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07/03/2014
By: Frank B.
Engine Experts
I have a 1998 Wrangler TJ with 178,000 miles on it. My late wife and I bought this Jeep together and it is my sanity in my life now. She is my baby! The Jeep had a rattling noise and starting having performance issues. I knew my 2.5 needed to be replaced. I found Engine Experts on a web search. After checking reviews and viewing videos on YouTUBE I gave them a call. Jimmy (a man with tremendous energy) answered the phone. I made an appointment. There are three rules by which I judge every business. Integrity, Integrity, and Integrity. First of all I was not allowed to make a decision until Jimmy took me on a tour (integrity test passed)! That is a good thing. He lets the facility stand on its own two feet. It is neat and organized. You can tell in a matter of seconds these are true professionals. Each car had a dedicated shelving system assigned to it. The work areas are neat. Both Jimmy and I decided the shop and my Jeep was a good match and we scheduled a convenient time and they got to work. The attention to detail was amazing. Every part was removed, cleaned, and inspected. Knowing my mileage and no real history of the vehicle I expected some parts needed replacing. I was called, shown any parts they felt was critical and needed replacing (very few by the way). I was shown parts that were OK but could be replaced while the engine was out. I decided to replace my clutch assembly, get a Radiator cleaning, new hoses, serpentine belt and oxygen sensor and a few other small things. No hidden labor charges were assessed. (After all they had to put all that back on anyway). This was more than fair! (Integrity test passed again). Jimmy is kind but brutally honest. Tells you like it is and does not mince words (integrity test passed once more). I was anxious to pick my Jeep up. I was not allowed until Jimmy personally took it for a test run and inspected it (need I say it). They have a dedication to their work that is amazing!!!! Here is the kicker!! My Jeep not only runs perfect BUT… It was cleaned, the engine and components they did not even work on shined better than new. I am not sure what they did to my air intake system but it looks factory fresh. Every component they touched was gone over and detailed to look brand new. Oil pan and valve cover freshly painted. My interior was cleaned!!!!! Unknown to Jimmy I talked to some of the folks at the site and they LOVE their job and take a lot of pride in their work!! Lastly I am from Henderson and could have gotten someone a lot closer to do the work. Glad I found Jimmy and the fine pros at Engine Experts. If you go in with realistic expectations, you WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY! They will make sure of it.Frank B.
09/19/2014
By: Erin F.
Engine Experts
I'm a busy mom of four kids that never take time to write reviews. However, I owe it to the Engine Experts to tell you about our experience. Our 2011 Toyota minivan was making a loud noise for sometime. It finally was due for state inspection and oil change so instead of going to Jimmy Lube, we took it to the dealership for maintenance and to fix the noise. They told us it was the water pump and quoted $2300 to fix. My husband insisted on getting another estimate and called around. Luckily he was referred to Jimmy Boyd at Engine Experts. He quoted us a price over $1000 less and said to bring the car in. And though tucked back off the street, he's a few blocks from the dealership. To our surprise, Jimmy gave us a full tour of the garage and introduced all his staff. Don't expect to drop your car off an run, because that's not Jimmy's way. To say the garage/management is impressive is an understatement. There are specific area's designated for tasks with the correct lighting, individual carts are used per car to pull parts out, a designated oil change station so you're in/out in no time, and so much more. I was particularly impressed with the organization of the tools - every drill bit in order by size and clean. Why is this important? You know exactly where things are and can work fast. Jimmy explained his philosophy to running the business and what's most important to him --his integrity. He's not about over charging for things not needed and wants you to understand how he runs the shop to make sure it's a good fit on both sides. He's uniquely friendly, talkative, and warm - and prides himself on his honesty (no BS with him). Needless to say, we left the minivan for him to work on. The next morning I got a call to confirm the water pump needed replacement. Though it takes approximately 13 hours of labor, he put two mechanics on it and had it back to me by 3pm. The organization allows the staff to work faster and thus, charge less in labor. When we went to get the car, Jimmy insisted I go and turn it on to make sure it sounded good. It purred like a kitten. The car being thoroughly cleaned was an additional bonus. In the end we saved $1000, but most importantly - we now have a new garage for ALL our car needs. Tire replacement, oil changes, brakes, etc...Jimmy is the guy to work with. Thank you for being a business that prides themselves on their work and their relationship with the customer. You can't ask for more than that.
02/01/2013
By: michael.wilkerson.946
Engine Experts
I have to start off by saying that I don’t take the time to write reviews, good or bad. I just go on my way and either continue to do business with someone or never go back. With that said, Jimmy and his team at Expert Engines were unbelievable. My Jeep Wrangler sat for a month at a very reputable shop in Cary with the final outcome being that I would need to replace the 4.0L motor. I was skeptical and very disappointed to say the least so I read a few great reviews about Expert Engines and gave Jimmy a call. We briefly spoke about my issue and he assured me that they would take a look at it and be honest with the diagnosis. I had the Jeep towed there on Tuesday afternoon. I was given a tour of the shop, introduced to everyone on his team and given a description of their standards on quality and honesty. I was already impressed with Jimmy and his team. Jimmy asked Johnny to take a break and look at my Jeep while I was still there to see if he could give a quick diagnosis. Remember, the other shop was telling me that I needed a new motor at 4K plus. They opened the hood, pulled the distributor and found that it was not properly aligned or set correctly. They made a few quick adjustments and he started it up. I was floored at how quickly they found the issue and had my Jeep running again. From there I asked that they check everything out and make sure I was safe to get back on the road. Jimmy and his team did a thorough job of repairing and replacing items that I knew about but wasn’t going to worry about. They went ahead and repaired my exhaust leak, transmission mount, my hood latch and more on top of getting it back to perfect running order. I picked it up this afternoon and had the opportunity to meet a few other customers while I was there. Everyone said the same thing about the professionalism and quality workmanship. They are honest, very reasonable with cost considering the level of expertise you receive and professional. The bottom line is that I would recommend these guys to anyone. I can honestly say that I have never received better customer service. They know what they’re doing and truly are the experts.
01/12/2015
By: Kay G.
Engine Experts
Jimmy Boyd, the owner of Engine Experts is awesome. He knows his business of auto and engine repairs. He will tell you what the problem is, and will let you know what needs to be done, to get the problem fixed in the most cost effective way. Jimmy uses only parts that were manufactured for your auto… no generic parts.My 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee motor locked up and it was towed to the dealership. I was given a price of $9000 - $1000 to replace the motor. I was devastated!! I had my Jeep towed to a friend's farm where it sat for almost a year. I ran into a good friend of mine, Foster who owns 2 body shops. I asked Foster where I should take my Jeep to have the engine replaced. Foster told me to take it to Engine Experts and talk to Jimmy Boyd…So I did!!I spoke with Jimmy, and had the Jeep towed to his shop. Jimmy was excellent; he went over the whole replacement and repair with me. After the new motor can in, I was given a tour of his shop and he showed me parts that were removed from the Jeep that could be reused. Jimmy had them soaking and they would be cleaned before going back on the Jeep. Jimmy showed me the new motor, and we discussed replacing some parts that would be hard to get to later on should they go out, the cost could be up to 3 times more due to their location. The shop was clean and well organized… I was truly impressed!! The warranty he gave me on the motor was 100k miles or 5 years, which included parts and labor! This was about a year ago.I took the Jeep back for an oil change and last month had to replace the starter. It is such a great feeling to know you can take your car in for repair and know that you are getting exceptional quality service on your vehicle from someone who it trustworthy and not going to rip you off!! Oh…the cost to replace the motor was thousands + less then what the dealership had quoted me. So to all you single ladies out there with auto problems…who is clueless, give Jimmy a call at Engine Experts and fine out for yourself what a gem you will have in Jimmy!! Ditto for all you guys!! Thanks Jimmy!! Wishing you a great 2015!! Kay Galloway
07/01/2014
By: Vincent C.
Engine Experts
I have a 2001 S-10 truck with 235,000 miles on it. Well the engine finally died and left me stranded on the road. Being my own mechanic, I didn't know of any shops who I felt would give me the service I needed. I found Engine Experts by chance on an online search. I liked the website and what they do so I decided to give them a call. I spoke to Jimmy and explained my situation to him. I told him I have been forced into being my own mechanic due to the disservice most shops around the triangle provide. He told me "I'm an acquired taste, I will not b.s. you. I am honest and do great work." I knew right away that he was a character, in a good way of course. I could hear some of his customers in the background laughing at him. He puts one of his customers on the phone with me and he tells me how great Jimmy and the guys are. He states that he's been a customer for over 11 years and that there is no one else he would go to. Jimmy gets back on the phone and tells me to stop by, meet him and check out the shop. The shop is clean and organized! After an hour we talk some more and we both decide we're a good fit to do business with each other. I told him I think the engine is shot and needs to be replaced. He said "have it towed here and we'll check it out and find out for sure what the problem is". Jimmy calls me back the next day and tells me the engine does need to be replaced. My truck is my primary vehicle and I needed it done quickly. Jimmy not only fits me into their schedule, they repaired the truck within a week! With the engine out of the truck, He calls me so I can meet with him to discuss what needed to be done. We go over what can be reused and what should be replaced. No one does that any more. Most repair shops will repair your vehicle and not even tell you what they did. Having a strong mechanical background, I am impressed with their knowledge and professionalism. My truck runs great! I am a customer for life. If you are in search of a shop that is honest, then look no further! I'm a car guy who "gets it". Many thanks!
09/28/2012
By: emilys.1
John West Auto
I consider myself extremely lucky that I have found this business. This is the second time I have brought my car to John West Auto and have had a 5 star experience both times. And this is the second time that this business has saved me a lot of money by providing reliable, quality work at a decent price. If you are having any car work done I recommend going here. I had an oil change done at a Meineke near my house recently (purely because it was close and my car was overdue) After spending 40 mins there the woman at the desk told me that the mechanic had found multiple issues with my car while he was changing the oil. She stated that I needed to have a service, a tune up, the spark plugs replaced, the front brake pads rotors resurfaced, rear pads resurfaced and the front and rear sway bar end links replaced as the boots dry rotted. Not knowing much about cars I taken off guard because she was proposing about a 1000$ worth of work (by their estimation) and she stated that my front brakes only had 5% left on them and it was imperative that I get them fixed immediately. I told her I would think about it and asked for a copy of the list. I wanted to run all this by John West Auto since he done an excellent job before on my car when it needed a catalytic converter replaced a year or so ago. John West took my car for the day did a thorough inspection including removing all 4 tires to check the brakes and told me that the car did need a tune up (due for it's mileage) and the spark plugs needed to be replaced but everything else was fine. The brakes both front and back were only at 50% and had many thousands of miles left on them. He said that they did not need to be replaced at this time. The other place was either preying on my auto ignorance or simply trying to dupe every person that walks in the door! After 2 very positive experiences at John West Auto I will not be taking my car anywhere else for any kind of car maintenance, no matter how big or small! I could not recommend them more highly.
09/18/2012
By: ajjohnson
Engine Experts
If you are considering an engine for your vehicle, do yourself a favor and give Jimmy and the team at Engine Experts a call. I started to gather info about a month or so ago about the issues I was having with my Ford F150 truck. I called countless shops and dealers to gather info, and compare notes. I also wanted to narrow down my search to shops that were familiar with my truck, and engine, and the design issues that were well known. I had just about settled on the route I wanted to take to replace my motor, but thought I would try just a few more shops. Well I came across the number for Engine Experts, and gave them a ring. Talk about first impressions! I was blown away at how friendly and helpful they were right away. I bet I was on the phone with them for an hour or so. The coolest thing was they listened to my concerns...ALL OF THEM... and addressed each one. I was invited to come over to the shop and take a tour. The technicians in the shop were all very friendly. They welcomed the fact that its important to engage with your customers. I will admit that I have a bad case of OCD... I cant deal well with sloppy unorganized work. Again...I was impressed. The way they go about doing work is just cool! Its not just engines..its whatever the heck they are working on. All the parts are kept neat and together, and one tech is working on your vehicle. Less chance of an error in my opinion. Well I decided to have them do the work. Again, they did not disappoint. I paid a visit once the old engine was removed. We looked at all the parts together to decide what was to be replaced,what was to be re-used, and why. The truck runs great, and was delivered when they said it would be. Jimmy and his team have my family as a customer for as long as he decides to stay in business. Thanks guys for taking a great deal of the pain out of this process!!!! Now whats our next project? :-)
01/04/2013
By: c.thompson
Engine Experts
I first discovered the team at Engine Experts when was looking for an engine repair specialist to take on the tedious challenge of removing several corroded exhaust manifold bolts from my truck’s aluminum engine block. The corroded manifold bolts were the result of my truck having spent several, salty, winters in New England, and many of these bolts were rusted through to the point that some of the bolt heads were completely missing while the shaft of these bolts were all still buried in the aluminum engine block. Anyhow, several other garages had previously passed on my engine repair job saying that they were not equipped to make this type of engine repair so I was THRILLED when Jimmy at Engine Experts enthusiastically said, “I can fix it for you”. As a result of Engine Expert’s customer focus, excellent work, and can-do attitude: my truck’s engine was repaired for a fraction of the cost of what OTHER shops had quoted me for a total engine replacement.Because of my first experience with Engine Experts, I immediately decided that I would become a repeat customer. Most recently, I asked Jimmy to put an aftermarket clutch in my GT 500, and he said, “Absolutely, we can do it”. So even though the name Engine Experts implies a certain auto repair specialty, I would like to point out that Jimmy’s team has the knowledge and the equipment to do far more than just engine work. It appears to me that there is no job that is too big or is too small for the team at Engine Experts.So if you are looking for a good, fair, independent, auto mechanic who can handle everything from oil changes to tedious engine jobs, then I will say without hesitation that you should stop by to introduce yourself to Jimmy at Engine Experts.C. ThompsonRaleigh, NC
09/30/2015
By: Robert B.
Falls Village Exxon Auto Repair Inc
I am the owner of Falls Village Auto repair. We do understand why the customer that posted todays review is upset. When she came in for a coolant leak, we performed a pressure test and found that her radiator was leaking out of the bottom left seam . There were no other leaks. We showed the customer where it was coming from and she gave us permission to replace the radiator. After it was fixed we pressure tested it again and test drove the vehicle. Everything was fine. No leaks. 5 days later she came back with coolant reservoir leak. This is separate from the radiator. It is an 11 year old plastic part that gave way. This was called by a weak spot it the reservoir. this is called the path of least resistance. If a pressurized system has a weak spot eventually it will leak. We told this customer that the radiator has a 2 year free replacement warranty but the reservoir was leaking now. That has nothing to do with the work we performed. It is unfortunate but was out of our control. If it was leaking when it left here. she would not have made it 5 day. The fact that it was leaking out of the reservoir tells us that it just happed. otherwise the reservoir would have been empty. We even knocked $42.50 off of the price of the labor on the reservoir. We have done everything that we can and understand that it is an unfortunate situation, but the facts are that it was not leaking when she left and didn't leak until five days later when it cracked. We will continue to stand behind our warranty on the radiator as we do with all work that we perform.
08/28/2014
By: Monique N.
Engine Experts
I have a 05 Nissan Sentra and on 8/21 I was driving home from NCCU and my car suddenly stalled while on the Durham Freeway. I didn't know what to do. So I called USAA roadside assistance. The lady asks me where I'd like to have my car towed and I have no clue. I don't know any mechanics in the area. She made a few phone calls and told me a man named Jimmy from Engine Experts was going to help me and to call him. So I did gave him some information about my car. He was very professional and nice. When I got there I was so pleased with the way the shop looked. Everything was clean and organized. So he starts to check out my car and it's not showing the problem I had with it. But he notices right away that my fuel pump is making a loud humming noise. I start to freak out a little because I know that fuel pumps are expensive. But he tells me to hold on because that may not be the problem that's causing my car to cut off. He says he doesn't like to throw money at a repair and the person still have problems. I can appreciate this because I don't want to drive away and my car not be fixed. He explained to me that while the fuel pump is going to go out it's not as urgent of a repair as what's causing my car to cut off. That the number one priority is to figure out what's going on. Eventually they figure out that my cam shaft sensor and my crankshaft sensor are going bad. They fixed the problem and got me back on the road. I will forever be a customer. Everyone was courteous and professional. Jimmy is the Best!!!!
Tips & Advices
Ceramic brake pads are made from dense, durable ceramic. They are favored for their relative silence while driving compared to metal or organic brake pads. They also have little wear and tear on the overall brake system and are very reliable. However, they are more expensive than metal or organic brake pads. Additionally, their performance deteriorates in extreme driving conditions.
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This depends on the car, the brake system, and the car owner's driving habits. Typically, a car's brakes should be replaced after about 50,000 miles, but some car's brakes may last anywhere from 25,000 to 70,000 miles. Car owners shouldn't wait for a magic number to replace their brakes. They should check them regularly, and pay close attention if they hear any weird noises or if the car feels shaky while braking. Brakes are a critical safety component of a car, so it's important to stay on top of brake maintenance.

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