Auto Oil & Filter Service
Engine oil cleans, lubricates and removes heat from internal engine components. The oil filter removes harmful deposits from the oil, preventing them from being circulated throughout the engine. Manufacturers differ in their recommended guidelines for when engine oil and oil filters should be changed. As a general rule, however, oil should be changed every 3,000 miles to keep your engine healthy and to prolong its life. If oil is not changed regularly it breaks down and will build up as sludge on the internal engine components causing premature failures. P&M Automotive offers Oil Change services for Foreign & Domestic cars and trucks.
Major & Minor Tune Up
The word “tune-up” actually applies only to older cars, on which you can perform the traditional work associated with the term(s) spark plug replacement, ignition contact point replacement, dwell adjustment, ignition timing adjustment and carburetor idle and mixture adjustment.
For most of today’s cars, “engine performance maintenance” is a more accurate term. All modern cars and light trucks are equipped with electronic ignition (no points) and at least one on-board computer that automatically adjusts items like the ignition timing, fuel mixture and idle speed. In fact, on modern computer-controlled cars, it’s impossible to adjust these yourself.
An automotive tune-up is an orderly process of inspection, diagnosis, testing, and adjustment that is periodically necessary to maintain peak engine performance or restore the engine to original operating efficiency.
P&M Automotive provides preventative automotive maintenance services for Foreign & Domestic cars and trucks in Salem Oregon. Call or Schedule your appointment online.
MotorVac Carbon Clean & Fuel Injection Service
Millions of cars today run at a level of efficiency considerably reduced, due to the high concentration of carbon deposits accumulated in the fuel injection system, intake valves, combustion chambers, oxygen sensor and catalytic converter.
Carbon build-up clogs fuel filters, reduces fuel flow, distorts fuel spray patterns, limits fuel atomization and decreases combustion efficiency.
Carbon build-up gradually reduces vehicle of performance and fuel economy, and may cause numerous problems such as check engine lights, high emissions, excessive fuel consumption, loss of performance, rough idling and hard starts. Harmful emissions are a common problem caused by carbon build up. If you are getting fewer miles of driving per gallon of gasoline, your car may be suffering from carbon build-up. Its time for a MotorVac CarbonClean Service. Unlike the traditional method of dealing with contamination or carbon build-up, which only cleaned the fuel injectors, the MotorVac CarbonClean Service is a total engine cleaning and decarbonizing system that gently strips away the levels of carbon deposits from intake to exhaust, without disassembling the engine or removing any components.
The MotorVac CarbonClean System cleans the entire air intake. fuel system and exhaust system.
Timing Belt Replacement
The timing belt connects the camshaft to the crankshaft and thus controls the opening and closing action of the intake and exhaust valves in the cylinder. Four strokes engines are designed in such a way that, the intake valves open at the start of the first revolution and close at the end of it. Similarly, the exhaust valve will open at the start of the fourth revolution and closes at the end of it, before the intake valve opens again. This synchronization is entirely controlled by the timing belt and it therefore plays an important role over here, by synchronizing the camshaft with the crankshaft. Common service intervals range from 60,000 -120,000 miles.
P&M Automotive’s ASE certified technicians offer Timing Belt Replacement services for Foreign & Domestic cars and trucks in Salem Oregon. Call today or Schedule your appointment online.
In its most basic form, a wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. The purpose of these adjustments is maximum fuel efficiency, tire life, and insure your car or truck tracks straight and true when driving along a straight and level road. Alignments are Recommended every 30,000 miles along with frequent tire rotations every 5,000 miles.
P&M Automotive offers 2 or 4 wheel alignments for Foreign & Domestic cars and trucks in Salem Oregon. Call today or Schedule your appointment online.
General Automotive Repairs
Starting & Charging System
The electrical system in an automobile is said to be a 12 volt system, but this is slightly misleading. The charging system in most cars will generally produce a voltage between 13.5 and 14.4 volts while the engine is running. It has to generate more voltage than the battery’s rated voltage to overcome the internal resistance of the battery. This may seem strange, but the current needed to recharge the battery would not flow at all if the charging system’s output voltage was the same as the battery voltage. A greater difference of potential (voltage) between the battery’s voltage and the alternator’s output voltage will provide a faster charging rate. As long as the engine is running, all of the power for the accessories is delivered by the alternator. The battery is actually a load on the charging system. The only time that the battery would supply power with the engine running is when the current capacity of the alternator is exceeded or when engine is at a very low idle.
A battery having a low / poor state of charge will place abnormal stresses on the starting system.
A starter motor can become damaged if it operates too long at high temperatures. Damage to starting system components generally occurs when the starter motor is cranked for long periods.
Have P&M Automotive ASE Certified Technicians in Salem, OR check your vehicles Battery or Charging system. Call today or Schedule your appointment online.
Transmission Repair & Replacement
A Car’s transmission comes with a gear that helps the car to run faster. A faulty transmission needs to be either replaced or repaired. Replacement is quite an expensive option. However, if the problem is not relatively minor, replacement is the only option.
It is more convenient to replace a transmission instead of attempting to repair it. You will know if it requires replacement or repair when it starts slipping or if the car stalls. There are two types of transmission: automatic and manual. An automatic transmission shifts by its own, whereas, a manual transmission is operated with a gear shift.
Air Conditioning Repair
The AC system operates by compressing and expanding refrigerant to transition it between liquid and gaseous forms. Liquid absorbs heat when it becomes a gas; gas gives off heat when it becomes a liquid. Using these thermodynamic properties, heat is removed from the passenger compartment and released to the outside air while cool air enters the passenger compartment. Conventional air conditioning also dehumidity air increasing the efficiency of your windsheild defroster.
Brake Service & Repair
The braking system is the most important component on your vehicle. Proper brake repair and maintenance is commonly overlooked for that $80 quickie special with a bogus lifetime warranty. Any car sense high school graduate can install brake pads, but seldom can they actually install or repair correctly to be safe. We truly are concerned about you and your precious cargo. Call P&M Automotive today and ask us about or FREE Brake system condition and maintenance inspection….
Steering & Suspension
The suspension & steering system has two basic functions, to keep the car’s wheels in firm contact with the road and to provide a comfortable ride for the passengers.
Shocks and struts can wear out and affect handling. If your car bounces excessively over bumps and leans hard in corners, your shocks could be warn. Look behind the wheel for the shock or strut and look for leaking oil. This is a sure sign of a worn shock or strut.
Ball joints & Tie Rod Ends wear and can cause your car to wander while driving down the road. This is dangerous as they can separate and cause you to lose control.
P&M Automotive provides FREE vehicle inspections to uncover potential worn steering and suspension parts on Foreign & Domestic cars and trucks in Salem Oregon. Call today or Schedule your appointment online.
Differential & Axle Repair
A driving system is composed of the frame, axles, wheels and the suspension system of the vehicle. The main functions of a driving system are as follows.
1. The driving system accepts the torque transited by the transmission system from the engine, and converts the torque into the driving force through the adhesive action between the driving wheel and road surface.
2. It connects all parts of the vehicle as a whole and supports the whole weight of the vehicle.
3. It transits and bears various forces and moments the road surface gives the wheels.
4. It reduces the impact and shock the uneven road surface gives the body of vehicle to ensure the vehicle can drive smoothly.
Automotive Computer Systems Diagnostics
Drivability Diagnosis & Repair
“Drivability” notes the running (driving) condition(s) of your vehicle. Through extensive training, equipment and experience harmoniously combined we can accurately diagnose your vehicles running problems. Through the use of diagnostic scan tools, oscilloscopes, lab scopes, multi-meters and gas analyzers we are able to us electronic digital data to isolate the failing system(s) and hands-on pin-point test the failing component(s). Once diagnosed the failure can be estimated and repaired minimizing the costs of guesswork.
P&M Automotive ASE Certified technicians diagnose your cars problem right the first time. We diagnose all Foreign & Domestic cars and trucks in Salem Oregon. Call or Schedule your appointment online.
Check Engine & Service Engine Soon Repair
The “Service Engine Soon” light appears when your car has detected that an engine component has stopped functioning correctly. It can be alarming when we see this warning light pop up on our dashboard, but in most cases, it does not require you to drop everything for an emergency trip to the auto repair shop. However, a thorough diagnosis is necessary, so do schedule an appointment as soon as you have a reasonable opportunity. Many times, the problem is emissions related and the the vehicle will continue to drive normally for a while because the computer adjusts for the issue. This often results in lower fuel economy, higher emissions and unsatisfactory performance, which begs to be addressed sooner rather than later. Potential causes vary greatly, whether it be a stuck thermostat, problem with the oxygen sensors, fuel injectors, anti-lock braking system, or many other potential problems. P&M Automotive will hook your vehicle up to a scanner, read a trouble code, and determine the exact issue followed by an immediate estimate of the repair.
Electrical Diagnosis & Repairs
It starts as a smell. The unmistakable odor of burning insulation. Shortly thereafter a wisp of smoke curls out from under the dash. Then comes the similarly unmistakable pop of a fuse blowing. At which point your radio cuts out. Or maybe it’s the windshield wipers that stop–or the engine itself. It may well be that the source of the short is obvious, like that wiring dangling under the dash. On the other hand, you may need to do some serious troubleshooting to find the source of the problem.
A short circuit occurs when an energized conductor touches either the frame or body of the car or another wire. Shorts to ground usually will have low enough resistance to draw sufficient current to blow the fuse. If the short is to another circuit, you may see things like the dome light coming on when you hit the turn signals. You may discover a wiring harness or multiprong connector meltdown, caused by the heat liberated from a short or high-resistance connection.
Moreover, not all wiring problems are shorts: Open and intermittent connections also can make your life difficult.
Air Bag Light Diagnosis
Properly functioning airbags are essential when you’re on the road. Making sure your airbag is working well gives reassurance that you and your passengers are safe. If your dashboard indicates an alert to your airbags, let us help you diagnose the problem without delay. So, check to see if your airbag system is operating correctly. The majority of today’s cars can do an airbag diagnostic test, which checks that all the circuits and sensors of the airbag are functioning. If the system detects any issues, it gives a signal through the airbag indicator by flashing the light several times, giving the specific problem the test has detected. These flashes are codes, each having its own meaning. P&M will read these codes and determine the appropriate steps to get your airbag system to a properly functioning and safe condition.
Antilock Brake Diagnosis
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) assists drivers in maintaining vehicle control and helps prevent wheel lock during emergency stop situations or on slippery surfaces. In this, drivers can maintain steering control and have the ability to stop in the shortest possible distance under most conditions. An ABS warning light means the ABS system has been deactivated because of a self-diagnosed fault. Although normal braking should remain functioning, a wheel could “lock up” when applying the brakes, allowing your vehicle to “go into a spin” or otherwise lose control. The vehicle should, however, be safe to drive provided ABS system is not relied upon, as in a situation that calls for panic braking, or on a wet, icy or otherwise slick surface. There are many unforeseen circumstances on the road, and a poorly functioning ABS deserves immediate attention. There are other variables and potential causes for the ABS warning light, and we will rule out every option to diagnose the issue needing to be addressed.