Loudoun Auto Repair is a full service auto shop. Our technicians and mechanics are industry qualified to meet your auto repair and maintenance needs. Whether you are well versed in automobile operations or need help with the most minor of adjustments we are here to help you feel comfortable and respected. We will work with you in many ways to meet your needs, accommodate your situation and make sure the work gets done right.
The Virginia Safety Inspection (the sticker on the bottom left of the windshield) is required annually by The Virginia State Police Department to keep your vehicle and other vehicles safe on the road. They are done Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM. to 5:00 PM and Saturdays 8:00 AM. to noon.
A general list of items that should be inspected can be found at http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Safety.shtm . The cost of the Virginia Safety Inspections is $20.00. Loudoun Auto Repair is licensed to inspect cars, trucks, motorcycles and trailers.
If your car has developed an unusual sound, if the check engine light is on, or the vehicle it is not driving as it should and you are wondering what’s causing it; we are here to help you. We will diagnose the problem, design a solution, and provide an estimate. Sometimes it is a simple fix and you might not even be charged for it. This is because the happiness of our customers is the foundation of our progress. If a warning light flashes on the dash, or if the car is overheating, stop the car as safely as possible and call us with any concerns. If necessary we will gladly arrange to have your car towed to our facility.
The brake system is the most important safety component of your car. If any of the following parts: pads, rotors, drums, shoes, wheel cylinders, brake hoses/lines, ABS units, master cylinder or brake fluid levels are not in good working order, and are not corrected right away, bigger problems could follow that would be costly and as well as dangerous. Loudoun Auto Repair will inspect your vehicle free of charge in most cases, and inform you of the condition and needed repairs of your baking system for your safety and the safety of everyone on the road.
Timing belts coordinate the critical movement of pistons and valves inside your engine. If the timing belt fails the engine may be permanently damaged resulting in expensive repairs. All manufacturers recommend timing belt replacement at certain mileage or age intervals. In addition to the timing belt other critical components idlers, tensioners and water pumps should be examined at the same time. If your vehicle has close to 100,000 miles and you have not replaced the timing belt, call us and we will let you know what your vehicle manufacturer recommends for timing belt replacement.
The exhaust system of the car, (manifold, catalytic converter, resonator, muffler and tail pipe,) carry the exhaust gases away from engine to where it is safe. If any part of the system leaks, rusts or breaks, the extremely hot toxic gases may cause potential fire hazard, enter the cabin, or just make annoying (to some, nice) sounds. If you smell any fumes or hear any rattling bring your car in for repair. We will bring the exhaust system back to original condition.
The suspension of the car makes driving smooth, stable and safe. The shocks and struts have seals that can leak. The spring can break or make noise. The ball joints play a crucial role in safe operation of the car, their failure may cause driver to lose control of the car. The suspension system needs to be inspected at least once a year. If your car does not feel right handling turns or bumps, bring it in for an evaluation, we will be glad to inform you of the condition.
Every car needs to be maintained. There are certain recommended services that are required by car manufactures for proper vehicle operation and warranty service. Whether it is a 30, 60, 90, 120 thousand mile service, or everything in between, we have the expertise to meet your car needs at a good price. Call us or come in for your next scheduled maintenance service.
The alignment of your car is vital to long tire life and their proper traction on the road. A misaligned car can decrease fuel mileage and tire life. It also takes a toll on other parts including steering component and wheel bearings. If your tires are wearing excessively (on the inner or outer edge) or the car sways from side to side, bring it in for an alignment. We will adjust the angle of the wheels to the manufacture’s specifications. So the wheels are perpendicular to ground and parallel to each other.
Proper maintenance of your auto air conditioning system is crucial to its optimum operation. The air conditioning system is composed of compressor, condenser, evaporator core, receiver (dryer), expansion valve and refrigerant. The A/C system loses 5% of its original efficiency annually. If your A/C is not performing as it should, bring your car to us and our factory trained technicians will gladly check, recharge or make necessary adjustments to make sure you are kept cool when hot weather arrives.
The emissions of your car are indicative of how well it is operating. If the Virgina Emissions Inspection fails, the car may not be able to run smoothly. The check engine light is triggered mainly to emission problems. If the engine does not run well, the life of the engine along with other components is at risk. It is best practice to make repairs as soon as possible so other parts are not jeopardized. A car that has “check engine light” and does not pass emissions inspections and will not be qualified to be tagged. A Virginia emissions inspection is required every other year. So the next time your vehicle has emissions problem or needs emissions inspections bring it in and our VA
Certified Emissions Repairs specialist will take care of it.
The tune up on today’s automobiles is a little different than what it is used to be. The spark plugs have much longer life and the wires have improved in past years. The demand on the tune-up parts has also increased, (spark plugs, ignition wires, distributor cap & rotor, PCV valve, air filter, fuel filter, coil, cabin air filter, coil on plugs). Whether you need minor or major tune-up, come in and we will gladly tune your car so you get more years of good life from your car.
Every now and then, due to various reasons, the engine or transmission of your car may be severely damaged and be in need of major repair or replacement. Whether it is a head gasket, crank shaft, transmission slippage due to internal damage, or defective valve body, we handle all types of jobs on all makes and models. We will personally go over your options with you and help you make the best decision regarding your automobile.
Minor scratches, fender benders, or a simple cracked windshield are just a few of the problems one can have with their vehicle that must be corrected sooner or later. A damaged body part can affect exterior lights, door operation and reduces resale or trade in value. A cracked windshield is a safety issue that can impair vision and cause a car to fail safety inspection; and a small rust spot can grow bigger overtime and drop the resale value of the car and can create an unsightly cosmetic appearance. We will gladly handle all your body and windshield repairs and save you money if mechanical repairs are needed as well while in for body repairs.
After your house, your car is one of your biggest investments. Just as much as you would want your house in good working order, you also want your car operating well. Our expert technicians will go over many points of your car and share the condition with you to help you make a knowledgeable decision. If you are planning to go on a road trip, bring your car in so we may help you have a safe and pleasant trip; we will inspect the car and make sure it is safe for the trip ahead of you. If you are purchasing a used vehicle and want us to inspect it, bring it in and we will give you an accurate assessment of its condition.
Changing your oil and filter regularly (every 3,000 miles) is the best thing you can do for your engine. Besides engine oil, there are other fluids that need to be periodically replaced to keep the car running smooth. We do coolant, transmission, brake, power steering, transfer case, and differential fluid flushes. These fluids can become burnt over time, inhibit rust, have contaminants, absorb moisture, and have metal shavings that could cause premature ware, or damaged seals that could shorten the life of the parts that they come in contact with if not changed regularly. Please schedule to change your engine oil, filter, and maintain your fluids in good condition and proper levels.
We do everything when it comes to tires. We mount, balance, repair flats, and rotate tires. We make sure your tires are properly inflated and have sufficient tread life and are matching with correct size, speed rating, and load rating for your vehicle. Bring your car in and we will make sure your tires are up to par.
Your car’s electrical system is like the nerve systems of your body, without it working properly, the mechanical parts do not work in sync, if at all. Today’s cars have many computers and sensors that could fail causing a “no-start” condition. Finding an electrical problem could be a tedious process. Our ACE Certified technicians are trained and equipped with the tools and knowledge and have access to databases to help them systematically approach, diagnose, repair, and verify the problem at hand. If you suspect you have any type of electrical problem, please bring your car in and let us serve you.