Automotive Repair & Maintenance in El Cajon California

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DGI Engine

Direct Gas Injection is a newer method to squeeze more power and economy out of modern engines. I drive a vehicle that has this system. The problem is that we are learning and becoming aware of now is that the system contributes to a buildup of carbon in the engine, especially on the backs of the va...

Posted on 11/03/2017 at 02:28PM

Greg's 2 Year Warranty

For all of our customers, potential customers, friends and relatives, I want to remind everyone that we offer a 2 years, 24000 mile Nationwide Warranty. No extra paperwork, no extra fees. If you break down more than 25 miles from us, simply call the phone number on that extra sheet we attach to your...

Posted on 01/10/2017 at 05:08PM

Timing Chain Wear: Why Oil Quality Matters

In a four-stroke internal combustion engine, camshafts rotate at half the speed of the crankshaft. Camshafts are usually linked to the crankshaft via a timing belt or a timing chain. Alternative solutions may include using a gear drive for the camshafts, as seen in VW V10 TDI engines. The proper syn...

Posted on 01/10/2017 at 12:12PM

Protect Your Auto Investment

Choose a shop that employees ASE-certified auto technicians to ensure your vehicle maintenance and repair dollars are wisely spent. Studies from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) show vehicles that receive regular maintenance and service retain more of their value, get b...

Posted on 12/11/2016 at 03:50PM

Maintain with Quality Products

Even if you haven't followed my blog about the complicated timing chain job we recently did, there are words of wisdom to be gleaned. The client that owns the truck we were working on lamented how he had always spent the extra money for the better quality oils, always used BG additives, spent a lot ...

Posted on 10/19/2016 at 04:24PM

Strange Chain Magic

This is a picture of the timing chain routing on our Nissan that started out as a water leak. The reason the front of the engine leaked in three places was because a drain hole in the cover got plugged with debris and the whole cavity filled up, leaking on the alternator and two places  on the ...

Posted on 09/15/2016 at 11:57AM

Because It's Under Warranty!

Well, today I had another person tell me they HAD to take their vehicle to the dealer for maintenance "because it's under warranty". Baloney If a dealer service adviser, salesman or anybody else tells you that they are at the very least mistaken and likely, lying. There is a Federal law that prohibi...

Posted on 08/22/2016 at 12:14PM

A squishy ride isn’t fun or safe

Posted May 29, 2013 by Greg Kelly Monroe Shocks and Struts are on sale in time for the summer driving season! You can get a $20 or $30 prepaid Visa card with qualifying purchases. Ride experts point out that excess tire wear (mo money) and ride control issues ( less safety) are a dir...

Updated on 02/18/2015 at 12:17PM

July 4th can be great or hazardous

Posted June 25, 2013 by Greg Kelly Can you remember (if you are old enough?) when there was always someone that had firecrackers, Roman candles and sparklers? Of course, because of the fire danger, they are harder to come by. I once dropped a sparkler on my leg and it made a mess of ...

Updated on 02/18/2015 at 12:17PM

June is full of important dates

Posted June 25, 2013 by Greg Kelly Starting with the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, June is a pretty eventful time for many people. Sheri and I celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary this month. Our oldest Grandson turned 15 and is taking flying lessons. Our son turned the dark 40 ye...

Updated on 02/18/2015 at 12:16PM

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