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Discover The Latest Auto Repair Tips From Alpha & Omega Automotive

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We have created a trustworthy resource that delivers monthly high caliber auto maintenance tips, superior fuel savings ideas and best in class auto repair guidance. For more help, ask one of our pros!

Do This To Save Money On Car Carepointing down

2024-07-10

There are a few things to take into consideration but the main theme is: routine maintenance!


Number 1 Don't skip oil changes
Number 2 Keep up with tune-ups
Number 3 Watch fluid levels
Number 4 Balance/Rotate tires
Number 5 Find a shop you trust

Do you have questions or concerns about your vehicle's performance? Let's get you an appointment! Head over to our Appointment Request page to request an appointment.

Alpha & Omega Automotive is your first and last stop for all your automotive needs. We pride ourselves on being your go-to, friendly, neighborhood mechanic. Our mission is to get you back on the road again. waveCar Emoji



Things you WANT to be aware of

2024-07-05

Things you WANT to be aware of!!!

If the pressure is suddenly removed of the coolant, the boiling temperature will lower and the coolant will gush out of the top of the radiator in a boiling steaming mass and injure you. Wait time will vary among experts, but usually it is recommended you wait at least 30min before removing the radiator cap.

The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps and hoses should always be checked by a pro!



Things you WANT to be aware of

2024-06-28

Things you WANT to be aware of!!!red light alert

If the pressure is suddenly removed of the coolant, the boiling temperature will lower and the coolant will gush out of the top of the radiator in a boiling steaming mass and injure you. Wait time will vary among experts, but usually it is recommended you wait at least 30min before removing the radiator cap.Hot and sweating

The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps and hoses should always be checked by a pro!

Alpha & Omega Automotive is your friendly, neighborhood auto-shop dedicated to getting you back on the road again. Visit https://buff.ly/41uuVJ4 to request a service appointment today!



The Importance Of Automobile Maintenance

2024-06-19

Here's something you didn't know. pointing down

According to recent studies, 5% of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect. Head Explode Emoji

When we talk about the importance of regular and consistent maintenance on your vehicle, this is the reason why! At Alpha & Omega Automotive, we want you to be as safe as possible. That's why we recommend coming in for regular maintenance and tune ups!

If you have concerns about your vehicle's performance, don't wait for it to go away! Bring it in to our shop! Car EmojiWhite Smoke

Alpha & Omega Automotive is your friendly, neighborhood auto-shop dedicated to getting you back on the road again.



WHY DO BRAKE SPECIALS SEEM LIKE A BAIT & SWITCH

2024-06-14

You see a brake special for $99, make an appointment, clip your coupon and head on into the shop only to be told your brakes are going to cost $1,000 to fix. How can this be? What is advertised versus what they are trying to sell you? You feel ripped off and angry. Let's break (haha you see what I did there?) this down so we can all have a clear understanding of what is happening. Most new vehicles have disc brakes on both axles of their vehicle. Some older vehicles may have a drum brake system on the rear. For now, we will focus on disc braking systems. There are four components to your braking system:

  • Pads (Shoes)
  • Rotors
  • Calipers
  • Brake Line System (Flush)

PADS (SHOES)

Brake pads or shoes generally need to be replaced somewhere between 20,000 and 70,000 miles. When you see a brake special for $99.99, you are only getting brake pads replaced on one axle of your vehicle included in that special. These pads are usually the lowest quality, and you will typically get offered upgraded pads as one of the things that would take the brake job up over the $99.99.

ROTORS

Rotors may be turned or replaced. They can usually be turned until about 70,000 miles and then must be replaced. Whether they are recommended to be turned or replaced depends upon the thickness left on them until they are worn to the metal. Rotors cost about $200 to turn and about $300 to replace per axle including materials and labor.

CALIPERS

Calipers need to be replaced less often - usually somewhere around 100,000 miles. However, when they do need to be replaced, they are expensive, running somewhere around $400 per axle including materials and labor.

BRAKE LINE SYSTEM (FLUSH)

Your brake line system should be flushed and the fluid replaced around 30,000 miles. This usually costs $100. Brake fluid naturally absorbs moisture. When this happens, it causes rust and allows contaminants into the braking system. This, then causes the fluid to boil too fast thereby reducing the effectiveness of the overall braking system and further breaking down the fluid. Simply said, if you had a milk carton containing spoiled milk, would you put new milk into the dirty carton, or would you wash out the carton prior to adding new milk?

All of these mileages are dependent upon your manufacturer recommendations, the quality of product on your vehicle, the way you drive your vehicle as well as the terrain in which you normally drive. Therefore, it's difficult to say exactly at what mileage these things should be done. However, you can see if you need all of these done to both axles how you could easily get to a $1,000+ brake job. There are also variances to these procedures. For example, your calipers may only need pins replaced. Or your brake cap could have corrosion on it which requires it to be replaced with the flush.



Here's how you can save big on car care!pointing down

2024-06-05

Maintaining a car can get expensive, but there are ways to minimize the cost! Swipe through our tips on how to best do so.

green checkRegular Maintenance
green checkDIY VS Professional Help
green checkFuel Efficiency
green checkStay Informed
green checkRegular Wash and Wax
green checkDrive Smart

Wrench and HammerSaving money on car care is easier than you think. Follow these tips and keep your wallet happy while enjoying a smooth ride. Money Flying AwayCar Emoji

Be sure to follow us for more car care tips! Alpha & Omega Automotive is your friendly, neighborhood auto-shop dedicated to getting you back on the road again.Heart Hands



3 Tips for Summer Weather

2024-05-16

3 easy tips for a happy car AC as we come up on warmer weather!

:Change your cabin air filter regularly to ensure clean, fresh air.
:Park in shaded areas whenever possible to reduce strain on your AC system.
:Get your AC system checked annually for optimal performance.

Questions or concerns? We can help!
Come on by either of our conveniently located shops for a check up.



Don't Neglect Car Maintenance It Could Save Your Life!

2024-05-08

Did you know a significant percentage of motor vehicle fatalities result from neglected car maintenance? terrified

Let's change that statistic!

green check Regularly check your tire pressure
green check Ensure brakes are in top condition
green check Keep headlights and taillights functional

These simple yet crucial maintenance tasks can make a life-saving difference. Car Emojilight bulb

Don't overlook these tasks. If you aren't confident in your ability to do it yourself, bring your vehicle by to Alpha & Omega Automotive! We want you on the road as safe as possible. #CarCareSavesLives



Replacing Your Vehicles Engine

2024-05-07

Did you know replacing an engine is expensive? Engine replacement can cost anywhere from $4k to $10k! surprise face

While replacing an engine is well within [SHOP's capabilities and is one of the many ways we can get you back on the road again, we want to ensure you don't have to make that kind of repair very often!

Here are three easy tips for caring for your engine to ensure it lasts as long as possible!

Tip 1 - Check your coolant levels regularly, especially in hot weather. Prevent your engine from overheating and maintain peak performance!

Bulls Eye Tip 2 - Replace your air filter every 12,000 miles. A clean filter ensures optimal fuel efficiency and engine power.

Tip 3 - Inspect your serpentine belt for cracks or fraying. Replace it every 60,000 miles or risk a breakdown. It's the heartstring of your engine!

Master these three tips and you're on your way to pristine car care!



Here Are Some Tips On Adding Coolant To Your Car!

2024-04-25

There are some maintenance tasks you can do yourself if you feel comfortable. Included in those tasks are checking and replacing your fluids, like your coolant.

If you are attempting to add coolant to your car...pointing down

red light alert Never remove the radiator cap until your engine has thoroughly cooled!!!!!red light alert

If the pressure is suddenly removed of the coolant, the boiling temperature will lower and the coolant will gush out of the top of the radiator in a boiling steaming mass and injure you. Wait time will vary among experts, but usually it is recommended you wait at least 30min before removing the radiator cap. Hot and sweating

The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps and hoses should always be checked by a pro!



Why Auto Maintenance Is Important For Safety

2024-04-18

According to recent studies, 5% of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect. Head Explode Emoji

When we talk about the importance of regular and consistent maintenance on your vehicle, this is the reason why! At Alpha & Omega Automotive, we want you to be as safe as possible. That's why we recommend coming in for regular maintenance and tune ups!



Do you keep up with regular maintenance? pointing down

2024-04-12

Fluid Check Bliss Water - Regularly inspect your brake fluid, coolant, and transmission fluid. Low levels? Top them up for smooth rides ahead!

Brake Pad Basics Refresh - Squeaky brakes? Inspect your brake pads and replace them if they're less than 1/8 inch thick. Safety first, always!

Belt & Chain Wisdom gear - Keep an eye on your timing belt and chains. If they look worn or loose, it's time for a change. Avoid breakdowns with this proactive move!

Scheduling regular maintenance is essential in preserving the longevity of your car!
By following these tips, you're on your way to inexpensive maintenance and a car that will go, go GO! Car EmojiWhite Smoke



Tips on keeping your car clean

2024-03-28

You may not know this, but a clean car is a car that runs well! Regular washing and waxing can protect the paint and prevent rust, which can prolong the life of the car. Additionally, keeping the exterior clean can improve visibility and reduce drag, which can contribute to better fuel efficiency.

Here are three tips on keeping your car clean! pointing down

Soap Wax on, Shine on Gold Star - Regularly waxing your car not only makes it shine but also protects the paint from the elements. A glossy shield against the world!

Sun Sun Shield Savvy Shades - Park in the shade when possible. It preserves your interior and prevents sun damage to your paint.

Shower Interior Elegance Seats - Clean and condition your interior regularly. A spotless inside adds value to your driving experience and your car!

By following these tips, you'll have a polished car care routine! Winking



Spark Plug Maintenance

2024-03-21

Small but mighty, spark plugs are the spark of electricity that ignites the combustion needed to start your vehicle. They emit a bolt of electricity across a small gap igniting the fuel and air mixture that puts the pistons in motion and gets your vehicle up and running. LightningCar Emoji

Here are three tips on how you can stay up to date with spark plug maintenance! pointing down

Bang Pow Spark Plug Symphony Music Notes - Replace spark plugs every 30,000 miles. These tiny powerhouses play a big role in your engine's performance!

Graph Scale Battery Brilliance Battery Emoji - Test your battery regularly and clean the terminals. A well-maintained battery means reliable starts every time.

Looking Eyes Alternator Assurance Lightning - Keep an eye on your alternator for warning signs like dimming headlights. A failing alternator can leave you stranded!

By following these tips, you're on your way to well maintained spark plugs and inexpensive maintenance!



Did you know replacing an engine is expensive? Engine replacement can cost anywhere from $4k to $10k! surprise face

2024-03-13

While replacing an engine is well within Alpha & Omega Automotive's capabilities and is one of the many ways we can get you back on the road again, we do want to ensure you don't have to make that kind of repair very often!

Here are three easy tips for caring for your engine to ensure it lasts as long as possible! pointing down

fire Tip 1: Coolant Chronicles Thermostat - Check your coolant levels regularly, especially in hot weather. Prevent your engine from overheating and maintain peak performance

Bulls Eye Tip 2: Air Filter Alchemy Whirl Wind - Replace your air filter every 12,000 miles. A clean filter ensures optimal fuel efficiency and engine power.

gear Tip 3: Serpentine Strategy Snake - Inspect your serpentine belt for cracks or fraying. Replace it every 60,000 miles or risk a breakdown. It's the heartstring of your engine!

Master these three tips and you're on your way to pristine car care and engine elegance! Car Emoji



Let's Talk About Tires! pointing down

2024-03-06

First things first, your tires are the only part of the car that has direct contact with the road. Car Emoji

Tires affect your vehicle handling, ride, braking, and safety. Traffic Vest

For optimum performance, tires must have the correct air pressure, tread depth, balance and the wheels of the vehicle must be properly aligned. These are our tips for triumphing your tire maintenance. pointing down

Number 1 Rotate and Roll RefreshWhite Smoke - Extend the life of your tires by rotating them every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. Even wear means even tear!

Number 2 Tread Test Mastery Silver PipeTraffic Light - Place a penny into your tire grooves. If you see Lincoln's head, it's time for new tires. Safety is tread-deep!

Number 3 Balance Beauty Blowing Air - Keep your car smooth and steady by balancing your tires. Unbalanced wheels lead to a shaky ride and uneven tire wear.

Master these wheels of wisdom and you're on your way to pristine car care and long lasting tires! Wheel



5 Indicators Your Suspension Requires a Check up

2024-03-05

A vehicle's suspension system comprises various components, including springs, shock absorbers, ball joints, and struts, among others. Ever wonder if your suspension needs an inspection? Here are five indicators to watch out for, helping you decide whether your suspension needs any work done:

1. Noticeable Drifting or Pulling While Turning:

  • During turns, if you experience unusual pulling or drifting, it could signal potential suspension issues. A car with suspension problems can pull to one side or drift out of its lane, even when the steering wheel is held straight. This can be caused by worn or damaged suspension components affecting wheel alignment.

2. Uneven Tire Tread Wear:

  • Uneven tire tread wear, characterized by sporadic bald spots instead of a uniform pattern, may indicate significant suspension problems. If you notice uneven wear patterns on your tires, particularly excessive wear on the inside or outside edges, it could indicate suspension issues. Misaligned wheels or worn suspension components can cause uneven tire wear in a vehicle.

3. Sensation of Dips or Dives Upon Braking:

  • Experiencing lurching or dips and dives when braking may indicate worn-out shock absorbers, a vital component of your vehicle's suspension system. These symptoms suggest that your shock absorbers are no longer effectively dampening the movement of your vehicle's springs, affecting its stability and braking performance. To address this issue, it's crucial to have your shock absorbers inspected and replaced if necessary.

4. Difficulty in Steering:

  • Experiencing difficulty in steering your vehicle could be a sign of underlying suspension issues. Proper steering functionality is essential for safe and effective maneuvering on the road. If the issue is left unaddressed, your ability to make turns will be severely impacted. Seeking assistance from a reputable car repair service is advisable to diagnose and address any suspension-related concerns promptly.

5. Strange Noises:

  • This includes clunking, knocking, or creaking sounds when driving over bumps or during steering maneuvers. Noises such as these can indicate problems with suspension components like bushings, ball joints, or control arms. These noises may suggest loose or worn parts that need expert attention sooner rather than later.

Require Suspension Work?

At Alpha & Omega Automotive, we're your go-to specialists for suspension inspection and repairs. We understand how crucial a healthy suspension is for a smooth and safe driving experience. That's why we offer comprehensive services to diagnose and fix any suspension issues your car may have, ensuring a comfortable and confident ride on the road.

Visit us today at 4035 Canton Rd, Marietta, GA or call at 770-928-0006 for a complete suspension inspection and get back to enjoying your ride!



Pay Attention if you've been neglecting your car!

2024-02-29

Myth: "I'll just bring my car in when the light comes on." Red X
Fact: "Consistent maintenance helps to avoid expensive repairs!" green check

Pay Attention if you've been neglecting your car! red light alert
Consistent maintenance isn't just a luxury; it's a necessity. Let's break it down here. pointing down

Car Emoji Neglect = Expensive Repairs Money Eyes Regular oil changes, air filter checks, and tire rotations save you big in the long run. Don't let your wallet suffer!
Car Emoji DIY or Pro? - Know when to grab the tools and when to call the experts. It's the key to saving money and ensuring your car runs like a dream.
Car Emoji Fuel efficiency matters! - Simple tips like proper tire inflation and smooth acceleration not only save gas but also extend the life of your car.
Car Emoji Join the car care tribe! - Connect with fellow enthusiasts, swap tips, and stay informed. Consistency in knowledge is just as crucial as consistency in maintenance.

Consistency is the key to a long-lasting, trouble-free ride. Commit to regular maintenance, and your car will love you back!



Here's how you can save big on car care! pointing down

2024-02-22

Maintaining a car can get expensive, but there are ways to minimize the cost! Swipe through our tips on how to best do so.

green check Regular Maintenance
green check DIY vs. Professional Help
green check Fuel Efficiency
green check Stay Informed
green check Regular Wash and Wax
green check Drive Smart

Wrench and Hammer Saving money on car care is easier than you think. Follow these tips and keep your wallet happy while enjoying a smooth ride. Money Flying AwayCar Emoji



As the temperatures begin to dip, let's talk about ways to maintain your heating system!pointing downfire

2024-02-15

There are a few things that can cause a heating system to malfunction:

Red X low coolant levels

Red X cooling system leakage

Red X malfunctioning blow fan

Red X bad thermostat

Thankfully, we have several maintenance tips to keep your heater running nice and toasty. Hot Steam

green check Flush the coolant on a regular basis

green check Use excellent high quality antifreeze

green check Prevent debris from entering the heating box by regularly cleaning and removing it

green check Regularly get your car inspected by professionals like Alpha & Omega Automotive and get it serviced for accurate functioning

If you notice an issue with the heating system bring it in immediately rather than delaying! Waiting will usually lead to a more costly repair.



How can you save money on car care? pointing down

2024-02-02

There are a few things to take into consideration but the main theme is: routine maintenance!

Number 1 Don't skip oil changes
Number 2 Keep up with tune-ups
Number 3 Watch fluid levels
Number 4 Balance/Rotate tires
Number 5 Find a shop you trust

Do you have questions or concerns about your vehicles performance? Visit or get an appointment set up to look it over!



5 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

2024-02-01

These past months haven't been kind to your trusty vehicle - snow and/or rain, chilly temperatures, harsh winds and salt can leave their mark. As Spring approaches, it's the perfect time to shake off the winter rust and give your car some much needed attention. Here are the top 5 things car owners should focus on to prepare for the warmer weather:

1. Tire Tune-Up:

Check & adjust air pressure:

  • Warmer temperatures cause tire pressure to fluctuate. Topping up the recommended PSI for your tires is an excellent idea. Underinflated tires are likely to wear unevenly and reduce fuel efficiency, while overinflated tires can make your ride harsher. Be sure not to forget about the spare tire!

Inspect tread depth:

  • Worn tires pose a safety hazard, especially in spring showers. Check the tread wear indicators built into the tire or use the penny test. Take a penny and place it with Lincoln's head upside down between two ribs on your tire. If part of the head is covered, your tires are still in good shape. If you can see his entire head, your tread is worn and it's time for new tires.

Balance and rotate:

  • Uneven wear not only impacts handling and fuel economy but can also pose safety risks. Proper tire balancing addresses weight distribution issues, while regular rotation ensures a more uniform tread wear pattern, ultimately extending the overall life of your tires and promoting a safer driving experience.

2. Fluid & Filter Check:

Oil change:

  • Winter residue accumulates in oil, diluting its effectiveness. A fresh oil change ensures smooth engine operation, protects against wear and tear, and improves fuel efficiency. Don't wait for the warm weather to hit - schedule your oil change now to avoid the spring rush and ensure your car is ready for the season!

Top up other fluids:

  • Check and refill brake fluid, coolant, windshield washer fluid, and power steering fluid as needed. Low fluid levels can affect performance and compromise important safety systems.

Replace air and cabin filters:

  • Dirty air filters restrict airflow to the engine, reducing performance and fuel economy. Cabin filters block dust and pollen, improving air quality and your breathing experience. Replacing them regularly keeps your engine running smoothly and protects your health.

3. Check the Battery:

Test battery voltage:

  • Cold weather can drain batteries. Get your battery tested to ensure enough cranking power for spring mornings. A weak battery can leave you stranded, so proactive testing prevents headaches.

Clean terminals:

  • Corroded terminals reduce conductivity and hinder starting. Clean them with a wire brush and apply protective coating to prevent future corrosion. Simple maintenance keeps your battery functioning optimally.

Consider a replacement:

  • If your battery is more than 3-5 years old, consider replacing it preemptively. Batteries have limited lifespans, and proactive replacement avoids unexpected breakdowns and delays.

4. Spring Clean the Interior:

Tackle the clutter:

  • Winter gear, crumbs, and dust accumulate. Remove everything from the interior, vacuum thoroughly, and consider shampooing carpets and upholstery for a deep clean. A clutter-free and clean interior feels more inviting and reduces allergens.

Wipe down surfaces:

  • Disinfect high-touch areas like dashboards, door handles, and steering wheels with a suitable cleaner. Don't forget cup holders, air vents, and window switches. Regular cleaning keeps germs at bay and maintains the interior's quality.

Freshen the air:

  • Replace old cabin air filters (usually behind the glove compartment). They trap dust and pollen, improving air quality and reducing allergies. A fresh filter eliminates musty odors and makes your car's interior more enjoyable.

5. Schedule Maintenance Checkup:

Manufacturer-recommended service:

  • Follow your car's maintenance schedule (found in the manual) and address any overdue services like tune-ups or brake inspections. Regular maintenance prevents problems down the road, saving you money on repairs and ensuring your car runs safely and efficiently.

Visual inspection:

  • Check for visible signs of wear and tear, leaks, or rust around the car. Look for fluid leaks under the engine, or suspicious rust spots. Early detection of issues allows for timely repairs and prevents further damage.

By focusing on these key areas, you can ensure your car is in tip-top shape for a safe and enjoyable spring season! Remember, it's always best to consult your car's owner manual for specific recommendations and maintenance schedules.

Don't wait any longer to get your car ready for spring. Visit our Marietta location at 4035 Canton Rd. For more information, call 770-928-0006.



What should you put in your emergency kit? pointing down

2024-01-25

An emergency kit is filled with items you keep in your car in case of an emergency. It is best to always be prepared for the worst case scenarios. Car Emoji

These are some items we recommend keeping in your emergency kit: pointing down

plus sign First Aid Kit

plus sign Blanket

plus sign Jumper Cables

plus sign Flashlight

plus sign Water Bottle

plus sign Nonperishable, high-energy foods, such as unsalted nuts, dried fruits and hard candy

plus sign Duct Tape

plus sign Multipurpose Utility Tool

plus sign Cell Phone Charger

Ideally you should check your emergency kit every 6 months to replace any expired items. It's also a good idea to keep family and emergency phone numbers, including your auto insurance provider and a towing company, on a note in your car in the event you use someone else's phone to call for help.



How often should you rotate your tires? pointing down

2024-01-19

Regularly rotating your tires is a great way to preserve their longevity! It is recommended you rotate your tires every 6,000 - 8,000 miles.

A good way to measure the tread on your tires is as follows: Insert a penny into your tire's tread groove with Lincoln's head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of the head, your tire tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it's time to replace your tires.



Your battery does a lot for your car, so let's make sure we take care of it! Battery Emoji

2024-01-10

As cooler weather sets in, these are two easy ways to take care of your car's battery:

Number 1 Wipe off grease on the battery with a cloth.
Number 2 Make sure you are not leaving your car off for extended periods of time.



What are we looking at under the hood? Magnifying Glass

2024-01-03

There are several things mechanics check for when taking a peek under the hood!

Check Mark Engine oil level
Check Mark Transmission fluid level
Check Mark Brake fluid level
Check Mark Power steering fluid
Check Mark Cooling liquid level
Check Mark Belts and hoses
Check Mark The battery



How can you save money on car care? pointing down

2023-12-20

There are a few things to take into consideration but the main theme is: routine maintenance!

Number 1 Don't skip oil changes
Number 2 Keep up with tune-ups
Number 3 Watch fluid levels
Number 4 Balance/Rotate tires
Number 5 Find a shop you trust



red light alert CAR CARE TIP red light alert

2023-12-14

Too much weight on your keychain can have a negative effect on your ignition! terrified

Excessive weight will cause wear on the tumblers inside the ignition. This could potentially lead to ignition switch failure, which isn't always a cheap fix!
To ensure your ignition lasts as long as possible, use a lightweight keychain or keep your car key separate from other keys.



These are the 6 best ways to care for your car! pointing down

2023-12-08

Number 1 Check Your Lights - switch on your headlights and walk around to the front and rea of the vehicle to ensure everything is working.
Number 2 Maintain Your Battery - wipe away grease with a cloth and make sure you are not leaving your car off for extended periods of time.
Number 3 Flush And Fill Coolant - top off the radiator with clean water using a hose and replace the radiator cap. start the engine and leave it running for 15 minutes. Or just bring it by A&O Winking
Number 4 Top Off Gas and Wiper Fluid - use a funnel and fill until wiper fluid reaches fill line.
Number 5 Monitor Your Tire Pressure - remove cap from air valve and use tire gauge to read air pressure.
Number 6 Test Your Defroster and Heater - hop in your car and start it up to test heat and defroster.



Why have auto repair costs increased over the last few years? pointing down

2023-11-29

There are a few reasons for this! Including but not limited to: higher labor costs and better technology.

Number 1 More technology in cars
Number 2 Ongoing supply-chain issues
Number 3 Longer ownership of vehicles
Number 4 Increase in crashes
Number 5 Fewer available technicians



What's a common mistake that can lead to a costly repair?

2023-11-21

What's a common mistake that can lead to a costly repair? pointing down

Mixing up your fluids. Grinning

It's recommended you keep an eye on your fluids to maintain your car! If your wiper fluid is running low, add more. If your coolant is low, replace it! These tasks can easily be done at home or at a shop however if you are performing this task yourself, be sure to pay close attention to what fluid you're putting where.

Some newer models of cars have taken to putting their wiper fluid and radiator caps very close together and oftentimes they have similar, if not the same, colored caps.

Pay extra attention in those scenarios! red light alert You do not want washer fluid in your radiator cap. Should this happen (and it's okay, everyone makes mistakes!), it is recommended you have your car brought to the shop ASAP to have your radiator drained and flushed before a more severe issue occurs. You don't want your whole cooling system damaged!



Does anyone know why we have to get emissions tested? thinking

2023-11-16

We'll share!
In 1996, Georgia state legislation created the Inspection and Maintenance program to reduce harmful emissions and minimize the harmful effects of vehicles on the atmosphere.
There are only 13 counties in Georgia requiring emissions testing, they fall in or around the Atlanta metropolitan area. So what kind of cars need testing? pointing down
Car Emoji In Georgia, only cars and light trucks weighing less than 8,500 pounds need to pass emissions. Once passed, car owners will only need to pass emissions again once every year or registration renewal cycle for the vehicle.



Learn How A 15 Minute Monthly Check Can Benefit Your Vehicle

2023-11-10

While you might have a regularly scheduled maintenance with us at Alpha & Omega Automotive every three months, a regular 15-minute monthly check under the hood can prevent problems and breakdowns in-between appointments. Magnifying Glass

Not sure what to check for? No problem! Use Alpha & Omega Automotive's checklist to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape:

Traffic Light Oil Level on Dipstick

Traffic Light Dashboard Indicator Lights

Traffic Light Head and Tail Lights

Traffic Light Windshield Wipers and Fluid

Traffic Light Tires

If you're noticing problems, don't wait until your next maintenance check. Give us a call and let us take care of any problems right away to ensure your vehicle is working to the best of its ability. At Alpha & Omega Automotive, we're here to make sure your car rides are worry-free!



When should I change my spark plugs? Wall Plug

2023-11-01

When should I change my spark plugs?

For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced every 30 months or 30,000 miles, unless your vehicle is equipped with 100,000-mile platinum-tipped spark plugs. Lightning



As the temperatures begin to dip, let's talk about ways to maintain your heating system!pointing downfire

2023-10-25

There are a few things that can cause a heating system to malfunction:

Red X low coolant levels

Red X cooling system leakage

Red X malfunctioning blow fan

Red X bad thermostat

Thankfully, we have several maintenance tips to keep your heater running nice and toasty. Hot Steam

green check Flush the coolant on a regular basis

green check Use excellent high quality antifreeze

green check Prevent debris from entering the heating box by regularly cleaning and removing it

green check Regularly get your car inspected by professionals like Alpha & Omega Automotive and get it serviced for accurate functioning

If you notice an issue with the heating system bring it in immediately rather than delaying! Waiting will usually lead to a more costly repair. Alpha & Omega Automotive has two conveniently located shops in Woodstock and Marietta, Georgia.

Be sure to follow us @alpha_and_omega_automotive for more car care tips! Alpha & Omega Automotive is your friendly, neighborhood auto-shop dedicated to getting you back on the road again.



Why is tire alignment an important part of keeping your car maintained?
thinking

2023-10-18

Generally, the recommended interval for tire rotations is 5,000 to 8,000 miles. You can usually have your tires rotated when you bring your car in for an oil change. It's a pretty inexpensive maintenance practice that can provide you with several benefits!

service van Smoother ride
service van Enhanced safety
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service van Longer-lasting tires and suspension

If you notices signs such as uneven tire wear, loss of tire pressure, and vibration when driving at a high speed, then it's time for a tire rotation! Be sure to bring your vehicle by to Alpha & Omega Automotive so we can take care of you!
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What should you put in your emergency kit?
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2023-10-11

An emergency kit is filled with items you keep in your car in case of an emergency. It is best to always be prepared for the worst case scenarios.
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These are some items we recommend keeping in your emergency kit.
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plus sign First Aid Kit

plus sign Blanket

plus sign Jumper Cables

plus sign Flashlight

plus sign Water Bottle

plus sign Nonperishable, high-energy foods, such as unsalted nuts, dried fruits and hard candy

plus sign Duct Tape

plus sign Multipurpose Utility Tool<

plus sign Cell Phone Charger

Ideally you should check your emergency kit every 6 months to replace any expired items. It's also a good idea to keep family and emergency phone numbers, including your auto insurance provider and a towing company, on a note in your car in the event you use someone else's phone to call for help.



Keep Your Car Healthy and Happy

2023-10-09

One way to keep your car healthy and happy (and save you money!) is as simple as keeping your battery clean!Battery Emoji

Ramsey Solutions gives a great tip on this!
"Over time, corrosion (which looks like white or bluish powder) can form on the terminals of your car's battery (those little metal knobs on top). If you don't keep them clean, the battery could develop a crack or simply not function, leaving you stranded. Since a quality car battery can cost upward of $250-and a tow can run you even more-buying a $5 wire brush and keeping the terminals looking spiffy is money well spent."Car Emoji

This is as simple as testing your battery twice a year and inspecting it for corrosion. Not sure what you're looking for? Just bring it on by to Alpha & Omega and we'll check it over for you.



Preventive Auto Maintenance For Severe Driving

2023-02-16

Reduce the Effects of Severe Driving On Your Car

Are you an "aggressive" driver? Everyone answers "no" to this question because "aggressive" has become associated with road rage incidents. Today we replace "aggressive" with the word "severe." Severe driving is often unavoidable.

8 Types of Severe Driving

  1. Moving quickly through curvy roads in and around Marietta
  2. Traversing gravel or sandy roads
  3. Driving in extreme heat, on icy roads or roads with a deep snowpack
  4. Executing multiple lane changes in stop-and-go traffic
  5. Consistently driving 10 mph or more over the speed limit
  6. Short time dependent commutes around Marietta
  7. Truncating a safe following distance resulting in frequent braking
  8. Driving with heavier loads such as a cargo or passenger van or towing a trailer

While most motorists have experienced "severe" driving on occasion, for other drivers it is an unavoidable part of their daily commute. If you are a severe driver, take extra care to avoid excessive wear and tear on your car, SUV or truck. Severe drivers are more likely to experience an inconvenient breakdown.

Increase Your Preventive Maintenance Intervals On These Six Important Items:

  1. Replace your motor oil and oil filters
  2. Top off or replace your coolant
  3. Have your brake pad thickness and brake fluid inspected regularly
  4. Check your tire tread depth
  5. Replace your windshield wipers
  6. Monitor your transmission and steering fluid

Other ways to avoid excess wear and tear on your car from severe driving involve slowing down, avoiding quick starts and stops, and removing heavy items left in your car's trunk or truck bed. Remember gas mileage decreases rapidly when you drive above 60 mph.

Stop by Alpha & Omega Automotive in Marietta and let our pro mechanics help you develop a preventive maintenance plan that matches your driving style. Call today at 770-928-0006 or come by the service center at 4035 Canton Rd, Marietta, GA, 30066.



5 Regular Auto Maintenance Items That Save Real Money

2023-01-15

Save Money And Time With Simple Preventative Maintenance From Alpha & Omega Automotive

A little auto maintenance goes a long way toward protecting your wallet from high-cost auto repairs in the future.

Schedule regular auto maintenance for these five essential systems

  1. Brakes, including brake pads, brake fluid, calipers and rotors
  2. Tires, including tread wear, proper inflation, front end alignment and balancing
  3. Belts, including serpentine, starter and timing belts
  4. Hoses, including cooling and radiator hoses
  5. Fluids, including oil, transmission, steering, brake, antifreeze and wiper fluids

At Alpha & Omega Automotive in Marietta we keep your car running smoothly and efficiently to save you both time and money in and out of the repair shop. Many drivers overlook how services such as a simple oil change can increase fuel efficiency and save you money at the gas pump.

Come by Alpha & Omega Automotive at 4035 Canton Rd, Marietta, GA, 30066 and discuss an annual vehicle maintenance plan with us today. Spreading maintenance items out over the course of the year can help make auto maintenance expenses more affordable. Ask us about Alpha & Omega Automotive coupons and rebates on items such as tires for additional savings.

Call Alpha & Omega Automotive today at 770-928-0006.



Should I Replace My Car's Spark Plugs?

2022-10-01

The Two Instances When You Should Always Replace Your Spark Plugs

Let's talk spark plugs. A common question we hear at Alpha & Omega Automotive is, "Should I replace my spark plugs?"

A spark plug performs a critical task for your vehicle's engine. Without a spark plug your car or truck's engine cannot work. Properly working spark plugs also deliver added fuel efficiency. Most owners manuals say to replace the spark plugs every 80,000 to 100,000 miles. In many cases spark plugs last longer than the driver's ownership of the car.

So, when should you replace your spark plugs?

  1. If you just purchased a used vehicle
  2. At least every 80,000 miles

Spark plugs are one of the hardest working parts of a vehicle. If you just purchased a used car, it is best to go ahead and replace the spark plugs. You have no idea if the previous owners were "severe" drivers. A spark plug can fire 400 times per minute per cylinder or 1,600 times a minute on a four-cylinder engine. Severe driving can place even higher demands on the spark plugs and engine.

Many used car dealers boast an extensive multi-point inspection plan prior to the sale of any car but many of these plans don't cover spark plug integrity. Because a failed spark plug can mean disaster for your new purchase it is best to get them replaced by the qualified technicians at Alpha & Omega Automotive in Marietta.

At Alpha & Omega Automotive we recommend replacing spark plugs before they reach the 80,000-mile mark. Many car owners delay spark plug replacement until the engine starts "missing." An engine that is "missing" will typically result in a jerking feeling when accelerating. Spark plugs that are severely worn out will create a pinging or knocking sound. These fouled, worn-out spark plugs can lead to extensive engine damage that is expensive to fix. Therefore, replacing spark plugs before they reach the 80,000-mile mark is very important.
Three Indicators Your Spark Plugs Need To Be Replaced

  1. Rattling, pinging or knocking noises when accelerating
  2. Missing, hesitating or jerky feeling when driving
  3. Slow acceleration or chugging

Sluggish and reduced performance also causes poor fuel economy. Save money at the pump by taking care of your vehicle's spark plugs.

Come by Alpha & Omega Automotive in Marietta if you just bought a used car or your vehicle is approaching the 80,000-mile mark to have your spark plugs replaced by one of our qualified pro mechanics. Call today at 770-928-0006 or stop by our service center at 4035 Canton Rd, Marietta, GA, 30066.



Don't Forget to Replace Your Car or Truck's Belts

2022-10-01

Remember to Change Your Belts

Drivers in Marietta are busy and it is easy to forget that belts are tirelessly working to keep your engine running. A worn-out belt is a break down waiting to happen. Avoid being stranded on the side of the road and get your belts inspected each time you get an oil change at Alpha & Omega Automotive in Marietta.

Your car or truck's belts are essential for many of the vehicle's critical components such as water cooling, air conditioning and the alternator. Serpentine belts are used to turn the alternator, power steering and air-conditioning compressor. Often when serpentine belts brake your vehicle will stop working completely.

Come to Alpha & Omega Automotive to get worn or frayed serpentine belts replaced. Replacing belts when cracked, frayed or showing signs of excessive wear is very inexpensive when compared to having your car or truck towed to our repair shop.

Listen for signs of belt problems. Noise like rattling or slipping in the belt system is a sign of wear. Use your nose to tell you if a belt problem is imminent. The smell of burnt rubber can indicate a slipping belt.

At Alpha & Omega Automotive when we replace a worn serpentine belt, we check all the components in the serpentine system such as tensioners and pulleys. A typical serpentine belt replacement is 60,000 to 90,000 miles.

Why risk being stranded when a bad belt can be diagnosed with simple routine maintenance? Get Alpha & Omega Automotive to replace your car or truck's serpentine belts as directed by your owner's manual and avoid the hassle and expense of a sudden breakdown.

Call Alpha & Omega Automotive in Marietta today at 770-928-0006 to schedule regular maintenance such as belt inspection.



Owning A Car Is A Hidden Cost For College Students

2022-10-01

Car Ownership - A Hidden Cost for College Students in Marietta

Public transportation, Uber or Lyft may be an option for students attending college in large cities but for students attending colleges in small towns the only option may be owning a car. This is particularly true for students attending community colleges where commuting to campus is the only option.

College is expensive and owning a car while attending school is an added expense. Here are the top six expense categories college students should plan for:

  1. Fuel
  2. Financing
  3. Parking permit, annual taxes and registration
  4. Insurance
  5. Maintenance
  6. Tires

Parking permits, licensing, registration and taxes are unavoidable. However here are some recommendations for managing other costs.

  • Consider using a gas app that helps you track down the best price in town for gas. Many local gas and convenience stores offer a reward card just for gas.
  • Revisit your auto loan. College may be a good time to consider a less expensive car. Call your local credit union and ask them about financing. Some financial institutions offer lower interest rates for car owners who sign up to have their monthly payments deducted directly from their bank account each month.
  • Shopping for car insurance may also create a significant savings. If you switch to a less expensive car you may need less coverage. If you are driving less on average this may also lower your insurance costs. Keeping a clean driving record while you are in college can help keep your insurance rates low.
  • Come by Alpha & Omega Automotive in Marietta and let us help you create a solid auto maintenance plan. No one wants to miss class because their car wouldn't start. Regular maintenance on your car will help prevent high-cost car repairs in the future. Maintenance items such as oil changes can also increase fuel efficiency saving you additional money at the gas pump.
  • The cost of tires can be a jolt to a college student's budget. Plan to buy tires by setting aside a little money each month. Save on tires by taking advantage of manufacturer rebates.

Call Alpha & Omega Automotive in Marietta today at 770-928-0006 or stop by our service center for preventive auto maintenance services at 4035 Canton Rd, Marietta, GA, 30066.



Alpha & Omega Automotive Knows What Older Cars and Trucks Need

2022-10-01

Take Your Older Car or Truck To Alpha & Omega Automotive in Marietta For Preventative Maintenance

The consumer price index for used cars and trucks jumped up by 40.5% from January 2021 to January 2022. As a result, the average age of vehicles on the road is rising as many owners of older cars decide it is cheaper to hang on to them than to buy one today.

As cars get older, they need more maintenance and repair. Drivers in Marietta must be more diligent about preventative maintenance. Replacing a bad O2 Sensor costs $250.00 on average. This may increase or decrease based on the make and model of your car or truck. However, performing recommended auto maintenance such as air filter replacement and spark plug replacement can extend the life of your O2 sensor.

Kelly Blue Book reports the average vehicle age in the US is 13.5 years. After five years of ownership the chances of a breakdown or service issue increases dramatically unless drivers are vigilant about preventative maintenance. Come by Alpha & Omega Automotive in Marietta and let us help you set up a preventative maintenance plan for your car or truck. Sticking to a maintenance plan will minimize the chances of breakdowns, increase fuel efficiency and decrease any future repair costs.

The Top 6 Auto Preventative Maintenance Items to Plan for Today

  1. oil change
  2. oil and fuel filters
  3. belts and hoses
  4. brake system components
  5. brake and transmission fluid flushes
  6. tires and alignment

Alpha & Omega Automotive in Marietta is dedicated to helping busy car owners prioritize preventative maintenance. We make it easy with convenient, affordable and friendly service. Call today at 770-928-0006 or stop by our service center at 4035 Canton Rd, Marietta, GA, 30066 and speak to one of our technicians.



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  • CarFax Marietta
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  • 2022 Best of Preferred Mechanic Award
  • Readers Choice Award
  • Best of East Cobb Award
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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY

Always take my vehicles to Alpha for all of my service needs. Accurate diagnosis and high quality work. I trust them. , 02/12/2024

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