Car Repair - A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service | St Augustine, FL

Are oil changes getting more expensive?

oil being put into the car

At A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL, it’s important to us that you see the value in the work we do. Over the course of the past decade, depending on what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive, it may seem like oil changes have gotten more expensive, and there’s a lot of differentiation in pricing at different locations. What’s going on?

Are your seat belts working properly?

hand buckling seat belt in

By now, the numbers are clear; seat belts save lives. But just wearing one isn’t enough - it needs to be working properly to actually keep you safe. Here’s what you need to know about the seat belts in your car, truck, or SUV, from A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL.

Bad engine mounts, why is it a problem for you?

working on a truck on a lift

Failed engine mounts are an irritating issue to live with causing your car or truck to vibrate and you don't know why. At A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL, 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!

Bad Transmission? Fix It or Sell It?

close up of a transmission in a car

So, you’ve determined your transmission is bad. What next? Choosing what to do can be overwhelming, and you need someone you can trust to help you decide what work needs to be done. A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL is here to help you make the right decision when it comes to your transmission. There are a few things to consider when your transmission goes out. You might feel inclined to just get a new car, but should you? 

Brake Fluid - It's a Problem! Why??

vehicle brake repair

There is a reason we check your brake fluid when you come in for a service check.  Maintenance pays big dividends and we want to avoid high repair costs for our St Augustine drivers.  Did you know that brake service isn't just all about the brake pads, drums & rotors?  That we have found low brake fluid to be the cause of a large percentage of brake issues here at A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service?  Seriously, brake fluid is an important part of your braking system and with your service intervals being less frequent on the newer vehicles 5,000-10,000 more miles this has become an issue!  Why?...

Brakes…One of the Most Important Parts of Your Vehicle

mechanic working on the brakes of a car

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 A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL, we’re here to make sure your car, truck, or SUV stops as it should.

Cheap Parts Don’t Cut It and Warranties Matter

car parts

At A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL, we’re in the business of quality. Quality work, quality parts, and quality service keep a business going. Here is a quick rundown on why it’s important to install components that will perform reliably, and keep you taken care of in the event that they don’t.

Dash Warning Lights to Watch For!

battery warning light

It doesn't matter if you are driving a car or truck, jeep or SUV, a diesel 4x4 or a classic when those dash warning lights go off the first thing you do is think "how bad is it?" and "how much will it cost me?" followed quickly by "when was my last service visit?"!!  Driving your vehicle longer safely is all about getting it serviced based on what your vehicle manual recommends and these warning lights are alerting you to a situation that requires your attention. 

While not all warning lights are a sign that disaster is imminent, no warning indicator light should ever be ignored!

Different Types of Automotive Headlights

headlight on on vehicle

Every car, truck, van, and SUV on the road today has headlights. However, you've probably noticed an increase in different types of headlights in more recent years - gone are the days where every vehicle on the road had the same bulb. Here is some information on headlights, from A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL.

Do I really need new oxygen sensors?

Oxygen Sensor

At A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL, our goal is to keep your car, truck, or SUV reliable and in great shape. To us, it’s important that we’re paying attention to both your needs and the needs of your vehicle. When it comes to oxygen sensors, sometimes it seems a bit nebulous on what they actually do and why they’re important; we’re here to clear things up for you.

Don't Forget a Coolant Flush!

hand screwing lid off of coolant

At A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL, it’s important to us that your car, truck, or SUV is ready for any condition. Coolant flushes are an important part of getting your vehicle ready for winter - here’s why.

External Components - Making Your Manual Transmission Work

gear shift on a vehicle

There are many parts and systems outside of the car’s transmission that is equally as important as the parts and systems inside the transmission. Without them, the transmission won’t do much. There’s no way to transfer power from the engine to the shafts, disengage it to shift the gears, or power the differential without them. Just in case you need us, at A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL, we can help keep your transmission in top shape, but here’s what you need to know.

Hints Your Transmission Is Failing

transmission in car

At A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL, we know that transmissions are witchcraft to most people. More often than not, if major damage has occurred, it’s a lot more time and cost-effective to just replace the entire unit and get a fresh start. Our trained technicians at A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service want to keep you informed so you are aware of what to look out for.

How can you tell if your transmission is slipping?

transmission up close

A slipping transmission is never a good thing. What causes it, what forms does it take, and how do you know if yours is slipping? From A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL, here’s what you need to know.

How Do I Choose A New Transmission?

transmission

At A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL, a big part of our job is helping you make decisions that are right for you, your car, truck or SUV. When it comes to replacing a transmission there are a lot of options out there, and we’re here to help you make the right choice. Our technicians can help you decide based on your budget, vehicle and lifestyle. We're here to get your car going again and earn your business in the future.

How Do I Fix My Manual Transmission Problem?

mechanic working on car

Manual transmissions are generally more reliable than automatic transmissions. They don’t have as many parts, aren’t as complex, and can take a lot more abuse. However, if an issue is allowed to persist, more and more damage to surrounding components on your manual transmission will occur. A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL can help you take care of your car as soon as you notice a problem.

How Do You Maintain Your Turbocharger?

turbocharger under hood of car

The turbo on your diesel pickup truck is a precision-engineered component. As a result, proper maintenance is essential to keep it going strong, and A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL is the place to do that. At tens or even hundreds of thousands of RPM, keeping everything in good shape is absolutely necessary. Fortunately, turbos don't really require any special maintenance - they just make the maintenance you do all the more important.

Hydraulic Basics To Keep You Running

mechanic messing with a tire on a lifted car

The operation of your transmission depends on your hydraulics. Even if that sounds like a foreign language to you, at A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL, we speak the automotive language. We want you to understand what we're talking about, so here are the basics of the hydraulic functions behind your transmission.

Is "Remanufactured" Worth It?

mechanic checking list with car hood up

What does “remanufactured” mean, and is it something you want? At A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL, we strive for great service and a job well done. Part of that is equipping you with the knowledge you need to understand what’s going on when a repair is necessary on your car, truck or SUV. “Remanufactured” is a word that you’ll encounter in the automotive world. Many people perceive that to mean “used”, but that isn’t the case - here’s what you need to know.

JASPER - Products You Can Trust

Dennis Bertles a Navy Seabee Veteran

At A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine we provide only the best products to our customers and that’s why we are proud to partner with Jasper Engines and Transmissions. Every day at our shop we provide repairs for a multitude of customers who truly rely on JASPER products to keep their vehicles going strong. Meet Mr. Dennis Bertles, a Navy Seabee veteran and an awesome guy that loves his JASPER products. He depends on JASPER’s 3-year, 100,000-mile warranty and loves the products that they offer.  Mr. Bertles has a Jasper Vortec 5.3L long block engine replacement and a Jasper transfer case replacement in his 2005 Tahoe. Thank you Mr. Bertles for your service to our country and for your dedication to the JASPER brand.

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