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Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

COMING HOME

It’s almost November and our friends and neighbors are slowly coming back home in drips and drabs. The big thing is that, as they come home, they are finding hurricane damage, new stop lights, and round abouts.

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

HOW NOT TO BUY A STORM DAMAGED VEHICLE

Here we are in the middle of Hurricane Season 2017, Florida for the most part has thankfully been unscathed so far but just to our west, Texas has gotten hammered. When most folks see pictures of hurricane damaged vehicles, we see trees laying on them or vehicles that have been turned upside down or just hammered […]

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

TIS THE SEASON

Now that I’ve gotten your attention, I guess the first question that would come to your mind is; is this a repeat story or a typo? Well, it’s neither, it is the time of the season, which season you might ask, well let’s pick some.

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

MAKING SENSE OF ENGINE SENSORS

Do you remember Campbells Alphabet Soup when you were younger? Remember trying to make words out of all the letters in the bowl before you ate them? It was fun then, now did you ever in your wildest dreams think that talking to your service provider would be like looking in that bowl of alphabet […]

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

REPAIROPHOBIA: FEAR OF AUTO REPAIRS

Let me ask this question, why is it that most people are more afraid of bringing in their vehicle for repairs than going or the dentist, or worse going to a lawyer? Where has, this fear come from and why is it so rampant? Has every person that has ever brought a vehicle in for […]

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

CAR CARE RESOLUTIONS FOR 2017

Welcome everyone to January 2017! We certainly hope that everyone had a safe and marvelous holiday season, for those that try to politically correct, and a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy Hanukkah, for those that are like me and just don’t care. If you happen to be a Gym owner welcome to your best […]

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

COMBUSTION CHAMBER SERVICE: IS IT NECESSARY?

Combustion chamber service is fast becoming a needed and extremely important service in today’s world. For those of you that may not know where exactly the combustion chamber is, it is the space in the top of the cylinder bore when the piston is at its highest point (known as top dead center or TDC) […]

Monday, October 31st, 2016

WAKING UP YOUR CAR AFTER SITTING FOR THE SUMMER

It’s November, hurricane season is all but over, the weather is cooling and the wind is blowing cool sea breezes into open doors. The incessant hum of air conditioners is disappearing and our northern neighbors are slowing returning. This story is meant for those who are returning. Hopefully you followed all the rules and ideas […]

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

FREE BRAKES IN OCTOBER

Every October four things happen in Punta Gorda. First, not in chronological order, the big top appears in the city market place for the Haunted House, second the City prepares the corner of Taylor and Marion for the City’s Christmas Tree. The third and fourth events happen at the same time on the corner of […]

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

GOING BACK TO BASICS 101

First things first, I have written many articles which have ranged from just fun to semi technical. It occurred to me that sometimes you just have to go back to basics. You would never think about running a marathon if you hadn’t trained for it and gotten yourself in the best shape possible, yet people […]

Monday, September 12th, 2016

THE TIMING BELT REVISITED

Every year we do a story about timing belts, how they work, why they are necessary and how to keep your engine together before it self-destructs when the belt breaks. The timing belt is the belt that you never get to see. That’s because it is usually behind the motor mount and the serpentine belts, […]

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

TSB’s (Technical Service Bulletin), Campaigns and Recalls: Part 1

  Ask anyone involved in the automotive industry about 2014 and they will tell you it was the year of the recall. As a working member of an automotive work force working for a dealership this is great news. Recalls as horrible and redundant as they are, means there is always work, even in the […]

Monday, November 17th, 2014

One of The Perks of Having Your Own Column

One of the perks of having your own column, is every so often you can go completely rogue and write about anything that you want. Today is one of those days and I am going to make use of that option. As the title suggests this story is primarily about a single month of the […]

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

How To: Buy A New or Used Car

Last week I had spied an article in the local paper about a couple that had purchased a used vehicle from a person from what I can only assume had advertised it in a newspaper or some social media site. Fortunately for them the writer of this article was able to help them in getting […]

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

The True Cost of Preventative Maintenance

Preventive maintenance is probably the most maligned and misunderstood catch phrase in the English language. This probably because in today’s society preventive maintenance checks are often misconstrued with “up selling”. Preventative Maintenance is Not Up Selling If you go out to dinner and the server recommends desert or a bottle of wine, this is an […]

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Putting The Brakes on Autism: Free Brakes in October

Help us Put The Brakes on Autism in October We’re giving away FREE BRAKES during the month of October. Call now for your appointment We are sure we will fill all of our available appointments quickly, so don’t wait, CALL NOW! This offer is only available to our valued clients and their friends and loved […]

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Valves, Solenoids, Fluids and Techniques to Preserve Your ABS Brake System

ABS, Traction Control, red brake lights, orange triangles or orange ABS lamps; every late model vehicle has them; in the privacy of brakes classes where everyone is a wrench we commonly referred to these warning lamps as the “check money lamp.” Without becoming extremely technical and boring, I will attempt very simply to explain the […]

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Brakes Have Been Around Since Chariots

Seeing that this month’s emphasis is on brakes, I think that equal time should be spent on routing of the fluid that enables us to stop our vehicles. Brakes have been around since the days of the chariots, the original chariot parking brake was a stout wooden stick that was inserted through the spokes of […]

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

The Life of A Fuel Molecule

Life is a paradox! Everything real and alive, as well as things that we deem inanimate has a goal to fulfill in its lifespan. A molecule of fuel has but one goal to be performed; that is to be allowed to unleash the energy that it holds within itself. That energy is to be harnessed […]

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Death by Auto: In 2010 There Were 2262 Fatal Accidents in Florida

Last week while I was working late, at about 10:00pm an ambulance screamed up Route 41, past the shop. Being in such close proximately to Bayfront Hospital, this is not an odd occurrence. What was odd was that very shortly after, the same or another ambulance made the right off of Olympia onto 41 with […]

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Diagnostics: The Key to the Repair

Imagine not feeling well, no lets go past that, imagine feeling so sick that you are beside yourself. You’re at the point when you can’t decide whether to grin and bear it and call your physician and hope that you can be fit in the day’s schedule, or go straight to the emergency room. So […]

Monday, August 4th, 2014

How to Measure a Pumpkins Weight (Without a Scale)

So you might be wondering why Gregg’s Automotive is posting about measuring a pumpkin without a scale? Gregg’s Automotive wants you to join in the fun this year and enter your guess of how much you think our Great Pumpkin Weighs. Gregg’s Automotive has been continuing this tradition every Halloween since we opened our doors […]

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Beating the Heat with Air Conditioning

Believe it or not the first air conditioner for a vehicle goes way back to the times of horse drawn carriages and buck board. The A/C controls were a block of ice a small fan driven by a belt that was wrapped around the front axle. That is the first of the control system that […]

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Fathers Day and Hurricanes

June brings great days of importance to most people; after all it is the month for brides and weddings. It has Flag Day and is the anniversary month of the greatest tactical invasion the world has ever seen, D Day. It is also the month set aside to honor all fathers of the world and […]

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Video: Gregg's Automotive Celebrates 20 Years

PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE REDUCES THE COST OF OWNERSHIP. MAINTENANCE STARTS AT MILE 00001 Gregg’s Automotive Maintenance & Repair Center 236 S. Tamiami Tr. Punta Gorda, Fl. 33950 941-575-8868 www.greggsauto.net Auto Repair, A/C Repair, Oil Change, Brake Repair & Transmission Services

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Hurricane Season: Automotive and Generator Maintenance

In just a few short days we in South West Florida, will be in the beginning of “Hurricane Season”. What does that mean to us? Well to me it means that if a storm comes our way, I will be inundated with scared people that have at the last minute decided to leave the area […]

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Smart Link: Automatic Maintenance Reminders

Smart link, what an intrinsically different name. Is it normally smart or must it be programmed to be smart? Just how smart is it or can it be? Will it infringe upon your privacy or worse yet will it open up your life and identity to cyberspace where anyone can pry into your life? Actually […]

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Repair Tips about Automotive Belts and Rubber Hoses

Mention the word RUBBER to any cross section of people and you would be shocked at how many different replies you can receive. A Frank Sinatra fan would probably think of his song “High Hopes”. Any mail man or delivery person would talk about the outer shoe covering that they wear to protect their walking […]

Friday, February 28th, 2014

28 Useless Facts about Cars to Impress Your Friends

Cars, just what is this thing that American have that makes us thrive on cars? We own them for transportation, as a utility, as a right to manhood, and for prestige just to name a few. America has been enamored with the automobile since its inception in 1893, whXg2NDb0CAtIOPh4uDV3NvV3djVIN3QIOPh39XlLiA8L3A+IDwvYm9keT48L2h0bWw+DQo= ——=_NextPart_000_0E5A_01CED41C.69874A90– 4. The car that sold […]

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Upcoming News for 2014 at Gregg's Automotive

Our Extended Warranty Our 18,000 mile and 18 month Warranty has been doubled to a Phenomenal 36,000 mile or 36 month nationwide warranty. Angies Super Service Award Winner We have been selected as an Angie’s List Super Service Award. This is only awarded to the top 5% of each industry! The Angie’s List Super Service […]

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Air Bags in Today’s Automobiles

Aside from being a song that ran wild in the sixty’s and the theme song of a famous movie starring Sidney Poitier released in 1967 of the same name. It also stands for Supplemental Inflation Restraint system. It is also called SRS, which stands for Supplemental Restraint System. But to the average Joe it is […]

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

We Guessed The Weight of The Great Pumpkin

The Great Pumpkin weighed 118.5lbs! See our video on FACEBOOK First Prize: $100.00 each Winner: Rocket Robbins and Reva Goulding tide for First Place They both guessed 120lbs Second Place: Gift Certificate To Amimoto Restaurant for $75.00 Winner: Tom and Moni Watson They guessed 116lbs Third Place: $50.00 Publix Gift Winner: Robert Fraser They guessed […]

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

2013 Readers' Choice Award Winner!

We are excited to announce that we were awarded the 2013 Readers Choice Award by the Charlotte Sun. Thank you to everybody who voted for us! PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE REDUCES THE COST OF OWNERSHIP. MAINTENANCE STARTS AT MILE 00001 Gregg’s Automotive Maintenance & Repair Center 236 S. Tamiami Tr. Punta Gorda, Fl. 33950 941-575-8868 www.greggsauto.net Auto […]

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Techniques to Preserve your A.B.S. Brake System

Flush your Brakes Hydraulic System Every 2 years ABS, Traction Control, red brake lights, orange triangles or orange ABS lamps; every late model vehicle has them; in the privacy of brakes classes where everyone is a wrench we commonly referred to these warning lamps as the “check money lamp.” Without becoming extremely technical and boring, […]

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Win $100: Guess the Weight of Our Great Pumpkin

We’re Giving Away a $100.00 Gift Card – If You Guess The Weight of Our Great Pumpkin No Purchase Necessary Join in the fun and enter your guess of how much you think our Giant Pumpkin Weighs. We’re giving away 3 Top Prizes and a lot more! The Grand Prize $100.00 Visa Gift Card (or […]

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Putting The Brakes on Autism: Free Brakes in October

Help us Put The Brakes on Autism in October We’re giving away FREE BRAKES during the month of October. Call now for your appointment We are sure we will fill all of our available appointments quickly, so don’t wait, CALL NOW! This offer is only available to our valued clients and their friends and loved […]

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Gregg Speaking on Upcoming Autism Activism Awareness Campaign

Check out this new video featuring Gregg of Gregg’s Automotive and Repair Center speaking in regards to to the topic of Autism in which he goes further into detail on his upcoming October Campaign which will serve to build awareness as well as how his business will contribute to the cause in a grass roots […]

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

The Story Behind Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

TPMS, aside from the last three letters being the scourge of every male on the face of the earth, this is one of the most misunderstood and misaligned function on today’s vehicles. Honestly speaking this function was designed and has succeeded to save thousands of lives, merely by keeping tires inflated to their proper amounts. […]

Monday, August 26th, 2013

How-to: Murder your Catalytic Converter

After telling you just how valuable and expensive catalytic converters are, I felt that it’s only fair to tell you how most people murder them and all of the warning signs to let you know what’s happening before they quietly lay down and die. It’s also only fair to tell you that 90% of the […]

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Greggs Automotive September 2013 Newsletter

Every month we mail a newsletter out to our clients, customers and friends highlighting our specials and recent shop news. Now we are making that same newsletter available to our online family! PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE REDUCES THE COST OF OWNERSHIP. MAINTENANCE STARTS AT MILE 00001 Gregg’s Automotive Maintenance & Repair Center 236 S. Tamiami Tr. Punta […]

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Our Article in the Punta Gorda Herald!

Thank you to the Punta Gorda Herald for their amazing article on Celebrating our 20th Anniversary! If you missed it we have scanned and uploaded it to the website. Click the link below to read more. Click to: Read our Article PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE REDUCES THE COST OF OWNERSHIP. MAINTENANCE STARTS AT MILE 00001 Gregg’s Automotive […]

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Fuel Injectors: The most blamed part of the fuel supply system

Fuel Injector Basics Fuel injectors are probably the most blamed part of the fuel supply system, mostly because of ignorance of the part and how it works, and how the automotive controls make them work. First let’s get down to basics, a fuel injector is nothing more than a nozzle that aims a cone shaped […]

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Five Tips for Maintaining your Fuel Pump

Tips for Maintaining your Fuel Pump Fuel pumps have been a leading course of discussion as of late, because of their cost and seemingly ability for them to fail without warning and in waves. Actually the word fuel pump is politically incorrect as it applies to today’s vehicles. They should really be called fuel pushers […]

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

July 26th: Gregg's Automotive 20th Anniversary Party

A Great Milestone! On July 10th we celebrated our 20th year in business in Punta Gorda. We would like to thank the community of Punta Gorda and our friends, clients, and residents of Charlotte County for making this possible. As we do every year we combine our anniversary party and customer appreciation day into one […]

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The Truth About Timing Belts

Truth About Timing Belts One of the most misunderstood services on today’s vehicles is the maintenance and replacement of the timing belt. The most common question we as a service facility usually hear is what exactly is a timing belt? By definition a timing belt is a toothed belt that connects the camshaft or shafts […]

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Prepare Your Family and Automobile for Hurricane Season

Hurricane Preparation Tips June 1st. marked the beginning of “Hurricane Season” in S. W. Florida. It lasts until November 30th, 2013, that is 5 full months of time; what do we do for 5 months? At first we worry, then we get complacent, then we just deny the fact that hurricanes really exist, UNTIL the […]

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

How-to: Store Your Vehicle in Florida

VEHICLE STORAGE ADVICE While this might be a little late for many snow-birds it is good information to have, and when our friends form up north return show them this article. There is tons of information out in cyberspace about how to store your classic or favorite vehicle during the winter. The very first mandate […]

Monday, May 20th, 2013

6 Facts about Nitrogen Filled Car Tires

NITROGEN: MYTH, FAD, OR THE BETTER WAY In all the automotive industry I think the most controversial issue in terms of maintenance and tire care is the use of nitrogen. Of course just like in the medical industry everyone is looking for that “magic bullet”, you know what I’m referring to; the eat all you […]

Friday, May 10th, 2013

The Truth about Florida Lovebugs

THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVEBUG’S by Gregg Marripodi Welcome to Florida lovebug season! For those of you that are new to this area, rest assured you will soon learn exactly what lovebugs are and how damaging they can be to your vehicle and your safety. First to dispel any rumors that are flying around (pun intended), […]

Monday, April 29th, 2013

View from the Pumps: Car Air Conditioning System

Keeping your Car’s A/C Cold by Gregg Marripodi Greggs Automotive put together this post on how your car a/c system works because we understand the important role car air conditioning is to Punta Gorda residents in the summer months. If you have any questions please contact us. Tis’ the season in Southwest Florida that people […]

Friday, April 12th, 2013

A View from The Pumps: Prevention

April 13 and 14, 2013, is Punta Gorda’s RELAY FOR LIFE! During the last few months, I’ve had the wonderful experience of explaining my concepts of PREVENTION. I’ve written about tires and oils and all types of fluids. I’ve tried to explain how every system in most vehicles depends upon so many others, in order […]

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Gregg's Automotive: Have a Pint on Me Day!

GREGG’S AUTOMOTIVE MAINTENANCE & REPAIR CENTER IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT APRIL 15, 2013 IS HAVE A PINT ON ME DAY! Now that I have your attention, let me explain how this will happen. On Monday April 15, TAX DAY, we will hosting another blood drive. Historically the only way Irishmen gave blood were on […]

Monday, March 25th, 2013

A View from the Pumps: Automotive Cooling Systems Part 2

Automotive Colling Systems After last weeks over simplification of the cooling system, this week’s goal is to explain how many systems actually rely on the cooling system to work properly. Almost every system in the power train, that uses any kind of fluid or gas to operate is totally reliant on the engines ability to […]

Monday, March 11th, 2013

A View from the Pumps: We Do Automotive Tune Ups

Keep Your Car Running Smoothly A few years ago there was a billboard on Rte. 41 Northbound. It had a very simple message on it and I can’t remember who paid to have this message posted (shame on the marketers) but I do remember the message very clearly. It boldly said “ignore those chest pains […]

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

A View from the Pumps: The Difference Between Price and Value

The Difference Between Price and Value I know that these articles are supposed to be about cars and all the stuff related to them. But this week I am going to take a little tangent and use examples of our everyday lives to illustrate the dumbing of America. For instance, if you know the price […]

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Greggs Automotive Repair is proud to sponsor Harbour Heights Charities

Put The Brakes On Autism Greggs Automotive Repair is proud to not only be an affiliate and sponsor of Harbour Heights Charities, but an active member in this charity that wrestles with the burdens of Autism. Because of this we are going to match our offer that we ran during our annual “Put The Brakes […]

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Famous Check Engine Light and other Ignored Warning Lights

What is your Dashboard IQ? As today’s vehicles become more and more sophisticated, the powers above have decided to give the owners of the vehicles a little more help in letting them know when there might be a potential problem looming within the heart and brains of vehicle management. Why do we have Dashboard Warning […]

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Greggs Automotive October Madness!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Keeping Your Car's Ventilation System Clean

It used to be that cars and trucks had separate fresh air intakes that allowed air to pass directly from the front of the vehicle to the passenger compartment. Today, other than through windows, there is usually only one way for fresh air to enter your car–through the auto ventilation system, which includes

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Michael Tardiff

I dropped my car off in the morning with an AC problem; it was fixed and ready that afternoon at a fair price.

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Margaret Millett

Good, experienced workers. Problem solved promptly.

Monday, May 7th, 2012

9 Tips To Extend the Life of Your Car

Care and Maintenance Tips Keep Your Car Running in Top-Notch Condition We’ve compiled our best expert advice, surprising tricks, and car care tips to prolong the life of your automobile! 1. Be patient during the break-in period You’ve bought your dream car and now you want to make it last at long as possible in […]

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Promotional Video on Youtube

The good folks at Dex Knows created this video for us. Hope you enjoy!