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

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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

BG Transmission Service

New York City, Transmission Service When going in for a routine maintenance the last thing anyone wants to hear about are transmission issues. Good thing there are companies out there like BG Products that provide excellent transmission services! BG has a diverse line of transmission products created to withstand the test of time. The transmission service is backed by a lifetime protection plan if the initial service is performed within 100,000 miles. In order to maintain coverage , get a BG Transmission Service every 30,000 miles. BG PF5 Power Flush and Fluid Exchange System The BG PF5 is an alternative to traditional transmission fluid exchange methods. Within a few minutes the PF5 can complete an entire transmission fluid exchange. Different fluid exchange methods such as a pan drop or transmission flush are not as effective when removing old fluid. Any old fluid left behind can contaminate new fluid causing it to br ... read more

How much do you love your Honda?

Queens, New York, Honda Your Honda is probably the most reliable car you have ever owned. The words we frequently hear associated with Hondas are reliability, durability and affordability. What words would you choose to describe your Honda? What's your favorite model? Lets take a look at the most popular 2018 model, the Accord. The 2018 Accord received a complete makeover. The car looks more dynamic from any angle and actually sits lower to the ground. Additional features such as a moon roof, LED head and taillights, and remote start on all trim levels gives the Accord a versatile look. The interior has also been upgraded along with a new 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder engine. Increased cabin space and legroom provides more comfort for all passengers. Driver seats now come equipped with a 12 way adjustable seat and both front seats come equipped with heating and cooling. The 2018 Accord includes a new 8 inch touch screen on the dashb ... read more

The most neglected service.

Queens, New York, Power Steering Fluid When it comes to maintenance, everyone knows to have routine oil changes. However, many will forget about a power steering fluid service. ​Functioning power steering fluid is vital to your cars steering system. The power steering system allows you to turn the vehicle easily at low speeds. Without this fluid it may become extremely difficult to turn the wheel.   This fluid circulates back and forth through a pump and multiple lines which get dirty over time. There is no filter to keep the fluid clean and bits of rubber and metal will build up creating wear to many of the systems seals. Removing this build us requires a power steering fluid flush. technicians will recommend this flush at factory specified intervals or when the power steering fluid becomes dark brown or black. If this issue is not resolved quickly many of the system components such as the rack, pump, lines and gear will be affected leading to costly repa ... read more

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