Trojan Auto Care is pleased to announce that John Grassmann has joined its team of trusted automotive repair experts. Grassmann comes to Trojan Auto Care after having served for several years with the Unites States Army (he is on the right in this photo). “I’m very pleased to have John join our automotive repair team,” says Vic Haddad, owner of Trojan Auto Care. According to Haddad, “We’ve been working hard to build an automotive repair business that has a reputation of providing exceptional customer service. John’s enthusiasm to the automotive industry and his dedication to hard work fit perfectly with our goal. We’re excited to see him excel in his studies and his position here at Trojan Auto Care.” Grassmann grew up in Eaton, OH, and joined the Army in March of 2004. After going through basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, and then advanced training at Fort Drum in New York, he was deployed to Iraq for ... read more
In just a few weeks, the official start of Spring will be here. Will you be getting ready by doing a Spring cleaning around your home? If so, you may also want to consider a little Spring maintenance on your vehicle, especially if you want to make sure it's in good shape for the scenic drives you'll be taking. This checklist is a good start to making sure your car, truck or van is ready for the change of the season. Remove winter tires or rotate all-season radials. Once the weather warms and the threat of snowstorms is over, it’s time to remove and store the winter tires. If you’ve got all-season radials on your vehicle, have them rotated. Replace wiper blades. Winter weather can be harsh on wiper blades. Make sure you can see out your windshield when those Spring rains come by changing the wiper blades. Have the brakes checked. You don’t want to find out your brakes need to be replaced when you need them for stopping. Some warning ... read more
When it comes to vehicle safety, brake pads are at the top of the list of items that should be replaced when your auto repair shop makes the recommendation. Brake pads are designed to slowly wear out as you apply pressure to them for stopping. You do not want to wait until they are completely worn down before you replace them; otherwise you are putting yourself at risk of what may happen if they completely fail. The cost for repair will be a lot greater if you wait, too. Another item to not overlook when it comes to maintenance is the brake fluid. Brake fluid plays a crucial role in your vehicle’s braking system. It is designed to transfer the force created when you press the brake pedal. Heat generated by braking, especially under heavier or prolonged braking, may lessen the effectiveness of the brake fluid. If the fluid becomes too hot, it can form bubbles in the system that may result in the brakes failing. It’s importa ... read more
These are pictures from a '00 Audi A6 with a v-6 engine. The front bumper and carrier assembly has been removed to gain access to the timing belt and water pump. Without doing this, it is impossible to change a timing belt or water pump. There is only a couple inches of room between the carrier assembly and the front of the engine.
Winter months mean cold temperatures, rain and snow, all of which can take a toll on your vehicle. Worn batteries, hoses, belts and other components can fail, leaving you stranded on the side of the road. Additionally, driving in wintery conditions can become a lot more frightful if tires or brakes need to be replaced. By making a commitment to preventive maintenance, you can avoid, or at least minimize, the chances of breaking down. Here are a few items to have checked: Wiper Blades & Windshield: Less daylight hours, snow and rainy conditions can hinder visibility making it dangerous to drive. Nothing is worse than driving in a snow storm and finding your wiper blades are worn. Now is a good time to replace those blades. It's also important to take care of any small cracks you may have in your windshield. Changes in temperature can cause a minor ding or crack to become a major crack. Fluids: Checking fluids is the least expensive and easiest wa ... read more
When it comes to financial experts, like Dave Ramsey, they are saying "no" to purchasing Extended Warranties for vehicles. When you compare the price you pay to purchase an extended warranty with how you benefit, it becomes a losing proposition. Many of our customers are experiencing problems with getting help from the Insurance companies. Most needed items are somehow excluded in the fine print. While an extended warranty may sound like a good thing to have when you buy a new car, you'll find it's not. Read more from Dave Ramsey here... Just Say "No" to Extended Warranties
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