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.

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.

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, and emissions.

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. 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. 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 driveability 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 driveability 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 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. Underinflation 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.
  • Observe speed limits. Mileage decreases sharply above 60 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.

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TESTIMONIALS

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Absolutely the most phenomenal service. I had an estimate of $1600 to fix the power steering & because of a lot of rust underneath, a few other things that went with it. When I picked up the car, my bill was only $1400, they didnt have to change the serpentine belt. So that saved me about $200. Its not the first time my final bill was less than the estimate. And they fixed a ($400 job) problem with my exhaust,no charge to me. I have been taking my car there for a long time & I will never take it anywhere else.
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They are honest and in the price range or less than other places.
, 01/25/2017

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Great group of guys, walk you thru the process, some of the best help around!
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Paul installed my new exhaust himself, and did an excellent job! Welds look great. Sounds even better too! For the first time, I am happy with it! Paul is a good guy, and I plan on going back for more service.
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The staff at Harry's Auto Service Center are great. They are professional, friendly, and honest. They don't try to sell you on products or repairs that you don't need or aren't necessary. The work they do is done very quickly and done very well. I would highly recommend taking your vehicle to them for any repairs.
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I had an emergency, needed my brakes done in a matter of hours as I was leaving on a trip. Called them, went right in and they finished in record time. It was a very safe trip, thanks Kate and all for helping me and oh I was given a loaner car!
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I see a few comments about female treatment in the thread here, so I'll chime in. I certainly will never let my wife bring in her car without me and here is why. First, they have way more tools than me, what are they trying to do, make me look like an inferior male?! As a matter of a fact, one day I brought my turd of an import in because of some coolant system issues and had them take a peek at it. They didn't have the necessary tools for the job, so do you know what they did? They bought the expensive tool to ensure the job was done correctly!! Ok, great, cater to my family's every need, again making me look like a bum! Secondly, they treat her with dignity and respect, again, what are they trying to do, make me look like a pig?? Then, they are always in communication with us and are spot on when it comes to the dollar amount. Now they are pulling honesty card making my wife question how truthful I am with her. And lastly, a majority of these fellas are dashingly handsome, especially that Paul guy. Like, I think one day in an internal debate to choose between a modeling career or to become a mechanic, it came down to a coin toss, heads he's a mechanic, tails he's a model...luckily for me...it was heads. All this being said, I fear if my wife goes in without me, she won't come back home. So, just to be safe, I will take my car in to get all of this amazing treatment, because us guys deserve to be pampered every now and then too. I seriously can't trust a mechanic any further than I could throw him, but these fellas here are the only one that I would ever take my vehicle to. It isn't just me, my whole family feels the same way too! Don't get me started on how well they treat my mother...because I am getting sick of hearing "Dustin I wish Dylan was my son instead of you, he knows how to treat a mother!"


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Recently got a much needed tune up service was great loaned me a car to go to work came back paid a fair price and the van runs great thank you Dylan and the rest of the staff
, 01/28/2017

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I had my muffler fixed and welded in December. They told me when I left that the weld may break because it was so cold outside and new welds sometimes do that. They also said that if that happened to bring it back and they would fix it for free. Well it did break and when I called they told me bring it in. It was fixed in less than an hour and did not cost a thing. They were awesome and I will be recommending Harry's to all my friends and family!
, 03/18/2017

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Won't take my Subie anywhere else! The most reputable place in town.
, 04/06/2017

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Harry's auto service is the best in the biz!!! Friendly and professional service at a really good rate!!! That's why I trust Harry's with all my automotive repairs!!!
, 05/04/2017

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Honest hard working crew here at Harry's. I'd recommend them anytime.
, 05/05/2017

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Friendly service. Trustworthy and affordable. I was charged what I was quoted.
, 06/21/2017

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Won't go anywhere else! Dylan & the crew are the greatest!
, 11/14/2017

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Cleanest shop in town! Amazing technicians that know what there doing. Super fast service! Will be back!!
, 01/17/2018

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Awesome service, and extremely kind guys. They put a great sounding exhaust on my Ram in only 30 mins, and for a great price. Couldn't be happier.
, 03/06/2018

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They put a performance exhaust on my car they were fast and professional did awesome Job I'll be back if ever need anything done to my exhaust again think the guys name was Dylan thanks again! ??
, 03/10/2018

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Did a great job and communicated with me every step of the way. I'll definitely be coming back when I need more work. Thanks.
, 04/25/2018

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These guys went above and beyond to get my car in working order. Excellent communication, super friendly, incredibly knowledgeable, quick turnaround, and all at a very fair price.
, 05/25/2018

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Always great service
, 07/06/2018

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Best shop in town! I wouldn?t trust my vehicle with anyone other than Dylan and the guys at Harry?s!
, 07/07/2018

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Cleanest shop in town! Amazing technicians that know what there doing. Super fast service! Will be back!!


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Best shop in town! I wouldn't trust my vehicle with anyone other than the guys at Harry's!


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I recommend Harry's to anybody, they are very honest very professional and fast work.


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Great professional service! Fast and accurate diagnosis, fair prices,keep up the great work!


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Very Friendly- Fast service!


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Did a great job and communicated with me every step of the way. I'll definitely be coming back when I need more work. Thanks.


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These guys went above and beyond to get my car in working order. Excellent communication, super friendly, incredibly knowledgeable, quick turnaround, and all at a very fair price.


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They were awesome and I will be recommending Harry's to all my friends and family!


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The staff at Harry's Auto Service Center are great. They are professional, friendly, and honest.


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We have been taking our vehicles here for years. They have always done good by us and even worked with us to get repairs done.