Put the bounce back in your ride – Shocks and Struts

Ask your kids if its fun to ride in your old car because it bounces and bounces and bounces or maybe even sways or wiggle and jiggles as you go around curves. If they are really lucky then your car might even have some hard bounces and clanking going on as you go over bumps. Sounds like fun huh?  NOPE!

bouncy car

According to David Sherrill the owner of Gary’s Automotive service in Chico, Ca. Worn, weak shocks and struts can be extremely dangerous and can even make stopping take more distance.  In an emergency avoidance situation you are much more likely to lose control and get into an accident if your shocks and especially your struts or springs are weak and worn.


You never want to risk it. Most manufacturers will tell you on average 50,000 miles and your shocks and struts are dog tired and may need to be replaced. Now, to know for sure… you can try things like the bounce test by jumping up and down on all 4 corners of your car. But, that will only tell you when it is way beyond normal replacement time and if not done correctly you may still not have a clue.




The experts at Gary’s Automotive Service take pride in the experience knowing how to very carefully and accurately gauge if you need to replace any of your suspension system components or parts. So even though the kids might like a little wiggle and bounce. Your mama and owner David Sherrill will tell you to protect those babies and get your suspension system checked and serviced today. Plus a glide in your ride is much more fine.

When a little brakes screeching becomes your best friend

Brake pads come with a built in alarm system that literally tell you when you are down to your last 10% or less of usable brake pads.

Ignoring the screeching noises when you hit the brakes can affect not only safety — but also your purse or pocketbook.



It is the returning screeching or squealing noise that goes away when you release the brake pedal that is your friend and tells you it is time to get in and let the team at Gary’s Automotive service in Chico, Ca. get you safe before damage is done and costs sky rocket.  If the noise doesn’t stop after you let off the brakes OR if you hear a grumbling or grinding sound while braking then it’s time to replace your brake pads and possibly your rotors, too.”  So acting sooner saves a lot of money. Those of us that have had brake failure and struggled to get a car to stop can tell you it is frightening and dangerous. So, the early light squawking and squealing is really your buddy saying. “Hey lets plan soon to get me fixed”.


Here is what is going on behind the noise… when the pads wear thin, it causes a metal-on-metal scraping as the caliper rubs against the rotor. Worn rotors may cause the steering wheel to vibrate or there may be a pulsing sensation while braking, David Sherrill the owner of Gary’s Automotive Services says, “Failure to deal with the issue can cause either or both of the rotors or caliper to get damaged.” Rotors can be turned (having a lathe smooth the surface) in some cases and reduces some costs. However, a bad caliper or rotor replacement can be tricky and expensive. However, Brake failure is nothing to mess with. So David says, ” Get “r” done early and save your money.  We want your business and we want you safe. But, most importantly we want your business for years and years to come. So, our seasoned expert staff want to do everything that we can to help hold down costly repairs through well thought out and proper service, maintenance and routine repairs like brake pads. See you soon!

Fuel Injection

Why You Should Perform A Fuel Injection Service

Since you purchased your new vehicle, dirt, varnishes and carbon deposits have been forming in the fuel injection system, on the intake valves and in the combustion areas. These build-ups can rob your car of performance, and if left untreated, these build-ups may lead to costly engine repairs.

A properly maintained vehicle will operate more efficiently, be more dependable, last longer, and ensure a safer ride for you and your family. Your owner’s manual gives detailed maintenance schedules that should be performed on all your vehicle’s components and systems.


Symptoms related to carbon build-up are:

  • engine pinging
  • hesitation
  • poor acceleration
  • lack of power
  • repeated stalling or poor performance when cold
  • rough idle
  • and poor fuel economy

A Fuel Carbon Cleaning System from Gary’s Automotive Service is a revolutionary new process that will clean your vehicle’s fuel system, including injectors, and remove harmful carbon deposits. Our owner David Sherrill says the  system utilizes a unique cleaning solutions that will not damage your vehicle’s sophisticated engine components.

After our Fuel Carbon Cleaning System cleans your engine, you will notice improved performance, acceleration and increased fuel economy. Make an appointment today! Take care of your vehicle, and your vehicle will take care of you.

Fuel Injection Service Includes

  1. Clean fuel injectors.
  2. Clean ISC/ASC motor, as required.
  3. Clean throttle body air intake.
  4. Visually inspect fuel lines and fuel rail.
  5. Pressure test fuel pump.
  6. Test and visually inspect fuel pump, pressure regulator, vacuum line and connections.
  7. Decarbonize intake manifold.
  8. Decarbonize intake and exhaust valves.
  9. Decarbonize combustion chamber and pistons.
  10. Test exhaust emission.

The benefits of Fuel-Injection Service

  • Saves you money – improves fuel mileage and heads off costly repairs.
  • Reduces the risk of breakdowns.
  • Contributes to the overall performance of your vehicle.
  • Reduces air pollution.
  • Increases safety and dependability.
  • Prevents you from voiding your warranty.


Why You Should Perform A Tune-Up

The term tune-up dates to the time when Henry Ford was working on his first automobile prototype.

In Ford’s simple ignition system, there was one ignition coil for each spark plug. If there were four spark plugs, there were four ignition coils, which needed to be adjusted to provide the same spark intensity for better idle and acceleration. As these ignition coils worked, they made a buzzing sound, and when they were adjusted properly, they all buzzed in “tune”. The term “tune-up” stuck and became associated with replacing spark plugs and correcting rough idle problems effecting engine performance.

Once the distributor was developed, the term “tune-up” had no meaning, but the consumer who was used to hearing this term around a garage still associated poor performance and running quality with the need for a “tune-up”.

Today’s automobiles do not require “tune-ups”. The term indicates the need for routine maintenance and should not be associated with poor performance. Automobile manufacturers have developed recommended routine maintenance schedules, which specify intervals for replacing spark plugs, PCV valves, fuel filters, etc. These schedules also specify intervals for checking or adjusting ignition timing, idle speed and other items related to engine operation, as well as emission-control related services.

The experts at Gary’s Automotive Service in Chico, CA highly recommend that if your vehicle experiences any operating or performance  problems between maintenance intervals, that specific problem should be addresses by performing an engine analysis to isolate that particular problem.


Warning Signs That Can Occur When Tune-Up Is Needed

  1. Stalling
  2. Warning Lights
  3. Poor Fuel Mileage
  4. Brake Noises
  5. Vibrations

Tune-Up Electronic Ignition Includes

  1. Replace spark plugs
  2. Adjust ignition timing, as required.
  3. Adjust curb idle speed, as required.
  4. Visually check emission-control related devices.
  5. Visually inspect distributor cap and rotor, when accessible.

Major Tune-Up Also Includes

  1. Clean fuel injectors.
  2. Clean ISC motor, as required.
  3. Clean throttle body air intake.
  4. Visually inspect fuel lines and fuel rail.
  5. Pressure test fuel pump.
  6. Visually inspect fuel pump, pressure regulator, vacuum line and connections.
  7. Decarbonize intake manifold.
  8. Decarbonize intake and exhaust valves.
  9. Decarbonize combustion chamber and pistons.
  10. Test exhaust emissions.

The team of experts at Gary’s Automotive Services of Chico, CA lead by owner David Sherrill will be glad to assess your year, make and model of vehicle and recommend tune-ups or maintenance schedules that best suite your vehicle manufacturer specifications and your budget. If you are seeing any signs of trouble then call David at 530-342-5782 so they can help you make the choice that is best for you and your vehicle.

Brake Fluid Flush

Brake Fluid Flush

Its time to do what???

Flush my brake fluid! Are you nuts! That sounds as nuts as changing out the stale air in my tires. Why in the world would anyone change out their brake fluid flush?
1) Because your car owners manual tells you to.
2) Because if your car has old brake fluid it most likely has absorbed in a lot of moisture. What it is designed to do in order to prevent your brake system from rusting inside out. Ever have to replace the components in your ABS system. Trust us you don’t want to either… it is pretty expensive and if cared for properly they should last a very long time. Brake fluid absorbs any moisture that gets into your system after about 2 years or about 30,000 miles it is bloated with water. That water is now bad for your brake system and needs to be removed.
3) Safety! You don’t want your brakes to fail due to rusty internal parts when you most need them to perform perfectly.
Here at Gary’s Automotive Service here in Chico, California we strongly advise that you do routine brake fluid replacement as recommended by your automotive manufacturer in order to keep you and your family safe and to decrease future costly repairs.
Feel free to reach out to me David Sherrill the owner of Gary’s Automotive Service and I will personally answer any questions or concerns regarding this or any other repair or routine maintenance service that you might be thinking about. I don’t use unpaid staff to answer our phones. I answer 90% of all calls myself. Our top Master Technicians have been working here at my shop for more than 20 years each. That is service you can trust!
Why Preventative Maintenance?

Why Preventative Maintenance?

Manufacturers know that customer loyalty is greatly increased with a well maintained vehicle. A properly maintained vehicle will be more dependable, safer,
last longer and increase your satisfaction with their product. Auto makers and California car and truck owners also have a responsibility to make sure emission controls receive regular service and are functioning properly. Regular maintenance helps accomplish all of these goals by keeping your engine running well and eliminating potential problems that may leave you stranded.

What’s in it for you?

3. Insures a MORE DEPENDABLE vehicle!
4. A vehicle that retains more “NEW VEHICLE FEEL”. 5. Less chance of a COSTLY BREAKDOWN.
6. A SAFER VEHICLE for YOU and YOUR FAMILY. 7. Doing your part for CLEANER AIR.
8. A car WORTH MORE at trade in or sale.
10. Always makes your “ride” MORE ENJOYABLE!

Manufacturer Maintenance Schedules

Every Automotive manufacturer indicates specific services ‘that must be done to maintain the factory warranty and extended warranty. The manufacturer also creates detailed maintenance schedules outlining specific operations to be performed on various components and Systems; these services are done at different mileage intervals to ensure proper operation and prevent premature wear.

Why “Gary’s Automotive Service”?

OUR main Master Technicians​have over 23 years experience working right here in Chico, California with me David Sherrill owner of Gary’s Automotive Service. ​That is experience that you can trust and depend on. ​I, David Sherrill personally answer almost every call to the shop. So you can feel safe that your not going to get a high pressured commission earning service writer or even worse a receptionist that has no clue how to advise you or help you. Of course, we also use​t​he latest c​omputerized diagnostic equipment a​nd a​computerized automotive information system t​hat provides detailed data for your vehicles by year, make and model. We will help you stay on your scheduled service plan and help you make sure that all of the work is efficient, dependable, and cost effective service and repairs for all of your vehicle needs!