Since 1996, Shell Rapid Lube and AutoSpa's team of technicians have been giving vehicles expedited oil changes at their ever-expanding network of service shops. This extensive experience has translated to a quick turnaround time for the team's oil changes, which, in a span of about 20 minutes, fill cars with fresh lube, exchange their filters, double-check 18 of their vital points, and quiz their knowledge of General Motors trivia. The shops' car-wash tunnel runs vehicles through a gauntlet of brushes, soap, and water jets.
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At Youngsville Auto Care, Raleigh native and ASE-certified master mechanic Mike Aliff provides comprehensive care, referencing 33 years of experience with imported and domestic vehicles and several years as a weekend mechanic on NewsRadio 680 WPTF. At A.S.A.P. Tuning, Mike's son Les continues the rich family tradition with EFI tuning, chassis repair, and turbo installation. Both locations enhance engines with emerging technologies and services, from supercharging systems with turbo setups to boosting performance with quality NAPA parts that won't act up or run away to join the stock-car circuit.:m]]
Oil changes and tune-ups performed by staff at CLAS, Inc. have fostered trouble-free driving for more than 20 years, garnering the shop an ASE Blue Seal of Excellence. During the oil change, mechanics drain mischievous fluids, replace them with up to 5 quarts of semi-synthetic oil, and listen to the tires reminisce about their childhood as a rubber tree. The two-hour car-care package continues the pampering as technicians reposition tires for equalized tread wear and stabilize the auto's swagger with a four-wheel alignment. Techs then check the tires and suspension to ensure a ride smoother than Barry White’s meticulously maintained driveway.
Though customers at Mr. Phills Auto Spa can’t walk in and receive a facial or a mani-pedi, the car-wash-and-detail center does go out of its way to make them feel comfortable as its staffers skillfully hand wash automobiles and detail interiors. Guests sip on complimentary coffee, cocoa, water, or wine, and calm grumbling stomachs with muffins, bagels, and other baked goods, rather than feasting on discarded air fresheners. Free WiFi and a business center equipped with computers, private offices, and a conference room ensure that businesspeople can stay on top of their responsibilities throughout the day. To accommodate guests who are too busy to stay at Mr. Phills during the detailing process, a free shuttle provides transportation to and from home, work, the golf course, or the Batcave.
Nearly three decades have rolled by since Pro Tire Service opened for business. In that time, technology has advanced and cars have gotten smarter—but so have the shop's ASE-certified technicians. The automotive services they offer range from basic maintenance to heavy-duty stuff such as engine overhauls, transmission rebuilds, and journeys into the uncharted territory of on-board computers. Because the DOT now requires all cars to be shod, the technicians fit four-wheelers for tires from BFGoodrich, Michelin, and Uniroyal. And because it's no longer considered humane to turn old batteries into chew toys for teething T-1000s, they recycle them instead. The majority of what Pro Tire Service's people do is backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty, a result of their affiliation with Tech-Net Professional Auto Service.