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My car won’t move and I think my transmission is gone in London Ontario

Wait !!! It may not be what you think !! Transmissions do fail but so do ……CV & Drive Axle The axle on your vehicle is the structural component that connects two wheels together on opposite sites. It’s a load-bearing assembly that acts like...

Car won’t start and need a battery boost or a tow in London Ontario

Batteries Batteries 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...

My air conditioning in my car is not working in London Ontario and I need a shop that can fix it

Air Conditioning It’s the first hot day of the summer. Uncomfortably shifting in your seat in your vehicle , you turn on that long-neglected AC knob, only to discover an unwelcome blast of warm air streaming out from the vents and no cool or...

Broken belt London Ontario serpentine or timing

If you know you have a belt with cracks starting you can expect it will break and your power steering and Alternator will stop turning . Do not drive your vehicle with this broken because you could also not be turning your water pump...

Running condition on a Honda in for Repairs in London Ontario at our mechanic shop garage

This Honda came in with a limp . The connecting rod has come right through the block and chunks have shot out exposing the piston . This Honda ended up in our mechanical repair shop here in London Ontario and required a complete engine...

Jeep mechanic repairs at our shop in London Ontario

The jeeps just keep on coming in to Ricky Ratchets in London Ontario . We know Jeeps and really like them here . We have always helped to keep the old CJs on the road as well as YJs and Tjs . The engines...

My car failed emission test in London Ontario

Often we are faced with cars , trucks and minivans with failed emissions . The readings are outside what the normal allowable readings are allowed to be by the Drive Clean specs . We offer a diagnostic testing package that tests the injectors ,...

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Oil change in London Ontario

This minivan has been getting quick lube oil changes in London Ontario and the fast lube places are missing the lubrication points as outlined here in these photos . I am a real stickler for my staff not to miss these when we do...

Causes of car accidents and unsafe vehicles in London Ontario

Causes of car accidents – Mechanical failure and vehicle defects Around 10% of car accidents on the roads and highways are a result of mechanical faults and vehicle defects. Such defects with your car may include a tire blow-out, brake failure and steering mechanism...