Van Meter Auto Repair | Mantua, NJ - Vehicle Maintenance

Are oil changes getting more expensive?

oil being put into the car

At Van Meter Auto Repair in Mantua, NJ, it’s important to us that you see the value in the work we do. Over the course of the past decade, depending on what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive, it may seem like oil changes have gotten more expensive, and there’s a lot of differentiation in pricing at different locations. What’s going on?

Bad Transmission? Fix It or Sell It?

close up of a transmission in a car

So, you’ve determined your transmission is bad. What next? Choosing what to do can be overwhelming, and you need someone you can trust to help you decide what work needs to be done. Van Meter Auto Repair in Mantua, NJ is here to help you make the right decision when it comes to your transmission. There are a few things to consider when your transmission goes out. You might feel inclined to just get a new car, but should you? 

Balancing, mounting, and what you need to know about both.

Tire being serviced in a shop

There are a few things that matter when mounting new tires on your vehicle. First, you want it done right. Second, you want it done fast. For both, Van Meter Auto Repair in Mantua, NJ has you covered.

Brake For Great Service

brake repair

Brakes are one of the most important components of your vehicle. You need the confidence of knowing that when you press your foot to the brake, your vehicle is going to stop. That's why it's important to keep these tips in mind to help keep your brakes functioning properly. Schedule an appointment with us at Van Meter Auto Repair for a brake service checkup today!

Could That Noise Be Your Suspension Bushings?

suspension bushings

At Van Meter Auto Repair in Mantua, NJ, we understand how frustrating it is when your vehicle makes mysterious noises that it shouldn’t be making. Here’s a rundown on suspension bushings, to help you figure out what that sound is you keep hearing.

Diagnosing a bad brake master cylinder

mechanic repairing brakes on a vehicle

Has your brake master cylinder gone bad? How would you know? What even is it? Van Meter Auto Repair in Mantua, NJ has the answers.

Your brake master cylinder is an integral part of your brake system. When one fails, some odd symptoms may arise, and it may be difficult to diagnose. Here’s some information to help you decide if yours has given out on you.

Different Types of Automotive Headlights

headlight on on vehicle

Every car, truck, van, and SUV on the road today has headlights. However, you've probably noticed an increase in different types of headlights in more recent years - gone are the days where every vehicle on the road had the same bulb. Here is some information on headlights, from Van Meter Auto Repair in Mantua, NJ.

Do I really need new oxygen sensors?

Oxygen Sensor

At Van Meter Auto Repair in Mantua, NJ, our goal is to keep your car, truck, or SUV reliable and in great shape. To us, it’s important that we’re paying attention to both your needs and the needs of your vehicle. When it comes to oxygen sensors, sometimes it seems a bit nebulous on what they actually do and why they’re important; we’re here to clear things up for you.

Don't Forget a Coolant Flush!

hand screwing lid off of coolant

At Van Meter Auto Repair in Mantua, NJ, it’s important to us that your car, truck, or SUV is ready for any condition. Coolant flushes are an important part of getting your vehicle ready for winter - here’s why.

ECU problems and reprogramming

diagnostics

If you drive a performance or luxury vehicle made by manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes, Subaru, Land Rover, Porsche, etc., you’re probably no stranger to state of the art electronics, sensors, and control systems. At Van Meter Auto Repair, our technicians have the right knowledge, ability, and equipment necessary to keep your car or SUV in top-notch condition.

Engine Gone Bad? Here Are Some Options

Under the hood

You’ve decided to replace your engine - but what do you replace it with? There are a few different options out there, and Van Meter Auto Repair in Mantua, NJ has the info you need.

External Components - Making Your Manual Transmission Work

gear shift on a vehicle

There are many parts and systems outside of the car’s transmission that is equally as important as the parts and systems inside the transmission. Without them, the transmission won’t do much. There’s no way to transfer power from the engine to the shafts, disengage it to shift the gears, or power the differential without them. Just in case you need us, at Van Meter Auto Repair in Mantua, NJ, we can help keep your transmission in top shape, but here’s what you need to know.

Get a Grip on Tire Conditions

Tread of Tire

What condition are your tires in? At Van Meter Auto Repair in Mantua, NJ, we want to make sure you can tell. A simple visual inspection is all you need - it’s easy if you know what to look for.

Hints Your Transmission Is Failing

transmission in car

At Van Meter Auto Repair in Mantua, NJ, we know that transmissions are witchcraft to most people. More often than not, if major damage has occurred, it’s a lot more time and cost-effective to just replace the entire unit and get a fresh start. Our trained technicians at Van Meter Auto Repair want to keep you informed so you are aware of what to look out for.

How Do I Choose the Right Repair Shop?

Mechanic working on car and smiling

There are many factors that go into making Van Meter Auto Repair in Mantua, NJ a repair shop that’s above the rest.

How Do I Fix My Manual Transmission Problem?

mechanic working on car

Manual transmissions are generally more reliable than automatic transmissions. They don’t have as many parts, aren’t as complex, and can take a lot more abuse. However, if an issue is allowed to persist, more and more damage to surrounding components on your manual transmission will occur. Van Meter Auto Repair in Mantua, NJ can help you take care of your car as soon as you notice a problem.

How Do You Maintain Your Engine?

man working on car with hood up

No matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive, maintenance is the key to giving your engine a long life. At Van Meter Auto Repair in Mantua, NJ, we focus on keeping your engine running strong.

How Potholes Damage Your Vehicle

pothole in road with car in the background

Hitting a pothole always hurts - you may not be sure exactly what happens when you hit a pothole, but you can tell it’s not good for your car, truck, or SUV. Here are issues caused by potholes, and what to watch out for if you hit a really rough one, from Van Meter Auto Repair in Mantua, NJ.

How To Retain Your Car’s Resale Value

car with for sale sign on the window

If you drive a performance or luxury vehicle, there are important points to remember in preserving not only your car or SUV, but it's resale value as well. Luxury and performance vehicles depreciate more quickly than other cars. Many who own these cars like to have the newest and the best of the best. In that way, the odds are stacked against you when trying to get a good price for your car. Fortunately, Van Meter Auto Repair has some steps you can take to ensure you get the most for your car when it’s time to sell. 

Identifying driveway spots: how to determine what is leaking under your car

If you drive a vehicle with more than a few miles on it, there’s a good chance you’ve noticed an occasional drip underneath it that leaves spots wherever you park. Identifying what is leaking from your car will help you determine whether or not it’s a cause for concern, and what to do about it.

There are seven liquids a car can possibly drip: oil, gas, brake fluid, transmission fluid, gear oil, water, and coolant. How do you tell the difference? This article aims to help your know-how.

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