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801-444-3787 | 1681 W Gordon Ave Layton, UT 84041

Auto Repair Tips & Guidance

Extreme Auto - The right answer for auto repair since 1996.

Extreme Auto's blog provides reliable answers you can act on today. At Extreme Auto in Layton we understand you want a quality resource, delivered monthly with high caliber auto maintenance tips, superior gas saving options and best in class repair guidance. For additional advice, come by our service center at 1681 W Gordon Ave, Layton, UT 84041 today or call 801-444-3787 to ask one of our auto repair experts.

Should I Replace My Car's Spark Plugs?

2022-10-01

The Two Instances When You Should Always Replace Your Spark Plugs

Let's talk spark plugs. A common question we hear at Extreme Auto is, "Should I replace my spark plugs?"

A spark plug performs a critical task for your vehicle's engine. Without a spark plug your car or truck's engine cannot work. Properly working spark plugs also deliver added fuel efficiency. Most owners manuals say to replace the spark plugs every 80,000 to 100,000 miles. In many cases spark plugs last longer than the driver's ownership of the car.

So, when should you replace your spark plugs?

  1. If you just purchased a used vehicle
  2. At least every 80,000 miles

Spark plugs are one of the hardest working parts of a vehicle. If you just purchased a used car, it is best to go ahead and replace the spark plugs. You have no idea if the previous owners were "severe" drivers. A spark plug can fire 400 times per minute per cylinder or 1,600 times a minute on a four-cylinder engine. Severe driving can place even higher demands on the spark plugs and engine.

Many used car dealers boast an extensive multi-point inspection plan prior to the sale of any car but many of these plans don't cover spark plug integrity. Because a failed spark plug can mean disaster for your new purchase it is best to get them replaced by the qualified technicians at Extreme Auto in Layton.

At Extreme Auto we recommend replacing spark plugs before they reach the 80,000-mile mark. Many car owners delay spark plug replacement until the engine starts "missing." An engine that is "missing" will typically result in a jerking feeling when accelerating. Spark plugs that are severely worn out will create a pinging or knocking sound. These fouled, worn-out spark plugs can lead to extensive engine damage that is expensive to fix. Therefore, replacing spark plugs before they reach the 80,000-mile mark is very important.
Three Indicators Your Spark Plugs Need To Be Replaced

  1. Rattling, pinging or knocking noises when accelerating
  2. Missing, hesitating or jerky feeling when driving
  3. Slow acceleration or chugging

Sluggish and reduced performance also causes poor fuel economy. Save money at the pump by taking care of your vehicle's spark plugs.

Come by Extreme Auto in Layton if you just bought a used car or your vehicle is approaching the 80,000-mile mark to have your spark plugs replaced by one of our qualified pro mechanics. Call today at 801-444-3787 or stop by our service center at 1681 W Gordon Ave, Layton, UT, 84041.



Don't Forget to Replace Your Car or Truck's Belts

2022-10-01

Remember to Change Your Belts

Drivers in Layton are busy and it is easy to forget that belts are tirelessly working to keep your engine running. A worn-out belt is a break down waiting to happen. Avoid being stranded on the side of the road and get your belts inspected each time you get an oil change at Extreme Auto in Layton.

Your car or truck's belts are essential for many of the vehicle's critical components such as water cooling, air conditioning and the alternator. Serpentine belts are used to turn the alternator, power steering and air-conditioning compressor. Often when serpentine belts brake your vehicle will stop working completely.

Come to Extreme Auto to get worn or frayed serpentine belts replaced. Replacing belts when cracked, frayed or showing signs of excessive wear is very inexpensive when compared to having your car or truck towed to our repair shop.

Listen for signs of belt problems. Noise like rattling or slipping in the belt system is a sign of wear. Use your nose to tell you if a belt problem is imminent. The smell of burnt rubber can indicate a slipping belt.

At Extreme Auto when we replace a worn serpentine belt, we check all the components in the serpentine system such as tensioners and pulleys. A typical serpentine belt replacement is 60,000 to 90,000 miles.

Why risk being stranded when a bad belt can be diagnosed with simple routine maintenance? Get Extreme Auto to replace your car or truck's serpentine belts as directed by your owner's manual and avoid the hassle and expense of a sudden breakdown.

Call Extreme Auto in Layton today at 801-444-3787 to schedule regular maintenance such as belt inspection.



Owning A Car Is A Hidden Cost For College Students

2022-10-01

Car Ownership - A Hidden Cost for College Students in Layton

Public transportation, Uber or Lyft may be an option for students attending college in large cities but for students attending colleges in small towns the only option may be owning a car. This is particularly true for students attending community colleges where commuting to campus is the only option.

College is expensive and owning a car while attending school is an added expense. Here are the top six expense categories college students should plan for:

  1. Fuel
  2. Financing
  3. Parking permit, annual taxes and registration
  4. Insurance
  5. Maintenance
  6. Tires

Parking permits, licensing, registration and taxes are unavoidable. However here are some recommendations for managing other costs.

  • Consider using a gas app that helps you track down the best price in town for gas. Many local gas and convenience stores offer a reward card just for gas.
  • Revisit your auto loan. College may be a good time to consider a less expensive car. Call your local credit union and ask them about financing. Some financial institutions offer lower interest rates for car owners who sign up to have their monthly payments deducted directly from their bank account each month.
  • Shopping for car insurance may also create a significant savings. If you switch to a less expensive car you may need less coverage. If you are driving less on average this may also lower your insurance costs. Keeping a clean driving record while you are in college can help keep your insurance rates low.
  • Come by Extreme Auto in Layton and let us help you create a solid auto maintenance plan. No one wants to miss class because their car wouldn't start. Regular maintenance on your car will help prevent high-cost car repairs in the future. Maintenance items such as oil changes can also increase fuel efficiency saving you additional money at the gas pump.
  • The cost of tires can be a jolt to a college student's budget. Plan to buy tires by setting aside a little money each month. Save on tires by taking advantage of manufacturer rebates.

Call Extreme Auto in Layton today at 801-444-3787 or stop by our service center for preventive auto maintenance services at 1681 W Gordon Ave, Layton, UT, 84041.



Extreme Auto Knows What Older Cars and Trucks Need

2022-10-01

Take Your Older Car or Truck To Extreme Auto in Layton For Preventative Maintenance

The consumer price index for used cars and trucks jumped up by 40.5% from January 2021 to January 2022. As a result, the average age of vehicles on the road is rising as many owners of older cars decide it is cheaper to hang on to them than to buy one today.

As cars get older, they need more maintenance and repair. Drivers in Layton must be more diligent about preventative maintenance. Replacing a bad O2 Sensor costs $250.00 on average. This may increase or decrease based on the make and model of your car or truck. However, performing recommended auto maintenance such as air filter replacement and spark plug replacement can extend the life of your O2 sensor.

Kelly Blue Book reports the average vehicle age in the US is 13.5 years. After five years of ownership the chances of a breakdown or service issue increases dramatically unless drivers are vigilant about preventative maintenance. Come by Extreme Auto in Layton and let us help you set up a preventative maintenance plan for your car or truck. Sticking to a maintenance plan will minimize the chances of breakdowns, increase fuel efficiency and decrease any future repair costs.

The Top 6 Auto Preventative Maintenance Items to Plan for Today

  1. oil change
  2. oil and fuel filters
  3. belts and hoses
  4. brake system components
  5. brake and transmission fluid flushes
  6. tires and alignment

Extreme Auto in Layton is dedicated to helping busy car owners prioritize preventative maintenance. We make it easy with convenient, affordable and friendly service. Call today at 801-444-3787 or stop by our service center at 1681 W Gordon Ave, Layton, UT, 84041 and speak to one of our technicians.




What Our Customers Are Saying

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I would like to give a Huge huge thanks to the mechanics and receptionist at Extreme Auto.they are amazing they fixed my car that was sitting in my garage for a year cuz I couldnt get it to pass emissions.took it to many shops charged me an arm and leg and still my engine light was on. Repaired sensors cuz thats what i was told and still wouldnt pass.so I was going threw my phone looking for another shop and saw Extrem Auto and there reviews and took my car to them told them my catelatic converter was the problem they fixed it.My car has PASSED EMISSIONS and its Running .I would recommend EXTREME AUTO. To anybody who needs repairs on your car.there very honest and reasonable on there prices.THANKYOU THANKYOU

, 09/29/2021

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...I want to give a huge kudos to Lael at Extreme Auto for his honesty and professionalism. Lael has my business for any future problems and I highly recommend Extreme Auto for anyone that needs an honest, hardworking, reasonable & fair expert mechanic for their vehicles. Integrity is hard to find these days. Thanks Lael.

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I am a car enthusiast and mechanic and usually take care of my own cars. However, after I completed an engine overhaul for my daughter's car, I kept getting a service engine light code that prevented me from getting her car registered. After spending hours on the problem and still not corrected, other priorities took precedent and I wanted to find a place I could engage to have them focus on the problem while I tended to more pressing issues. I found Extreme Auto and gave them a call. I was immediately impressed with their willingness to help and their knowledge about the situation. Extreme Auto invested the time it took to correctly diagnose the problem without throwing new parts at it in hope of solving the problem like most dealerships would. They followed through and methodically chased down the problem until they had an answer. I was very happy with the service, the expertise, the dedication and the cost. They went way above and beyond on this one, and for that I am grateful. Nice work Extreme Auto!!!

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They have worked on my car multiple times in the last 4 plus years, and I always get excellent service and good honest work. Nobody else works on my car, period!

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Very honest, which is hard to find in an auto repair shop. They have worked on multiple vehicles of ours and other family members, and we have all been very satisfied. I even took my car in once for a check engine light, and they did a full diagnostic for free. They really take care of you once you're a customer. Not to mention, Cindy at the front desk, is an absolute sweetheart.

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Because of Extreme Auto, my car has over 230,000 miles and runs great. I get cost effective problem solvers with repair service I can depend on.

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