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Auto Repair Tips & Guidance

RG Motorworks in Henderson has the auto repair answers you need in a nutshell.

We have created a trustworthy resource that delivers monthly high caliber auto maintenance tips, superior fuel savings ideas and best in class auto repair guidance. For more help, ask one of our pros! Call 702-655-6867 or stop by our service center at 988 Empire Mesa Way, Henderson, NV 89011.

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 RG Motorworks 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 RG Motorworks in Henderson.

At RG Motorworks 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 RG Motorworks in Henderson 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 702-655-6867 or stop by our service center at 988 Empire Mesa Way, Henderson, NV, 89011.



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

2022-10-01

Remember to Change Your Belts

Drivers in Henderson 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 RG Motorworks in Henderson.

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 RG Motorworks 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 RG Motorworks 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 RG Motorworks 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 RG Motorworks in Henderson today at 702-655-6867 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 Henderson

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 RG Motorworks in Henderson 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 RG Motorworks in Henderson today at 702-655-6867 or stop by our service center for preventive auto maintenance services at 988 Empire Mesa Way, Henderson, NV, 89011.



RG Motorworks Knows What Older Cars and Trucks Need

2022-10-01

Take Your Older Car or Truck To RG Motorworks in Henderson 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 Henderson 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 RG Motorworks in Henderson 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

RG Motorworks in Henderson is dedicated to helping busy car owners prioritize preventative maintenance. We make it easy with convenient, affordable and friendly service. Call today at 702-655-6867 or stop by our service center at 988 Empire Mesa Way, Henderson, NV, 89011 and speak to one of our technicians.



What People Say About Us

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    This place is awesome!!! So glad I finally found a reputable, honest, and fair mechanic in Las Vegas!!! I highly recommend this place if you have any work needed on your car. After months of bringing my car back and forth from the dealership, because they "couldn't figure out" what the problem was, this guy figured out the problem within an hour...thanks RG Motorworks!!! Just went back for some more work on both our cars and again, very satisfied.

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    Still drove out from the west side to come here for my maintenance needs. Honesty, efficiency and reasonable prices are what have kept me coming. Plus Tita's fresh gourmet coffee.

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    I was referred here by Hector who now works here. My window regulator went out. Price of $443 including tax and labor was fair but you always pay more for Mercedes Benz. I dropped it off day before and they had it ready by noon. I'll be going back.

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    Really great bunch of mechanics. The receptionist is super nice as well. I own a Mercedes and a Jaguar. This is my place to go for any kind of work needed on my vehicles. I can assure you that you will get great deal and an honest evaluation on your car. Give these guys a try. Thanks RG Motorworks.

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    RG Motorworks is the only place I trust with my Beamer and SUV, never did I have to come back for a back job. Not like dealerships or other shops that will squeeze you for every penny that you've got. Friendly people and great mechanics. I will never go to another shop again. Keep up the great work and more power to the business. I highly recommend this place to all car owners out there!

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    Feel very fortunate to have found RG Motorworks to do the regular annual required services to our 12 years old Mercedes Benz . Having moved from the east coast where there are plenty of authorized and reliable Benz service shops we were worried what to expect from our few choices in town. Everyone in RG MotorWorks was very professional and helpful, services on my car were performed as those I would expect from Benz dealership mechanics, and as someone else mentioned, without any surprises on your bill . That sweet lady in the office even arranged for our car service when she found out we would need a vehicle while they are working on our car. The best part was that she extended a special shop discount to us with the car rental place. Thank you RG Motorworks and we will definitely see you again on our next service !

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