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Regular Maintenance on Your Radiator can save money in the long run.

Regular Maintenance on Your Radiator can save money in the long run.

Skipping maintenance for your car will never save you money in the long run. Small problems quickly turn huge, expensive ones...for example, saving money by not replacing brake pads can mean replacing pads AND rotors down the road. Here is another example of why simple maintenance is important, and you can do this yourself or not—we can do it for you. Have you ever lifted the hood? Check the radiator for to make sure it’s not clogged, with the car off you can remove the leaves. If the area is filthy, you may need to bring your vehicle in to Ricks Auto Service here in Mishawaka. #radiator #maintenance #success

Compare the Costs: Buying a new Car vs. Used

 Compare the Costs: Buying a new Car vs. Used

For those of you looking at brand new/used cars,  thought you might take a quick look, and just some Thought on the subject. Buying a used car is less expensive upfront. For example, a 2017 Hyundai Sonata is listed at $21,950, while a 2015 model has an average fair market value of just under $14,800, according to Kelley Blue Book. By dropping just two model years, you’d save around $7,000, about a third of the suggested retail price. Comparing the costs of buying new versus used starts with the real money-saver in buying a used car: depreciation. This is the amount of value a car loses as it ages.   Besides the savings in the purchase price, there are other benefits to buying a used car. You’ll face lower insurance rates with an older car. This is because it would be less expensive to repair or replace ... read more

BACK TO SCHOOL BLOW OUT SPECIAL

BACK TO SCHOOL BLOW OUT SPECIAL

BACK TO SCHOOL BLOW OUT SPECIAL SAVE $64.71 Regular Price $103.71 SPECIAL  $39.00 expires 9/29/2017 Oil and Filter Change 50 Point Savety & Maintenance Inspection Performance test drive Front Wipers Tire Rotation Battery Test Consultation about any concerns you may have Whether you are going back to school, going on a trip, want a dependable car for work or just want to get in on our Special for the Fall Weather: Give us a call. Rick’s Auto Service 574-255-4724    

"My Brake".....

"My Brake".....

"My brake" is often how customers start when experiencing some difference in braking. Here are some red flags if your brakes are doing or feeling the following: 1.Brakes are vibrating when you step on them: It occurs when the metal of the calipers are grinding against the metal of the rotors. 2. Squealing & grinding noises usually mean the brake pads are wearing out.  3.Vehicle pulls to one side when braking. Common causes could be a stuck caliper, collapsed brake hose, uneven wear on pads or brake fluid impurities. 4. Brake Pedal feels different. Knowing how your brakes feel-if you experience mushy brake(pressing all the way down) or the opposite when the brakes engage at hardly any touch. 5. The ABS Light illuminates. If the light comes on the dashboard it could mean your computer has detected a problem with the braking system. Give us a call if any of the following happens, so you aren't left without brakes, a truly needed item when one is driving!! #Brakes #M ... read more

Buying a "NEW" to you car.

Buying a "NEW" to you car.

When you are buying a "new" to you car You DO NOT want to: 1. Buy a car sight unseen or without a test drive. 2. Buy without checking to see if the title is clear.. 3. Bring a lot of cash... 4. Meet at night... 5. Believe everything the seller tells you, or at least make sure you check it out. WHAT YOU DO WANT TO DO: 1. TAKE IT TO RICK'S AUTO SERVICE HERE IN MISHAWAKA AND GET A NEW TO YOU CHECK. Unfortunately we had a customer not to long ago buy a car sight unseen, they ended up having to put another $2500.00 into the car, because it started making weird sounds shortly after they bought it.  

Warning Signs that your A/C is going out in your Vehicle

Warning Signs that your A/C is going out in your Vehicle

Is your car's Air Conditioning blowing warm? Or is it not blowing at all? How can I fix the A/C in my car? Bring your car to Ricks Auto Service and let us diagnose what's wrong with your Air Conditioning System. #AC #blowinghotair #maintenance #RicksAutoService  

Maintenance does save you dollars.

NORMAL MAINTENANCE ITEMS Please check your owner manual to be sure, also you need to take into consideration how hard of a driver you are and where you drive. Oil changes- usually every 3,000 miles. Belts-check with every oil change(we do that and more) Timing belts(where applicable)-usually every 60,000-90,000 miles Brakes-front brakes usually last 20,000-30,000 miles, rear brakes usually 60,000 miles varies with driving habits and conditions Transmission services – usually every 60,000 miles Coolant services – usually every 2 years, some coolant types are good for 5 years Tires -  vary widely Hoses – check with every oil change, rot from the inside out Spark plugs – usually every 30,000, some 60,000 others 90,000 check your owners’ manual Spark plug wires – usually every 60,000 miles or when they go bad Distributor cap and rotor – cars that have them usually every 60,000 miles Air filter – should be ch ... read more

My tire is flat.

Good day, We had a customer, who called and said my tire is making a funny noise ka-thump ka-thump ka-thump, she should us a picture. Rick called the towing company and had the car sent to our shop. Check out some videos for some do not's and some do's!!. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5cXf3IKhGI&t=31s    

My A/C is not blowing cold air

My A/C is not blowing cold air

"Why is my A/C not cooling?" or "why is my A/C not cooling enough?" Don't wait till we have consistent Hot Weather, get your A/C Performance Checked today. The lack of well needed cold air could be from a Freon leak caused by a failed o-ring, seal, hose or component. If there is mold or mildew which could accumulate in the evaporator core, air would have trouble reaching your air vents. A hose could of come loose. Ventilation fan is fried. Whatever the cause of your airflow problems, we have the answers. #A/Cnotcooling #maintenance#shopnearme

Batteries

Batteries

On this Tuesday, I decided to talk about batteries, you know the ones that run your car. The Hudson Motor Car Company was the first to use a standardized battery in 1918 when they started using the Battery Council International batteries. The BCI is the organization that sets the dimensional standards for batteries. Cars had 6-volt until the mid-1950’s. As cars got bigger with more demands on the battery they created 12-volt. With that said, here is a 5 step guide to getting most out of our car batteries: 1. Keep the battery terminals clean and inspect regularly (i.e. monthly) for corrosion. 2. Start the car before operating car accessories and operate (drive) the car to allow the battery to get topped off by the car alternator which produces electricity and as a by-product charges the car battery after voltage drops in the battery. 3. Keep the battery secure and free from vibration. Batteries that shake can become damaged and short circuit ... read more