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Providing Northern Virginia with Quality Repairs since 1995
Providing Northern Virginia with Quality Repairs since 1995

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When the price is too good to be true!
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Winter is coming!

Cool weather is in the air! While we have lattes and warm cider, the neighborhood critters are looking for ways to keep themselves warm and can make their way uninvited into our vehicles. What you see below in the picture is where Stuart Little chewed through important fuel injector wiring on a 2012 Lincoln Navigator. This caused a critical drop in engine power and an illuminated check engine light. As an extra line of defense against rodents in the Fall, clear foliage from around your car to make it harder for them to stumble upon your vehicle (they travel easier where there is ground cover). Contact the master mechanics at Auto Stop in Arlington if you think you may have an electrical fault caused by rodents!
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Why is there a puddle underneath my car?

Have you ever returned to your car and noticed fluid leaking underneath? It’s not a very good feeling, but can be especially daunting if you’re unsure of the type of fluid and its origin. The first thing to consider is your safety – if there is brake fluid leaking, an attempt to drive your car could accelerate the loss of brake fluid and lead to an abrupt loss of brakes. The second factor to consider is if it will damage your vehicle – low transmission fluid can cause the transmission to overheat and fail. Pictured below is a Chevy Silverado with a ruptured brake line leaking over-top the fuel tank. If you notice fluid leaking from your car (aside from condensation after running the A/C) and you’re not sure where it’s leaking from, have your vehicle brought into the mechanics at Auto Stop in Arlington. #autorepair #arlingtonva #arlington #autostop #fluidleak #brakes
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How often do I need to service my engine belts?

A Serpentine Belt has the important role of delivering power to components under the hood. It transfers rotational energy from the engine to spin the a/c compressor, power steering pump, radiator fan, alternator, and water pump. However, they eventually degrade over time due to hot conditions and tensile stress, so it is important for them to be periodically inspected and replaced. If a belt were to fail, power steering would be disrupted as well as the electrical system’s power supply. An ASE Certified mechanic can check belts for cracking (like in the picture below), glazing, torn ends, and worn ribs. The auto technicians in Arlington Va at Auto Stop can inspect your belts free of charge as part of our 25 point courtesy inspection. Call us today to schedule an appointment if you think your belts may be reaching the end of their serviceable life. #autorepair #arlington #arlingtonva #autostop #enginemaintenance
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Tires are not cheap!

That is why it’s important to maintain them as best we can to get the most miles out of each set. Annual alignment checks can go a long way, especially in the DC Metropolitan Area where there are many uneven roads and potholes. What you see above is suspension that’s sitting out of camber and causing the tire to wear prematurely along the inner edge. This small change in camber would be impossible to detect by the eye alone, unless of course there is aggressive tire wear but by then it's already too late. Annual alignment checks are great preventative maintenance for getting the most mileage out of your car’s tires. Bring any of your tire needs to the tire experts in Arlington VA at Auto Stop.
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With strict EPA regulations hammering down on automakers, the days of referring to cars as “buckets of bolts” are over. The automotive industry in the last decade has seen an increased trend towards implementing more electronics and computer controllers to squeeze out as much efficiency as possible (i.e. electric power steering over traditional hydraulic systems). Many of these circuits operate under varying voltage, current and loads so it is important to have the correct training and tools when attempting to repair or replace the electronic components in your vehicle – as a small mistake can end up costing a fortune. If you are having computer or electrical problems with your car, bring your vehicle to the mechanics in Arlington at Auto Stop to have your electrical problems diagnosed and repaired by an ASE certified professional.
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What's with all the fuss??
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What is growing around my battery terminals?

Without getting too technical, the car battery in your vehicle powers the rest of your electrical system though repeated cycles of chemical reactions. However, some of these reactants may leak out and begin a reaction around the battery posts. This corrosion should be removed to ensure good contact between the battery posts and terminals, to keep more corrosion from forming, and to keep the posts easily accessible (this corrosion is acidic and can burn skin). We have a battery terminal service tailored to this issue that includes the cleaning and restoration of the posts, and a coating of dielectric grease to protect the posts and terminals from future corrosion. Ask one of our service advisors today about our Battery Terminal Service if your battery looks similar to the one pictured below! #arlington #arlingtonva #battery #autorepair #autostop
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Rust on my brakes?

Your brake rotors can develop rust when the vehicle is not driven for a length of time; although once you begin driving, the brake pads will scrape away the surface rust from the rotors. In extreme cases the rust can grow so dense that the pads will not be able to clear it. This resulting uneven surface causes premature wear of the pads and will eventually leave impressions (grooves) in the brake rotors. These conditions can cause brake noise, but will not hamper your vehicle’s braking ability. However, in extreme cases where 50% or more of the rotor/pad contact area is engulfed in corrosion – it would be recommended to replace the pads and the rotors. Pictured below are two sets of disk brakes: the left has some surface rust; the right contains grooves of rust in sections of the rotor. If you want a brake inspection by an ASE certified mechanic in Arlington VA, schedule an appointment to bring your vehicle in to Auto Stop! #arlington #arlingtonva #autorepair #autostop
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Why is my oil light on?

The oil light on your dash illuminates if your engine’s oil pressure drops below a safe reading. This could be the result of several possible issues – but here we will focus on low engine oil. If your oil runs low between oil changes, the engine is either burning the oil or leaking it out. A leak can develop at any spot that seals the engine together, so depending on where your oil is leaking from, the complexity of the repair job to pull apart and reseal the surface can vary. The vehicle pictured below is one example of an engine with major oil leaks, as you can see everything around the engine is caked with dark fluid. Oil leaks can (indirectly) damage your engine if the oil level gets to be too low, but it is also harmful for the environment if leaked motor oil makes its way into nearby soil or run off streams. If you notice oil dripping in your driveway or if your car is low on oil, bring your vehicle to a mechanic in Arlington Va at Auto Stop for a check over! #arlington #arlingtonva #autorepair #autostop
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