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Should I replace my struts or shocks?

There's a lot of confusion on this topic of when should I replace my shocks or struts. If you look in your owner's manual there won't be a specific mileage for replacing them but big shock and strut companies like Monroe or Gabriel will say replace them every 50,000 miles. Here at Fast Lane Automotive we've settled on a 75,000 mile recommendation for replacement. Now why do I ever need to replace my shocks or struts? When [...]

October 16th, 2018|Categories: Helpful Advice|

Should I take my car to the Dealer?

Hey everyone this is Anthony at Fast Lane Automotive. People ask “Should I take my car to the dealership for repairs and maintenance”. Absolutely not and I'll tell you why I'm so confident in saying this. In 2013-2014 Consumer Reports surveyed the customers of 121,000 visits for automotive service and as it turns out independent repair shops outranked the dealership on pretty much everything, customer satisfaction, price, you name it. That makes sense because at the dealership [...]

September 14th, 2018|Categories: Helpful Advice|

Auto Repair Fast and Easy

We make auto repair fast and easy in Orlando. Have you ever been to an automotive repair shop where your car sits there forever? A few days go by, a week goes by, and they're still working on it. You guys want to know a secret? They're not working on your car! It's sitting there because their parking lot is backed up and you're the last one in line. Don't you wish they would have told you [...]

August 24th, 2018|Categories: Helpful Advice|

Why Does My Drive Belt Squeal?

People ask me “Why does my drive belt squeal?” Do you ever hear someone with a really loud annoying screech when they first start their car in the morning? As a drive belt ages, typically after 5 years or more, they begin to stretch or crack. Your drive belt is a big rubber piece that goes around a bunch of pulleys that control your power steering, alternator, water pump, and other accessories. So as you can see [...]

August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Helpful Advice|

Why Do My Brakes Squeak?

Many times people ask, “Why do my brakes squeak?” Your brakes squeak because of three most common reasons. First, your brake pads may be worn down and the wear indicator is touching the rotor surface, causing a scraping or a high-pitched squealing sound. Eventually your brake pad material will wear out completely and damage your rotors, at least doubling the cost of your brake repair. Second, your brakes may squeak because of a broken shim or clip. [...]

August 20th, 2018|Categories: Helpful Advice|

Vehicle Inspection

Have you ever been to a shop where they try to sell you a bunch of stuff over the phone? The mechanics at Fast Lane Automotive in Orlando know the proper way to do a vehicle inspection to check brakes, tires, fluids, suspension, or anything else. Tell me if this has ever happened to you. You drop your car off at a shop for a simple oil change and halfway through the day you get the phone call [...]

August 15th, 2018|Categories: Helpful Advice|

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