Salem Street Car Care Center in Apex, NC, offers a wide variety of services to help keep your car or light duty truck on the road! Services include, but are not limited to, the following:

Salem Street Car Care Center brake serviceBrake Repairs

Typical brake service usually means having to replace the front disc brake pads, and if possible, may also include resurfacing the rotors, replacing the rear drum brake shoes, and resurfacing the brake drums.  While conducting a brake repair, we’ll inspect brake lines for leaks or other problems that might require additional repairs.

Salem Street Car Care Center air conditioning serviceAir Conditioning

Most A/C systems leak a little refrigerant over time. Newer systems are tighter and leak less than older ones, which may lose up to several ounces of refrigerant a year.  However, poor cooling does not necessarily indicate a problem with your vehicle’s A/C system; other components can impede the ability of your vehicle to cool properly.  Other causes could include a bad or faulty compressor, a failing evaporator fan and even bad pressure switches.

Salem Street Car Care Center check engine light serviceCheck Engine lights/diagnostics

Ignoring a lit check engine light doesn’t mean the problem will go away.  And taking it to “a guy you know” who will “reset the fault code” doesn’t mean it’s fixed either.  It means your vehicle’s onboard computer system has identified and self-diagnosed some kind of problem which can include anything, from a momentary hiccup that has has little or no noticeable affect on engine performance or driving safety, to a failure of a major electronic component. There’s no way to know what the light means without running a diagnostic scan on the system to determine the nature of the fault.

To best identify the problem, you need to have your car diagnosed by a professional, trained technician, like those at Salem Street Car Care Center. Onboard diagnostic systems are very complex and require a fair amount of expertise as well as special tools to troubleshoot.

Timing Belt Service

Salem Street Car Care Center timing belt serviceAlthough each manufacturer’s recommendation will vary, a vehicle’s timing belt should be replaced every 60,000 to 90,000 miles.  As a standard practice, it is always a good idea to replace the tensioner, pulley and water pump at this time and inspect the oil seals.

The reason is simple: there’s quite a bit of labor involved in exposing and changing the timing belt.  If, after replacing the belt, another part breaks down, you’d be facing another round of labor charges in order to keep your vehicle on the road.

If your car is about due for a timing belt remember that any part you don’t replace will have to last another 70K miles or more depending on the next interval at which the belt would need to be replaced again.

Fluid Maintenance Service

In addition to oil changes, transmission, differential, brake and coolant fluids must be changed to assure proper operation. On four-wheel drive vehicles, the transfer case also requires regular fluid maintenance. Neglecting transmission and differential fluid service could result in extensive repairs, or the replacement of some of your vehicles most expensive components.

Two of the most common causes of fluid breakdown are corrosion and wear and tear.  It’s common to find evidence of small metal filings and flecks of metal in old auto lubricants. Changing differential fluid, for example, can aid in extending gear life.

Over time, the corrosion inhibitors in antifreeze break down and the metal inside the radiator rusts, reducing its ability to cool the engine. Brake fluid also breaks down over time. Dissolved copper increases and can corrode antilock brake system (ABS) components.

Salem Street Car Care Center shock, struts and suspension serviceShocks/Struts/Suspension

To evaluate your need for new shocks or struts, consider how your vehicle has been handling and riding lately.  Ask yourself these questions: Does your vehicle bounce when driving on rough roads or after hitting a bump? Does the nose of your vehicle “dive” when braking? Does the body of your car feel like its swaying when cornering or driving in crosswinds? Does the suspension bottom out when backing out of the driveway or when hauling extra passengers or weight?  If so, it may be time to have the shocks and or struts evaluated to determine if it’s time to replace them.

Salem Street Car Care Center brake serviceTires

Salem Street Car Care Center is equipped to handle all aspects of tire service, from fixing flats and mounting and balancing, to wheel alignments.   It’s always a good idea to have the alignment checked on your vehicle especially if abnormal wear on the tires is present.  Proper alignment means longer tire life.

Salem Street Car Care Center battery serviceBattery

A classic example of a battery problem is a vehicle that doesn’t crank, or does so slowly, after engaging the ignition.  Common causes include lights that are left on (such as headlights or cabin lights that remain lit because of an improperly closed door) or any other electrical component that is not completely shut off.  Not all batteries are created equal.  They come in many different sizes and power ratings.  The technicians at Salem Street Car Care Center can recommend the right battery for your vehicle’s needs.

Salem Street Car Care Center oil change serviceOil Changes

Don’t neglect one of the most important fluids in your vehicle: motor oil.  Most manufacturers recommend an oil change every three months or 3,000 miles under severe driving conditions – city driving, stop and go traffic, short trips, dusty conditions – just about every case except steady highway driving.  And living in areas the Triangle here in North Carolina, where we experience higher temperatures in the summer, means that keeping on top of routine maintenance like oil changes is really important.

Basic Oil Change includes:

  • Up to 5 quarts of major brand oil
  • New oil filter
  • Lubrication of the various fittings on your vehicle’s undercarriage when applicable
  • Thorough maintenance inspection of all safety and performance related systems

This service, like all services performed at Salem Street Car Care Center, is advised based on manufacturer’s recommendations or as needed as determined by our inspection and based on industry standards.

NC State Inspection

A North Carolina Vehicle Safety & Emissions Inspection is required annually before the vehicle’s registration can be renewed.

There are two parts to your vehicle’s inspection.

Vehicle Safety Inspection

The vehicle inspection can be performed at any of the 7,500 licensed inspection stations throughout the state, including Salem Street Car Care Center in Apex, NC.

On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) Emissions Inspection

North Carolina is fighting ozone-forming emissions from gasoline-operated cars and light duty trucks. Inspections are conducted using the vehicle’s On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) system, computerized equipment installed on all new vehicles since 1996.