Since 1994, the technicians at Tim Leslie Tire have kept vehicles of all sizes—from industrial tractors to huge trucks and trailers—dressed in high-quality polyurethane tires. The company has since expanded to include another location, Tim Leslie Auto & Truck Service, which tends to patrons' car- and truck-repair needs. They evaluate autos using computerized diagnostic equipment and motor-oil-based Rorschach tests before performing services such as engine replacements, alignments, and electrical repairs.
Lube Stop has been lauded by both local and national press outlets for its Sustainability Program, which decreases the environmental impact of the shop's auto services. Its signature EcoGuard oil change, for example, refreshes engines with re-refined motor oil. Lube Stop also recycles oil and antifreeze, and it plants two new oil-filter trees for every one it chops down.
Besides eight kinds of oil changes, Lube Stop provides multipoint inspections, tire rotations, wiper blade replacement, and other maintenance and repair services. More than 240 employees?who receive continuous training to keep up with eco-friendly practices?helm the company's 37 Cleveland- and Akron-area locations, all of which offer E-Check emissions-testing stations.
During the 4- to 6-hour service, licensed technicians run through a detailed checklist to make sure cars are in good physical condition. More than three dozen items are on the list, including:Among the remaining items are belts, air filters, fuel lines, door locks and hinges, wipers, oxygen-sensor gauges, and lights. To finish things up, the technicians top off all fluids and put the car through a complete road test to see if it knows which speed-limit signs are optional.
The ASE-certified mechanics at Auto Repair Technology, Royal Car Care, and Automotive Specialty Services—with at least one Master technician on-site at all times—work to keep cars in peak physical condition. A few quarts of fresh engine oil ensures pistons continue pumping in lubricated harmony, relieved of the dirty sludge that was threatening to create internal friction and attracting mechanical-engineering students. After garnishing the oil change with a new filter, the mechanics lube up the chassis and rotate the tires to maintain even tread wear, then comb through the car point by point and inspect brakes, airbags, and ejector seats to ensure each part lives up to rigorous safety standards. Loaner cars are available for customers who feel the urge to drive while their vehicles are being serviced.