Whitaker Auto Repair

115 N Carey St
Grand Island, NE 68803

308.398.0505

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Whitaker Auto Repair

115 N Carey St

Grand Island, NE 68803

Phone: 308.398.0505

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Business Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Saturday - Sunday
Closed


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Trust Your Vehicle to Whitaker Auto Repair in GRAND ISLAND

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Your vehicle is much more than a transportation appliance. It gets you to work, takes care of errands, goes on dates, and vacations. You could say it’s part of the family; or even an important business partner.

GRAND ISLAND auto owners depend on their vehicles for so much. The wise team of proactive automotive professionals at Whitaker Auto Repair in GRAND ISLAND understand how essential your car or truck is to your life. And we want you to know that you can trust in us to keep you safely on the road.

We put a vital emphasis on preventive maintenance – taking care of the routine things that help your vehicle last longer, perform consistently, retain its safety, and prevent breakdowns and repairs. And when your vehicle is sidelined, we’ll do everything we can to get it back in the game as fast as possible.

To us at Whitaker Auto Repair, keeping the trust of GRAND ISLAND drivers requires investing in our superb employees, their training, and technologically-advanced equipment. When we do that, we can keep our promise of high-quality, convenient service and repair that’s done right the first time.

We appreciate the confidence you have in us and are convinced we can earn it over again each time you bring your auto in for service. We hope you opt for Whitaker Auto Repair first for all your car care needs.

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Whitaker Auto Repair
115 North Carey
GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA 68803
308.398.0505

At Whitaker Auto Repair we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

At Whitaker Auto Repair in GRAND ISLAND NEBRASKA (68803) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 308.398.0505. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Recommended Factory Scheduled Maintenance Performed at Whitaker Auto Repair in GRAND ISLAND

Recommended Factory Scheduled Maintenance Grand Island

As we GRAND ISLAND car owners know, our vehicles have factory scheduled maintenance items items. These range from oil changes, to timing belt replacement, to brake inspection. These recommendations are usually made for certain mileage or time intervals.

For some vehicles, certain recommendations are clustered around major intervals like 30,000/60,000/90,000 miles. Following automobile manufacturer recommended service goes a long way towards preventing breakdowns and keeps your vehicle operating as safely and economically as possible.

What GRAND ISLAND auto owners may not know is that you can have ALL of your auto maker recommended service performed right here at Whitaker Auto Repair in GRAND ISLAND – even while your vehicle is still under warranty. That’s right; your factory warranty is protected wherever the factory recommended service is performed. And following the recommended inspection schedule helps us uncover any potential troubles and allows us to make needed improvements before they become big, expensive problems.

So if your new sedan comes with a couple of free oil changes – who could blame you for taking advantage of that. With our reputation for high-quality work, convenience, and a fair price, you know you are in good hands for all of your car care needs during your factory warranty period and beyond.

Your auto maker owner’s manual contains your maintenance schedule. And of course our Whitaker Auto Repair service advisors have access to the factory schedule and can help you stay up-to-date with scheduled items. Smart GRAND ISLAND car owners opt for Whitaker Auto Repair to perform an essential preventive maintenance evaluation to make sure their vehicle is in top shape.

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Whitaker Auto Repair
115 North Carey
GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA 68803
308.398.0505


At Whitaker Auto Repair, we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

At Whitaker Auto Repair in GRAND ISLAND NEBRASKA (68803) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 308.398.0505. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Whitaker Auto Repair Car Care News and Information: Diesel Emissions Maintenance

GRAND ISLAND diesel emissions maintenance

You’ve probably noticed a lot more GRAND ISLAND motorists driving vehicles with diesel engines. Diesel is a very popular choice in much of the world and is becoming more commonplace here in GRAND ISLAND. North America is just starting to close the gap between gas and diesel engines. Because we are generally less familiar with diesel engines, it would be useful to review emissions related details.

First off, diesel fuel is more energy dense than the same amount of gasoline so it generates more power per gallon. However, it also produces more exhaust particulates. So scrubbing the soot out of the exhaust is essential. By law, modern diesel vehicles are required to have a diesel particulate filter (DPF) installed in the exhaust system. This special filter traps the particulates (soot). As the soot accumulates, the filter fills up fairly speedy.

It would be very impractical to have to change these costly filters often, so automobile manufacturers have designed systems that burn off the soot. Some systems are passive, allowing the soot to settle inside the filter and absorb heat from the exhaust until the temperature is high enough for the particulates in the trapped in the filter to combust and burn off. This process is called passive filter regeneration.

One process of active filter regeneration is accomplished by injecting a bit of diesel fuel into the engine at just the right time to heat the exhaust enough to burn off the particulates. Another method uses a fuel injector placed in the exhaust pipe upstream from the DPF to inject a bit of fuel into the exhaust stream to cause the particulates to combust. The engine management computer of your auto controls these regeneration events.

The old days of a noisy diesel engines belching clouds of black, sooty smoke on GRAND ISLAND roads are gone. Diesel emissions systems like Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) combine to convey all of the power and gas mileage of a diesel engine, without all of the detrimental and annoying side effects. You can depend on Whitaker Auto Repair to help you with your diesel engine. We will advise you on the vital routine maintenance schedules and warning signs of potential issues so that you can be comfortable with your decision to go diesel.

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Whitaker Auto Repair
115 North Carey
GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA 68803
308.398.0505

At Whitaker Auto Repair we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

At Whitaker Auto Repair in GRAND ISLAND NEBRASKA (68803) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 308.398.0505. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Whitaker Auto Repair Auto Care and Car Repair: Brake Fluid Change Standards

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Brake fluid is one of those vital maintenance items that’s easy for GRAND ISLAND motorists to miss. For one, it doesn’t have to be replaced that often and when it should it’s ordinarily not as well-defined as, say, an oil change. Brake fluid does become contaminated over time, however, and needs to be replaced before damage is done.

Two of the most common contaminates in brake fluid are water and copper. Brake fluid is hydroscopic – meaning it attracts moisture. Over several years it can actually build up a fair amount of water. Too much water in the brake fluid generally causes a couple of problems.

First, water can react with brake system components and cause rust corrosion which can lead to leaks.

Second, the water could boil. Out by the calipers, brake components can get very hot. Water in the brake lines in that area can turn to steam which doesn’t compress like brake fluid. That can really impair stopping power.

It may seem strange to talk about testing for copper in brake fluid. What GRAND ISLAND auto owners may not know is that the steel brake lines (hoses), are actually lined with copper. The copper prohibits the brake lines from rusting due to the water that collects in the fluid.

As brake fluid heats and cools, some of the copper lining ionizes and flows around in the fluid. This can lead to two potential problems. First, if enough copper comes off the lining, the steel in the lines is unprotected and can corrode. Second, the copper ions floating around are “looking” for some metal to bond with. This leads to copper plating in some sensitive areas like the anti-lock brake module which can hurt its function.

Ask your Whitaker Auto Repair service specialist if it’s time to test your brake fluid and inspect your brake system. We can make sure your brakes are up to their important job.

Give us a call

Whitaker Auto Repair
115 North Carey
GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA 68803
308.398.0505

At Whitaker Auto Repair we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

At Whitaker Auto Repair in GRAND ISLAND NEBRASKA (68803) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 308.398.0505. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

Smart Car Care for GRAND ISLAND Drivers: Oxygen Sensor

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Many GRAND ISLAND car owners hear the term “Oxygen Sensor” and figure it must have something to do with sensing oxygen, but don’t really know much beyond that.

Let’s explore it: your vehicle has an oxygen sensor in the exhaust manifold that measures how much unburned oxygen there is in the exhaust. The sensor reports its findings to the engine control unit (ECU), which knows how much oxygen there should be in the exhaust. Based on that important information, the ECU will adjust the amount of fuel it sends to the engine.

This feedback and adjustment loop is non-stop. The goal is to have the optimal air to fuel ratio for performance, efficiency and to lower detrimental emissions.

Now there is a second oxygen sensor located in the exhaust pipe after the catalytic converter. It too measures the amount of oxygen in the exhaust after it has been treated by the catalytic converter. As this measurement is reported back to the ECU, the computer compares the oxygen levels before and after the catalytic converter to determine if the converter is still functioning properly.

So, 4-cylinder vehicles have two oxygen sensors. V-6 and V-8 engines have four sensors, two for each bank of cylinders. As you can imagine, the oxygen sensor lives and functions in a pretty hot environment so they do wear out over time. Substances in the exhaust can also damage them leading to failure. Outside elements like water and road salt can corrode an oxygen sensor. When the sensor goes bad it simply needs to be replaced.

NEBRASKA motorists may be interested to know that oxygen sensors are often replaced needlessly. When the oxygen sensor returns a measurement that is out of the specified range, it may trigger a trouble code in the ECU and the Check Engine Light is illuminated.

Inexperienced GRAND ISLAND do-it-yourselfers or Grand Island parts store employees may read a trouble code that reports an out of range sensor reading. That could mean that the sensor is bad, but it could also mean that the sensor is accurately reporting a condition caused by some other issue. A skilled diagnostician at Whitaker Auto Repair can sort this out and will only replace the oxygen sensor when it has truly gone bad.

When you have a Check Engine Light come on and stay on, it’s good advice to have it checked out by a qualified Whitaker Auto Repair service specialist. The cause may be minor or quite essential, so it’s best for GRAND ISLAND drivers to play it safe and let the professionals determine if it’s needed.

Give us a call

Whitaker Auto Repair
115 North Carey
GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA 68803
308.398.0505

At Whitaker Auto Repair we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

At Whitaker Auto Repair in GRAND ISLAND NEBRASKA (68803) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 308.398.0505. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

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