The Importance of Oil Changes

The oil in your vehicle's engine lubricates the moving parts keeping your car or truck running at its best and preventing costly repairs. But when oil reduces in volume from use and starts to break down, the engine's components can be damaged. Over time oil becomes polluted with contaminates like dust, dirt, debris and other particulates can cause a build-up of harmful sludge. Old oil will also build-up in filters and vents that can result in issues with the air flow to the engine.

One of the most important things you can do for your vehicle is to have your oil changed regularly. As a general rule of thumb, car care experts recommend changing the oil every 3,000 miles. But with technology improvements, newer vehicles might only require an oil change between 5,000 to 10,000 miles, check your owner's manual for your car's manufacturer's recommendations. Whether you have a new or old car, the importance of oil changes cannot be understated.

 If you are unsure about your car's recommended oil change schedule, the certified mechanics at Ace Auto Repair in West Jordan, Utah can help. Give us a call at 801-447-1693 for an affordable, professional oil change with fast, friendly service.

Maintaining Proper Engine Lubrication

While you're driving the moving parts of your car's engine, like pistons and valves, move at high rates of speed. Oil helps keep the heat created by these components down and prevents wear. When the oil is low or too old, these moving parts are not properly lubricated and will create more heat with friction and over-heat the engine. The benefits of properly maintaining engine lubrication with regular oil changes include:

  • Improved Gas Mileage - New, clean oil from routine oil changes can improve gas mileage by 1-2% over time. But not enough oil, old oil or the wrong kind of oil will lead to an increase in your vehicle's fuel consumption and end up costing you more at the pump.
  • Prevents Contaminants and Sludge - Particulates like dust, dirt and debris can decrease the life span of your vehicle by causing corrosion and harmful scarring to the engine. For optimal vehicle performance, a clean engine is key and routine oil and filter changes maintain a clean engine.
  • Helps Avoid Costly Repairs - Routine maintenance, including regular oil and filter changes, helps avoid costly repairs. An engine that is not properly lubricated forces the moving components to work too hard and will end up causing problems in the future. Average yearly oil changes = approximately $120 and the cost of not maintaining your vehicle's engine = approximately $4,000.
  • Increases Resale Value - By increasing your vehicle's life span, you increase the resale value. The value of a well-maintained car or truck, whose owner followed the manufacturer's maintenance schedule, increases at the time of resale According to Kelley Blue Book.

Whether you take your vehicle to a dealership or a local, trusted mechanic for an oil change, it is important to follow the manufacturer oil change recommendations to ensure your factory warranty coverage remains valid. Regular maintenance services are easy to keep up with compared to the costly repairs you may face if without it.

Fast, Affordable Oil Change in the Salt Lake City Area

Get better gas mileage and ensure your vehicle's engine is protected with an affordable and convenient oil change by an experienced technician. To save time and money, make an online appointment with Ace Auto in West Jordan, Utah or give us a call at 801-447-1693 for an immediate service or repair quote. We are proud to offer Salt Lake City area residents complete auto repair and maintenance services.

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What is Factory Scheduled Maintenance and Why it is Important for Your Vehicle?

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Auto Technician in a Garage

You probably know that you should change the oil in your car every 3,000 miles, but do you know how often you should check the power steering fluid or the chassis lubrication? If you are unsure, review your car's owner manual to find the factory maintenance schedule recommended for your specific vehicle by the manufacturer. So, what is factory scheduled maintenance and why is it important for your vehicle?

Your vehicle's factory scheduled maintenance is a reminder to have your vehicle serviced every 3 months or 3,000 miles for preventative maintenance throughout the year. These manufacturers recommendations will keep your car running smoothly, help prevent costly repairs and ensure your manufacturer’s warranty remains valid.

Whether you take your car to the dealership or your local mechanic for scheduled maintenance, it is important to stick with the factory recommendations to make sure that coverage is valid throughout the duration of your factory warranty. Services like rotating tires, flushing the brakes and changing fluids, filters and spark plugs are all easy to keep up with compared to the potential repairs you may face if without regular maintenance.

 If you have questions about your car's recommended factory maintenance, the helpful, certified mechanics at Ace Auto in West Jordan, Utah can let you know what is due (or overdue) for maintenance and perform the services to prevent costly problems to keep you on the road in a safe vehicle.

Factory Scheduled Maintenance in Your Vehicles Owner's Manual

You will find two different maintenance schedules in your owner’s manual, one labeled 'regular' and the other 'severe'. While you may not put a lot of miles on your car driving to and from work or getting the kids to school, soccer practice or piano lessons - you will want to consider the following strenuous conditions that can bump your service schedule up to 'severe':

  • Extreme Weather
  • Frequent, Short Commutes
  • Stop and Go Traffic
  • Idling
  • Heavy Loads
  • Rough Roads
  • Mountainous Roads
  • Salty or Dusty Conditions

If have an older vehicle that did not come with a manual, the Car Care Council, a non-profit organization for vehicle owners, offers a free customizable vehicle maintenance schedule to help you keep track of the dates and mileage for services performed.

Basic Car Maintenance Schedule by Month/Mileage

Every 3 Months/3,000 Miles

Every 6 Months/6,000 Miles

    • Automatic Transmission Fluid
    • Automatic Transmission Fluid
    • Battery and Cables
    • Battery and Cables
    • Belts
    • Belts
    • Engine Oil and Filter
    • Chassis Lubrication
    • Exhaust
    • Engine Air Filter
    • Fuel Filter
    • Engine Oil and Filter
    • Hoses
    • Exhaust
    • Lights
    • Fuel Filter
    • Power Steering Fluid
    • Hoses
    • Tire Condition (inflation & tread)
    • Power Steering Fluid
    • Windshield Washer Fluid
    • Tire Condition (inflation & tread)

 

    • Windshield Washer Fluid

 

    • Windshield Wiper Blades

 

Every 9 Months/9,000 Miles

Every 6 Months/6,000 Miles

    • Automatic Transmission Fluid
    • Automatic Transmission Fluid
    • Battery and Cables
    • Battery and Cables
    • Belts
    • Belts
    • Engine Air Filter
    • Brakes
    • Engine Oil and Filter
    • Cabin Air Filter
    • Exhaust
    • Engine Air Filter
    • Fuel Filter
    • Engine Oil and Filter
    • Hoses
    • Exhaust
    • Lights
    • Fuel Filter
    • Power Steering Fluid
    • Hoses

Tire Condition (inflation & tread)

    • Lights
    • Windshield Washer Fluid
    • Power Steering Fluid

 

    • Tire Condition (inflation & tread)

 

    • Windshield Washer Fluid

 

It is important to keep records of your vehicle's maintenance in case you need to use your manufacturer’s warranty. By logging all completed services, service dates and mileage at the time of service, you can help your mechanic understand what needs to be done to keep your car safe.

Professional, Friendly Service at Ace Auto to Keep Your Factory Scheduled Maintenance Up to Date in West Jordan Utah  

For your vehicle's regularly scheduled factory recommended maintenance, call Ace Auto at 801-447-1693. Our friendly, experienced technicians will make sure your car is safe and in good repair to prevent time-consuming, costly problems in the future.

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Top 3 Reasons Why Your Car AC is Not Blowing Cold Air

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During the hot summer months in Utah you want your vehicle's AC to blow cool refreshing air for your comfort and the comfort of your passengers. There are a variety of reasons why your car AC is not blowing cold air. Fixing the AC could be as simple as recharging your car's AC refrigerant or repairing a refrigerant leak but may also require complex electrical climate control repair or slipping compressor clutch to get your air conditioning operating at top performance once again.

Understanding Your Vehicle's AC System

The air conditioning system in your vehicle can be complex due to the location of the hoses and lines. Essentially, your vehicle's AC system compresses and heats the refrigerant, then allowing it to decompress and condense into a liquid that causes it to rapidly lose heat. This process absorbs heat from the car's cabin and is continuously repeated to achieve your desired temperature.

The basic concept is much easier to understand when the components are broken down, as follows:

  • The compressor runs off an engine belt that squeezes or compresses the gaseous refrigerant.
  • Once it has been pressurized, the condenser cools it down through a series of finned tubes where it returns to a liquid state. This liquid will then pass through a dryer or receiver that removes excess water to eliminate the risk of ice crystal formations inside the AC system.
  • Next the liquid refrigerant enters the evaporator via a thermal expansion valve where it is then exposed to heat from the vehicle's cabin. At this point the fluid boils, reducing it to a gas form once again. During this process the heat from the surrounding air is absorbed causing the evaporator coil to chill. Finally, it is redistributed throughout the cabin by the blowing fan through the vents as cool, crisp air-conditioned air.

Just about every car has the same basic AC parts consisting of a compressor, condenser and evaporator that work together to keep you cool during the warm summer months. When any of these parts fail, you're left with uncomfortable heat that a rolled-down window just can't fix.

Here are the top 3 reasons why your car may not be blowing cold air:

#1 Your AC Refrigerant Needs a Recharge

The most common cause of a vehicle's air conditioner not getting cold enough is that it needs to be recharged. You can recharge your refrigerant by yourself, but to save time and make sure the job is done correctly you should make an appointment with your local professional auto shop.

The trusted professionals at Ace Auto in West Jordan, Utah can help you recharge your car's AC refrigerant. Give us a call at 801-447-1693 for a free quote to get you back on the road with the comfort and safety with a recharged AC blowing crisp, cool air again.

#2 An AC System Refrigerant Leak

When your vehicle's AC system develops a refrigerant fluid leak it can be challenging to detect due to the fact that refrigerant fluid instantly evaporates when it comes in contact with air. A professional mechanic uses specialized tools to determine if there is a leak by introducing ultraviolet fluid to show signs of low refrigerant pressure in the AC system. Signs of an AC system refrigerant leak:

  • Audible click when the AC is turned on.
  • AC cycles on and off frequently.
  • Hissing sounds from the AC system (when the engine is off).
  • Oil residue around AC pipe fittings and hoses.

A refrigerant leak repair may include repairing or replacing the specific failing component. If a large amount of fluid has been lost, your AC system will need to be flushed and the refrigerant fluid will need to be replaced to function properly and get the cool air flowing. *Please note that refrigerant is a very harmful toxic chemical and should not be handled without the proper equipment operated by a trained professional.

#3 Fan Motor Failure

Another common source of trouble in your car's AC system might be the fan(s) motor located at the front of the vehicle's motor. Whether your car has one or two fans, it is important that the fan is in good working order to both keep you cool and to provide vital cooling to your engine.

If you are unsure about the correct diagnosis of your car's failing air conditioner, the friendly and caring certified mechanics at Ace Auto in West Jordan, Utah will give you a free repair quote and work quickly to fix your AC and get you back out on the road.

Professional Help from Ace Auto to Keep You and Your Passengers Comfortable with Cool Air

If you are suffering with a broken air conditioner in your car in Utah, make sure you find a professional, trusted auto mechanic to quickly inspect and repair your AC and avoid a more serious overheating engine. For an honest AC diagnosis and speedy repairs in West Jordan, schedule an appointment with Ace Auto at 801-447-1693 for your FREE repair quote. Our master mechanics are experienced technicians that are certified and can repair any AC system problem and have your AC working properly again.

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Save Your Engine By Maintaining Your Fuel Injectors

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Are you burning through tanks of gas faster than you used to? Finding it harder to speed up to get around the nice old lady going 35mph on the highway? Having issues with your engine sputtering when you slow down? When was the last time you had your fuel injectors looked at? Keeping your fuel injection system well-maintained is one of the keys to better fuel performance for your car and a longer life for your engine.

Why Do Fuel Injectors Matter?

Your car’s fuel injection system consists of two primary parts: the fuel injectors and the fuel pump. The fuel pump sends pressurized fuel from the gas tank to the car’s engine bay. The injectors then distribute the fuel to different cylinders within the engine as a fine spray. Your spark plugs ignite the spray from the injectors, powering your car.

Computers control modern fuel injection systems, replacing the manual carburetors found in most cars built before 1990. Carburetors required time to warm-up before the car was ready to drive. Modern systems improve upon this performance by allowing cars to start up right away without needing this warm-up period, even in cold weather.

Fuel injection systems also improve the fuel efficiency of your car. A well-maintained system limits the amount of gas needed to power the car, giving you better mileage for every tank of gas. They also make less noise than old carburetor-powered engines and lead to less engine maintenance as your car parts last longer in this type of system.

Fuel Injection Maintenance

There are two primary ways to clean and maintain fuel injection systems:

On-Car Cleaning

These are a less-intensive way of cleaning injection systems. Nothing is taken apart or removed; instead, cleaners are introduced to remove contaminants from the system.

  • Method 1: Additives get poured directly into the fuel tank. They flow through the fuel system, eventually reaching the injectors and working to remove impurities.
  • Method 2: A pressurized canister of injector cleaner gets attached to the car’s fuel rail. The engine runs off of the cleaner instead of the fuel, giving the injectors a more thorough cleaning.

Off-Car Cleaning

The injectors get removed from your car entirely and cleaned with special ultrasonic tools. They’re then tested to ensure that the flow rate and spray pattern are within acceptable limits. Technicians also check for possible leaks before putting the injectors back into your car.

Fuel Injector Wear And Tear

You suck in dirt and other contaminants every time you drive your car. Over time, those contaminants get into your engine. When too much of it gets pulled into your injector and fuel pump, your car begins experiencing problems including:

  • A lack of acceleration when you step on your gas pedal
  • You start burning through gas faster every time you fill up
  • There’s a noticeable unevenness when you let your engine idle

Continued failure to maintain your car’s fuel injection system often leads to major damage to your engine, costing you a lot of money in repairs.

Check Your Fuel Injectors Today at Ace Auto in West Jordan, Utah

Think you might have an issue with your car’s fuel injection system? Contact Ace Auto in West Jordan, Utah today and schedule a review of your injection system. We’ll make sure your engine runs as efficiently as possible. Give our master mechanics a call today at 801-447-1693 for a free quote on your next service!

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5 Warning Signs Your Car Needs a New Timing Belt

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Man Looking Troubled Under the Cars Hood

Prevention is the Best Solution

Your vehicle's mileage is the best indicator a new timing belt is needed. Most of us don't even think about it until there's a problem, but there are warning signs for a bad timing belt that you shouldn't ignore. Most commonly you will notice symptoms while trying to start your car or if it's making funny noises and acting-up while running. Since vehicle manufacturers provide specific mileage for timing belt replacement, and prevention is the best solution. If you already suspect your car needs a new timing belt, have it checked before time runs out.

Check Your Owner's Manual

Because the timing belt is responsible for turning your engine's cam and crankshaft in sync, it is subject to incredible exertion and typically needs to be replaced within 60,000 - 100,000 miles, depending on the manufacturer's recommendation. Check your owner's manual for exact mileage recommendations on your specific vehicle. There are only a few warning indicators that can help you diagnose a weak or loose timing belt, but there are no obvious clues to indicate a worn belt that may be close to snapping.

It's About Time to Replace Your Timing Belt

Since the timing belt is absolutely essential to the safe operation of your vehicle, please have an experienced mechanic inspect it if you think something is wrong. Listed below are five signs to be aware of that may help determine if it's about time to replace your timing belt:

  • What's That Sound? - One sound that you need to be aware of is a high-pitched screech or whirring when you first start your car and/or when you're idling or accelerating. The next is a ticking coming from inside the engine itself. These are both possible indicators that the timing belt is malfunctioning.
  • Between 2000 - 4000 RPM - An engine that starts acting up when you reach between 2000 - 4000 RPM could be failing to function normally because the timing belt is loose or breaking down from wear and tear. This may cause the belt to 'slip' while accelerating.
  • Heavy Exhaust Fumes - If you notice more smoke and fumes than normal coming from the exhaust, this could be another indication that your timing belt is overdue for a replacement. The engine running with a malfunctioning belt can cause excessive exhaust fumes.
  • Engine Will Not Turn Over - When you try to start your car, can hear the starter motor but the engine will not turn over in addition to any of the above warning signs - it is quite possible that damage has been done to the engine as a result of a broken or snapped timing belt.
  • Car Stops Working Abruptly - This is the worst-case scenario that can leave you stranded with major engine damage. Because of the obvious danger, you will know immediately if your car stops running abruptly, that you need to have a full inspection of all running components including the timing belt.

If you're not sure about your timing belt or if you think there may be a problem, let our expert mechanics at Ace Auto Repair in West Jordan, Utah check things out for you. Don’t let time run out, contact us today for a FREE Repair Quote.

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When It's Important to Have an Anti-Freeze Flush

Antifreeze Flush in West Jordan - Ace Auto RepairYou may find yourself asking about your car: when is it important to have an anti-freeze flush? If you're a new car owner, perhaps you don't know what an anti-freeze flush is. Let me explain. An anti-freeze flush is the same as a cooling system flush, and it really is good for your vehicle. It removes rust, dirt, sludge, and dirty coolant from your radiator, water hoses, water pump, and all your engine's cooling passages. And, of course, a coolant flush is helpful, too. It's a flush that adds cleaner to the coolant system, in order to remove sediment and rust. Then, the system is flushed thoroughly, and new anti-freeze is added to your car. 

What is Anti-Freeze?

Coolant, a 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water, flushes out your car's cooling system and is definitely part of a regular maintenance for your car. It prevents your engine from getting too hot. This, in turn, means you won't be sitting on the edge of the road waiting for a tow truck! If you only drain your radiator or fill it, you won't be getting to the crux of the problem, though. You'll definitely need to do a complete flush to get to the core of your problem, and this is necessary to prevent your car from getting way too hot and breaking down on you.

When Its Important To Have An Antifreeze Flush?

Anti-freeze is a product that flows through your coolant system and keeps your engine and cooling services in your car at the right temperature. If your anti-freeze gets too low or too dirty, it can make your engine overheat, which is just about the last thing you want. If your engine overheats in today's world, it's sure to lead to a huge meltdown, and you're sure to have to spend your hard-earned money on expensive repairs to get your car back to normal. If your coolant isn't changed regularly, there will be several signs that you can look for, to make sure you get your coolant checked out:

  • Low coolant warning light
  • Engine temperature gauge is red zoned
  • Low coolant levels, if you check yourself
  • Steam leaking from under your hood
  • Cold air coming out of your heating vents (instead of hot air)

If you notice any of these things, it's super-important to get your anti-freeze flushed, or at least come have your vehicle checked out by one of our mechanics at Ace Auto Repair in West Jordan Utah. You want to make sure you avoid, at all costs, the meltdown that can occur when your coolant levels get dirty or low. You will save yourself money if you get your coolant checked and refreshed regularly, and you're sure to avoid the same kinds of things that you hear about from folks you know who've spent ALL their money repairing their vehicle.

How Often Do You Need To Change Your Coolant?

If you're wondering, just by chance, how often you need to change your anti-freeze, here are some tips. If you have the owner's manual to your car, you can start by looking at it, but sometimes, the easiest thing to do is just to check under your hood and look at your coolant levels. You can easily see if you need to get more coolant. If your coolant levels are less than desirable, it will look brown and a lot less clear. If your coolant levels are desperate level, then it will be really sludgy. You'll know then that you need to change it as soon as you can, and getting a coolant system flush is by far the best way to go to make sure your vehicle is ready to be up and running safely again.

Let Ace Auto Repair Handle Your Cooling System with an Antifreeze Flush

At Ace Auto Repair, we have been rated the #1 auto mechanic in West Jordan Utah and would love to take care of your coolant flush for you. We check your whole system out for problems, and we use test strips to make sure your coolant levels are okay. We check out your components that contribute to your cooling system, so be sure you come by and see us make sure you get the best treatment for your cooling system. If your car is showing signs of needing new or replaced Anti-Freeze, then come by Ace Auto Repair in West Jordan, Utah, and we'll give you a free consultation. Feel free to give us a call at 801-803-6016 for any questions!

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What to Do if Your Car Overheats

Engine Overheating Causes & Damage - Ace Auto Repair

There's nothing worse than driving down the road and having your car overheat. Seeing steam coming from under the hood while red warning lights start to flash on your dashboard can get any driver's blood pumping. That's why it's a good idea to know why your car can overheat and what to do when and if it does.

Most Common Engine Overheating Causes

There are many reasons your car may overheat. When your car overheats, it means that something is making it impossible for your vehicle's cooling system to do its job. Here are three of the most common causes:

  • Coolant Concentration out of Whack: Each vehicle has its own needs when it comes to the type of coolant and the mix of coolant and distilled water. If this is off, it can result in overheating. Be sure to check your car's manual to determine the best concentration.
  • A Leaking Cooling System: A leak in your cooling system is the most common reason for overheating. The leak can be in a number of areas such as the head gasket, radiator, heater core, water pump, or some other area. A pressure test should be able to determine whether or not you have a leak.
  • Malfunctioning Thermostat: The thermostat is actually a value that is heat-sensitive. It opens and closes depending on the temperature of your engine. When in the open position, coolant is sent to the radiator. When closed, coolant remains in the engine. When the thermostat is stuck closed, your car overheats.

Additional reasons your car may overheat include:

  •    Coolant passageways are blocked
    •    Worn or cracked hoses
    •    Radiator is faulty
    •    Radiator fan is bad
    •    A broken or loose belt
    •    Water pump is faulty

What to Do If Your Car Overheats

Regardless of the reason for your car overheating, once it does, you need to take a few steps to ensure your safety and to keep your car from suffering additional damage.

  1. Find a safe place to pull over as soon as possible. You don't want to drive your car further than a quarter mile. Be sure to turn your car off.
  2. Wait until the temperature gauge falls to cool. You do not want to open your hood while there is still steam coming out of it. Also, you never want to try to remove your radiator cap when it is hot.
  3. Once your engine is cool, check the level of your coolant. Remove the cap and if your coolant is low, go ahead and refill it and replace the cap.
  4. Check the hoses, both the lower and upper radiator hose as well as the heater hoses for blockage or to determine if they have become disconnected or if they have burst.
  5. Go ahead and restart your vehicle.
  6. Watch your temperature gauge. If it begins to rise again, you will need to pull over once more and shut off the vehicle. At this point, it will be necessary to have your vehicle towed to a professional such as Ace Auto.

We'll Fix All Your Overheated Engine Damage

From overheated engines to small engine repair and even AC recharge, here at Ace Auto Utah, we can handle any vehicle repairs you may need. Our team of trained professionals makes it their mission to get you and your vehicle back on the road as soon as possible. So, if you are in the Salt Lake City area, know that we can service any make or model car or truck, and we're here to help. Give us a call today 801-803-6016 if you need your car or truck towed, or contact us here to schedule an appointment.

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Ace Auto Repair Has Moved to West Jordan, Utah

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Ace Auto has Moved to West Jordan, Utahj

Ace Auto Repair is excited to announce that we have officially moved to a new and improved automotive shop, conveniently located in West Jordan. Our new facility has more space in the shop for using the latest state-of-the-art equipment in auto repair. We also have more parking for the customers and perhaps best of all, you no longer have to travel down a bumpy dirt road to get to us.
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Ace Auto's New Address is:

Ace Auto Repair

3399 West 8395 South

West Jordan, UT 84088

 Although our address has changed, our commitment to quality auto repair services at honest, affordable rates has not. If you are in the area, we would love for you to stop by for a visit.

Small Engine Repair Service Now at Ace Auto

Ace Auto Repair is a family owned business known for providing honest and reliable auto repair services on all makes and models of cars, trucks, and SUV’s; and Now, our customers can count on Ace Auto for all of their small engine repair needs as well.

Our small engine repair mechanics have been trained to diagnose and fix small engines accurately. Our small engine repair services can help you repair your lawn mower, pressure washer, ATV, chainsaw and more. Visit our service page here for more information about our small engine repair services in West Jordan, Utah.

The Ace Auto Repair Difference

Here at Ace Auto, we pride ourselves on honest and reliable engine repair. We do not tell a customer to fix something that does not need to be fixed, we always keep them informed through the entire process, and will not perform any work without consent.

To experience the Ace Auto Repair difference for yourself, give us a call at 801-803-6016 today!

Ace Auto Repair Now Offering Small Engine Repair in West Jordan

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Small Engine Repair West Jordan, UT

Maybe you need to aerate your lawn before winter hits, or maybe you need to repair your ATV; whatever the case, Ace Auto Repair is here to help.

Ace Auto Repair now offers full-service repair and maintenance on small engines in our West Jordan location. Our trained mechanics are experienced in all makes and models, from chain saws and lawn mowers, to jet skis and motorboats; we’ve got you covered.

Our Small Engine Mechanics Can Help You:

  • Perform routine maintenance
  • Test and inspect malfunctioning engine components
  • Repair and replace worn or defective engine parts
  • Reassemble small engines
  • Provide accurate records or inspections, testing, work performed, and parts

Click HERE to learn more about our Small Engine Repair Services in West Jordan, Utah

Readying Your Car for Summer

Readying Your Car for Summer - Ace Auto Repair in West Jordan, Utah

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With summer on its way, it's time to start thinking about readying your car for the heat and all its glorious travel opportunities. With a little preparation, you can be ready for a spur of the moment weekend getaway, and have the confidence that your car will get you there and back safely.

Keep Tires in Great Shape for Hot Pavement Grip

Winter weather can be hard on tires. This is a good time of the year to do a quick check on your tires. This should include inspecting the tread and verifying proper inflation. Poorly inflated tires impact grip which makes driving feel more erratic, can reduce your overall miles per gallon, and can even lead to a tire blowout. Always check tire pressure with a calibrated tire pressure gauge.

If you live in an area that permits snow tires, now is a good time to change them out for your standard warm weather tires. Also, check up on your spare. Make sure one is present, the correct spare for your ride, and that you have the tools to put it in should a tire blow.  Nothing is quite as awful as discovering a missing jack at 3 am with a blown tire in the middle of nowhere.

Lubrication Keeps Pistons Pumping

Oil is another area that sometimes gets overlooked. Check the oil and adjust to suit the needs of your car. Your owner's manual for your car will list recommendations for your climate. Warm oil is thin oil, and oil that is not thick enough won't provide the lubrication necessary to keep your engine in good working order. If a dealership or garage does your oil change, ask after the viscosity of oil they are using to double check it’s the right version for your needs.

Keep Your Engine Cool in the Hot Sun

Overheating is a primary cause for summertime breakdowns. One great method to reduce the risk of this is to keep on top of your coolant maintenance. Your radiator should be flushed completely and refilled every other year and you should check the level, general condition, and concentration of the coolant once in a while between replacements. If you do the flushing yourself, dispose of the old coolant properly; it has a sweet taste that dogs love and it is highly toxic.

Transmission Fluid Keeps You Shifting Smoothly

You want to keep an eye on your transmission fluid levels as well. Too much or too little, and you will run into problems that can, over time, lead to costly repairs. Further, make sure you read your manual to determine the correct mix of transmission fluid for your car. The SAE number found there will determine the right ATF mix.

Signs of too much transmission fluid:

  • Rough shifting. It will feel harder to jump from gear to gear.
  • Slippage. The engine will rev but your car won't respond.
  • Erratic behavior while shifting.

Signs of too little transmission fluid:

  • Failure to engage. The car will act like it's permanently in neutral.
  • Slow shifting. A sluggish response between gears.
  • Lurching and surging. Picking up speed rapidly then dropping back down while switching gears.

Enjoy a Frosty Interior on a Blistering Day

On a swelteringly hot day, you want your A/C in good working order. If it's not blowing a nice frigid blast through your car, you likely are in need of additional refrigerant. Ace Auto Repair can help charge your A/C if it's not keeping you nice and cool.

Summertime Tune-up West Jordan, Utah

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Don't get stranded this summer on the side of the road with a smoking car. Bring your car into Ace Auto Repair in West Jordan, Utah for a summertime inspection, and we will check every element of auto maintenance listed above.  Avoid summertime sadness and give your ride the basic service it requires to keep you on the road.

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