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2 months ago

Master Mechanic

My apologies to everyone who has tried to call us or visit our shop over the last couple of weeks. I am deeply saddened to share the news that Shop Manager, Leonard Lemelson, passed away in September.

With all the loss I've experienced over the last 2 years, I have decided that it is just not possible to continue operating Master Mechanic.

It is my pleasure however, to announce that Driven Autorepair will be moving into our location on Sullyfield Circle. Like Master Mechanic, Driven Autorepair is a family owned and operated small business. Having met with the owner, Franz Vargas many times, I'm confident in recommending his company to Master Mechanic's clients. I feel that Franz's care and concern for his clients and their vehicles fits well with the needs and concerns of our clients.

Franz will also have access to the repair history of your vehicles, so you can feel confident that he will continue to service all your vehicles efficiently.

Additionally, Driven Autorepair has agreed to honor all outstanding Autocare Club Cards. His staff will have the file of cards which were kept at our shop. You can bring in your unexpired card, or mention that there is one on file, when you drop your vehicle off for service.

It will take a little while for Driven Autorepair to begin servicing vehicles at our location, but in the meantime they will be happy to schedule your vehicle into their current shop location at 4074 Walney Rd. Chantilly, VA 20151. You can reach them using the same phone number you've always called: 703-449-9000 or their number: 703-953-3233.

Thank you all for your years of loyalty and friendship.

In continued friendship,
Barbara Ballard
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1 years ago

Master Mechanic

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How often should I rotate my tires?
Your tires should be rotated every other oil change, or every 6000 miles. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear.

 

Q. Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the recommended interval?
YES. The failure of a timing belt in many cars can result in major engine damage. The cost of repairing an engine with a broken timing belt is much greater than the cost of a timing belt replacement.

 

Q. What does it mean if my “check engine” or “service engine soon” light comes on?
There are many sensors and computerized components that manage your vehicle’s engine performance and emissions. When one of these fails, the “check engine” light is illuminated. Although your car may seem to run fine, it is important to have the issue addressed to prevent long-term problems.

 

Q. What should I do if my car starts to overheat?
This is a very serious problem – if your car overheats for too long, you can damage your engine. As soon as possible, find a safe place to pull off the road and shut the engine off! Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator; the hot fluid can cause severe burns. The best thing to do is have your car towed to Master Mechanic.

 

Q. When should I get my oil changed?
You should get your oil changed every 3000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

 

Q. Why is engine oil milky brown?
Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in the oil. This can be caused by a blown head gasket (or other gasket), a failed transmission cooler, or cracked casings. This condition is very serious and needs to be checked by a professional technician immediately.

 

Q. How do I make sure my car battery has a good electrical connection or is fully charged?
Battery cables and terminals should be cleaned and inspected periodically to make sure they provide a good electrical connection.  We can test your battery to make sure all is OK.

 

Q. Should I consider using synthetic motor oil in my vehicle?
Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for many people. If you have a high output, turbocharged or supercharged engines, or for vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot weather), and vehicles that operate in extremely cold or hot climates, we recommend synthetic motor oil. Although more expensive than mineral-based oils, synthetic motor oils can improve fuel economy, provide longer intervals between changes, and make your engine last many hundreds of thousands of miles.

 

Q. When should I replace my car’s fuel filter?
Often overlooked, to help ensure dependable, trouble-free performance, replace your car’s fuel filter approximately every 30,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

 

Q. When should I change my spark plugs?
For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced every 30 months or 30,000 miles, unless your vehicle is equipped with 100,000-mile platinum tipped spark plugs, and then we recommend a maximum change interval of 75,000 miles.  In most cases, the 100,000 mile claim is more marketing gimmick that real world practicality.

 

Q. I need to replace a burned out fuse, what should I do?
Always replace burned-out fuses with ones of the same amperage (printed on the fuse) and note that if a fuse continues to “blow,” you should have the circuit checked professionally by one of our technicians for defects.