Bob’s Auto Repair is a complete automotive repair center that provides state of the art equipment and Bob’s Auto Repair certified technicians for all foreign and domestic cars and trucks. This includes service to all aspects of the car such as engine, emission system, brakes, tires, etc. In addition to servicing privately owned vehicles, we also welcome commercial and fleet vehicles.
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Your new car warranty can be applied to any independent automotive shop. We often hear dealership horror stories where customers have to keep going back to the dealer time after time to complete a simple repair. Why waste time and money? At Bob’s Auto Repair we have qualified, Bob’s Auto Repair-certified technicians that listen to you and most importantly,
If you live around the Sarasota County area, chances are you have seen some of our specials and coupons in your local newspapers and websites. In addition to these repair promotions and offers, we frequently update our website with new deals and car repair coupons that can easily be printed and brought in to take advantage of our many specials which include but are not limited to oil changes, brake jobs, and 30k, 60k, and 90k mile services. Take a look at our current and previous auto repair coupons.
There are many sensors and computerized components that manage your vehicle’s engine performance and emissions. When one of these fails, the “check engine” light is illuminated. Although your car may seem to run fine, it is important to have the issue addressed to prevent long-term problems or failure of emission tests.
Most cars require regularly scheduled tune-ups yearly and require major maintenance at 60,000 miles.
It depends on how you drive. If your car always (or nearly always) gets warmed up and you keep the RPM’s down, the manufacturer’s recommendation is probably fine. However, if you drive it hard, drive it at high revs, or alternatively, if you only drive it to and from the supermarket so that it doesn’t get up to temperature, then you should change oil much more often, perhaps at 3000 mile intervals (given that most manufacturers are now specifying 7500 mile intervals.) If you don’t drive your car much at all (say 7500 miles a year), then you probably want to change oil every six months regardless of the miles driven.
Routine brake inspections should be conducted during regular maintenance intervals, tire rotations, oil services, or every 15,000 miles. All routine maintenance to a car’s braking system such as a brake fluid flush, ABS check, rear brake adjustment, emergency brake adjustment, machining of the rotors, or replacement of brake pads or brake shoes should be completed according to manufacturer specifications which is typically every 40,000 – 45,000 miles. If you are unsure your brakes need service, come in today for a free brake inspection.
A complete brake job should restore a vehicle’s brake system and braking performance to good-as-new condition. Anything less would be an incomplete brake job. Brake components that should be replaced will obviously depend upon the age, mileage, and wear. A complete brake job should begin with a thorough inspection of the entire brake system; lining condition, rotors and drums, calipers and wheel cylinders, brake hardware, hoses, lines and the master cylinder, and hydraulic fluid condition.
Most hose manufacturers recommend replacing hoses every four years. With V-belts, replace them every three years or 36,000 miles. The incidence of failure rises sharply after the fourth year for hoses and third year for belts. A typical serpentine belt lifespan is about five years or 50,000 miles. Serpentine belts are thinner and more flexible than V-belts. They run cooler and last longer, but they cost about twice as much to replace.
Bob’s Auto Repair highly recommends an induction cleaning service of the throttle body, intake manifold, and valves every 30K miles or every two years. This inexpensive but typically overlooked service can greatly decrease fuel consumption and increase engine running and drivability by eliminating the carbon and varnish build up.
FLUSH THE FLUIDS! FLUSH THE FLUIDS! FLUSH THE FLUIDS! Every two years you should have the brakes, cooling system, and the automatic transmission fluid flushed.
Over time, fluids lose their helpful detergents and effectiveness from the heating and cooling of everyday use. They become saturated with moisture, thin, and even acidic. The corrosion left behind from neglect can lead to mega dollars repair costs. By changing these three major fluids every two years, you will greatly reduce the risk of a catastrophic breakdown and save yourself from a costly repair bill.
If you do not have a pre-owned car thoroughly checked out by a professional you could be making a big mistake. The cost is very minor and we always give a buyer more ammunition for bringing the price down. Money spent on having a qualified mechanic check out a used car is money well spent.