Regardless of the miles on the engine in your vehicle, Thompson Automotive has the professionally trained, ASE-certified mechanics needed to keep your car, truck, van, or SUV running smoothly. As engines age with normal wear and tear, their general upkeep requires more and more attention to keep costly repairs at bay. Our goal is to help you stay on top of any potential engine problems before they turn into critical failures. We provide engine repair services. If you’re dealing with engine issues, we’d be happy to take a look — visit our auto shop here in Littleton, and schedule an appointment today. You can also continue reading to learn more about our engine services.
Top-Rated Engine Specialists
Acura and Honda have very different manufacturer recommendations compared with Lexus and Toyota. Mitsubishi recommends engine procedures that vary widely from those recommended by Subaru, and so on. Because these manufacturer recommendations are so different from one another, you need a trusted resource with expertise in servicing and repairing engines from all of these manufacturers. Thompson Automotive is here for you when you need an engine specialist who knows what to look for in your specific engine.
Not only do we clearly communicate the necessary engine service or repair work to you before beginning work, we also offer a worry-free, 3-year/36,000-mile warranty for all services and repairs performed. That’s automotive expertise you can rely on!
One Stop for All Engine Services, Oil Changes, and Repairs
Modern automotive engines are very intricate systems composed of rods, bearings, gaskets, valves, and literally hundreds of other precision parts all of which need ongoing maintenance to ensure optimal functionality. For every part of your engine, there is a specific, manufacturer-recommended service procedure that our mechanic team can perform as necessary. Whether you’re hearing a strange noise or your check engine light has come on, we’d be happy to assess the issue at hand, and provide you with the repair you demand. Learn more about common engine issues that we encounter below.
Common Engine Issues
Recommended Maintenance Intervals
You can, and should, take preventative measures to mitigate the odds of blowing your engine. It’s always a good idea to get regular tune-ups and to have your vehicle inspected to ensure things are running smoothly. Be sure to keep up on your recommended maintenance intervals to ensure that your engine runs efficiently, with as little wear and tear as possible. We recommend the service intervals listed below.
To keep potential engine problems from happening in the first place, we highly recommend regularly scheduled oil changes using high-quality motor oil that is rated for the size and demands of your engine. For most vehicles, three months or 3,000 miles (whichever comes first) is a generally advisable interval for oil changes — and remember, the oil in your engine is being used even when your vehicle isn’t being driven (idling, neutral, etc.). When oil surpasses its service life in an engine, it begins to thicken, interfering with the normal functioning of engine parts with very tight mechanical tolerances.
If an engine is forced to run with old oil for too long, irreversible damage can occur, sometimes resulting in complete engine seizure or failure. Don’t let this happen to you — make sure you bring your vehicle to Thompson Automotive for regular oil changes and periodic inspections of key engine components.
As we mentioned, your radiator and its coolant should keep your engine from overheating. However, your radiator can get gunked up with residue and debris over time, which can hinder the flow of the antifreeze. Be sure to have your radiator flushed regularly to keep precious cooled fluid moving through your engine. Otherwise, your engine can quickly overheat, which places extra strain on the components, and can crack the engine block. We recommend that you have your radiator flushed every 40,000 to 60,000 miles, or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Feel free to learn more about our radiator fluid flushes.
Like the oil in your engine, your transmission fluid ensures that your transmission runs smoothly. Be sure to keep your transmission fluid fresh so that your engine doesn’t have to work overtime to transfer power to the transmission. We recommend that you have your transmission flushed every 30,000 miles, or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Feel free to learn more about our transmission fluid flushes.
Your fuel and air systems work in unison to introduce the right amounts of fuel and air to the cylinders. Without well-serviced systems, you could end up with an imbalance, which will reduce the efficiency and gas mileage of the vehicle and hinder its performance. Regular cleaning and maintenance for your fuel and air systems will improve the performance of your engine and mitigate unnecessary wear and tear. We recommend that you have your fuel and air systems serviced every 45,000 to 60,000 miles, depending on the age and usage of the vehicle. You can also check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation. Feel free to learn more about our fuel and air system maintenance services.
It depends. Your vehicle’s AC may pull more or less power depending on the make and model of your vehicle. In addition, that power loss will be more or less noticeable depending on the size of your engine. If, for example, you have a V8, you may not even notice a change in performance with the AC on. However, if you have a four-cylinder, the power loss may keep you from reaching 75 on the highway for an extra few thousand feet.
Contact Littleton’s Engine Service and Repair Professionals
When it comes to keeping your engine running smoothly, don’t trust your vehicle to a service provider without a proven track record and certified trained technicians. The more high-quality care you give to your engine, the more miles of high performance it will give you in return. Get in touch with your local, Littleton-based mechanic today, and schedule an appointment for your engine!