Vehicle Maintenance - Holmes Auto Repair | Fort Walton Beach, FL

Are oil changes getting more expensive?

oil being put into the car

At Holmes Auto Repair in Fort Walton Beach, FL, it’s important to us that you see the value in the work we do. Over the course of the past decade, depending on what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive, it may seem like oil changes have gotten more expensive, and there’s a lot of differentiation in pricing at different locations. What’s going on?

Bad Transmission? Fix It or Sell It?

close up of a transmission in a car

So, you’ve determined your transmission is bad. What next? Choosing what to do can be overwhelming, and you need someone you can trust to help you decide what work needs to be done. Holmes Auto Repair in Fort Walton Beach, FL is here to help you make the right decision when it comes to your transmission. There are a few things to consider when your transmission goes out. You might feel inclined to just get a new car, but should you? 

Diagnosing a bad brake master cylinder

mechanic repairing brakes on a vehicle

Has your brake master cylinder gone bad? How would you know? What even is it? Holmes Auto Repair in Fort Walton Beach, FL has the answers.

Your brake master cylinder is an integral part of your brake system. When one fails, some odd symptoms may arise, and it may be difficult to diagnose. Here’s some information to help you decide if yours has given out on you.

Different Types of Automotive Headlights

headlight on on vehicle

Every car, truck, van, and SUV on the road today has headlights. However, you've probably noticed an increase in different types of headlights in more recent years - gone are the days where every vehicle on the road had the same bulb. Here is some information on headlights, from Holmes Auto Repair in Fort Walton Beach, FL.

Do I really need new oxygen sensors?

Oxygen Sensor

At Holmes Auto Repair in Fort Walton Beach, FL, our goal is to keep your car, truck, or SUV reliable and in great shape. To us, it’s important that we’re paying attention to both your needs and the needs of your vehicle. When it comes to oxygen sensors, sometimes it seems a bit nebulous on what they actually do and why they’re important; we’re here to clear things up for you.

ECU problems and reprogramming

diagnostics

If you drive a performance or luxury vehicle made by manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes, Subaru, Land Rover, Porsche, etc., you’re probably no stranger to state of the art electronics, sensors, and control systems. At Holmes Auto Repair, our technicians have the right knowledge, ability, and equipment necessary to keep your car or SUV in top-notch condition.

Engine Gone Bad? Here Are Some Options

Under the hood

You’ve decided to replace your engine - but what do you replace it with? There are a few different options out there, and Holmes Auto Repair in Fort Walton Beach, FL has the info you need.

Get a Grip on Tire Conditions

Tread of Tire

What condition are your tires in? At Holmes Auto Repair in Fort Walton Beach, FL, we want to make sure you can tell. A simple visual inspection is all you need - it’s easy if you know what to look for.

How Do I Fix My Manual Transmission Problem?

mechanic working on car

Manual transmissions are generally more reliable than automatic transmissions. They don’t have as many parts, aren’t as complex, and can take a lot more abuse. However, if an issue is allowed to persist, more and more damage to surrounding components on your manual transmission will occur. Holmes Auto Repair in Fort Walton Beach, FL can help you take care of your car as soon as you notice a problem.

Is it the Fuel Pump? Determining if Your Pump is Bad, and What to do About it

car at fuel pump While fuel pump issues are common, they often get misdiagnosed. What is your fuel pump, how do you know if yours is bad, and what should you do about it? At Holmes Auto Repair in Fort Walton Beach, FL, we are going to make sure that you are an informed driver so you know what to look for and what you should do about it.

Is Your Diesel Engine on it's Way Out?

Smoke coming out of muffler

Diesel engines are known for their durability, but even the best engine has to be replaced every once in a while. At Holmes Auto Repair in Fort Walton Beach, FL, we want you to be aware of signs that your engine is about to call it quits.

Is your vehicle heater blowing cold?

heater in car

The climate control system in your car works hard to keep you at a comfortable temperature. If you’re having heater issues, trust the performance car specialists with us at Holmes Auto Repair in [BUSINESS_LCOATION] to get you comfortably back on the road.

Keep Your Replacement Transmission Running Smoothly

Transmission

Once your transmission has been replaced and you’re shifting smoothly once more, you’ll probably want to keep it running smoothly. Here are some tips from Holmes Auto Repair in Fort Walton Beach, FL to help keep you reliably on the road.

Let's Get to The Basics of Your Transmission

The hydraulic system in your transmission is responsible for telling the mechanical components what to do, and when to do it. In order to better understand how your transmission works, it’s important to understand the mechanical components of it.

Looks Like A Problem? YES!

Lady with car hood up - steam rising

Sometimes it is EASY to see if your car or truck needs to come into our shop for professional repairs! 
1.  You see steam rising from the engine!
2.  The Check Engine Light is on!
3.  The engine starts, but there is an odor that is not right.
4.  You hear grinding or thumping noises.

Make Your Radiator Go The Extra Mile

hand holding radiator in front of car with hood up

Since the first automobiles, there have been radiators. Every liquid-cooled engine on the road has, and has always needed, a radiator; without it, the engine would overheat in no time, causing catastrophic engine failure. While the efficiency of radiators, the materials they’re made out of, and the shape and size of them have changed over time, radiators haven’t actually changed much over the last century or so. At Holmes Auto Repair we know that even though radiators generally last a long time, they do occasionally fail. When your radiator is malfunctioning you can trust our technicians to repair yours and get you back on the road. 

Make your tires go the distance and follow these tips

Tire being balanced in auto shop

Once your new tires are mounted and balanced, you’ll want to keep them in good shape. To get the most out of your tires, inspect them regularly and keep up with maintenance - the difference between a tire that lasts 100k miles, and one that lasts 10k, mostly comes down to how well it’s been taken care of.

New Engine or New Car - Weighing Out Your Options

Engine Maintenance

You’ve determined it’s time to get rid of the engine you have, along with all of its issues. You’re probably considering getting something new altogether, and you’re tired of this one giving you issues. Holmes Auto Repair in Fort Walton Beach, FL is here to help you make the call.

If your car, truck, or SUV has really been put through the wringer, it might be time for a new one. However, before you decide to throw in the towel there are a few things you should consider.

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