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HANDLING ALL YOUR AUTO CARE NEEDS

South Western Motors located on historic Route 66

Forgien & Domestic Services. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Inland Empire since 1957

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South Western Motors

Located on Historic Route 66

Serving Inland Empire since 1957.

Quality, consistant andreliable service

South Western Motors

Located on Historic Route 66, Towing Service always available

 

South Western Motors

Servicing Domestic and Import vehicles

South Western Motors

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No matter how your car tells you, weather it is a light that says "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" DON'T WAIT. Something has gone wrong with your car and it could save you a lot of money by fixing it sooner rather than later.

ENTRUST YOUR CAR TO US

WE’LL KEEP YOUR IT RUNNING.

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Quality Service Since 1957

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ABOUT US

HANDLING ALL YOUR AUTO CARE NEEDS

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South Western Motors doesn’t give you the run around—they’ll fix your vehicle right the first time so you can get back on the road as soon as possible. Bottom line, you’ll have peace of mind when you entrust your vehicle with South Western Motors for any service it may need. About Us Page

Pre - Trip Inspection

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Whether you’re going 200 or 2000 miles from San Bernardino, it’s important that your vehicle is able to get you there. That’s why you should visit our auto repair shop to avoid any untimely breakdowns and ensure you and your family stays safely on the road during your trip. Read more here

 

INLAND EMPIRE SERVICE SINCE 1957

Serving the Inland Empire since 1957

South Western Motors offers discounts to:

  • All State University & Community College Employees
  • All Inland Empire School District Employees
  • All State and Local Government Employees
  • Milittary & Law Enforcement
  • Senior Citezens
  • Veteran's
  • South Western Motors offers FREE "Pick Up & delivery" to:

  • All Local School Districts
  • All State Universities & community Colleges
  • All local Government Buildings
  • All Local Residents
  • South Western Motors offers FREE "Pick Up & delivery" Fleet Service

    Valued Customers

  • City of San Bernardino
  • County of San Bernardino
  • Veteran's Affairs Health Care Center
  • Moss Bros. Dodge
  • Toyota of San Bernardino
  • A-Plus Tires
  • Arroyo valley High School Staff
  • San Bernardino High Scchool Staff
  • San Bernardino Valley College Staff
  • Frequently Asked Questions ~

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    1. What are the typical symptoms of engine problems?
    2. Do I have to go to a dealer for engine replacement?
    3. What should I do if my car starts to overheat?
    4. What does it mean if my "check engine" light comes on?
    5. Why is engine oil milky brown?
    6. Should I consider using synthetic motor oil in my vehicle?
    7. When should I replace my car’s fuel filter?
    8. When should I change my spark plugs?

    What are the typical symptoms of engine problems?

    • Excessive smoke from tailpipe; excessive oil consumption; knocking or tapping sounds; low oil pressure; low compression; water mixing in oil; oil getting into the air cleaner and/or radiator.
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    Do I have to go to a dealer for engine replacement?

    • No. While dealers may install new or remanufactured engines the cost is usually very high and they are less experienced. A specialized engine replacement shop carrying the same or better quality engines will almost always give a better overall value in terms of quality, service and price.
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    What should I do if my car starts to overheat?

    • This is a very serious problem – if your car overheats for too long, you can damage your engine, causing increased car repair needs. As soon as possible, find a safe place to pull off the road and shut the engine off! Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator; the hot fluid can cause severe burns. The best thing to do is have your car towed to Meyer's Automotive.
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    What does it mean if my "check engine" or "service engine soon" light comes on?

    • There are many sensors and computerized components that manage your vehicle’s engine performance and emissions. When one of these fails, the "check engine" light is illuminated. Although your car may seem to run fine, it is important to have the issue addressed to prevent needing significant car repair. For further information, check out our "check-engine-light" page.
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    Why is engine oil milky brown?

    • Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in the oil. This can be caused by a blown head gasket (or other gasket), a failed transmission cooler, or cracked casings. This condition is very serious and needs to be checked by a professional technician immediately.
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    Should I consider using synthetic motor oil in my vehicle?

    • Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for high output, turbocharged or supercharged engines. Or for vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot weather), and vehicles that operate in extremely cold or hot climates. Although more expensive than mineral-based oils, synthetic motor oils can improve fuel economy and provide longer intervals between changes.
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    When should I replace my car’s fuel filter?

    • To help ensure dependable, trouble-free performance and reduce the likelihood of needing car repair, replace your car's fuel filter approximately every 30,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle's owner's manual.
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    When should I change my spark plugs?

    • For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced every 30 months or 30,000 miles, unless your vehicle is equipped with 100,000-mile platinum tipped spark plugs.
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    To have a specialist complete maintenance on your vehicle,

    call 909.889.9739 or Contact South Western Motors today

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