Auto Service in Canton, OH
Work By Appointment
We normally work by appointment. You may contact us by phone from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday. After hours you may leave a message on the answering machine. If I’m deeply involved in a job, and alone, I may let the machine answer, so leave a message and I will return your call ASAP.
Early/Late Drop Off
We have an Early/Late drop off box just to the right of the front door. Simply fill out the envelope, write what services you need on it, be sure to provide your telephone phone number, lock your car, place your keys in the envelope and drop it through the mail slot on the front door.
We’re qualified to perform Factory Maintenance Service at recommended intervals such as 30, 60 & 90K. Your Manufacturers Warranty will not be affected! You are permitted by law to take your car anywhere you choose for service. You’ll get a print out of all work performed as recommended by the manufacturer.
Preventive Maintenance Greatly Extends the Life of your Vehicle and should be done in a Timely Manner. We are Qualified to Perform Factory Maintenance Service at recommended intervals such as 30, 60, 90K inspections. Your Manufacturers Warranty will not be affected. You are permitted by law to take your car anywhere you choose for these services. You will be given a print out of all work performed as recommended by the manufacturer for your records. Once your vehicle is out of warranty, we highly recommend the continuation of periodic maintenance. We also test, flush, and change brake fluid, perform power steering fluid flushes, coolant and transmission flushes, engine oil flushes, and many other maintenance procedures.
Learn More About Specific Services
How To Know If Your Brakes Need Service
If you’re having brake problems such as pulling, grabbing low or soft pedal, pedal vibration or noise, a brake job or repair might be required. Vibration felt under braking may also be caused by worn suspension components such as worn bushings, or bad shock absorbers, but in the majority of instances a warped rotor will be the cause of these kinds of issues.
What is a Warped Rotor or a Cracked Disc?
When the brakes are applied to a moving vehicle, heat is produced. When this heat is excessive it can cause a car’s brake rotors to bend or warp. If the brake rotors are warped as little as a few thousandths of an inch, the brake pedal may pulse and the vehicle may shake when the brakes are applied. If the brake rotors are badly warped, the whole vehicle may shake and cause the steering wheel to oscillate or shake from side to side under braking.
If your car has damaged or cracked discs, these cracks are normally caused by too much heat, which itself is usually caused by torque imbalances which transfers a greater share of the braking function to only some of the car’s brakes instead of an even distribution of friction. The brakes which are providing a greater share of the braking action, will always be the ones to show the greater disc wear and will sometimes end up cracking under this added strain.
Cracked discs must always be replaced. If the disc is not replaced the cracks will worsen over time and can eventually progress into the barrel section of the vehicle. After the discs are replaced the braking system should be checked for proper balance before going out on the road again.
Brake Pad Replacement
It is important to note that there are two ways to determine whether or not the brake pads will need to be replaced:
Visually or by looking at them
If you see that the depth of the brake pad is less that 1/4 inch. You need to replace it soon! If you see that its less than 1/8 inch, there isn’t any time to delay as you are getting dangerously close to damaging the rotors. In a situation like this we recommend brake repairs ASAP.
Audibly or by the sound
If you are hearing a screeching sound when you put your foot on the break, this is a bad sign. You are overdue for a reline. But, if it sounds more like scraping on metal, then you have damaged your rotors and you need to fix the brakes immediately, otherwise, you could cause major damage. It is may also be recommended that you get the rotors resurfaced, or changed, depending on the extent of the damage.
Changing your brake pads too soon is much better than changing them too late. That way you will prevent more expensive repairs as well as unsafe driving!
Brake System Service
Come to Brian’s Automotive and let us examine your vehicle and locate the problem using the latest in computerized diagnostic tools. Your brake system is the most important safety feature in your car, truck or SUV. Keeping up with annual inspections and proper maintenance is the best way to ensure a healthy braking system to prevent accidents and avoid expensive repairs later on. We can examine the entire braking system, including pads, shoes, hydraulic fluids, rotor/drum wear, calipers and wheel cylinders, brake hardware, hoses and lines, master cylinder, and the anti-lock system for vehicles so equipped.
If you notice any of the signs of possible brake failure, squealing, grinding, other unusual noise when you apply your brakes, a brake pedal that can be depressed nearly to the floor, or a brake warning light that stays lit, you should have your brake system checked out as soon as possible.
Brake System Services Overview includes:
- A thorough inspection of your vehicle’s entire braking system
- Worn pads and shoes replaced
- Wheel bearings repacked as needed
- Lubrication for specified components
- Rotor and drum resurfacing (may need replacement if wear is excessive)
- Replacement of other components based on findings of inspection
- Old brake fluid replacement
- Adjustment of parking brake
- Road test to ensure the entire braking system is operating properly
Specific Brake Services Offered
- Ceramic brake pads
- Organic pads and shoes
- Semi-metallic pads
- New rotors
- Master Cylinders
- Wheel Cylinders
- Brake light repairs
- Hydraulic repairs
- Brake hoses
- Anti-lock brake systems
- Electronic Diagnostics for ABS
- ABS Brake controllers
- Traction Brake codes
- Computer Brake systems
- Trailer wiring and hitch installations
- Brake system flushing and services
- Hardware Kits
- ABS Wheel speed Sensors
Transmission issues can be serious and are among the most expensive repairs required for your vehicle. This is because your transmission is an intricate system of gears that transfer mechanical power from your engine to your wheels, ultimately controlling the rate of speed you travel. Transmissions convert this power from the engine so that it can provide high torque at low speeds, also aiding in selecting appropriate gears based on varied driving conditions. Automatic transmissions vehicles use a torque converter (between the engine and transmission) to manage the number of gears when driving. Supplying the power to regulate gear action is a challenging task, which is why it’s important for you to contact us whenever you are experiencing any issues.
Here are some of the most important preventative maintenance tasks we service:
- We can drain the transmission and torque converter
- We can refill Automatic Transmission Fluids (ATF) with new fluids
Transmission issues usually come about when regular service or maintenance is deferred or ignored and fluids aren’t changed correctly, or when heat caused from car mileage friction results in rough shifting, accelerated wear or even complete failure.
There are many issues that can be resolved with a simple adjustment while others may require a full transmission overhaul. We have the training and expertise to properly diagnose and fix any transmission problem. We take out the transmission oil pan, replace the fluid, filter and/or clean the screen. We also change the pan gasket and tighten bands when accessible. We will inspect and contact you about any engine issues we may find. If your fluid is dirty, we may recommend you to have your transmission flushed. If there are sediments in the pan, this can be a telltale sign of transmission wear. If we find burnt fluid, clutch material or little bits of metal in the pan it could lead to serious problems. Keeping your transmission serviced could save you thousands in the long run.
Transmission Services offered:
- Computer Diagnosis
- External Diagnosis
- Automatic and Manual Vehicles
- Transmission Fluid Levels and Fluid Flushing
- Transmission Cooler
- Fluid & Filter Replacements
- Clutch Hydraulics
- Gear Replacement
- Pressure Plate
- Drive Shaft Repair
- Axle Repair
Suspension & Steering
Suspension & Steering Systems
The main function of your vehicle’s steering and suspension system is to allow the wheels to move separately of the car or truck, while keeping it “suspended” and stable. Any loosening, movement or uncontrolled motion in these systems can result in a deterioration of handling and accelerated tire wear. The car’s alignment is closely connected and related to the condition of the suspension and steering systems.
Your vehicle’s suspension system is a complex, networked series of cooperating parts that are designed to provide a smooth and stable ride. The suspension system in your vehicle takes a considerable amount of wear and tear from daily driving. After years of abuse on the open road many of the suspension system’s components will eventually wear out or break. Some of the most important parts of the suspension system include:
- Control arms
- Ball joints
- Springs (coil or leaf)
- Shock absorbers
There are many signs of a suspension system failing and so being aware of common warning signals or red flags can save you from having costly repair bills, and help keep you and your passengers out of accidents related to a loss of control. Some of these signs to look out for include your car pulling to one side or the other when driving, harsh bouncing/dipping after going over a bump, wheels wiggling or wandering back and forth, having difficulties steering, wheel slipping, wheel vibrations, audible screaming or screeching sounds when steering at lower speeds, or simply wearing out your tires before they are supposed to be replaced.
Advanced Auto has been in the repair business for over 30 years. Bring in your car or truck and we will thoroughly inspect your vehicle to accurately diagnose each of your issues. Our expert team is equipped to handle any suspension or steering issue. Give us a call to request an appointment 330 453-0432.
Suspension and Steering System Repair Services Offered:
- Ball Joints and CV Joints
- Sway bar bushings
- Air shocks
- Control arms and bushings
- Inner and Outer Tie Rod Ends
- Active Steering Systems
- Center Links
- Traction Control Repairs
Changing your oil every 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers), or as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer based on your driving conditions, is crucial for the sustained life of your vehicle and can help you avoid more costly engine problems later on. If your car uses synthetic oil, it may only need to be changed every 7500 miles. With each oil change, the oil filter may also need to be replaced
A proper oil change and lube service not only replaces your oil and filter with factory-specified and expert-recommended lubricants and filters, but also performs an inspection of your vehicle. Our goal is to find problems early, before they become bigger and more expensive, and most importantly, before they leave you stranded on the side of the road late at night, or on your way to an important appointment.
At Brian’s Automoitive our oil, filter and lube service is not only preventive maintenance for a car’s engine, it helps you feel safer on the road everyday. These services include:
- Replacing the oil and filter
- Lubricating all available grease fittings.
- 30-point inspection by our ASE Certified technicians and mechanics.
- Detailed inspection of your vehicle under the hood and under the chassis.
- Checking all fluid levels.
- Checking the brake pads and adjusting tire pressures
The discount oil change services are ok. They can get the job done and regular, frequent oil changes of any kind are important. However, every third oil change or before a long road trip bring your car to us for a full service oil change that brings you peace of mind by helping to make sure that your car will perform perfectly without any issues or breakdowns. While you’re here, you may want to have these other items checked on your vehicle:
- Power steering fluid
- Engine air filter
- Brake fluid
- Automatic transmission fluid
We’ll also walk you through your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations for replacing these vital fluids and filters. Come see us today or click here to schedule an appointment.
A/C and Heating
Auto A/C and Heating Diagnostics & Repair Services
If the breeze from those open windows just isn’t cooling you down enough, stop by to get an expert opinion on what we can do to repair your auto A/C or heating problems. We offer affordable prices, expert advice and trustworthy services. Give us call to request an appointment, so we can help you get back to driving in comfort again.
Our experience will pinpoint the problem accurately and fix it correctly. A/C repairs can be one of the most costly repairs on your car, so maintaining your air conditioning system is very important and can make the difference between having A/C that lasts for the life of your vehicle or having to pay an expensive A/C restoration bill.
It is a known fact that without regular maintenance an air conditioner loses about 5% of its original efficiency each year. This means that without preventative maintenance, your air conditioning unit may be performing at a high level of inefficiency. Maintaining proper PH of neutral to slightly alkaline prevents destruction of cooling system components and major engine gaskets such as the head gasket.
Your vehicle owner’s manuals usually have no recommended service interval for the automotive air conditioning system. Your A/C system can sometimes have leakage issues and as refrigerant leaks out over time, so does the lubricating oil. This subtle issue not only contributes to a lower level of functionality, it can also damage the A/C unit permanently. Car refrigerant system R134a is a type that is more susceptible to problems and should be serviced annually to avoid potential large repair bills.
Having the proper air conditioning repair and service is crucial for the longevity and performance of your system. An A/C system can have issues if it is undercharged or overcharged. Undercharged air conditioning systems cause harm to the compressor by depriving the compressor of much needed lubrication. Overcharging causes too much pressure resulting in damage to electrical and mechanical components of the A/C system.
There are five major components that make up your vehicle’s A/C & heating system:
- Receiver (Drier)
- Orifice Tube/Expansion Valve
Knowledge of specialized air conditioning repair equipment is necessary to service and repair automobile air conditioning effectively. Electrical knowledge is also a must in A/C diagnosis and repair. Your AC system integrates mechanical, electrical, and gaseous systems; damage to any of these three systems may cause your system to malfunction. We have the proper training, knowledge and experience to service and fix your vehicles air conditioning system.
We have made it our business to understand all aspects of A/C repair, from modern computerized components to environmental disposal concerns. Today’s A/C systems are fairly complex and we stay up to date with all the new improvements that come out on the market each year.
Air Conditioning Services include:
- Cooling systems repair
- Condenser and evaporator installation
- Dash control unit repair
- Vent repair
- Fan clutch repair
- Full hose rebuilding, repair, or replacement
- Automatic climate control repair
- Electric blend door motor repair
- Programmer repair
- Expansion valve orifice tube repair
- Receiver dryer repair
Your vehicle’s climate control system includes warm air as well as cold air. We have the experience and the tools to get the job done right the first time:
- Heating hose repair
- Heating and defroster repair
- Heating control valve repair
Engine Cooling System
Your vehicle’s engine cooling system distributes antifreeze through the radiator and engine. The use of antifreeze prevents corrosion inside the cooling system and preserves your engine’s optimal temperature, regardless of the ambient temperature. Changing the antifreeze regularly can help prevent overheating, freezing and premature cooling-system erosion.
Cooling system maintenance services include changing the coolant (also called a “radiator flush”), making sure there are no leaks, and examining or replacing any worn radiator hoses, belts, and radiator caps as needed. Advanced Auto recommends periodic flushes because coolant keeps the water pump lubricated and stops the cooling system from rusting. Another major purpose of coolant is to raise the boiling point of fluids inside the system to prevent boil overs. An additional benefit of replacing old coolant is that this can help keep unnecessary minerals from collecting and clogging small radiator passages
Proper cooling system maintenance means using the right coolant recommended by the factory combined with distilled water in the correct measurements. All vehicle manufacturers have a designated coolant designed for each specific engine and cooling system. Our technicians have the knowledge and experience to get your coolant refilled in the proper ratio for optimum performance and longevity.
Cooling System Services:
- Radiator flushes
- Replace radiator hoses
- Replace radiator belts
- Replace radiator caps
- Repair water pumps
- Repair temperature sensors
- Repair electric coolant pumps
Electric Auto Repairs
Unless you bought a vehicle that has no sunroof, no power locks and no power windows, which is rather uncommon these days, then chances are at some point one of these things will need fixing. Brian’s Automotive Canton, OH has the experience and tools to fix any electrical auto issues involving windows, door locks, meters, power seats, fuses, climate controls, short locators, lab scopes, test lights, etc.
The latest cars, trucks and SUVs have many electrical components from the alternator to the power windows. Even if just one part is not working correctly it can impact all the car’s components. We will do a complete electrical diagnosis, checking everything from the charging system to the power steering and windows. No electrical repair is too complicated for us. Whether your vehicle has a blown fuse, a power window problem, a leaking sunroof that won’t close, or issues with your car’s electronics system in general, bring your car to Brian’s Automotive to have it inspected and fixed.
We Can Fix:
- Brake Lamps
- Climate Control
- Cruise Control
- Door Locks
- Electric cooling fans
- Electrical Shorts
- Engine Temperature Gauge
- Engine Management
- Fuel Gauge Repair
- Fuse Replacement
- Horn Repair
- Ignition Switch
- Ignition Switch Repair
- Interior Lighting
- Oil Pressure Indicator
- Power Door Locks