What is an Oil Pan Gasket?

As a car owner, you are expected to know about your vehicle's various components. For most people, knowledge about vehicle components usually comes in the form of external parts easily visible to the eye. But have you ever thought about what really gets your car going? The answer to this question is simple; the engine. Your car's engine is made up of several parts, from the spark plugs to the cylinders and other components. The oil pan gasket is precisely what seals and bolts your oil p ... read more

5 Most Important Warning Lights on Your Dashboard

Have you wondered why lights appear sometimes on the dashboard? If you don't know, here are the 5 most important warning lights you should know about. 1. Low Engine Oil Pressure It will usually look like an oil can when the light comes on. This means that it may need more oil in the car. But if you are not sure, please bring it into our auto shop, so we can solve this problem! 2. Tire Pressure Warning Light It looks like a boat when the lights come on. This means that the tire pressure i ... read more

Why do Auto repair shops charge so much?

Cars are not so easy to repair nowadays. For every vehicle that needs to be repaired, they need to be diagnosed. Just like doctors that take MRI’s, CAT scans, and blood work to determine what is wrong with someone's health. Technicians must test all fuses, look for electrical draws, and scan many computers. Each of these tests and scans take time, knowledge, and resources to complete. The test and scans determine the root cause of your vehicle's problems. These computers allow for ... read more

Welcome Sam Paiva to the Elite Team

We would like to officially welcome Samuel Paiva to the Elite Team!  Sam has worked part-time as a Porter, Marketing Intern, Detailer at Elite since 2018 while attending Nichols College in Dudley, MA.  He graduated from Nichols College in May, Dean’s list, earning a Bachelor’s degree in General Business with concentrations in marketing, accounting, and entrepreneurship. He now holds the position at Elite as Marketing Administrator, Detailing Specialist, and future co-owner ... read more

How Bad Is It To Run Low on Brake Fluid?

Your vehicle has many fluids that keep its system in check. Brake fluid is one of those important fluids that correspond to the braking system. Without it, you may risk catastrophic brake failure. If you want to learn more about brake fluid and what happens if you run low, keep on reading.   Brake fluid is necessary for your brakes to work. When you apply your foot to the brake pedal, the pressure is translated through the brake fluid to stop your car. Without the necessary amount of this ... read more

How to find a good mechanic?

How to find a good mechanic?         How to recognize a bad mechanic?   Mechanics that would be considered bad or not working for the customer/client will sometimes take advantage of their customer. That has been the stereotype of the automotive industry. They may take advantage of their customers and try to sell work that isn't needed or try to upcharge a customer. Sometimes people don’t know better at the time of purchase of the repairs, and they approve ... read more



Common Vehicle Sounds That Indicate Trouble

It's normal for cars to produce sounds while operating. But the problem comes in when you hear weird, unusual noises. That may range from squeals to bangs and even roars. Here are some vehicle sounds that allude to car trouble. Squeals and Shrills From the Engine Ignition Have you heard a shrilling, screeching, or squealing sound as you start your engine, but the sound gradually fades? That could indicate that the serpentine belt is worn out and needs replacement. The serpentine belt is ... read more

Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

The vehicle may not start because of a dead or dying battery, loose cables, a bad alternator, or a problem with the starter. Sometimes it's difficult to tell if the problem is with the battery or the alternator. Below is a guide to figuring out which one is at fault: Telltale Signs Of A Dead Battery Even when the engine is off, the battery is still critical to the operation of the vehicle; it is responsible for powering the ignition and electrical systems. However, it has a limited capabil ... read more

Prepare Your Vehicle For Warmer Weather!

Springtime is finally here, and it is time to prep your vehicle for the warmer months to come. Winter probably took a toll on your car, SUV, or truck, and now is the time to recover from it. So, what kind of vehicle maintenance is best for the spring?   Test Your Battery A pre-spring never hurt nobody. This will ensure your battery is fit to hold a lasting charge. Also, it is an open opportunity to check for and clean off corrosion around your battery terminals. Check Tire Tread Ensuri ... read more

Signs You Need a New Muffler

The muffler is a vital part of your vehicle's exhaust system. It is in charge of dampening the exhaust sounds so that you can drive quietly and peacefully. It usually doesn't require service until an issue occurs with the muffler. Below are the top 4 signs that indicate you need a muffler replacement: Loud sounds Drop in miles per gallon (MPG) Lit check engine light Smelly exhaust fumes Excess exhaust gases What Does It Sound Like When Your Muffler Has Problems? The sounds that you ... read more

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