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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.
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.
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.
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.