Automotive Repair

  • A Brief History of the Diesel Engine

    diesel engine

    At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we know that diesel engines play a huge role in many of our customers' daily ways of life. If you drive a Duramax, Powerstroke, or Cummins diesel pickup, you obviously appreciate the power of the diesel engine. Diesel engines are prevalent all over the road, but where did it all start, and why are diesel engines most commonly found in trucks today? 

  • AC Diagnostics for Your Vehicle

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    At Autoworks in Ithaca, we understand how important it is to have ice cold AC in your truck on a long, hot day. Whether you drive a Chevy, Ford, or Dodge diesel pickup, chances are you have a lot of cab to cool down, and a subpar AC just won’t cut it.

  • All Your Fuel System Questions Answered

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    Your car’s fuel system works with the rest of the engine control system to deliver the best performance with the lowest emissions. Check your car’s fuel system regularly or immediately if you smell gas or suspect a problem.

    What does it do? - The fuel system transfers fuel from the fuel tank and passes it through a fuel filter for straining before it arrives at the injectors. A pressure regulator controls fuel pressure to ensure good engine performance under a variety of speed and load conditions. Fuel injectors, when activated, spray a metered amount of fuel into the engine. Some vehicles use a return line system to return unused fuel back to the tank.

  • Are oil changes getting more expensive?

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    At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, it’s important to us that you see the value in the work we do. Over the course of the past decade, depending on what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive, it may seem like oil changes have gotten more expensive, and there’s a lot of differentiation in pricing at different locations. What’s going on?

  • Are You Experiencing Clutch Issues?

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    If you drive a standard shift vehicle, you probably know your clutch is an important part of your driving experience. Proper maintenance and use of the clutch will dramatically increase its lifespan, saving you a lot of money in the future. Autoworks in Ithaca explains:

  • Are You In Need Of New Brake Pads?

    brake pad

    Do you need new brake pads? Most of the time, if you think you do, the answer is yes. While a lot of auto parts stores sell brake pads with lifetime warranties, don’t be misled...brake pads will still wear down.

  • Are Your Ball Joints Failing?

    mechanic working on ball joints on a vehicle

    If you own or operate a fleet of vehicles or a commercial truck, chances are you’ve encountered a bad ball joint or two. How do you catch one before it breaks, and why is it important? Autoworks in Ithaca, NY has the answers.

  • Are your seat belts working properly?

    hand buckling seat belt in

    By now, the numbers are clear; seat belts save lives. But just wearing one isn’t enough - it needs to be working properly to actually keep you safe. Here’s what you need to know about the seat belts in your car, truck, or SUV, from Autoworks in Ithaca, NY.

  • ASE Certified - What Does It Mean For You?

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    At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, precision and quality are our top priorities. That’s why we always employ ASE certified technicians - but what does that mean for you?

  • ASE Certified Technician for Transmission Care

    At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we understand that the care for your vehicle is in the details. Transmission work, more so than any other type of maintenance or repair, requires a keen eye and specific know-how.

  • ASE Certified Technicians - What Does It Mean For You?

    technician in auto shop

    Whether you drive a Chevy, Ram, or Ford diesel pickup, we have you covered. At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we can do it all - and a big part of that is done by employing ASE certified technicians.

  • Bad engine mounts, why is it a problem for you?

    working on a truck on a lift

    Failed engine mounts are an irritating issue to live with causing your car or truck to vibrate and you don't know why. At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we can help, no matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive and it is an easy issue to detect on a test drive.

    There are a few indicators your engine mounts need to be replaced. For one, you can do a visual inspection, if they’re accessible enough - if they looked cracked, smashed, or dry-rotted, it’s probably time for new ones.  If the engine visibly shakes while it’s running, engine mounts are also likely the culprit.  However, if you are like most drivers you simply get in and drive on down the road until something is different or a light comes on!   Then you call our shop for help!

  • Bad Transmission? Fix It or Sell It?

    close up of a transmission in a car

    So, you’ve determined your transmission is bad. What next? Choosing what to do can be overwhelming, and you need someone you can trust to help you decide what work needs to be done. Autoworks in Ithaca, NY is here to help you make the right decision when it comes to your transmission. There are a few things to consider when your transmission goes out. You might feel inclined to just get a new car, but should you? 

  • Balancing, mounting, and what you need to know about both.

    Tire being serviced in a shop

    There are a few things that matter when mounting new tires on your vehicle. First, you want it done right. Second, you want it done fast. For both, Autoworks in Ithaca, NY has you covered.

  • Best Questions to Ask A Mechanic

    A good technician will give your vehicle a quick inspection whenever you have maintenance performed. Fluid levels, tire condition, dashboard lights, and a variety of other items typically are briefly explored whenever you bring your vehicle in for maintenance. At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we're good at noticing things that need repair, but the fact of the matter is that only you know your vehicle. You know when your vehicle feels off when its been serviced last (or that it hasn't been serviced at all,) and have at least some vague idea of what’s going on with your vehicle day to day. Here are some questions you can ask us next time you come by the shop:

  • Brakes - how do they work?

    Brakes

    At Autoworks in Ithaca, we know that in order to keep your car in good shape, it helps to know how it works. Here’s a quick rundown of a system that’s very important, but you take for granted until there’s a problem; your brakes.

  • Brakes for Your Fleet

    brakes

    At Autoworks in Ithaca, our expert mechanics are here to work for you. On large commercial trucks, there’s one component that works harder than almost all the rest; your brakes. Our technicians have the knowledge and ability necessary to have your truck stopping like the day it rolled off the lot, no matter what the problem is.

  • Brakes…One of the Most Important Parts of Your Vehicle

    mechanic working on the brakes of a car

    Obviously, your brakes are pretty important. Your brake system is made of many components that all have to work correctly for your brakes to operate seamlessly. If one thing needs to be repaired, the whole system is compromised. Brake pads, rotors, hoses, calipers, and metal lines all play a part in stopping your car. At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we’re here to make sure your car, truck, or SUV stops as it should.

  • Bumper Cover Damaged Or Loose?

    bumper on a white car with lights on

    Your bumper covers are always in danger. Between other drivers, obstacles in the road, flash floods, or any other hazard you may encounter, at some point it’s likely your bumper covers will accrue some damage. At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we can fix that.

  • Can’t shift out of Park?

    There may come a day when you go to shift your vehicle out of “Park”, and the shifter refuses to move. Perhaps you are already experiencing this issue intermittently, or currently have a vehicle stuck in park. While this is a serious inconvenience, it doesn’t necessarily indicate a serious problem; let Autoworks in Ithaca, NY put your mind at ease.

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