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GENERAL MAINTENANCE

GENERAL MAINTENANCE, Centerville, OH

The classic "tune-up" was once the heart of the automotive business and contrary to some beliefs, today's modern vehicles still need tune-ups to keep them performing at the most efficient levels.

As the pace of technology quickened, the procedures required to perform a traditional tune-up changed dramatically. Highly sophisticated ignition and fuel systems are now the norm, using one or more onboard computers to control critical engine and transmission management functions.

If the vehicle isn't being properly maintained, you're not going to get where you want to go. As part of the 21st Century Tune-up on today's modern vehicles, the following systems should be inspected: battery, charging and starting engine, mechanical powertrain control (including onboard diagnostic checks), fuel ignition, and emissions.

To help ensure good performance, fuel economy and emissions, the Car Care Council also recommends that motorists take the time necessary to become familiar with their vehicle. Study the owner's manual to become thoroughly acquainted with the operation of all systems. Pay special attention to the indicator lights and instruments.



Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Winter

Mechanical failure - an inconvenience anytime it occurs - can be deadly in the winter. Preventive maintenance is a must. A well-maintained vehicle is more enjoyable to drive, lasts longer, and could command a higher resale price.

Some of the following tips can be performed by any do-it-yourselfer; others require the skilled hands of a professional auto technician.

Engine Performance - Get engine driveability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good repair shop. Cold weather makes existing problems worse. Replace dirty filters - air, fuel, etc.

Fuel - Put a bottle of fuel de-icer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line. Note that a full gas tank helps keep moisture from forming.

Oil - Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual - more often (every 3,000 miles) if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips.

Cooling Systems - The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.

Windshield Wipers - Replace old blades. If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to fight ice build-up. Stock up on windshield washer solvent - you'll be surprised how much you use. Carry an ice-scraper.

Heater/Defroster - The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility. Newer models have a cabin air filter that should be replaced periodically. Check your owner's manual for the location and replacement interval.

Battery - The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check fluid level monthly. Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.

Lights - Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean road grime from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.

Exhaust System - Your vehicle should be placed on a lift and the exhaust system examined for leaks. The trunk and floor boards should be inspected for small holes. Exhaust fumes can be deadly.

Tires - Worn tires will be of little use in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressures once a month. Check the tires when they are cold, before driving for any distance. Rotate as recommended. Don't forget your spare, and be sure the jack is in good condition.

Carry emergency gear - gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, and a flash light. Put a few "high-energy" snacks in your glove box.



Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Summer

Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, will take their toll on your vehicle. Add the effects of last winter, and you could be poised for a breakdown. You can lessen the odds of mechanical failure through periodic maintenance. Your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale price, too! Some of the following tips are easy to do; others require a skilled auto technician.

Air Conditioning - A marginally operating system will fail in hot weather. Have the system examined by a qualified technician. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system. Check your owner's manual for location and replacement interval.

Cooling System - The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.

Oil - Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual - more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage, or tow a trailer.

Engine Performance - Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended - more often in dusty conditions. Get engine driveability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.

Windshield Wipers - A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.

Lights - Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean dirt and insects from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.

Tires - Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; check them while they're cold before driving for any distance. Don't forget to check your spare as well and be sure the jack is in good condition. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is warranted if there's uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side.

Brakes - Brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly.

Battery - Batteries can fail any time of year. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check the fluid level monthly. Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.

Emergencies - Carry some basic tools - ask a technician for suggestions. Also include a first-aid kit, flares, and a flashlight. Consider buying a cellular phone.



Keeping your vehicle in tune with the environment is definitely a win-win situation. Besides helping the environment, a properly maintained and operated vehicle will run more efficiently, will be safer, and will last longer - up to 50% longer, according to a survey of ASE-certified Master Auto Technicians.

The following tips should put you on the road to environmentally conscious car care.

  • Keep your engine tuned. A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30%.
  • Follow the service schedules listed in your owner's manual. Replace filters and fluids as recommended.
  • Check your tires for proper inflation. Underinflation wastes fuel - your engine has to work harder to push the vehicle.
  • Wheels that are out- of-line (as evidenced by uneven tread wear or vehicle pulling) make the engine work harder, too. Properly maintained tires will last longer, meaning fewer scrap tires have to be disposed.
  • Observe speed limits. Mileage decreases sharply above 60 mph.
  • Drive gently. Avoid sudden accelerations and jerky stop-and-go's. Use cruise control on open highways to keep your speed as steady as possible.
  • Avoid excessive idling. Shut off the engine while waiting for friends and family.
  • Today's vehicles are designed to "warm up" fast, so forget about those five-minute warm-ups on cold winter mornings.
  • Remove excess items from the vehicle. Less weight means better mileage.
  • Store luggage/cargo in the trunk rather than on the roof to reduce air drag.
  • Plan trips. Consolidate your daily errands to eliminate unnecessary driving. Try to travel when traffic is light to avoid stop-and-go conditions.
  • Join a car pool.

Remember, how your car runs, how you drive it, and how its fluids, old parts, and tires are disposed of all have serious consequences on the environment.

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TESTIMONIALS

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Great trustworthy crew!
, 10/29/2014

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Friendly, professional environment. They did a great job and I look forward to using them again.
, 11/11/2015

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Have been so impressed with these guys since we moved to Centerville. They seem to honestly listen to customer concerns, diagnose the problem, and make the repair quickly. Great service goes a long way in the automotive repair business. They also take appointments for oil changes!
, 02/23/2016

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These guys are great ! My car took longer than anticipated (they're busy) so the owner brings it to our home. I'm very impressed. Thanks Ben
, 04/23/2016

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Centerville Service Center cares about people and community. I appreciate and trust any mechanics that lend their time and skills to support flood victims. Thanks for being a class act fellas!
, 07/01/2016

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Great service and such friendly staff!!! This is the 2nd time we've used Centerville service and both times exceptional fast friendly service!! Highly recommend Ben and all the staff!!!
, 04/04/2017

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Great customer service, great attitude , highly recommended on a scale 1 to 10 I give them a 20.
, 05/04/2017

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CSC has serviced our vehicles since 2010. Excellent customer service and automotive work at a reasonable price. This is the first place you should stop if you need an auto mechanic.
, 08/21/2017

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Amazing service will definitely recommend the shop to my friends and family!!!
, 09/22/2017

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Honest and reliable service every time we have taken our vehicles here ... will certainly recommend to anyone needing auto service!
, 11/02/2017

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Great service and a friendly staff! They even offered to give me a ride to work after dropping my car off for an oil change.
, 11/13/2017

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Great service! Knowledgeable and skilled mechanics! I only take my vehicles to Ben!
, 11/13/2017

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There is a reason they have 100% 5-star reviews. These guys are the best. Their prices are probably average, but the level of service and integrity is off the charts. They'll take the time to talk you through the issues without rushing through it. Highly recommend.
, 11/15/2017

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This place is on North Main Street in Centerville, not Dayton. Anyway - these guys are honest as the day is long (or short, this time of year!) and do great work. They're not the cheapest place in town, but they do only the work that's necessary and they do it right.


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I've taken my cars to CSC for about five years now. They have consistently been honest, reliable and speedy all while maintaining a great level of quality.


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Great service. Really appreciate you staying late to install new battery. Thanks again.


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I have used your facilities for over 30 years and do so because of the confidence that I have in your business. Your folks are well trained and they give good advice. I appreciate honesty and good service and reasonable prices. Thank you


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I always appreciate you working with me to get the best service and parts at the lowest price possible. Chad and Ben do a great job.


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I really appreciated the recommendations for maintenance and service on a used Camry that we are looking to purchase. Your evaulation was very thorough and helpful.


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It is important to me to have mechanics who care about my car, are trustworthy, and competent. This place has been excellent in my experience.


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They were ready for my appointment, took my car, completed the job, in record time. Very pleased with the quality of work.


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This location is friendly, honest, and trustworthy. The prices seem a bit higher than others, but you most likely won't find someone who will keep you from spending unnecessary dollars.


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I was very happy with the work done on our Jetta. They installed my own disc pads and did a great job. They just forgot to complete a tire rotation, but there was no charge at the time. I will definitely consider this location for future work on this car and others in our family


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Very satisfied, excellent service from people I have put my trust in through the years.


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Needed a quick fix on my automobile. They checked it out, did the repair and I was out the door in about an hour. Great Servic Center.


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100% satisfied with the folks working at Centerville Service Center. Very skilled and professional mechanics. A bonus for any customer is that they are friendly as well. These guys will always go out of their way to be sure you are pleased with the work performed on your vehicle. The price is always fare and very competitive. A clean place to await vehicle's repair with coffee and very often free doughnuts.


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I don't have any problems with the time, price or quality of the work. They did what they promise to do. Can't expect any more. Thanks


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Centerville Service Center is where I bring all my vehicles. They are very efficient at locating the problem/issue and their prices are extremely fair. They even offer military discounts unlike several other places. I recommend to anyone that needs work done on their vehicle to bring it into them.


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I brought my car in and had it checked for the check engine light coming on and some other noises it was making. They provided a quick diagnoses and the most money saving way of moving forward. I always appriciate their honesty and not just trying to offer the fix that will get them the most money out of me.


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Car taken in as scheduled and problem isolated quickly. Took a day to get the part and so a loaner vehicle was provided. Finished up next day and seems as though the problem was solved. Good service and followup. The servicing of my car was quick and complete and it was in and out in less than one day, as I had hoped. We have been coming here for years with our cars and will continue to do so when the service is so good.


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I wouldn't trust anyone else with general maintenance & repairs on my vehicle. Highly recommended


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The service was good. It would have been good for the bill to reflect that the technician inspected the brakes while he was replacing the rotors and that they were O.K. I asked that that be added before my bill was printed and the clerk did that.


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As long as I live in the area, Centerville Service Center has a customer in me! I will recommend this place to anyone. They were fast, friendly and honest. They even fixed a nail in my mom's tire on the spot when she was dropping me off to pick up my car. Also, many times I have gone to auto shops where I felt I was talked down to and charged unfairly, simply because I was a female. These guys are gentlemen. The problems were explained to me thoroughly and I walked away with a plan of action to deal with other, not as urgent issues. Cannot thank Ben and the whole team, enough. You guys rock!
, 07/28/2018