Sometimes you just get LUCKY. Sometimes it’s because you are too hard headed or cheap. Then again, maybe it is a combination of good friends and those other things that gives you your LUCK. At any rate, I am feeling very LUCKY and GRATEFUL to have my car fixed. So, this is the saga about getting good Auto Repair service in Little Egg Harbor, NJ. I fully recommend you take you car to PAT’s. That’s all I heard from my friends and co-workers. “Take it to Pat’s!”, whenever I mentioned my car problems.
This goes back over a year ago when my 2002 Ford Explorer would not start in the cold morning air. I had been using another local mechanic for my car care (except oil changes where I got done where ever and whenever I had the time). This Ford Explorer seemed to need something done to at every turn of the calendar. The last time was the wheel bearing that sounded like maybe it needed brakes. Five Hundred dollars and that is not all the wheel bearings, just the ones the mechanic said were the problem. That was just back at the end of April so while it was in the shop, I asked the mechanic, “why does the engine not start sometimes when it’s cold outside?” Without a blink of the eye, I was told that FORD (Fix Or Repair Daily) Explorers are known for this problem and it is the intake manifold gaskets.
Oh, I said. How much would that cost to fix, I asked? That would be about another $500 because FORD made the job so difficult by its design. OK, I will put that on my list of things to save up to get repaired at a later date. I left the shop and began calling some backyard mechanic friends to see if I could get them to do the job for less. I am deeply indebted to my neighbor that fixed so many of my previous automobile problems. But, when I called this time I was told that the job was too big and he couldn’t help me.
So, there I was without help to get it fixed but that was alright because the summer weather was coming on strong. The SUV started up all the time in the warm weather so I put the repair off. But, I did start checking on the internet to see about the “big” repair job and what was involved. I found a link to “Serious Explorations” where I found step by step detailed instructions on how to do the job with pictures and all. It just didn’t seem that hard. I mean, I am no mechanic, but I do know which end of a screwdriver to hold.
As summer ended the problem re-surfaced and my aggravation along with my blood pressure sky rocketed. I checked out the web site and then checked out a Haynes Repair Manual. You know, you need to check a second source before you start taking things apart. So, I began calling to see if I could find a friend to help me with the job do the job. I needed someone with a little more knowledge about working on cars and someone that had the right tools. But, that friend said; “take it to Pat.” Who is this Pat? I wanted to know. I needed to know.
Pats, is Precision Automotive Technician Service on Radio Road in Little Egg Harbor, NJ and I did call him to ask for a quote on replacing my intake gaskets. He asked why I thought I needed the gaskets replaced. And, I told him about the starting problem and how I had been told that FORD has this problem and that’s why I was shopping for a price. After that he wanted me to describe the problem I was having with the SUV. He said that FORD does have that problem but he would want to hear it before he went and gave a price or made the repair.
CLOSED ON SUNDAY
Long story, short. I dropped the SUV off and Pat and his team did a complete diagnosis of the problem I was having with my FORD Explorer starting problems. It was not an intake manifold problem but a fuel problem. And, I went back on the internet to find out if this could be correct. Sure enough, FORD Explorers seem to have quite a few problems starting and otherwise. The recommended repair is very extensive going from fuel pump to the many relays and circuits that tell the car’s computer system how much gas goes to the engine. This is all compounded by the design, which when working correctly is an engineering marvel.
I can’t give you all the details but the fuel pump is inside the gas tank with relays and sensors being hidden located in all sorts of places from the tank to the fuel injectors. With all the gasoline and electrical circuits it is not an easy troubleshooting problem. It is something that will cost you big time at any dealer or shop. Precision Automotive Technician Service did it in record time and did it right. I can’t troubleshoot or repair a car myself but, I do know when it was done right.
Precision Automotive Technician Service (Pat’s) fixed my car and did quickly and compared to what the other shop wanted to charge me for intake gaskets (a twenty dollar part) replacement, they were worth very dollar they charged, or, didn’t charge and could have.
THANKS, PAT. You give great service at a great price.
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