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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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Why are my tires wearing unevenly?

A good shock on a vehicle maintains a certain level of stiffness and is designed to quickly dissipate suspension travel (bouncing up and down) when going over bumps. However, when a shock fails it leaks vital hydraulic fluid which in turn causes it to lose its dampening abilities - becoming softer and no longer firmly supporting the weight of the vehicle. If you imagine a basketball being dribbled, the spot being bounced will eventually develop the most wear. Same principle with your tires, the up and down motion caused by a weak shock (even on level roads) pulses the weight of the car onto the tire, causing it to wear in a ‘peak and valley’ fashion. This phenomenon is known as tire cupping and is pictured below on two different tires – the left being a critical safety concern as the steel cords (skeleton) in the tire are exposed and worn through. Replacing the shocks would be a starting point to remedy any further aggressive tire wear. If you notice uneven wear on your tires, bring your vehicle in for one of our mechanics in Arlington Va to inspect. #arlington #arlingtonva #autorepair #autostop

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Does your gasoline engine have Direct Injection?

Gasoline direct injected engines are being implemented more and more by automakers due to their improvements in efficiency and MPG’s. However, this engine design requires an extra layer of preventative maintenance that traditional fuel injection didn’t. These engines allow carbon deposits to build up on the intake valves which eventually lead to rough idling, hesitated acceleration, check-engine lights, and diminished power. We offer an induction service that is recommend every 15,000 miles to combat this aggressive buildup of carbon deposits. If left neglected, the 'last resort' clean up procedure involves disassembling the intake manifold and physically cleaning the intake valves/ports – a very labor intensive (and expensive) process. If you are looking for an auto mechanic in Arlington Va that can resolve direct injection carbon buildup, ask one of our service advisors about our Induction Services! #arlington #arlingtonva #autorepair #directinject #autostop
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Does your vehicle make noise going over bumps?

There are a number of things that can cause thumping or clunking when you’re driving on a bumpy road. What you see in the picture below is a 2010 Volkswagen Passat that’s developed a tear in one of its control arm bushings. Control arm bushings can be made out of polyurethane or rubber and serve as a contact point between the control arm and the point to where it bolts to the frame. Their job is to absorb vibrations and reduce road noise, however once these bushings begin to fail they can lead to excessive tire wear and eventually produce clunking noise over bumps. If you hear a clunking noise or notice uneven tire wear, schedule an appointment with one of our service advisors to have your vehicle checked over. #arlington #arlingtonva #autorepair #autostop
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Great rule of thumb to protect yourself from the unexpected breakdown!
According to AAA, 1 in 3 motorists are not able to pay for a vehicle repair without going into debt http://bit.ly/2puqrio. Their advice? Set aside $50/mo for repairs and invest in preventive maintainenance. "While it may seem that skipping maintenance and repairs can save money in the short term, staying on top of car care can save drivers hundreds of dollars in the long run,” says AAA's John Nielsen.

One-in-Three U.S. Drivers Cannot Pay for an Unexpected Car Repair Bill | AAA NewsRoom
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There are some SUVs that come with a degree of rake from the factory, meaning the rear sits slightly higher than the front. This also happens when heavy aftermarket accessories are installed to the front – such as metal bumpers, bars, and winch accessories. There are leveling kits (different from a lift kit) designed to offset the height difference by introducing an adapter into the front suspension. Pictured below is the front of an FJ Cruiser before and after we installed a leveling kit. The rear fender sits at 7.5 inches above the wheel, while the front fender was only 5 inches. Once installed, you can see the same fender now measures 7.5 inches giving the vehicle a more level stance. Following a quick alignment, the FJ was back on (or maybe off) pavement! #autorepair #arlingtonva #fjcruiser #suspension #autostop
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Can you tell the wet areas apart from the dry? What you see around the arrows is transmission fluid seeping through the transmission pan gasket. This is a fairly common place for transmissions to leak, though they can realistically develop a leak through any seal or gasket surface. The first step we take after discovering any leak is to check the fluid level and determine if irreparable damage to the component (in this case – the transmission) has occurred. From there we can move on to assess the severity of the leak and advise the customer accordingly. Puddles of transmission fluid in driveway is a scene no one wants to walk out to – bring your vehicle to the transmission experts at Auto Stop at your first sign of transmission leaks! #arlington #arlingtonva #autorepair #autostop
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This 2001 4.6L Mustang GT got a second chance at life with an engine transplant. The original engine overheated multiple times creating a plethora of problems within the engine block and rendering the vehicle undriveable. It was replaced with a remanufactured engine and the customer was back on the road in no time. If you are looking for Engine Replacements in Arlington VA, give one of our knowledgeable service writers a call – (703) 931 4575. #arlington #arlingtonva #autorepair #autostop
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Happy first day of Spring!
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