/2020

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.

02/12/2020

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.

02/12/2020

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.

02/12/2020

Why is my ABS light on?

If you drive a Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, Subaru, Land Rover, or other luxury or performance vehicle, you’re no stranger to the bells and whistles of the modern automobile. For the past couple of decades, these cars have nearly all been equipped with ABS, or Anti-lock Braking Systems. You may never think about ABS - until the light comes on the dashboard.
ABS is a system that revolutionized the modern car. ABS braking applies and relies the brakes multiple times per second when you stand on the brake pedal hard enough, making it virtually impossible to lock your wheels and lose control, or go into a skid. ABS works so well, in fact, many have forgotten the braking issues of the past, in a time where “pumping the brakes” was the best you could do in an emergency situation.
From time to time, your ABS light may come on. You aren’t going to lose your braking ability completely, and in the hands of a professional technician, this isn’t an issue that’s hard to rectify. Typically, a bad sensor, wire, or connection is all that stands in the way of restoring your car back to its full braking ability.
Under normal conditions, you may not even notice the ABS is deactivated, save for the light on the dash. However, when you’ll notice is when you need it most - in rain, snow, or during hard braking, you’ll notice the tires tend to lock up and your braking efficiency is dramatically cut. Obviously, it’s important to get this fixed as soon as possible.
No matter your maintenance or repair needs, at Great Falls Auto Service we’ve got you covered. For the best performance and luxury vehicle service shop in Great Falls and Sterling call or stop by Great Falls Auto Service today.

It’s always great to have World Series Champion, Ryan Zimmerman stop by the shop
11/19/2019

It’s always great to have World Series Champion, Ryan Zimmerman stop by the shop

11/13/2019

Cold weather is an enemy of car batteries. Come in to get your battery checked . Dont be left out in the cold waiting for a jump start.

10/31/2019

I want to congratulate a couple of our customers on their World Series Championship !!!! Ryan Zimmerman, it was a long time coming but well deserved !!! Eddie Longosz, all your hard work in the scouting dept. has paid off !! Can't wait to see the ring !!

Come out and support a great cause !!
09/03/2019

Come out and support a great cause !!

With the average price of gas dipping below two dollars per gallon for the first time since 2009, many motorists have be...
06/10/2019
FuelEconomy.gov - The official U.S. government source for fuel economy information.

With the average price of gas dipping below two dollars per gallon for the first time since 2009, many motorists have been seeing a real savings at the pump. Putting some of that savings toward basic auto care can lead to more miles per gallon and, in turn, more savings, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

The Car Care Council encourages motorists to be car care aware and perform these five simple steps to improve fuel economy and save money.

1.Check Tire Pressure: Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent.

2.Use the Right Motor Oil: Improve gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent by using the grade of motor oil recommended by the manufacturer.

3.Replace Clogged Air Filters: Replacing clogged air filters on older vehicles can improve fuel economy and will improve performance and acceleration on all vehicles.

4.Check Engine Performance: Keep your engine running efficiently and improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.

5.Fix It: Addressing a serious maintenance problem, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 40 percent, according to www.fueleconomy.gov.

Save Gas Beyond the Pump“Proactive vehicle maintenance is a motorist’s best money saving tip,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Routine auto care not only helps save on fuel costs, but it helps identify small issues so they can be serviced before they become bigger and more costly to repair.”

To help motorists increase fuel economy and take better care of their vehicles, the Car Care Council offers valuable tools on its website, including a free personalized schedule and email reminder service.

05/28/2019

Hot Summer Days Are Here !!!

Is you vehicles A/C serviced and ready for the summer? Come in for a free A/C perfromance test !!! We will ensure that your a/c system is up to par !!! Recieve 10% off any needed repairs from now until May 31st.

Please call us to schedule your vist and beat the heat !!

703-759-9000 or 703-444-9162

05/07/2019

The Cold Facts about A/C Refridgerant !!

How did we ever get along without air conditioning in our cars? It”s a feature we take for granted until, suddenly, it”s blowing hot air.

In the past few years, many owners have discovered that fixing an inoperative air conditioner can cost a few hundred dollars or more, depending upon the make and model of vehicle. The reason is that the old standby R-12 refrigerant, trade named DuPont Freon, has been replaced by R-134a. Touted as being environmentally safer than its predecessor, R-134a has been standard since ’94.

If your older vehicle needs major repairs to the air conditioning system you can expect to replace refrigerant and the oil in the compressor in addition to the old components. You also may need to install a retrofit conversion. Do not allow anyone to mix refrigerants. They”re not inter-changeable. You cannot add R-134a to your older air conditioner without first flushing the system. Further, according to the Car Care Council, some substitutes are volatile mixtures of propane, butane and flammable hydrocarbons. Keep in mind the fact that if your vehicle is leaking refrigerant, you”re damaging the ozone layer.

An annual inspection of the vehicle, including the air conditioning system, may help forestall costly repairs. Many automotive service shops offer AC inspection specials when warm weather arrives. Otherwise, ask your service center to evaluate your system before those hot and humid days of summer.

Get you A/C checked and serviced before the hot weather hits !! Please call the shop to schedule an appointment !!

703-759-9000

04/23/2019

End of April Special !!!

Now that most potholes have been filled, we are offering an alignment special and 10% off all oil changes and maintenance services thru April 30TH !!!

Call Rich or Josh to schedule an appointment !

703-759-9000 or 703-444-9162

04/09/2019

Spring Break is fast approaching !! Make sure your vehicle is trip ready. Give us a call to ensure you vehicle is ready to make the trip. Ensure the A/C is working properly, belts and hoses are in good condition. Also make sure the tires and tire pressures are set and other fluids are good as well .

03/26/2019

Great Falls Auto Service
47064 Harry Byrd Hwy
Sterling Va. 20164
703-444-9162

THE DARK STREETS OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND WILDLIFE PUT YOU AT RISK At GREAT FALLS AUTO SERVICE we can install brighter headlight bulbs, remove the haze from your headlamp lenses. We can also adjust your headlights to allow for maximum brightness and efficiency.

Please call for an appointment or stop by to see what we can do for you !!

NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORKS MOST REFERRED BUSINESS !!

We want to thank all of our loyal customers and neighbors who helped make this possible.  We will strive to continue to ...
01/28/2019

We want to thank all of our loyal customers and neighbors who helped make this possible. We will strive to continue to provide you with great service and recommendations!!

11/29/2018

Great Falls Auto Service
703-444-9162


WINTER CHECK !!

Is your vehicle ready for WINTER? Let us check it out!

Heating system check
AWD/FWD and 4WD inspection
Starting system test
Battery test
Coolant inspection
Top off fluids
Check wipers

Ask for the winter check special when dropping your vehicle off for service !!

Neighborhood Network Most Referred Business !

11/29/2018

THE DARK GREAT FALLS STREETS AND WILDLIFE PUT YOU AT RISK !!

At GREAT FALLS AUTO SERVICE we can install brighter headlight bulbs, remove the haze from your headlamp lenses. We can also adjust your headlights to allow for maximum brightness and efficiency.

Please call 703-444-9162 for an appointment or stop by to see what we can do for you !!

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11/29/2018

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47064 Harry Byrd Hwy
Sterling, VA
20164

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 18:00
Thursday 07:00 - 18:00
Friday 07:00 - 18:00
Saturday 08:00 - 13:00

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(703) 759-9000

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Hi Great Falls Auto Service, Town Hall is now preparing Welcome Kits for new families that are moving into our community. Our Welcome Kits feature and direct these new families to a small number of local businesses for the goods, services & professionals that they need to find. Since our Welcome Kits are exclusive, and we can only accommodate one Auto Repair Shop, I would ask you to kindly let me know if you are interested in being the featured Auto Repair Shop in our local Welcome Kits. It is worthy to note that, according to Dr. Cathy Goodwin in her book “Making the Big Move”, 54% of new residents and families seek out a new Auto Repair Shop shortly after their relocation. As such, more than one-half of our Welcome Kit recipients are actively looking for a new mechanic. I would like to schedule a time when you are expecting me so that I may drop off a sample of our "Welcome Kit" and explain the program in greater detail. Please reply to this email with your availability or call me at your earliest convenience. For a faster response, or if you prefer, feel free to text me on my cell which is listed in my signature. Thanks. Andi Hyman (571) 550-0359 [email protected]