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Our 42 years of experience takes professionalism above and beyond common mechanics. We ensure that our auto repair shop offers courteous and knowledgeable service to all our customers. At Sam's Auto Repair and Body Shop we believe that your car should be serviced with utmost accuracy this is why customers have come back to us for years when it comes to auto accident and collision repair, our service speaks for itself.




It's the first hot day of the summer. Uncomfortably shifting in your seat, you turn on that long-neglected A/C knob, only to discover an unwelcome blast of warm air streaming from the vents-a bad situation made worse. That's when you turn to us, your air conditioning service and repair headquarters. Did you know that without regular maintenance an air conditioner loses about 5% of its original efficiency per year? This means that without proper maintenance, your air conditioning unit may be performing as poorly as other models that are years older! But there is good news: you can still recover most of that lost efficiency. Here  at Sam's Auto Repair Shop and Body Shop we inspect your A/C meticulously. Here is a small list of what we inspect: Compressor, Condenser, Receiver, Expansion Valve, and Evaporator.  Need a ​​auto repair shop? Give us a call work with insurance on accident collision repair




Let's face it: you can have the most meticulously maintained vehicle on the road, but it won't start without the right battery, properly installed and appropriately fitted for your driving needs. From ignition to door locks, your car battery is the catalyzing force that allows you to get from point A to point B. Here's what to expect us to inspect: Battery, Charging System, and Starting Systems. Need an auto repair shop? Give us a call work with insurance on accident collision repair




Among all the equipment in your vehicle, belts and hoses have the shortest lifespan. Due to constant exposure to heat, vibration, and harmful chemicals, these components invariably crack, leak, fray, and peel. If not promptly replaced and maintained, this could spell disaster for the performance of your vehicle. And evaluating the condition of your belts and hoses only on their appearance is not enough! Need an auto ​​repair shop? Give us a call work with insurance on accident collision repair




When you first step on the brake pedal, you are triggering the release of brake fluid into the system of tubes and hoses, which travel to the braking unit at each wheel. This is because you actually push against a plunger in the master cylinder, causing the fluid to be released. Now because brake fluid can't be compressed, it journeys through the network of tubes and hoses in the exact same motion and pressure it initially began with. And when it comes to stopping a 2,000 pound steel assembly at high speed, this consistency is a good thing. But the performance of your brakes can be affected when air is introduced into the fluid; since air can compress, it creates sponginess in the pedal, which disrupts this consistency, and results in bad braking efficiency. The good news is that "bleeder screws" (located at each wheel cylinder) can be removed so that the brake system is "bled" to remove any unwanted air found in your system. Need an auto ​​repair shop? Give us a call work with insurance on accident collision repair



In some ways, a car's exhaust system works like a chimney on your house, directing the byproducts from burning fuel away from the people inside. A car's exhaust system routes waste gases from the engine to the rear of the car, where they are discharged into the atmosphere. Exhaust gases contain dangerous substances such as carbon monoxide, which can be hazardous if allowed to flow into the passenger housing of the car.The exhaust system also converts pollutants into less harmful byproducts, reduces the noise of the engine, and directs exhaust gases so they can be used to heat air and fuel before they go into the engine's cylinders to be burned. Finally, the exhaust system provides just the right amount of back-pressure into the engine to improve its fuel-burning efficiency and increase performance. Need an auto ​​repair shop? Give us a call work with insurance on accident collision repair




Simply put, a drive axle is one that is driven by the engine. Typically found in modern front wheel drive vehicles, a drive axle is split between two half axles, with differential and universal joints between them. Each half axle is connected to the wheel by a third joint—the constant velocity (CV) joint—that allows the wheels to move freely. This joint allows the shaft to rotate, transmitting power at a constant speed without a significant increase in friction and heat. CV joints are usually dependable, but, as is the case for all of your vehicle's moving equipment, they do require regular inspection. An easy way for you to tell if you need to see us for axle repair is to go out to a large space (such as a parking lot), and slowly drive in tight circles. If you hear a clicking or cracking noise, you have a worn joint, and it must be repaired immediately. Need an auto ​​repair shop? Give us a call work with insurance on accident collision repair




The first thing that our team of professionals will tell you is that it is best to keep your engine running cool as to allow the engine to run more cleanly and efficiently. This in turn will allow your engine to last as long as possible and keep it safe from abnormal wear and tear. If that leak is not fixed properly as soon as possible, your engine may overheat causing very costly damage including:


 - A blown out top header
-Destruction of your radiator entirely

-Cracking or blowing out the engine's head gasket
-Total engine seizure


Our friendly and courteous auto care professionals will repair your radiator, when possible, and get you back on the road with confidence. We want to make sure your radiator will keep your engine at the optimal temperature so you can avoid a much more costly visit to our shop. Contact us today to set up an appointment or request a quote for radiator service! Need an auto ​​repair shop? Give us a call work with insurance on accident collision repair





The best way to ensure that you will get the maximum amount of miles out of your car without major breakdowns is to schedule maintenance at 30,000; 60,000; and 90,000 miles. Scheduled maintenance allows us to do a point-by-point vehicle inspection, tune-up (spark plugs, filters, etc.), oil change, and transmission maintenance. Depending on your vehicle and its mileage, we may change belts, re-time the vehicle, and test the battery, among other services. Cost per vehicle can vary depending on inspection. Please call us for more detailed information about our service and pricing. Need an auto repair shop? Give us a call work with insurance on accident collision repair




The primary function of your car's suspension and steering system is to allow the wheels to move independently of the car, while keeping it "suspended" and stable. Any play or uncontrolled motion in these systems results in a deterioration of handling and accelerated tire wear. Vehicle alignment is closely tied to the condition of the suspension and steering systems.

Worn or loose components affect the suspension system's ability to control motion and alignment angles, resulting in a deterioration of vehicle handling and stability, and accelerated tire wear. The main components of the suspension system are:

      - Control arms
      - Ball joints   
      - Springs (coil or leaf)
      - Shock absorbers
      - Struts


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When considering repairing a punctured tire, you need to evaluate the damage the tire has sustained. Reestablishing an airtight seal of the tire's interliner and completely filling the path of the puncture is necessary to ensure a proper repair. Any repair attempt without removing the tire from the wheel is not proper procedure. It's important to inspect the inside of the tire for hidden damage that may cause the tire to weaken even more. Punctures in the tread area that look repairable often prove to consist of more damage to a greater area of the tire, including the sidewall from the inside. Without removing the tire, the entire scope of the damage is hard to see. 

Proper tire repair is critical, and any leak, puncture, or injury to a tire will affect its performance. If you have any questions regarding the condition of your tires, ask us and we'll be glad to inspect them for you. If you have a damaged, punctured, or leaky tire which can be safely fixed, we can help. Need an auto ​​repair shop? Give us a call work with insurance on accident collision repair




Rotating your tires is an important part of preserving your tire tread and increasing the longevity of your tire. By not rotating your tires, you decrease the life of the tire significantly as well as decrease fuel efficiency, increase drag, and put yourself at risk of wearing the tire down to wire. If a tire tread gets too bad, it can strongly pull your vehicle in a direction, which might even cause an accident.


Bring your car in so our professionals can take a look. We can do a criss-cross rotation or a side-to-side rotation depending on your wear and tear. Rotations should be done in similar lengths of time so that tread wears evenly on all tires. We suggest getting your tires rotated every time or every other time you get your oil changed. It's easy because your car is already at the shop and rotations are inexpensive. Need an auto ​​repair shop? Give us a call work with insurance on accident collision repair



Transmissions convert power from the engine so that it can supply high torque at low speeds, in addition to selecting which gears are appropriate based on the driving conditions. This is especially true with automatic transmissions-by far the most popular transmissions found in the US. Rather than using a clutch to engage the transmission, automatic transmissions use a torque converter (between the engine and transmission) to control the number of gears when driving. Supplying the power to regulate gear action is a demanding task, which is why it's important for you to contact us, your transmission service specialists. Here are some of the essential maintenance tasks we complete:

      Drain transmission and torque converter
      Refill Automatic Transmission Fluids (ATF) with new fluid

Transmission problems typically arise when regular service is neglected. When fluids aren't properly changed, heat caused from mileage friction results in rough shifting, accelerated wear, and even complete failure. That's why it's essential that you turn to us to make sure that your transmission is lubricated and cooled by the finest quality transmission fluids, installed by our service professionals. Need an ​​auto repair shop? Give us a call work with insurance on accident collision repair



Getting your car tuned up may be the best way to make sure you are increasing the overall life of the vehicle while maximizing its gas mileage and power. Tune-ups should happen at least every 30,000 miles or every two years, depending on the age and mileage of the car. The goal of a tune-up is to make sure that all the "little things" that are often overlooked are working correctly and being replaced if needed. Here is a typical tune-up:

1. Replace the fuel filter. Filters get clogged with particles, which can decrease the efficiency and power of the car. If you have a fuel-injected vehicle, filter replacement is not always necessary, unless the injectors are clogged.

2. Change the spark plugs and check the plug wires. Loss of mileage, loss of power, and rough starts are often attributed to bad plugs or wires. We want to make sure you get new plugs that are spaced correctly, and that we replace any old wires that are in bad shape.

3. Replace the distributor cap and rotor. New cars are coming out without these two items, but if you have them, they will get replaced to prevent future breakdowns.

4. Check the ignition system and timing. This is for older vehicles that rely on ignition timing.

5. Make sure that valves are adjusted if needed and check/replace gaskets if oil is leaking.

6. Belts are an important part of the tune-up. There's nothing worse than having a belt bust on you while you are driving down the road. All belts will be checked and replaced if signs of wear are present.

7. Check all fluids and top off any levels as needed.

8. Change the oil and filter if needed.

9. Check and replace the air filter.

10. Check and adjust the clutch in cars with manual transmission.

11. Service the battery by cleaning cables, adding distilled water, and cleaning the terminals.

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Is your vehicle vibrating at certain speeds, say, between 50 and 70 mph? If so, chances are your wheel is out of balance. One section of your tire is heavier than the other because it's endured more exposure to the friction and heat of the road. Come in for prompt, professional service—most people are very satisfied with the difference such a simple and inexpensive procedure makes. Look for these signs, and if you find either one, come see us:

   - Scalloped, erratic wear pattern on tires.
   - Vibration in steering wheel, seat, or floorboard at certain speeds.

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