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The Truth Behind Diagnostic and Testing Charges

The Truth Behind Diagnostic and Testing Charges

Your check engine light comes on.  Panic sets in. What do you do? You call the shop, dreading what they are going to say.  "What do you charge for diagnsotics?" you ask. "Testing starts at $95 for a check engine light" the service advisor responds. GASP.  Why so much? Can't I just go to AutoZoom down the street for a free test? Here's what you're paying for: "For example, the P0503 code, which indicates a malfunctioning vehicle speed sensor, has forty-one steps spanning eleven pages in a shop manual after the code has been set. Examining those forty-one steps takes time and expertise to examine" The code pull is just the first step.  The rest of the story happens while we test different sensors and systems to find out which one is the culprit.  The sensors are dumb, they report what they see, not what the cause is.  You may have an oxygen sensor that is reading out of range, but is that because the sensor is ... read more

Antique Auto Repair and Maintenance at Muskegon Brake & Tire

Antique Auto Repair and Maintenance at Muskegon Brake & Tire

Here at Muskegon Brake & Tire we eagerly await the time of year when the old cars come out.  It's a magical time of year, and we are always excited when the first antique vehicles start rolling into the shop.  Old cars pose a special challenge when it comes to vehicle repair.  Not every shop has technicians that are familiar with how these special vehicles need to be cared for.  Not every shop has the supplier network to find parts for the vehicles at a reasonable price.  We do have a special affinity for Corvettes.  We stock, sell and manufacture parts for antique Corvettes from 1963-1982.  Not many people in our area know that we specialize in corvette repair, but we are well known in the Corvette world.  People bring their cars from all over the state (and sometimes outside the state) for service here at Muskegon Brake & Tire.  If you have that special vehicle that only comes out in good please know that we can keep it in tip ... read more

When's the best time to check your A/C? Before you need it!

When's the best time to check your A/C? Before you need it!

Are you ready for summer heat?  Keeping cool in your car means maintaining the operational condition of the A/C system.  How do you do that?  Honestly, there isn't much you can do to keep the A/C running right. It's a sealed system and most problems are a result of the system having a leak. When the system has a leak the best way to find it is to introduce a florescent dye into the system to identify the location of the leak along with the refrigerant.  Once we identify the leak we can go about the business of repairing it. Another likely issue is a failed compressor.  This will usually require the replacement of multiple components to remove any debris or contamination from the system.  If you have an air conditioning question we are available

The "dealership" doesn't love you

The "dealership" doesn't love you

  I just got off the phone with yet another customer that is tired of getting the run-around from "the dealership".  Which one?  Does it matter?  I field these calls regularly and I spend my time commiserating with customers that just want to be heard.  They want to know what the urgency of the recommended repair is.  They are tired of scare tactics and huge estimates that "HAVE TO BE DONE IMMEDIATELY" because the car is broken.  Do I want to fix all the things that are wrong with your car?  Of course!  Am I going to try to scare you into a repair that doesn't need to be done today?  Of course NOT!  Why?  Because that's not how I like to be treated.  *whew* Sometimes you just have to vent.  Why does this upset me so much?  Because every time a person comes out of an experience like this their impression of the auto repair industry as a whole suffers.  It makes my job harder be ... read more

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