Northampton native John Richi practices the same hands-on approach when working with his customers that he has honed since opening Pro Lube Auto Center in 1990. He draws from more than 20 years of experience and intensive training in diagnostics from a number of car companies, including Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, and shares his expertise with a team of certified technicians. Together, they perform tune-ups and oil changes in addition to part replacement and transmission work, all in an effort to keep vehicles safe and in working order. As part of a nationwide network, the shop allows out-of-state work under the business’s 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty should breakdowns occur while driving through the mountains of Pennsylvania or the saloon of an Arizona ghost town.
The ASE-certified technicians at Brake King help buggies of all makes and models prep for winter weather and recover from bumpy rides. During the 60-minute winterization package, mechanics thoroughly inspect vital components including thermostats, gaskets, and batteries and fill radiators with up to 2 gallons of fancy extended-life antifreeze. Experts also work to prevent uneven tread-wear by rotating all four tires and pumping them up with air or morale-boosting hip-checks. The 90-minute pothole-damage service combines an alignment, balance, rotation, and pressure-adjustment to re-sync steering wheels with their respective rollers, correcting the gait of steel steeds weary from roadway rumbles. Techs also prepare SUVs and 4x4s for rugged winter driving by changing differential fluids and refilling four-wheel-drive systems' transfer cases with hockey-player repellant. The 90-minute drivetrain treatment wraps up as specialists check to make sure rides' four-wheel drive function is working and free of leaks.
A family-owned company caring for cars since 1988, V & F and its certified auto maestros administer comprehensive services and repairs to keep horseless buggies ready for the road. In an up to 90-minute process, the staff performs a routine maintenance service. They begin by treating bedraggled motors to up to five quarts of thirst-quenching motor oil and topping off fluids such as antifreeze, windshield fluid, and yellow bile to balance out each car’s sensitive humors. The tire rotation ensures wear is distributed evenly, and brake inspection prepares cars for impromptu taco stops. The meticulous car physical also checks the status of belts, hoses, batteries, and more, ensuring extensive automotive safety.
Agawam Tire & Auto soothes serpentine belts, fixes fan blades, and champions car health. During each half-hour oil change, an ATA Performance Automotive–certified mechanic drains a car’s sullied fluid before tenderly replacing it with up to five fresh quarts. Autos emerge with a new filter in place to keep oil clean and block out other motorists' dirty words. After replenishing the car’s blood supply and nursing its filtration system, the auto doctors will lube the chassis and check the front and rear suspension. Agawam Tire & Auto's extant services range from alignments and suspension repair to full engine rebuilding.