Our certified mechanics will ensure your air conditioning is in top shape – looking for loose belts and improper operation. We’ll check for leaks and recharge your air conditioning system as needed.
Alternators & Starters
Alternators and starters are critical to providing mechanical and electrical energy to your vehicle. Our expert technicians will check your alternator, starter, ignition and battery to ensure your vehicle’s performance and safety. It’s not always apparent when an alternator fails so have it checked regularly.
Belts & Hoses
The timing belt is made of rubber and allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. The camshaft opens and closes the valves in synchronicity with the movement of the pistons. Thus the name, “timing belt.” If your timing belt breaks, your engine will stop working and could cause major engine damage.
Serpentine belts (drive belts) provide power to the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, cooling fan and air injection pump. If it breaks, engine parts stop working and the engine could overheat and get damaged. We’ll check for wear, cracks, and stripping. Have the serpentine belt inspected at every oil change. Studies have shown serpentine belts fail most often between 36,000-50,000 miles.
Hoses provide a connection for coolant to flow between the engine and radiator as well as engine and heating block. Coolant hoses include the upper radiator hose, the lower radiator hose, heater hoses and in some cars the bypass hose. Have your hoses and clamps inspected twice a year.
The battery in your vehicle should be checked at least every two years by a trained mechanic.
Complete Engine Repair & Tuning
At Superior, we use the latest diagnostic equipment to pinpoint issues with your vehicle. We’ll explain exactly what needs to be done and tell you how much it will cost. We inspect and repair:
- Air Conditioning Systems
- Alternators & Starters
- Fuel Injectors
- Fuel Pumps
- Spark Plugs
- Tune Ups
- And More…
Computerized Engine Diagnostics
With most cars controlled by computers, the best thing to do when your check engine light comes on is bring your vehicle in for an inspection. Using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, our trained experts can identify which part of the engine is malfunctioning. We’ll always review our findings with you and explain the suggested course of action.
The cooling system works to prevent your engine from getting very hot, overheating and possibly melting. It is critical to your vehicle’s performance. Antifreeze has anit-freeze, anti-boil and anti-corrosive properties but will eventually break down and need to be replaced, usually every two years or 24,000 miles.
Also, your engine can overheat rapidly if the cooling fan is malfunctioning. We’ll check to be sure the belts are not cracked or loose then repair or replace any damaged parts.
A pressure cap or radiator cap should be inspected at least once a year. It should never be taken off while the engine is hot as it could result in severe burns from spraying coolant. Also, the coolant reservoir should be checked during each oil change to be sure it is at a proper level.
The thermostat regulates the flow of coolant depending on the temperature and if not performing properly it can result in engine overheating or knocking, and compromised fuel economy.
Your vehicle’s electrical system has three significant components – the alternator, battery, and starter. The alternator recharges your vehicle’s battery and helps power other electrical loads of your car. Be sure to also have the alternator’s drive belt checked at every oil change. A loose belt can reduce output and run down your battery.
The battery supplies power to the starter and ignition system and can be considered the backbone of the electrical system. It’s a good idea to have it checked every time you change your oil. And, if your battery is more than three years old, it may need to be replaced.
The starter turns the engine when the ignition is turned on. Once a year, it should be tested to ensure it draws the right amount of current. And don’t forget your power steering, exterior lights, defroster, and wipers.
At Superior, we use state-of-the-art emissions testing equipment to ensure the safety of your family and the environment. If increased emissions are detected, we have the know-how to correct the issue. And as always, we stand behind our work.
Following the manufacturer’s scheduled maintenance recommendations, your vehicle will stay on the road longer and more reliably. Whether its brakes, belts, batteries, exhaust, filters, or suspension, our certified technicians help keep your vehicle in compliance with its warranty so you are confident of its safety and reliability. Don’t wait for a rattle or bang. We’re right in the neighborhood, so stop by anytime. Walk-ins and appointments welcome.
Dirty fuel injectors can jeopardize your vehicle’s performance and result in poor acceleration, loss of power, and decreased fuel economy. Fuel injectors are half the size of a pin hole and it only takes 8-10% blockage to cause an engine misfire. A fuel injector cleaning is suggested every 25,000 miles or as your owner’s manual identifies.
The fuel pump moves the fuel from the gas tank to the engine, creating pressure in the fuel lines to push the gasoline through. When the flow becomes less constant, your vehicle acts sluggish or ceases to operate. The gears in the fuel pump can wear due to contamination or overheating, for example, so be sure to have your fuel pump and lines inspected regularly.
Your engine can overheat and cause the vehicle to break down if your radiator doesn’t keep the coolant constantly flowing through the engine. Coolant can leak due to cracked hoses or corrosion in the radiator itself. Have your coolant system professionally inspected at least once per year. We can repair leaks or replace any damaged part.
Your timing belt is a notched rubber belt that allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. The camshaft opens and closes the valves in synchronicity with the movement of the pistons – thus the name, timing belt. If your timing belt breaks, your engine will stop working, stranding you wherever you are. Worse yet, it could cause major engine damage.
As a local family-owned business for over 25 years, we’ve worked with many towing companies and understand the stress it can create for the vehicle owner. The best way to avoid towing your vehicle is to keep up on its regular maintenance but if something happens, it’s good to know that we’re here to get you back on the road. For your convenience, we can suggest towing services or you can arrange your own service – either way, we’ll get you back on the road as soon as possible.
Transmissions can be expensive to repair or replace, so it’s important to keep it maintained. Look to our certified technicians to examine the fluid levels and contamination as well as wear and tear. It’s always best to follow your vehicle manufacturer’s maintenance schedule, so make an appointment today and avoid costly repairs.
Hundreds of complex parts must work together if your vehicle is going to start and run optimally. Performance and fuel economy can be compromised if the components start to show signs of wear or fail. A tune up at the times prescribed by the manufacturer will help the engine start easier, improve fuel economy, lower emissions, and restore lost power. Also ask us about cleaning the fuel injectors and fuel intake system to minimize deterioration in performance and responsiveness.
The water pump is core to the performance of your vehicle’s cooling system as it circulates coolant between the radiator and engine. If a water pump malfunctions, your car will overheat and cease to operate. We can check your water pump for leaks, noise, or unusual performance, then suggest the proper steps to help prevent failure.