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Are oil changes getting more expensive?

oil being put into the car

At A1 Automotive Auto Repair Center in Gadsden, AL, it’s important to us that you see the value in the work we do. Over the course of the past decade, depending on what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive, it may seem like oil changes have gotten more expensive, and there’s a lot of differentiation in pricing at different locations. What’s going on?

Cheap Parts Don’t Cut It and Warranties Matter

car parts At A1 Automotive Auto Repair Center in Gadsden, AL, we’re in the business of quality. Quality work, quality parts, and quality service keep a business going. Here is a quick rundown on why it’s important to install components that will perform reliably, and keep you taken care of in the event that they don’t.

Diesel Fuel Systems - How They Work, and How to Maintain Them

vehicle with smoke coming out the back

No matter what type of fleet vehicles or commercial trucks you maintain, the fuel system on your diesel is an integral part of keeping you on the road. Gas systems are pretty simple - there’s basically just a pump that pushes gasoline to the injectors. Diesels are a bit more complicated.

Different Types of Automotive Headlights

headlight on on vehicle

Every car, truck, van, and SUV on the road today has headlights. However, you've probably noticed an increase in different types of headlights in more recent years - gone are the days where every vehicle on the road had the same bulb. Here is some information on headlights, from A1 Automotive Auto Repair Center in Gadsden, AL.

Do I really need new oxygen sensors?

Oxygen Sensor

At A1 Automotive Auto Repair Center in Gadsden, AL, our goal is to keep your car, truck, or SUV reliable and in great shape. To us, it’s important that we’re paying attention to both your needs and the needs of your vehicle. When it comes to oxygen sensors, sometimes it seems a bit nebulous on what they actually do and why they’re important; we’re here to clear things up for you.

Don't Forget a Coolant Flush!

hand screwing lid off of coolant

At A1 Automotive Auto Repair Center in Gadsden, AL, it’s important to us that your car, truck, or SUV is ready for any condition. Coolant flushes are an important part of getting your vehicle ready for winter - here’s why.

Fuel Contamination - What's The Problem?

fuel

At A1 Automotive Auto Repair Center in Gadsden, AL, we know that fuel contamination is one of the priciest and most problematic issues that may plague a diesel engine. There are a variety of issues that cause contamination in fuel. Knowing these issues will help drivers become aware of fuel contamination and hopefully prevent these issues. 

How Do You Maintain Your Engine?

man working on car with hood up

No matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive, maintenance is the key to giving your engine a long life. At A1 Automotive Auto Repair Center in Gadsden, AL, we focus on keeping your engine running strong.

How often should you get your filters replaced?

mechanic putting filter into car

Your car, truck, or SUV is equipped with various filters that keep the air going into your engine clean, the air you breathe in the vehicle, the fuel that supplies your engine, and the oil that keeps it going. How often should you have them replaced? It depends on the filter, the vehicle, and the environment. Here’s what you need to know, from A1 Automotive Auto Repair Center in Gadsden, AL.

Keeping Track of Maintenance - Why It’s So Important

mechanic working on car Keeping track of maintenance done on your fleet vehicles and commercial trucks is one of the most important aspects of fleet management. At A1 Automotive Auto Repair Center in Gadsden, AL, we track maintenance and repairs for a number of reasons. Here’s why:

Leaky Injectors Need Your Attention

Injector

At A1 Automotive Auto Repair Center in Gadsden, AL, we see our fair share of damage that could’ve been prevented. Leaking injectors are one of the main ways a diesel engine can meet its demise - but the good news is, engine failure can be avoided, as long as the problem is taken care of.

Maintaining Your Vehicle Will Save You Money

mechanic holding two wrenches

Vehicle maintenance can be expensive. However, when it comes to owning a car, truck, or SUV, the only thing more expensive than maintaining one is doing no maintenance at all. Here’s why, from A1 Automotive Auto Repair Center in Gadsden, AL.

Make Your Radiator Go The Extra Mile

hand holding radiator in front of car with hood up

Since the first automobiles, there have been radiators. Every liquid-cooled engine on the road has, and has always needed, a radiator; without it, the engine would overheat in no time, causing catastrophic engine failure. While the efficiency of radiators, the materials they’re made out of, and the shape and size of them have changed over time, radiators haven’t actually changed much over the last century or so. At A1 Automotive Auto Repair Center we know that even though radiators generally last a long time, they do occasionally fail. When your radiator is malfunctioning you can trust our technicians to repair yours and get you back on the road. 

Protect Your Car from Interior Leaks and Drips

interior of car

Leaks and drips that get the interior of your vehicle wet are definitely an inconvenience. Sitting water promotes rust, bad smells, and can ruin your carpet. Furthermore, the water often seems to come from seemingly nowhere, adding to the frustration. From A1 Automotive Auto Repair Center in Gadsden, AL, here are some of the leading causes of water on your floor, and what you can do about it.

Should You be Running an Auxiliary Oil Cooler?

oil cooler on a vehicle

If you’re running a truck (or trucks) without an auxiliary oil cooler, it may be something you want to consider. Here’s some information on auxiliary oil coolers, what they are, and why they’re a great upgrade, from A1 Automotive Auto Repair Center in Gadsden, AL.

Sometimes it is obvious, others we have to hunt for it!

car wiring chewed up photo

Here at A1 Automotive Auto Repair Center in Gadsden we often do diagnostics and sometimes the problem is obvious after hooking the car up to the computer and reading the codes.  However, sometimes it isn't obvious during a test drive or after hooking it up to all those computer programs!  You know there is a problem and a Check Engine Light is on with the fleet customer telling you the car has been having issues starting and the light has been going off and on depending on several factors.  No pattern, no simple answer but the problem becomes obvious when you start following the "threads of the issue" thanks to all that ASE Technician training.

Synthetic vs. Conventional oil - what’s the difference?

oil being poured from container

Keeping up with oil changes is one of the most important aspects of keeping your engine in good shape. However, you’ve probably noticed that the price of oil changes can vary pretty dramatically depending on what you get, and the oil all looks the same. Here’s a breakdown of the difference between synthetic and conventional oil, from A1 Automotive Auto Repair Center in Gadsden, AL.

Take care of it or high repair bills? Which do you prefer?

Oil gunked up on an engine.

We see this with our fleet customers, our regular Gadsden car pool drivers and our diesel truck drivers so it isn't just one type of driver that ends up with a nightmare on their hands costing thousands of dollars to repair, asking about the costs of a JASPER replacement engine!  The fact is your driving habits and maintenance habits can easily avoid this issue!  6 EASY STEPS - Service, Tires, Don't Ignore Service Engine Lights, Keep it Clean & Stop Driving Crazy!

Tips for Better Gas Mileage

man putting fuel in car

On average, today’s vehicles get better gas mileage than ever. There are still ways to get the most out of the fuel that you put into your tank. Here are the factors that affect gas mileage, and what you can do to maximize yours, from A1 Automotive Auto Repair Center in Gadsden, AL.

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  • Acdelco
  • ASE
  • Be Car Care Aware
  • Cummins Diesel
  • Duramax Diesel
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  • Ford Power Stroke Diesel
  • Magnaflow
  • Mercedes-Benz
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  • Tires