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Odd Fix of the Day – Sienna Brake Lights

Odd Fix of the Day – Sienna Brake Lights

In this case, together isn’t better at all! So… we ran through our full suite of tests to determine the cause — thinking perhaps that it was the brake lamp switch (which is a little plunger-type switch attached to the brake pedal.) Then we discovered something odd: when we would turn the parking lights and headlights on, the brake lights would come on and the van would be able to shift again. So we continued running down the problem and discovered that it was a simple fix: the brake light bulbs have two filaments in each bulb — one for the parking lights and one for the brake lights. Like any other light bulb, they tend to get hot when on for long periods of time. Turns out all the stop-and-go driving in this van actually caused the two filaments to melt together, completing the circuit when the parking lights were on and shorting out the brake light circuit. Total repair ... read more

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Learning Zone

When should I change my oil?

When should I change my oil?

We sometimes get questions from our clients about the “Maintenance Minder” system in most newer cars. While it’s true that cars have improved over the last 35 years that we’ve been caring for them, we’ve found that it’s important to service your vehicle on a regular basis. Here’s an excerpt from Greg’s upcoming book that will be published soon. Q) How often do I really NEED to change my oil? Some places say 3,000 miles and some ads say their oil can go 12,000 miles. What’s the right thing to do? A) You’ve hit on one of my pet peeves… Short answer is it depends. How often do you need to see your dentist? If you’re planning on keeping your set of pearly-whites for the remainder of your days, then I would say “on a regular basis”, right? Preventive maintenance is just that…Pre (meaning before) and event-ive (as in something happened)…before something happens. We go to the dentist on a regular basis because, while we may not like going, we know ... read more

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Tech Tips

Check Engine Light On? We Can Fix It!

Check Engine Light On? We Can Fix It!

Weird fix of the month – A first-time client was referred to us for our diagnostic abilities. His Odyssey was giving him grief with a reoccurring check engine lamp and the same evaporative system trouble codes. After 3 (or more) visits to the dealer (some of which included payment, I am told), we diagnosed this vehicle. A spider had found a home in a plastic vent fitting located inside the frame. The spider had woven several webs inside the fitting. You can see at least five separate webs inside the plastic fitting. These caused enough of a vapor flow restriction to keep setting trouble codes. The spider is gone, and so is the problem. We employ some of the brightest diagnosticians in the area. Bring it on

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Famous? MWI featured in Shop Owner Magazine

Famous? MWI featured in Shop Owner Magazine

Motor Works Inc. is the featured in the July/Aug 2012 issue of Shop Owner Magazine!Here’s the full article for your reading enjoyment! Download (PDF, Unknown)

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Video: Consumer Compass

Video: Consumer Compass

Motor Works, Inc. was featured in a recent episode of Consumer Compass — a television program by Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection

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

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

2014 KBB.com Residual Value WIN for Honda & Toyota! The Kelley Blue Book website (who tracks your car’s value) recently released it’s top 10 list for 2014 vehicles’ projected residual value out to 5 years. It’s no surprise the list is dominated by SUV’s as they still hold their popularity in the US. While these are projections, it is nice to see the vehicles that we’ve been supporting all along occupy 50% of the entire list

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Prevention is Primary: Radiator Hose

Prevention is Primary: Radiator Hose

Here is another reason to have trained eyeballs under your car’s hood on a regular basis. This pseudo-aneurysm of the upper radiator hose could leave you stranded somewhere. When this blows…and it will, the anti-freeze coolant will leave the engine and the meltdown will begin.Overheating aluminium engine components is extremely hard on your bank account or credit card.Good news, though… Honda and Toyota hoses generally last beyond ten years. There may up to 10 or 12 specially molded hoses under your hood. If there is one leak here, another isn’t far away. We usually suggest replacement of all of the cooling system hoses at the same time in order to protect your entire investment. “Look out captain, she’s about to blow

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Learning Zone

Prevention is Primary: Maintenance Schedules – Confused?

Prevention is Primary: Maintenance Schedules – Confused?

We all know that routine and regular maintenance is the best way to extend the life of your Honda or Toyota product, right? By following the manufacturer’s servicing schedule, your car will last for many years and cost less to repair by catching the small problems before they become large ones. That’s the way it USED to be, anyway. Until 1995, Honda and Toyota maintenance schedules were pretty consistent however since then, maintenance schedules for each year and model are different and confusing. At a minimum, we address the published schedules in the service manuals using OEM parts and fluids ensuring your factory warranty. Additionally, there may be services that we may suggest as if yours was our Mother’s car, to keep it in great shape for the long haul.Contact us or [email protected] with your questions. We will do our best to ensure your vehicle gets the maintenance it deserves to stay in “like-new ... read more

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Tech Tips

Use our Diagnostic Worksheets

You can help speed the diagnostic process by printing and filling our diagnostic worksheets before you come for your appointment. Brakes and RideCar Will Not StartPerformance or Poor MileageUnusual Noises

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MWI Consumer Checkbook Top Quality Rated…Again!

MWI Consumer Checkbook Top Quality Rated…Again!

Top Quality Rated… Again and Again! We just received this in the mail today. We’re so pleased that so many of you (118) responded to their questionnaires and surveys. That’s more than double what most other shops with similar work volumes received in our area. Thanks to our fantastic clients for the great rating!The Washington Consumer Checkbook has been around for many years now. They compile survey data on how happy you guys are with the folks that care for your cars. We’ve consistently scored high over the years. If you would like to check it out yourself and see how they try to make a level and non-biased compilation, go over to www.checkbook.org. We’d like to thank all of you (and you know who you are) for the honest appraisals of your experiences at Motor Works. We’re consistently seeking to improve our level of service to you

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News

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


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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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