truck wheel

Obviously, your brakes are essential. However, it’s easy to neglect or ignore brake issues, and even miss them altogether; as long as the truck still stops, many people don’t see the need to have their brakes serviced. From Sargeant Service Center in St Augustine, FL, here are some common brake issues, and why you should fix them.

bad battery

When you are having trouble with your car or truck starting and you open the hood up to take a peek to see this....you'll see what an overly corroded battery looks like. This happens naturally over time on vehicle battery terminals.  If you are like 99% of normal St Augustine drivers, you don't check your oil or your battery so you don't keep an eye on the amount of corrosion that's building up on your car or truck battery.  Here at Sargeant Service Center, we do and there are solvents that we can use here in the shop during a battery maintenance service that will help slow the corrosion process but nothing that can prevent it 100%. Way before it gets to this point, we will be suggesting you consider replacing the battery. 

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As cars become more technologically advanced, the importance of your vehicle’s battery becomes more important. In the old days, a car battery essentially worked, or it didn’t; if it was good enough to start the car, it was good enough. Modern vehicles are a different story. A faulty battery can cause a variety of issues, including engine codes, sensor failures, irregular transmission behavior, and the list goes on.

Battery failure often causes issues that are commonly misdiagnosed, and in the hands of the wrong auto repair shop, a mechanic may spend hundreds of your hard-earned dollars chasing problems that don’t exist. At Sargeant Service Center in St Augustine, FL, our mechanics are familiar with modern vehicles and the problems that accompany them.

Keeping up with oil changes is one of the most important aspects of keeping your engine in good shape. However, you've probably noticed that the price of oil changes can vary pretty dramatically depending on what you get, and the oil all looks the same. Here's a breakdown of the difference between synthetic and conventional oil, from Sargeant Service Center in St Augustine, FL.

multiple dash warning lights

It doesn't matter if you are driving a car or truck, jeep or SUV, a diesel 4x4 or a classic when those dash warning lights go off the first thing you do is think "how bad is it?" and "how much will it cost me?" followed quickly by "when was my last service visit?"!!  Driving your vehicle longer safely is all about getting it serviced based on what your vehicle manual recommends and these warning lights are alerting you to a situation that requires your attention. 

While not all warning lights are a sign that disaster is imminent, no warning indicator light should ever be ignored!

Turbo Charger at Jasper Engines Factory

The turbocharger on your diesel is a precision-engineered component that requires proper maintenance to ensure it meets your needs and performs every time you get behind the wheel - no matter what the task is.  Here at Sargeant Service Center in St Augustine, FL, our team is the perfect choice to ensure that the turbocharger on your diesel is always working at optimum capacity with no problems as our diesel technicians are simply the best plus when you are running tens or even hundreds of thousands of RPMs, keeping everything in good shape is absolutely necessary. Fortunately, we have exactly what you need!

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If you spend much time on the road, you’ll eventually encounter a flat tire on your vehicle. At Sargeant Service Center in St Augustine, FL we want to prepare you for what you should do next.  First, get out of traffic immediately. It’s best if you can stop on solid, flat ground, out of the way of traffic where other drivers can see you. Don’t continue driving; your steering is compromised, and you risk damaging expensive components, including your rim. Next, decide whether you want to call a tow truck, or change the tire yourself.  If you have towing and assistance then you can call for help but it is always great to be able to handle the situation yourself if need be as there is not always cell phone service and you sometimes do not have the luxury of the added time it would take to wait for that assistance.

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