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Pick Essential Auto Care as your choice for auto repair

Choosing an auto repair shop is sometimes a scary and daunting task. The industry has had its reputation damaged by periodic news story of consumers being taken advantage of and flat out lied to by unscrupulous car shops. Finding a reliable mechanic is as important as choosing the right dentist or doctor. This blog post highlights some of the reasons why Essential Auto Care is the best auto repair shop in queens ny. Yesterday's method of finding a service was the good ol' yellow pages. In today's digital age, we rely on google searches and reviews. Essential Auto Care is proud to say we have a stellar online reputation from real client experiences. We boast a 5* overall review on both google and yelp. If you take the time to read some of the reviews, you will see that the common theme is we are friendly, caring, expertly professional and personal. Our facility is the nicest repair shop in middle village ny. We offer amenities to our clients such as a clean and comfortable ... read more

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Dead batteries and the bitter cold in New York City

Its that time of year again! We have been lucky to have a mild winter so far but a cold snap has definitely hit this city especially in Queens and Brooklyn. You might notice your car is harder to start or maybe doesn't start at all! That is due to battery efficiency being negatively affected by the weather.  If you haven't replaced your battery in some time or find funny electrical gremlins going on with your vehicle please give us a call! For the month of January and February we can perform a battery and charging system test absolutely FREE. We want to help everyone avoid the anguish of a dead car in the dead of winter. If you are in the Queens or Brooklyn area, we are conveniently located in Middle Village, near Forest Hills, Rego Park, Glendale, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, and Maspeth. Essential Auto Care is your leading auto repair shop specializing in American and Asian car makes. Come see us

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We are now a NYS Emissions Inspection Station! (well sort of)

We are now a NYS Emissions Inspection Station! (well sort of)

We are happy to announce we can now perform NYS Inspections in house! Thats almost true... we can get your New York State Emissions Inspection done right next door at M-Spec Performance! Essential Auto Care and M-Spec Performance are two separate shops but under the same umbrella.  As a courtesy we would always take Essential clients vehicles to the closest inspection station however this was both time consuming and cumbersome. We were also not the ones in charge of properly inspecting client vehicles which can be the most important part of getting your annual sticker! Now you can lounge around in our comfortable waiting area and we can have your vehicle back to you faster than ever. Feel free to give us a call to book an appointment. We aim to be convenient so can take you in same day, on your schedule!         

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Common Issues With The Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee Repair, Middle Village, New York Jeep Grand Cherokee (1993- Present) The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the most popular SUVs on the road today. Our technicians have a lot of experience working on this particular vehicle and have noticed some recurring issues over the years. Although this model suffers from some common issues, these problems tend to be minor. Overall we find the Jeep Grand Cherokee to be very reliable and versatile SUV to accommodate the needs of most drivers. At Essential Auto Care, we are the Jeep Grand Cherokee experts and are ready to answer any question or repair any problem you may be facing! Problems To Look For With The Jeep Grand Cherokee 1.Fluid Leaks Oil The Grand Cherokee will likely experience some form of oil leak which may happen in a few locations. These leaks will likely come from valve cover gaskets, intake manifold gaskets, or rear crankshaft seal. Transmission High mileage transmissions are the most common to leak. This fl ... read more

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Maintenance and Repair Checklist

Maintenance Services   It’s no surprise that keeping up with routine maintenance will improve the longevity of your car. Although most people are familiar with an oil change every few thousand miles, they ignore many other important repairs. Even durable cars such as the Toyota Camry will require a certain level of preventive maintenance to keep running year after year. If you tend to fix problems only as they arise, the integrity of your vehicle may already be compromised. Harsh terrain and weather associated with driving in New York City may require a more frequent maintenance schedule. Below is a quick checklist for drivers to address during routine checkups: Warning lights   Warning lights may pop up at any time and are generally the first sign of an issue with your car. It’s important to get these checked out immediately to prevent any long term damage.   Check 3 months or 3,000 miles   Automatic transmission fluid Battery and cables B ... read more

Subaru Head Gasket Replacement

QUEENS, NEW YORK, HEAD GASKET REPLACEMENT Is your Subaru leaking oil? Does your Subaru overheat on long drives? If you answered ‘yes’, you may need a head gasket replacement. But not to worry, Essential Auto Care is here to help! Early detection of a bad head gasket is key to keeping cost down and the health of your Subaru up. When spotted at the earliest signs of failure, the potential for additional damage or catastrophic failure can be kept to a minimum. What should you keep a look out for? The easiest thing to inspect for signs of a head gasket failure is the head gasket itself. Located near the top of the engine block, oil seepage or sweating of the head gasket could be the key indicator of impending failure. Also, if you notice higher than normal temperature readings or occasional overheating during longer drives, these may also be signs of head gasket failure. So, what do you do if you notice these? Our ASE Certified technicians are specially trained on Subarus t ... read more

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Problems with your Subaru's timing belt?

Queens, New York, Subaru Timing Belt Replacement A common service for Subaru's that, when performed before failure, save thousands of dollars in repairs is the timing belt service. The timing belt is a vital component of your Subaru’s engine that synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and camshafts. This allows the engine’s valves to properly open and close during each cylinder’s intake and exhaust strokes. When this component fails, complete breakdown or catastrophic engine failure is possible.More likely than not, the least amount of damage done will be valves that bend as a result of contact with moving pistons. These repairs, while not as costly as catastrophic engine failure, amount to much more than the replacement of the timing belt. When replacing the timing belt, it is recommended that the timing belt tensioner and water pump are also replaced in conjunction. Proper tensioning of the belt is key when replacing the belt - if it is too loose the bel ... read more

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Toyota Check Engine Light

Toyota Check Engine Light Repair in Middle Village, Queens, New York Starting your Toyota and witnessing a check engine light can be a scary situation. When this warning light appears, it’s important the owner addresses these issues immediately. These issues range between minor and severe. “Why is my check engine light on?” We often diagnose Toyota Camrys with Exhaust and Emission issues. These issues can range from a loose gas cap to failed oxygen sensor. Loose Gas Cap     If the car has a loose gas cap the check engine light will appear. This will show on scans as a leak. Fortunately this is a simple fix where the gas cap needs to be tightened.   Oxygen Sensor     A component of the oxygen sensor may stop working, causing a check engine light. The engine computer will then be unable to determine air to fuel ratios. Replacing the oxygen sensor will likely fix the issue. Canister Purge Valve The canister purge valve allo ... read more

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Honda Suspension and Steering

Queens, New York, Honda Suspension and Steering Although Hondas are generally durable cars, suspension and steering may require some routine repair. Inclement weather, harsh terrain and general wear and tear affect their longevity. Weather you own a brand new 2018 Civic sedan or an older model with high mileage it’s recommended to routinely service the suspension, preventing future complications. Simple signs such as squeaking, rattling, and knocking are common noises related to steering and suspension issues. Other symptoms might not be so clear and will require a technician to accurately diagnose.      Hearing strange noises is the most common sign your Honda might need some work. Groaning and squeaking sounds could be caused by a tight ball joint or tie-rod end. Your Accord or Civic might also suffer from broken springs. The broken pieces from the springs create noise while rubbing against each other. Cars with higher mileage may require both springs and strut ... read more

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Maintenance Series: Air Cabin Filter

Do I need to change my air cabin filter? When it comes to general maintenance, many people may completely avoid replacing their air cabin filter. However, it does serve an important function in your car and should be changed every 15,000-20,000 miles or once a year. The air cabin filter keeps the air inside your vehicle's cabin clean. Replacing the air cabin filter will help the cars HVAC system prevent pollutants such as dust, pollen, debris, smog and mold from entering the cabin. The filter is said to help with allergy issues.   In addition to keeping the air quality clean the filter may prevent an expensive repair. If the cabin filter is dirty it can make the climate system in the car work harder and damage the blower motor. While it is recommended the filter be changed on a regular schedule, you can extend the life of some filters by simply cleaning the. However, all filters will eventually need to be replaced.   Signs the c ... read more

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