Maintenance

What is a Powertrain Warranty?

What is a powertrain warranty

A powertrain warranty covers the internally lubricated parts within the engine, transmission and driveline. We sell powertrains and exclusionary service contracts that cover major electrical components with all of our vehicles.

Here are a few estimates on average repair costs: 

- Engine - $4230

- Transmission - $2979

The powertrain warranties that we offer come with additional benefits that include towing, substitute transportation (reimbursement up to a maximum of $250 for substitute transportation if a covered part fails and your vehicle cannot be repaired in a timely manner), protection when you travel (you will be reimbursed up to four days for meals and lodging if a covered part fails and you are over 150 miles from your principal residence) and transferable & enhanced resale value (when you purchase a new or wrap plan, your contract may be transferred to the new owner should you decide to sell your vehicle. Your SecureNET vehicle service contract will help enhance your vehicle's resale value.) 

Coverage qualifications vary depending on the year, make, model, and current mileage of your vehicle. 

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Winter?

Is your car ready for winter?

Come see your Meineke professionals today for a free coolant (antifreeze) inspection and test. Also, make sure to ask about our free battery and alternator tests, tire, belt and hose inspections.

Winter is the most common time for these components in your car to fail. Let’s make sure you are safe for the cold weather months! Call for an appointment.

Springdale, Arkansas Location: 3558 S Thompson (corner of Don Tyson and 71B) Springdale, AR 72764

Fort Smith, Arkansas Location: 4515 Towson Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901

Call: 479- 231-1215 (Springdale) or 479-274-8684 (Fort Smith) 

Brake Services | Brake Repair Fort Smith, Arkansas

As you can probably imagine, properly functioning brakes are vital to the safety of yourself and your passengers big and small.

Fort Smith Brakes

When to Come in for Brake Service:

If you start notice a squeaking sound coming from your brakes, it's a good idea to bring them in to get them checked out. This is an audible indicator you need new brake pads.  Chances are you are close to needing new brake pads or you already are in need. 

If you hear a grinding noise or a sort of growling sound coming from your brakes when you start stopping, your brakes are likely beyond repair and will need replacing. We highly recommend that you do not wait to this point for repair. However, if you find yourself in this position, please visit a certified technician immediately. 

If your brakes become "soft" or your vehicle doesn't stop as effectively when you apply the brakes, you should bring your vehicle in immediately. 

If your vehicle pulls to the left or the right when stopping, your brake linings are likely wearing unevenly and this will need to be addressed and resolved. 

Understanding Brake Parts : Brakes and Rotors and Brake Pads 

One thing you can do as a vehicle owner is better understand the different moving parts that make up your brake system. When you press your brake pedal the brake pads create friction; in turn, the brake rotor disperses heat throughout the vehicle to keep the brakes themselves from overheating. Both are essential to the proper functioning of your braking system.

Brake Service: Replacing Your Brake Pads

Brake Service: Replacing Your Brake Pads

Brake pad replacement is the most common repair job for automotive brake systems. The reason is simple: brakes are designed to wear out. The pads rub on the brake disk to stop your car, so worn pads are the first part to check if you are experiencing any braking problems.

Assuming that you have the proper tools, the two most difficult aspects of brake pad replacement are the heavy weight of the caliper and the pistons. Without proper tools, adjusting the piston and calipers to fit over the new, thicker pads can be very difficult.

Since brake pads are only one possible problem with a brake system, there are other items to check as well. If the pads are worn thin or are cracked from heat during use, pad replacement may be necessary and the system should be inspected.

Current Brake Service

All brake repairs and brake shops are not the same. At Meineke, we know cost-effective solutions are just as important as stellar service.

Visit our store at 4515 Towson Avenue, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72701. 

Exhaust System Repair & Muffler Service in Fort Smith, AR 72901

What is the importance of a properly functioning exhaust system?

If your exhaust system isn't functioning correctly, like for instance if you have a clogged or fowled out catalytic converter, your car won't perform properly and you're gas mileage will suffer. 

Then there are the obvious things like your emissions (exhaust fumes) being too high, which in some states will cause issues with vehicle inspections, and noise level, which can cause problems with neighbors and cops.

What are the warning signs of a bad muffler?

  1. Bad Smell - When you muffler is doing it's job, it takes the exhaust from your car and pushes it to the  back. If you are noticing a bad smell while driving, this is a serious issue for your car and your health. This is likely due to your muffler not doing it's job and carrying the exhaust out the back so the fumes are getting into your car. If you notice, a smell while driving please visit our store immediately. 
  2. Loud Noises - If your muffler is working properly, your car should have a quiet/average volume coming out the back. However, if your muffler isn't properly functioning, your exhaust will become much louder than normal. You and everyone else driving on the road included will know your muffler is underperforming or broken all together. 
  3. Lower MPG - Pay attention to your gas mileage. If you seem to be getting less-than-normal miles per gallon, it could be related to your muffler. 

What are the benefits of an after market exhaust system?

  1. More power - While choosing an aftermarket exhaust system isn't the go-to performance boost such as getting a turbo charger or fully upgrading your engine, you can squeeze a few more horsepower into your overall performance goal by modifying it. Higher-end after market exhausts allow you to reduce your back pressure, which will give you your end goal of increased horse power. 
  2. Better sound - If you are a car enthusiast, like myself, the sound and the overall tone of the car is important. Every exhaust has a different tone. Although it takes a well-tuned ear to able to pick up on them closely, you can seek out the exact tone to your taste. 
  3. Customize your system - There are multiple variations you can select once you decide to customize your exhaust. You can choose from a cat-back, a header back or an axle-back system. 
  4. Improved Fuel Economy -  As you have probably picked up on this by now, a better performing exhaust system equals better fuel economy. 

Where can I go for a new performance exhaust system?

Our Meineke Car Care Center right here in Fort Smith, Arkansas of course! We offer exhaust system repair and muffler services right here in our shop! You can book your appointment online by visiting this link here or visit us at 4515 Towson Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901 . You can also call us at (479) 274-8684 . 

Hours: 

  • M-F 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • SAT 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • SUN Closed

Oil Change - Fort Smith, AR Meineke Car Care Center at Rath Auto

Did you know that Rath Auto Resources is the only independent dealer in the area with a full service shop. Not only do we have that, our Meineke Car Care Center has been ranked the #2 in the nation! People have been trusting their vehicle with our service department for years.

I recently took my car to Meineke / Rath Auto for new tires and had (not surprisingly) another great experience. My Husband and I purchased both our vehicles from Rath Auto and I have taken my car to Meineke for oil changes and general maintenance ever since I bought it. We have always been impressed with the service we have received. This is my first time to purchase tires from Meineke and I should not have been surprised that they offer very competitive prices for tires. I got my quote from Meineke and called around to several other places before making a decision. They offered the best price for the tires I was looking for so I made an appointment. Jon was so helpful and got me in very quickly. The tires I was originally interested in were not available when I came in but Jon and Phillip recommended a different set with even better warranties that I am absolutely thrilled with. I really appreciate the consistently great service from Meineke / Rath Auto. I have been doing business with them for almost three years now and no complaints yet... Thanks again for another great experience!
— Myla Hendrix

Oil Changes

Getting regular oil changes is a vital (and inexpensive) way to maintain your vehicle. Unfortunately, if you neglect this part of your routine maintenance, your vehicles health can dramatically decline putting you and your family in danger and out of a lot of money. Because your engine is made up of many moving parts, it's important that those parts stay lubricated so that they can do their jobs.  So why do you need oil changes so frequently? As the oil does its job, it gets contaminated with dust, debris and other things from inside the vehicle and the environment. Luckily, here at Meieneke Car Care Center, we offer oil changes to meet anyones needs.

"We want to make sure your vehicle receives the right kind of oil change at the right price. Our technicians will recommend the best type of oil for your car's individual needs to keep the engine working at its best. Meineke is proud to also offer 4 months of complimentary Roadside Assistance with the purchase of all oil change packages!"

"Our certified technicians will consider the make, model, condition and mileage of your car before recommending the necessary oil change. We offer synthetic blend, high mileage or full synthetic oil change packages that are recommended based on your car’s individual needs. All oil change packages include 4 months of complimentary Roadside Assistance, a tire pressure check, fluid top off, tire rotation, visual brake check, standard oil filter and our 23-point inspection." 

4 Simple Steps for Vehicle Maintenance

Summer is just around the corner ( June 20, 2016 to be exact) and it is important to do a little vehicle maintenance to make sure your car is ready for the hot temps!

Number one tip is to check your fluids. This includes your AC/Coolant fluids to make sure your air conditioner is running at its best to keep you cool! You should also check your transmission, steering wheel, brake fluids and your oil. 

Tip number two is to check the air pressure in your tires. The smallest fluctuation in the outside temperature can alter the pressure in your tire. Also, summer tires can improve your gas mileage. The last thing you should check is the wear and tear on the tread of your tires. If you need any help seeing when you should replace your tires due to a worn tread, check out our previous blog post here

Number three tip is to check your battery. High temperatures can alter the performance of your battery. Also check to make sure the connection on the battery is tight, clean and free of any corrosion.  

The last tip is to inspect your belts and hoses on your vehicle. Check for any loose, cracked or brittle hoses. Check to make sure the hoses aren't leaking and are in good condition. 

We know that not everyone has the time to do their own vehicle inspections or cares to mess with it. If you would like your award-winning service department make these adjustments and do a summer tune-up for you by booking online here or call 479-274-8684. 

summer vehicle maintenance

Maintenance Monday: Brake Pads

 Monday we have Maintenance Monday feature hosted by our service center expert, Garrett Mixon. This weeks feature is brake pads. Check out Garrett's video to learn what brake pads are, why they are important and what they do!

Maintenance Monday - Engine Coolant

Our service advisor for Meineke, Garret Mixon, has given us some good Maintenance information on engine coolant. What it is - and why it's important. Be sure to stay tuned for the outtakes!

All About Engine Coolant

Engine coolant not only cools the engine, but also is a lubricant and has anti-corrosion additives. These additives break down over time and needs to be replaced. The type of coolant in your car will determine how often it will need to be replaced. There are two main types of coolant, Ethelyne Glycol and Propylene Glycol. Ethelyne Glycol is usually green and is toxic.  Never open the coolant reservoir with the engine hot. This is the stuff that you need to keep away from your pets. Propylene Glycol is more commonly used in modern cars because it is non-toxic and lasts longer. Both need to be checked regularly with a hydrometer. We check your coolant level every time you're in for an oil change here at our Meineke service department at Rath Auto Resources.

To schedule an appointment with our service department, follow this link : http://www.meineke.com/locations/ar/fort-smith-2200/?pid=2200#schedule-appointment

Written by: Garret Mixon - Service Advisor of Meineke Car Care Center of Fort Smith, Arkansas

Your Vehicles Tires { Rath Auto Fort Smith, Arkansas Used Car Dealer }

What are the best kind of tires? A lot of people ask what the best brand of tires are and there's not really a good answer for that. Many different tire manufacturers produce tires with benefits over the others and it really boils down to what exactly you are looking to get out of the tires. Here at Rath Auto Resources, our maintenance shop sells mainly Cooper/Mastercraft tires for several reasons, the main one being that they offer a true mileage warranty. If you purchase the Cooper CS5 it will come with an 80K mile true warranty.

How do you know if you need new tires? If you're unsure,  just look to Abraham Lincoln. Using a penny is a great way to judge your tread depth. Insert Lincoln head first into the tread, if you can see the top of his head its time for some new tires.

How often should my tires be rotated? Once you get new tires its very important to keep them rotated regularly. Rotating every 6-8K miles is perfect for maximizing tire life.

How do I know if my tires need more air? Maintaining proper inflation is just as important, your vehicle has a yellow placard inside the door jamb that will have the specific pressures required for your vehicle. If your tire pressure light stays on after you have properly inflated them, you may need to have the sensors programmed at a shop.

 

Written by: Garret Mixon