Great Falls Auto Service

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We love making our customers happy!!  Thanks for the donuts.

We love making our customers happy!! Thanks for the donuts.

We love making our customers happy!! Thanks for the donuts.


The Best Maintenance tips for your vehicle !

At Great Falls Auto Service in Sterling, we know the key to making your vehicle last, good maintenance. An overwhelming percentage of the problems we see, especially the really catastrophic ones, are a result of poor maintenance. While properly maintaining a vehicle can seem a like a bit of a hassle, it is absolutely worth the payoff. Good maintenance is the only difference between a car that lasts 80,000 miles and a car that lasts 400,000 miles. Preventative maintenance and repair when a problem occurs are are your two concerns, and both will keep your car on the road far longer, if observed properly.

Preventative Maintenance - Preventing a problem before it occurs is the best way to maintain a vehicle. Parts, fluids, and adjustments all have certain lifespans, and knowing when to maintain them will prevent a failure or a chain reaction of failures.

Depending on the vehicle and oil you use, oil changes must be made every three to five thousand miles. You won’t notice an immediate difference if you go over that; in fact, you can probably drive on the same oil for thirty thousand miles before the engine ever misses a beat. Unfortunately, by then it’s too late; oil sludge begins to build up as oil breaks down, and all it takes is a minuscule amount of sludge to clog the filter, the pump, or a tiny oil vein in the engine. We’ve seen it countless times, an entire engine ruined because somebody didn’t sacrifice the ten minutes it takes to get an oil change often enough. The importance of oil changes really can’t be overstated.

Front end alignments at regular intervals will keep your tires, suspension, and front end components from wearing out. Front end alignments are inexpensive and don’t take long, but they prevent the wear and tear of thousands of dollars worth of time-consuming repairs. Parts replacement should not only be done when a part breaks. For example, a ten-dollar timing belt breaking will often result in well over a thousand dollars worth of bent valves, piston, and head damage, so they must be replaced prior to failure. A cheap and simple brake pad change will prevent damage to rotors, calipers, spindles, etc. Your service manual and our mechanics can tell you when you should replace certain parts before they fail.

Our team can also inspect parts for signs of imminent failure, catching trouble before it causes any damage. Keeping a car washed and waxed isn’t important to its mechanical condition or drivability, but it will save your paint and keep your vehicle looking like new. This is something you can do yourself, and you’ll be happier with your car every time you look at it. Maintaining a vehicle's paint also prevents rust, which makes your car last much longer. Once rust starts it is difficult to get rid of, so do what you can to keep it at bay. Preventative maintenance is your line of defense against premature vehicle failure, and while it’s easy to forget when your car is running fine, it is extremely important to observe.

Repair - Sometimes parts do fail, no matter how well you maintain a vehicle. When they do, it is important to repair your vehicle quickly and correctly. Band-aid solutions or improper repairs will ensure the problem comes back sooner rather than later, and increase the chance of damaging other components. Ignoring an issue after it becomes apparent, even if the car is still drivable, is also a huge mistake. Putting off repair of a squealing brake will soon cost you a rotor or worse, ignoring a loud wheel bearing will damage everything around it (or even cause the wheel to fall off,) and neglecting frayed belts or loud pulleys will eventually leave you stranded.

Fixing problems as soon as they occur will save you money, and keep your car in top shape. Fixing rust spots and body damage will prevent larger rust spots and keep your vehicle in good condition. Hanging bumpers and splash guards or loose parts as a result of body damage can come off and damage other parts while on the road. Fixing these issues not only keeps your vehicle looking good, but functioning correctly as well. The important thing to remember is that part failure is generally not isolated, but part of a chain reaction. A part either fails because there is a problem somewhere else, or a failed part causes other parts to wear out and fail too. When you see a car on the road and think “wow, that car is in great shape for its age,” it isn’t necessarily because it’s low mileage. With proper maintenance, a 300,000-mile vehicle can look and feel as good as one with a tenth of that mileage.

With our help at Great Falls Auto Service, you can keep your car on the road for years to come, and one day you’ll have that car that still looks great and runs impossibly well for its age. Let our technicians take a look at your car, truck, van, or SUV, and we’ll guide you to a long-lasting future for your automobile!

Here is a good list of proper vehicle maintenance while in lockdown.

Here is a good list of proper vehicle maintenance while in lockdown.

Here is a good list of proper vehicle maintenance while in lockdown.


Is your A/C working properly and ready for summer use ?

On a long work day where you need to cool off, nothing is more appreciated than ice cold AC. If your AC isn’t blowing as cold as it should, don’t worry; Great Falls Auto Service in Sterling has you covered.

Trucks, SUV's, Cars are hardworking vehicles - they put down a lot of miles, and they rack up a lot of hours. Whether you’re driving or idling, there’s a good chance you’re running the air conditioning - even when the weather is nice, vehicles are prone to heating up inside. On a particularly busy day where you're constantly moving, nothing makes the day more difficult than an AC that blows hot air.

There are a variety of issues that can cause air conditioning malfunctions. Every part is integral to the system, so if one fails, nothing works the way it should. From recharges to compressor installations, our technicians can inspect, diagnose, and correct any AC issue your car or truck is experiencing.

Just because you’re on the job doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ride in comfort. Keep your AC running strong and blowing cold, no matter how hot you get outside.

For all your vehicle repair or maintenance needs, our professional technicians have the equipment and knowledge necessary to get the job done. For the best service in Sterling, call or stop by Great Falls Auto Service today.


Why you need to do wheel alignments !!

Alignment is the position of your wheels in relation to your vehicle and how they interact with the road. When your vehicle is properly aligned, your wheels will point in the same direction as the vehicle. To maintain proper control of your car, you must keep your wheels in proper alignment. Otherwise, steering will become difficult, your tires will wear unevenly and your fuel economy will decrease.

At Great Falls Auto Service we know that alignments are important to prevent wear on your vehicle and keep you in control. Our technicians provide alignment checks right here in our shop. An alignment check includes:

Inspection of the steering and suspension components.

Examination of the tires for size, inflation, and wear.

Comparison of your alignment to vehicle manufacturer guidelines.

We encourage drivers to visit us here at Great Falls Auto Service to have our certified technicians provide you with an efficient wheel alignment service.


Thank you for visiting Great Falls Auto Service in Sterling, Va. Count on our automotive repair technicians to keep your car, truck, suv, or van on the roads longer and safer.

Schedule your appointment today (703) 444-9162

It’s snowing at Great Falls Auto Service!! We are getting into the Christmas spirit !!

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.


47064 Harry Byrd Hwy
Sterling, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 7am - 5pm
Tuesday 7am - 5pm
Wednesday 7am - 5pm
Thursday 7am - 5pm
Friday 7am - 5pm


(703) 759-9000


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