The factory-trained technicians at Federico Chrysler Dodge Jeep bolster automotive innards with infusions of up to 5 quarts of fresh motor oil. During the 40- to 45-minute oil change, mechanics confiscate dirty oil from the car and gift the engine with fresh lubricant, which protects it from marauding dirt, internal friction, and threats of a strike from the pistons. Techs reposition treads during a tire rotation and equip the car with a new set of wiper blades to combat dive-bombing precipitation.
Since its inception almost 40 years ago, Complete Auto Body and Truck Repair has prioritized customer convenience. To realize this goal, owner Kurt Barks has implemented a 24-hour customer-service phone line, which, as he tells FenderBender magazine, assuages the frustration people feel when they can’t contact personnel after hours. “People don’t want to speak to a computer; they want to talk to somebody who cares,” Kurt says, underscoring his commitment to quick service and antirobot propaganda. He parlays this emphasis into a host of shop amenities, including 24-hour towing service, discounted rental cars, and complimentary drop-off service to locations within 5 miles of the shop. A novel Service, Park & Fly program even ferries customers to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport while an ASE-certified crew rehabs rides and stores them until their owners return from out of town.
As drivers approach the North Lindbergh location, a life-sized elephant greets them and guides the way toward state-of-the-art bays. Here, the team provides routine car care and more extensive repairs, backing all of their bodywork with a lifetime guarantee void only if cars become immortal. Customers who decide to stay on the premises while they wait can luxuriate in the comfort of a spacious lounge.
The trained technicians at Access Automotive foster four-wheel transportation with a garageful of maintenance and repair services. The team helps reinforce vehicular vigor by performing oil changes, alignments, and fuel- and air-induction cleanings. They also diagnose automotive ailments before problems escalate and impact a car's performance, lifespan, or likelihood of costarring in a bikini-calendar photo shoot.
Specializing in brakes, suspension, alignments, air conditioning, and drivability, Midtown Tire & Auto Service unleashes a team of ASE–certified technicians to ensure autos stay safe, straight, and stoppable. Mechanics can clear troubled exhaust systems, strengthen strained axles, or replace batteries drained of their juices. With a full stock of name-brand tires from Bridgestone, Firestone, and Goodyear, mechanics also pair passengers with new sets based upon size, shape, and preferred scratch-and-sniff scent. Midtown Tire & Auto Service cares for cars through dozens of other services, including cooling system maintenance and exhaust-system repair.
Sparks Tire & Auto, a NAPA affiliated full-service auto repair center, has a staff of ASE-certified technicians and has been serving the St. Charles area since 1984. In 2004, Sparks moved to a 10,000-square-foot facility to accommodate the entire population of Lichtenstein and plenty more customer wheelmobiles. Building lasting relationships with people and their rides is the priority of Sparks' staffers, which they maintain by treating other's cars as if they were their own. With today's Goupon, mechanics will drain soiled oil and pour in a fresh batch to optimize engine protection, then they’ll rotate tires, equalizing their wear and prolonging their lives. A visual inspection diagnoses any potential issues such as an Oedipal complex or an inability to commit to one car, and a brake inspection ensures maximal stopping effectiveness.
For six decades, Lou Fusz’s savvy mechanicals have revived ailing autos with fresh fluids, tire care, and safety inspections that keep all components running at the same speed. Technicians rehydrate thirsty engines with a full dose of oil and lube (a $30 value). A new filter inoculates cars against oil-borne contaminants and other vehicular viruses, while windshields wipe their brows in relief with newly installed blades (a $34 value). After a team of trusty wheel-wranglers rotates tires to balance tread wear (a $15 value), a thorough safety check scrutinizes two dozen essential elements for signs of trouble, such as cracked casings or failed emissions tests stuffed into the undercarriage.