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Where should I take my car if I have a problem?

Is a car dealer ship the best place to take my car?

What should I do if my check engine light comes on?

Should I put a CHIP in my vehicle to get better fuel economy or more power?

What information should I give when I take my car in for repairs?

I was recommended to have my transmission or engine flushed or my injectors cleaned, Should I have this done?

FAQ's

Where should I take my car if I have a problem?

DO NOT go to the phone book, often the catchiest ads are where you DON’T want to take your car. Ask several people in your area and get input. In most areas you have upstanding shops and people will know who they are. ASK people where to go, that will usually be the best place to go. If you still cannot find a reputable shop, then I recommend going to www.acdelco.com. ACDelco shops must meet requirements to be ACDelco affiliated (NAPA care centers, for example only, need to meet NO requirements other than buy NAPA parts).

 

Is a car dealer ship the best place to take my car?

Dealerships are not usually the best place to take your car (unless it is under warranty). Car dealerships have transformed into a profit mode which means paying technicians less money. Typically your best technicians are in independent shops and/or are shop owners.  Many dealerships are also selling services that are not recommended by their own manufacturers (i.e. oil flushes, transmission flushes, fuel injection cleaning etc.)

 

            What should I do if my check engine light comes on?

            If the vehicle is running good, it is okay to drive, how ever you should make an appointment with your repair facility right away. If the check engine light is flashing or the vehicle is running rough, you need to get the vehicle in right away and not drive it any more than absolutely necessary, as other damage can occur, such as failed oxygen sensors or catalytic converter failure. If your car is 1996 or newer, check your gas cap, a loose or missing gas cap will turn the check engine light on.

 

Should I put a CHIP in my vehicle to get better fuel economy or more power?

My answer is NO! The manufactures have spent literally BILLIONS of dollars to find the best combination of fuel economy, power, and engine life. Where you gain in one area you LOSE in another. Typically if you gain in performance you lose in fuel economy, if you gain in fuel economy, you LOSE in power. There are a very FEW that will actually help in both (the only one I have actually seen is with the powerstroke) unfortunately the big loss here was engine life!!!! Died horribly to the tune of $15,000.

            I personally do not ever recommend a chip, of any kind, for any reason.

            I have seen other issues with chips as well, vehicles towed in that can’t be diagnosed because the chip interferes with scanner communication. I often see vehicles that end up with losses in both, power and fuel economy, this is actually very common as many of these chip companies have very little technology behind them. Remember, just because they say it will do it, does not mean it will!!! You will not feel a difference with most chips, only drag strip passes, dyno readings, and fuel mileage records will actually determine if the chip has improved. Often chips are installed when exhaust system work is done, the sound alone will give a person a sense of more power even though it did not change at all. Remember flipping the air cleaner lid upside down on the old Chevy pick-up with the Q-jet, people swore it increased their power dramatically when in fact it was proven that no increase in power was ever possible.

On a side note, it is a complete myth that the car companies are in “cahoots” with the gas companies.

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