Here at Chosen Automotive Services, we offer the following services and more...
OIL & FILTER CHANGE
Making sure that you changing your oil on a regular basis is the most important routine vehicle maintenance there is. Properly scheduled oil changes are crucial in keeping your car running properly. An oil change service is a great opportunity to have other areas of the vehicle checked out as well. At Chosen Automotive Services, your oil change is a quick and simple service, that also includes a complimentary multi-point inspection. This means that not only do you get your oil changed in a quick and timely fashion, but you will also receive a free multi point inspection as part of your service. As part of this complimentary service, we will also inspect your belts, hoses, air filter, tire pressure, fluid levels, and much more. Our fully trained staff are here to give you advice that you can trust. So whether you have a brand new vehicle that you just picked up or you are driving a vehicle that is a trusted friend, regular oil changes are something you cannot ignore.
Keeps your engine clean and provides better performance
Protects other engine parts
Gets better gas mileage
Pass your Vehicle Emission Test and protect the environment
WHEEL ALIGNMENT & BALANCING
Wheel balancing is important because wheels lose their balance over time. Factors concerning the weight distribution of your vehicle, road conditions and tread wear can cause an unevenness in the tires, which can then lead to further uneven tread wear. As a result, the vehicle might shake or vibrate while in use.
When a technician balances the wheels, they typically apply a calibrated spin balancer, and will normally also test both the static (non-moving) and dynamic (moving) aspects of wheel balance. Any existing unevenness is corrected. Wheel balancing is a service that’s normally done when tires are rotated on the vehicle, or roughly every six to 12 months, depending on the vehicle and its use.
Wheel alignment differs in that it involves an adjustment of the angle of the vehicle’s wheels. This is normally done based on the manufacturer’s recommended specifications. A wheel alignment usually includes a tire tread check along with the three basic components for measuring wheel orientation, involving the toe, camber and caster. Wheel alignments are generally recommended if the vehicle feels like it’s pulling to one side, if it has been involved in an accident, or during annual inspections. Since vehicle use will differ among drivers, there is no specific mileage or designated timeline for wheel alignments. For these reasons, the manufacturer’s recommendations as well as Chosen Automotive Services is the best sources of advice concerning alignments.
Wheel alignments and wheel balancing are important for reasons that include the safe and efficient operation of your vehicle, including requirements for control in difficult road, weather and driving conditions, as well as to ensure that you benefit from the longest use of your tires.
BATTERY, STARTER & ALTERNATOR SERVICE
There is nothing more frustrating than a dead car. When your car won’t start, it is likely a problem with the battery, alternator or starter. But how do you know which part is causing your issue? All these parts work together to power your vehicle so it can be hard to know which part is at fault.
The best place to start your investigation is with the battery. Typically lasting 3-5 years, the battery is many times the part that has failed. The easiest and cheapest of the three parts to replace, without a fully charged battery your starter won’t work properly.
Symptoms of a battery that has failed are:
You may hear a low whining sound when starting the car
Car won't crank or start and lights don't come on
Engine cranks but won't start
Recurring starting issues
Excessive jump starting
Warning light illuminates
A key part of your vehicle’s charging system, the alternator charges the battery when the engine is running and also powers the electrical system. An alternator typically lasts for 8-12 years, so it isn’t something that has to be replaced as often as other parts like the battery. If your alternator fails, your battery will lose its charge since the alternator won’t be able to keep it charged up. A dead battery is your initial sign that something could be wrong with the alternator.
Symptoms of a bad alternator are:
Dim dashboard or lights
Warning light illuminates
Grinding or whining noises
Engine dies after jump start
Responsible for starting the engine when you turn the key or push the start button, the starter draws its power from the battery. It takes that energy to turn over the engine and start the vehicle. Simply put, without a properly functioning starter, you’re going nowhere.
Symptoms of a bad starter are:
Lights but no action
Stuck in park
TUNE-UP & INJECTOR CLEANING
Tune-ups are beneficial in many ways and keeps the car in great condition and help provide better performance over the years.
The importance of a car tune-up:
Reduces chances of breakdowns
Reduces chances of car problems
Cost efficient measure
Helps prevents uncertainty
Increase the lifespan of your vehicle
Fuel Injector Cleaning
Cleaning your fuel injector system helps remove fuel build-up and deposits, clears the intake valves and cylinder heads, and flushes out the entire fuel system.
Cleaning the fuel system periodically can ensure your car performs efficiently, extend the life of your car's engine, improve engine performance, and increase fuel economy. Without proper cleaning, your fuel injector can also become clogged, which causes poor acceleration, lower power and can eventually lead serious problems with your engine.
In general newer vehicles don't need fuel system service before 60,000 miles, unless a specific problem pops up. If you notice a sharp downgrade in fuel economy over a few tanks of gas, it may indicate the need for a cleaning.
Fuel system cleaning can also reduce your vehicle's carbon footprint by improving the fuel economy.
Recognizing potential problems before they become serious is the key to cost-efficient auto maintenance. Since brakes are one of the most critical safety components of your vehicle, being able to identify symptoms of brake failure will help you avoid costly brake repairs and breakdowns. You don't need to know the physics behind how brakes work to identify these four signs that you need brake service or repair:
Telltale Signs of Impending Brake Failure:
Screeching, Grinding and Squeaking – Squealing and other unnerving noises point to a possible problem with brake pads or shoes. Just like the tread on your tires wears down with regular use, so too do your brake pads. Worn pads cause damage to other brake parts, which leads to more costly auto repairs. So if you hear grinding, squeaking or screeching when you press the brakes, get into your local auto repair shop as soon as possible!
Vibration while Braking – If you notice pulsing or vibrating sensation through your foot on the brake pedal or your hands on the steering wheel, the cause may be worn brakes, get them checked out by a professional.
Squishy, Less Effective Brake Pedal – If your brake pedal feels 'squishy,' meaning you have to press it down further than normal to stop, than you're driving a dangerous, potentially deadly vehicle. If you're ability to stop quickly is compromised in any way, visit an auto shop today.
Pulling – If your vehicle 'pulls' to one side or the other while braking, then there's likely an issue with the brakes. You may find that all the brakes need is some adjustment or additional fluid.
If you recognize any of these symptoms, it's essential that you contact Chosen Automotive Services right away. Brake inspection is generally quick, easy and cheap. It's not worth the safety of yourself and your passengers to ignore these signs of potential brake failure.