Somersworth Auto Repair

NAPA Service Assistant | Central Park Garage

The NAPA Service Assistant provides and in-depth explanation with regards to all repairs and services that can be performed on your vehicle.  If you are unsure of the necessity of a repair, wondering about the importance or effect of a specific repair, or just curious as to the function of different parts within your vehicle, this is the place to retrieve those answers.  The NAPA Service Assistant also provides several helpful articles which include tips for maintaining your vehicle and ensuring you can get the most out of your vehicle while extending its life on the road.

Services

Central Park Garage | Engine Repair

We are proud to offer quality auto repair services to the seacoast area.  Our certified mechanics provide a level of service unlike any other, and our focus is on the customer and ensuring that their vehicle is performing properly and provides safe travels.  We are transparent with every vehicle we look at; each vehicle receives a complimentary 50-point inspection and recommendations made are categorized by safety items and preventative maintenance recommendations through our digital inspections which offer pictures, videos and in-depth descriptions of any/all issues with the vehicle.  We work on all makes and models.  We look forward to working with you on all your automotive repair needs.

Here is just a partial list of the services that we perform:

  • State Inspections: All New Hampshire registered vehicle require a safety inspection to be conducted.  Initial inspections must be performed within ten days of registration, and must be re-inspected every year, no later than ten days after the end of the owner’s birthday month.  If a vehicle changes owner, it must be inspected within ten days of the registration date in the new owner’s name (even if the existing inspection sticker has not expired).  The state inspection consists of both safety and emission inspections.  The safety portion of inspection consists of these general items: The emissions portion of the inspection pertains to vehicles that are less than 20 years old and includes an on-board diagnostics (OBD) test. The OBD is a computer system in vehicles which monitors the performance of the vehicles major components, including emission control components. The purpose of the emissions inspection is to determine if a vehicle is producing excess pollution into the environment. The State of New Hampshire takes the vehicle inspection process very seriously to ensure all vehicles traveling in the state are meeting safety requirements to keep all motorists safe.
    • Registration, plates, registration certificate and VIN number.
    • Steering, front end and suspension.
    • Brakes (including parking brake).
    • Odometer and speedometer.
    • Electrical system, horn and defroster.
    • Lights and reflectors (including headlight aim).
    • Glass, glazing and mirrors.
    • Wipers.
    • Exhaust system.
    • On-board diagnostic system.
    • Body, chassis and bumper height.
    • Fuel system.
    • Tires and wheels.
    The emissions portion of the inspection pertains to vehicles that are less than 20 years old and includes an on-board diagnostics (OBD) test. The OBD is a computer system in vehicles which monitors the performance of the vehicles major components, including emission control components. The purpose of the emissions inspection is to determine if a vehicle is producing excess pollution into the environment. The State of New Hampshire takes the vehicle inspection process very seriously to ensure all vehicles traveling in the state are meeting safety requirements to keep all motorists safe.
     
  • Preventative Maintenance: Keeping a well-maintained vehicle is essential to getting the most out of your vehicle as well as preventing major issues from occurring.  Aside from repairs concerning safety items, preventative maintenance recommendations are unique to each vehicle.  Through researching the manufacturer’s specifications and inspecting the items detailed for the different mileage tier, we can recommend items that will keep your vehicle safe, provide better fuel economy, preserve resale value, eliminate possible warranty voids, and save you money.  The main items associated with preventative maintenance are filters, fluids, tires, air and fuel.
    • Air Filter
    • Brake Fluid Flush
    • Cabin Air Filter
    • Coolant Flush: Coolant, or antifreeze, is specially formulated to keep your engine safe in a wide range of environmental and operating temperatures.  Without coolant, the metal engine parts would expand so much that the engine would seize up and stop running.  Expensive parts could be broken or warp so badly they would have to be replaced.  It could even be so bad that the whole engine is ruined and must be replaced.  The reason you need to change the coolant is that it has additives in it to protect the cooling system.  As you can imagine, with all the heat, the cooling system’s a pretty harsh environment.  The additives keep the fluid from becoming corrosive and damaging the radiator and other cooling system components.  Over time, the additives are depleted, and the coolant just has to be replaced.  You may have noticed that there are different colors of antifreeze: it is very important that you use the correct type.  The different coolant types are different colors, so you don’t mix them up.  Manufacturers use different materials to make the cooling system, and they require different types of antifreeze to protect them.
    • Fuel System Cleaning
    • Oil Change: Motor oil eventually starts to turn into jelly.  Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear out prematurely.  And that means expensive engine repairs.  That’s why you need to change the oil and oil filter on schedule – to get the old oil out before it turns to sludge.  Your manufacturer will have a recommendation for how many miles you can go between oil changes.  They also usually have several months between recommended oil changes.  That’s because the detergents and other additives in the oil break down over time.  Your owner’s manual will have a recommendation for time and mileage, but you need to remember that it’s based on using the recommended weight of oil.  And if your vehicle came from the factory with synthetic oil, the recommended intervals assume you continue to use synthetic.  Also, how you drive can have a big effect.  Most owner’s manuals will have a list of driving conditions that are harder on your vehicle.  Things like stop and go driving, short trips, driving in very hot or very cold weather, heavy loads and towing.  If some of your driving fits this, you may need to change your oil and do other maintenance on a shorter schedule.  At Central Park Garage, an oil change is more than just changing the motor oil and filter, we also top off all fluids, check the condition of the wipers blades and filters (air & cabin), test the battery, set the tire pressures, clean the exterior windows and vacuum the interior of the vehicle.
    • Power Steering Fluid Flush
    • Tire Rotation
    • Tire Rotation and Balance
    • Transmission Fluid Flush: Next to your engine, your transmission is the most important component in your vehicle.  Transmissions are cooled and lubricated by transmission fluid.  This pressurized fluid is directed through small passages to effect gear changes.  When transmission fluid gets old and contaminated, the small passages can become plugged, which adversely affects shifts.  The dirty fluid circulating in the transmission can eat away at gaskets and seals, causing internal leaks that also hurt shifting.  Therefore, some recommend that transmissions be serviced from time to time.  The interval varies by vehicle, so check your owner's manual or speak with your service advisor about your transmission service recommendations.  Old, contaminated fluid is removed, and new fluid is installed.  Keeping up with the manufacturer's recommended service schedule helps prevent internal damage that may result in a transmission rebuild or other catastrophic transmission damage.
    • Tune-Up Services
  • Repair Services
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