MainStreet Transmissions

and Auto Repair LLC

 

511 SIMS STREET

PALMETTO,

GA  30268


SHOP HOURS:


MONDAY - FRIDAY

8:30 am - 5:30 pm


SATURDAY & SUNDAY

CLOSED



HOLIDAY HOURS:


THANKSGIVING:

Thursday, Nov. 28

and

Friday, Nov. 29

CLOSED


CHRISTMAS:

Tuesday, Dec. 24

TBD

Wednesday, Dec. 25

CLOSED



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As temperatures are dropping across Georgia, it’s clear fall has arrived… with winter not far behind especially with this cold snap before Thanksgiving. Before the real bitter cold weather hits, make sure your vehicle is up for the challenge by checking your vehicle’s antifreeze.

Antifreeze plays a critical role in your engine. It makes sure the fluids in your engine can stand up to very cold temperatures without freezing, while also preventing the engine from overheating.

Antifreeze, also known as coolant, is mixed with equal parts of water in the engine to form radiator fluid. If the ratio is off, even slightly, it can leave your vehicle at risk for serious problems this fall and winter!

Too little antifreeze means the fluids in your vehicle’s engine could freeze as the temperature cools. Too much water, and the radiator fluid could boil inside the engine.

If the level of fluid gets too low, it can no longer remove heat from the engine. When your engine overheats, it can cause extensive damage to your vehicle and expensive repairs to get you back on the road.

Instead of dealing with a frozen engine block or an overheating vehicle, stop by our shop for a cooling system inspection this fall. Our technicians will make sure the ratio of antifreeze to water is correct for your vehicle. We’ll also test the antifreeze to make sure it is in good condition and able to withstand extreme winter temperatures. Our expert staff knows how to look for warning signs for leaks in the cooling system, so you can take care of them before they cause a problem.

Cold temperatures bring new challenges for your vehicle. Before winter hits, bring your vehicle in to us for a thorough inspection – call          (770) 463-0871

The holidays are upon us...Halloween is over and Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it.  If you and your family are planning holiday trips,don't forget about your vehicle.  Make sure it is ready for the road.  Here is a holiday road trip checklist for you:

This year, AAA predicts nearly 49 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles to celebrate Thanksgiving, with 89% of those planning to drive. Before you head out, here’s a quick road-trip checklist. Bring your vehicle to the shop, to ensure it’s up to the task of enduring stop-and-go traffic, which is probably about as taxing to your car as it is to your car’s passengers!

Quick Road-Trip Checklist

  • Battery: Measure Its Strength

    Car batteries draw more energy while operating in the winter months. As temperatures dip, your vehicle is more susceptible to dying. Head off a dead battery with a check (often a free service), so you have a sense of how much more life is left in your battery.

    If this advice has gotten to you too late,  here’s how to jump your battery.

  • Tires: Do a Visual Test, Penny Test + Pressure Gauge

    Tires are among the most important safety items on your vehicle. They’re also among the most expensive parts, but they’re worth it. Tires ensure your vehicle is glued to the road, and less likely to lose control over wet leaves, rain and snow. Also, properly inflated tires will save your precious gas mileage.

    –   Give your tires a once-over.

    Be sure you don’t see any cracks or bubbles!

    –   Do the penny test.

    Hold a penny against your tire, with Abe Lincoln’s head facing down. If your tire obscures some of his head, your treads are good to go. If you can see his entire head, bring your vehicle in to see if a professional tech advises you get new tires, or have a few miles left in them.

    –   Measure your tires’ air pressure.

    Ensure it follows your car manufacturer’s guidelines. Bring your car to a gas station and enjoy the (sometimes free) air. That’ll keep your tires from uneven wear, increase your gas mileage, and save you from fellow do-gooder drivers pointing out that you have a low tire!

  • Oil: Check or Change It

    The importance of regular oil changes can’t be underestimated. The more you drive, the more oil you’re using. Oil lubricates your engine, ensuring it runs smoothly — the last thing you want is to create undue wear on your engine, which would lead to a very pricey repair.

  • Coolant: Check It

    No matter the time of year, your vehicle needs coolant in order to properly cool itself down. If your vehicle runs out of coolant, it could overheat, damaging or killing your radiator or engine. Topping it up yourself? Be 100% sure that you’re using the proper coolant for your vehicle, to ensure it doesn’t gum up, doing more damage than good.

A/C SERVICE
$125.00

Six Ways You Could be Killing Your Car

Owning a car can be a dream or a nightmare depending on how well you take care of your vehicle, says the non-profit Car Care Council. The following are six things that many motorists do that can harm their car and their wallet.6waysyouarekillingyourcar

  1. Ignoring the check engine light. Ignoring an illuminated check engine light can result in serious engine trouble and costly repairs. At the very least, this warning light could alert you to an engine problem that is negatively impacting fuel economy.
  1. Failing to change fluids and filters.Many fluids are required for the operation and protection of vehicle systems and components. Checking fluid levels regularly, along with the filters, helps ensure that your vehicle runs dependably and extends vehicle life.
  1. Neglecting your tires. Your vehicle’s tires should be checked frequently for inflation and tread depth. Underinflated tires can wear out more quickly, needing to be replaced sooner, and can negatively impact safety, gas mileage and performance.
  1. Not following a service schedule. Because many car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, vehicles need to be routinely serviced in order to perform optimally. Routine inspections and timely repairs will help keep your car running efficiently and will help you avoid more expensive repairs down the road.
  1. Keeping a dirty car. Allowing your car to go too long without a wash leads to buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, increases the potential for rust from road salt and interferes with proper visibility needed for safe driving.
  1. Being a severe driver. Whether it’s stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads or heavy loads, it can sometimes be difficult to limit severe driving conditions. However, you can drive smart and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit; avoiding aggressive driving, including quick starts and stops; not hauling unnecessary items; and keeping your vehicle properly tuned.

“Because auto care isn’t always a top priority for car owners, they might not realize they are doing things that adversely affect the performance, safety and value of their car,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Routine maintenance can go a long way toward saving money, avoiding headaches and protecting your vehicle investment.”

 

 

Is your check engine light on? 

Don't ignore it!!

Your car is communicating to you that there is a problem.  Come by and let us check it out for you.

We are MainStreet Transmissions and Auto Repair.  We believe in providing quality service at an affordable price.  We are a family owned and operated business and have been in Palmetto for 12 years.  We are members of the community and also live in the community we service.  We stand behind our service...our reputation is important to us and we strive to keep our customers happy.