Brakes

Brakes are your first line of defense against any accidents or collisions on and off the road. So it’s important that you get them checked out before they begin to fail or make noises. If you’re like most drivers in Parkville, you only get your brakes checked once you notice that something’s wrong. It’s important to get your brakes checked regularly.

Note, an easy way to remember is to get them checked each time you go in for an oil or filter change at Tim’s AUTOMOTIVE & TOWING Not maintaining functioning brakes is a safety hazard to both you and other drivers on the road.

Most common signs you need a brake check: Grinding or Screeching noises when you brake

Cause: This usually indicates that the brake pads are worn down and need to be replaced immediately. Remember, the grinding and screeching is not a “friendly reminder” to change your brake pads, it is a sign of a mechanical problem. Not replacing your brake pads at this point will result in serious problems and more expensive repair costs.

Your ABS light on the dashboard is on

Cause: Have one of our auto technicians do a routine brake check, if there are no discernible problems and the light is still coming on, check the wiring and electric plugs. They can suffer from over-all wear and tear too!

Pulsating or shaky braking

Cause: Consistent use of your auto brakes means heat and wear caused by friction. Over time, this can warp the rotors by thinning them out, which leads to the shaky feeling.

Difficulty braking

Cause: This is difficult to say without a full inspection of the brakes by a mechanic, but any of the above are likely potential causes.

Visit Tim’s AUTOMOTIVE & TOWING and get your brakes checked today!

Clutch Repair

Just like brakes, it’s easy for drivers to tell when the clutch is wearing out and needing a replacement. A worn out, or wearing out, clutch can be harder to handle. You might notice that the pedals seem to ‘stick’ more, and that pushing the clutch in requires more force than normal. A clutch in need of repair can also lose the smoothness of a clutch in good condition; you might notice a ‘shakiness’ or jerking motion when the clutch moves from gear to gear, or even total loss of control at times, as the clutch slips out of gear entirely.

The clutch doesn’t usually last the lifespan of the car. Depending on the vehicle’s make and model, and how well the clutch is treated, the clutch may or may not last more than 50,000 miles. Even the climate of where you live and drive, and your commute-type can affect the clutch. A driver that sits in city traffic all day, inching along, uses the clutch a lot more than a driver that coasts down the highway. Hot weather also affects the usage of clutch fluid, and can cause the fluid to run thin much faster than in a cold climate.

If you haven’t noticed a gradual wearing-down of your clutch, and find yourself in a sudden clutch crisis – the clutch stops working entirely or you notice smoke or the smell of electrical fire underneath your hood, you’re likely in for a surprise clutch replacement. This type of replacement is something that controls your daily driving experience, so it’s important to take this repair seriously. Locate a good mechanic shop, one that you trust. Since the cost of clutch replacement varies so widely, you want to make sure you’re getting the best deal, while getting the repair done right. Depending on the make and model, a clutch replacement can run anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. Small sedans like the Honda Civic can run on the less expensive end of the spectrum, while more “driving-focused” cars like many BMW models can run into the thousands to replace the clutch. It’s best to have a relationship with a mechanic before you find yourself suddenly in need of their services. If you do find yourself in a bad clutch replacement situation, you can contact Tim’s AUTOMOTIVE & TOWING to get more information and even a quote on the repair costs. We’re ASE certified mechanics and NAPA-endorsed automotive repair establishments.

FREE WOMEN’S CAR CARE CLINIC

And “strutyourself on over to our

FREE WOMEN’S CAR CARE CLINIC

Saturday, November 8th, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

CALL TO REGISTER TODAY!

3015 East Joppa Road 8528 Old Harford Road

Baltimore, MD 21234

410.665.9098 410.668.6161

Via e-mail Tammy Edwards: tammy@timsautomotive.com

In celebration of National Car Care Month, TIM’S AUTOMOTIVE will host an informative, interactive and empowering FREE Women’s Car Care Clinic!

Research shows that many women feel intimidated when it comes to automotive repairs. The TIM’S AUTOMOTIVE Women's Car Care Clinic takes a very strong approach to empower women so that they feel confident in dealing with anyone regarding their vehicles needs and knowing what is necessary and when.

Seminar Topics Include:

  • Checking tire pressure and tread depth
  • Demonstrating safe ways to change tires
  • Checking and maintaining proper fluid levels
  • How to keep your vehicle properly maintained for a longer life
  • Safety issues on the road
  • How to recognize potential problems
REFRESHMENTS will be available as well as great DOOR PRIZES and other FUN GIVEAWAYS!!! This event is always a huge hit and a fun afternoon for the girls!!!

Feel free to share this with the special ladies in your life and be sure to

CALL OR E-MAIL to reserve your spot today!!!

TIM BONNER, TIM'S AUTOMOTIVE AND TOWING NAMED SBA BALTIMORE DISTRICT OFFICE'S, 2015 SMALL BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR

SBW logo (2) U.S. Small Business Administration, Baltimore Maryland District Office Announces Small Business Person of the Year April 8, 2015 Customers of Tim’s Automotive & Towing, Each year the President of the United States declares national small business week in celebration of the contributions of the small business community to the nation’s economy. The U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA, honors small business owners who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and success in the development of their business and commitment to their community. All of us at Tim’s Automotive & Towing are very proud and honored to announce that Tim Bonner, Owner and President of Tim’s Automotive & Towing, has been selected as the 2015 SBA Baltimore District Office’s Small Business Person of the Year. Tim will be honored at the 31st Annual Maryland Small Business Week Awards Luncheon, Friday, May 15th at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD. We are very excited that the office has selected Tim as the recipient of this award, and hope you will join us in congratulating him. We sincerely thank you for your continued business and wish you every success in the future. Sincerely, Patricia Bonner McElroy Patricia Bonner McElroy, Vice President Tim Bonner Enterprises, Inc. Tim’s Towing, Inc. Tim’s Auto Battery & Electric, LLC   PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release For more information contact: Tim’s Automotive & Towing Phone: (410)725-0598 Fax: (410)665-3969 E-mail:tammy@timsautomotive.com Tim Bonner, Tim’s Automotive & Towing named SBA Baltimore District Office’s, 2015 Small Business Person of the Year Baltimore, Maryland (April 8, 2015) – Tim Bonner, President and Owner of Tim’s Automotive & Towing with locations in Parkville & Carney, Maryland, has been named the 2015 Maryland Small Business Person of the Year by the Baltimore District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Each year the President of the United States declares national small business week in celebration of the contributions of the small business community to the nation’s economy. The U.S. SBA honors small business owners who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and success in the development of their business and commitment to their community. Tim’s is the largest independently owned full service automotive repair center in North-East Baltimore, including two automotive locations and a towing company that service residential customers as well as all size commercial fleets. Tim’s is a family owned and operated business that has proudly served the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan area since 1987. Under Tim’s leadership, the organization has been designed and structured to provide a one stop shop for any and all Automotive Service customer needs, including Towing and Recovery. Tim’s motto, “We will be here when you need us”, reinforces this business design and is a daily reminder to all employees of the level of service that the company and Tim are committed to provide every customer. Tim’s provides complete preventive maintenance, state inspections, and repair services for all vehicle types -- light, medium and heavy duty. The professionally trained staff at Tim’s specializes in state of the art diagnostic testing including ABS, wheel chair lift maintenance, computerized balancing, electrical repair issues, etc. Tim’s Automotive honors all dealer and extended warranties and uses only quality parts with a nationwide warranty. Bonner will be honored at the 31st Annual Maryland Small Business Week Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 15th at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, Maryland. ###

Tim’s Automotive Launches NEW Website!

We got a new look! Tim’s Automotive of Parkville, MD has launched a new website. We understand that the web is taking over how our customers are looking for businesses and services. Our goal is to make sure that our quality auto repair services can be easily found on the web! Feel free to browse around our new website and let us know what you think. Please come back frequently to check out the latest news, photos, advice & promotions. By taking your vehicle to a NAPA AutoCare Center, you’re getting the best of both worlds. All AutoCare Centers are independently owned shops that take pride in its community and customers while still being backed up by a national warranty and the trusted NAPA brand.

TIMS AUTOMOTIVE ANNOUNCES A FREE WOMENS CAR CARE CLINIC!

Press Release

Tim’s Automotive and Towing Inc. Announces

Free Women’s Car Care Clinic on Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at

3015 East Joppa Road, Carney, MD  21234

Carney, Maryland: Tim’s Automotive and Towing, Inc. is offering a FREE CARE CARE CLINIC FOR WOMEN on April 6, 2013 at 3015 East Joppa Road. The seminar is from 1:00pm – 2:30pm. Although the seminar is free to the community, participants should register by calling Tim’s Automotive at 410 665-9098 or by emailing tammy@timsautomotive.com This seminar is held in conjunction with the “Be Car Care Aware” educational campaign and is designed to better acquaint women with their vehicle’s maintenance needs. “A well maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable,” said Tim Bonner, President. In this economy we want all of our customers to understand more about their cars and the long term benefits of having them properly maintained, as well as the warning signs of compromised systems and components that could create expensive repair bills.  We also want to promote safety on our roadways. Register today and learn more about your vehicle.      

Top Signs You Need Engine Repair

Vehicles are extremely complicated machines, and any number of parts can malfunction. In a society that relies so heavily on their vehicles for work and recreation, an unexpected breakdown can spell disaster. However, increasing numbers of car owners are neglecting routine maintenance and ignoring the common signs of a need for engine repair that could leave them stranded and with

huge repair bills.

Getting the most out of your vehicle means keeping it in the best shape possible, and that requires knowing and acting on important warning signs that your vehicle needs engine repair or maintenance. If you want to avoid the inconvenience of a breakdown, take your vehicle in to your auto repair shop when you notice any of these signs of engine problems.

Warning Lights

That pesky “check engine” light is hard to miss, but many people do not take it as seriously as they should, especially if the light is not identifying a specific problem. Warning lights are connected to a sensitive computer with sensors monitoring important engine processes. Warning lights can signify problems that range form the relatively minor to very serious, and ignoring the light will only lead to greater problems.

Tapping, Clicking, Clunking Sounds

If your engine starts making loud and unfamiliar noises, it could be a sign of significant engine problems. Clunking sounds may indicate loose or broken parts, popping noises might signify premature detonation of fuel in the combustion chamber, and grinding might mean transmission trouble, for example. When you hear strange noises, it's always best to let your repair shop track down the problem as soon as possible.

Jerking, Surging, Stalling

Driving should be smooth and free of lurching and stalling. If your vehicle is responding strangely, it's a pretty strong sign that you have engine problems. Whether it's due to clogged fuel lines, fouled spark plugs or any of a number of other problems, ignoring the issue can put you in the danger zone.

Bad or Unusual Smells

All vehicles emit smells, but when the smells are unusual or make it into the passenger compartment, it's an important sign you need some sort of engine repair. Sometimes it might be something as minor as worn or loose belts. Other times it could be exhaust that contains dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide. Don't take any chances and get your vehicle checked out by a technician immediately.

Even if you believe your engine is in relatively good shape, ignoring these signs of problems can lead to even more costly engine repairs. Have your automotive shop take a look and keep your car fit for the road.

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Vehicles are extremely complicated machines, and any number of parts can malfunction. In a society that relies so heavily on their vehicles for work and recreation, an unexpected breakdown can spell disaster. However, increasing numbers of car owners are neglecting routine maintenance and ignoring the common signs of a need for engine repair that could […]

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