At Your Local Mechanic, we’re your one-stop destination for all your automotive needs. Our skilled technicians are equipped to handle a wide range of services to keep your vehicle running smoothly and safely on the road.

Services Include:

Routine Maintenance: Stay on top of your vehicle’s health with regular maintenance services such as oil changes, fluid checks, and tire rotations.

Diagnostic Services: Our advanced diagnostic tools help us identify and address issues with your vehicle’s engine, transmission, brakes, and more.

Engine Repairs: From minor tune-ups to major overhauls, we’re here to ensure your engine performs at its best.

Brake Services: Don’t compromise on safety. Let us inspect, repair, or replace your brakes to ensure optimal stopping power.

Transmission Repairs: Whether it’s a minor adjustment or a complete transmission rebuild, we’ll get your gears shifting smoothly again.

Electrical System Diagnostics: Trust our experts to diagnose and fix electrical issues, including wiring problems, battery replacements, and more.

Suspension and Steering: Keep your ride smooth and stable with our suspension and steering repairs and alignments.

Exhaust System Repairs: From down-pipe replacements to exhaust leak repairs, we’ll keep your vehicle running quietly and efficiently.

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Mechanic holding a spanner over an engine


Never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot, as the hot coolant will be under pressure. Also, be aware that an electric cooling fan can come on at any time.

A belt or hose failure can cause an overheated engine, loss of power steering, and loss of the electrical charging system. If a hose leaks coolant or the belt turning the water pump snaps, the cooling system is inoperable. If the engine overheats, it can suffer serious internal damage that requires expensive repairs and can ruin a summer holiday.

Overheating can occur anytime, but usually happens in the summer. Engine temperatures are much higher, and heat can trigger or accelerate deterioration of rubber compounds.


We will check the white coolant-recovery tank often to ensure proper fluid level.

We will also inspect for cracks, nicks, bulges, or a collapsed section in the hose and oil contamination, or fraying near the connection points.

Our inspection will check for parallel cracks around bends (caused by ozone), a hardened glassy surface (heat damage), or abrasive damage (hose is rubbing).

During a service we will flush and replace the coolant according to the manufacturers specification.


  • When should a timing belt be replaced?

    Chances of a V-belt failure rise dramatically after four years or 36,000 miles, while the critical point for a timing belt is 50,000 miles

  • What parts should be replaced?

    Any belt should be changed when it shows signs of excessive wear. But many new composite belts don’t show signs of wear until the failure occurs.

  • Tips for inspecting belts

    Look for cracks, fraying, or splits on the top cover. Look for signs of glazing on the belt’s sides. Glazed or slick belts can slip, overheat or crack.
    Twist a belt to look for separating layers, cracks, or missing chunks of the grooves on the underside.