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GENERAL MAINTENANCE

It's Time for the 21st Century Tune-up

Times are changing...cars are changing. One of the biggest changes in today's automotive industry is the perception of a "tune-up." Ask 10 vehicle owners their definition of a tune-up and chances are there'll be 10 different answers. The classic "tune-up" was once the heart of the automotive business and contrary to some beliefs; today's modern vehicles still need tune-ups to keep them performing at the most efficient levels.

The tune-up was historically associated with the routine replacement of key ignition system parts like spark plugs and ignition points, along with some basic adjustments to help "tune" the engine. Mounting pressure for increased fuel economy and lower emissions drove the car manufacturers to adopt electronics and to do away with ignition points in the '70s, along with the carburetor in the middle '80s. This eliminated the need for the replacement and adjustment of a growing number of ignition and fuel system parts.

As the pace of technology quickened, the procedures required to perform a traditional tune-up changed dramatically. Highly sophisticated ignition and fuel systems are now the norm, using one or more onboard computers to control critical engine and transmission management functions. Things that were once handled mechanically are now controlled electronically through the widespread use of onboard computer technology.

Because vehicles have changed so much over the years, the Car Care Council has introduced the 21st Century Tune-up. This program is designed to help re-define and educate motorists as to what a tune-up should consist of on today's modern vehicles.

"There is a misconception that today's modern vehicles don't need tune-ups because they never break down, but that simply is not true," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "If you're at work and your computer goes down, you can't get any more work done. It's the same with your vehicle. If the vehicle isn't being properly maintained, you're not going to get where you want to go."

As part of the 21st Century Tune-up on today's modern vehicles, the following systems should be inspected:

  • Battery, charging and starting
  • Engine mechanical
  • Powertrain control (including onboard diagnostic checks)
  • Fuel
  • Ignition
  • Emissions

Vehicle owners ask for tune-ups for a variety of reasons, including improving performance, maintaining reliability, planning a vacation, preparing for winter/summer or because they're giving the car to a friend or family member.

To help ensure good performance, fuel economy and emissions, the Car Care Council also recommends that motorists take the time necessary to become familiar with their vehicle from every aspect. Study the owner's manual to become thoroughly acquainted with the operation of all systems. Pay special attention to the indicator lights and instruments.

Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Winter

Mechanical failure—an inconvenience anytime it occurs--can be deadly in the winter. Preventive maintenance is a must. Besides, a well-maintained vehicle is more enjoyable to drive, lasts longer, and could command a higher resale price.

Some of the following tips can be performed by any do-it-yourselfer; others require the skilled hands of a professional auto technician.

  • Engine Performance - Get engine drivability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good repair shop. Cold weather makes existing problems worse. Replace dirty filters-air, fuel, etc.
  • Fuel - Put a bottle of fuel de-icer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line. Note that a full gas tank helps keep moisture from forming.
  • Oil - Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual—more often (every 3,000 miles) if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips.
  • Cooling Systems - The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.
  • Windshield Wipers - Replace old blades. If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to fight ice build-up. Stock up on windshield washer solvent-you'll be surprised how much you use. Carry an ice-scraper.
  • Heater/Defroster - The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility. Newer models have a cabin air filter that should be replaced periodically. Check your owner's manual for the location and replacement interval.
  • Battery - The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check fluid level monthly. Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.
  • Lights - Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean road grime from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.
  • Exhaust System - Your vehicle should be placed on a lift and the exhaust system examined for leaks. The trunk and floor boards should be inspected for small holes. Exhaust fumes can be deadly.
  • Tires - Worn tires will be of little use in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressures once a month. Check the tires when they are cold, before driving for any distance. Rotate as recommended. Don't forget your spare, and be sure the jack is in good condition.
  • Carry emergency gear: gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, and a flash light. Put a few "high-energy" snacks in your glove box.

Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Summer

Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, will take their toll on your vehicle. Add the effects of last winter, and you could be poised for a breakdown. You can lessen the odds of mechanical failure through periodic maintenance. . . Your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale price, too!

Some of the following tips are easy to do; others require a skilled auto technician.

  • Air Conditioning - A marginally operating system will fail in hot weather. Have the system examined by a qualified technician. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system. Check your owner's manual for location and replacement interval.
  • Cooling System - The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.
  • Oil - Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual-more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage, or tow a trailer.
  • Engine Performance - Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended-more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drivability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.
  • Windshield Wipers - A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
  • Lights - Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean dirt and insects from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.
  • Tires - Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; check them while they're cold before driving for any distance. Don't forget to check your spare as well and be sure the jack is in good condition. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is warranted if there's uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side.
  • Brakes - Brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly.
  • Battery - Batteries can fail any time of year. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check the fluid level monthly. Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.
  • Emergencies - Carry some basic tools-ask a technician for suggestions. Also include a first aid kit, flares, and a flashlight. Consider buying a cellular phone.

Keeping Your Vehicle in Tune with the Environment

Car care is definitely a win-win situation. Besides helping the environment, a properly maintained and operated vehicle will run more efficiently, will be safer, and will last longer-up to 50% longer, according to a survey of ASE-certified Master Auto Technicians. The following tips should put you on the road to environmentally conscious car care.

  • Keep your engine tuned. A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30%. Follow the service schedules listed in your owner's manual. Replace filters and fluids as recommended.
  • Check your tires for proper inflation. Under inflation wastes fuel-your engine has to work harder to push the vehicle. Wheels that are out-of-line (as evidenced by uneven tread wear or vehicle pulling) make the engine work harder, too. Properly maintained tires will last longer, meaning fewer scrap tires have to be disposed.
  • Keep your air conditioner in top condition and have it serviced only by a technician certified competent to handle/recycle refrigerants. Air conditioners contain CFCs-gases that have been implicated in the depletion of the ozone layer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, almost one third of the CFCs released into the atmosphere come from mobile air conditioners; some simply leaks out, but the majority escapes during service and repair-so it's important to choose a qualified technician.
  • Do-it-yourselfers: dispose of used motor oil, anti-freeze/coolant, tires, and old batteries properly. Many repair facilities accept these items. Or call your local municipal or county government for recycling sites. Never dump used oil or anti-freeze on the ground or in open streams.
  • Observe speed limits. Mileage decreases sharply above 55 mph.
  • Drive gently. Avoid sudden accelerations and jerky stop-and-go's. Use cruise-control on open highways to keep your speed as steady as possible.
  • Avoid excessive idling. Shut off the engine while waiting for friends and family. Today's vehicles are designed to "warm up" fast, so forget about those five-minute warm ups on cold winter mornings.
  • Remove excess items from the vehicle. Less weight means better mileage. Store luggage/ cargo in the trunk rather than on the roof to reduce air drag.
  • Plan trips. Consolidate your daily errands to eliminate unnecessary driving. Try to travel when traffic is light to avoid stop-and-go conditions. Join a car pool.

Remember, how your car runs, how you drive it, and how its fluids, old parts, and tires are disposed of all have serious consequences on the environment.

What People Say About Us

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    , 09/22/2020

    I'm on vacation to see family and had a low tire. Very professional shop. Took care of issue in less than 30 minutes. Being in the tire industry myself for 48 years, shop owner for 40, would highly recommend this shop. Clean, professional, very inviting atmosphere! By just looking things over while there, a great automotive shop!! Thanks!

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    , 08/13/2020

    This is where I always take my car they understand the importance of being fair priced with quality work a good mechanic is hard to find

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    , 07/23/2020

    Evans Automotive is a great place to do business. They always get approval before doing anything, they advise you of everything they find, they are courteous, they do their best to get your vehicle back to you and on the road ASAP. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

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    , 07/23/2020

    Evans Automotive is a great place to do business. They always get approval before doing anything, they advise you of everything they find, they are courteous, they do their best to get your vehicle back to you and on the road ASAP. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

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    , 07/17/2020

    Most trustworthy auto repair business for those on vacation! Our vehicle started making scary noises while we were here vacationing from Oklahoma. When I told them that we were from out of town and needed to head home soon, they got us in quickly. We were concerned that it was going to be an expensive fix, but it turned out not to be. There was an expensive part that they could have said needed to be replaced, but told us that we would be able to make it back home and would be able to replace it later. Very respectable business with integrity! They had our car fixed and back on the road that day. They also have a courtesy van that took us back to our hotel and picked us up again to go get our vehicle! Top notch!!! *Note* The previous day we had taken our car to a repair place that was conveniently close to our hotel. They told us right away that our transmission was done and would need to be replaced. They said it was going to be $4000. We told them we wanted a second opinion. So glad that we chose to go to Evans for a 2nd opinion!!! Turned out to just be a $176 fix and our transmission was fine!!!

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    , 07/10/2020

    Great mechanic shop, fair prices, they dont sell you anything you dont need. It helps to know the owner .When you live in a small town like ours everyone knows everyone ! Just a great repair shop!

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    , 06/28/2020

    I honestly can say that this establishment is absolutely wonderful. I've been going to Evan's Automotive for about two years now, with every experience I have had from tiers to steering wheel! The fellas are always friendly, fast and thorough. Even when I didn't have an appointmen they were able to accommodate me on busy days. Fair Pricing and good work! Which is a BIG deal for this single mom all around!

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    , 06/19/2020

    I have been going to Evans for a long time. They are an honest , fair dealership. I highly recommend them. Everyone from the owner down is so friendly

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    , 06/17/2020

    Honest, hard working guys. I highly recommend you take your cars here!

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    , 06/02/2020

    Fast service. Clean shop and waiting area. Good prices.

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    , 06/01/2020

    Evans fixed my cooling system and the staff was great to work with. The mechanic explained everything to me on what was needed and the cost of repair.

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    , 05/21/2020

    Very professional!! Very fast service. I worked with Rob, he was excellent. Pricing was less than expected. Would highly recommend to family and friends.

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    , 04/29/2020

    Helpful staff. Got us out of jam with truck breaking down trailering horses on i95. Fixed within 2 hours.

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    , 04/24/2020

    Great service. Positively surprised me with price, courtesy and fast turn around. Owner Mr. Evans is most courteous and staff is A-plus from the front, Rob, Jason and Jose through the whole enterprise.

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    , 03/10/2020

    Everyone here is super nice!! Fair and honest!! Great prices too. Highly recommend!!

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    , 01/13/2020

    This place is the most professional, clean, and secure place you could leave your car! They got my Titan with oversized tires right in, Patched a hole and I was on my way! They are now my go to in St. Augustine for auto care!

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    , 01/10/2020

    Very helpful and trust worthy mechanics. Also very affordable.

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    , 01/10/2020

    Once again the good guys at Evans were great to do business with! Honesty, Integrity, and the work is always Excellent. Each time I take one of my cars in for service or maintenance they make me feel they really do care about my cars. St Augustine is better because Evans Automotive is here!

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    , 01/07/2020

    Trust & efficiency

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    , 01/05/2020

    Couldn't help but sent me too someone who could

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    , 01/04/2020

    Professional clean honest service center

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    , 01/03/2020

    The employees were very nice and explained the issues with my car. The waiting area is immaculate and beautifully decorated. I peeked into the shop through the winter down and found it organized and clean. They definitely take pride in their work. The repair costs were reasonable.

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    , 12/28/2019

    Traveling from PA to FL disaster struck at mile marker 303 in FL . Many thanks to AAA for recommending Evan's Automotive. Justin was exceptional getting us a rental car and back on the road in less than 24 hrs .

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    , 12/10/2019

    I have mad trust issues, but Evans has proven themselves to be a reliable and trustworthy mechanic that I won't hesitate to drop my car off at and recommend to others. I could go into detail on how they have helped me out, but I will leave it at this; you don't need to look any place else.

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    , 11/29/2019

    I went by there this morning with a small issue, the person in the front office was really kind and helpful and listened to my concerns. I'm visiting St. Augustine and driving back tomorrow so I wanted to do so with a little bit of peace of mind and they helped me out.

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    Bought tires from them and very satisfied. Came back for a check months later and these guys were very helpful and sooo polite!! Was told from other tire stores I needed new rims and/or valve stems. These guys said told me I only needed adjustments with my psi. They charged me NOTHING. Fixed problem and told me to come back anytime. Wow. I'm just blown away by their honesty. Thank you Evans!!!!

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    , 11/06/2019

    Best group of mechanics, the shop is always clean, people at the front desk are always on point (like giving you a heads up on your next appointment to having a game plan). I've been a customer at Evans since 2016 and haven't went anywhere else ever since. I know the owner (Mark), he's an automotive guru.

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    , 11/03/2019

    I've always been very happy with my experience at Evans.

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    , 10/31/2019

    2008 Ford F150 2wd Took my truck to Evans. Bad shake and vibration. Jay took it and now it rides like new again. Jay recommended tires. I have had the same tire brand on this truck for 5 years. Till now no one ever told me they were not a good brand. Jay recommend another tire and WOW what a difference. NEVER AGAIN WILL I TAKE MY TRUCK TO ANYONE ELSE. Price was very fair. Take yours, their worth every penny and service was perfect. Shout out to Jay your the best.

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    , 10/25/2019

    Great hometown service without the dealer cost

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    , 10/16/2019

    I have used Evans Automotive for several years. They have always done exactly what they said needed doing and never changed the price. I find their prices run cheaper than any others. The staff is courteous, efficient and go out of their way to make sure you?re comfortable while there. The guys in the back are just awesome and the ones up front are also. So tell me why would I go anywhere else. Simple. I wouldn?t . They are the best.

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    , 10/14/2019

    Evan's Automotive and Tire Center A great car repair facility that you can trust. The mechanics are of utmost talented and professional. The prices are really good and the mechanics will not slam you. I recommend them highly! Great friendly staff!

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    , 09/27/2019

    Justin provided great customer service, performed an inspection of a new vehicle for us at no charge and provided us thorough feedback. Will definitely be back!

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    , 09/19/2019

    Estimate to fix power steering reasonable. Staff was very efficient and polite. Showroom was immaculate! Timeframe for repair is reasonable. I will be scheduling repair.

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    , 09/18/2019

    Great service.

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    , 09/17/2019

    Great service experience. Clean shop nice waiting area. Pleasant people to work with.

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    Professional, reasonably-priced, easy appointment, quality work - definitely recommend. Also to mention - great waiting area - plenty of room & comfortable seating, several cell phone chargers, TV, reading material, cold water, hot coffee, clean bathroom.

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    Rob and Justin at the front counter put me at ease from the first second I stepped into Evan's Automotive. They got the technicians on the vehicle immediately and got me on my way in a timely manner. I strongly recommend this mechanic shop 100% and they have definitely made me a customer for life!

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    Best customer service in town. Rob and Justin always go out of their way to accommodate. Thank you for always making sure our vehicles are road ready and in great working condition.

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    We have used Evan's a few times before and they always have done a great job. This week I found myself with a headlight out and a busy schedule. I stopped in to find out if there was anyone available to change the light. He went out to double check which light, found out they didn't have one in stock, but said he would have one there in 10 minutes. It came in five and I was back on the road. Thank you for such a little thing that can be a big deal!

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    I had a 70,000 mile service done on my car this week at Evans Automotive and I was very pleased with the friendliness of the staff. Their work was excellent and their prices very good. I am so pleased that I am returning for new tires tomorrow.

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    Great people, friendly and professional. Always ready to help .... Rob and the others at the front desk are awesome

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    Quick, honest and fair pricing. It doesn't get better than that. In my several decades of owning a car, I think these guys do it right. I've only said that about 2 other shops in all those years.

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    Very professional and friendly staff, professionals and most importantly, honest! We service our personal vehicles and a couple of our work vans here and they have always been fair and helped us in anything we needed, mechanic and tire work. I highly recommend this place.

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    Grand Slam !! These reviews you see are accurate. No better place to take your vehicle. Rob was Extremely knowledgeable and very professionable. They treat you like family. Fair honest, you will be glad you choose Evan's Automotive. Your gonna love the results.

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    I always get such great service at Evans from Rob and Justin at the front counter to the mechanics. If I've had a concern Mark has always been happy to address it and a happy resolution has been reached. I wouldn't take my trailblazer anywhere else for service or repairs.

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    Great place, extremely excellent service at the front desk. They attempted to patch a tire for me, but couldn't because the steel belt had separated. No charge for their efforts. Will definitely return to Evans next time I need service. Thanks for your help.

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    We took the van in to get the tire plugged after running over a screw and decided to get the AC looked at too. They have awesome customer service, very thorough in both diagnosing and explaining the issues. There's a nice clean waiting area with comfortable seats and a TV, and you can make coffee or get a water out of the fridge for free. Very nice set up! They also have a clean restroom for customers.

Call us for service: 904-819-6599

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