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How fast can you fix my car?

Posted by tom zoebelein on Thu, May 30, 2013 @ 09:47 PM

Being without your own car can be frustrating, no matter how brief that period of time may be.  As you can imagine, it is very common for our customers at Ward Automotive to ask, “How soon will my car be ready?”  Every time we examine and repair a car, we try to factor in how much time might be needed.  It is our goal to be as accurate as possible in the time estimate that we provide.  However, some factors can cause us (or any shop, for that matter) to need additional time.

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Topics: Car repair Harford County, Harford county Mechanic, auto mechanic bel air, car repair Bel Air, getting your vehicle serviced, length of time for auto repair, time for auto repair, car parts delay, difficult diagnosis, busy auto repair shop, peak auto repair times

How can I tell if my brakes and rotors need to be replaced?

Posted by tom zoebelein on Fri, May 17, 2013 @ 09:03 AM


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Topics: Car repair Harford County, bel air mechanic, Harford county Mechanic, Brakes, car repair Bel Air, brake problems, brake noises, basic car maintenance, brake fluid flush, warped rotors, brake maintenance, brake rotor replacement, brake pad replacement, bad brakes, squeaking brakes, types of car parts, car maintenance

Dealerships vs. Independent Shops (Pros and Cons)

Posted by tom zoebelein on Fri, May 03, 2013 @ 08:58 AM

When you need to have your car serviced, how do you make the best decision about which shop to choose?  There are plenty of auto repair shops in Harford County to choose from and a large number of them are dealerships. 

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Topics: how to choose a mechanic, how to choose a car repair shop in Bel air, Car repair Harford County, customer service, bel air mechanic, Harford county Mechanic, car repair Bel Air, getting your vehicle serviced, problems with auto repair shops, dealerships, independent shops

How can I remove rust on my car?

Posted by tom zoebelein on Fri, Apr 05, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

RUST is a four-letter word according to those of us who love our cars.  The problem is, it’s often caused by another four-letter word that we encounter all too often in the northeast: SALT.  With some of the harsh winters we’ve had in Harford County, Maryland, we’ve dealt with plenty of snow, ice, and, of course, salt.  While salt is handy when you’re trying to make it up an icy hill in January, it’s frustrating to see any resulting rust once it’s sunny again in April.

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Why do I need to have my transmission fluid changed?

Posted by tom zoebelein on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 @ 08:34 AM
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Topics: Car repair Harford County, Harford county Mechanic, car repair Bel Air, basic car maintenance, car problems, car won't start, check engine light, transmission sensors, engine trouble, transmission problems, transmission fluid

Why do I need to get my oil changed?

Posted by tom zoebelein on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 @ 09:07 AM
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Topics: Car repair Harford County, Harford county Mechanic, car repair Bel Air, basic car maintenance, getting your vehicle serviced, engine trouble, engine oil, oil change, oil filter change, oil leak

Why do I need to keep my tires inflated?

Posted by tom zoebelein on Fri, Feb 08, 2013 @ 09:44 AM
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Why does my car stall at red lights?

Posted by tom zoebelein on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 @ 12:36 PM

So you’re driving along just fine until you hit a red traffic light and have to stop.  For some reason, your car chooses that moment to stall out.  It can be more than a little embarrassing to be the stalled car in front of a line of cars once the light turns green, but this issue is more common than you think.  If your car stalls out at red lights, it means that your engine suddenly can’t control the idle.  When your engine loses the ability to control the idle, this could be due to several factors, including the following:

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Why are my brakes squeaking?

Posted by tom zoebelein on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 @ 02:20 PM

So you’re driving towards an intersection in your car and you hit the brakes to slow down, which suddenly results in a very distinct, piercing squeak.  It can be embarrassing and a little worrisome, but in most cases it’s not serious.  For a guide to what might be causing your squeaking brakes problem, see the points below:

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Topics: Harford county Mechanic, Brakes, car repair Bel Air, brake problems, brake noises, car problems, bad brakes, squeaking brakes

Why does my car get worse gas mileage in the winter?

Posted by tom zoebelein on Fri, Jan 04, 2013 @ 10:07 AM

Have you noticed that your vehicle tends to burn through gas faster in the winter months?  Well, your suspicions are correct.  And here in Harford County, Maryland that is actually more so the case for us than it is for areas of the country with warmer climates.  Cold weather has a major impact on gas mileage and here are the biggest reasons why:

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