Road Masters Auto Service In Richardson

You know Road Masters Auto Service not only has you covered in Richardson. And because we’re a NAPA authorized shop, we also have you covered with a 24 month, 24,000 mile warranty nationwide. You can read more about our coverage here.  You might not know that we can extend that coverage to 36 months or 36,000 miles if you use your NAPA card. Here’s a little more information on how car repair financing not only makes it easier on your wallet, but also extends your warranty, Just check it out here.

Motorists in Richardson Count On Road Masters Auto Service For

Thorough, proper, preventive maintenance is normally the single best thing you can do as a car owner to keep your car or truck running well and save money on repairs in the long run. Let’s give you some tips that’ll apply to all car makes and models. Ask anyone who’s ever worked on cars or spent a lot of money getting their car repaired and they will tell you: Don’t ignore preventive maintenance. The basics, like regularly changing your oil, checking your tire pressure, and scheduled inspections and work done are like getting regular checkups at the doctor. They keep your ride healthy and give drivers and the Techs at Road Masters Auto Service a chance to catch anything serious before it becomes a major problem. With your car or truck, that can save you thousands of dollars. First, you ought to read Your Owner’s Manual. Regardless of the style or model of car you drive, your regular maintenance schedule is listed. If you don’t have one, or don’t know what your manufacturer recommends, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. If you do read your manual you will discover exactly how often your manufacturer does suggest you change your oil (and it can vary widely by vehicle make and model), your filters, any drive or timing belts in your vehicle, and more. You’ll even find out whether you’re putting the right fuel in your vehicle or whether you’re using the correct grade of oil in the first place. Think about it; you wouldn’t plug in a complicated piece of new tech or a big shiny new home appliance without checking the manual to make sure you know what you’re doing. Most car owners already know just how important this is, but it’s worth repeating for people don’t consider themselves interested in how their car or truck works. If you’re using the wrong grade of oil, for example, or filling a car that calls for higher octane gasoline with the lowest octane gas you can buy, you can run the risk of voiding your warranty, and worse, causing damage that can cost more to fix than you would have saved by using the cheap gas to begin with. When we covered the ways you can save serious money on car repair, more than a few people pointed out that preventive maintenance is probably one of the biggest ways you can save money—not actively, but in the long term. Spending a little money now on these basics will save you from more costly repairs later on. Even though you have Road Masters Auto Service to depend on, it never hurts to learn to do your own inspection. It’s basic, but give your car a once-over periodically so you catch anything that looks out of place. Make sure all your lights and horn are working. Check the tire pressure about once a month or so (and buy an air pressure gauge to keep in the glove box). Doing this helps your tires last longer and gets you better mileage. Make sure your tires have enough tread. You can use a penny to do it, or look out for the wear indicators on the tire treads. With the price of gas around Richardson and Plano, this comes in handy. Learn to listen for any strange sounds, inside and out. If anything’s out of the ordinary, don’t ignore it.

Road Masters Auto Service Richardson TX fluids• We check all fluid levels. We’re here so you never have to change your fluids, (not even your wiper fluid), but it never hurts to learn how to check those fluid levels yourself. Sometimes you can see the tank level directly, but most have gauges or dipsticks you can pull out to check. Some things, however, are best left to the pro’s. Even if your owner’s manual doesn’t have a lot to say about car owners checking the transmission fluid. If you’re running low, you can trust that we will add more.

Road Masters Auto Service Richardson TX belts and hoses• We inspect all belts and hoses. Inspect and get your timing and serpentine belts replaced as needed. Some recommend you get your timing belt replaced every 60,000 miles or so, and your serpentine belt replaced every 40,000 miles approximately. Again, your owner’s manual will offer real numbers for your type of vehicle. If you can’t find the manual, you can look online. You’ll probably find the best estimate for your car or truck listed there. Use it as a guideline, and let one of our ASE certified L1 Master Technicians inspect the belts when it gets time to replace them mileage-wise. If they’re still in good shape, don’t bother, but if they’re worn out, get them replaced before they fail. If you wait and those belts do fail, you’ll break down, and the damaged belt can damage other components making the repair even more expensive.

Road Masters Auto Service Richardson TX check oil• Check your oil and get it changed on a regular basis. Whether your car has a dipstick to check the oil’s color and oil level or the dipstick has been replaced with an electronic gauge, you should learn how to check it for yourself. Knowing the difference between clean oil and murky, dirty oil will save you lots of money on unnecessary changes and will give you a way to tell if something might be wrong with your engine (like if the oil looks murky but you just had it changed). It’s hard to make an overall  recommendation for how frequently you should change your oil, but the answer is—as we mentioned—in your owner’s manual. Don’t just blindly follow the 3,000 mile myth though—for most vehicles it can be as high as 10,000 miles, depending on the oil your vehicle calls for and the road and climate conditions in which you drive (something else that’s in the manual).

Road Masters Auto Service battery• Check your car’s battery and clean the terminal contacts (if necessary). Most batteries these days don’t require much in the way of maintenance, but you should know where it is and check it to make sure it’s not leaking and there’s no mineral or other buildup on the contacts. If there is, we can clean it off with a battery cleaning brush.

Road Masters Auto Service Richardson TX wipers• Replace your windshield wipers when the view gets streak-y. It may seem silly, but I’ve known several people who just ignored their wipers until they got them replaced as part of a bigger job. Wipers are inexpensive and when you need them, YOU NEED THEM. Don’t wait until you’re caught on Central Expressway in a sever thunderstorm to realize you can’t see 10 feet in front of you due to bad wipers. You wouldn’t wait until you saw an eye doctor to clean your glasses, would you? Ww will also give your windshield a good cleaning inside and out—if it’s hard to see, the problem may be inside, not out.

Road Masters Auto Service car cabin filter• Many drivers don’t even realize the inside of the car, the cabin, has an air filter. Replacing it is probably one of the easiest things we can do to keep your car comfortable. We’ve got any filter for any make or model. It may not be critical to your car’s operation, but it’s easy and it makes the ride more pleasant.

Road Masters Auto Service engine filter• Replace your engine air filter. Checking and replacing your engine air filter regularly is important. Your owner’s manual will give you a mileage estimate for how frequently it should be done. If you drive a lot, especially in stop-and-go traffic in or around Dallas or have a long commute, your engine air filter may get dirtier faster than someone who drives open roads or only drives around on the weekends.

Road Masters Auto Service Richardson TX tire• Get your tires and wheels checked. We can also check your alignment. We can help you set up a schedule to get this done and it’s important to do to make sure your tires wear evenly and your car drives smoothly. You can make those very expensive tires last much longer by getting them rotated and balanced. Your alignment is just as important. If you’re fighting your car to keep it straight, that’s a bad situation that’s easily corrected.

Road Masters Auto Service Richardson TX spark plug• Change your spark plugs. If your spark plugs are worn out or covered in buildup, your engine isn’t working efficiently. And at the very least that will cost you extra money in gasoline. But it can also lead to a breakdown. We will follow your manual’s recommendation and get them as directed (or needed) depending on their condition and your driving habits.

Richardson Texas Pre-owned Used Car Inspections by Road Masters Auto Service

Buying a pre-owned car or truck shouldn’t be a gamble, especially if you live near Road Masters Auto Service in Richardson, Texas. We will help you take any guess work out of this big-ticket purchase by thoroughly checking all components to make sure this new addition to your family’s driving is road worthy and in good overall shape.

Why you may Road Masters Auto Service to inspect your used car before you buy

  • You are buying a car online and live several hundred, or thousands, of miles away from the car.
  • You don’t feel you are “mechanically inclined” enough to properly evaluate this purchase.
  • This is a car or truck that your spouse or children will be driving.
  • You may live overseas and are looking to purchase a car in the Richardson area.
  • You would simply feel better having the opinion of an ASE certified Master Technician before you make this purchase.

Key Facts About Road Masters Auto Service Inspection Process

  • We are ASE certified L1 Master Technicians that are fully qualified.
  • We own and operate a state-of-the-art repair shop in Richardson Texas. We are part of the community.
  • Over 20 years experience in automotive diagnosis and repair.
  • Very cost effective service with competitive fees.
  • Easy to comprehend reports that are available the end of the inspection process.

What You Get

  • Test Drive (when allowed)
  • Thorough visual and mechanical inspection
  • 30+ Vehicle Photos (when requested)
  • Cost Effective, Competitive Inspection Rates
  • Technician notes and pictures that highlight any issues found

Our Road Masters Auto Service Inspection Report takes the consumer from “Buyer Beware” to “Vehicle Aware”!

Test Driving

  • Our Road Masters Auto Service inspectors will road test the vehicle, as long as it is allowed by the car dealer or owner.
  • While operating the vehicle, our technicians look at the following aspects: Overall acceleration, handling, shifting, braking, transmission and more.

Comprehensive Visual & Mechanical Inspection

  • We look at all essential mechanical and other non-mechanical vehicle components.
  • We look at multiple inspection points, such as fluid levels, battery, engine components, undercarriage rust and frame condition, as well as transmission and more.
  • We thoroughly check both the interior and exterior components of the car or truck.
  • Our Inspection points include glass, chrome, body panels, rust, interior items, carpet, and more.

Vehicle Photos (when requested by out of town buyers) & Tech Notes

  • Multiple photos of the vehicle are taken from different angles. This allows you, the buyer, to have a 360 degree view of your purchse.
  • Our Technicians note details and identify any specific issues that are found, as well as provide additional photo documentation.
  • At Road Masters, we realize that the purchase of a vehicle is a large investment for you. We know that in today’s world transparency is the key to any transaction. This is why we attempt to address any and all potential concerns that a buyer might have.
  • We want to treat the transaction as if we were buying the car ourselves. When it is time to buy, we want our customers to be able to make a confident and informed purchase.

Your Right! I do need a pre-purchase inspection!

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If you think there’s something not quite right about the way your vehicle is driving, or you’ve got a warning light on your dashboard that was blinking at you yesterday and now it is on all the time. What do you do? Hint- the answer is not to put a piece of duct tape over the warning light and ignore it. You call Road Masters Auto Service and schedule an appointment with us.

Why does a warning light come on? Cars and trucks made today are manufactured with complex inter-linked systems. On-board computers continuously monitor and store information concerning the way these systems are operating. A warning light comes on because the computer has sensed some input from one of the components that it has gone outside of its normal range. The computer then sends a signal to turn on the light to let you know something needs to be addressed. Some of the possible causes for a “check warning light” are not properly tightening your gas cap to engine, transmission or braking system performance conditions. While these lights can go on and the car still appears to be driving OK, ignoring some lights can lead to serious issues, such as engine damage or other system failure. In some instances, this can be a safety hazard. That’s why it is recommended to be safe (give yourself and your family peace of mind) and have your car looked at by an ASE certified Master Technician as soon as possible.

How can Road Masters Auto Service “diagnose” my problem? At Road Masters, we have the tools and the talent to handle diagnostic issues, such as a Check Engine lights. Properly performing a complete diagnostic procedure normally includes the following steps:

1. RETRIEVE DATA – A full functioning computerized scan tool is used to perform an onboard computer system analysis of your vehicle in order to retrieve the following:

• Your computer codes
• Appropriate freeze frame data
• Software version numbers
• Critical sensor data and status information
NOTE: Simply “pulling codes” does not usually provide enough information to make an accurate diagnosis of the problem your car may be having. Pulling codes is only the initial step in the process by identifying the circuit or system that has illuminated the vehicle’s check engine light.

2. NEXT WE NEED VERIFICATION TESTING – This determines if systems meet proper specifications. These tests may include an analysis of:

• Your engine vacuum and backpressure
• The mechanical and electrical engine timing
• Overall Ignition system
• Vehicle’s Fuel system
• Complete Emissions system
NOTE: It can be a failure of any of these basic systems that can cause the check engine light to illuminate and falsely identify a circuit or component as the problem, which could lead to improper or unnecessary parts replacement and you spending more money than necessary.

3. ACCURATE PINPOINT TESTING – All manufacturers require that circuit or component accurate pinpoint testing is done in order to make an absolute diagnostic determination. These actions involve:

• Technicians Working through wiring diagrams
• Performing complete electrical and/or mechanical tests
• Performing bi-directional control tests
• Final visual inspections of suspect areas

4. RESEARCH THE LATEST TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETINS – Tech Service Bulletins and recent hotline information can indicate if the problem has been seen to be a pattern failure, meaning that it is a known issue that occurs with your particular type of cr or truck. This won’t eliminate the need for testing, as other systems must meet specifications before a service bulletin procedure should be performed.

5. CAR OR TRUCK REPAIR – This may involve multiple actions such as:

• Parts identification and replacement
• Thorough cleaning of passages, connections and/or components
• Performing your manufacturer’s technical service bulletin updates
• Possible Updating of vehicle’s computer software
• Wiring repair or component replacement

6. FINAL REPAIR VERIFICATION – Once all necessary steps have been completed, the vehicle must be retested to verify that the repair is complete and has achieved the proper results.

How long will it take to diagnose my problem? In most cases, we can actually find AND fix the problem in the same day.

Do I need an appointment? If you have a concern, we will look at it as soon as possible. please call us as soon as possible so we can work out a convenient time that won’t further jeopardize your car.

How much does it cost? We will quote you an estimate when you bring your car by Road Masters Auto Service. Diagnostics are usually handled at an hourly or fixed rate depending on the issue. A Check Engine Light diagnostic will often be at a fixed rate, unless additional diagnostic procedures are needed.

Why does my parts store offer to “do my check engine light” for free? Parts stores capabilities are limited to only reading the stored trouble codes, but they do not then perform the diagnostic procedures to determine what is exactly required to fix your car correctly. Road Masters Auto Service has certified technicians, whose job it is to fix cars correctly the first time.

What are examples of drive-ability issues that can require diagnostics? Typical drive-ability issues that require a diagnosis on your vehicle can include:

• Any warning lights on the dash that are lit up (Check Engine Light, ABS, etc.)
• Emissions systems failures
• Engine or transmission performance issues
• Steering and ride control problems
All of the parts we install are guaranteed to meet or exceed manufacturer standards, and if you wish, we’ll return all of your old parts to you.

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NAPA has a great resource to help you get to know your car a little better. If you want to dig a little deeper on your own, you can follow this link to a NAPA interactive car diagram that highlights the various mechanical systems and explains each one in detail. It might not be as entertaining as Sons Of Anarchy or CSI New Orleans, but hey; this is useful information.