No, Jim Liacos and his crew at Jim’s Auto Service have not
served the Raleigh area that long!That
is the year that Raleigh was chosen as the sight of North Carolina’s new
capital city.Why our fair city?Well, Raleigh enjoyed a central location
within this original 13 state.That
protected it from coastal attacks.
It all became official in 1792.Most of America was still owned by other
countries.Raleigh is the birthplace of
Virginia Dare.You may not be familiar
with her.She was the first child born
of English parents in America.Today, we
are a state comprised of a diverse population with a strong work ethic.
At Jim’s Auto Service we have that same gritty dedication to
work and service.Working on cars has
been and continues to be our sole purpose.We hope that we will be of service to you and your vehicle in the year
to come.Merry Christmas and a very
Happy New Year from your friends at Jim’s Auto Service.
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That number can sound daunting or minor depending on how you look at it. This is about the Volkswagen Jetta. Yes, the Jetta. It has twenty different types of service that are necessary over its first 150,000 miles. Thirteen of those twenty occur within the first 100,000 miles. Here are some of them.
At 7500 miles your Jetta needs a tire rotation, oil change, and general safety inspection. At 15,000 miles it may be time to change the air filter and cabin filter. When you arrive at 30,000 miles you need to be thinking about brake fluid, transmission fluid, and engine coolant. You may also need to replace your Jetta’s spark plugs, air filter, and fuel filter.
The future of your beloved Volkswagen Jetta is in good hands when you trust Raleigh’s Volkswagen repair professionals at Jim’s Auto Service. Of course, Jim and his team repair all makes and models of vehicles, but Volkswagens are one of their specialties. Call them at (919) 824-4566 to make an appointment at 3711 Tarheel Drive in Raleigh.
So, what about a tune up for your older car?Just what is a tune up anyway?A car tune-up is preventive maintenance
performed on a vehicle to ensure it continues to hum along. A tune-up is
typically regularly scheduled…once a year is reality on an older vehicle, and
it offers the chance for you to get all of the preventive maintenance your car
needs at that time.
Typically, when you have a tune-up performed, it will
additionally include the replacement of several important wear-and-tear parts.
Failure to replace these parts can result in decreased performance and other
problems. Just as an example, the air filter will usually need to be replaced
at least once per year.
My trained staff at Jim’s Auto Service know your car inside
and out because we have worked on just about every make and model.It gives us an advantage over the service
department at a Raleigh area dealership.People from the Triangle have been counting on us for years to keep
their vehicles on the road.Jim’s Auto
Service at 3711 Tarheel Drive in Raleigh.
What is ASE? It is short for automotive service excellence. You don’t just open an auto repair shop and claim to be a licensed ASE professional. It usually takes a minimum of two years of hands-on experience to attain this level of confidence. Jim Liacos of Jim’s Auto Service attained ASE certification many, many years ago.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence was formed in 1972. It is an independent non-profit organization that has worked to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals. This is just one more reason why you should consider many factors when choosing a mechanic.
Jim Liacos cut his teeth as a “shade tree mechanic”. That means he worked on every make and model of vehicle when he started. He is not someone from a dealership or factory who has principle knowledge of one type of car, SUV, or truck. When you need maintenance or repair think of Jim’s Auto Service located at 3711 Tarheel Drive in Raleigh. Call (919) 824-4566.
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No, this is not the next Marvel super hero movie.It is the choice that you have when you need
your vehicle maintained.Do you go to
the dealership or to one of the area’s top mechanics?Generally speaking, independent mechanics
love dealerships. Why, because dealers' stiff rates and by-the-book approach
can drive customers straight to a local independent specialist.
Dealerships can add hours of labor to a job that may take
the local shop less time to accomplish.One independent put it this way…”we have not sold out our
imagination”.Dealer vs. mechanic can be
a bit of a dilemma for you.One
benchmark that you can follow is that if your car is no longer under warranty,
trust the local mechanic.
One of Raleigh’s best local auto mechanics is Jim’s Auto
Service.Jim Liacos learned his trade on
all types of vehicles.He truly is one
of our area’s top shade tree mechanics.Weigh the differences between dealership and independent…especially time
and cost.Call Jim or drive in to his
shop located at 3711 Tarheel Drive.You
can always call ahead at (919) 824-4566.
When you trust your vehicle to Jim’s Auto Service for a
tune-up, you are essentially asking our skilled technicians to inspect your
engine, analyze vehicle performance, and make adjustments as needed.The engine tune-up checklist will comprise
both preventative and restorative engine assessment, as well as final
Here are some of the things that we do while under the hood –
1.Check the spark
plugs visually…that tells us a lot.
2.Is the spark igniting
3.Check the fuel
4.Is the fuel pump
5.Adjust the engine
timing if necessary.
There are other steps that we use as well.Suffice to say, here at Jim’s Auto Service we
did not get the reputation as one of Raleigh’s premier shade tree mechanics
without familiarity with all makes and models.Come to the Raleigh area’s top tune-up specialist…Jim’s Auto
Service.We are located at 3711 Tarheel
Drive.For an appointment just call
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Wiper blades should be replaced every six months to a year
or as soon as you notice a difference in driving visibility. When wiper blades
no longer make proper contact with the windshield surface, they can begin to
squeak, chatter, skip, smear or streak reducing driving visibility.Danger Will Robinson, danger!
As the seasons change in the Raleigh area the snow, ice,
rain and sun can cause the rubber compound on the blade to split and crack over
time, creating reduced visibility when you use your wipers in inclement
weather.Responsible auto mechanics say
periodically changing out your old blades for new ones to allow the windshield
wiper to effectively remove debris.
It is just one of a myriad of car maintenance chores that
you count on Jim Liacos to handle swiftly, accurately, and economically.He and his crew at Jim’s Auto Service are
some of the best auto maintenance professionals in the Raleigh area.Call ahead for an appointment at Jim’s
location 3711 Tarheel Drive.That phone
number is (919) 824-4566.
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Here is a great way to stay on track.As the season changes…change the oil in your
vehicle.Surveys and opinions vary on
how often you need to change the oil in your car, but one belief persists.That is, changing the oil in your ride is the
surest, cheapest, and easiest way to keep your car running smoothly for years
Here is a fact of our engines…not changing your oil often
enough will cause it to run less efficiently, and as time goes on, it can cause
the engine components to warp and wear out. The lack of lubrication between
these parts will also contribute to these problems. Eventually, if the oil is
not changed, the entire engine will shut down and have to be replaced.
Let’s see, $2500-$3000 to replace the engine…or have your
oil changed quickly and inexpensively every three months.It seems like easy math.With autumn headed our way, please make an
appointment at Jim’s Auto Service.They
are the Raleigh area’s auto repair professionals located at 3711 Tarheel
Drive.You can call ahead at (919)
Whom you trust to repair your car is an important
decision.Your vehicle is one of your
top investments and priorities.Raleigh,
meet Jim Liacos if you have not already done so.Jim is the chairman of the board and head
mechanic at his own shop, Jim’s Auto Service.He is a fixture in the Raleigh community and well he should be.
We like to refer to Jim as the ultimate shade tree mechanic
because he learned auto repair from the ground up by working on vehicles for
friends and neighbors.He was drafted
into the Army 50 years ago.From there,
he worked at NC College of Veterinary Medicine.That’s a circuitous route indeed on the way to becoming one of this
area’s top auto mechanics!
Jim runs Jim’s Auto Service located at 3711 Tarheel
Drive.Whatever the make…whatever the
model, if it runs on four-wheels Jim will fix it or has a mechanic on duty who
will do it right the first time…guaranteed.Get to know Jim and his team by stopping in at the shop or calling ahead
for an appointment at (919) 824-4566.
It makes sense.If
your vehicle is properly tuned before you hit the road your car is likely to
hold up better.So, whether you are
still planning a late summer trip, or you are preparing for the changing
seasons this may be a perfect time for a tune up.We are mostly all guilty of waiting too long
between a vehicle’s maintenance intervals.
Here are some signs that your car needs a tune up –
1. Your engine is
riding rough when it idles.
2.What happened to
my MPG…especially with these gas prices!
3.The appearance of
the dreaded check engine light.
4.Your vehicle does
not accelerate the way it did.
Why would you wait until a major disaster strikes and your
car needs much more than a tune up?If
you live in the Raleigh area you can trust Jim Liacos and his staff to tune up
your ride and keep you on the road this summer and well beyond.Just call ahead for an appointment at 3711
Tarheel Drive.That’s (919) 824-4566.
That is definitely a confusing statement.Your vehicle’s suspension system is largely
ignored until a problem rears its ugly head.Tons of metal bear down on your car year after year.At some point the shocks will simply wear
out.If your suspension system is on the
fritz it will make your vehicle hard to control.
What are the warning signs of a faulty suspension system?
1.Your ride is
rougher than those horse soldiers of the late 19th century.
2.When you turn your
steering wheel, there is a pulling sensation.
3.Put on the
brakes.Does your car steer in one
direction or the other?
4.The shocks have
simply warn out.
What do you do next?If you live in the Raleigh NC area you trust the ultimate “shade tree”
mechanic.He is Jim Liacos of Jim’s Auto
Service in Raleigh.He and his shop have
been around for decades, but Jim and his staff continue to learn and grow as
vehicles change.Call for an appointment
at (919) 824-4566 or drive to the shop at 3711 Tarheel Drive.
So many times, we do business with a company and we really
don’t know who owns and manages it.You
might think that Jim’s Auto Service in Raleigh just has somebody’s name on the
building, but the original Jim is long gone.That is NOT the case in this particular instance!
Jim, in this case, is Jim Liacos.We know him around here as “the ultimate
shade tree mechanic”, because he cut his teeth repairing all types of vehicles
more than a half-century ago.His story
is chronicled on his website and it is worth a read.You will find that Jim has been involved in a
number of different things over the decades.
We are lucky that he ultimately decided to open Jim’s Auto
Service located at 3711 Tarheel Drive in Raleigh many years ago.Jim and his crew have pursued excellence in
automotive repair and customer service.Whenever you have a need for preventative maintenance or repair of a
major mechanical problem trust Jim.Call
for an appointment at (919) 824-4566.
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It sounds out of sequence, doesn’t it? This time it applies to what keeps your car rolling down the road this summer and beyond…your tires. Safety starts at the bottom. Tires are often ignored because today’s technology has made them more reliable and long-lasting as they have ever been in automotive history.
You know when your vehicle’s oil should be changed and when (according to the owner’s manual) other fluids need to be changed. Under normal circumstances your biggest concern should be your tires. Here is a tip. Change your tires every four years regardless of how much tread is left. A blowout at the wrong time could be a disaster!
For all of your vehicle’s maintenance needs (including your tires) trust Raleigh’s ultimate “shade tree mechanic”. He is Jim Liacos and the team from Jim’s Auto Service located at 3711 Tarheel Drive in Raleigh. Jim has been working on every type of vehicle for more than four decades. Make an appointment today and have your tires checked by calling (919) 824-4566.
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Not this light…the check engine light.In a the most radical scenario look for a
serious problem that requires immediate attention.Check your gauges and lights on your dashboard
for indications of low oil pressure or overheating. These conditions mean you
should pull over and shut off the vehicle ASAP!
Here are some reasons why your check engine light may have
come on –
1.It is time to
replace your oxygen sensor.
2.You have a loose
gas cap…that would be nice if that’s all it is.
3.You need to replace
your catalytic converter.
4.A cranky mass
5.Spark plugs have
seen better days.
Whatever the case, you should seek the help of Jim’s Auto
Service.Jim and his staff have been the
Raleigh area’s car repair and check engine light professionals since BEFORE
there even was a light on your dashboard.Make an appointment to have that check engine light diagnosed at 3711
Tarheel Drive by calling (919) 824-4566.
Obviously, you didn’t buy your Volkswagen from us, but we
would like to help you keep it in tip-top condition.We are perfectly comfortable with dealer
service departments because their high repair rates and by-the-book approach
can drive customers straight to a local independent specialist like us!
On certain jobs a dealer may take six to eight hours to do a
job we can do in a fraction of the time for a fraction of the price.Here is a rule of thumb…once your VW hits
50,000 miles go to the independent shop over the dealer.Not only is it probably cheaper, but you
avoid the hassle of being pitched buying a new car.Don’t you hate that?
Here at Jim’s Auto Service we pride ourselves in auto and
light truck repair of all types.We are
particularly adept at repairing “The People’s Car”…good old reliable
Volkswagens.Give us a chance to repair
your baby.When your VW needs
maintenance come into our shop at 3711 Tarheel Drive in Raleigh.Give us a call ahead of time at (919)
There is little worse than sticker shock.Maybe it is the price of a new car, or
something as innocuous as the price of eggs at your local grocery store.In this day and age, with instant
communication sticker shock should be a thing of the past.Every once in a while, it rears its ugly head!
You should not experience this feeling when you have your
vehicle serviced.Yet, it happens all
the time in our country.It is real, and
it will continue as long as you allow it to.Why not get a fair and honest estimate of all your car’s repair needs
before you bring it into the shop and find out what it all will cost after it’s
At Jim’s Auto Service, Jim Liacos wants you to know the cost
of the repairs needed BEFORE you make a trip to 3711 Tarheel Drive.That is why they put an entire page on their
website at www.jimsautoservices.com so you can fill out a form under the
heading estimates.Then, give them a
call for an appointment at (919) 824-4566.
There are large corporations that do decent work in many fields. Let’s face it, the big retail giants have caused the mom and pop hardware stores to go the way of the dinosaur. It is just progress, they say. There is a greater selection of goods because of buying power which also results in lower prices.
How does that pertain to auto service? After all, there is only one way to properly service your vehicle…the right way, the first time! A large chain repair operation where the personnel come through there like a revolving door may not be the best choice to have “your baby” serviced and back on the road.
Enter the “ultimate shade tree mechanic”. Jim Liacos and his loyal staff have been serving the Raleigh area with personal, quality, guaranteed auto service for decades. Why trust the chain to do the work? Count on the caring professionals every time at Jim’s Auto Service located at 3711 Tarheel Drive. Call ahead at (919) 824-4566.
How many times have we entered into something without knowing the true final cost? It happens to all of us at one time or another in a variety of ways. There is little in this life more jolting than “sticker shock” when you see the final bill! Near the top of that list may be the function of vehicle repair.
On occasion we wait to long to fix a problem because we are worried about the final cost. When we do that, it is possible that a minor issue will become a major one! So, how do we avoid that when we hear our car making noises, or the check engine light is on, or we notice something else that we can’t explain or repair on our own?
The answer in the Raleigh area is Jim’s Auto Service. It is right there on their website jimsautoservices.com. On the estimates tab you can fill out and send in your vehicle’s issues and send it to Jim who will give you as complete an assessment as possible. Then, if you wish, just bring it in to 3711 Tarheel Drive or call ahead at (919) 824-4566.
This is the time of year to have your engine tuned to
prepare for Raleigh’s hot, humid summer weather.Since your vehicle should be tuned up once a
year, why not make it an annual habit to have it done every spring?IF a timing belt snaps, your engine will
likely be ruined in a matter of seconds.You don’t get a second chance!
What are some reasons to get a tune up?
1.Here’s a good
one…you won’t be stranded on the side of the road.
2.Avoid an accident
traveling at higher speeds.
3.Extend the life of
4.It could save you
a LOT of money in the long-run.
You can pay me now or pay me later as the old saying
goes.I am Jim Liacos.I have been tuning up engines in the Raleigh
area for decades and I have a great staff who will get you in and out of here
in a timely fashion.Stop by the shop
located at 3711 Tarheel Drive or call ahead for an appointment at (919)
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It’s a sight that makes our stomach turn…a modern work of technology that helps us know when our vehicle might need a particular service. What, exactly does it need? A flashing check engine light is typically indicative of a serious problem affecting your vehicle's ignition, fuel or emission systems.
Here are some reasons why that nasty light might have come on-
1. The catalytic converter needs attention.
2. The mass airflow sensor could need to be replaced.
3. Spark plugs and wire plugs may be loose.
4. The oxygen sensor is on the fritz.
5. The best one…just a loose gas cap!
Go to the light. Point your vehicle toward Jim’s Auto Service one of Raleigh’s premier auto service shops. Jim Liacos is the ultimate shade tree mechanic who has worked on every type of vehicle LONG before there were “trouble lights”. Jim and his crew will check things out at 3711 Tarheel Drive. Call for an appointment at (919) 824-4566.
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