Superior Service Center of Apple Valley Blog


Is it worth fixing

Most of us that own vehicles have gotten that dreaded (yet expected) call from the service advisor of the shop we’ve dropped our vehicle off to be checked out at. The call telling us what’s wrong with the vehicle, and how much it’s going to cost to fix it.

When faced with a large repair bill, it’s easy to just tell the advisor, “No,” and deal with it when you’re not on the phone faced with an immediate decision. The best bet is to tell the advisor that you need a little while to think it over. All too often I hear, “The car isn’t worth that,” or, “I’m just gonna get another car.” To fix, or not to fix: That is the question. If you honestly believe that the car is not worth fixi ...

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During a recent differential fluid service on a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Pickup here at Superior Service Center, one of our Master Technicians had noticed the old fluid had a “sparkle” or “glitter” effect to it. Upon further inspection, after removing the rear differential carrier cover, the technician had discovered that the so-called “glitter” was in fact metal shavings from the teeth of the spider gear inside the differential unit itself. The first picture illustrates how the magnet, stuck to the inside of the differential cover, was bombarded with metal shavings. The second picture illustrated gives you an inside look at what damage was discovered inside the unit. Due to the magnet being covered with metal shavings, it was unable to continue serving its purpose of keeping those shavings from flowing around inside those gears & causing internal damage. Regularly servicing your drivetrain fluids (most ma ...

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