Engines

  • Are oil changes getting more expensive?

    oil being put into the car

    At C H Auto Repair in La Vernia, TX, it’s important to us that you see the value in the work we do. Over the course of the past decade, depending on what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive, it may seem like oil changes have gotten more expensive, and there’s a lot of differentiation in pricing at different locations. What’s going on?

  • Bad engine mounts, why is it a problem for you?

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    Failed engine mounts are an irritating issue to live with causing your car or truck to vibrate and you don't know why. At C H Auto Repair in La Vernia, TX, we can help, no matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive and it is an easy issue to detect on a test drive.

    There are a few indicators your engine mounts need to be replaced. For one, you can do a visual inspection, if they’re accessible enough - if they looked cracked, smashed, or dry-rotted, it’s probably time for new ones.  If the engine visibly shakes while it’s running, engine mounts are also likely the culprit.  However, if you are like most drivers you simply get in and drive on down the road until something is different or a light comes on!   Then you call our shop for help!

  • Cheap Parts Don’t Cut It and Warranties Matter

    car parts

    At C H Auto Repair in La Vernia, TX, we’re in the business of quality. Quality work, quality parts, and quality service keep a business going. Here is a quick rundown on why it’s important to install components that will perform reliably, and keep you taken care of in the event that they don’t.

  • Check Engine Light Staring You in the Eye? Here's Why You Should Pay Attention

    Check engine light on the dash

    There’s a huge percentage of vehicle on the road, right now, with the check engine light illuminated. Many of them have had it on for years, even. Frequently, a check engine light will illuminate, but pose no immediate problems, so people just get used to it and learn to live with it being on. However, C H Auto Repair in La Vernia, TX would like you to know that it’s worth having it looked into. Typically, the problem can be diagnosed by simply plugging your car into our computer; the vehicle gives us a code, and we know what the problem is immediately.

  • Coolant Flushing to prepare for the cold weather

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    Whether you drive a BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Porsche (some exclusions apply), Subaru, or other performance automobiles, your car has a cooling system. With winter right around the corner, at C H Auto Repair we want to make sure your cooling system is ready for the cold.

  • Coolant: When to Check It and When to Change It

    Coolant in a vehicle

    Coolant is vital to your engine. Without the right type, amount, and proper circulation of coolant, your engine won’t last long. How do you know when it’s time to check it or replace it? C H Auto Repair in La Vernia, TX has the answers.

  • Dash Warning Lights to Watch For!

    battery warning light

    It doesn't matter if you are driving a car or truck, jeep or SUV, a diesel 4x4 or a classic when those dash warning lights go off the first thing you do is think "how bad is it?" and "how much will it cost me?" followed quickly by "when was my last service visit?"!!  Driving your vehicle longer safely is all about getting it serviced based on what your vehicle manual recommends and these warning lights are alerting you to a situation that requires your attention. 

    While not all warning lights are a sign that disaster is imminent, no warning indicator light should ever be ignored!

  • Diesel engines: the essentials

    mechanic working on diesel engine

    When you think about diesel engines, you probably think about large trucks and machinery, and maybe a few oddball cars over the years.  But how long has diesel really been around, and why is it used the way it is today? C H Auto Repair in La Vernia, TX has the answers you need to become more in-tune with your diesel truck and engine. 

  • Diesel Fuel Systems - What Could go Wrong?

    vehicle with fuel being put in it

    Diesel engines are known for their reliability - that’s probably at least partially why you bought one. However, like all things, diesels and their components wear out eventually. Fortunately, the technicians at C H Auto Repair in La Vernia, TX have you covered. Here are some fuel system issues to watch out for.

  • Do I really need new oxygen sensors?

    Oxygen Sensor

    At C H Auto Repair in La Vernia, TX, our goal is to keep your car, truck, or SUV reliable and in great shape. To us, it’s important that we’re paying attention to both your needs and the needs of your vehicle. When it comes to oxygen sensors, sometimes it seems a bit nebulous on what they actually do and why they’re important; we’re here to clear things up for you.

  • Engine Options for Your Diesel

    construction site with trucks on it

    The engine in your Chevrolet, Dodge, or Ford diesel pickup is the heart and soul of your truck. At C H Auto Repair in La Vernia, TX, we repair, rebuild, and replace engines with quality parts and builds, keeping your truck on the road for years to come.

  • Engine ticking and knocking sounds - what they mean, and what to do about them

    mechanic repairing diesel engine

    Is your engine knocking or ticking? Here’s some information on engine noises, what they mean, and what to do about it, from C H Auto Repair in La Vernia, TX.

    Whenever your engine starts making a noise it shouldn’t be making, it’s always a cause for concern. If you’re hearing a rhythmic ticking or knocking sound, definitely have it checked into immediately. Here are some causes of engine ticks and knocks, and what to do about them.

  • Extending the Life of Your Engine

    Mechanic taking apart of an engine out from under the hood

    An engine can last anywhere from 50 to 500,000 miles depending mostly on how well you maintain it. While some engines are certainly more reliable than others, all of them depend on maintenance to fulfill their greatest potential. C H Auto Repair in La Vernia, TX has provided for you some of the determining factors of engine lifespan, to help you make sure your engine lasts as long as it possibly can.

  • Has Your Engine Left You Stranded?

    engine

    If your car, truck or SUV is experiencing engine issues and you are concerned about having to purchase a new vehicle, our technicians at C H Auto Repair in La Vernia have an answer that will save you money and help you maintain the value of your vehicle. Today's vehicles cost more than they ever did and you typically have a loan for a much longer time period - yet the warranty it seems stays relatively short!

    Here, we believe in treating your vehicle as if it were ours and if your engine is not reliable we can replace it with a JASPER replacement engine with a nationwide parts and labor warranty! It is what we would do with our car, truck or SUV instead of trading it for a higher payment or a vehicle we didn't like as much as what we had!

  • How Do I Know Whether To Replace My Engine?

    engine of vehicle

    If your car, truck or SUV is experiencing major engine issues, the technicians at C H Auto Repair in La Vernia, TX have you covered. You hear the engine knocking when it decides to start? Is there smoke pouring from your truck’s exhaust pipe? Whether you’re burning oil, your engine is on it’s last leg or has simply given up altogether, we can help. And if you’re not sure what you need, we can help with that too.

  • How Do I Know Whether To Replace My Engine?

    image of a stock engine

    If your car, truck or SUV is experiencing major engine issues, the technicians at C H Auto Repair in La Vernia, TX have you covered. Do you hear the engine knocking when it decides to start? Is there smoke pouring from your truck’s exhaust pipe? Whether you’re burning oil, your engine is on its last leg, or has simply given up altogether, we can help. And if you’re not sure what you need, we can help with that too.

  • How Do You Maintain Your Turbocharger?

    turbocharger under hood of car

    The turbo on your diesel pickup truck is a precision-engineered component. As a result, proper maintenance is essential to keep it going strong, and C H Auto Repair in La Vernia, TX is the place to do that. At tens or even hundreds of thousands of RPM, keeping everything in good shape is absolutely necessary. Fortunately, turbos don't really require any special maintenance - they just make the maintenance you do all the more important.

  • How Does Your Turbo Work?

    turbo diesel image

    Your turbocharger will work in essentially the same way, whether you drive a Powerstroke, Cummins, or Duramax diesel pickup. While there are differences in designs and applications, turbos haven’t changed all that much over the past century. Now that you know what one is made of, we’ll look at how it works.

  • How to maintain your turbocharger correctly.

    Turbo Charger at Jasper Engines Factory

    The turbocharger on your diesel is a precision-engineered component that requires proper maintenance to ensure it meets your needs and performs every time you get behind the wheel - no matter what the task is.  Here at C H Auto Repair in La Vernia, TX, our team is the perfect choice to ensure that the turbocharger on your diesel is always working at optimum capacity with no problems as our diesel technicians are simply the best plus when you are running tens or even hundreds of thousands of RPMs, keeping everything in good shape is absolutely necessary. Fortunately, we have exactly what you need!

  • How To Properly Maintain Your Truck's Engine

    At C H Auto Repair in La Vernia, TX, we understand that maintenance is the difference between a truck that makes it to the million-mile mark and a truck that doesn’t come close. Here are some tips to keep your truck in shape for many miles to come.

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  • Duramax Diesel
  • Enterprise Fleet
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