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How Often Should I change my oil High Mileage?

How Often Should I change my oil High Mileage?

As a technician it makes us confused why manufactures are starting to recommend more and more mileage in between oil changes.  A lot of things can happen in 10,000 miles.    Oil changes are inexpensive compared to replacing an engine.  In these pictures you can see what happens when regular maintenance is not being done.  The Engine oil pickup is completely plugged with oil sludge.  Lack of service is the main cause.  A plugged oil pickup can severely cause a lack of oil flow to the engine, resulting in severe engine damage.                                                           Give us a call today to find out what we recommend for your vehicle.  There is a mileage difference between regular and synthetic oil changes.  It doesn't matter whether you drive a Honda or a Volks ... read more

No BS OBS Truck Show N Swap

No BS OBS Truck Show N Swap

Crabtree Automotive is proud to help sponsor this great event! This is the biggest OBS Ford specific event in the country! The event kicks-off this year on Friday afternoon at an awesome new location just outside Salem at the Powerland Heritage Park! The new venue offers tons of grass and shade parking as wells as 14 unique on-site heritage museums with something for everyone (vintage and antique cars/trucks and heavy equipment). More details about the venue can be found here: https://www.antiquepowerland.com/   Get More Details Here:  https://obssolutions.net/products/2022-no-bs-obs-truck-show-n-swap?variant=4179

When Should I replace My Cabin Air Filter?

When Should I replace My Cabin Air Filter?

You would be surprised how quickly your cabin air filter can get filled with dirt and debris!    Smoke from fires, dirt from Farmers tilling up their ground, trees, etc.  This is why we check it at every oil change.   The cabin air filter is responsible for filtering out pollutants from the air into the cabin.  If your cabin air filter is dirty it will be unable to do its job allowing pollen and other allergens into your vehicle.   By keeping a clean filter it will allow proper airflow through your ventilation system keeping your components from being overworked and having the possibility of burning your motor and causing your air conditioning to stop working.   A sign your filter might need to be changed is if your vents aren't blowing as strong as they used to.   At Crabtree Automotive we work on all makes and models of vehicles, even European.  From Honda's to Audi's.  Just give us a call ... read more

When does my Vehicle need a Tune-up?

When does my Vehicle need a Tune-up?

It depends on your vehicle, if it is gas or diesel, and driving conditions.  We suggest a service to check the tune up components for wear and tear which is done on every oil change that comes through our shop.  You can look in your owner’s manual for a general idea but we would suggest going with what your trusted shop recommends as they know your car and your driving conditions the best.       https://www.crabtreeautorepair.com/appointments

Why Should I Flush my Transmission Fluid?

Why Should I Flush my Transmission Fluid?

Just like your engine oil, transmission fluid breaks down and has a service life depending on the vehicle and what its job duties are. Service intervals can be found in your owner's manual but we have found these intervals to not be adequate with today’s driving conditions.  We suggest every 30,000 miles on vehicles and if extreme towing is all the vehicle does it is always good to shoot for 15,000 to 20,000 miles.  Maintaining and servicing your vehicle will prolong its life immensely so you don’t have the costly expense of replacing a transmission at the most inopportune time.  Knowing when maintenance is due is also a great way to budget your finances.       https://www.crabtreeautorepair.com/appointments

How do you get a Pre-Purchase Inspection before buying a used car?

How do you get a Pre-Purchase Inspection before buying a used car?

Whether purchasing from a dealership or a private party you will ask if the vehicle can be taken to a certified automotive facility.  (ASE trained technicians, a NAPA auto care center or a Tech Net Shop).   Most dealerships and private parties are fine with this.  If they don’t want to oblige then this might have red flags and you should probably pass over this vehicle.  Here at Crabtree Automotive we do a 36-point inspection for any minor or major issues.  This gives you an idea if you need to negotiate the price and to know what the vehicle’s future operating costs are.       https://www.crabtreeautorepair.com/appointments

How Long Does a Pre-Purchase Inspection Take?

How Long Does a Pre-Purchase Inspection Take?

    These thorough inspections take anywhere from 1-2 hours. This is because we test drive for any driving concerns. Also making sure the AC is blowing cold and the power windows and locks are working as they should. Also checking for any leaks and corrosion and make sure it wasn't in any wreck. We scan the computer to make sure there are no stored codes. Then we go in-debth and check fluids, steering and suspension, braking system, and engine cooling system. All of this comes to you via text message or email. You can take the time to look at all the photos and videos showing the issues our technicians ran across.   https://www.crabtreeautorepair.com/appointments

What Does Courtesy Check Mean?

What Does Courtesy Check Mean?

This is a free 38 point inspection on key components on your vehicle.  Inspecting things like wipers and fluids, lights, battery and cables, brakes, fluids, etc.    This is also called a Multipoint Inspection, Courtesy Inspection, or Digital Courtesy Inspection.  This helps you know the health of your vehicle so you can budget for things that will soon need replacing.  No surprises. Every shop is different and their inspections may be different.  That is okay.  The goal is to help you understand your vehicle and the timing of when things will need to be replaced.     https://www.crabtreeautorepair.com/appointments

Free Shuttle Service in Albany Oregon

Free Shuttle Service in Albany Oregon

Free Shuttle Service in Albany, OR    Our amazing team members will provide you with a free shuttle ride to and from our facility anywhere in the Albany area. So let’s get you back to work or home.  In addition, we offer free pickup and delivery of your vehicle anywhere in the Albany area for our amazing customers.     https://www.crabtreeautorepair.com/appointments

Is it Necessary To Service Your AC Every Year?

Is it Necessary To Service Your AC Every Year?

This is the million dollar question.  Do you like to repair your vehicle once it's broken or do you like your car running perfectly all the time. If you like it running perfectly all the time then the answer would be YES, it is necessary.  Maintenance keeps you happy!  No surprises, no breakdowns.  We suggest always doing your maintenance.  Think of it this way…you can plan ahead to pay for maintenance.  No surprises.  Repairs are always a surprise and you may not have the funds available at the time you now HAVE to replace it.  That is not fun.    https://www.crabtreeautorepair.com/appointments  

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