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Why is diagnostic testing important?

In Automotive Diagnostics by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

A customer came into HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire with a check engine light on. They stated that there were no problems with driving the car, but the light had turned on a couple days earlier.  This is one problem that can be addressed through diagnostic testing. Diagnostic testing goes beyond reading a code or looking over a vehicle. Anybody …

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What is a timing chain?

In Auto Parts by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

A new timing chain has been installed on a 2007 Mazda Miata. The vehicle was brought in when the driver heard a noise at certain revolutions. This sound was caused by a variable valve timing sprocket, which had a broken pin.  Special tools were needed to make sure everything was lined up properly. Located in the front of the engine, …

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Ripped CV Boots found during Virginia Safety Inspection

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Written by Erin Flynn This week, I decided to have the oil changed for my Volkswagen Beetle at HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire. Since it was already going to be in the shop, I also asked them to do a Virginia Safety Inspection. While they were conducting the inspection, they discovered that the Constant-Velocity (CV) Boots have ripped. The CV …

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Tire shop compared to discount tire place

In Tires & Wheels by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire in Woodbridge is a Michelin, BFGoodrich and Uniroyal tire dealer. We do sell other tires, depending on the needs of the customer and what kind of vehicle they have. As a tire shop, we can repair tires, as well. We use a patch plug from the inside, according to the Tire Industry Association guidelines. Doing …

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Is your vehicle overheating?

In Vehicle Fluids by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Last month, Jason worked on a 2012 Buick Enclave that had a leaking water pump. The vehicle’s owner mentioned that it was overheating. When he noticed that the vehicle didn’t have any coolant in it, Jason filled it up and pressure tested it. The coolant poured out of the water pump area. Typically, water pumps can last between 1 and …