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Yearly Archives: 2018

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



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



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



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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