Located at 3816 W Kilgore Ave Muncie, IN
Automotive West Inc. in Muncie, IN 47304 is a full-service fleet preventative maintenance and fleet repair center. We provide comprehensive services for your domestic or import vehicle to keep it running at full power. For questions, contact us at 765-288-4471 or send us an email. Our experts will help determine what needs to be done.
Engine oil, or motor oil, is the oil used for lubricating the various parts of your truck’s internal combustion engine. The oil reduces wear, lessens friction, cools the engine parts, and inhibits corrosion. One of the cheapest and most effective ways to prolong the life of your truck’s engine is to have its oil and oil filters changed regularly. Oil changes keep engines healthy. With regular oil changes, your engine will run stronger for longer. Contact Automotive West Inc. in Muncie, IN 47302 today for all your oil change needs. Our experts will change your truck’s oil and oil filters if needed.
Customer Required Inspections
In addition to DOT inspections, Automotive West Inc. handles customer-required inspections. For all your customer-required inspection needs, contact or visit Automotive West Inc. in Muncie, IN 47304.
State Department of Transportation’s (DOT) requires inspections for safety assessments. The Department of Transportation relies on appointed and licensed auto repair shops to conduct vehicle-only inspections. Automotive West Inc. is certified to conduct these inspections. For your DOT inspection needs, contact us at (765) 288-4471 or visit Automotive West Inc. today.
FLEET ENGINE WORK
Ensuring your engine is up to par is an important component of a well-maintained vehicle. But you shouldn’t trust your engine repair needs to just anyone! Automotive West Inc. offers affordable engine repair services that are hassle-free and reliable every time. Contact us at 765-288-4471 or send us an email for more details!
Our internal engine services include:
Although diesel engines don’t require tune-ups and tend to last longer than gasoline engines, they do require regular maintenance.
Typical maintenance tasks include:
Belts and Hoses
Timing belts and serpentine belts are the most common types of belts in trucks.
A timing belt (also referred to as the camshaft drive belt or the Gilmer belt) is a notched belt that allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. Failure of the timing belt would lead to failure of the engine. A loose timing belt could lead to its slipping. When slipped, valves will open at the wrong time putting them at the risk of being struck by the pistons. To avoid this, have your timing belts inspected and serviced regularly.
A drive belt transfers power from the engine to the front mounted accessories such as the cooling fan, power steering pump, air injection pump, the air conditioning compressor and more. Failure of the drive belt means that all the engine accessories it’s powering will stop working, leading to overheating of the engine. To prevent this from happening, have the belt regularly checked for wear, cracks and stripping.
Hoses (or coolant hoses) are the heater and radiator hoses (upper and lower). The hoses facilitate the flow of coolant between the radiator, engine, and heating block. Old and worn out hoses can easily burst, resulting in an overheated engine. To prevent this from happening, have the hoses inspected for cracks.
For belts and hoses maintenance and replacement services, visit Automotive West Inc. in Muncie, IN 47302 today. Remember, working belts and hoses will lead to a properly working engine.
Although a truck’s engine operates most efficiently at high temperatures, the surplus heat produced during combustion can damage engine parts. To keep the engine safe from the surplus heat, trucks come with a cooling system. The system helps the engine maintain the required temperature and release any surplus heat to the environment.
The cooling system is made up of various parts that work harmoniously. These parts are the radiator, fan, pump, pressure cap, hoses, thermostat, and overflow tank. Failure of any of the parts, will result in a poorly functioning cooling system.
To have a properly working cooling system (and thus a healthy engine), consider having periodic servicing of the parts that make up the system. At Automotive West Inc., we can service or replace (if necessary) radiators, fans, water pumps, hoses, thermostats and pressure caps.
An exhaust system is a piping that directs exhaust gases away from the internal combustion engine to the outdoors. A truck’s exhaust system is made up of one or more exhaust pipes. An exhaust system can be modified to increase engine power (and performance), reduce pollution, or reduce noise. Also, a properly operating exhaust system is required for operator safety.
To get the most from your truck, you need regular exhaust service. For exhaust repairs, exhaust modification, or exhaust replacement, call 765-288-4471 or visit Automotive West Inc. today.
A water pump is a vital part of your truck cooling system. A water pump is a centrifugal pump that circulates fluid whenever the engine is running. A belt connected to the engine’s crankshaft drives the pump. Water pumps have vanes that fling the fluid to the outside of the pump (using centrifugal force) where it can enter the internal combustion engine. After going through the engine and the cylinder head, the fluid flows back to the water pump.
If the water pump develops a leak or the hub becomes loose and noisy, you need to have it replaced. Faulty water pumps will lead to poor cooling of the internal combustion engine. To have faulty water pumps repaired or replaced, call 765-288-4471 or visit Automotive West Inc. today.
This is where your truck’s combustion of fuel occurs. The ignition, which takes place in a combustion chamber, provides force to the pistons, turbine blades, or a nozzle. The engine provides power that drives your truck. With a poorly operating engine, you will have a poor performing truck. Visit Automotive West Inc. in Muncie, IN 47304 today, to have all your engine needs addressed. At Automotive West Inc., we have engine specialists who will make sure you get the most from your truck’s engine.
FLEET BRAKE WORK
At Automotive West Inc., we want our Muncie customers to have the opportunity to feel comfortable in their vehicle. You can leave the repairs and services to our professionals, but please don’t hesitate to ask us questions about why a service is needed or how it occurred. Give us a call at 765-288-4471, and we will be happy to speak with you.
Brake Maintenance & Repair
Truck brakes are much more powerful than car brakes. Faulty truck brakes put the truck driver, the load, and other road users at risk. If you are not confident in your truck’s ability to stop firm and straight when you hit the brakes, then it is time to have them checked and replaced if necessary. At Automotive West Inc., we will diagnose your truck and fleet’s brake problems and offer high quality brake work. Visit our auto shop or call us today 765-288-4471.
Air brakes (or compressed air brake systems) stop heavy-duty trucks quickly. In this type of brakes, compressed air is used to apply pressure to the brake pad, thus stopping a truck. These brakes are a powerful and effective alternative to hydraulic brakes – thus their common use in trucks, buses, and trains. Although powerful and effective, airbrakes need consistent, thorough maintenance. For all your airbrake needs, contact 765-288-4471 or visit Automotive West Inc. today. At Automotive West Inc., we have qualified and experienced mechanics who will work on your truck’s air brakes.
A hydraulic brake is a type of braking system that uses brake fluid to transfer pressure to the brake pads. Although most heavy trucks use air brakes, some trucks have hydraulic brakes. A hydraulic brake consists of the following: a brake pedal, a push rod, a cylinder chamber, and brake pads. With time, the hydraulic brakes components wear out and thus need replacement. For all your hydraulic brake system needs, visit Automotive West Inc. or call us at 765-288-4471. We boast the most experienced hydraulic brake experts in the region.
Don’t neglect your vehicle’s suspension systems – trust our experts to repair your vehicle properly the first time around!
Wheel alignment or alignment is standard vehicle maintenance that involves adjusting the angles of the wheels to the manufacturer’s specifications. Alignments help reduce tire wear and prevent the car from pulling to one side. To ensure your car or truck is performing properly, have your vehicle checked regularly for alignment issues. For all your auto & truck alignment needs, call 765-288-4471 or visit Automotive West Inc. in Muncie, IN 47302 today.
An incorrectly repaired tire could pose a safety hazard to you and your passengers. At Automotive West Inc., our tire experts will determine whether your tires are able to be repaired, or if they need to be replaced. If the tires are repairable, our certified technicians will make sure they are repaired correctly and get you back on the road.
If you feel excessive vibration in the vehicle, or wobbling of the steering wheel, your tires may be unbalanced. Automotive West Inc. has the professional equipment and technicians to measure the balance of your vehicle’s tires and make necessary corrections. Call us at 765-288-4471 if you have questions, or schedule an appointment so we can evaluate your tires.
Have a dead battery? Misfiring starter or alternator? For all of your electrical repair and maintenance needs, come to Automotive West Inc. in Muncie, IN 47302. We service your vehicle with care, providing a high level of workmanship you can trust.
Batteries and Cables
We offer excellent replacement batteries and cables for your vehicle. Just call or stop by and we will make sure you find the best fit for your vehicle.
Breakers and Fuses
We carry an assortment of breakers and fuses for your vehicle’s needs. To find out more about the breakers and fuses we carry, please give us a call.
Automotive West Inc. carries a variety of lights that provide 180 degrees of uninterrupted illumination. For all of your vehicle’s lighting needs, please contact us at 765-288-4471.
Spark plugs channel the electrical current to ignite the fuel. Like many parts of your vehicle, spark plugs wear out. When a spark plug fires, it removes some of the metal on the plug. Please call us for all of your spark plug needs.
Starters and Alternators
A starter converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. The alternator charges your vehicle’s battery. Looking for a starter or alternator for your vehicle? Let us help you! We enjoy helping our customers with all of their vehicle needs. For all your questions call us at 765-288-4471.
Wiring and Switches
Automotive West Inc. has qualified service professionals waiting to help you! We can replace faulty wiring and switches on your vehicle. For all of your electrical needs, don’t hesitate to contact us or stop by our shop.
Check Engine Light
No one likes to see their truck’s “Check Engine” light come on. The light could mean a costly problem, like a bad catalytic converter, or it could be something minor, like a loose gas cap. At Automotive West Inc., we can pull the code and diagnose the problem for you. Give us a call at 765-288-4471 or stop by the shop for our expert assistance.
Modern vehicles are fitted with at least one onboard computer. The computer’s main function is to monitor and adjust the engine and transmission. Computer testing and diagnostics is an integral aspect to professional electronic work on modern cars. Computer diagnostics help find the root causes of major and potential automobile problems. At Automotive West Inc., we have state of the art computer diagnostics equipment such as digital code readers, pressure test kits, circuit testers, digital tachometers and more. Call 765-288-4471 or visit our auto shop in Muncie, IN 47302 for all your vehicle’s computer diagnostic needs.
Drivability is the degree of smoothness and steadiness of your truck’s acceleration. Most modern vehicles are fitted with on-board computers that continuously check the readings from various sensors. In case of drivability problems, you will receive a warning message on your truck’s dashboard. To have your truck diagnosed for drivability issues, visit Automotive West Inc. in Muncie, IN 47302 today. At Automotive West Inc., we have the necessary tools, training, and technology to diagnose and address your vehicle’s drivability issues.
Basically, an engine control system is an on-board computer in your truck. Like all computers, the engine controls are composed of hardware and software. Automotive engine control systems are responsible for regulating exhaust emissions, and providing increased fuel economy. To get the best out of your vehicle’s incredibly powerful technology, make sure engine controls are working properly. To check if your truck’s engine controls are working properly, call Automotive West Inc. today.
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