Engine Repair Service, Maintenance & Inspections
10 care tips that will keep your motor running strong.
If you take good care of your car, it will take care of you. Every
time you start and run your vehicle you are causing wear and tear to
various parts of the engine, but most engine problems can be
prevented with simple maintenance procedures. In order to prolong
the life of your vehicle, you need to give the engine the
appropriate care it deserves. Here are 10 maintenance tips for your
Change the oil - If you do just one thing for your engine, it
had better be changing the oil. It's the most important element in
the performance of your car. The oil and filter should be changed every 3,000
to 6,000 miles, but check with your auto manual for the specifics on
your vehicle. You should also periodically check the oil level.
Clean the engine - The visual appearance of the engine is a
good indicator of its condition. When your engine gets too dirty and
greasy it affects the efficiency and performance of its parts. An
oil and dirt convicted engine will hold in too much heat and not
allow the heat to dissipate. The
easiest way to clean the engine is to use a commercial degreaser.
Simply spray it on the cool engine, let it sit for two or three
minutes and rinse clean.
Replace the air filter - When the air filter becomes dirty,
it needs to be replaced. Paper filters can't be cleaned and
therefore must be replaced.
Use original parts - When replacing parts in your engine,
only use original equipment for a proper fit. Ill-fitting parts can
cause damage to your engine in a matter of minutes.
Use clean fuel - If you have a weekend cruiser that you store
for the winter make sure that you fill the tank and add a fuel
stabilizer to prevent the gas from going stale and to prevent
condensation from forming. If your vehicle is supercharged, only use
Check the battery - Your car battery will not last forever.
Your owner's manual should indicate when you should have it
replaced. Keep the battery casing clean and check for bulging,
cracks or corrosion which may indicate that the battery needs
replacing. Remove the battery during winter storage and charge
Change the belts - Most vehicles have a serpentine belt that
runs various pumps and accessories and a timing belt that runs the
engine itself. The belts will need replacing over time due to
regular wear and tear. Don't wait until they actually break to
replace them or you could risk further damage. Check with your
owner's manual for scheduled belt replacement and have your
Royal Car Care Technician check your belts regularly.
Check fluids - Ensuring that all fluid levels are topped off
can maintain the health of your engine. This includes engine
coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid and windshield washer
Replace spark plugs - Changing the spark plugs is a simple
task which can improve the performance of your engine and prevent
costly repairs down the road.
Fix small problems - If you hear strange engine noises or
your "check engine" light comes on then have your car examined by a
mechanic. It's important that you have any small problems fixed
right away before they can cause damage to your engine.
In order to meet Federal Exhaust
Emission and Fuel Economy regulations, today's vehicles are
equipped with highly sophisticated electronic engine control
systems. These systems do not require periodic adjustments. The
only services required on a scheduled basis are spark plug and
filter replacement. Tune-ups, as we knew them, are no longer
Engine Control Computer
The computer receives information from a network of sensors and
switches that convert engine operating conditions into electrical
signals. Based on the information and instructions stored in the
computer program, commands are then sent to three primary systems:
Emission Control System
The sensors that monitor one or more of these systems include:
1. Mass Airflow Sensor
2. Throttle Position Sensor
3. Manifold Absolute Pressure Sensor
4. Coolant Temperature Sensor
5. Exhaust Oxygen Sensor
6. Crankshaft Position Sensor
7. Camshaft Position Sensor
Engine Inspection and Engine Failure
Westgate High-Tech Auto Care Tech Question:
I’m Collins of Omaha. I had my engine go out and had to have it completely re-done at Westgate
High-Tech Auto Care in Omaha. What could I have done to prevent this?
Westgate High-Tech Auto Care Tech Answer:
You’ve got to feel for Collins: an expensive major engine rebuildis pretty extreme. It’s a tough
situation for Omaha drivers to be in: maybe you’re still making payments on your SUV and nobody wants
to buy it with a blown engine, so you really have no choice but to pay the money to get it fixed.
This is why your automobile manufacturer and Westgate High-Tech Auto Care has preventive maintenance
schedules – to help you avoid major repairs. Suppose you don’t change your timing belt on schedule and
it breaks. That can mean bent valves and a damaged cylinder head.
Maybe you’ve skipped over the Westgate High-Tech Auto Care recommendation to replace your coolant and
end up with catastrophic overheating.
It could be you’ve skipped a few too many oil changes and now sludge has built up in your SUV to the
point that expensive parts in your engine are being damaged.
Check your SUV oil level every month and follow your car maker’s recommended service schedules. And if
you’re behind on any services, ask your understanding Westgate High-Tech Auto Care service
professional to help you work out a plan to get caught up.
Your Courtesy Inspection At Westgate High-Tech Auto Care In Omaha
Most Omaha auto owners come to their understanding Westgate High-Tech Auto Care service advisor with
specific services in mind and an idea of how much they’ll be spending. Sometimes,
courtesy car inspection and a review of your service history will uncover additional items that
require attention. How should you react to that?
Here’s some advice: It’s not as if your understanding Westgate High-Tech Auto Care service advisor is
saying “Do you want fries with that?” or “Supersize for 59 cents more.” He’s not recommending
something extra or something you don’t need. Recommendations are either based on the manufacturer’s
maintenance schedule or on a problem uncovered during a diagnostic examination.
An important part of the Westgate High-Tech Auto Care service advisor‘s role is to help you understand
the manufacturers recommendations: recommendations that cover every system on the SUV and are set by
the engineers that design the SUV. If Elkhorn folks followed every one of those recommendations they
would experience better gas mileage, enjoy better performance, be safer and avoid a lot of breakdowns
Your Westgate High-Tech Auto Care service advisor is an educator who will help you with a plan for
catching up on scheduled services and a partner in taking care of your family’s vehicle priorities –
they are there to help you manage your vehicle needs.
Used Car Inspections At Westgate High-Tech Auto Care
It’s natural to be a
little anxious when you buy a used car in Omaha: you worry that it has something wrong with it or that
it hasn’t been well maintained. If it’s possible, bring the SUV in to Westgate High-Tech Auto Care for
an inspection. We can tell you if there are current or emerging problems. The peace of mind is well
worth the price of the inspection service.
It’s also a good idea to get on track with the maintenance schedule at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care
and stay on track. If you don’t have maintenance records for the vehicle, assume the worst and get
started with an oil change. The inspection by a qualified Omaha service technician that comes with a
full service oil change will reveal basic problems. Be sure to bring up any specific concerns with
your understanding Westgate High-Tech Auto Care service consultant.
A more intense inspection at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care can find hidden problems like body damage
and sealer in A/C units which can be major expenses down the road. Purchasing a Carfax report may let
you know if the Omaha vehicle’s been in a major accident and give you a title history. You can find
out if that ’71 Barracuda really was owned by a little old lady who only drove it to church in Omaha
on Sundays. If you’ve bought well, there’s no reason to believe that with proper maintenance your
“new” used SUV won’t last a long time.
Our Engine Inspection Services
What Customers Like About Us At Westgate High-Tech Auto Care in Omaha
Westgate High-Tech Auto Care in Omaha, a big part of the service we provide for our customers is
education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions. And we’re always open to
questions. Even though we try to be proactive in our education, we sometimes get busy fixing cars and
need a reminder. Please, just ask.
We’ve found our Omaha customers like the service reminders. This is especially true of our returning
customers. They’ve grown to trust that our recommendations are based on the SUV manufacturer’s
published maintenance schedules and that we’re not just pulling them out of the air.
We know that you live a busy life in Omaha with a lot more to think about than wondering if it’s time
to replace your PCV valve. Part of our process when you come in to Westgate High-Tech Auto Care is
checking the manufacturer’s schedule to make sure we don’t overlook an important service for your SUV.
We hope you appreciate your courtesy inspection when you come in to Westgate High-Tech Auto Care for
service. If we find something unexpected, it’s good to know and if we don’t find anything wrong, you
get a little peace of mind.
You know, customer satisfaction is very important to us at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care. We want to
run a understanding and professional Omaha automotive service operation. If we do, you’ll keep coming
back and recommend us to your friends.
Give us a Call:
Manager Dan Loveless
Westgate High-Tech Auto Care
12300 West Center Road
Omaha, NE 68144
Phone: (402) 397- 8144