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Rock Stars in and out of the shop!

Rock Stars in and out of the shop!

Doesn’t get much better than this! As you probably already know, our technicians maintain current certifications by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. What you may not know is that they also are working continuously to better themselves in other areas. Master Technician Chris Soares has been working hard, taking college classes when he’s not at Motor Works. His hard work and dedication really shows! We are incredibly proud of Chris and his efforts

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

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

1995 Acura Integra — Still going strong after 20 years and 334,000 Miles! Here is a shining example of the benefits of proactive maintenance! 334,000+ miles and it’s still running like a champ! Emails like this is are WHY we do what we do. What a way to start the week! Thanks MaryLois! We fully expect to see this Integra through 400,000 miles and beyond. Honda and Toyota products are some of the toughest and longest lasting cars on the road. Love your older car? We’ll keep it in like-new condition for you

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Foggy Headlights? Restore instead of replace!

Foggy Headlights? Restore instead of replace!

“Before” – Notice the headlight is foggy and discolored. Now that Daylight Saving Time has come to and end and it’s getting darker earlier, have you noticed your headlights aren’t quite as bright as they used to be? It may not be the bulbs — it might be the lenses. Most newer cars use plastic headlight lenses and over time they fog, dull and discolor. This is due to exposure to ultraviolet light and environmental contaminants (Yes, our air is dirty!) Some studies say it can reduce the brightness of your headlights by up to 80%. This fogging and discoloration is similar to cataracts on your eyes. Chris is buffing and sanding the headlight lens. Curing with the UV Lamp The good ne ... read more

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Wheel Alignment 101

Here at Motor Works, we always suggest a computerized all-wheel alignment when you get new tires. Not only does this extend the life of your new tires, it helps with vehicle stability, ride quality and fuel economy. We found this great video from CNET’s Brian Cooley explaining the basics of wheel alignment, including caster, camber and toe. Check it out

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Learning Zone

Veterans Day 2015

Veterans Day 2015

On this Veterans Day, Greg and the Motor Works family thank those who served for securing our future

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Colder weather could trigger Tire Pressure (TPMS) Warning Light

Colder weather could trigger Tire Pressure (TPMS) Warning Light

If you see this light on your dash, it probably means your tires are low. So we woke up this morning to temperatures in the 40s in our area and have already received more than a few calls from our clients today telling us their tire pressure warning light has come on. Since this is the first morning at these cooler temperatures, it’s not uncommon at all. Remember, air pressure is temperature-sensitive, that is as the temperature decreases, the air pressure in your tire will be lower. If your tire pressure warning light comes on, it usually means the tires are low. The tires might look “normal” at first glance, but they’re probably low enough to trigger the warning system. This is called TPMS, which stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Some cars have pressure sensors in each tire that communicate via radio to the car’s computer. Others measure the rotational speed of the wheel (which changes with tire pressure). If one or more of your tires are out of specif ... read more

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Get Your Car Ready for Fall!

Get Your Car Ready for Fall!

Hi All! Sara here. With the first official week of fall come and gone, I thought it might be a good time to go over some pointers that will help keep your vehicle in tip-top shape through the inclement weather to come. Here are four easy things we can do (inspired by Autoblog.com): Check your tires for uneven wear or other damage Check your brakes — are they squeaking? Scraping? Grinding? Check your headlights — any bulbs out? “Cataracts” on the lenses? Check your windshield wipers — are they worn, cracked, or make ugly streaks on your windshield? Don’t hesitate to give us a call or visit our Appointments Page to set up a visit

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Motor Works Featured in “Remarkable Results”

Motor Works Featured in “Remarkable Results”

We’re proud to announce that Motor Works and owner Greg Skolnik are featured in the latest episode of the “Remarkable Results” podcast. “Remarkable Results” features personal success stories of entrepreneurs from independent and aftermarket auto shops. Greg and podcast host Carm Capriotto discuss Motor Works’ history, core values and innovative programs. Have a listen! “Remarkable Results” – Episode 46

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Car Optometry – Aiming the Honda LaneWatch System

Car Optometry – Aiming the Honda LaneWatch System

We never thought we’d see the day we needed to use an eye chart with our cars, but here we are. Standard on more and more of Honda’s newer model cars is their LaneWatch™ system, which uses a camera in the right side mirror to give you a look into your blindspot. Sometimes that system needs an “eye exam.” Specifically, when we replace the side mirror with the camera (or you manage to tinker around in the hidden diagnostic menus and wipe out the system by mistake) we need to re-aim the LaneWatch camera. Essentially it’s telling the camera what to look at and places the guidelines on the screen in the right locations. We accomplish that by setting up a specially-designed target about 15 feet (14.764 feet, to be exact) behind the front wheel and telling the system to take a picture. It then autom ... read more

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Differential? What’s That?

There’s a very important part of your vehicle that most people don’t ever think about. It’s called the Differential and it allows your engine to drive wheels on opposite sides of the car at different speeds, allowing you to go around corners without destroying your tires or axles. The concept is exceedingly simple, and while it’s been enhanced quite a bit over the years, it’s not too different than what General Motors demonstrates in this video from 1937! Some engineering designs are pure art. Even if you’re not technically-inclined, this 8-or-so minute video puts it in layman’s terms and it’s fun to watch

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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?


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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!


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Use our Diagnostic Worksheets


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