Automotive Repair

  • It’s time to replace an engine...should you just replace the vehicle?

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    With all fleets and commercial vehicles, there comes a time you have to decide - do we fix this vehicle, or replace it? At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we’re here to help you figure that out.

  • JASPER Expands their Chrysler Transmission Product Line

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    Here at South Mountain Collision & Auto Center , we are always striving to provide Middletown, MD drivers with the highest quality products. That’s why we proudly work with Jasper Engines and Transmissions. JASPER is a leader in the nation for remanufacturing engines and drivetrain products at a price point that is affordable. Their latest offering is no exception. JASPER recently announced that they have expanded their remanufactured Chrysler 68RFE transmission product line. This remanufactured transmission is available for both 2WD and 4WD 2019 RAM 2500-3500 diesel applications.

  • JASPER Has New Cylinder Head Offerings

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    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center we offer only the best products to our Middletown drivers, that’s why we’re excited to announce the newest offering from Jasper Engines & Transmissions. JASPER is the nation’s leader in remanufactured engines and drivetrain products and now they are offering Ford/International 7.3L/444TE Diesel Cylinder Heads.

  • JASPER Now Offers Turbocharger for Nissan Juke 1.6L Engine

    Turbocharger for Nissan Juke 1.6L Engine

    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, we are proud to partner with Jasper Engines and Transmissions as we are always looking for ways to provide our drivers with only the highest quality of service and products. JASPER recently announced the availability of a turbocharger for the 2011-2017 Nissan Juke that is equipped with a 1.6L engine.

  • Keep Your Fleet Going for Miles to Come

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    Does your fleet have vehicles equipped with four-wheel or all-wheel drive? More and more, companies are moving towards vehicles equipped with one or the other - they’re safer and more useful, particularly in inclement weather or less than ideal conditions. If your fleet is powered by all four wheels, South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD has you covered.

  • Keep Your Replacement Transmission Running Smoothly

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    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 South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD to help keep you reliably on the road.

  • Keeping Track of Maintenance - Why It’s So Important

    mechanic working on car Keeping track of maintenance done on your fleet vehicles and commercial trucks is one of the most important aspects of fleet management. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we track maintenance and repairs for a number of reasons. Here’s why:
  • Keeping Your 4x4 System in Top Shape will Keep You on the Road

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    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we aim to keep your four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive car, truck, or SUV ready for anything. 4X4 systems are pretty low maintenance, but equally as important to maintain as your engine or transmission. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center our technicians have the tools and knowledge to help keep yours going strong.

  • Keeping Your Differentials in Good Shape

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    If you own a rear-wheel-drive car, truck, or SUV then your vehicle is equipped with a differential. Like any other component on your car, maintaining your differential is an important aspect of keeping your vehicle reliably on the road. From South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, here’s what you need to know.

  • Keeping Your Emissions System in Check

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    Your emissions system is more important than you might realize. Even if emissions testing isn’t required in your area, there are multiple reasons to keep your emissions system in good working order. Here’s why, from South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD.

  • Know Your Transmission's Warning Signs

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    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we’ve seen a lot of worn out and tired transmissions. How do you know if it’s time to replace yours?

  • 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.

  • Looking to Improve Your Fuel Efficiency?

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    You don’t have to buy a new, fuel-efficient car to get great fuel efficiency. No one wants to trade a fuel bill for a car payment, so take a look at our top 5 ways to save on fuel and you may just be able to pocket a little extra money at the end of the month.

  • Looks Like A Problem? YES!

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    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.

  • Maintaining the Cooling System in Your Vehicle

    Your vehicle's cooling system is one of the most important systems in your vehicle. Inside your engine, spark plugs ignite the fuel within the cylinders to produce small explosions that propel your vehicle down the road. With small explosions comes scorching temperatures that can destroy your engine if not controlled. There are two types of cooling systems - liquid-cooled and air-cooled. 

  • Maintaining the Suspension on Your Luxury Vehicle

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    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, we specialize in detailed knowledge of complicated, performance systems. One such system, which is becoming ever more precise and complex, is the suspension on your car. Luxury and performance vehicles are innovators and leaders in the suspension field; and as such, it takes leading technicians to service them.

  • Maintaining Tires on Your Diesel Truck

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    Once you’ve got your new tires installed on your diesel truck, you’ll want to keep them in good shape. Tires aren’t difficult to maintain, and maintaining them correctly will dramatically increase their longevity. Inspection and maintenance are the two key components to making sure they last.

  • Maintaining Your Coolant System Year Round

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    Regardless of the weather, it's important to maintain your coolant system. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, we offer the full range of coolant system services, from coolant testing to system flushing. Here’s what you need to know about servicing your cooling system.

  • Make that transmission last, it's simple!

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    Nothing works if your transmission doesn't work!  Simply put you are going nowhere without it and it is the one thing that both car and truck drivers alike never think twice about until it really acts up or they have no power or simply don't move forward.  Most of us have a newer car or truck with an automatic transmission in it vs. a standard transmission so do not notice that it is slipping gears until the problem is really serious so the question is how do you get the most out of your transmission?  The obvious answer is to take care of your transmission with scheduled service per your owner's manual recommendation but we have put together a simple checklist for our Middletown drivers to help them become "transmission aware" as it were.

  • Make your tires go the distance and follow these tips

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    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.

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