Rick's Auto Service

Mishawaka Auto Repair

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Yearly Archives: 2018

No hot air in my car.....

No hot air in my car.....

I go to start my car this morning and I'm getting nothing but cold air, or what happened to me...nothing at all. The whole blower went out, but there are some things that can be checked first. If the coolant level is decreased or there is a leak in the system. It's hard to come up with a price up front because we need to get the vehicle in and check if the antifreeze/water level in radiator is low do to leak in the cooling system. A bad thermostat that isn't allowing the engine to properly warm up. the blower fan not working properly the coolant has been contaminated with rust particles. The heater core went out

Clean versus Dirty...You decide.

Can you guess the different filters in your car? Most would guess cabin, air, oil and possibly engine air filters. On reading the different articles, none of them agree how many or what all the fuel filters are: I think it is safe to say that the numbers of filters vary from car to car, checking your cars manual will let you know exactly how many there are. There are also Fuel and emission valve and filter, there is also a transmission filter...only if you have an older model..  each filter having a unique job in keeping your vehicle running smoothly. With an OIL FILTER, not changing it when needed, (or sooner if you do a lot of hard driving) could potentially damage the engine. As your engine runs, over time metal wears down causing tiny particles to be released, when that happens the particles block the flow and can end up in the lubricant. Timely changing of the oil filter will catch those particles, unfortunately the information for when and how often differs. Some say ever ... read more

"Is your car Winter ready? or What do I need to do to get my car Winter ready?"

"Is your car Winter ready? or What do I need to do to get my car Winter ready?"

"Is your car Winter ready? or What do I need to do to get my car Winter ready?", those are questions that our customers are asking us, and here are 10 simple ways to get your car ready for winter.  Give your battery some TLC. Checking your tire pressure can make a big difference. Are your windshield wipers new? When was the last time you got your belts and hoses checked? Is the right type of Oil in your car? Do you have 4-wheel drive? How are your tires for driving in the snow and ice? Your antifreeze is it the right mixture? If stranded do you know what to do? How about that emergency kit, been meaning to put one together? If you are unsure about any of the above or you have other questions please don't hesitate to give us a call so we can get you on the road safely. #Winter #WinterReady #no-start #Freeze  

"My brakes are making a funny noise, how much will it cost?"

"My brakes are making a funny noise, how much will it cost?"

How much do brakes cost to replace? This is one of the most frequent questions that we receive from our customers when calling on the phone. Without first looking at your car and checking out what exactly the problem is, is really doing you, our customer a disservice. What your brother or neighbor needs done on their brakes may be different then what your car will need. If you called a doctor with an aching bum knee, you would expect to make an appointment and have him look at your knee. If he said just take two aspirins or we are doing a whole knee replacement without taking x-rays or even doing an MRI, you would be shocked. So, think of us as your car doctor, let us give your car a health assessment. We do an assessment on every oil change, we cover your belts, filters, check your fluids, brakes, tires, and much more than that. Let us keep your car healthy and you worry about your knees!!! #brakerepair #mechanic #autorepair #oilchange

NOT JUST AN OIL CHANGE!!!

NOT JUST AN OIL CHANGE!!!

  Mention for October CAR CARE MONTH For our October Car Care Item of the month let’s talk about oil changes. We appreciate you choosing Ricks Auto Service as your one stop shop. So when you come in for an oil change it isn’t just that. We do a visual inspection of your tires and brakes. Check all of your filters and the level of your fluids. Your lights which is something we don’t think about we check those too. All your belts, your battery we do a complete health assessment of your car letting you know in what order are the urgent, and not so urgent but needs to be done items. #OilChange #Maintenance #Health #Belts #Battery

What part is this? It is a two-way valve or a vapor vent control valve.

What part is this? It is a two-way valve or a vapor vent control valve.

I was wrong, had to dig deep in FB to fine the winner Jeff Shrock won, there were some close answers, but I went to our Tech. He said the closest was Vent Valve. The part is a two-way valve or a vapor vent control valve(VVCV). A VVCV or two-way Valve, is an emission control valve that prevents fuel vapors from escaping into the atmosphere. The VVCV is controlled by the engine control module(ECM) and allows air flow into the charcoal canister to purge the gas vapors into the engine air intake to be burned. #Emissions #EmissionControlValve #Atmosphere #Maintenance

Free Battery testing to get you ready for the winter.

Free Battery testing to get you ready for the winter.

This year has gone by way to quick, we are looking at weather getting as low as the 30's this week. Just as you would prepare your house, or get your garden winter ready, it's very important to get your car ready to go and in great running shape. Give Rick's Auto Service here in Mishawaka a call at 574-255-4724, or make an appointment on our website

Offer can you name this part? $25.00 gift certificate for first one who answers.

Offer can you name this part? $25.00 gift certificate for first one who answers.

Can You name this part? Who ever is able will get a $25.00 gift certificate to Barnes and Nobles. We will send you the certificate.  

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

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