Posted December 31, 1969 7:00 PM
Dirk worked on my classic BMW series 6 some years back. The most confident mechanic there is. Him & his wife are honest people.
My family has been going to Pete B forever. I wouldn't trust going anywhere else. He is honest and fast. Everyone there is friendly. I don't know what else you could ask for. Highly recommend!
I've had my car serviced twice and they have been wonderful. It is difficult to find an auto repair place you can trust. It helps that the owner and his wife work there so you know they care about your being happy. They know their stuff and they are honest so if you're looking for a great place to take your car, this is the best experience I've had in 7 years of living on Long Island!
For the past 28 years they are the best repair shop that I've ever used. Thank you Dirk!
Dirk is the man for your air cooled needs. Been going there for years.
Dirk and his crew are great. I took my wife's Mercedes here because of a noise I suspected of being a wheel bearing. The car had already been to two MB Dealers, both said they couldn't find anything wrong and the noise was attributed to the tires. Even when I asked them to check the bearing, they said it was fine. Dirk's guys not only agreed with the wheel bearing issue, but found because the issue was left to go so long, the hub was damaged as well. Now the car is back to riding and sounding the way it should. From now on, the car goes to Pete B for everything.
- According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect.
- The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of coolant should be checked. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.)
- Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled. The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps and hoses should be checked by a pro.
- Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual, or more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage or tow a trailer.
- Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended, or more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drivability problems (hard stops, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.
- A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
- Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; let the tires cool down first. Don't forget your spare and be sure your jack is in good condition.
- Check your owner's manual to find out what fuel octane rating your car's engine needs then buy it.
- Keep your tires inflated to the proper levels. Under-inflated tires make it harder for your car to move down the road, which means your engine uses more fuel to maintain speed.
- Lighten the load. Heavier vehicles use more fuel, so clean out unnecessary weight in the passenger compartment or trunk before you hit the road.
- Use the A/C sparingly. The air conditioner puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used.
- Keep your windows closed. Wide-open windows, especially at highway speeds, increase aerodynamic drag and the result is up to a 10% decrease in fuel economy.
- Avoid long idling. If you anticipate being stopped for more than one minute, shut off the car. Contrary to popular belief, restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle.
- Stay within posted speed limits. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. For example, driving at 65 miles per hour (mph) rather than 55 mph, increases fuel consumption by 20 percent.
- Use cruise control. Using cruise control on highway trips can help you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, reduce your fuel consumption.
- Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent.
- Inspect the engine's belts regularly. Look for cracks or missing sections or segments. Worn belts will affect the engine performance.
- Have the fuel filter changed every 10,000 miles to prevent rust, dirt and other impurities from entering the fuel system.
- Change the transmission fluid and filter every 15,000 to 18,000 miles. This will protect the precision-crafted components of the transmission/transaxle.
- Inspect the suspension system regularly. This will extend the life of the vehicle's tires.