07/15/2015
By: Jim M.
Lance's Automotive
Called first to get an estimate, and got the bait and switch. Was told a price with and without parts. Got my parts at Rockauto, and took the car in to get a timing belt, water pump, and tensioner replaced. Got a call and was told my drive belts were cracked and needed to be replaced. I had checked them and knew they were 75% gone. I told him to go ahead, and should have gotten a price. $67 for three belts that I could have bought for $8 each. I understand mark-up and profit, but this was overkill. I would say the job was satisfactory, but noticed the next day that one bolt was left out of the valve cover, and another was about to fall out. Don't get me wrong, the people are very nice and decent, but the business practices leave a lot to be desired. I will stay with A&A for all my auto needs in the future.
Tips & Advices
You should change your oil filter whenever you change your oil, that is, approximately every 7,500 miles.
A oil filter is a device that helps remove contaminants from motor oil as it passes through the engine. A pump pushed the oil through the filter where it is strained and goes back to the engine.
High-mileage oil contains special conditioners that are said to help prevent gaskets from drying out and thus preventing leaks. This can be beneficial to engines with many miles on them.
Synthetic oil costs more than conventional oil, but the price is offset by the need for less frequent oil changes due to the oil’s durability.
Tools needed to change your own oil include jack stands or ramps, a wrench, an oil filter wrench, an oil drip pan, funnel, replacement oil filter, and replacement oil.

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