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Most of our customers care enough about the longevity of their vehicle to keep up with common maintenance jobs like transmission flushes, brake replacement, tire changes and timing belt replacements. One important maintenance job that often gets over looked is the replacement of shocks and struts. 84% of junk yard vehicles still have the original shocks on them despite the fact that most auto industry professionals recommend replacing them every 50,000 miles. We would be honored to consult you on your needs for brake repair in Gainesville and timing belt repair in Gainesville. Driving on worn shocks and struts is as risky as driving on bald tires or on brakes that are well past their prime. In fact, worn shocks can greatly effect braking and cause your tires to wear … Continue reading
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There has been more articles written about timing belts on the internet than any other single engine part, yet it continues to be the single most destructive part of engines that use a timing belt. This week we had a beauty, car came in with a no start condition, after doing the basic checks, we discovered something I have not seen after over 40 years working on cars. The timing belt had disintegrated so bad, to the point where the debris from the timing belt accumulated at the bottom of the engine where it blocked the crankshaft sensor from being able to produce the signal to get the car started; what a blessing. This illustration shows what’s left of this timing belt. This customer just arrived in Gainesville for school, … Continue reading
“Berrisford Smith, owner of Smitty’s Auto Service, has found satisfaction and success since striking out on his own….” That was the caption under a large photo of Smitty standing in his shop, posing for The Gainsville Sun twenty-three years ago. A lot has changed since Smitty graced the front page of the newspaper’s Business & Careers section, but his sentiments remain the same. Smitty spent nearly a decade working as an Auto Technician for the then local VW Dealership before deciding to open his own auto repair service. Friends and family worried. With a young family, a new home, and other responsibilities, should he assume the many risks of business ownership? They didn’t worry for long. Smitty opened his shop with just one lift, a couple of floor jacks, and … Continue reading
“Click-clack.” Wait a second, my engine doesn’t sound like that when I start it up normally. And for some reason it doesn’t seem to make any other noise than that. I turn the key and expect to hear the engine roaring to life, but instead get this clicking noise and then nothing. What a wonderful way to start out the work week! I don’t have to scour the world for the best priced auto parts Gainesville FL has to offer. If you are having problems similar to this, it is probably the starter in your car that is damaged or not working properly. However your vehicle might not be making any kind of recognizable noise after turning the key. Either that or the above onomatopoeia fails to fully capture the … Continue reading
Anyone who shares a passion for motor vehicles, their inner workings, or even the convenience afforded to us by our cars, so basically everyone, can appreciate what an important year this is for Robert Bosch and his work. Bosch was a German engineer who, 125 years ago, established what he called the “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering” in Stuttgart, Germany. Since that time, Bosch has become the world’s leading automotive supplier. As the go-to import car mechanic Gainesville knows and loves, Smitty’s wants to tip their hat to Bosch and all he has done. Among the inventions and achievements that Bosch has accumulated a rather extensive list of, his first, a commercially viable high-voltage spark plug, still rates among his most important. It was with the advent of … Continue reading
If you drive a Volkswagen, a Mercedes, a BMW, or an Audi, what is one thing you share in common with everyone else that owns one? Unless you know someone or have a friend who’s hobby leads them to specialize in those vehicles, you will have a difficult time keeping things running properly. The majority of mechanics that are used to domestic vehicles can’t stand to work on import cars, and when they do, something often goes wrong again before you are even due for your next oil change. Something about specialty import vehicles causes mechanics to either love them and focus on them, or hate them and give them the cold shoulder. Luckily for those living around the area, you have Smitty’s Auto Service. The best import car mechanic … Continue reading
The brakes are an incredibly important part of any vehicle. Due to the laws of physics, objects in motion will stay in motion unless something acts against it. So, without brakes, your car will continue careening along at whatever speed you accelerated up to without any change until something, like a wall or another vehicle, acts against that forward motion to stop it. When that happens, it usually is not pretty. The best in brake repair Gainesville FL has to offer, Smitty’s Auto Service, will tell you that it is important to maintain brake pads and proper fluid levels. Not only can they enumerate the many reasons why such maintenance is so important, they can also perform it at a reasonable and low cost to you.These guys are the best … Continue reading
Radiators. The kind that you still see in older buildings, sometimes with varicolored crayon wax melted on from the last mischievous child left unattended in the vicinity. The ones that pump out heat like the world is about to freeze over. How in the heck would one of those abominations keep this dreadful summer heat down? Well, for starters, it wouldn’t. That is not the type of radiator we are talking about. No, the radiators that will cool things down are the type that are in your car, usually located almost directly behind the grill of the vehicle. They are both radiators, yes, but they both serve very different purposes. The radiator in your car is crucial to its proper functioning. If something goes wrong with it, the best specialists … Continue reading
Everyone knows that one of the worst things to have to repair on your vehicle is the transmission, and while Smitty’s mechanics are the best at transmission repair Gainesville FL or anywhere nearby, it can still get expensive. So in order to help you save your time and your wallet, here are several ways to keep your transmission looking spiffy. First of all, you need to check your transmission fluid regularly. It is best to check it while the vehicle is still hot, or after you have been driving for a little while, in order to get the most accurate reading. Ideally, you want to check all of your fluids, transmission, brake, coolant, and oil, every time you gas up, even if it was not even a full week ago … Continue reading