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Hoses, Gaskets and Seals

GARY'S AUTO REPAIR

Replacing Hoses Gaskets And Seals In High-Performance Vehicles

Gary's Auto Repair is the high-performance auto repair shop in Norlina that drivers trust. Intake manifolds, valve covers, oil pans, and more all rely on gaskets to keep compression, prevent leaks and maintain pressure. Leaky gaskets and hoses can cause the loss of important fluids and cooling air in vital systems which decreases performance.

At Gary's Auto Repair in Norlina our expert mechanics are ready to replace your car or truck's worn-out gaskets and seals with manufacturer suggested parts or with high-performance parts normally used in race cars made from materials like cork and rubber, or multi-layer steel, dead-soft aluminum and copper. Using sensitive state of the art equipment, we can diagnose even the smallest leak that may be starving your engine of critical air and fluids. From repairing a broken seal during a simple oil change to installing all the hoses, gaskets and seals needed for a complete engine rebuild, we have the expertise you need to get the job done right.

Call today at 252-456-3628 to schedule an appointment or stop by our auto repair shop at 2120 US Highway 1 N.

Associations

  • ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)
  • CARQUEST
  • International Garage Owners of North Carolina
  • TECH-NET Professional Auto Service - Trans
  • Car Care Aware

Vehicle Tips

  • According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect.
  • The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of coolant should be checked. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.)
  • 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.
  • Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual, or more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage or tow a trailer.
  • Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended, or more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drivability problems (hard stops, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.
  • A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
  • Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; let the tires cool down first. Don't forget your spare and be sure your jack is in good condition.
  • Check your owner's manual to find out what fuel octane rating your car's engine needs then buy it.
  • Keep your tires inflated to the proper levels. Under-inflated tires make it harder for your car to move down the road, which means your engine uses more fuel to maintain speed.
  • Lighten the load. Heavier vehicles use more fuel, so clean out unnecessary weight in the passenger compartment or trunk before you hit the road.
  • Use the A/C sparingly. The air conditioner puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used.
  • Keep your windows closed. Wide-open windows, especially at highway speeds, increase aerodynamic drag and the result is up to a 10% decrease in fuel economy.
  • Avoid long idling. If you anticipate being stopped for more than one minute, shut off the car. Contrary to popular belief, restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle.
  • Stay within posted speed limits. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. For example, driving at 65 miles per hour (mph) rather than 55 mph, increases fuel consumption by 20 percent.
  • Use cruise control. Using cruise control on highway trips can help you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, reduce your fuel consumption.
  • Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent.
  • Inspect the engine's belts regularly. Look for cracks or missing sections or segments. Worn belts will affect the engine performance.
  • Have the fuel filter changed every 10,000 miles to prevent rust, dirt and other impurities from entering the fuel system.
  • Change the transmission fluid and filter every 15,000 to 18,000 miles. This will protect the precision-crafted components of the transmission/transaxle.
  • Inspect the suspension system regularly. This will extend the life of the vehicle's tires.