Who’s Under the Hood
“We used to call them backyard mechanics,” he said. “And if they were good, they could fix pretty much anything.” Tales of mechanically inclined folks who would “pull wrenches” in a backyard garage or shop are quickly becoming a part of our folklore – a story your grandfather might tell you. The days of carburetors, generators and even car keys have slowly faded into the past, replaced by intricate and complicated onboard computer systems. Unlike most classic vehicles, modern vehicles require a modern approach to diagnosis and repair. So, the question of who’s under your hood has become more critical than ever!
Here’s the issue: automotive manufacturers yearly introduce new and innovative changes to the model lines. Technology is constantly evolving, so the challenge becomes staying up to date with all the changes. As technology advances, so does the need for new information and better tools. It’s easy to get left behind. There’s no finish line to cross. So, the need for ongoing training and equipment upgrades becomes paramount.
Let’s take a moment to reflect on a few vehicle components that have become obsolete over the past few decades. Some standard components that have gone the way of the backyard mechanic are carburetors, generators, control knobs and car keys.
Fuel-injection systems replaced carburetors in the mid-eighties – delivering better, more dependable performance and improved fuel economy.
Vehicles today use alternators instead of generators which deliver more efficient and consistent power resulting in better performance and longer battery life – even at low speeds or when idling.
Say goodbye to cut metal keys. Today, vehicles use electronic fobs – frequently used in combination with push-button ignitions. Some cars will even lock or unlock with a single touch of your hand on the door handle.
Forget levers, wires, and knobs. Today, digital displays or buttons control everything from radios to heating and cooling systems. Electronic components have replaced the mechanical function, making service more technically involved than previously.
Engines, too, have evolved considerably over the past number of decades. As a result, even something as (apparently) simple as a tune-up now requires specialized tools and a skillset.
Even today, we should never assume that every shop – large or small – has the equipment and the know-how to diagnose an issue and repair your modern vehicle correctly. Fortunately for us, there’s Gearhead Automotive Services. All work is performed by Red Seal Journeyman Technicians using the latest high-tech diagnostic equipment. This team wants to get to know your vehicle, but they also want to get to know you. It’s about building long-term relationships by offering exceptional vehicle maintenance and repair. So, when you take your vehicle to Gearhead Automotive Services, you’ll know there’s a pro under the hood.
We’re Gearhead Automotive Services – your one-stop Red Deer Mechanic. Find us at 7597 Edgar Industrial Drive. Call us at 403-358-5801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org