Automotive Repair

  • Why a Professional Shop is a Big Deal for Your Fleet

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    Fleet vehicles see a lot of wear and tear and need to be well taken care of if you expect them to last. For the best care, you need to choose technicians that are quick, efficient, know how to read the diagnostics and treat the issues. Our team at Autoworks in Ithaca, NY has the experience and training necessary to diagnose and repair any issues that your fleet might be facing. 

  • Why Do Engines Overheat?

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    An engine overheating can cause irreparable damage - preventing that from happening is crucial to keeping your car, truck, or SUV on the road. Here’s a rundown on the causes of engine overheating, from Autoworks in Ithaca, NY.

  • Why do I Need a Heavy Duty Torque Converter?

    man working on a torque converter

    If you drive a lightweight car, truck, or SUV, the torque converter you have installed is probably just fine. For those of you with more heavy-duty applications, like high horsepower setups or towing rigs, the stock converter may not be enough. At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we can help with that.

  • Why is maintaining your antifreeze so important?

    technician checking the engine

    Antifreeze is a fluid that’s just as important as oil to the engine in your car, truck, or SUV. You probably already know it’s essential to keeping your engine cool - but it’s important for more than one reason, and does require maintenance besides keeping it full. From Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, here’s what you need to know about antifreeze.

  • Why Is My ABS Light On?

    ABS light lit up on a dashboard

    At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we’ve got every answer to your transmission questions and needs, and answers to a lot of things that fall outside of that realm as well. Today, we’re talking about the ABS light - an issue that plagues many modern drivers at some point or another.

  • Why is there a puddle under my car?

    car with hood up and puddle underneath of it

    Cars, trucks, and SUVs use and create multiple liquid substances. Here’s what you need to know about the puddle of liquid under your vehicle, from Autoworks in Ithaca, NY. There are a few different substances that can pool under an automobile, and some are more serious than others. Knowing what to look for and what to do could save you from hassle with your vehicle in the long run. 

  • Why is your engine squealing?

    engine

    If you drive a Jaguar, BMW, Land Rover, Porsche, Subaru, or other luxury or performance vehicle, the last thing you want to do is start your engine to be met with the sound of a screeching drive belt. Fortunately, we at Autoworks in Ithaca, NY have you covered.

  • Why You Need That Alignment

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    Alignment is the position of your wheels in relation to your vehicle and how they interact with the road. When your vehicle is properly aligned, your wheels will point in the same direction as the vehicle. To maintain proper control of your car, you must keep your wheels in proper alignment. Otherwise, steering will become difficult, your tires will wear unevenly and your fuel economy will decrease. 

  • Your Ball Joints Keep You Rolling

    ball joint on a vehicle

    Whether you drive a Porsche, Audi, BMW, Subaru, Land Rover or another performance and luxury vehicle, your ball joints are an essential part of your car or SUV’s performance and safety. At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we want to give you some tips on what to watch out for to make sure your ball joints are in shape and ready to go.

  • Your engine has trouble starting - is the starter bad?

    starter motor of a car

    When a vehicle has trouble starting, many people initially blame the starter. What is the starter, and how do you know if yours has called it quits? At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we want to keep you informed and telling you what to look for will prevent further damage when issues arise. The starter is essentially just an electric motor; a gear at the end of that electric motor engages the flywheel, which turns the engine over, allowing it to start. How do you know if yours is failing?

  • Your Guide to Tires - When to Replace and What to Replace Them With

    Tires

    Your tires are obviously important. However, it’s often underappreciated how much of a difference they make in the ride quality of your car, truck, or SUV, and what they can tell you about the condition of your vehicle. At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we like to keep you well informed on what your vehicle is telling you, and how to keep it in good shape. Your tires have a lot to do with that.

  • Your Tires - Are They In Good Shape?

    flat tire on road

    What condition are your tires in? At Autoworks in Ithaca, NY, we want to make sure you can tell if your tires are in good condition or ready to be replaced. A simple visual inspection is all you need - it’s easy if you know what to look for. Our technicians have been trained to identify trouble before it hurts your vehicle, but they can also help you understand how to keep your eyes open for serious issues.

  • Your Top Transmission Specialists

    Mechanic Working on a transmission

    At Autoworks in Ithaca, we understand the importance of proper transmission maintenance. Commercial trucks are heavy, and they rack in a lot of miles. With this combination, it’s essential the transmissions in your trucks are always performing their best. Here’s a few things to watch out for:

  • Your Vehicle's Finger Print

    a car with lines and details over it like a computer screen

    Your Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, is essentially your car’s fingerprint. In its entirety, it is specific only to your car. Each car has its own unique VIN number and can be decoded to provide manufacturing and identification information on any vehicle on the road. Date of manufacture, manufacturer, vehicle type, where it was made, and options such as engine and transmission type, whether a car is a two or four-door, and a multitude of other specifications can be gleaned from a VIN number. Essentially, a VIN number will tell you exactly what a car is and where it came from, without even having to see the car.

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