Maintaining the safety of your vehicle is of the utmost importance to All Tech Auto Repair Inc. When your car doesn’t start, generally there is not a safety issue related to the situation. When your vehicle doesn’t stop, it’s a safety issue for everyone in Nampa that we take seriously. Therefore, during our digital inspections, we will provide you with photographs and measurements of your brakes at every stage of wear from brand new to the time for replacing them. We not only want you safe, we want you informed.
When checking the brakes for proper operation, we will road test the vehicle first then do an inspection of the brakes at each wheel of your vehicle. The brakes will be disassembled and inspected part by part to assure that we find any issues that need to be addressed. Anything that is noted to be worn or damaged will be measured and documented.
Once we give you the estimate on repairs and/or replacement of the brakes, we can assure you that safety and proper operation are our priority. The parts that will be used for the repairs will meet or exceed the OEM standards and requirements guaranteeing proper operation all through the life of the brakes.
After we receive your authorization, the technician will clean and lubricate all the hardware as needed. If resurfacing of the rotors or drums is required, we will use state of the art equipment to make sure that everything is good to a thousands of an inch. During assembly, care will be taken to again inspect the hardware for any defects or issues. Once assembled and the wheels reinstalled, we will road test your vehicle to verify that the brakes are seated and operating exactly as they should. Only when we are confident that all is operating as it should, we then will return the vehicle to you.
Engine Diagnosis and Repair
When your check engine light goes on, it’s your vehicle telling you that something is not right with it and that you should get it looked at. If the check engine light is flashing and you feel the vehicle running poorly, the vehicle is telling you to pull over and shut it down because something is not only wrong, it will cause very expensive damage to your ride if you don’t. Prevent further damage by having the vehicle towed to our shop.
As mentioned before, the check engine light is an indicator that lets you know that something is not quite right. When the tech gets a code, that code just tells the tech what sensor or system is not working correctly. So, if a code for an oxygen sensor is generated, it is telling the tech that the sensor is not operating properly, or the sensor is sending a signal that that is out of specification. It is not necessarily telling you that the sensor has actually failed. At this point a All Tech Auto Repair Inc technician will look up and perform a number of tests and readings to eliminate other possible causes for the code. When the testing is completed properly, the tech will have identified the actual failure which may not be the sensor at all.
In this case, if the cause is not the sensor, and the oxygen sensor is replaced, after a few miles of driving the check engine light will go on again and the same code will appear because the actual issue has not been fixed. This is why replacing parts just because the code points to them usually does not fix the issue.
All Tech Auto Repair Inc is one of the top shops in Nampa because our technicians will read the vehicle codes and use them to look for TSBs or other issues that your vehicle may have commonly. Next, our technician will perform a series of “pinpoint tests” as directed by the manufacturer of your ride. These tests may be electrical, or engine mechanical based on the pinpoint tests that are given. Once the cause of the check engine light is determined, we will contact you with an estimate of what it will take to repair your vehicle.
Upon authorization from you, we will repair or replace the part in question and rerun our code testing procedure after a road test to confirm that the diagnosis was correct, and that the replacement of the part fixed the issue. Note, occasionally there maybe more diagnosis required after the replacement of the initial part due to another failure in the system that the first may have overshadowed.
Digital Courtesy Inspections
Technology has increased the number of miles and time that can pass between visits to shops like All Tech Auto Repair Inc for service. Yet tires, brakes and other vehicle parts will still suffer from wear and tear as your ride is driven around Nampa. This makes performing a comprehensive vehicle inspection during each visit mandatory to maintain the safety and smooth operation of your vehicle.
Technology also provides digital inspections that give drivers like you a window into why a shop is recommending a repair or service on your vehicle. In the past, shops used paper inspection sheets that consisted of check marks on color swatches and illegible writing that supposedly told you the condition of the different systems on your vehicle. Making any sense of what was listed on these sheets was many times near impossible. You had to depend on the word of the advisor to understand what the numbers meant when it came to tires and brakes.
Digital vehicle inspections, sometimes referred to as DVIs, change this. When one of All Tech Auto Repair Inc techs performs this crucial inspection on your car or truck, he or she will use a digital tablet to make notes of findings and measurements. Even better, the technician will take multiple pictures, and even video, to give you the same point of view that they have. You will see what they see so that you can better understand the importance of what is being discussed. The tech even has the ability to draw on the pictures so that you can see exactly what they want to share with you.
All Tech Auto Repair Inc uses digital inspections from BOLT ON TECHNOLOGY so that you can make informed decisions on the repairs and services needed for your vehicle. Currently we are one of the few shops in Nampa that offers these inspections. Using these inspections, All Tech Auto Repair Inc wants to be sure that you fully understand what the condition of your car or truck is. Better yet, you can keep copies of these inspections for reference and comparison to future inspections. You can build a history of the repairs and maintenance you have performed on your vehicle building more value in your car or truck when it comes time to sell it.
Once the inspection is completed by the technician. Your service advisor will edit it and put together estimates on any work that they are recommending. The advisor will then text the inspection right to your smart phone where you can, with a couple of taps, see pictures, video and clear descriptions of what was found and what needs to be done. (If you wish, All Tech Auto Repair Inc can either email or print the inspection out for you if you wish.) You can be on the phone with the advisor while looking over your inspection and discuss the necessary items to take care of while having a complete idea of why.
To help your ride last as long as possible and to give you the best miles per gallon, All Tech Auto Repair Inc will check and inspect all the major fluids and filters on your vehicle during our comprehensive digital inspection. Free flowing filters will keep your driving smooth and problem free.
Over time the engine air filter will become clogged with these debris resulting in a reduced air flow into the engine. If allowed to go long enough, this reduction in air flow will cut power and fuel economy for your vehicle. At All Tech Auto Repair Inc we will inspect and replace the filter when it is needed in addition to cleaning out any other materials that we may find in the air filter housing.
Cabin Air Filter: Many vehicles today are equipped with a cabin air filter that helps remove pollen and other debris from the air that you AC and heater system bring into your car. Being that these air filters remove pollen from the air you are breathing, you are less likely to be distracted by allergies when you drive making you a safer driver.
Cabin air filters are sometimes hard to get at so other shops may not check them. We at All Tech Auto Repair Inc want you to be comfortable and safe so we will check it during our inspections and let you know if it is time to replace it. If not changed when needed, these filters can limit the function of your AC, heat and defrosting of your vehicle resulting in discomfort or unsafe driving.
Fuel Filter: Though many gas stations do their best to be sure the fuel you buy is as clean as can be, it is possible that some debris can get into the fuel. These debris can affect how your fuel injectors function causing loss of power, rough idle, and other issues since the injectors have very small ports that can clog easily.
The fuel filter is generally located under your vehicle, so during our digital inspection we will be sure to check it and recommend the replace of the filter when it is due. Because the fuel system can be under pressure, we at All Tech Auto Repair Inc do not recommend drivers to change the filters themselves. All Tech Auto Repair Inc will depressurize the fuel system and use the proper tools to remove and replace the fuel filter when needed.
Hybrid/Electric Car Battery Filter: The drive battery in a hybrid or electric vehicle is one of the most expensive components of these vehicles. Heat is one of the worst enemies of these batteries so many hybrid and electric cars have a blower system and/or even an AC system built in to help keep the battery from getting too hot. An air filter is used to protect these systems from dirt and dust build up that will reduce the efficiency of these cooling components. All Tech Auto Repair Inc in Nampa will inspect and recommend these filters when they are needed helping keep you drive battery cool.
Your vehicle uses several different fluids to make it do what it does. Engine oil goes through the most use and abuse, so this is why it and the oil filter need to be changed more regularly than other vehicle fluids. So, let All Tech Auto Repair Inc tell you about the other fluids we check and service for you during each digital inspection we perform on your vehicle.
During each digital courtesy inspection, we perform at All Tech Auto Repair Inc, we will not only check the brake fluid level. We will also check it for contamination. Our inspections will show the condition of your brake fluid during each visit. When it is time, we will recommend the flushing and replacement of the brake fluid, so you can continue to stop safely. Because we will checking the fluid during each visit, you can be better prepared for when it is time to replace it.
Transmission: The fluid in a transmission does not get the abuse that the engine oil does, but on many vehicles, it does need to be changed at an interval. Automatic transmissions driven around Nampa are constantly shifting up and down and over time this will break the fluid down requiring change. During our digital inspections, All Tech Auto Repair Inc will check and adjust your transmission fluid as needed. We will also recommend that it be changed when the time and mileage arrive. Note: Some automatic transmission vehicles today do not have a dipstick and require a specific process to check the fluid. During our digital inspection we will look over the transmission and if we see leakage that may affect the fluid level, we will bring it to your attention.
When the time comes for the fluid to be changed, we may offer a transmission flush to not only exchange the fluid but to also rinse out any possible contaminants that may exist.
Coolant/Anti-Freeze: Can be very confusing and is often forgotten. It comes in many different colors and types; some manufactures say it is “lifetime” and others say it needs to be replaced every five years or so. Let All Tech Auto Repair Inc take the guessing out of what kind and what requirements your vehicle has for coolant. During each digital inspection we will check the coolant level and condition making sure that during the summers and winters here at Nampa that the coolant cools and doesn’t freeze or boil over.
Regular inspection of the cooling system will help prevent breakdowns and leaks. When it comes time to replace the coolant, All Tech Auto Repair Inc will flush out the system and put in the manufacturer required fluid.
Transfer Case/Differential: Four-wheel drive vehicles and trucks can benefit from having the fluids in the transfer case and or differential monitored and changed. Many times, the intervals for changing these fluids is years and many miles apart unless the vehicle is used in extreme circumstances such as construction or immersion in water. Another factor that will contribute to the servicing of these units is leakage. During the All Tech Auto Repair Inc digital courtesy inspection we will check and note any leakage that needs to be addressed. When time for service arrives, we will be sure to bring it to your attention for consideration.
Power Steering: With the average age of vehicles on the road today being over 11 years, we suggest the changing the power steering fluid in your vehicle as per the OEM requirements. We will check and monitor the fluid over the life of your vehicle and bring it to your attention if and when the fluid needs to be address due to leakage or normal use.
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