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ENGINE MAINTENANCE

Working Hours
  • Mon 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    Tue 7:30AM - 5:30PM
  • Wed 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    Thu 7:30AM - 5:30PM
  • Fri 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    Sat 7:30AM - 3:00PM
  • Sun Closed

ENGINE MAINTENANCE

Your engine is one of, if not the most important major component of your car. Without it working in good order, it's impossible for you to go anywhere. If it runs inefficiently, you may face a whole host of problems that can be avoided with relatively simple maintenance. At OTA Auto Care we provide all of the expertise and parts needed to keep your engine running happily and at peak efficiency.






Oil Changes
One of the simplest ways to determine the condition of your engine is to examine the oil that drains out during an oil change. The oil circulates through much of your engine, so it's a great way to determine the overall health of your car's power plant. Ideally, we want your oil to be darker than when it went in with uniform viscosity and no solid particles. Solid particles are a major concern because they mean that something inside the engine, be it a seal or anything else, is breaking apart. Engines contain a lot of finely balanced mechanisms with only a few micrometers of space for moving parts to clear each other. Any solid particles moving through your engine can cause a massive amount of damage very quickly. At OTA Auto Care we perform expert analysis on your oil to make sure that everything is working perfectly within your engine's internals, and we carry the best oils to replace that fluid in your vehicle.


Engine Coolant
Another simple item that can save your engine untold misery, is the coolant fluid, which keeps everything running at the correct temperature. The many moving parts inside your engine, as well as the explosions taking place within its combustion chambers, generate a significant amount of heat. As with any machine, your engine has temperature tolerances at which it happily operates. Once those tolerances are exceeded, things can start to go wrong. A common side effect of overheating can be radiator failure. The water that cools the engine becomes heated and pressurizes the radiator past a safe level causing the scalding water to spray out. This dangerous problem can be avoided with the engine coolants used by OTA Auto Care.


Filters
To work efficiently, your car's engine needs the ingredients for combustion to be delivered in the purest form possible. To this end your engine contains a number of filters which keep everything nice and clean. OTA Auto Care's engine thorough maintenance keeps checks on your air, oil, and fuel filters, replacing them as needed to keep your car running at its highest efficiency.


Fuel Injector Cleaning
Working alongside your spark plugs are the injectors that shoot a precise amount of fuel into the combustion chamber. Over time these injectors can become clogged with contaminants from fuel. OTA Auto Care carries a line of specially developed injector cleaning solutions which open the injector tubing back up and get your car back to making the most power that it can.


Accessory Belts
Engine accessories such as the alternator and air conditioning compressor rely on belts that take power from the engine to run them. Over time, these belts can become frayed and damaged. If your alternator belt snaps, for example, your engine won't be able to generate the electricity it needs to charge the battery and keep itself running. OTA Auto Care can keep a close eye on the health of your accessory belts and ensure that all your engine's pulleys are lined up perfectly to allow for the maximum amount of use from your belts.


Diesel
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:

  • Changing the oil & filter
  • Changing the air filter
  • Changing the fuel filter
  • Bleeding the fuel system
  • Draining the water separators
  • Refilling the urea injection system

You can count on the experts at OTA Auto Care to help your diesel engine last a long time.

Fuel Injection
Fuel injection is a system for admitting fuel into an engine. Since 1990, fuel injectors have completely replaced carburetors as the primary means of getting gasoline into the engine. A fuel injector atomizes the fuel by forcibly pumping it through a small nozzle (under high pressure). Failure of the fuel injection system means poor performance and ultimately destroys the engine. Make sure your vehicle's fuel injection system is maintained properly. For all your fuel injection maintenance and replacement needs, call 609-242-1146 or visit OTA Auto Care today.

Ignition
An ignition system is a system for igniting (using an electric spark) a mixture of fuel and air in a gasoline engine. A properly working ignition system means a properly starting engine and high performance from your car. For all your ignition system maintenance and replacement needs, call or visit OTA Auto Care today.

Ignition Wires & Cables
Ignition cables also known as spark plug wires are an important part of your car's ignition system. They transfer the spark from the ignition coil to spark plugs that ignite the mixture of fuel and air. The mixture starts the engine. Over time, ignition wires and cables get weak and break down. This makes it impossible for the spark to reach the engine cylinders. This results in the engine misfiring. The car will eventually fail to start. If it does start, it will run poorly. Common symptoms of faulty ignition cables and wires are: poor gas mileage, engine misfires, engine light is on, and engine may vibrate. If your car needs new ignition cables and wires, call or visit OTA Auto Care in Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734. Here, you will have the wires and cables changed by a top-rated mechanic.

Spark Plugs
A spark plug delivers electric current to the combustion chamber from the ignition system. Spark plugs that haven't been changed for a long time can cause ignition problems. At OTA Auto Care, we have automotive experts who will check and replace your spark plugs. For all your spark plug repair or replacement needs, call 609-242-1146 or visit OTA Auto Care today.

Oil, Lube, and Filter
To keep running smoothly, your car highly relies on oil, lube, and oil filters. Oil helps in lubricating, cooling, and cleaning the internal engine components. With time, motor oil becomes contaminated. Your car needs an oil, lube, and filter change every three months (or 3,000 miles). When it is time for a lube, oil, or filter change, take your vehicle to OTA Auto Care in Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734.

Check Engine Light
No one likes to see their car'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 OTA Auto Care, we can pull the code and diagnose the problem for you. Give us a call at 609-242-1146 or stop by the shop for our expert assistance.

Whether you're in need of simple oil service, or more significant engine maintenance, call OTA Auto Care at 609-242-1146 to learn how we can help you get back on the road quickly!

What People Say About Us


  • -Chris R.

    First brought my car to OTA from a recommendation for a timing belt replacement. They are upfront and honest, a dying trend for mechanics these days. I have and do recommend OTA to anyone I come across looking for shop they can trust to do the job right the first time.


  • -David Campbell - Forked River

    I had a really Great experience at OTA. I made an appointment. Left the car an explained all I needed to. The car was fixed. They even did the inspection. Now I?m all good. Car is running great. I would tell everyone I know to go here. No question the best service.


  • -Lorraine K.

    Joe & all at OTA always do what is best for you and your car!!!!


  • -Gregory Y.

    Had a flat this morning! OTA had me back on the road quickly and for only $34.


  • -Maureen M.

    Everyone here is extremely helpful. They do a great job, they call you to let you know how much it's going to cost before they start the work, and everyone is professional and courteous. I highly recommend this place always.


  • -Ed F.

    The crew at OTA have been servicing my 2002 Tacoma since the warranty expired 13 years ago, and they always do a professional job for a reasonable price. This time, I was due for an oil change, and since the truck is 16 years old, Jeff suggested I replace the timing belt even though I still have low miles on the truck. I got a thorough rebuild of the front of my engine including a new coolant pump, belts, and hoses. The price was less than I expected, and the truck runs great.


  • -Brian B.

    OTA has provided good customer service for us for several years, on several vehicles we owned. They never try to sell you anything unnecessary. The quality of the work is always the best.


  • -Ron R.

    OTA always gives me good service, great communication and fair pricing. They stand behind their work and do not "create" problems that are not really problems!!!!! This is the only independent shop I ever use.


  • -Jeff M.

    Excellent place to take my car, am visiting from out of state. Thank you Joe and Jeff!


  • -Lenny H.

    Had car dropped off during weekend when closed due to engine troubles. Returned call first thing Monday morning when they received envelope and key from drop off slot, explained when and what they were going to check. Returned call with diagnosis very quick. Thank you Jeff and Joe.


  • -Lolita C.

    Would not take my car anywhere else. This group is A-one. I have never been disappointed.


  • -Patrick P.

    They put rear brakes in my Lexus SUV. They are always professional and courteous. From Jeff and Joe along with the gentleman at the front desk. Outstanding effort for a very fair price.


  • -Alex N.

    They are outstanding. Every time I go there I don't have to worry about my cars. They're very reasonable, and I trust them.


  • -Stacy A.

    Nice people who do really good work. The always take good care of us.


  • -Doreen M.

    Lovely people who care about what your car needs to keep going and allow you & family to be safe on the road. Last oil change - they topped off the oil, cleaned windows, and vacuumed up foot areas. Coffee and free TV to watch while you are waiting.


  • -Robi B.

    Always receive outstanding service.


  • -Nancy D.

    Always a good experience at OTA. They are efficient, friendly, and professional. I trust them for anything at all that my car needs.


  • -Gabriel M.

    Honest. Friendly. Knowledgeable. Fair rates. If you need a mechanic shop, then this is the place. They explain all their repairs and why you need them now or which can wait. They have always done right by me and my family, since we started going there almost 10 years ago.


  • -Alex T.

    Very good people. They really know how to take care of you and your car at a reasonable price.


  • -Tommy L.

    Great people, great mechanics, great service. Very caring. Your car is in good hands.


  • -Edward H.

    Very professional. The people there are very nice and courteous, and the job is always done right. If you have to leave your car there, they'll give you a ride home and pick you up when it's done.


  • -Jeff S.

    Great people!


  • -Kris B.

    Great staff, knowledgeable mechanics and affordable prices. Great place to have your car serviced.


  • -Michael P.

    Good honest shop.


  • -Sally P.

    Always friendly, reliable and knowledgeable.


  • -Frank S.

    Got my motor vehicle inspection done here...have a beautiful car that I am very particular about...they did a magnificent job...quick turnaround...respectful...nice paved parking lot and well kept facility...made the experience painless and proficient...highly recommend for anyone who needs car care or inspection services.


  • -Mike P.

    Excellent customer service with honest work! Great shop and fair pricing. Don't trust your vehicle anywhere else!


  • -Bill G.

    You will get honest answers and excellent parts. Joe and the gang go above and beyond each and every time. I have used them for 9 years for every personal and business vehicle I own. I don't let anyone else touch my vehicles.


  • -Dennis B.

    Great local company!


  • -TOT R.

    Best mechanics in the area. Friendly, reasonable prices. Would recommend them to anyone in the area.


  • -Jimi K.

    They do great work.


  • -Joe N.

    OTA did a great job when I had a problem with a set of Goodyears I purchased 2 years ago. they stepped up and handled the problem and provided a loaner car for me. Not even a car dealer will do that! They are winners and know what customer care is about. Once again, good job.


  • -Jill W.

    Never ever a bad experience. Always answer the phone promptly, always explain EVERYTHING that needs to be done to your car with very reasonable pricing. The staff as a whole are trustworthy and experienced.


  • -Ed B.

    Was referred to OTA when my old mechanic retired. Very trustworthy, quick turnaround & loaner cars available.


  • -Peter C.

    I had my exhaust manifold done there, the price was reasonable, and they told me 2 days it would take. I had it back within 1 day, and my truck is not making the loud noise any more. The staff was excellent too. They even drove me home.


  • -Keith H.

    Very professional service at a great price. The mechanics are very knowledgeable and do a good job! Satisfied Customer 5 Stars!


  • -Greg J.

    Great location, great people, excellent service.


  • -Karyl M.

    Great service and stellar customer service.


  • -Jennie V.

    Friendly staff, fair pricing, felt like family.


  • -Margo J.

    OTA has been repairing my car since I moved to New Jersey some years ago, and I have never had an issue with my car after it was serviced by OTA. I trust them implicitly to do the necessary repairs that they recommend when I bring my car in for servicing. They often go above and beyond what is obvious and repair things I may not be aware of. I drive away from their facility knowing my car is in the best shape possible for safe driving. I am pleased to write this review to thank them for their honesty and expertise in auto repair.


  • -Chuck R.

    Definitely the best automotive shop there is. Have been a customer for about 15 years and wouldn't go anywhere else. Even with the specials a new car dealer throws at us, we still would rather go to OTA. Highly knowledgeable, professional, quick with appointments and turn arounds. Staff treats customers like family.


  • -Kristyn S.

    Finally, a repair shop you can trust. I have an old Buick, went to ANOTHER PLACE and was told it would cost almost $2,000 needing a radiator, etc. A friend suggested I try OTA. Not only did I not need a radiator, but they fixed it for $213.00. Amazing! I'll never go anywhere else!!!


  • -Stefania J.

    Someone recommended I go to OTA, and as soon as I got there, someone went for a ride in my truck, listened to the problem and got my truck in the same day to fix it. My truck is running great and problems are fixed!! Very happy with their services. Thank you guys!!


  • -Hillary W.

    We moved here last year and have brought both cars to OTA for maintenance. Today we found ourselves at a deserted Gille Park, in the rain, with 2 kids, a dog and a big old dead battery. Joe from OTA ran up and gave us a jump, totally going out of his way to be friendly and helpful. Thank you, Joe and OTA. We will be in this week, and your customer service, helpfulness, and expertise have made us customers for life! Thank you!!!


  • -Jarred T.

    Great people, great service, and they have been helping out my family for years.


  • -Lou F.

    If you take your vehicle to another service shop, you've made a mistake. Great people, fast service, and the prices are second to none.


  • -Val H.

    Excellent customer service and reasonable prices! Thank You!


  • -Manny G.

    I was recommended by my best friend's girlfriend to go to OTA, because they are honest mechanics and will get the job done. And that's the truth. The top end of my engine had to be redone, and they fixed other little things with my car that I didn't even know about! They're really great people, and I will never take my car anywhere else!


  • -Thomas F.

    I first went there because he did a favor for my daughter. He spent about an hour tracking a tire down at another center. He would not accept anything for his time. Jeff is now a friend and he cares.


  • -Chris R.

    First brought my car to OTA from a recommendation for a timing belt replacement. They are upfront and honest, a dying trend for mechanics these days. I have and do recommend OTA to anyone I come across looking for shop they can trust to do the job right the first time.

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