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01/11/2017
By: Cameron R.
Power Train Plus
I took my Toyota Rav4 in for it's scheduled 100k mile service. As the tech was finishing up that job he gave the rig a once over while it was up on the hoist. He noticed that my fill plug on the transfer case was almost falling out. He check to find that there was no fluid in the transfer case and that the gears has almost destroyed themselves!!! Powertrain found me a used part from a wrecking yard and had it installed within a week of diagnosing the problem. They also quoted me a price and ended up charging me less because the tech was able to get it done in less time that the book said it would take and they passed the cost savings back to me! I cannot stress how grateful I am to have found a shop that takes the time to look at things, It would have been a disaster to get to the middle of ND in winter and have the transfer case lock up!!! Powertrain has earned my business completely and I will refer everyone I know to them.
04/24/2015
By: Elizabeth T.
Power Train Plus
Shortly before parking my 454 Super Sport for the winter, my flex plate had worn out. I immediately went to Power Train. Being a car and truck enthusiast by word of mouth they are the best. I could not be happier with the professional repair and courtesy of the service writers. I wouldn't take my vehicle anywhere else.
12/16/2016
By: Justin B.
Power Train Plus
These guys just did a check-to-buy for me on a truck that I was looking at...the seller insisted it was in pristine condition and he had it looked at at another shop and they said it was all good...it wasn't...it needed about $3,000 in front end work and to repair the rear main seal...thanks for saving me a bad purchase!
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04/17/2015
By: Shonna G.
Power Train Plus
I have used Power Train for both personal vehicles and vehicles we sell at our used cat lot. I trust them to always do a fabulous job for a fair price. They are my first call for anything we can't do ourselves. Thanks to the whole family at Power Train for always doing a great job.
01/12/2017
By: Stacey R.
Power Train Plus
E-mailed from a loyal customer,"These guys fixed a bunch of electrical problems from being chewed by a woodchuck or something...couldn't have my truck running without them!"--Thanks, Rex!
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12/17/2016
By: Trishia H.
Power Train Plus
Thanks, Lyn, for the great e-mail! "A great place to have your automotive problems diagnosed and repaired! VERY friendly service!" ~ from zlynb@live.com, Lyn Bruins
Tips & Advices
Among the common scams pulled are needless repairs, where a garage charges you for work that isn't necessary. Another popular one is attracting customers through a cheap oil change or tire pressure check. Then, when you your car is being repaired, they give you a long list of other corrections they'd like to make, therefore boosting the total cost of your bill. The best way to combat these types of problems is getting a written estimate before work is done so you can see how much repairs are expected to cost. If the final bill is higher than the estimate projected, ask to specifically see the work. Make sure information is put in writing as well. If a problem remains, you can have proof that work was not done to your satisfaction.
For winter driving, features such as the defroster, heater and exhaust system are paramount. Look in your owner's manual for specific directions on how features should be checked and repaired. Many newer cars have a cabin air filter that can be replaced when needed, allowing warm air to continue to flow in. Also, check tires before winter driving, as they need to be at the proper pressure to perform well on snow and ice.
In the spring and summer, you want to be sure your air conditioner and cooling systems work correctly. Given the high temperatures, overheating is a common problem. Look over the system by ensuring there is enough coolant available. If it needs to be refilled, it is best to open the hood and add more to the car before it gets too warm out. Also, clean out fan ducts and other ventilation sources necessary for summertime driving.
Some fixes to your car can be done without paying a specialist. Issues like replacing oil and air filters are relatively simple, with instructions provided in the owner's manual on how to make these changes. The same goes for replacing broken windshield wipers or burnt-out headlights. Such issues should be repaired quickly to guarantee safety, but don't require a visit to a garage.
Yes. Not every type of auto repair work needs to be done by a certified mechanic. You can fix some of a vehicle's issues just by paying attention to how the automobile is running and having a basic understanding of auto repair. Look over the ways weather may impact your car and what preventative measures you can take to avoid having to take it into the shop.

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