K&M Auto Service is a family-owned full-service Auto Repair Shop that is dedicated to providing unbeatable customer service and vehicle repairs. Our mechanics are experienced, friendly and are always willing to impart vehicle wisdom to our customers. Many mechanics just go through the motions and the customer never fully understands what went wrong with their vehicle. At K&M Auto Service, we will make sure that you understand what the problem is, how it can be fixed and how you can help prevent it from occurring again. No matter what is wrong with your vehicle, our mechanics have the training, skills, and equipment to fix it.
The starter is an often overlooked car part, despite its importance. At K&M Auto Service, we deal with starter problems all the time. We can quickly diagnose exactly what is causing your starter to malfunction and get you back on the road. You probably never think about it, but the process of starting your car is actually quite complex. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with the battery, wiring and the starter itself that can prevent your engine from turning over and your car from starting. Back in the early 1900s, you had to pull on a hand crank to get your engine to start. That all changed with the invention of the electric starter. Now it is easier than ever to start your car, but only if your electric starter and all of its components are working correctly.
Most people just assume that when their vehicle refuses to start, there must be a problem with the starter. However, the starter is rarely the cause of the problem. If your car won’t start, we will check to see if your battery is dead or if corrosion is interfering with the connection. We will also carefully check all of the wires and connections to and from your starter to make sure that the wires are in good shape and there is no corrosion present. If we go through all of our tests and evaluations and find that a faulty starter is in fact the problem, we will repair or replace it for you.
While you’re there, let us perform a Touch® Courtesy Check, which includes a visual check of the following items:
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Most cars on the road today use multi-grade oil — one that can work efficiently in cold and hot weather. A multi-grade oil is rated by two numbers, such as 5W-30.
About the oil classification system.
Each engine oil comes with a classification indicating its viscosity, which is its friction or resistance to flow. In a multi-grade oil, the first number indicates how the oil will flow when it is cold. The lower the number, the lighter the oil and the better it will perform at lower temperatures. The second number indicates the thickness of that same oil at high temperatures. For example, a 5W-30 oil will flow as a 5-weight oil at zero degrees Fahrenheit and as a 30-weight oil at 210 degrees Fahrenheit
Why viscosity is a concern.
During cold starting, only a small amount of oil is present in the upper parts of engines. To lessen the friction when upper engine parts, such as the valve train, pistons, overhead cam and cam bearings, scrub against each other, a lower viscosity allows the oil to reach the components more quickly.
Why 5W-30 and 5w-20 oils are so popular.
Many vehicles today leave the factory with 5W-30 or 5w-20 engine oil. Vehicle manufacturers recommend them because they are lighter oils that perform well in a range of temperatures and help improve gas mileage.
Not all motor engine oils are 100% petroleum. Synthetic oils, which are primarily chemically compounded lubricants, are also available. They can provide:
Which oil is right for your car?
The simplest and safest way to find out is to check your owner’s manual…or talk to your Midas mechanic.
Oil filters are designed to trap foreign particles suspended in the oil and prevent them from getting to the engine bearings and other parts.
Your vehicle relies on a variety of fluids to operate its brake, steering, transmission, engine cooling and other systems. When these fluids become degraded or are at incorrect levels, damage to other components may occur…so always follow the manufacturer-recommended service schedule.
Automatic Transmission Fluid
This is typically an oil-based fluid used in a transmission that lubricates and cools the transmission and provides hydraulic pressure to shift gears automatically.
This is the hydraulic fluid used to transmit pressure through the brake lines in a brake system providing stopping power and protecting hydraulic brake components from internal corrosion.
This is the mixture of water and antifreeze used in an engine cooling system to dissipate heat and maintain the engine’s temperature throughout its operating range.
Starting & Charging
The battery starts your car, powers on-board computers and supplies emergency power needs. A weakened battery causes stress on alternators and starters, especially during extreme temperatures. Let Midas test and inspect your battery regularly.
Clean air filters can increase engine performance, boost fuel mileage and reduce engine wear. Cabin air filters can minimize airborne contaminants in the passenger compartment and improve heating/cooling efficiency.
Touch® Courtesy Check
The Midas Touch® Courtesy Check is fast, efficient and covers many items on your vehicle’s preventive maintenance schedule. We’ll conduct a visual check, looking inside, outside, under the hood and under the vehicle, then provide you with a written report.