Monthly Archives: May 2014

Getting my Drivers license

Getting my Drivers license

I wanted to share this speech I gave a while back about getting my drivers license Let me start by asking how many of you have a drivers license? I applied for and took my driver’s test just last year at the tender age of 39. After so many years getting my license was a scary proposition, I wasn’t sure I wanted to actually go through with it. I have worked on cars and engines since I was 8 years old. Why was this such a big deal. In February of last year I was ready to take my driving test, My drivers application was filled out, check Had a car to drive for the test, check I got my physical, check Booked my hotel room, check Assembled a team to help me for the weekend, check After a weekend of testing I finally got my license, I now have a license to drive 200 MPH. (pause) in 7 seconds. I now possessed a license that few people ever have a change to get. My license allowed me to drive open wheel dragsters ... read more

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Brakes

Brakes

Does a Brake noise mean it’s time for brakes? The short answer is maybe. The long answer is it needs to be checked to make sure. Our business is in Bellflower, CA and we do brake repair and inspections daily. In our facility as a courtesy we do a free brake inspection to let you know if it’s time for brake repair or replacement or it’s just a noise that the brake pad is making when the brakes are applied. Often the noise that is head is just the vibration between the brake pad and the rotor. Brake pads and how the rotors were surfaced on your prior brake job can affect how much noise the brakes make. If the rotor finish is to rough is can cause excessive brake noise. The quality and compound of the brake pads can also have an effect on brake noise and performance. If in doubt have your brakes checked just to make sure you are not putting your family and others at risk. When it comes time for new brakes, a service advisor should be talking with you about h ... read more

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Diesel Repair

Diesel Repair

Finding a shop to do Diesel repairs can be difficult, may repair facilities don’t have the experience to fix them correctly. Diesel vehicles require special tool and equipment to get the job done right,the first time. Does your mechanic know the difference between the oil required for gas engines and diesel engines or do they just use the same oil in everything they service? Using the wrong product in a diesel engine can dramatically shorten the useful life of the engine. Do Diesel engines need maintenance other than oil change? Diesel Engines do need maintenance just like any other mechanical machine. Diesel engines need less maintenance than a gas counterpart, but will still leave you stranded if not taken care of properly. Every vehicle manufacture has a recommend basic maintenance schedule to keep your truck in working order. Take a look at your owner manual, usually in the back you will find the recommended services for your diesel engine. Oil ... read more

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Diesel Repair

Diesel Repair

Air conditioning season is coming up quickly. Is your air condition ready for the summer heat? Here in Bellflower, CA Air Conditioning is not a must but is sure nice on a hot day. For the elderly or people with medical problems it could make all the difference in the world. Is your vehicle ready for the summer heat? In our shop we offer preseason Air condition sale to get your Air condition in top notch shape for the long summer to come. We do this simple because it can be very overwhelming for us if everyone needs Air conditioning service at the same time. We want all our customers to enjoy their car during the summer or winter months and not have it in the shop waiting for repairs. Air condition service can be tricky and not easily done for the do it yourselfer. Making sure the system has the right amount of Freon, oil and system pressures is critical to a proper long lasting repair. Leaks are the number one cause of Air condition failer. Rubbe ... read more

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Oil Change

Oil Change

The Phrase it’s time for an oil change is not something you probably ever want to deal with. An oil change is a necessary evil if you want to keep your car, truck or RV running for a long time. Think of an oil change as an insurance plan for your engine but unlike most insurance a routine oil change actually will extend the life of your engine. How often should you change your oil? Again doing a oil change can make all the difference in life of the engine. As a general rule at our facility we recommend every three months or 3,000 miles for standard organic motor oil. Some engines require synthetic motor oil; recommended interval is every 6 months or 6,000 miles. Can I use systemic motor oil if the engine does not require it? In most cases you can change to a synthetic oil and extend the useful time between oil changes. Ask your service advisor if it recommended for your vehicle. The advantage of going to a synthetic oil is longer time betwe ... read more

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Dealer knowledge , family beliefs in Bellflower

Dealer knowledge , family beliefs in Bellflower

Leo & Son Garage has been a part of Bellflower community since 1949. Leo Henderson started an auto repair business to help the community with quality car and truck repair at a reasonable price. We are a family owned and operated for over 64 years. This means we know how to take care of our customers. Ask around I’m sure someone you know uses our services. Our customers tell me all the time how friendly my staff is, and they can’t believe we have a two year warranty. We love to keep our customers’ vehicles in top-notch shape. We want our customers to have the confidence to take their car to the local grocery store or on a vacation road trip to New York. Something you want to know about your car or car repair, leave me a comment and I will address it as soon as possible. By Donald Henderson

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