So you need a new engine? Here at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission we found a supplier of factory new engines. Not rebuild but new line engines straight from the manufacture. These engines come complete. Ready for years and years of dependable driving. Yes we can repair or overhaul your engine, but if we can get a new engine for close to repair costs. why not.
Here we have a 2007 Tahoe with just over two hundred thousand miles on it. This engine lost compression on number 4 cylinder. Upon inspection we found that the intake valve was not open because of a failed lifter. So we could have installed a new set of lifters. But then we would have to address the cause of failure, worn oil pump. Then being a variable displacement engine the solenoid would have to looked at closely. The cost of those are not inexpensive plus labor. And lets face it, the engine still has over 200,000 miles so engine replacement it the way to go.
So why do I need struts and shocks?
Shocks and struts are not only for ride comfort there also for stopping.
When shocks and struts start leaking fluid they have been neglected for sometime. There are two chambers to a strut or shock, one filled with oil but the other filled with gas. Gas will always leak out before the oil. This is why a leaking strut or shock is way past its safety life.
We recommend shocks to be replaced every 50,000 miles and here in Arizona Struts every 75,000 miles due to our lack of potholes.
The purpose of strut and shocks are not only for ride comfort and stability. They are also for stopping. When you apply your brakes the transfer of weight from the back to the front is increased. The struts and shocks slow that transfer of energy allowing evenly distributed energy between Back and Front.
Bad struts and shocks will cause the vehicle to lose 10 feet of stopping distance. So if your struts and shocks are over the 75k and the 50k.
Please allow more room between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
Lets be safe out there Arizona!
When servicing your automotive and truck fleets. I am always told that, "this vehicle has only 46,000 miles on it! it is almost new still." Then I ask well how many hours on the hour meter? 5667 hours. So what does this mean in mileage?
So know we know the complete history of the vehicle use. So how to calculate, in miles, so we can determined what service interval to use.
First you take the hours, in this case is 5667 hours, multiply by 33. Because every hour at idle is 33 miles of wear. Then subtract the mileage of the vehicle, in this case is 46,000 miles. So the total would be in this case, 141,011 miles. Which we all know is not new. So with this calculation 90 hour is 3,000 miles which is an average oil change and your 30,000 mile service would be every 909 hours.
So lets re-cap: hours multiplied by 33, minus vehicle mileage equals true vehicle mileage in hours.
This is how American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission understands what needs to be serviced and when.