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We are here to take care of all your needs Ricks Auto Service in Mishawaka In.

We are here to take care of all your needs Ricks Auto Service in Mishawaka In.

With my short ride to work today I saw 4 cars with either the front headlight, back lights or brake lights that were out. Call us and schedule your Oil Change, get a jump on winter by taking care of your car today. Tell them Ann sent you and get $10.00 off on any service that might be recommended

"Fall is just around the corner."

  It is deceiving, the weather going into next Wednesday runs from 85 to a 69 on Sunday. But…the sign of fall is just around the corner. Notice more leaves, the squirrels look a lot fatter and seem to be getting thicker fur around them. We certainly are experiencing summer gone and full throttle into Fall. If you have been putting off that Oil Change or you’ve been putting off the more expensive needs of your car, Please wait no longer before it becomes a major expense.  Give us a call at Ricks here in Mishawaka, 574-255-4724, or web Ricks Auto Service Mishawaka. Can’t wait on the Oil Change, no problem let us know and we can reserve one of our “Free” Loaner” Cars. As one Service center put it so eloquently:      Time to prepare our homes and our hearts for the changing of the seasons; reflecting on the many blessings we have been afforded and find the ways we can bless others.  Always the more difficult, k ... read more

#TBT Buckle up it's the Law.

#TBT Buckle up it's the Law.

  Doesn’t matter how far. just belt up! Seatbelts save lives. Buckle up everytime. Click it or ticket! The earth spins at 1,000 mph. Wear your seat belts. AND MY FAVORITE: Hug your kids at home, but belt them in the car! SO my #TBT is all about SEATBELTS, all you wanted to learn and then some!!! American car manufacturers Nash (in 1949) and Ford (in 1955) offered seat belts as options, while Swedish Saab first introduced seat belts as standard in 1958. After the Saab GT 750 was introduced at the New York Motor Show in 1958 with safety belts fitted as standard, the practice became commonplace. Seat Belts and the Law. In 1983, front seat belt wearing regulations for drivers and passengers (both adult and children) came into force. In 1989, wearing rear seat belts became compulsory for children under 14. Federal laws hold cars and trucks to the standards that were in effect at the time of their manufacture. Therefore, pre-1966 cars ... read more

"Why should I change the #Air #Filter in my #Car?" "Why should I change the filter in my house?"

"Why should I change the #Air #Filter in my #Car?" "Why should I change the filter in my house?"

 “Why should I change the #Air #Filter in my car?” “Why should I change the #Filter in my house?” Changing your Air Filter is one of those simple maintenance items that just needs to get done. For example your Engine Air Filter: this is a key part to your engine’s respiratory system, it is responsible for cleaning the air as it enters the engine compartment. It’s key to ensure the air entering is clean, because if not harmful debris from outside could get mixed with fuel and ignited during combustion. Not changing the filter makes the engine work harder in it’s attempt to pull air through the restricted filter, it can create a vacuum sucking in the unwanted debris possibly causing internal damage to the components. Because the engine is suffocating from the dirty air filter, it has to consume more fuel, causing a reduction in overall fuel efficiency. If your filter is now full of dirt a ... read more

Noise Noise Noise My car is making the loudest noise I've ever heard.

Noise Noise Noise My car is making the loudest noise I've ever heard.

For some of us our car is our baby, we clean it, keep it shiny inside and out. We also know when things aren’t quite right. This is my car and I am always listening to any changes in noises. We know when our car is purring, we also know when something is wrong. Ignoring the problem hoping it will go away may end up costing you the big bucks. So, it’s okay to make the sound for us!!! Here are some Sounds and where it might be coming from: BANG: Sounds like a gun, a backfire is a good example Boom: this is a low frequency sound like a bass drum maybe even like a rolling bowling ball or thunder BUZZ: this may be felt through the steering wheel or floor vibrating like an electric shaver, low to mid range CHIRP: just like a bird, could be worn or an belts misaligned. CLANG, CLANK, CLICK, CLACK, CLUNK(the ”C” sound) metallic ringing or striking sound…wrench dropping or hammer striking. Sounds like cocking a pistol, taking a picture(not with your phone). Or ... read more

Here are some questions that our Auto Mechanics may want to know about the "Noise" of the car:

Have you ever called your friendly Auto Mechanic Shop and they seem like they are asking 20 questions or more? There are times when fixing your car is not easy, because like our bodies, if not taken care of can be major problems and can be expensive. So, we have to do some detective work, if you are like me I’ve driven my car for quite some time. My car is well broken in, so when things don’t sound right, it’s not “purring” for me, I’m able to tell our staff just exactly what I am hearing. For example: having my “Check Engine Light on” could mean so many things, from an easy fix, the gas cap was put on wrong or needs to be replaced. The best way to start diagnosing any vehicle noise is to answer the following questions. If you can answer all of these questions you are 90% there ! Is the noise when the vehicle is stopped or moving or is it intermittent? If noise is speed related how fast/ slow are you going ... read more

Head rests have more than one use.

Head rests have more than one use.

Head restraints or Headrests as they became know as, optional head rests started being put in cars in the 1960’s. Those first headrests were pretty primitive, compared with todays ultra sleek ones. After Jan 1st 1969 they were mandatory for all cars. The main purpose is to lower the number of whiplashes that can occur in an accident. Also, something I just learned is the headrest is detachable and sharp. If you were in an accident you can break the window. Breaking a window from the inside is much easier than from the outside and if in an accident may just save your life. #Safety #Headrest #Shopnearme #TBT

"Heading back to school, make sure your car is working well."

"Heading back to school, make sure your car is working well."

It's that time of the year,(seems like our summer gets shorter and shorter.) making sure your car is in top running condition, give us a call. If you have carpool, volunteering at school, can't stay, ask about our free loaners. We can reserve one for you today. Haven't had any work done for awhile, we can help you prioritize the items needed for your car to run at it's very best. Give us a call 574

Air Cabin Filter to change or not to change.

Air Cabin Filter to change or not to change.

    Air Cabin Filter to change or not to change? When you mention Air cabin Filter,(you may know it as an Air Conditioning Filter) not many people really know where or what that is. You know what an oil filter is and an engine air filter. In most cases you maybe able to change your own in your car, check your vehicles manual for how often and where it is. Usually behind the glove compartment or under the hood or dashboard on most modern vehicles. It basically keeps dirt and debris from getting into the passenger compartment. It filters all the air being circulated in your vehicle. “The AIR you are breathing. Cold weather is around the corner, if you really don’t have any interest to change it yourself, we can do it for you..   One sign of a bad or failing Cabin Air Filter, is that you have a poor air flow or you are starting to get an unusual odder ( like a dusty dirty or musty smell coming from the vents). A dirty Cabin air Filter will not aff ... read more

"Why do head gaskets leak?" "Can you drive with a bad or leaking Head Gasket?"

"Why do head gaskets leak?" "Can you drive with a bad or leaking Head Gasket?"

“Why do head gaskets leak?” and “Can you drive with a bad or leaking head gasket?” Those were questions that were asked of our Auto Mechanics this week. One of the main causes of a blown or damaged Head Gasket is extreme heat. If your cars’ engine is running hotter that it was made to do, it can warp the metal in your engine which can cause a blown head gasket. The gasket is not able to seal properly because of the warp.  Here are some different causes that might allow your cars’ engine to overheat: Leak in the cooling system: if you have a leak in your radiator, water pump, hoses, had gasket or thermostat housing your engine isn’t going to be able to cool properly. If you can’t find the leak take the car to a mechanic. Coolant issues: even if you don’t have a leak in the coolant, if you put the wrong coolant, or the coolant-to-water ratio is off, you may have problems with your engine stayin ... read more

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