Wayne's Automotive wants to keep your vehicle on the straight and narrow as you drive the streets of Warminster. We offer a complete suspension and steering check whenever we perform a computerized four-wheel. Additionally, we will visually inspect each tire while checking and adjusting your tire pressures to OEM specifications.
In the past, most shops just looked at the front wheel alignment and made the required adjustments. But your vehicle has four wheels and the alignment of each one will affect the others and how the vehicle handles. Though the rear wheels are locked in the same position, they have a large effect on how the vehicle goes down the road. For that reason, it is best to get a four-wheel alignment every time you need one.
During every four-wheel alignment Wayne's Automotive does, we check all four tires for wear or damage and adjust the tire pressure as needed. Then the suspension and steering are checked for any damage or looseness prior to alignment. Bent or loose parts will change the alignment of the vehicle and/or make it impossible to adjust it to specification.
With every alignment Wayne's Automotive does, we measure all the alignment angles on all four wheels. If applicable, we make adjustments to the rear suspension first the we do the same for the front end. All adjustments are affected by all the wheel angles, so we constantly measure each angle as we adjust. On some vehicles, adjustments can only be made by installing shims or other parts. We will inform you of any additional costs before we do the work on vehicles that require these parts.
Maintaining the safety of your vehicle is of the utmost importance to Wayne's Automotive. When your car doesn’t start, generally there is not a safety issue related to the situation. When your vehicle doesn’t stop, it’s a safety issue for everyone in Warminster that we take seriously. Therefore, during our digital inspections, we will provide you with photographs and measurements of your brakes at every stage of wear from brand new to the time for replacing them. We not only want you safe, we want you informed.
When checking the brakes for proper operation, we will road test the vehicle first then do an inspection of the brakes at each wheel of your vehicle. The brakes will be disassembled and inspected part by part to assure that we find any issues that need to be addressed. Anything that is noted to be worn or damaged will be measured and documented.
Once we give you the estimate on repairs and/or replacement of the brakes, we can assure you that safety and proper operation are our priority. The parts that will be used for the repairs will meet or exceed the OEM standards and requirements guaranteeing proper operation all through the life of the brakes.
After we receive your authorization, the technician will clean and lubricate all the hardware as needed. If resurfacing of the rotors or drums is required, we will use state of the art equipment to make sure that everything is good to a thousands of an inch. During assembly, care will be taken to again inspect the hardware for any defects or issues. Once assembled and the wheels reinstalled, we will road test your vehicle to verify that the brakes are seated and operating exactly as they should. Only when we are confident that all is operating as it should, we then will return the vehicle to you.
Engine Diagnosis and Repair
When your check engine light goes on, it’s your vehicle telling you that something is not right with it and that you should get it looked at. If the check engine light is flashing and you feel the vehicle running poorly, the vehicle is telling you to pull over and shut it down because something is not only wrong, it will cause very expensive damage to your ride if you don’t. Prevent further damage by having the vehicle towed to our shop.
As mentioned before, the check engine light is an indicator that lets you know that something is not quite right. When the tech gets a code, that code just tells the tech what sensor or system is not working correctly. So, if a code for an oxygen sensor is generated, it is telling the tech that the sensor is not operating properly, or the sensor is sending a signal that that is out of specification. It is not necessarily telling you that the sensor has actually failed. At this point a Wayne's Automotive technician will look up and perform a number of tests and readings to eliminate other possible causes for the code. When the testing is completed properly, the tech will have identified the actual failure which may not be the sensor at all.
In this case, if the cause is not the sensor, and the oxygen sensor is replaced, after a few miles of driving the check engine light will go on again and the same code will appear because the actual issue has not been fixed. This is why replacing parts just because the code points to them usually does not fix the issue.
Wayne's Automotive is one of the top shops in Warminster because our technicians will read the vehicle codes and use them to look for TSBs or other issues that your vehicle may have commonly. Next, our technician will perform a series of “pinpoint tests” as directed by the manufacturer of your ride. These tests may be electrical, or engine mechanical based on the pinpoint tests that are given. Once the cause of the check engine light is determined, we will contact you with an estimate of what it will take to repair your vehicle.
Upon authorization from you, we will repair or replace the part in question and rerun our code testing procedure after a road test to confirm that the diagnosis was correct, and that the replacement of the part fixed the issue. Note, occasionally there maybe more diagnosis required after the replacement of the initial part due to another failure in the system that the first may have overshadowed.
To help your ride last as long as possible and to give you the best miles per gallon, Wayne's Automotive will check and inspect all the major fluids and filters on your vehicle during our comprehensive digital inspection. Free flowing filters will keep your driving smooth and problem free.
Over time the engine air filter will become clogged with these debris resulting in a reduced air flow into the engine. If allowed to go long enough, this reduction in air flow will cut power and fuel economy for your vehicle. At Wayne's Automotive we will inspect and replace the filter when it is needed in addition to cleaning out any other materials that we may find in the air filter housing.
Cabin Air Filter: Many vehicles today are equipped with a cabin air filter that helps remove pollen and other debris from the air that you AC and heater system bring into your car. Being that these air filters remove pollen from the air you are breathing, you are less likely to be distracted by allergies when you drive making you a safer driver.
Cabin air filters are sometimes hard to get at so other shops may not check them. We at Wayne's Automotive want you to be comfortable and safe so we will check it during our inspections and let you know if it is time to replace it. If not changed when needed, these filters can limit the function of your AC, heat and defrosting of your vehicle resulting in discomfort or unsafe driving.
Fuel Filter: Though many gas stations do their best to be sure the fuel you buy is as clean as can be, it is possible that some debris can get into the fuel. These debris can affect how your fuel injectors function causing loss of power, rough idle, and other issues since the injectors have very small ports that can clog easily.
The fuel filter is generally located under your vehicle, so during our digital inspection we will be sure to check it and recommend the replace of the filter when it is due. Because the fuel system can be under pressure, we at Wayne's Automotive do not recommend drivers to change the filters themselves. Wayne's Automotive will depressurize the fuel system and use the proper tools to remove and replace the fuel filter when needed.
Hybrid/Electric Car Battery Filter: The drive battery in a hybrid or electric vehicle is one of the most expensive components of these vehicles. Heat is one of the worst enemies of these batteries so many hybrid and electric cars have a blower system and/or even an AC system built in to help keep the battery from getting too hot. An air filter is used to protect these systems from dirt and dust build up that will reduce the efficiency of these cooling components. Wayne's Automotive in Warminster will inspect and recommend these filters when they are needed helping keep you drive battery cool.
Your vehicle uses several different fluids to make it do what it does. Engine oil goes through the most use and abuse, so this is why it and the oil filter need to be changed more regularly than other vehicle fluids. So, let Wayne's Automotive tell you about the other fluids we check and service for you during each digital inspection we perform on your vehicle.
During each digital courtesy inspection, we perform at Wayne's Automotive, we will not only check the brake fluid level. We will also check it for contamination. Our inspections will show the condition of your brake fluid during each visit. When it is time, we will recommend the flushing and replacement of the brake fluid, so you can continue to stop safely. Because we will checking the fluid during each visit, you can be better prepared for when it is time to replace it.
Transmission: The fluid in a transmission does not get the abuse that the engine oil does, but on many vehicles, it does need to be changed at an interval. Automatic transmissions driven around Warminster are constantly shifting up and down and over time this will break the fluid down requiring change. During our digital inspections, Wayne's Automotive will check and adjust your transmission fluid as needed. We will also recommend that it be changed when the time and mileage arrive. Note: Some automatic transmission vehicles today do not have a dipstick and require a specific process to check the fluid. During our digital inspection we will look over the transmission and if we see leakage that may affect the fluid level, we will bring it to your attention.
When the time comes for the fluid to be changed, we may offer a transmission flush to not only exchange the fluid but to also rinse out any possible contaminants that may exist.
Coolant/Anti-Freeze: Can be very confusing and is often forgotten. It comes in many different colors and types; some manufactures say it is “lifetime” and others say it needs to be replaced every five years or so. Let Wayne's Automotive take the guessing out of what kind and what requirements your vehicle has for coolant. During each digital inspection we will check the coolant level and condition making sure that during the summers and winters here at Warminster that the coolant cools and doesn’t freeze or boil over.
Regular inspection of the cooling system will help prevent breakdowns and leaks. When it comes time to replace the coolant, Wayne's Automotive will flush out the system and put in the manufacturer required fluid.
Transfer Case/Differential: Four-wheel drive vehicles and trucks can benefit from having the fluids in the transfer case and or differential monitored and changed. Many times, the intervals for changing these fluids is years and many miles apart unless the vehicle is used in extreme circumstances such as construction or immersion in water. Another factor that will contribute to the servicing of these units is leakage. During the Wayne's Automotive digital courtesy inspection we will check and note any leakage that needs to be addressed. When time for service arrives, we will be sure to bring it to your attention for consideration.
Power Steering: With the average age of vehicles on the road today being over 11 years, we suggest the changing the power steering fluid in your vehicle as per the OEM requirements. We will check and monitor the fluid over the life of your vehicle and bring it to your attention if and when the fluid needs to be address due to leakage or normal use.
Oil and Filter Change
We at Wayne's Automotive want you to know that oil is the life blood of your engine. It is the only thing that stands between your engine running for hundreds of thousands of miles and the utter self-destruction of the engine. All the parts that make an engine run actually “float” on a layer of oil. When the layer of oil breaks down, so does the engine.
Regular oil and filter changes are required to keep the “blood” of your engine in top lubricating condition. With today’s oil change intervals becoming further apart, it is critical that the oil and filter be changed on time to make sure that it can handle all the stresses placed on it when you drive. Especially driving around Warminster! Not only does oil lubricate your engine, it keeps the engine interior clean, keeps moisture from corroding parts, and removes heat from critical areas in the engine.
Over time the oil’s ability to do its job decreases, resulting in increased engine wear, sludge build up and other nasty things. Another item to consider is that though engines are designed not to, some oil can be used and burned in even a perfectly running engine. With oil change intervals being over 7,500 miles apart, this burning of oil can use up some of the oil making what is left work even harder. Worse case scenario the oil level can get so low that your engine willstarve for oil causing internal damage.
Wayne's Automotive knows how critical it is to have the oil changed in your vehicle especially as you drive around Warminster. So, we go above and beyond what other shops in Warminster do to get you back in time and mileage. We calculate your actual miles driven a day and based on the recommended type of oil your vehicle needs, print a sticker that is placed on your windshield to tell you when it is time to return. We also set a “soft appointment” for your next oil change and send you a reminder via text or an appointment reminder inserted in your smart phone calendar with a couple of finger taps. When you confirm that you are coming in for the oil change by texting us the letter “C”, we will be sure that we AT Wayne's Automotive have everything needed to get your vehicle in and out fast as possible. If you rather have your oil changed more often than the manufacturers’ recommendations because it’s your “baby”, we at Wayne's Automotive will make that happen. All you need to do is ask. Remember, Wayne's Automotive is your service destination in Warminster for complete automotive service.
Wayne's Automotive wants you to know that your tires keep you on the road in all weather conditions and speeds. Realize that only a small part of each tire actually is doing all the work of keeping your ride on the road as you drive around Warminster, so it is critical that your tires are maintained properly for maximum safety and longevity.
Wayne's Automotive knows tires are expensive, so we help you get the most mileage and life for your money from the tires that we sell. During each visit your vehicle has with us we will visibly inspect, check and adjust tire pressures to the manufacture’s specifications. Maintaining correct tire pressure is one of the most basic requirements for maintaining your tires. Tire pressures will normally fluctuate with the seasons that we have in Warminster.
The front tires on many vehicles do more “work” than the back tires due to steering, acceleration and braking. So, they wear more than the rear tires. Wayne's Automotive will recommend and rotate your tires as we see needed to spread the wear evenly over all four tires. Additionally, we use some of the best equipment to mount and balance your tires initially and will recommend and perform a four-wheel alignment as needed so to get maximum life out of your tire investment.
PA State Safety Inspections & Emissions
State vehicle inspections are mandated by law in Pennsylvania.
If you’ve lived in the region for very long, you know that state vehicle inspections are mandated by law in Pennsylvania. These inspections are stringent and strict and cover many items on your vehicle. Your vehicle needs to be in good shape to keep you and other drivers safe on the roads, and we’re committed to doing thorough and complete inspections on every vehicle that comes through at inspection time.
Inspection items include:
- And much more
A newer program with many states is emissions testing. Modern vehicles use a computer and a network of smaller processors and sensors to govern fuel delivery, ignition timing, transmission shift points and other drivability functions. The computer picks up readings from all the sensors throughout the drivetrain, and if any sensor sends information that is outside of norms, it’s registered as a trouble code in the computer and the Check Engine light is illuminated.
Emissions control is a big part of this technology package as well; the computer and sensors monitor the composition of the exhaust gasses as they flow through the engine and exhaust stream. At one time, emissions testing used a “tailpipe sniffer” device to analyze exhaust gasses; newer systems, however, can just plug straight into the engine computer to check for any trouble codes that are emissions-related.
NOTE: vehicles manufactured before the model year 1996 used a different industry-standard engine management system. As a result, emissions standards for pre-1996 vehicles are different. Even with these older vehicles and different emissions requirements, though, any problems with sensors or relays will need to be addressed if they affect emissions.
If your vehicle isn’t in compliance with either emissions or safety inspections, we can’t approve it and issue a sticker. Also, remember to bring your current registration and proof of insurance when inspection time comes around!