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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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Airbag Recall – Questions, Answers and Updates

Airbag Recall – Questions, Answers and Updates

Takata Bankruptcy Notice UPDATE (10/31/17): In the past few days, we’ve received numerous calls from our clients reporting they’ve received what looks like a “recall notice”, but is in actuality a legal notice related to Takata Corp’s Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Proceeding. We received several of these notices here as well (for our loaner car fleet). Just because you received this notice does not mean that your vehicle is subject to recall. The owner of any vehicle with a Takata airbag inflator, not just the ones that have been recalled, received this notice. Of course, we’re not going to give you legal advice on how to proceed, but we can tell you that we will not be filing any claims. As we’ve mentioned before, we check your vehicle against ... read more

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Decoding your Dashboard

Decoding your Dashboard

More and more, newer cars are moving to more complicated dashboards and instrument clusters. But there’s a lot you may not know about what your car is trying to tell you. CNET’s Brian Cooley has a quick look at how to decode your dashboard

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Blue Seal of Excellence

Blue Seal of Excellence

MOTOR WORKS, INC. RECOGNIZED BY A.S.E. AS THE ONLY “BLUE SEAL OF EXCELLENCE” AUTO SERVICE BUSINESS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY. Rockville, Maryland, August 30, 2017 – Motor Works, Inc. has earned the prestigious “Blue Seal of Excellence” recognition awarded by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of vehicle repair and service by means of voluntary testing and certification for automotive repair and service professionals. More information about ASE can be found online at www.ase.com. To be eligible for this recognition, a company must have no less than 75% of its automotive professionals ASE certified. In addition, the facility must have a certified technician in each area of services offered. To remain in the program, a business must confirm t ... read more

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The Right Part for the Job

The Right Part for the Job

Some people wonder how Motor Works can operate so efficiently. Greg takes us behind the scenes and Aaron talks about why knowing the right parts for your vehicle is so important

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

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

Note: This is the part of a series of articles explaining some of the technical features of newer Honda and Toyota vehicles. We will explain, in plain English, how these highly complex systems work. Feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have any suggestions for things you’d like to learn about! The components of the anti-lock braking system. Image courtesy of Honda of America. The Anti-Lock Braking System, or ABS, has become the cornerstone of modern vehicle safety systems. Unless you’ve just started driving recently, you’ll remember the days when we were taught to “pump the brakes” during a panic stop. But why is that? In older vehicles without ABS, stomping on the brake pedal and holding it down almost always causes the wheels to “lock up” and begin skidding. Of course, when the car is skidding you have very little st ... read more

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Inside the Tech: Lane Departure Warning

Inside the Tech: Lane Departure Warning

Note: This is the first in a series of articles explaining some of the technical features of newer Honda and Toyota vehicles. We will explain, in plain English, how these highly complex systems work. Feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have any suggestions for things you’d like to learn about! The Lane Departure Warning system alerts you when you drift over a lane line without signaling. Graphic courtesy of Honda. What is it? Lane Departure Warning, or LDW, is part of Honda’s “Sensing Package” (Toyota calls it “Lane Departure Alert“) available on most newer vehicles. The goal of this safety system is to keep you from drifting into another lane. How it works ... read more

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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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