Tim's Automotive8528 Old Harford Rd
Parkville, MD 21234
Tim's Towing8528 Old Harford Rd
Parkville, MD 21234
Tim's Automotive3015 East Joppa Rd
Parkville, MD 21234
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.
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.
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.
And “strut” yourself 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
Via e-mail Tammy Edwards: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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!!!
How to Get Honest Auto Repairs
When you take your car in to the auto shop for servicing, you have every reason to expect to be treated with honesty and integrity. However, it's pretty hard to know when you are lied to, over charged, or taken advantage of, when automotive care is not your expertise. So how do you know when you are getting honest auto repairs? It all boils down to the details.
What You Should Expect With Routine Maintenance
Taking your car into the auto shop for routine maintenance is always a good idea. It prolongs the car's useful life, prevents larger repair bills, and it prevents you from having to deal with unexpected problems and expenses, or wondering whether or not you really need this repair. When you take your vehicle into the auto shop, the technician should tell you what services will be performed, how long it will take, and the cost. Honest auto shops want you to know these details and strive to perform the work as described.
What About Repairs?
Routine maintenance will extend the life of the vehicle, but like any other machine, eventually parts will fail and you will need repairs. An honest auto shop will provide a diagnosis of the problem, a description of the parts or services necessary to fix the problem, and an estimate of the time and cost. They shouldn't start work without your authorization, and shouldn't do anything outside of the scope of the agreement without your consent. Auto shops that deal with integrity will not have any problem being upfront and transparent in their dealings with you, and would be willing to show you broken and replaced parts, for example.
What About Additional Work?
When you bring your vehicle in for work, it's not unusual to expect the technician to find additional problems. After all, the parts all work together to perform a task, so if one is broken or malfunctioning it will likely cause stress on another. Your repair technician should tell you what needs to be done, and it's urgency. Some repairs might need to be done as part of regular maintenance and could be delayed, others might need immediate attention.
Bringing up needed repairs isn't necessarily a sign that a repair shop is somehow dishonest. In fact, it may be just the opposite! A technician may bring up a needed repair because they have the necessary area accessible and a repair now can save you on labor. Another reason they may bring up needed repairs is that not having some things fixed could lead to unsafe driving conditions and they may be required to tell you of the danger. Other times, they may suggest repairs that could be of benefit to you such as ones that would provide better gas mileage or a smoother and safer ride.
In most cases, a shop will demonstrate honesty and integrity through their willingness to communicate and provide documentation about the work. It also takes a certain amount of trust from the vehicle owner, understanding the process and why a technician would make a recommendation.
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.
Patricia Bonner McElroy
Patricia Bonner McElroy, Vice President
Tim Bonner Enterprises, Inc.
Tim’s Towing, Inc.
Tim’s Auto Battery & Electric, LLC
For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
Tim’s Automotive & Towing
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
How to Get Honest Auto Repairs When you take your car in to the auto shop for servicing, you have every reason to expect to be treated with honesty and integrity. However, it’s pretty hard to know when you are lied to, over charged, or taken advantage of, when automotive care is not your expertise. […]Read More
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 […]Read More