Automotive Machine Service

  • 4.4 of 5 stars
1 reviews

2000 Bills Creek Rd, Winfield, WV 25213, us

(304) 755-7259


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They are always honest
They are competent
Their repair price is reasonable
They complete the work in a timely manner
They respond well when they screw something up
They take the time to explain the problems and necessary repairs
They treat male and female customers in the same manner
They are always honest
I would use this mechanic again
I would recommend this mechanic to others
They fix the problem the first time
The shop is located in a safe neighborhood
The hours of operation are convenient for customers
They are near public transportation (or provide loaners, shuttle bus, rides as needed)
Oct 10, 1998
First off I am a CarTalk fanatic. I tune in every time you are on and although I may be violating copyright laws I record your show on cassette where I can listen to the same show more than once. I own a 1991 Mazda MPV van (2.6L four cylinder, 125,000 miles), 1997 Honda CR-V and a 1998 Toyota Tacoma. This story involves the Mazda. A couple of months ago my wife drove, with our two boys to Huntington, WV to the mall (approximately 20 miles away). Approximatly 2 miles from the interstate exit the needle went hot and the engine started detonating very badly. She tells me she was LUCKY because it did not actually stop running until she got to the mall. By this time smoke was coming from under the dash and the boys were hollering for her to let them out. Anyways, being the well trained CarTalk mechanic that I am (I make my living as a mechanical engineer) I had the van towed to the house and backed into the garage. Upon further inspection I found that the radiator had come apart where the plastic section and the metal come together (recommend any Mazda MPV owners to replace this radiator with an all metal one from Advance Auto Parts when the van gets over 100,000 miles on it - the guy at the dealer said the OEM radiators were bad about doing this). I purchased a new radiator and had Automotive Machine Service true up the cylinder head and I reinstalled it. Needless to say the engine still would not run. I then checked the compression and the best cylinder had 40 psi of compression so then I pulled the engine and took it and the cylinder head back to AMS. They tore the engine down and found that the oil rings were frozen in place and the piston skirts were scarred. I had them put in piston kit, new timing chain/sprockets and a new oil pump. They bored the engine out and installed all of the abovementioned items. I went ahead and had them do a valve job (we were able to utilize the same valves) since the lower end was going to be like new. I put the engine back in and now the van is back in service as a vacation/long distance travel vehicle. I highly recommend that if anyone has an engine that needs to be rebuilt they go to these guys if they are in this area. The parts came to between $1200 and $1300 and the final bill was right at $1500. They are so honest it hurts and it is the type of shop (it is right next to Steve's house) that you can just wander in and shoot the breeze with them anytime you want. They work on any type of engine and specialize in building drag racing engines. As a matter of fact I priced out a nitros kit where the wife could possible get to the mall a little faster on her weekly trek to the mall. Just remember though - she was lucky she made it to the mall before it quit running. P.S. You would think a Mazda would be cheaper to purchase parts for than a Mercedes but go price some parts for one sometime. In addition, take a look at the price of a new short block for this application. Take care guys and I really enjoy the show. It is probably the one single thing that gave me the courage to attempt to pull the engine out and put it back in in the garage like I did (you and the Haynes manual). Jim Ellington 3005 Sussex Way Hurricane, WV 25526

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