Most Bloomington drivers are too young to remember life before power steering - cranking those great big steering wheels! It was a pretty good workout. Now power steering is standard. Let's look at how it works. The heart of any power steering system is its pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid that provides assist for steering. Most pumps are driven by a belt that is run by the engine; a few are electrically powered. A high-pressure hose passes fluid from the pump to the steering gear. A low pressure hose returns the fluid back to the pump.
These hoses can develop leaks, so it is a good idea for Bloomington drivers to have them inspected at every oil change. Low fluid can damage the power steering pump. That is why power steering fluid level is on the checklist for a full-service oil change. The fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so check your owner's manual for the right type - or just ask your friendly and knowledgeable pros at AutoChoice Service Center in Bloomington.
The fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the power steering system. It breaks down as the years go by and collects unwanted moisture, so Bloomington drivers need to replace it from time to time. Many vehicle manufacturers specify power steering service intervals. Unfortunately, this important service is sometimes left off the car maintenance schedule for many of us. So, when in doubt, every 25,000 miles/40,000 km or two years is a good fallback. Your technician at AutoChoice Service Center will use a detergent to clean the system, flush out the old fluid and replace it with the good stuff.
Here are some warning signs of trouble with your power steering: It's harder to turn the wheel, there's erratic power assist, you hear loud whining coming from the pump (which may be difficult to hear over the loud whining coming from the backseat), you have to top-off the fluid frequently, or you hear squealing belts. Remember to never hold the steering wheel to the far right or left for more than a few seconds at a time. That will wear out your power steering pump quickly.
Other steering components can be bent or damaged from wear or hard knocks: ball-joint, idler-arm, steering-gear, steering-knuckle and tie rod to name a few. Warning signs here are steering play, wandering, uneven tire wear and an off-center steering wheel. An annual alignment check at AutoChoice Service Center in Bloomington will reveal bent or damaged steering components.
Most SUV's, pick-ups and rear-wheel-drive cars need regular front-wheel-bearing service.
The bearings should be cleaned and inspected. If they are excessively worn, they need to be replaced. The bearings are then repacked in clean grease. The team at AutoChoice Service Center also recommends the wheel-seal be replaced when the bearings are serviced. Like everything else, check your owners' manual maintenance schedule. It's usually required around every two years or 40,000 miles/64,000 km. If you drive through water in the Bloomington area, the bearings will need service more often.
I can't express how much I appreciate Auto Choice Services. I have had them repair my car on three different occasions and each time I was thoroughly impressed by how well they treated me and I always felt like I was getting a fair deal. The staff is so kind and professional, and they really go out of their way to make sure everything is taken care of. Once they even took me home and brought me back when my car was ready because I didn't have a ride. I highly recommend them to everyone I know in town who needs automotive work done. Thank you guys so much! Your work is greatly appreciated!
They don't rip you off. Super cool dudes!
These guys are awesome. They've worked on my 2003 Volkswagen Passat a few times now, and their service has been spectacular.
AutoChoice is the place you take your car and have complete and total peace of mind that it will be assessed and repaired with the highest level of professional integrity and experience. We have taken several of our cars there over the past few years and each and every interaction has been handled with top notch communication and quality work. They truly know what they're doing and they get it done without drama. I can not recommend AutoChoice highly enough!
Very honest and do great work, I have never had a bad experience with Autochoice. It is the only place I'll take my vehicles to get serviced and repaired.
These guys are by far the best shop in town. Great rates, timely service, and have always been very professional. I recommend them to anyone that has an issue with their car and the willingness to listen.
Nicest guys, best work i have ever had done in Bloomington. Auto Choice is my first choice!
This is by far the best place. Not only did the guys here save me $1000 on the repairs by being HONEST, they have been ao awesome and helpful. I have had several personal problems and they have worked with me the whole way. They have done EVERYTHING they could to get the repair done. I would recommend these guys to ANYONE who wants to be treated fairly as well as NOT be taken advantage of. Had one repair shop that (because I'm female) told me $2000 minimum and that I needed to replace every part of the brake system front and back. These guys said absolutely not and explained everything and didn't act like I'm a target because I am a girl. Very fair very good and the best place ever. I will NEVER take either if my vehicles ANYPLACE else. Would give them 10 stars if I could. These are the guys you trust with your grandmothers car! Honest, fair, and excellent service. Thanks so much!!
-Cara DeMeritt - Martinsville indiana
They've always been fantastic; I originally went to them not knowing what my issues were but kept going back because they did such a great, earnest and honest job of finding and fixing my car's issues. I've had plenty of experiences with other mechanics who try to sell me more than I need, but the Auto Choice mechanics have always been patient and fair with me, explaining what I need to fix but not pressuring me to do so if I say it's not currently in my budget. The mechanics have always been willing to show me what's wrong and help me understand my car and it's issues better if I ask questions, and I've always valued their great customer service.
They were very friendly and professional, I also very much appreciated the way Lloyd goes over the receipt with you when you pick up the car. They are also very accommodating about scheduling.
My experience with them was great. I will be going to them for any future vehicle repairs. They will
check your car out for free and tell you everything and anything that is wrong with it.
The folks here were awesome! I drove down from Indy to Bloomington to check out a used VW Beetle. I called ahead to Choice to see if they could check the car out, and they said they would work me in. At first they proposed the next day, then realized I was travelling from Indy. I arrived with the car and they got right on it. Within 45 minutes they had a list of problems and potential big problems with the car. They asked me how badly I wanted it - it was a cute convertible - but a few thousand into repairs, I could walk away. I then asked how much I owed, and they said zip. With the problems they found, they did not hook it up to the computer for engine diagnostics. That was $95, but they figured I had already heard enough. They could have done that and I would have been none the wiser. Wow! I am very impressed with their integrity, service, and professionalism. Service manager, Lloyd, was very pleasant and friendly - my wait flew by. I highly recommend this company.
I realized I needed my brakes checked after 3,000 miles on a road trip. I called on Thursday night and asked for an appointment for Friday morning. I needed all new brake pads, rotors and calipers. They showed me all of the parts and where they were damaged. They ordered the parts from three separate places, in order to get what they needed to finish the job that day. Everything was completed by 3pm and we were home by midnight. I totally trust this company and would be happy to work with them again. I found them on Yelp, with all five star reviews - well deserved -- thanks guys!
-Julia Vidani - De Pere, WI
They are amazing - it's as simple as that! They got my car in the shop and fixed in a matter of hours - after a week long struggle I had. The guys are also extremely friendly. I highly recommend them!
-Sadie - Bloomington, IN
I highly recommend Autochoice. They are top notch and hands down the best auto service in Bloomington. I have been taking my vehicles to them for a few years now. After bouncing around sideshow mechanics, I finally found a group of mechanics that knew what they were doing and furthermore that I can trust my family???s vehicles with. They are friendly, professional, and informative. They will NOT try to take advantage of you. These guys are honest and trustworthy. They communicate well and explain issues in a thorough, yet understandable manner. They will tell you the details behind the costs. At Autochoice I've consistently had good experiences and am quickly back on the road as a happy camper.
My family and I will absolutely be going back to Autochoice for any future vehicle maintenance. If you want a group of mechanics who are honest, helpful and care about their customers, you should check this place out.
-William Fallwell - Bloomington, IN
You guys are my heroes! Worth your weight in gold. "Many" years ago I had car trouble that resulted in getting kidnapped. So "NOW" any time I have car issues I'm a mess... I walked in off street today and they understood calming me not laughing @ the crazy woman. Thank you Adam, Dave and the whole gang!
These guys are TOPS in my opinion. They are no nonsense mechanics that don't feel the need to over charge. LIFE SAVERS!! The real McCoys!!! Thanks again boys!! YOU ROCK!!!
The guys were great & did a great job & even referred me to another great business owner for another job that they didnt offer. Adam the owner & Llyod especially. They even fixed something I didn't even ask for which was a surprise. Will definitely be back again.
We have been taking our Denali to AutoChoice for about 3 years. The service is always spectacular. All of the mechanics are first rate and the prices are very reasonable. I would not take my truck to anyone else in Bloomington and always recommend AutoChoice to friends and family who need service.
Best place hands down. Don't ever call or go anywhere else. I own a pt cruiser and bought a battery at walmart and they wouldn't install it. Called everywhere; autozone, oreily's and a few other places, all telling me they couldn't install. Called these guys and got the best service without a wait. I highly recommend!
I love these guys. They are reasonably priced and always willing to go the extra mile with services when needed. Their staff is courteous and friendly and they clearly explain everything to me if necessary (My automotive knowledge is only so/so).
My man Lloyd at AutoChoice took good care of me. Real fast service, good communication, the price was right, and most importantly the work they did was top notch. Love these guys, definitely coming back here for any future car troubles.
I go to these guys for all my vehicle needs. If you want honest repairs at fair prices look no further than AutoChoice!
A++ for you all, thank you for all the help. You will be doing all my work from now on.
These guys did a great job on my Tuarus. They were fast resonable and just really nice when talking to customers. They got my car in and done in one day where other guys I had to wait 5 days before I could get it in. I would recommend Auto Choice Service Center to anyone.