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COVID-19 Update - March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Update - March 30, 2020

MOTOR WORKS CONTINUES TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC Watch a video message from Greg Skolnik, Motor Works, Inc. Owner and Director about how we're continuing to serve the community during the pandemic. With Governor Hogan's "Stay at Home" order in effect beginning March 30, we wanted to provide an update on how we're continuing to serve our community.  We continue to be classified as an "essential" service provider and will remain open for service and repair of Honda, Acura, Toyota, Lexus and Subaru vehicles during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Many of our clients are health care workers, first responders and firefighters and we will continue to ensure all of our clients have safe and reliable transportation as long as we can,” says Greg Skolnik, Owner of Motor Works, Inc. “We’re sanitizing like crazy, are practicing social distancing by offering free pic ... read more

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Wellness: Our Top Priority

Wellness: Our Top Priority

We need to take a minute of your time to let you know that we're taking this current crisis very seriously, and we also want to let you know what we're doing to maintain everyone's wellness during these stressful and ever changing times.  Wellness has always been a top priority here at Motor Works.  Whether that be the wellness of your vehicle, our staff, or even you as a person - it's all important to us - and it all matters even more right now. We want you to be certain your car will be ready, and able, to get you where you need go, when you need to go there.   Below we've listed out just a few of the things we're already doing to keep things running as smoothly as possible.  If you have any suggestions (about ways we can help put minds at ease when bringing in a car for service, or just in general) please don't hesitate to give a call into the shop at: 301-424-2800, or, send over an email to: info ... read more

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40 Weeks of Paying It Forward

40 Weeks of Paying It Forward

 We started brainstorming and planning out our "40 Acts of Kindness" last year, as a way to celebrate our 40th anniversary, and say "thank you" to all of our wonderful clients for all the support they have given us over the years.  We came up with all sorts of good ideas, and one really great one, that we decided to run with.  A weekly drawing, with a twist. Drum roll please..... Starting Monday, March 16th we will begin 40 Weeks of Paying It Forward.  *Check out Sara's announcement video HERE (also on our Facebook page & YouTube channel, if you prefer). The Details: Who: We narrowed down a list of our top 'VIP' Motor Works clients to 200* names. Then, your Client Care Coordinator Sara hand wrote each name on a slip of paper, put them all in a Motor Works Grocery bag, & "shook it like a Polaroid picture" ... read more

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ADAS Systems.... Going to Take Some Getting Used To!

ADAS Systems.... Going to Take Some Getting Used To!

Happy Technical Tuesday Folks! Just a quick note to announce the official naming of Sara's new 2019 CR-V.  She picked it up last month & so far, is loving every inch of it.  He has been dubbed: Troopah, 19 of 4.  You'll have to ask her what that means next time you're in, or, you are welcome to shoot her an email, if you're curious.   Sara's still getting used to all the bells and whistles, but so far loves all the cool updated features - even the ones she's not quite sure she is ready to use regularly.  Like how, if you allow it, the combination of Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Mitigation, will get you pretty close to riding in a 'self driving car'.  Her exact words when describing it to Greg were "This is so freaking weird dude, I can't even!".  ADAS or "Advanced Driver-Assist Systems" are becoming more ... read more

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New Year, New Look, New Brand... New Everything!...

New Year, New Look, New Brand... New Everything!...

Dear Motor Works Family, Over the last 40 years (yes, we've really been here for that long!) we've made many changes and adjustments to the way we do what we do.  We've added and subtracted brands to our line-up, upgraded our facilities, kept pace with - or been ahead of at times - the digital advancements in our industry, and so much more.  Our clients have been central to all of these changes, have seen us through the good (and not so good) times, and we can't begin to thank them enough for all they do.     As we prepared to go into our 40th year, we wanted to find ways to show our appreciation, and shake things up - just a bit.  You may notice a new look to our website when you visit it, or, that there are Subaru vehicles in our bays being serviced when you stop by.  Both additions were made quietly and slowly during 2018.  In 2019, we want to specifically focus on our clients - as we wouldn't be able ... read more

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Holiday Update

As some of you may already know, Motor Works is traditionally closed the period between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Our last working day of 2018 will be Thursday December 20th.  We plan to reopen Wednesday, January 2nd, at 7 am.  No worries though - if you have an emergency while we are closed - please don't hesitate to call us at: 301-424-2800, or send an email to: [email protected].  These lines of communication are always monitored, and a team member will contact you as soon as possible. And now, for your viewing pleasure, a video reading of the poem "Twas the Week Before Christmas" (re-imagined by Greg Skolnik). Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday season & Safe Travels wherever you may go, from your Motor Works Family

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T.A.P. (Teacher Appreciation Program) Announcement!

T.A.P. (Teacher Appreciation Program) Announcement!

Hey there Motor Works family! Sara here, with just a bit more info about our *NEW* Teacher Appreciation Program (T.A.P.), and what we’re going to be doing going forward, to show our love for the educational community. First, we’ll be extending a new “perk ” for teachers & educators in our area. As of June 2018, all of our clients who work with K-12 students will receive a percentage off their total – at every visit. Just give us a call (or shoot over an email) to learn more. Second, for the summer of 2018, we’ll be holding a ‘Supply Drive’ where we’ll be collecting much needed classroom supplies to be donated just in time for the ‘Back-to-School’ season. Motor Works will be matching whatever our clients bring in – so don’t hold back y’all! We’ll also be rewarding our clients who participate in the Supply Drive. All you have to do is donate a new/unopened school supply to the drive when you’re in for service, and we’ll apply a credit to your account. The standard i ... read more

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“Are We There Yet?” Season is Almost Here!

“Are We There Yet?” Season is Almost Here!

It’s about that time again. You know, that part of the year where we pack ourselves, and all the essentials (some non, too), into our trusty car/van/truck/wagon and hit the road for parts unknown (or known, whichever). Within the MWI family there are a few avid road trippers, a few newbies, and since we’ve all got some sort of trip on the horizon, we thought we’d share a couple great ‘Road Trip Tips’ lists we found. We’ve also got a few tips directly from our in-house ‘road-trippers’. First from your technicians… Chris advises a full tank of gas to start your journey. Armando says to make sure your car is safe and ready with a ‘pre-trip’ inspection, and Todd wants everyone to make sure the snacks are fully stocked and plentiful. Now for the front office… Carlos says make sure your car is clean – start your trip off on the right foot so to speak. Paul says “just before you do… don’t” (to be interpreted however you like 😎 ). Sara advises a inventory (and update ... read more

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Spring Car Care Tips!

Spring Car Care Tips!

With today being the first official day of spring (despite the winter weather we’re experiencing) we thought now would be an opportune time to go over some spring car care tips. We know here in Maryland, the spring season can mean road trips, camping trips, additional extracurricular activities, and on and on it goes. Whatever your lifestyle, we also know, your car needs to be ready for anything you may throw at it (please don’t actually throw things at your car though). There’s a good possibility the harsh winter weather has been tough on your car, and it is likely showing some signs. Now is a great time to bring it in for a full inspection, that way we can identify any smaller issues, before they become larger ones. Just a few of the item we’d recommend checking: Engine oil and filter condition, condition of other vital fluids, functionality of wiper blades, starting and charging system performance, condition of the braking components and tires, belt and hose conditio ... read more

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What the heck is Variable Valve Timing?

What the heck is Variable Valve Timing?

Well Greg… sounds pretty obvious… the timing of a valve varies?… Yep, it’s true but why? Many car companies today are utilizing some type of V.V.T. systems. The reason they do is to squeeze better performance from a smaller engine over a wider variation of conditions. Think of it sort of like the way your body increases blood flow and respiration when you are exercising. Your body adjusts to varying demands on it.  The camshaft can be considered “brain” of an internal combustion engine. It determines when a intake or exhaust valve opens in the combustion cycle (timing), how far open it will go (called lift), how long it will stay open (called duration). The cam is important to control how much air and exhaust can pass through the engine at a given speed. And, with every machine design, there are compromises. When the cam is made for maximum power (high lift and long duration), the engine suffers at low sp ... read more

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COVID-19 Update - March 30, 2020


Wellness: Our Top Priority


40 Weeks of Paying It Forward


ADAS Systems.... Going to Take Some Getting Used To!


New Year, New Look, New Brand... New Everything!...


Holiday Update


T.A.P. (Teacher Appreciation Program) Announcement!


“Are We There Yet?” Season is Almost Here!


Spring Car Care Tips!


What the heck is Variable Valve Timing?


Airbag Recall – Questions, Answers and Updates


Decoding your Dashboard


Blue Seal of Excellence


The Right Part for the Job


Inside the Tech: Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)


Inside the Tech: Lane Departure Warning


Greg’s Take: Things Break!


Greg’s Take: Nationwide Technician Shortage


Squeezing a few extra MPG from your car!


Caliper Slide Pin Boot – What is it?


Traction Control Systems


What’s a Timing Belt?


What’s a CV Boot?


Where the Rubber Meets the Road – Check your Tires!


Oil Light? Stop Right Now!


Client Spotlight – Aviation Author


What’s a Catalytic Converter?


Client Spotlight – Champion Irish Dancer


“Gregsplanation” – What’s a Cabin HEPA Filter?


Keep Your Car Looking Like New


“Gregsplanation” – Why does water drip from my car on hot days?


What does VTEC mean?


200,000 Miles and Counting


The 2016 Civic is Here… And it looks amazing!


Motor Works: Ethics Certified!


Vehicle Wiring is Tasty… to Rodents!


Rock Stars in and out of the shop!


The Value of Maintenance – 334,000 Miles and Still Going Strong!


Foggy Headlights? Restore instead of replace!


Wheel Alignment 101


Veterans Day 2015


Colder weather could trigger Tire Pressure (TPMS) Warning Light


Get Your Car Ready for Fall!


Motor Works Featured in “Remarkable Results”


Car Optometry – Aiming the Honda LaneWatch System


Differential? What’s That?


Odd Fix of the Day – Sienna Brake Lights


When should I change my oil?


Check Engine Light On? We Can Fix It!


Famous? MWI featured in Shop Owner Magazine


Video: Consumer Compass


Honda and Toyota products definitely hold their value over time. Smart!


Prevention is Primary: Radiator Hose


Prevention is Primary: Maintenance Schedules – Confused?


Use our Diagnostic Worksheets


MWI Consumer Checkbook Top Quality Rated…Again!


Video: AARP Modern Maturity – 1985 TV show Clip at MWI


Video: He Did it for Love – Technician buys car for his mother!

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