Our first location
Rachel: Posted Friday, September 16, 2016
As you know we have now been in our new locaiton for over a month now. We felt it is way past due for us to update our 'About Us' section on our website; therefore the following pictures and text is from our old About Us section and I will update the new update us section now.
A HUGE thank you to all of you our customers, family, and friends for allowing us to service your vehicle and to continue to grow our business. We wouldn't be where we are today with out all of you! Therefore we are forever thanksful! Have a great day!
Sun Valley Auto Repair is a full-service preventive maintenance and automotive repair center. We perform high quality, guaranteed service you can trust at a fair price. We repair domestic and foreign vehicles and are your best choice for scheduled maintenance of your car, SUV, truck and fleet vehicles.
Family owned and operated, we use the latest diagnostic equipment to guarantee your vehicle is serviced correctly while maintaining your manufacturer's warranty. We only use quality replacement parts, and our technicians are ASE-certified. Call us at (330) 473-7292 to schedule an appointment or just stop on by.
We are a small automotive repair facility and although we specialize in Ford vehicles we are willing to service and repair all makes and models. We offer various repair options from factory quality repairs to aftermarket upgrades. We do tires, brakes, air conditioning, engine repair, electrical repair, diagnostics, and diesels are welcome. Our company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team (both of us) is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.
We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.
Carson: Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 8:52 AM
When I worked at the new car dealership the majority of vehicles being worked on had less than 100,000 miles. Now, in the independent auto repair realm, the majority of vehicles I see have more than 100,000 miles! As vehicles rack up miles and years of service parts of the vehicle begin fail for various reasons. In Ohio the biggest reason is RUST! This horrible "car cancer" has put more vehicles out of service than I wish to count. Brake lines happen to be very susceptible to rust due to their location under the vehicle and the fact that they are made from mild steel. To fix this problem most manufacturers have added a protective coating to all of the brake lines. ( and it does help) When the brake lines fail due to rust there are a couple of options for repairs. If the vehicle is new enough preformed brake lines can be purchased through a dealer. If the vehicle is old enough (and cool enough) some aftermarket suppliers have started offering preformed brake lines for restoration jobs. In most cases new brake lines must be fabricated. There are some simple rules for brake line fabrication that should always be followed. First choose a quality brake line, a lot of the aftermarket bulk brake line is made using very cheap mild steel that is difficult to bend and very prone to rust. If using this brake line plan on replacing it again in the future. We use a brake line that is steel, zinc, and copper alloy, it bends easily without kinking and it will never ever rust! Next and possibly the most important part of brake line repair, the fittings. The only way to correctly join two brake lines is to cut the line and form a double flare or bubble flare using proper tools. I have seen numerous compression type unions used on vehicles recently. Not only are compression unions not certified to hold the pressure seen in brake lines (2500 PSI or greater in some cases) but in the environment under a vehicle they are prone to failure. The vibrations from the vehicle cause the lines to work loose and during a panic stop blow out of the union! Not to mention the union is usually being installed on an existing rusty brake line that could fail anytime. In our shop we choose to replace the entire brake line from end to end without joining two lines if possible. If you find yourself in a situation needing brake line repair I recommend you ask what kind of line is being used and what type of fittings are being used. After all the ability to stop your vehicle is arguably the most important aspect of driving. Stay safe and thank you for reading!
The mechanic in a bottle
Carson: Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013 9:57 AM
Over the years it seems I have seen an additive that is supposed to cure just about everything. Transmission, engine oil, power steering drive axles, cooling system, fuel system. The real question: Do any of them work?! The fact of the matter is, if you have part of your vehicle that is broken there is no additive in the world that you can simply dump in to repair it, sometimes parts just need to be replaced. Fuel additives if used properly can help improve fuel economy and keep the inside of your engine and exhaust system cleaner. Oil additives can help keep your oil from breaking down as quickly and extend oil change intervals but is it really necessary? Oil changes are important, not only for maintaining your engine but the rest of the vehicle as well. When you get your oil changed your vehicle should be inspected for other potential issues and it is a good time to see if your vehicle requires other preventative maintenance. If your transmission is slipping or not shifting correctly their are additives that can help but none will fix the problem, in my opinion it is better to fix it right and drive your vehicle worry free. Coolant stop leak is bad news! More often than not it doesn't fix the leak in question and it causes other issues, plugged oil coolers and plugged heater cores. It is cheaper to replace a radiator than to replace a radiator and an oil cooler! Basically think about the additive you are putting in your vehicle and decide if it is the right thing to do.
Repair and Performance
Carson: Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013 7:55 AM
This day and age repair and performance often go hand in hand. Example, if replacing head gaskets on a Powerstroke diesel it is a far more effective repair if you use high performance head studs instead of head bolts. The bolts and studs do the same job but the studs are more efficient offering nearly double the clamping force of the bolts. Not all performance parts are this effective. In many cases we have found aftermarket or performance parts to be inferior to the factory installed part. Basically, you get what you paid for! If the aftermarket replacement part is less than half the cost of the factory part there is a reason. Another common problem we have noticed lately is attempting to cover up a problem by adding a performance part. If you vehicle doesn't have the power that it used to adding a cold air intake or performance programmer is NOT the answer! Adding performance parts to a "broken" engine will most likely make the problem worse. If you are planning on adding any performance parts to your vehicle, gas or diesel, we recommend having a diagnostic check done to make sure other repairs are not necessary first.
Carson: Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 10:30 AM
Over the past few years I have seen and heard of a lot of crazy ideas regarding preventative maintenance of the automobile. Preventative maintenance can be summed up as anything done regularly to your vehicle to prevent a more expensive repair in the future. Ever heard the term pay me now or pay me later? Some items seem to be a given, everyone knows that they have to get there oil changed or it will ruin there engine! But it appears to me that not everyone knows about most of the other things that should be done as well. In my opinion there is no "one way" to take care of all vehicles. Different manufacturers use different parts, different fluids, and have different quality standards. I highly recommend checking your owner's manual to see what is recommended for your vehicle. If you don't have an owners manual or if you have questions feel free to give us a call. In the older days (seventies) Ford recommended changing oil every 7500 miles and change the oil filter every other oil change, practices like that are unheard of today and might be made fun of. Although most modern vehicles recommend a 7500 mile oil change they also recommend the use of synthetic or synthetic blend motor oil and require the filter to be changed every oil change. A large number of shops and "drive in" oil change locations use conventional oil unless you are willing to pay extra, check your owners manual to see what kind of oil your car should have and make sure you are getting the correct stuff. Conventional motor oil will start to breakdown after about three thousand miles. It used to be spark plugs needed to be changed every thirty thousand miles (sometimes a lot sooner) Now a days plugs can go One Hundred Thousand or more in some cases. How? Technology has greatly improved both in spark plug design and in how clean our new engines run. In the past twenty years or so most manufacturers have started using platinum tipped spark plugs, in most cases this triples or even quadruples the life of the spark plug. The only problem is that they are expensive, ten to twenty dollars per plug, and you can get a non platinum plug for around a buck fifty. If you do the math you will find that those expensive spark plugs are worth every penny. Another sore spot when performing that tune up is the timing belt. Not all vehicles have one and not all are the same. Some timing belts drive that engine coolant pump (water pump) and some do not. It is extremely important that the timing belt be changed at the recommended interval and if it drives the water pump change that as well. Some water pumps will start to leak before service interval, replaced them both at this time. When purchasing a vehicle take these maintenance items into consideration. Some of these timing belt replacement jobs can cost upwards of Fifteen Hudred dollars. Every manufacturer this day and age has there own Engine Coolant, Transmission Fluid, and Driveline Fluid, consult your owner's manual and have these fluids changed as advised. I could go on and on about this topic there are all sorts of things being done with flush machines and aftermarket "fix all " fluids. I recommend in almost all cases to stick with the fluid or type of part that your vehicle came with from the factory and always remember you get what you pay for! Feel free to call, text, email, or leave comments. Thanks!
Carson: Posted on Wednesday, November 06, 2013 10:12 AM
The key to successful automotive repairs is communication. When you take your vehicle to a shop pay attention to all the details, the more info you provide, the easier it will be for the technician to diagnose and repair your vehicle. At most shops if the diagnosis is quick the cost to the customer will be less. While your vehicle is in the shop make an extra effort to stay in contact with the shop, don't be afraid to call and ask how it is going. If the shop calls you be and has to leave a message it is very important to get back in contact with them quickly as possible. Your vehicle could be taking up valuable space inside the shop. Don't be afraid to ask questions about warranty, labor times, and how your vehicle will be diagnosed and repaired. If your repair shop informs you that you need to fix things on your car that you weren't expecting, don't be alarmed. Ask questions, why do these things need to be repaired, what will happen if these things are not repaired, will it cause other more expensive issues later on? Bottom line, you own the vehicle and it is your decision whether or not to repair the vehicle. Other important questions to ask, what kind of parts are being used, are they OEM or aftermarket, are they the cheapest out there or mid grade. You should know what kind of parts are being installed on your vehicle. Feel free to research the glorious internet for information on your vehicle, but remember to take it with a grain of salt. If you look hard enough online you will find that almost every part of every vehicle ever made is a common problem. So, one more time, don't be afraid to ask questions, it is your car and your money. You will be much more satisfied with the repair if you understand all the aspects.
Check out our Slide Show
Posted on Tuesday, May 07, 2013 11:45 AM
Make sure you check out or slide show. If you hold the cursor over the picture you can read some commentary. The Current slide show is a recent ARP Head Stud Install on a 6.0.
We would like to say Thank You to all our new Customers
Carson: Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 10:01 PM
Over the past few weeks Our little shop has gained a few new customers and we appreciate every one. Thank you all for giving us the opportunity to service your vehicles!
Over the past few months we have greatly expanded our diagnostic capabilities. We purchased a Factory Ford IDS Scan tool that allows us to perform complicated diagnostics as well as module reprogramming on all Ford vehicles. We didn't forget about all the other manufacturers out there, we recently purchased a Snap On Verus Scan tool. This tool has a built in lab scope for testing almost any sensor on any vehicle. It also has service information for virtually all makes and models including Asian and European cars. I will put it this way, If your car or truck has a trouble light on we can fix it!
Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2013 3:44 PM
Sun Valley Auto Repair is finally growing up. We now have a fancy new website to help get the word out there. Tell your friends and family where they can get their vehicles serviced and repaired.