Traditionally, undercar vehicle repair services have been a logical extension of tire sales. Therefore, many independent tire dealers have expanded their businesses by diversifying into a variety of undercar services. But today, some dealers offering such undercar services complain they're running out of service sales opportunities.
Usually, the opposite is true: They haven't looked thoroughly enough to identify all the service possibilities under the vehicle!
For example, sources said worn, fatigued or broken engine and transmission mounts often are overlooked sources of extra service sales.
Furthermore, restricted exhaust systems, exhaust noises and suspension noises also go undetected at many service shops.
Some service technicians brush off these items as expendable, nuisance jobs performed for a minority of customers who become obsessed with every noise or vibration they notice.
However, this Parts & Labor servicesupplement, which discusses these and other overlooked undercar repair opportunities, explains how commonplace problems such as faulty motor mounts can cause serious consequences above and beyond a relatively minor noise or vibration.
For instance, excessive engine movement caused by fatigued or broken motor mounts can lead to erratic, ghost-like driveability and electrical problems that have been known to frustrate even the best of technicians.
Meanwhile, bad mounts also cause premature coolant and refrigerant hose failures.
Plus, exhaust leaks are more than annoying noises-they're potentially deadly problems needing immediate attention.