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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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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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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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Greg’s Take: Things Break!

Greg’s Take: Things Break!

Not an actual picture of Greg, but it accurately captures the moment when the fridge bought the farm. The other morning, I was sitting in the office of my home, eating breakfast at around 5:15 while viewing a documentary on People’s Car vehicle design when a strange sound pulled my attention away. Sounds have always piqued my attention creating an instant need to identify what the cause is (just part of my brain wiring). At first I thought it was part of the soundtrack of the ancient Kübelwagen that was on the screen but it just didn’t fit. I paused the computer and went to investigate. My office is adjacent to our kitchen and the sound increased as I opened my office door. I went to the refrigerator as the noise was clearly emanating from it. The sound started to lessen and then faded away similarly to the way a tire exhales its last bit of air as it goes totally f ... read more

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Greg’s Take: Nationwide Technician Shortage

Greg’s Take: Nationwide Technician Shortage

There’s a nationwide long-term business health problem that has been growing for decades. There are fewer and fewer qualified technicians coming into any trades industry, including automotive. It has always been hard to find and keep qualified people; it’s only become harder and harder in recent years. I have observed that our middle and high school counselors have systemically steered young people away from vocational training. There is an assumption that the kids are going to go to college. This is great for some and not so great for others. Not every young person is going to excel in a college environment. To make matters worse, they will leave a four-year college with a degree in say, computer technology with a debt of (conservatively) $30,000-$50,000 and be in a situation where they are battling for a $35,000 a year position. Trouble is, without trained people to be electricians, plumbers, carpenters and auto technicians, we’re all going to be in a world of ... read more

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Client Spotlight – Aviation Author

Client Spotlight – Aviation Author

Mr. Christiansen gives Paul and Sara a history lesson on jet engines. You’d never believe the conversations we have with our clients here at Motor Works! Last week, Mr. Christiansen stopped by and we got a history lesson on the development of jet engines. Turns out Mr. Christiansen is a published author and has been driving back and forth to Delaware in his 2005 Acura TL. Why Delaware? He’s researching the development of the Westinghouse J-series jet engines (he’s already written twobooks on the subject) and all of the records are there. We heard ... read more

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Client Spotlight – Champion Irish Dancer

Client Spotlight – Champion Irish Dancer

Young Ms. Hoyt-O’Connor at the 2016 National Championships At Motor Works, you’re way more than just your vehicle. Behind every vehicle we service is a person or family with a story to tell. The Hoyt-O’Connors have been servicing their cars with Motor Works for about 8 years. Their 2003 Honda Odyssey, at 170,000 miles, has been all over the country for their daughter’s Irish Dance competitions. We got this email from Mrs. Hoyt-O’Connor… Of course, we wish her the best of luck in Ireland! Do you have a neat story to tell? Give us a call or email and let us know

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200,000 Miles and Counting

200,000 Miles and Counting

A big week here at Motor Works, as two more of our clients joined the prestigious 200,000 mile club. Mr. Gannon-Miller has racked up 202,509 miles on his 2009 Honda CR-V. (That’s nearly 80 miles a day!) We’ve been servicing this workhorse since the day it was new. Tom’s wife, Mary-Lois, is no stranger to high-mileage cars. She’s our current mileage record holder among active clients, with her 1995 Acura Integra racking up nearly 340,000 miles! Mr. Burrus also topped a milestone. He even sent us a picture the moment he crossed 200,000 — and thankfully it looks like he pulled over before taking the picture!) His 2004 CR-V is still going strong with nearly 204,000 miles. Our 200,000 mile club isn’t that hard to join. Proactiv ... read more

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The 2016 Civic is Here… And it looks amazing!

The 2016 Civic is Here… And it looks amazing!

The 2016 Honda Civic (courtesy of Honda of America) Have you seen the new 2016 Honda Civic? The 4-door sedan is on sale right now, with the Coupe, Hatchback and high-performance Type-R on the way. The auto blog Jalopnik just reviewed the ’16 Civic and they give it a resounding two thumbs up. The new Civic is full of tech, with tools like the Honda LaneWatch System Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Keeping Asssist and Adaptive Cruise Control. P ... read more

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Motor Works: Ethics Certified!

Motor Works: Ethics Certified!

Our mission statement is at the center of everything we do here at Motor Works. So it’s no surprise that we have been recognized as “Ethics Certified” by Elite Worldwide, a group of the top auto repair facility owners from across North America. We’re pleased to proudly display the Elite “Ethics Certified” seal. It’s a testament to what we do, and we appreciate the trust you place in us. You can visit Elite’s website for more information on the Ethics Certification program

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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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