NextGen Automotive Service & Repair offers a wide variety of services to help keep your vehicle operating at its peak performance so you can operate at yours. Below is a list of some of the services we offer as well as information on what each system consists of. We feel an educated customer is a happy customer as well as a safe vehicle owner.
By offering high quality products and certified service at reasonable rates for the working families in our community, NextGen Automotive Service & Repair is serious when we say, Our Customers are Our Family!
SHOCKS & STRUTS
In their simplest form, shock absorbers are hydraulic (oil) pump like devices that help to control the impact and rebound movement of your vehicle's springs and suspension. Along with smoothing out bumps and vibrations, the key role of the shock absorber is to ensure that the vehicle’s tires always remain in contact with the road surface, which ensures the safest control and braking response from your car.
Strut Type Shock Absorbers
Although they do the same basic job, struts replace part of the suspension system and must be more ruggedly built to cope with greater loads and forces. Although most commonly seen on the front and rear of small to medium cars, larger cars are now tending towards strut-based suspension design. The strut category is further divided into sealed and repairable units. As the name suggests, sealed units are designed to be fully replaced, whilst repairable (McPherson) struts are able to be fitted with replacement strut cartridges.
STEERING & SUSPENSION
Some components are part of both systems, but “divide and conquer” is the best strategy for understanding these essential parts of your vehicle. Your SAS system can be split into two general categories. The steering side is a complex chain that includes levers, joints, bushings, and conversion devices. It helps you control where you're going. The car suspension part uses hydraulics, struts, and springs of various configurations to ensure that your wheels remain firmly planted to the road and keep your vehicle at an appropriate ride height.
The Brake Pedal is designed in such a way that it can multiply the force from your leg several times before any force is even transmitted to the brake fluid. The brake pedal provides instant control over the brakes being applied and released. As you press the brake pedal, the force generated by your leg is amplified several times by mechanical leverage and then amplified further by the action of the brake booster. The mechanical force of pressing the pedal is converted into hydraulic force by the brake master cylinder which forces hydraulic brake fluid around the entire braking system within a network of brake lines and hoses. This force is transmitted to all four tires and creates friction between brake pads and disc brake rotors. This is what stops your vehicle.
Be aware of the following symptoms while braking: pulling left or right, your brake pedal is soft or low, the brake pedal slowly bleeds down when pressing it, a shuddering type of vibration or pulsation, a squealing or screeching noise, a brake warning light on the dashboard, longer than normal stopping times, a grinding type noise, an ABS light on the dash, a hissing noise when braking, or a loss of grip when braking. If you notice any of these symptoms, have your brakes inspected by an ASE certified technician. Remember, your brakes are the single most important safety system your vehicle has. Maintaining your braking system is essential for your safety, the safety of your passengers, and the safety of others.
TIMING BELTS & WATER PUMPS
Most modern vehicles are equipped with a timing belt, a critical component tasked with keeping a car’s camshaft and crankshaft turning at a synchronized rate, enabling your engine to run. If it fails, your car will suddenly shut down, perhaps when you are driving. In a worst-case scenario, the engine may become damaged, leading to thousands of dollars in repairs. Changing your belt before it breaks should be the goal of every car owner.
A water pump is vital to a car engine’s operation because it ensures the coolant keeps moving through the engine block, hoses and radiator, and maintains an optimum operating temperature. It is driven by a serpentine belt (aka accessory belt or auxiliary belt) from the crankshaft pulley.
Why should they be changed together?
The labor cost difference to do both units at the same time is virtually non-existent in most vehicles because, in many cases, you have to remove the water pump to get to the timing belt!
The cost of most water pumps is minimal when compared to having to pay all that labor AGAIN, plus cost of a water pump, in the not-so-distant future when the water pump blows out!
STARTERS & ALTERNATORS
Sometimes it’s the smallest components in your vehicle that make the biggest difference. The starting and charging systems are crucial to the functionality and maintenance of the power that moves everything from your engine to your power windows.
Your starting system begins the chain of events which cause everything to burst into working order. As the starter draws energy from the battery, converting it into mechanical energy for the engine, your vehicle responds with a roar of life. Now you can drive down the street, pick up the kids from school, or take a long drive down the coast. Once your engine is in full swing, the starter has done its job, and it’s time for the charging system to take over where it left off and pick up the slack.
The charger system helps by performing the opposite magic from the starter, which turns electricity into mechanical power. Now the charger will take that mechanical energy and convert some of it back into electricity to recharge and regenerate the battery. Thus, creating an ongoing cycle of use and replenishment in terms of your electrical system.
One of the simplest, most effective and inexpensive ways to help protect the life of your car, especially its engine, is to change the oil and the oil filter regularly.
Oil is the lifeblood of your engine. It reduces friction, lessens wear, provides lubrication, forms a seal between the pistons, rings and cylinder walls while helping to cool engine parts. Without the cleaning action of new oil, carbon and varnish buildup would be toxic to the engine. And engine oil even dampens the shock and noise of moving parts.
Oil changes are generally recommended when a certain amount of time has passed, or when a particular mileage has been surpassed. The most recognized and commonly suggested interval is around 3,000 miles or every three months. But since not everyone drives the same amount, it is best to trust your odometer and not the calendar. If one car spends a majority of the time sitting, it will not require an oil change as soon as another. Your driving style can influence the frequency of oil changes, too. If you drive your car hard – intense accelerations, fast stops, generally high speeds – there is more wear and tear on not only the vehicle overall, but on the oil. It breaks down more quickly and its ability to protect your engine degrades.
Your car is important to you; therefore, it is important to us. We’d be happy to answer all of your oil changing questions or schedule an appointment at NextGen Automotive Service & Repair. Let us help you take care of the little things, before they become major issues.
Nothing is more frustrating than when your car’s engine seizes in the middle of the road, refusing to start, heating up – showing signs of negligence on your part. Yeah, that is exactly when you will realize that you should have gotten a professional car tune-up job. It is significantly important to understand that the engine is the most vital part in terms of performance and functionality. So, if you don’t take care of it, you won’t get to drive your car that often.
An Engine Tune-Up Leads to a Detailed Inspection of Important Components.
One of the best advantages of getting a detailed and thorough tune-up of your engine is the fact the mechanic will automatically be obliged to inspect numerous other major components of the vehicle such as the engine head, the radiator, the timing belts and the fuel injectors. This is essentially done to ensure each, and every mechanical component is working as desired. Plus, an engine tune-up also leads to a detailed inspection of your car’s emission control as well as the ignition system.
This makes it significantly easier for the technician to identify problems, test them and fix them on the spot – resulting in making your car efficient and more durable. Another really cool reason you should get your engine tuned-up routinely is the fact that it positively affects the gas-mileage of your vehicle, making it more fuel efficient.
MUFFLERS & EXHAUST
You may think your car’s exhaust system is designed only to reduce noise, but it is also responsible for reducing harmful emissions from entering the atmosphere. - Properly functioning mufflers and exhaust systems not only sound better, they are better – for you, your car, and the environment.
The exhaust system is kind of like the lungs of your car. It allows air to run through your engine and spits it back out. The way it does this can really affect the performance of your car. If you have a poor exhaust system chances are you will be getting poor gas mileage and may not even pass vehicle emissions test.
Your exhaust system really starts at the front of your car, right behind your engine. Exhaust manifolds connect to the cylinder heads, where they collect exhaust gases. As the gases move through the exhaust system, they're first analyzed by oxygen sensors, then refined by the catalytic converter and, finally, muffled by the muffler. So, by the time those gases leave the vehicle, your emission system has made your car run smoother, cleaner, and quieter.
BELTS & HOSES
A series of belts and pulleys drive engine accessories such as the alternator, water pump, fan, power steering pump, air conditioning compressor and air injection pump.
The timing belt maintains the precise synchronization required to keep the engine’s valves and pistons moving in sync.
Hoses and steel lines transfer coolant, brake fluid and fuel throughout the vehicle. Over time, these parts may crack, rust or leak. So, protect yourself by following the factory maintenance schedule.
Radiators are heat exchangers used to transfer thermal energy from one part to another for the purpose of cooling and heating your vehicle. Most modern cars use aluminum radiators and are made by thin aluminum fins attached to aluminum tubes.
The purpose of a Radiator
A radiator is used to help keep the engine cool. During operation, the engine’s moving parts create friction, which produces heat. The heat from the friction can be enough to cause damage to the engine if it is not cooled properly. The coolant will lose its heat into the atmosphere and is then pumped back into the engine where it absorbs and removes more of the engine’s heat. This can help keep the engine from overheating. Having the radiator maintained can also help to prevent a costly repair bill if the vehicle has a breakdown.
Ever wondered where the warm air in your passenger compartment comes from? Well, as your engine starts to warm up, it also warms the coolant/antifreeze that circulates around the engine and through the radiator. There is also a hose that delivers coolant/antifreeze from the engine to the heater core and another that takes it back into the engine. The heater core looks like a little radiator and lives in the air blend box behind the dashboard.
When drivers turn on the heat, air blows over the heater core, is warmed, and comes into the cabin. Some vehicles have a heater valve that delivers coolant through the heater core when the heat is on and bypasses the heater core when the heat is off. In other vehicles, the temperature of the air is controlled within the air blend box by how much air is directed over the heater core.
FILTERS, LUBRICATION & FLUID EXCHANGES
The services that are most often neglected by drivers are also some of the most critical for your vehicle. The expensive and sophisticated engines in today’s vehicles can be completely destroyed by improper fluid care.
Expert technicians agree that the oil change is the single most important maintenance service your vehicle can receive. Dirty oil will abrade engine parts and eventually turn to sludge. Without proper lubrication, engine components create so much friction they weld together, and the engine seizes.
When does the oil in my vehicle need changed?
Most manufacturers recommend an oil change every three months or 3,000 miles under demanding driving conditions including city driving, stop and go traffic, short trips, dusty conditions or just about every case except steady highway driving.
What does our automotive Oil Change include?
Up to 5 quarts of major brand oil
New oil filter
Lubrication of the various fittings on your vehicle’s undercarriage when applicable
Courtesy maintenance inspection
Brake Fluid Flush
The Brake Fluid transmits hydraulic force, lubricates braking system components, and prevents corrosion.
Performing a brake fluid flush will increase braking system component life and provide even braking.
Our certified technician will inspect and record the brake fluid level, master cylinder and brake lines. They will evacuate and refill the master cylinder, bleed the braking system, refill the master cylinder to the previous recorded level and then test drive the vehicle.
Power Steering Fluid Flush
The power steering fluid provides hydraulic power to the steering system. Power steering fluid becomes contaminated with rubber and metal particles.
Performing a power steering fluid flush will provide longer power steering component life and a smoother, quieter, more dependable steering operation.
Our certified technician will inspect and record power steering fluid levels and look for visible leaks. They will evacuate and refill the power steering reservoir, perform flushing process, and adjust fluid to the proper levels.
The cooling system, which includes the radiator, water pump, thermostat and numerous other parts, utilizes a special fluid called coolant, AKA antifreeze. This liquid needs to be drained and refilled from time to time to ensure that it is free of contaminants that could prevent the system from operating as designed.
The engine air filter is there to filter out any impurities in the air that is taken in by the engine for combustion. As a result, this helps the overall combustion process work properly, which ensures the engine is running right. Something that has direct influence on the combustion process like this also has direct influence on the fuel-efficiency of the vehicle. In order for the vehicle to meet the optimal fuel-efficiency, the vehicle needs to be combusting properly. Without the proper combustion, fuel mileage and power are both lost.
Cabin Air Filter
The rest of the filters are oriented towards the health of the vehicle, but this one is strictly for your benefit. The same particles that are filtered out of the engine’s system are also filtered out from the cabin. This cabin air filter works similarly to the engine air filter and catches any dust particles or pollen that are floating around in the air. In turn, this prevents those irritating, and potentially harmful, particles from entering the cabin. The impact of these airborne annoyances is significantly reduced inside the cab, especially for those with allergies, ultimately making the air inside of the car much cleaner.
Just like the engine air filter, you should change your cabin air filters out once a year. Again, an exception to that is if you frequently drive in a dusty or polluted area, in which case, you’ll want to change them more often.
Moving onto the fluids section of the vehicle, the oil filter and fuel filter are more comprehensively designed, but essentially do the same thing. However, the oil filter is far more important to the life of your engine than the engine air filter and has an even bigger impact on the performance of your vehicle.
The next filter is the fuel filter and is the only one on this list that has two different functions. Depending on the type of fuel used — petroleum or diesel — the fuel filter will act differently.
For gasoline engines, the fuel filter is there to remove any impurities that came with the fuel you just put in your car. Since petroleum is an organic source, just like conventional engine oil, it will have some impurities in it. Don’t worry though, the impurities in both conventional oil and gasoline aren’t harmful to your engine.
For a diesel engine, the fuel filter is used in a much different way. While they both help the overall performance and life-span of the engine, the diesel engine is used to prevent corrosion on the parts inside the engine by removing any water that builds up. Since diesel is lighter than water, the filter is a bowl-like design that collects the water at the bottom. Then, a drain plug can be removed at the bottom to get rid of the water until just diesel is left. Allowing water into your engine or fuel system will cause serious problems, so it’s important to be aware of that if you drive a diesel vehicle.
The Point: Don’t Neglect Them
If there is one takeaway to get from this, it’s don’t neglect your filters. Even if you don’t know how to maintain or change out these four filters, you should at least take the time to make sure they are rolled into your regular car maintenance at your preferred garage or service center. If not, you are running a serious risk of damaging your vehicle in more ways than one.
Consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual and schedule routine maintenance based on the automaker’s recommendations and you’ll ensure that your filters are in optimal condition for the best possible performance on the road and behind the wheel.
WIPER BLADES AND WIPER MOTORS
The only thing unlucky with #13 on our list is if your wiper blades are not performing as they should or if you suddenly find yourself with a blown wiper motor. If you end up in one of these unlucky situations you can rely on the certified professionals at NextGen Automotive Service & Repair to get your issues fixed and have you back on the road safely in no time.
Wipers have helped in many ways especially when rainy conditions kick in when water drops fall on the window shield. Seeing the wiper blades swipe the window seems simple like simple mechanism but you’d be surprised on how it functions explicitly. These smooth motions or only made possible from the key mover in windshield wiper and these are the wiper motors.
Wiper motors are devices in the wiper system that functions on a power supply in order to move the wiper blades in a smooth motion. Like other motors, the wiper motor rotates continuously in one direction which is converted into a back and forth motion. Its composition entails a lot of mechanical linkages each playing a role in initiating the movement. The gearhead motor is the type of wiper motor known for its abundance in torque.
At the heart of most automotive HVAC systems is a component called a blower motor. This descriptive term refers to the fact that these components are electric motors that are attached to fans and used to move air through the HVAC system. In most cases, a single blower motor is responsible for delivering both hot and cool air, on demand, depending on how the climate controls are set.
BATTERY & ELECTRICAL SERVICES
Nothing starts your day off on the wrong foot more than a dead car battery when you need to get to work. In order to have a proper working vehicle, your battery needs to be in good working order as well. Having clean connections and a fully charged battery is a benefit for you as well as your vehicle. Without the battery, power cannot be supplied to the areas of your vehicle that need it in order to run properly. If the battery is dead, your vehicle will not even start leaving you stranded.
The weather plays a big part in the life and health of your battery. Because of this, you should have your battery inspected in the fall and spring each year. Here are some other things you can do for battery maintenance:
Look under the hood and check the battery for rust or corrosion. Batteries that are filthy will not last long and the juice will drain out of them far before it should.
If you see corrosion, take a gentle brush and wipe away any loose particles. Residue can affect how effectively electricity travels.
Check the cables to see if they are nice and tight
Make sure the battery cables themselves don’t have corrosion on them, as this can literally eat through the cable and destroy it.
Finally, bring your car into NextGen Automotive Service & Repair and let us properly inspect your battery. Our technicians know exactly how to perform proper battery maintenance as well as other preventive maintenance and they can save you from a breakdown out on the road.
If it’s recommended you replace your battery, don’t delay. It’s much better to have caught it early than be stuck on the side of the road somewhere!
Keeping your ignition and fuel system clean will also extend the battery life in your car. The best thing to do is simply think of battery maintenance as part of the overall checkup when you get your car serviced. You certainly can’t drive your car without a battery, so come on by and let us help you, help your car.
Don't see something on our list that you are having a problem with? No worries, simply contact NextGen Automotive Service & Repair and discuss your situation with a certified technician. We will be happy to address your concerns, walk you through the process required to correct the issue and provide you with a quote to have your vehicle running at it peak performance in no time.
If your issue is in an area that is beyond our services offered, we will discuss options with you, assist you in contacting honest and respectable local businesses that may specialize in the area you need and assist you in setting up an appointment with them.
Our focus is always on our customers. We may not be able to handle every situation you face with your vehicle but you can rest assured that we will be with you every step of the process to make sure you are taken care of with the highest quality parts and services available, even if it is not with us this time. We know that a satisfied customer is a customer for life and we are looking to build life long relationships with our customers, not just a one time stop.
We look forward to speaking with you soon and proving that Our Customers Are Our Family!