The classic "tune-up" was once the heart of the automotive business and
contrary to some beliefs, today's modern vehicles still need tune-ups to
keep them performing at the most efficient levels.
As the pace of technology quickened, the procedures required to perform a traditional tune-up changed dramatically. Highly sophisticated ignition and fuel systems are now the norm, using one or more onboard computers to control critical engine and transmission management functions.
If the vehicle isn't being properly maintained, you're not going to get where you want to go. As part of the 21st Century Tune-up on today's modern vehicles, the following systems should be inspected: battery, charging and starting engine, mechanical powertrain control (including onboard diagnostic checks), fuel ignition, and emissions.
To help ensure good performance, fuel economy and emissions, the Car Care Council also recommends that motorists take the time necessary to become familiar with their vehicle. Study the owner's manual to become thoroughly acquainted with the operation of all systems. Pay special attention to the indicator lights and instruments.
Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Winter
Mechanical failure - an inconvenience anytime it occurs - can be deadly in the winter. Preventive maintenance is a must. A well-maintained vehicle is more enjoyable to drive, lasts longer, and could command a higher resale price.
Some of the following tips can be performed by any do-it-yourselfer; others require the skilled hands of a professional auto technician.
Engine Performance - Get engine driveability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good repair shop. Cold weather makes existing problems worse. Replace dirty filters - air, fuel, etc.
Fuel - Put a bottle of fuel de-icer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line. Note that a full gas tank helps keep moisture from forming.
Oil - Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual - more often (every 3,000 miles) if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips.
Cooling Systems - The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.
Windshield Wipers - Replace old blades. If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to fight ice build-up. Stock up on windshield washer solvent - you'll be surprised how much you use. Carry an ice-scraper.
Heater/Defroster - The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility. Newer models have a cabin air filter that should be replaced periodically. Check your owner's manual for the location and replacement interval.
Battery - The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check fluid level monthly. Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.
Lights - Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean road grime from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.
Exhaust System - Your vehicle should be placed on a lift and the exhaust system examined for leaks. The trunk and floor boards should be inspected for small holes. Exhaust fumes can be deadly.
Tires - Worn tires will be of little use in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressures once a month. Check the tires when they are cold, before driving for any distance. Rotate as recommended. Don't forget your spare, and be sure the jack is in good condition.
Carry emergency gear - gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, and a flash light. Put a few "high-energy" snacks in your glove box.
Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Summer
Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, will take their toll on your vehicle. Add the effects of last winter, and you could be poised for a breakdown. You can lessen the odds of mechanical failure through periodic maintenance. Your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale price, too! Some of the following tips are easy to do; others require a skilled auto technician.
Air Conditioning - A marginally operating system will fail in hot weather. Have the system examined by a qualified technician. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system. Check your owner's manual for location and replacement interval.
Cooling System - The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.
Oil - Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual - more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage, or tow a trailer.
Engine Performance - Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended - more often in dusty conditions. Get engine driveability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.
Windshield Wipers - A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
Lights - Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean dirt and insects from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.
Tires - Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; check them while they're cold before driving for any distance. Don't forget to check your spare as well and be sure the jack is in good condition. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is warranted if there's uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side.
Brakes - Brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly.
Battery - Batteries can fail any time of year. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check the fluid level monthly. Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.
Emergencies - Carry some basic tools - ask a technician for suggestions. Also include a first-aid kit, flares, and a flashlight. Consider buying a cellular phone.
Keeping your vehicle in tune with the environment is definitely a win-win
situation. Besides helping the environment, a properly maintained and
operated vehicle will run more efficiently, will be safer, and will last
longer - up to 50% longer, according to a survey of ASE-certified Master
The following tips should put you on the road to environmentally conscious car care.
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Great job, reasonable priced, friendly.
Good owners and techs. Oil change once, then issue with AC, and they diagnosed a major repair, but didn't charge as they knew the car wasn't worth the money.
Quality service! A friendly family environment and a clean waiting area! Great people there. Stop by and ask for Pete or Joe!
The experience I had here was amazing! I am not from the area and while driving to a conference my tire pressure light came on. I still had about 50 more miles and was concerned I was getting a flat or had a leak and didn't have a tire pressure gauge with me. I just so happened to be passing EG Automotive so I pulled in hoping they could help. They were friendly and extremely helpful. They immediately took my car back and tried to troubleshoot the issue. I waited at most, 10 minutes, if that. They checked my tires for a leak and filled them with air. I wish I lived closer so I could continue to give them my business!
Excellent service. Staff is very friendly and accommodating, will be back!
Peter and his son are great. Very accommodating and know the value of customer service. The only place I'll go for automotive needs.
Great services and a very knowledgeable staff! The staff as well as the owner are very knowledgeable in their work. Service is fast and efficient, never tried to guide you in wrong direction, fully trustworthy and always give you proper guidance and valid reason for the service required immediately on your car or wait till next appointment. All in all the one and only stop for your car services. I will recommend them highly!
Took my Range Rover for a service and was blown away by the customer service.
Great customer service, quick repair, and comfortable environment. Highly recommend going to them for any car troubles.
Had EG automotive get my car all prepped to be resold and they did an incredible job. From getting me unbeaten tire prices to my brakes being done, everything was top notch and the service was amazing! Could not reccomend them enough!
Went into the shop for service on my vehicle and the owners bent over backwards for me. Very kind and caring owners and overall a fantastic business; will be back for sure.
Great family business, as well as a very warm and friendly staff. I have come to this shop many times and walked out a very satisfied customer. Highly recommend EG Automotive.
Great Shop, knowledgeable mechanics. Using the latest diagnostic tools. Very reasonable prices.
The service there is outstanding, you're not just another number. The prices are fair, and they are honest which is refreshing. Have been coming here since my first car, won't go anywhere else, not even for a simple tire or oil change.
Had a flat tire. They fixed it really quickly. Great staff and very friedly service.
Great work and very quick!! Great prices and always willing to help out. Great team of guys. Definitely recommend this place.
The service at EG Automotive Center in Dayton, NJ was absolutely amazing. My car was serviced upon my arrival and was done extremely efficiently. The customer service was great and the employees were very kind. I have multiple automotive centers within my area that are closer then EG, but I will happily go out of my way any day to go here. I recommend that everyone goes here.
New management are very responsive and take an interest in your concerns.
The most reliable auto shop around. I never feel like I'm getting cheated or a run for my money. Joe and the crew are excellent workers, are up front and straight with what is needed. Only place I go I know can trust!
Quick and reliable service. Easy to make an appointment. Great prices. Convenient location.
If you have any problems with your vehicle, go see my boy Joe P, him and the crew will get you all squared away!
Good customer service. I went in to inquire about my blown head gasket, and I got 100% attention. Nice people.
Trustworthy and friendly.
Best choice for fair and professional auto service in central NJ.
Family owned. Friendly and trustworthy people. Efficient service and frank advice.
Absolutely fantastic service. Honest, wonderful people.
Good people to do business with.
Nice and clean. Great quality and fast service. Reasonable price.
It's hard to find a mechanic shop you can trust, and when you do you stick with them forever. I will now be a lifetime customer of EG Automotive! Went in thinking I had a major engine problem that would cost me major $$. Turns out it was a minor fix that cost under $100. These guys could've beat me over the head because I told them I was expecting the worst, but they were honest and fixed my vehicle fast. I will never go anywhere else for my car's repairs or maintenance.
I will definitely be going back here again. They were very efficient and pleasant. Extremely satisfied!
Nice people always trying to help you out! They do good work and they're always pleasant.
Good service. Friendly people. I have been going here for 25 yrs. New ownership, but they seem to be keeping their honesty going.
Joe is great. Such a professional. Staff very helpful and friendly. They get you in and out. Highly recommend this place.
EG Auto is the best auto shop I have found in Middlesex County. They are awesome, work hard and let you know everything that is going on. No matter what, you are always on the same page as them!!! Thank u EG.
I stopped here just when the store was about to close, but a staff member stayed a few minutes after to check out the damage to my tires. Very friendly and accommodating. 5/5 Definitely would recommend!
I was visiting NJ and my tire went flat. EG helped me out no questions asked. They ordered a tire while I finished up work and they fit me in before they closed so that I can go home 180 miles away. THANKS JOE AND TEAM!
Owner is very respectful and helpful of situations. Went out of their way to make sure my car would be ready for me in a short time. Prices are very fair and they do a great job. Will continue to come here; love the service !
Friendly, professional, and courteous. The price of my repairs was very fair. I couldn't be happier with the service. Joey & Pete know how to treat a customer; with respect!
Today I went to EG Automotive, my car was making a noise and turns out that my brakes were metal to metal. Joe and Steve took excellent care of me. I felt very comfortable and absolutely loved the service.
We stopped here after my car broke down on NYE on a long trip. The owner spent 20 minutes looking at my car and gave me great advice, filled my transmission with a lot of fluid and didn't charge us anything! Very knowledgeable and great customer service.
Quality service. Great prices!
When driving from Philly back home to CT, alternator went. They were able to fit me in and fix it and get me back on the road in a timely fashion. Friendly, fast service. Free TV to watch while you wait.
I showed up this past Saturday (Memorial Day Weekend) with a nail in one of my rear tires. Steve repaired the tire quickly and I was on my way. I've never been to EG but have lived in the area for a long time. I would definitely recommend this shop to friends and family.
Very happy with Steve and his tech crew, honest hard working guys, came in with engine light on, and he took care of it right the way.
Nice friendly and very effiently taken care of. Really busy business in the area.
Been using this place for a few months now. So far it's been a pleasure, great work and great prices, no games. They've done brakes, alignments, tires, and oil change for me on 2 cars. I recommend this place to everyone who is looking for an honest repair shop.
Finally found a local automotive center that is professional, responsive and skilled. We've been blessed to find a family business who is fair priced and always accommodating. We have 2 older cars and, as seniors, truly appreciate their level of competence and customer service.
Wonderful local business, knowledgeable, courteous and HONEST, really honest and their prices are fair, never inflated. I trust them completely, a very rare commodity in this day and age, especially in this type of business.
Great guys. Our car over heated as we were traveling with two toddlers - it was Good Friday and EG was open. They checked out the car, determined we could make it to our destination, gave us a couple gallons of water (just in case it over heated again) and didn't charge us. Thank you!!
I've taken my car here for years, and the guys at EG never let me down, repairs and routine maintenance are always done promptly and well. Unlike other car repair places, they never overcharge or make up fake things that need to be done RIGHT AWAY for the tune of several thousand dollars or else my car is liable to spontaneously combust. The EG guys are courteous and helpful. I hope EG never goes out of business!
Great service! I would highly recommend! Better than those chain places.
Very professional shop, work was done on time, at a fair price and to my absolute satisfaction. Recommend them.
EG Auto is an AWESOME shop!! Friendly staff and very helpful..I love that they fully explain everything out to you and there are no surprises!!! Thanks EG Auto for all your help, my honda can count on you!
Won't go anywhere else, this is the best service I've gotten from all the auto shops I've been to!
I've been coming to EG Automotive Center since 2014. Besides being friendly and professional, I feel like I can trust them. I've been told by them before "You could get that done, but you don't need to. Don't waste your money". That made me trust them. I appreciate their honesty, even if it prevents them from adding to their cost.
Friendly, professional, and courteous. The price of my repairs was very fair. I couldn't be happier with the service. Joey & Pete know how to treat a customer; with respect!
I've been coming to EG since the 1990s. They are the best. I recommend them to all my friends. Steve and Pete are so friendly and are always there when I need help with my car. Love those guys.
Thanks for checking out my tires when I got my oil change. I didn't know how bad the tires were. You gave me a great price for tires and now my wife and kids can drive safely.
Went there for an oil change and wheel alignment, they were absolutely honest and friendly and reasonably priced! I would send my friends and family to this place!