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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

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

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