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Lexus® and Toyota® MAIN SERVICES

Low Rates, Great Service!

Bring in your Lexus® or Toyota® vehicle for a complete computer diagnostic. We offer a wide range of automotive maintenance services including, air conditioning, radiator flushes, oil lubes, transmission flushes, and fuel injections.

We do everything from minor automotive service to major repairs, such as preventative maintenance, air-conditioning service, and brake and starter work. In addition to those services, we offer alternator replacements, fuel pump repairs, and filter service. Contact us today for excellence in automotive repair.

Maintenance Services

  • Brakes
  • Transmission
  • Tune-Up
  • Factory Recommended Service
  • Timing Belts
  • Pre-Purchase Inspections
  • Safety Inspections

Fuel Systems

  • Diagnosis
  • Carburetors
  • Gas Fuel Injection
  • Fuel Lines
  • Fuel Hoses
  • Fuel Pumps
  • Fuel Filters

Suspension Systems

  • Diagnosis
  • Shocks/Struts
  • Ball Joints
  • Kingpins
  • Tires
  • Control Arms
  • Drive Axles
  • Steering Racks

SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE

The better your take care of your vehicle and fix issues before they become problems, the longer it will last you and stay in peak condition.

There are many reasons to follow your scheduled maintenance guide for your vehicle. The most significant advantage of preventative maintenance is to find small issues before they become emergencies. Certain emergencies could leave a family or person on the side of the road.

An expert can inspect the vehicle while performing your scheduled maintenance service to look for frayed belts, worn pulleys, damaged radiator fans just to name a few. Another benefit of scheduling a check-up for a family vehicle is to keep the vehicle in tip-top shape. A well-serviced vehicle lasts longer and stays more efficient during the lifetime of the vehicle.

Maintenance should be scheduled for every 5,000 miles. This does not mean you need to take your car back to the dealer for service. Any qualified mechanic with ASE certification can complete the maintenance needed for your scheduled maintenance. Like us here at Alternative Automotive who specialize in Lexus and Toyota.

Each scheduled maintenance is a little different, first we check the maintenance guide for your vehicle and make sure those are completed. After that we check components in your vehicle that we have seen wear quicker in other vehicles like yours to save you any surprise repairs the scheduled maintenance from the manufacturer may have missed. This is a huge benefit of using a mechanic who knows your vehicle inside and out, and services them on a regular basis.

An inspection may include changing the oil, filling the tires with air and rotating the tires. Flushing the coolant in the cooling system, replacing the air and oil filters, topping off the fluids, and doing a complete check of the entire vehicle.

Depending on the results of the inspection, you may be advised that you need to service your brakes soon, replacing coolant hoses, or getting a new timing belt. All of the suggestions are made due to the actual age of the vehicle, normal weather conditions for the area, and signs of wear and tear.

TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT

For any driver, maintenance of their car will include brake service and brake repair. But what about timing belt repair and maintenance? This is something most drivers fail to consider when carrying out maintenance works on their cars. Timing belt repair and maintenance involve replacement of the timing belt.

What is timing belt replacement and why is it important?

A timing belt is a belt made from synthetic rubber, and reinforced with cords of fiber, that keeps the everything in the engine running in sync. This belt provides a connection between the crankshaft and the camshaft, providing a constant timed motion. What is the importance of this? The crankshaft works by taking linear energy from the pistons in the engine and converting it into rotational energy used in turning the wheels. The camshaft works by opening and closing the valves in the engine to allow air and fuel in and out of the engine. The timing belt does the job of linking the two in harmony.

To ensure this harmony is maintained, the timing belt should be replaced as per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Traditionally, a replacement was every four years or 60,000 miles. If you have any questions or concerns about your timing belt needs, come to Alternative Automotive. Do keep in mind, for drivers who want to keep their cars running for longer, timing belt replacement should be as important as brake service and brake repair.

AUTO AC REPAIR

The first and most obvious is the air is not that cold anymore.  Other signs are a lower volume of air, your car blasting out hot air instead of cold or even no air at all.
Since a poorly functioning car AC can impact your vehicle’s overall performance, not only keeping you cool. It’s best to find out what’s going on sooner rather than trying to save a couple bucks and suffer through it.
While keeping you cool is one of the most important functions of your cars AC, it is not the only benefit. Air conditioners also remove moisture from the air. As a result, the vehicles defroster/defogger is more effective with a properly serviced air conditioning system; as a result your journey will be safer.
Air conditioners work by circulating refrigerant throughout the system. During this process, the refrigerant goes through cycles of high and low pressures. This changes the temperature of the refrigerant and allows it to remove heat from the passenger compartment of the car.
If any of the components that assist with this process are not working properly, or if there is a leak causing the loss of refrigerant, the system needs to be looked at.
The most common issues are low refrigerant, refrigerant leaks, components not working properly and blocked vents are a few of the most common.  When we diagnose your system we look at all aspects to make sure we fix it once and keep you cool and on the road.

BRAKE SERVICE & REPAIR

Warning Signs

Sooner or later every vehicle needs brake repair. It actually should be considered brake maintenance because most parts in your braking system wear out over time. The weight of your vehicle can be over a couple tons, and eight little parts of consumable braking material, spread over four tires is the mechanism to bring your vehicle to a stop. Your actual brake pad is just a couple of square inches and the surfaces it comes in touch with to stop your car will eventually wear out, this is where brake service comes in.

How often you have to service your brakes comes down to how you drive on a normal basis. On average your brakes need to be serviced every 25,000-50,000 miles. Why there is a large difference is a driver that sits in stop and go traffic every day after work, compared to a driver that has a smooth ride home will wear their break pads at a different rate. The great thing is brakes have a built in security systems that is similar on most vehicles and gives you a warning when they need to be changed. There is a small metal pin that is attached to your brakes, and when your brake pad’s are worn to a certain thickness. That pin will rub against the disk and you will hear a squealing sound, this is a heads up to give us a call so we can take care of your brakes before the pad is worn through.

Other Signs Include:

  • Constant squeaking when braking
  • Grinding when braking
  • Increased pedal travel
  • Pulling to the left or right when braking
  • Burning smell coming from wheels
  • Brake warning light activation
  • Vibrations or pulsations sensed in brake pedal
  • Shaking of pedal or steering wheel when braking
  • Excessive brake dust on one or more wheels
  • Indications of leaking brake fluid

The most important part to keep your brakes working well is continual service. What I mean by this is if you have serviced your brakes consistently you will rarely experience any of the issues listed above. When we service your brakes, we first inspect them to make sure all the components are working properly. Then if we need to, we replace your brake pads, and possibly new brake fluid. However as an example, if you wait until you hear grinding when you brake, we also need to resurface or put on new rotors. This is an added expense that could be avoided by changing your brake pads earlier so the rotors would never be damaged.

We are experts in brake repair and service especially on all Lexus and Toyota models. Every time you come in for an oil change or scheduled maintenance, we check your brakes to be ahead of the curve. This way you only have to service your brakes instead of repairing them which is much more costly.

We treat our customers like family, and we believe that is a big reason we have been in business for 20 years and our clients keep coming back. As family, we give them honest recommendations and we let you know what repair is most important to do now, and what repair can wait. This way you can be confident in knowing you’re getting the best quality service possible.

We hope this helps you understand brake repair and service a little better, so you are more prepared for any brake issues in the future.

CHECK ENGINE LIGHT

The check-engine light burns in your vehicle’s dashboard and instantly ignites horrible feelings in the hearts and wallets of auto owners everywhere; the dreaded “Check Engine” light.

For some, it is a tiny annoyance. Many auto mechanics joke the best solution would be to put a piece of duct tape over it. Some cars, after all, seem to get this kind of sensitive “Check Engine” light that is activated by something as small as driving on hot asphalt.

Before coming to any conclusions about whether you’ll be without a car for the next fourteen days while a repair is in progress. Let us break down why it comes on, as well as the five most common check engine light problems.

Just what is a check engine light and why does it turn on?
Consider the check engine light as the sole means your vehicle has of telling you something isn’t right. From a gas cap isn’t screwed on tight, all the way to you need to replace the whole engine. If either one of these things is happening or anything in between your check engine light can turn on.

You can take a deep breath, just because your check engine light is on doesn’t mean it’s more affordable to purchase a brand new automobile. It means something in your automobile requires some attention. Yes, it’s possible to be something more serious. However, the most common issues from a check engine light are about the same price to repair as one or two auto payments.

After I see the check engine light turn on, what is the next step?
First, screw that gas cap on nice and tight and see whether or not that fixes the issue. The next step would be to bring it in for an inspection and let us diagnose the issue. We have state of the art tools, which are exactly what Toyota and Lexus dealers use to find and diagnose the issue simply and effectively. In addition to that because we specialize in Lexus and Toyota, we have probably seen the issue before and have the best and most cost-effective solution. We pride ourselves on providing you with the right answers the first time, this saves you time and money.

We hope this helps you worry a little less, and be more prepared when you check engine light turns on in the future!

Top 5 Reasons for Check Engine:

  • Your gas cap is not tight
    The fuel system monitors the pressure in the fuel tank. In any event, the pressure is incorrect it can set off the check engine light.
  • Your O2 Sensor must be replaced
    The O2 Sensor measures the quantity of oxygen which is not combusted in your exhaust system.
  • Catalytic Converter must be replaced
    This helps keeps our world clean by filtering out carbon monoxide going through your exhaust system.
  • Mass Airflow Sensor
    This measures just how much air flow is entering the engine to measure how much gasoline is required for your engine to run correctly.
  • Issues with Spark Plugs or Spark Plug Cables
    The Spark Plugs task is to light the fuel and air mixture in the combustion chamber. The discharge is given by the cables through the ignition coil and delivers it to the spark plugs.