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Swapping An Engine On A Mini Cooper

When you need to swap out engines on a Mini Cooper, you might be surprised to learn that the whole front of the car needs to be removed. The front clip as it's called, is removed to gain favorable access to the engine and all accessories such as the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, alternator and other pulleys. This gives you a clear view of the entire engine bay.  Once the front clip is off, we remove the belts, hoses, and all fuel lines, a/c lines and air box. The engine will be pulled out straight away from the body. Once we have it out and rested on our movable bench, we begin to dissect it. That means, we're taking off all of the parts that get swapped over to the new (used in this case) one. MINI Parts like spark plug wires, manifolds, pumps, alternators and other pieces necessary to get the engine back in running condition.  After its finally set up, it's re-installed just about the ... read more

Tesla And Ford Have Just Put Lightning On The Road

This week we heard from two of the biggest and innovative automotive companies in the world. Tesla and Ford both introduced their versions of the next big thing for electric vehicles (EV) and their brands. Tesla revealed it's long awaited entry into the truck space with its launch of the Cybertruck. Ford Motor Company wasn't about to let Elon have all of the fun, so it introduced it's latest iteration of the iconic Mustang, the Ford Mach-E, the first SEV (Sport Electric Vehicle) to wear the famed Mustang badge.  There is plenty of tech, torque, muscle and volts to talk about, but that's not the story line. At least for me anyway. What's most intriguing is that these two announcements from two leaders - both originators and visionary - has brought the letter "E" and the technology it represents, into two HUGE markets and two dominating demographics. Trucks, muscle and men.  Make no mistake, this isn't a case of neglecting the female side of ... read more

Quality Auto Service On Kirkwood Highway Is Now Closed. What Are My Warranty Options?

Recently, it seems like auto repair shops are closing all around the Prices Corner, Wilmington area. Another long time center, Quality Auto Service, has closed its doors effective October 28th, 2019. The building located in the Goodwill Shopping Center (Checkers Burger Drive Thru) was originally a quick lube center franchise "Grease Monkey". That changed over the decades when other oil changes centers entered the market, namely, Jiffy Lube.  As time went on, Quality Auto Service became more of a full service auto center and specialized in Jasper Engine Replacements. They continued to serve the Prices Corner area for the past twenty plus years.  We'd like to wish the best to the family of Quality Auto Service all the best in any future endeavors. For all of the clients and guests of Quality, we'd like to invite you to experience our first class service at ... read more

My Local Sears Auto Service Center Is Closed. Where Can I Go?

The iconic brand, Sears, has been going through major changes over the past 4 years. All of their major assets including the DieHard™ brand has been extinguished or sold off. Now, the local Sears Auto Center located in Prices Corner, has closed. The store had been in operation for over 30 years and many locals relied on them for exhaust, batteries, oil change service, tires, alignments. But no more. As of October 19th, they were ordered to close their doors.  Buckley's had a working relationship with the management and service team at Sears Prices Corner over the past 5 years. They would refer us to their base of clients for check engine lights and diagnostics, while we would refer them for front end alignments. However, with their closing, it is leaving a fairly large gap in service for many local residents and small fleets that had depended on the Sears team for vehicle maintenance.  To those many residents, fleets and moto ... read more

But There's Fluid Leaking Under My Car

There are times when you'll look under your car and notice some drips occurring in various areas underneath of the car. Some of these leaks really do (or should) require a trained eye to determine where they are coming from and if they warrant repair. In this particular case, the client had a concern when they noticed a "clearish" fluid leaking from the center of the car. Once we investigated the leak on the lift, we realized right away that the "clearish" fluid was simply water. The A/C system is designed to remove the humidity from the cabin which makes you feel nice and cool. That humidity (moisture) is condensed into water as it passes over the chilled evaporator which rests inside a specially designed box. Once that vapor changes state to water, it fills up that box. The box is designed with a relief tube that allows the water to drain out of the box. If it didn't, the box would fill and you probably would have a damp carpet on the passenger side of th ... read more

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