Automotive Repair

  • Make Your Vehicle Go The Extra Miles with Proper Maintenance

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    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we know the key to making your vehicle last; good maintenance. An overwhelming percentage of the problems we see, especially the really catastrophic ones, are a result of poor maintenance. While properly maintaining a vehicle can seem like a bit of a hassle, it is absolutely worth the payoff. Good maintenance is the only difference between a car that lasts 80,000 miles and a car that lasts 400,000 miles. Preventative maintenance and repair when a problem occurs are your two concerns, and both will keep your car on the road far longer if observed properly.

  • Modern piston design, and what that means for you

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    There’s a good chance you don’t know much about pistons or engine building, which is why you rely on the technicians at South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD when your vehicle has a problem. However, there’s some practical information regarding modern engine design that helps you better care for your vehicle, and keep it going strong. Here are some important aspects of modern piston design, and what it means for you.

  • 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. South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD 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.

  • New Transmission or New Car - Exploring ALL The Options

    Transmission

    So, you’ve determined your transmission is bad. What next? South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD is here to help.

    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? Here are some factors to think about.

  • New Truck or New Engine - Exploring Your Diesel Options

    Diesel Truck

    You have determined your Cummins, Duramax, or Powerstroke engine needs to be replaced. You might be on the fence about whether you should replace the engine in your diesel, or just get a new truck. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we’re here to help.

  • Out With the Old - Engine Replacement Options for Fleet Vehicles

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    Once you’ve determined a vehicle needs to have the engine replaced and is in good enough shape to keep on the team, it’s time to find an engine. South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD is here to help you choose the right one. There are a variety of replacement options when it comes to engines.

  • Out With the Old, In With the New or Used - Transmission Replacement Options

    Transmission

    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, a big part of our job is helping you make decisions that are right for you, and your car, truck or SUV. When it comes to replacing a transmission there are a lot of options out there; we’re here to help you make the right choice.

  • Prevent Your Transmission from Overheating

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    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we know that the key to keeping a transmission reliable and in shape is taking care to prevent an issue in the first place. Here, we’ll explore a condition that has a lot of potentials to cause your transmission harm; overheating.

  • Proper Tire Care Improves Your Vehicle's Performance

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    Keeping your tires properly inflated and regularly checking the tread can save you money and keep you safe! At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD we want to keep you and everyone in your car safe. Let us help you keep your tires maintained at their best.

  • Properly Maintaining Your Battery

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    Your car’s radio and headlights, plus a slew of other important functions, are powered by an electrical current generated by your vehicle’s engine. A vital part of generating electricity is having a place to store it while it’s not being used. This is where your car battery comes into play. The battery of your vehicle holds electrical energy while the car is off in order to help the engine turn over and create a spark to start internal combustion. Without a working battery, your car will not be able to start. If you allow our team here at South Mountain Collision & Auto Center to perform proper maintenance, an average car battery can start your car reliably for roughly four years.

  • Protect the Investment You Have in Your Vehicle

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    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we specialize in performance and luxury vehicles. We also realize what a huge investment these cars and SUVs are, and why it’s so important to take care of them.

  • Pumping Brakes are a Thing of the Past

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    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we see our fair share of warning lights and dashboard notifications. If your ABS light is illuminated, here’s what you need to know.

  • Putting My Manual Transmission Together

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    Once you know what's in your transmission, and what’s connected to it, it’s much easier to understand how it works. Let's take a look at how it all comes together. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we want to make sure you know how your car works so you can keep it in great condition.

  • Quality Engine Work is a Top Priority

    Engine Maintenance

    A quality product is only as good as the quality of the installation. You’re dropping some serious money on an engine replacement, on a car that’s worth even more. South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD is here to make sure you get the quality install you need.

  • Quality Fleet Work Just as Important as Quality Product

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    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we understand the importance of a job well done. You need it done fast, but you also need it done right - cutting corners in the home stretch is obviously a bad idea.

  • Quality Work is as Important as a Quality Product

    transmission repair

    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we pride ourselves on specialty knowledge and ability. Once you’ve settled on a transmission to invest in, it’s important not to cut corners on the homestretch. We’ve got you covered here and you can expect top quality repairs for your top quality product.

  • Quality Work That Will Keep Your Fleet Going

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    If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you own or operate a fleet or commercial truck. If you do, then you probably know the difference between a job done, a job done well, and a job done perfectly. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we strive for the latter.

  • Quality Work, Why It's Important!

    Some of you may have experienced poor quality work done to your vehicle, which may have ended damaging your car worse or left you feeling uneasy. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we understand the importance of high-quality service and repairs which is why we strive to be the best. Here are examples of why it makes a difference, no matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive.

  • Radiator Cooling Fan Won’t Turn Off?

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    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we know how annoying little quirks and issues can be. A common problem vehicles experience is a cooling fan that doesn’t kick on and off when it’s supposed to. While a fan that won’t kick off is far less troubling than a fan that won’t turn on, it’s still a problem that needs to be fixed for a variety of reasons. Here’s why, and what you should do.

  • Remanufactured Engines…Just Asking For Trouble?

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    Has the day finally come to replace your engine? If your engine is tired, worn out, and problematic, we can help at South Mountain Collision & Auto Center. First, let's take a look at remanufactured engines; what they are, what ‘remanufactured’ means and why they’re a great way to give your car a new life.

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