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car-air-conditioningDuring the summer months, the temperature inside of a vehicle sitting in the sun can easily reach 130° or more. Keeping you and your passengers comfortable during the hottest weather is the job of your automobile's air conditioning system.

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The air conditioning system works by removing the heat from air inside your vehicle and transferring that heat to the outside air. What is left when the heat and humidity have been removed is cooler, more comfortable air.

To remove the heat, the system relies on several key components including a compressor, a condenser, an evaporator, pressurized refrigerant, valves and hoses—all controlled electronically.

For this system to work correctly and be ready for the hot weather, it needs to be free from leaks so that the refrigerant stays in the system. Although A/C systems are resistant to leaks and contamination, they are not leak-proof. Over time, contamination or leaks can appear and affect the cooling performance of your A/C system.

In fact, the most common cause of inadequate cooling is when the refrigerant leaks through worn seals and o-rings, loose fittings and connections. To make sure all the parts and components of your A/C system are working properly, we recommend having your A/C system checked at the beginning of the warm season.

Your auto care advisor can recommend an A/C Performance Check to test for any worn hoses or seals, leaks or contamination and to make sure your vehicle is ready for the warm weather.

It is important to note that some refrigerants used in automotive A/C systems are considered harmful to the environment. At Schilby's Auto Care Center, we take great care to protect the environment while we are servicing the system.

11123437-boston-nissan-brake-serviceIf you notice any of the car brake symptoms or warning signs found below (or anything else that seems “not right”), it’s a good idea to have your auto brakes checked. Schilby’s Auto Care Center will provide you with a FREE brake check. If our brake service inspection reveals they do require repair, we will explain exactly what's required and what’s optional. We will then provide you with a written estimate before any brake repair work is done. Click here to schedule an appointment.



  • Complete auto brakes inspection
  • Replacing pads or shoes
  • Lube calipers and hardware
  • Machine rotors or drums
  • Test drive
  • Labor included


DRAG - Sticking brakes, hot wheels or engine which seems to have lost power.  Auto brakes may be failing to release; the condition can reverse itself, leaving you with no brakes at all.  This would indicate brakes service is needed.

PULL - Vehicle pulls to one side when brakes are applied.  May be underinflated tire, misadjusted brakes or brakes are in need of car brakes repair.

HARD PEDAL - Requires extreme pressure to make brakes function.  Can indicate power brake trouble, restricted hydraulic lines, frozen calipers or wheel cylinders, or damaged brake linings

BRAKE LIGHTS - Red indicates a problem as simple as the parking brake on, or low fluid, to something as serious as a hydraulic system failure.  Yellow indicates deactivation of your ABS system.  While your brakes should work, it does require inspection at the first opportunity.

VIBRATION - Brake pedal, steering wheel or entire vehicle shakes, vibrates or pulsates when brake is applied.  May indicate need to resurface disc brake rotors - or signal a serious problem of a loose component or faulty steering mechanism.

SQUEAL - Brakes should operate with a minimal amount of noise.  Some noise is normal but excessive squeal, screech, grinding, groaning, chatter, clatter or bang means your brakes need of car brakes repair.

LOW PEDAL - Pedal nearly touches floorboard before brakes function.  May activate your brake warning light.  Problem may require a simple adjustment - or indicate something much more serious.

GRAB - "Touchy" brakes that grab with the least pressure.  May indicate a problem as simple as grease or oil contaminated linings - or as serious as loose or broken component ready to fail in an emergency.

Additional charges may apply based on vehicle and/or services required. See store for more details.

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Premium Oil & Lube 

Premium Oil and Lube includes: Oil, Lube & our 16 point Safety Check

Repace Oil
Check Brakes
Replace Oil Filter
Check & Fill Coolant
Lube Chassis
Check Belts
Check Air Filter
Check Hoses
Check & Fill Brake Fluid
Check & Fill Battery Fluid
Check & Fill Power Steering Fluid
Check & Fill Tire Pressure
Check & Fill Window Washer Fluid
Check & Fill Transmission Fluid
Check Wiper Blades
Check Suspension

Super Premium Oil & Lube

Super Premium Oil and Lube includes: Oil, Lube & our 16 point Safety Check

Repace Oil w/Synthetic Motor Oil
Check Brakes
Replace Oil Filter
Check & Fill Coolant
Lube Chassis
Check Belts
Check Air Filter
Check Hoses
Check & Fill Brake Fluid
Check & Fill Battery Fluid
Check & Fill Power Steering Fluid
Check & Fill Tire Pressure
Check & Fill Window Washer Fluid
Check & Fill Transmission Fluid
Check Wiper Blades
Check Suspension

radiator-repairCooling system failure is the number one cause of vehicle breakdowns. Because there are often no visible warning signs of deterioration, radiator and cooling system maintenance service is frequently overlooked by vehicle owners.

Your engine is constantly burning fuel and therefore gets very hot. In fact, the temperatures inside the combustion chamber may reach 4,500°. It is the job of the cooling system to carry this potentially harmful heat away from the engine to the outside air. To do this, a coolant mixture of water and antifreeze is circulated through the engine block. The coolant absorbs heat from the engine and is pumped by the water pump through hoses to the radiator. Once the radiator transfers the heat from the engine to the outside air, the coolant circulates back to the engine and the cycle begins again.

To keep this important system working properly, vehicle manufacturers recommend that this system be serviced at specified time or mileage intervals. Over time, the rust inhibitors and additives in the coolant may lose their anti-corrosive properties leaving particles and debris to build up within the system. These contaminants can block passages within the radiator and reduce its ability to keep the engine running at the optimal temperature. To remove this build-up, many service providers perform a radiator "drain-and-fill."

At Schilby’s Auto Care Center, we perform a Radiator Flush which removes virtually all of the old coolant and contaminants in your radiator and replaces it with new or recycled coolant. This will keep your cooling system working properly and will protect your vehicle for miles to come.

Our Radiator Service includes:

  • inspection of your radiator system and pressure test for any leaks
  • adding flush chemicals to the radiator  
  • adding sealant / lubricant to the system
  • a 6-month/6,000 mile limited warranty

Ask an auto care advisor what interval your vehicle's manufacturer recommends and for complete details on our warranty.

car-suspension2Worn steering, suspension and drive line components can cause noise, vibration, premature tire wear and misalignment. That's why we perform a complete steering and suspension system inspection with every alignment. By replacing worn parts you regain steering control and handling which will return your vehicle to its original operating performance.

Key parts we repair or replace include:
  • ball joints
  • bushings
  • sway bar links
  • center links
  • idler arms/pitman arms
  • rack and pinion units
  • tie rod ends/sleeves
  • cv joints/boots
  • cv axle half shafts
  • shock absorbers
  • MacPherson struts/cartridges

timing_beltWhen it comes to auto service in Sedalia, it is vital to find a shop full of mechanics with experience who know what they are doing. One of the most challenging types of repairs is a timing belt repair. Sedalia is full of automotive repair shops, but we here at Schilby's Auto Care Center are known for our dependability and knowledge of automobiles and all the repairs they can include.

A timing belt is a rubber belt with high-tensile fibers that run the entire length of the belt. Its job is to turn the camshaft(s) of the vehicle at precisely half the speed of the crankshaft, all while sustaining exact alignment. In other words, for every revolution of the camshaft, the crankshaft has to make two.

The tricky part about a timing belt is that there isn't always an advanced warning that a belt is damaged – the car can stop running with a loud clunk and break down, and that's usually the best sign something is wrong with the timing belt. The best way to avoid problems is to follow the manufacturer's pre-set instructions on when the timing belt should be replaced for your particular vehicle.

Changing a timing belt on any automobile is not an easy process. This is a procedure that should only be completed by professionals who have experience with timing belts, like we do at Schilby's Auto Care Center. First, the negative battery cable is disconnected and the distributor cap is removed. Provided the timing belt is still intact, a wrench or socket is used on the crankshaft bolt to rotate the engine until the timing mark on the crankshaft pulley lines up with 0° on the timing scale. The distributor rotor must line up with the index mark on the distributor housing so the rotor is ready to fire the number one cylinder. After that, any components or accessory drive belts that could get in the way are removed. Screws or bolts holding the timing cover are then removed as well, and the cover can be lifted off the engine. After correct alignment of the crank and camshaft timing marks have been verified, the timing belt tensioner and corresponding mounting bolts are loosened. The tensioner is pulled away from the belt, and the mounting bolts are then retightened to hold the tensioner in place, in a loose position. Once it is verified there aren't any cracks or loose or worn bearings in the tensioner pulley, the timing belt should slide right off the sprockets and can be replaced.

This is obviously quite a complicated process that must be left to those who know how to do the job well. No one does a better timing belt repair in Sedalia than the staff at Schilby's Auto Care Center. Give us a call today, and we'll get the job done for you – the right way!

transmission-repairNEWRepairing or replacing your transmission can be one of the most expensive repairs you may have to make on your vehicle. Maintaining your transmission according to your vehicle manufacturer's recommendations, not only prolongs its life but it can prevent a costly repair or breakdown in the future.

To help maintain a safe and constant operating temperature, your vehicle uses transmission fluid to cool and lubricate the moving parts. The fluid reduces the amount of potentially damaging heat inside the transmission and helps increase the life of this important system.

Because some of the ingredients in the transmission fluid break down over time due to this heat, many vehicle manufacturers recommend the fluid be replaced at specified maintenance intervals.

Traditional transmission service only drains and replaces about 40% of the total fluid in the transmission. Partial fluid replacement may lead to increased heat build up and transmission failure in the future.

At Schilby's Auto Care Center, we follow your vehicle's manufacturer's recommended service interval to perform a complete transmission flush to remove all the fluid. Then, we replace it with new, clean transmission fluid. The result is a transmission that will be clean, cool and lubricated, providing reliable service for miles to come.

Ask an auto care advisor when your vehicle's manufacturer recommends this maintenance.

car-tune-up-lgYour car's engine is made up of hundreds of complex components working together to ensure that your vehicle starts and runs properly. Over time, however, these components can wear out, resulting in a loss of performance and fuel economy. Here you'll learn what a "tune-up" is, and tips to help you know when it's time for a tune up. The technicians at Schilby's Auto Care Center are trained to work on today's high tech engines. We're here to help maintain your vehicle and extend its life.


The nature of an engine "tune-up" has changed considerably over the years, but the basics of how a gasoline engine works has not. Clean gas and air needs to be driven to the vehicle's cylinders where combustion initiated by a spark plug creates the power necessary to move a heavy vehicle. Clogged fuel injectors, dirty air and fuel filters, and corroded spark plugs can all decrease engine performance and contribute to decreased gas mileage and performance. That's why we examine your vehicle's air filter when you stop in, and why we recommend that you follow manufacturers' recommendations for replacing such key components as fuel filters, PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) valves, and spark plugs when they are no longer working at maximum efficiency.


It may be time for a "tune-up" if you notice one or more of the conditions below when starting or driving your vehicle:
  • a decrease in gas mileage
  • a noticeable loss in power
  • your engine running "rough" or stalling when at a stop
  • engine "knocking" when accelerating or running-on after the ignition is turned off
  • your "Check Engine" or "Service Engine" light remaining on after initial start

A standard tune-up, or spark plug replacement, done at the suggested maintenance interval will make an engine easier to start, improve fuel economy, lower emissions and restore lost power. Another (often overlooked) service designed to help your vehicle's engine run properly is the cleaning of fuel injectors and the fuel intake system. When dirt and deposits collect on fuel injectors, the amount of fuel delivered to the engine is restricted, leading to deterioration in performance and responsiveness. At Schilby's Auto Care Center, our trained technicians can perform a Fuel System Cleaning that will remove these deposits and help your vehicle maximize its performance and gas mileage capabilities. Regular maintenance of your vehicle's fuel ignition system is the key to reliability, fuel efficiency, and effective engine performance. From fixing a fuel system problem when it occurs to helping you prevent one from happening in the future, the technicians at Schilby's Auto Care Center are there to keep your engine "tuned-up" and ready to go.

Includes the following:

  • Install new spark plugs
  • Adjust idle speed and set timing, when possible
  • Test battery, starting and charging system
  • Visually inspect PCV valve, ignition cables and air filter
  • Road test vehicle
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