Engine Repair Services

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Engine Repair & Service, and Maintenance

It is never a good time to have your vehicle break down, but EPR Automotive is here to help. With our decades of experience and training, we’ll determine what is wrong and get your car or truck back up and running great quickly and affordably.

Vehicles are more complex today than ever before, and it seems like there are countless ways they can breakdown or malfunction.  We can handle it all, but here are a few highlights:

Belts, seals, leaks, wires, pumps & sensors

The timing belt is the engine part that needs the most common major service. Belts should be checked at 60,000 miles and again at 100,000 miles. Oil leaks are a clear sign of an engine in need of service, and they’re almost always the direct result of poor maintenance. Seals become hard and dry and fail to protect against fluid loss. Leaks can lead to catastrophic engine failures.

Your engine is a complex machine, and other components will break down occasionally. EPR Automotive can provide repair services for your ignition systems, ignition wires, crank case, fuel pump, water pump, sensors—including the oxygen (O2) sensor— distributor cap, and rotor.

Drivetrain and Suspension

Your drivetrain and suspension systems are critical, not only to the functionality of your car but to the integrity of the vehicle and the safety of you and your passengers. If your car seems to have a drivetrain or suspension problem, then we highly recommend that you seek service and repairs immediately.

The drivetrain is the system of components that generate the power to actually move the car. Your engine, transmission, wheels, and drive shaft are all parts of your drivetrain. When one of these components starts to fail or to function incorrectly, it can have a dramatic effect on your car’s performance.

Signs of an ailing drivetrain include

  • Rumbling, grinding, or whining noises as you drive
  • Sudden vibrations when you shift gears
  • Transmission fluid leaks
  • Transmission fluid that smells acrid or looks muddy
  • Uncommon wear to the tires
  • Recurring resonances
  • Positioning problems

Your suspension system is also considered part of your drivetrain, and it is integral to your car’s functionality. Your car generates tremendous forces, vibrations, and inertia, and for the vehicle’s frame to properly withstand them, it must be finely balanced. Your suspension system provides this balance and ensures the smooth, efficient operation of your car.

Bad vehicle suspension can result in

  • Unnecessary tire wear
  • Alignment problems and damage
  • Vibrations and noise

A healthy suspension and driveshaft system isn’t just important to your safety and the integrity of your car, it’s also money-saving. These systems contribute to fuel efficiency, which means more miles to the gallon and fewer trips to the gas station.

Electrical Systems

Most mechanical functions nowadays depend on electrical components. Your car is controlled by a complex network of wires, sensors, and computers working together. If communication along these wires is interrupted, it could have major consequences for several components of your vehicle.

Electrical systems are more complicated than ever, but they are easier to diagnose and repair with the proper equipment. At EPR Automotive, we have a full line of manufacturer-certified diagnostic tools. The tools, scanners, and equipment are the same as those used in dealership service departments or better.

Our ASE-certified technicians know your car’s electrical components and can diagnose problems quickly and effectively.  We take a serious, targeted approach to pinpoint the problem and minimize the cost of repairs.

Sometimes what seems like a major failure is merely a software bug. Computers control your car. Starters, alternators, air conditioning systems, and many other components are now computer driven. Our technicians will make sure you don’t waste money on diagnostics and parts.

Your battery could also be the culprit of an electrical problem. A loose cable, a faulty wire, or a dirty connection could appear to be a bigger problem than it is. If your battery isn’t receiving a charge, the alternator might need replacement. But you’ll receive a full system check, not just a recommendation for parts you might not need. We check the basics before we recommend any major repairs. We care about your car and we respect your budget.

Exhaust System

When people think of a car’s exhaust system, they usually think of the muffler. But there are other components to the exhaust system, and over the years, automakers have developed more and more sophisticated ways to increase efficiency, reduce noise, and limit emissions. Your exhaust system includes your muffler, piping, and a catalytic converter, which reduces pollution. Generally speaking, exhaust systems are resilient, and problems that arise with them are often a sign that something else in the vehicle isn’t working properly. Still, it’s important to be vigilant about possible exhaust problems.

Signs of an exhaust system or muffler problem include

  • Excessive loud noises while driving
  • Engine misfires
  • Gasoline odors
  • Decrease in acceleration or power
  • Decrease in fuel efficiency

EPR Automotive ASE-certified technicians are well versed in exhaust and muffler problems and the latest methods of remedying them. We work with both sound-absorbing mufflers and baffled chambered mufflers, and we can handle the exhaust problems that are common among all major makes and models. We can also diagnose engine skipping and other troubles that could lead to a costly replacement of your catalytic converter. No matter what exhaust problem you’re facing, our team is ready to help get your vehicle back into tip-top shape.

Power Steering

Ever notice that when you turn your car off, your steering wheel is suddenly hard to move? That’s because the steering in most modern vehicles is assisted power steering, and when it isn’t functioning properly, it can be very difficult to operate your car safely.

Your vehicle has an electronically or mechanically powered belt that drives its power steering pump. This pump pushes steering fluid to the steering gear, which allows for smooth, responsive steering control while you’re driving. Over time, however, this fluid can become contaminated and less efficient.

Signs of a power steering problem include

  • Heavy or stiff steering wheel
  • Groaning or squealing noises when you turn the wheel
  • Vibrating steering wheel
  • Erratic steering assistance

EPR technicians are ready to assess the condition of your power steering system and if necessary to perform a full power steering fluid flush to clean it out and restore it to functionality. We proudly use BG power steering fluid and power steering system cleaners for these procedures, and we’re ready to provide your vehicle with new steering fluid that meets the manufacturer’s standards. If there is another, more serious problem with your power steering belt or pump, our professionals can provide you with repair options for that too.

Transmission, Heating and Cooling, Fuel System, Brakes, Tires, TPMS, Performance, Restoration, and more!

At EPR, we can handle it all – for these areas, please explore the other service sections of the site for more detail.

Preventative Maintenance

Keep it running for the long haul

At EPR Automotive we can take care of all your vehical maintenance for you, from basic oil and filter changes and simple lightbulb replacements all the way on to fluids, tires, suspension, brakes, and much more.

We are also well equipped to take care of all your scheduled service and maintenance work. Almost all modern cars and trucks have a schedule for maintenance and recommended services that is put in place by the manufacturer. These schedules are designed to keep your car running reliably to provide you with years of trouble-free service. In most cases, the recommended scheduled  service includes a complete check up of your fluids, filters, tires, suspension and brakes, as well as close inspection of any items that are worn or recommended for replacement at your current mileage.

Of course, when you arrive we will discuss the reason for your visit and provide you with an estimate for the work when applicable, check your mileage, and provide you with a list of services that are due or will be due in the near future.

You’ll find that we never try to push unnecessary services on our customers, but we do our best to keep you informed about the condition of your vehicle.  We will let you know about what services might help you keep your vehicle on the road safely and reliably, we’ll let you know what services demand immediate attention, and we’ll let you know what things can probably wait until next time.

Our goal is to keep you informed, to keep you and your family safe, to help you plan and budget for services that will be due soon, and help you avoid unwanted problems and unexpected breakdowns.

Preventative Maintenance Services Include:

  • Scheduled Maintenance of All Kinds
  • Oil & Filter Changes
  • Fluids Including
    • Antifreeze/ Coolant
    • Wiper fluid
    • Power Steering
    • Transmission Fluid
  • Air Filter Changes
  • Wiper Blades
  • Headlights & Tail lights
  • Belt Inspection and Replacement
    • Serpentine Belt
    • Timing Belt / Chain
  • Tire Mount  & Balancing
  • Tire Rotation
  • Wheel Alignments
  • Brake Inspection & Replacement
  • Inspect, Test, Clean & Replace Batteries
  • Spark Plug Test & Change

Diagnostic Services

The check engine blues

Engine Diagnostics
Is your vehicle running differently, making strange noises, or stalling out? Is your check engine light on… again!? It could be a simple issue like a loose gas cap or it could turn out to be something pretty serious that will require real engine repair work. Either way, EPR can help you find out exactly what it is, and then help you determine what the best course of action is.

We combine state-of-the-art scanning equipment with our professional certified technicians and deep insight and experience to give you a solid diagnosis and the right recommendations to get you and your car safely back on the road.

Engine Light Code Pull Service:
Stop guessing and know for sure what is going on with your vehicle.

  • We scan of your vehicle’s on board computer using state of the art equipment
  • We give you documentation of the diagnostic trouble code(s) (DTC) and code description(s)
  • We do a database check for any technical service bulletins issued by the vehicle manufacturer that may be related to the DTC(s)

Engine Diagnostic service:
Let us take a close look and go way beyond the basic trouble code.

  • Expert analysis by our ASE Certified Technicians
  • Road test of your vehicle to verify and clarify the problem
  • Inspection under the hood to investigate the possible causes
  • Complete battery and charging system analysis
  • Variety of tests and inspections as needed:
    • fuel pressure
    • spark
    • compression
    • electrical
    • exhaust
    • brakes
    • other components
  • Our Diagnosis of the cause of the malfunction
  • Estimate for repair costs and time

Wheel Alignment

Keeping you on the straight and narrow.

Does your vehicle ever pull to the left or the right? Is the steering wheel not centered when you are traveling straight? Does your steering wheel shake and shimmy and vibrate while you are driving? Any of these signs could indicate an alignment problem, which is not only a nuisance to your driving comfort, but a bigger problem for your tires.

EPR Automotive is a one-stop shop for any alignment troubles your vehicle is suffering. We have a state-of-the-art alignment system and the latest latest computerized alignment technologies to detect misalignments as small as one-tenth of a degree, allowing them to get your car’s alignment back to the original manufacturer settings.

ENSURING PROPER ALIGNMENT

Your alignment might be off even if you haven’t noticed any signs or damage. Even subtle changes can cause uneven tire wear and rob your valuable investment of thousands of miles. Tires are made to be worn evenly, and uneven tire wear can compromise them and force premature replacement—or worse, cause a blowout.

To begin the alignment procedure, we raise your car on an alignment lift and attach computerized sensors to determine whether an adjustment is needed. Our team then corrects your alignment to the manufacturer’s original settings. After this, we retest your vehicle down to the tenth of a degree to make sure its alignment is perfectly set.

Alignment adjustment is a necessary maintenance service throughout the life of your vehicle. Inspect your tires regularly for signs of uneven wear, and request an alignment adjustment every time you replace them.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ALIGNMENT

Not getting auto alignment service could seem like a good way to save money, but the reality is that it could cost a lot with stress on your drive shaft and steering rack, and on tire wear and tear. It could also be dangerous.  Wheel alignments are as important as regular service, but that’s not the only time you should have this done. Here are some ways to know:

SIGNS YOUR WHEELS MAY BE OUT OF ALIGNMENT

  • Your tires are wearing unevenly
  • Your car pulls to one side when you drive in a straight line
  • Your car and floorboards start vibrating at freeway speeds
  • You have lost handling capability
  • You have been in a crash
  • You have seen too many potholes
  • You have run into curbs or parking barriers
  • Your treads show a cupped wear pattern

It’s also good to learn about what we examine during alignment services. Here are some basic facts about what the technology and our technicians will consider.

  • Camber: This means whether your wheels are vertically aligned, perpendicular to the ground. Think of it as the angle of your legs with your feet either far apart or close together.
  • Caster: This one is complicated, and it has to do with the relationship of the wheels to the steering column and ball joints, steering knuckles and tie rod ends connecting them. Caster measures how this steering and suspension system, including the steering axis, is connected to the wheels, based on the position of upper and lower tie rods within the wheels.
  • Thrust angle: This compares alignment of the axles. They should generally be squared off with the car’s centerline.
  • Toe: In an alignment, the toe is the inward or outward slant of your wheels, as seen from the top. An inward tilt would be like standing pigeon-toed and an outward one would be duck feet. Could you walk like that in heels? Probably not very well.

Whether you need a basic alignment check, front-end alignment, a four-wheel alignment or a thrust angle alignment, call today. You might be surprised at the low cost compared to the problems skipping it could cause. Our experienced technicians can answer all your questions.

EPR Automotive offers a wide range of repairs & restorations to just about every make and model of classic car, muscle car, street rod or hot rod.

Eric and Mike together have over 40 years worth of experience in all phases of restorations, repairs & performance enhancement including: engines, transmissions, electronics, differential, steering, suspension, brakes, exhaust & repair, and installion of aftermarket performance parts on all types of vehicles. We can also provide you with services from our partners for body & paint work  as well as full interior repair & customization.

Although we love classic muscle cars, we also perform all kinds of aftermarket work on new and late-model cars and trucks too!  EPR is the place for performance, with two ‘car guys’ that love to talk shop, and can really get the most horsepower and performance out of your car.  We have a vareity of services for the performance enthusiast who understands that what you drive is an extension of who you are, plus… you gotta go fast. Bring your car modification and performance projects to us! Muscle, tuner, classic, Jeep, or truck, we’ve got you covered.

Although we love all the old rods, at heart we are MOPAR enthusiasts. Eric has been fine tuning a 1971 Dodge Demon for half his life, and Eric and Mike are currently working on a total restoration of a 1972 Plymouth Duster. Come by the shop and check it out!

 

Your Exhaust System and Its Possible Problems

If your vehicle seems to be having exhaust problems, EPR can help!  When people think of a car’s exhaust system, they usually think of the muffler. But there are other components to the exhaust system, and over the years, automakers have developed more and more sophisticated ways to increase efficiency, reduce noise, and limit emissions. Your exhaust system includes your muffler, piping, and a catalytic converter, which reduces pollution.

Guess what – all of these can fail in various ways and can cause trouble for your vehicle’s performance and safety. Plus, problems with the exhaust system can cause you to fail Maryland emissions inspections!

Signs of an exhaust system or muffler problem include

  • Excessive loud noises while driving
  • Engine misfires
  • Gasoline odors
  • Decrease in acceleration or power
  • Decrease in fuel efficiency

At EPR Automotive, we are well versed in exhaust and muffler problems and the most effective methods of fixing them. We work with both sound-absorbing mufflers and baffled chambered mufflers, and we can handle the exhaust problems that are common among all major makes and models. We can also diagnose engine skipping and other troubles that could lead to a costly replacement of your catalytic converter. No matter what exhaust problem you’re facing, our team is ready to help get your vehicle back into shape.

Brake Service

Your vehicle's most important safety feature!

Simply put, if your brakes are not functioning properly, then you, your family, and others on the road are at serious risk of a collision. This is probably the single most important safety feature on your car!

This is why EPR offers free brake inspections. We can check your brakes quickly, even during a routine oil change or during any service appointment!

If you think there is something wrong with your brakes, or if they don’t seem to be working properly, or if they are making noise – it is critical that you schedule an inspection and repair with a trusted mechanic right away.

Our Free Brake Inspection Service

We make sure to check every customer’s brakes as part our courtesy inspection. During a brake inspection, we don’t just inspect your brake pads, we examine the rotors and the brake fluid too, to be sure that your brakes are functioning as they should and that there are no warning signs of problems.

Common indicators of a brake problem include

  • Noisy brakes – squeaking or screeching sounds
  • A burning smell when the brakes are applied
  • A rhythmic pulsing, or rumbling or vibration in the steering wheel, especially when you are applying the brakes
  • The need to press the brake harder than usual to slow down or stop

Other Signs of Trouble
However, there are many other less obvious signs that your brakes may need attention.

  • Your brake pedal seems to be spongy or presses farther to the floor than usual
  • Your vehicle pulls to the right or left when you brake
  • Your steering wheel is shaking
  • Your car is wobbling or pulsating when you drive at highway speeds
  • It’s been over a year or 12,000 miles since the last time your brakes were inspected
  • You’re near or past the number of miles your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends between brake fluid exchanges
  • The brake warning light on your dashboard comes on and stays on
  • Your vehicle requires longer distances to stop than it used to
  • The brake pedal responds slowly

If you are experiencing any of these signs in your vehicle, EPR is ready to help!  Please give us a call today.

Brake Services – Repair and Replacement

Brakes are designed to wear out. The pads rub on the brake disk to stop your car, so worn pads are the first part to check if you are experiencing any braking problems.  Brake pad replacement is the most common repair job for automotive brake systems, but it is not the only thing that might be needed.

What will my brake service include?

Beyond pads, there are other items to be included in a brake service. Depending on the results of the braking system evaluation, you might need:

  • Brake rotors / drums resurfaced
  • Brake fluid flush & replacement
  • Brake caliper & rotor re-alignment
  • Brake caliper replacement
  • Brake hose replacement
  • Brake master cylinder replacement

Regardless of the problem, we’ll have your brakes fixed and road-safe very quickly and at a reasonable price!

EPR Automotive Offers Tire Services

We offer all kinds of service for your tires, including tire mounting and balancing, rire repair and patching, routine tire balancing, tire pressure monitor / sensor service, and tire rotation.

Great Service for New Tires

Many people think you have to go to a tire specialty shop to get new tires, but that is not often the best solution.

More and more lately, our customers are ordering their tires on the internet from online stores like tirewrack.com  where they can get great selection and prices. They have the tires shipped directly to EPR Automotive, and we take care of the rest!  This means we will receive your new tires, do the mounting and balancing, wheel alignment if needed, and make sure your tire pressure sensors are working too.

Tire Mounting and Balancing

Tire mounting is the process of putting your new tires on your new wheels, which requires the use of specialized equipment. EPR has the best and most modern equipment to do the job right. Plus, we aren’t a tire-selling factory trying to gouge you for the cost of tires, so you know we are focused on providing you the best service and safety.

Balancing is the process of equaling weight distribution on a tire/wheel assembly to give your vehicle a smooth ride. When a tire is mounted onto a wheel, two slightly imperfect units are joined to form an assembly.

You may need to have your tires balanced if you experience vibration in your steering wheel or shaking and swaying while driving. Tire balancing is a specific type of tire maintenance that makes sure your tires and wheels spin more evenly.

During balancing, a technician uses a high-speed balancer and wheel weights to evenly redistribute the weight of a tire and wheel assembly. This process eliminates or minimizes steering vibrations to ensure a smooth ride. It also reduces wear and tear on suspension components. For optimal tire performance and lifespan, we recommend having your tires balanced every 6,000 miles.

Imbalances and vibrations are commonly caused by runout, a condition created by the imperfect shape of the tire and wheel. Runout occurs when the assembly has a significantly higher point from its center than other places on the tire. Like an egg that vibrates up and down while rolling on a table, the tire and wheel also vibrate due to their imperfect circular shape. To correct this condition, the high point of the tire can be matched with the low point of the wheel.

Routine Tire Balancing

Some drivers have their tires balanced only after they notice vibrations in their steering wheel. Balancing corrects these vibrations in most cases, but it also benefits tire tread life when performed at regular intervals. Regular balancing reduces the chance of an imbalance causing irregular or uneven tread wear. We recommend that drivers have their tires balanced every 6000 miles, instead of only after a problem appears.

Balancing provides real benefits for modern vehicles, which feature more composite materials in their construction and, therefore, weigh less than their predecessors. The heavier vehicles of previous years actually generated a smoother ride by dampening vibrations before they affected the driver, but today’s lighter vehicles do not have the weight to do the same. Plus, more responsive tires with lower profiles often feature narrower sidewalls that tend to suffer from imbalances and vibrations. The plus-sized tires and wheels on bigger trucks and SUVs have an even greater sensitivity to imbalances.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Repairs

If your vehicle was built after 2007, it came equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. This system will display a warning light that indicates when your tires may be low and should be checked.

The TPMS will show a dashboard warning light whenever the pressure drops below the vehicle’s recommended level by 25% or more. The official TPMS symbol is a yellow exclamation mark inside a tire cross-section. If you see this alert illuminated on the dash, you should immediately check your tire pressure and inspect for punctures. Responding to your TPMS and keeping your tires properly inflated can increase fuel efficiency, extend tire life, and contribute to your vehicle’s stability and safety.

TPMS is a great convenience, but like all sensors, these can and do fail from time to time.  These sensors also have batteries that last from on average from 7 to 10 years, and the sensor battery may need to be replaced in time.

EPR has the experience and know-how to determine if you have a TPMS System problem, a sensor failure, a sensor battery, or maybe just a tire puncture, leak, or tire stem problem.  Whatever the cause, we’ll find it and fix it fast and affordably.

Tire Rotation

As our vehicles move along the road, our tires are exposed to all kinds of wear and tear. If your wheel alignment is off even a little bit, it can really take years off of your tire life. Rear tires usually wear in a uniform way, but front tires can wear unevenly due to alignment, turns, driving style, and road conditions. This means that our front tires can become more worn, diminished, and prone to failure over time. Faulty alignment can cause tires to wear unevenly too.

Worn tires can cause

  • Blowouts
  • Diminished performance (due to worn treads)
  • Tire noise
  • Wheel vibration

Too many drivers think of tire rotation as an optional luxury with little effect on their day-to-day travel and on the lifetime of their tires. This is just not true, and is actually a bit dangerous because most of us don’t discover problems with our tires until something happens to one of them on the road, sometimes at very high speeds.

EPR Automotive can inspect and rotate your tires as needed, and we are ready to help you be vigilant about these issues and ensure the longest life possible for your tires.

The transmission is one of the most critical components of your vehicle – responsible for the smooth and efficient operation of your engine and the reliable performance and acceleration you depend on as you merge onto the beltway!

There is no component more complex and essential than a car’s transmission. Automatic transmissions are responsible for shifting gears without driver input to change gear ratios in an efficient manner as the vehicle moves forward, freeing the driver from having to shift gears manually.

Without proper maintenance, the operation of your transmission can degrade, with noticeable impact on the quality of your ride. Transmission problems usually cause violent grinding noises, gear slipping, hard shifting, and other serious interruptions to your driving.  If left unattended, you’ll find yourself on the side of the road.

EPR Can help you with both the ongoing maintenance and service of your transmission, as well as helping fix any repair or service you may need with your transmission.  If needed, we can perform a thorough transmission fluid flush and ensure that your transmission will continue to run safely and efficiently.

What is a Transmission, anyway?

What is a transmission? It’s an intricate system of gears and sensors that delivery the power from your engine to your drivetrain and wheels. The transmission ensures that the energy provided by the engine travels smoothly to the tires and to the road, providing smooth power and acceleration and safe control for the driver.

This job generates a lot of heat, though, and your transmission fluid keeps your transmission lubricated and keeps it from getting too hot. If your transmission gets too hot it can damage the parts that do all that work and cause big problems over time.  As the transmission fluid is used up over time, it becomes less efficient and leaves your transmission more vulnerable to wear and to heat damage.

An Ounce of Prevention…

The best way to prevent costly transmission repairs is to keep your transmission fluid fresh.  At EPR Automotive, we can inspect your fluids, remove your old transmission fluid, perform a complete flush of your transmission system, and install new, premium-quality fluid. We use only the best transmission fluid, as well as state-of-the-art technology to monitor this proces. Transmission experts recommend getting an automatic transmission fluid exchange every 50,000 miles. Typically factory recommended service is a little bit more than that, but it doesn’t account for harsh driving and weather conditions drivers’ face on a daily basis.

Use the Correct Transmission Fluid

Although it might seem obvious, many people don’t know it’s essential to use the automatic transmission fluid recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. This is because different fluids contain different additives that function specifically for certain transmissions. Only the recommended type will ensure your transmission performs correctly. In the event that you’ve had the original transmission changed should you use the recommended fluid for that particular transmission.

Transmission Rebuild, Repair, and Replacement Services

Unfortunately, sometimes you may need some serious work done on your transmission. Although it can be daunting and expensive, the transmission experts at EPR have you covered, so you know you’ll get the best service for a reasonable price.

Depending on your situation and budget, you may be looking at some basic repair jobs, on up to a transmission rebuild, or replacement.

Even a relatively simple transmission repair job can be quite expensive.  A manual transmission often only requires a new clutch, but that can still range into the thousands of dollars.

Transmission replacement is one of the most expensive jobs done by any mechanic. The average cost of transmission replacement ranges into several thousand dollars. A used/salvaged transmission might save you a little bit of money in a rebuild or remanufactured transmission scenario. This is a very labor-intensive process and the labor to remove and replace your transmission can take several days of work.

Whatever the scenario, you can be confident that EPR has the expertise and experience to get the job done, and that we will keep you informed and walk you through the process.

 

A/C Diagnostics and Repair

Have a broken or weak car air conditioner? Don’t sweat it. (ha ha!)

A vehicle without cool air conditioning can be a sweaty and uncomfortable ride. A properly working A/C keeps you and everyone else in the vehicle comfortable and cool all the way to your destination. If your car air conditioner isn’t working, EPR can help. We are adept at diagnosing and fixing A/C problems in all kinds of cars and trucks.

Common A/C problems include:

  • Hot air blowing out of the A/C
  • Lack of pressure when the air blows out
  • Failure to blow air at all

How A/C Works:

Your vehicle’s air conditioning system cools and removes moisture from the air inside of your vehicle using three main components: the compressor, the condenser and the evaporator.

The compressor, driven by the vehicle’s drive belt, pumps the refrigerant through the A/C system. Inside this closed system, the refrigerant is exposed to high and low pressure, forcing it to change states between gas and liquid in order to capture and then release heat. While in a gas state, the refrigerant passes through the evaporator, capturing heat. The refrigerant then moves through the A/C lines and into the condenser, where the refrigerant cools as heat is released outside of the passenger compartment, and the refrigerant returns to a liquid.

For the system to work optimally, the system must have the proper amount of refrigerant and be free of contaminants.

A/C Diagnostics

When you bring your car into EPR we can perform an A/C Performance Check to diagnose why the car is having a cooling problem and what needs to be repaired or replaced. Car A/C problems can come from many different sources, such as freon leaks from cracked o-ring seals in the air conditioning lines, worn out filters and condensers, loose wires, excessive heat radiation from the engine, and more. We visually inspect the air conditioning compressor drive belt, serpentine belt and all accessible components for cracks, leaks and damage. Then we check the operation of the air conditioning compressor. Our technicians will figure out the root of your car’s A/C problem and get it working quickly.

A/C Repair

After the diagnosis is done, EPR can repair all of the components of your vehicle’s A/C, including:

  • O-rings, seals and hoses
  • Compressors and compressor clutches
  • Evaporators and condensers
  • Driers, receivers and accumulators
  • Switches, controls, modules and relays
  • Blower motors and resistors

 

A/C Refrigerant Recharge

Of course, it could just be that your A/C needs to be recharged. If no leaks or damage are found during the diagnostic and inspection process, EPR can evacuate the refrigerant from the system, vacuum test and recharge the air conditioning system using the appropriate refrigerant according to your vehicle manufacturer’s specification.  We then inspect the  A/C system’s pressure and temperature control to make sure everything is working correctly for you.

If you notice that your vehicle’s A/C isn’t cooling very well any more, bring it on in to EPR Automotive and we’ll get you cool for summer!

 Shocks, Struts, and Suspension Services

Your vehicle’s suspension system serves two important purposes:

  1. Providing handling and “road holding” to keep your vehicle safe as it maneuvers on the road
  2. Keeping both passengers and driver comfortable while reducing bumps, vibrations and noise.

Shocks and struts are important components of the suspension system and their wear can definitely impact the safety of your vehicle. Worn shocks and struts can affect how your wheels touch the road, can cause your car or truck to have dangerous swaying, hydroplaning in wet conditions, deteriorated performance and and genearally reduced road handling and holding.

In other words, your suspension system helps you stay in control when you’re on the road. So, it is very important to keep your suspension system in good shape to handle whatever crazy bumps and turns the road may throw at you.

Shocks, Struts and Suspension Warning Signs

  • Mounts or bushings are broken or worn
  • Cupped, uneven tire wear
  • Vehicle sways or leans on turns
  • Fluid leaking out of the shock or strut body
  • Shock or strut bodies are dented or damaged
  • Harsh, bumpy or shaky ride
  • Steering is stiff or makes noise
  • Vehicle ‘nose dives’ when you hit the brakes
  • Excessive bouncing after hitting a road in the bump or a speed bump

Suspension Repair and Replacement Services at EPR

The useful life of a modern shock or strut is around 50,000 miles. Independent testing shows that by replacing your shocks and struts after 50,000 miles, your vehicle’s stopping distance could improve by up to 10 feet.  EPR offers shock and strut replacement services designed to restore your vehicle’s suspension system to factory specifications. New shocks and struts provide an improved ride, enhanced handling, better control, greater stability, shorter braking distance, advanced safety and superior comfort.

Did you know that EPR Automotive can also handle your fleet?

At EPR, we know how important fleet vehicles are to your company. If any of your vehicles is having trouble, it can have a massive impact on your ability to do business. You can rest assured that we will do everything we can to get your vehicles running smoothly again as quickly as possible.

More importantly, with an ongoing relationship we will KEEP your fleet running smoothly to prevent big problems before the creep up and bite your business.

EPR Fleet Services:

We provide service for a wide variety of auto needs, including

  • Maintenance: Oil and filter changes, tire rotations, brake system checks, multipoint inspections and more.
  • Cooling Systems: Thermostat repairs, radiator services, flushes, belt and hose replacements, heating and core services.
  • Technical Diagnostic, Maintenance, and Repair: Tune-ups, computer repairs, fuel system service, engine diagnostics, emissions, electrical services and more.
  • Transmissions: Service and repair for automatic, 4 x 4, and standard transmissions.
  • Drivetrain: Clutch work, oil leaks, timing belt replacement, valve jobs, engine repairs, drive shaft services and CV & U joints.
  • Suspension and Ride Handling: Strut replacements, wheel balancing, 2-wheel alignments, 4-wheel alignments, suspension work, bearings, steering and shocks.
  • All EPR Services: Basically anything we do, we can handle regularly for your fleet. Just let us know.
  • Small Engines: EPR technicians have decades of experience in fleet maintenance and small engine repair and service. Let us know what you need!

If any of your fleet vehicles are not working properly, bring them to us and we will be happy to perform a complete inspection, diagnostics, and any repairs or maintenance work you may need.

Give us a call to discuss your Fleet Service needs: (301) 990-1514