At Lakewood Transmission, we perform a wide variety of auto repair services. We are a full-service auto repair shop with the parts and tools necessary to complete your auto service or auto repair. Our certified technicians have the expertise to do it right the first time. Here are some of the services we offer.
Brake Inspection & Repair
Brake inspection, or getting a "brake check," is the most vital part of vehicle maintenance to ensure continued safety for the car, driver, passenger, and others on the road. Since the brake system is such a critical component of your car, routine brake inspections are an easy way to minimize the potential for more costly repairs in the future. Normally, you should get a full-service brake inspection every 10,000 miles or if you are noticing any of the common warning signs, including low brake fluid; brake light displays 'on'; or brake pedal goes down too far, is very hard, or is too soft.
A visual brake inspection should be done regularly. When we do a drum brake inspection, we:
- Remove the wheels
- Check brake drums and linings for wear
- Check brake pads and shoes for wear
When we do a disc brake inspection, we:
- Check the brake disc (rotors)
- Inspect the brake pads and hardware
- Examine the brake calipers and hoses
Our full diagnostic inspection provides an intensive and thorough diagnosis of the entire brake system. It consists of performing computerized diagnostics by checking the master cylinder, calipers, expansion valve, all brake hoses, and brake booster.
Cooling System Inspection & Flushing
Since your vehicle's ability to properly heat and cool is critical to the proper running of your vehicle, regular cooling system inspection, and flushing is a vital part of car maintenance. Cooling system inspection helps prevents corrosion in your car's coolant system, which can result in costly repairs. Proper maintenance of the coolant system contributes to longer engine life, prevents the cooling system from freezing in the winter, and motor oil from overheating. It also helps reduce corrosion and rust build-up in the engine. Our cooling system inspection and flushing consist of:
- Visual inspection of the complete system (for any coolant leaks, cracked or deteriorated hoses, and worn belts)
- Cooling system inspection
- Cooling system flush, pressure test, and antifreeze replacement.
During our inspection, debris is cleaned from radiator cooling fins, the cooling fan and the thermostat are checked for proper operation, and the water pump is checked for leaks. One of the keys to keeping your car running newer, stronger, and longer is simply a well maintained and regularly inspected cooling system.
Timing Belt Replacement
The timing belt controls the camshafts in your engine, opening and closing valves at the right time for a smooth running engine. Major damage to your car's engine may be caused if the timing belt fails by causing the pistons to strike the valves while they are stuck open. Other damage may be caused by oil and antifreeze damaging your timing belt rubber. And if a belt is not replaced correctly, it can fail if the belt tension is not set correctly. Early signs of a possibly worn belt include:
- Peeling, Cracking, Glazing, or Oiling
- Frays or Frayed Edges, Missing Ribs and Splits
- Engine Squeaks and Squeals
- Engine Overheats
Belt life varies from car to car, so you need to consult the individual vehicle manual to find the original equipment manufacturers' recommended replacement interval.
Charging System Inspection & Repair
While your car is running, the charging system keeps a charge in your battery and provides power for the radio, lights, and other electrical items. If your charging system stops working, your car's battery would soon be out of power, leaving your car with a "dead battery." If your battery is weak or dead, your car will run as long as your alternator is working. But as soon as you turn off the engine, your car will probably not start because the battery may not have enough of a charge to start the engine.
When we inspect your charging system, we have the equipment to test your car's electrical system and the expertise to understand the results. This allows us to correctly diagnose the problem and prevent you from wasting money on replacing unneeded parts. Our charging system inspection lets us ensure that the power flow in your vehicle is steady and that your car's wires and connections are in good repair. This needs to be part of your car's regular service checklist because getting your car's charging system inspected will help to make sure that your automobile runs reliably and save you money on auto repair services.
No matter what your auto repair and service needs, Lakewood Transmission has the expertise to do it right and get you back on the road as soon as possible.