415 Armstrong Street
Ford City, PA 16226

724-763-1626

Services

Lockhart’s Auto Repair combines the latest computer based technology with friendly, personalized customer service and time honored experience. Your car will be repaired correctly and in a timely manner. The best way to prevent unexpected and costly repairs is by doing routine, scheduled maintenance. For those unexpected breakdowns, our customers are kept informed and are given an honest quote as we troubleshoot and fix the problem. As a full service auto repair shop, we specialize in the following types of services:

  • Oil change/Chassis Lubrication
  • Not all oil changes are the same. Most “quick lube” places only change your oil and filter. We take that service further by checking all of your fluid levels and lubricating your cars front end control parts. If these parts are left unlubricated, they could wear out and fail, causing a potential dangerous accident.

 

Tires

We offer a full range of tires designed specifically for your vehicle. If you notice any of the following, it may be time to replace your tires

  • Uneven wear and cracking
  • Tire tread is below 2/32 of an inch in depth
  • There are grooves, tracks or cuts in the sidewall
  • Bulges or blisters in the sidewalls of the tires

 

Batteries

We stock a full line of Batteries designed specifically for your car. Let us check your battery before it leaves you stuck on the side of the road. Watch for these key warning signs that your car is in need of a new battery.

  • Slow engine crank
  • Corrosion
  • Leaking battery
  • Battery warning light is on

If it is not your car battery it could be something else. These common indicators could mean there is something wrong with your starting and charging system.

  • Dash indicator light on
  • Squealing noise
  • Sluggish or no cranking
  • Clicking or grinding noise on start

 

Air Conditioning

Diagnose recharge and repair.

 

Brakes

  • If you are experiencing any of the following, you need to have us take a look at your brakes
  • Squeaking noise while driving or braking
  • Spongy brake pedal or any noticeable change to the way your brakes feel when you push on them
  • Car pulls to one side when braking
  • Car vibrates when braking
  • Car takes longer than usual to come to a stop

 

Pennsylvania State Inspections

We provide complete PA state inspection. When you leave your car to be inspected, please make sure you provide the most current registration and insurance information.

 

Computerized Diagnostics

There are a number of reasons why your check engine light will turn on, so it is important to bring your vehicle in to get a diagnostic test right away. Here are just a few common reasons:

  • Faulty oxygen sensor
  • Loose or damaged gas cap
  • Failing catalytic converter
  • Failing mass airflow sensor
  • Worn spark plugs

 

Transmission Fluid Change

Transmission gears are responsible for the transfer of power from the engine to the wheels and regulating your speed. The transmission fluid cools and lubricates these gears. Over time, transmission fluid breaks down and loses its lubricating ability. Replacing your transmission fluid according to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation can keep your transmission gears and torque converter well-lubricated and in good working condition. This can help prevent costly repairs or breakdowns and more importantly prolong the life of your vehicle’s transmission. As part of your routine maintenance you should have your transmission fluid checked at every oil change. And if you drive in extreme conditions, you may need to have your transmission fluid changed more often.

 

Radiator Flush and Fill

Your vehicle’s engine needs to be hydrated while running, especially in extreme weather. In order for your engine to maintain the desired operating temperature the cooling system needs to redistribute heat away from the engine. This is accomplished by circulating coolant from the engine and through the radiator. Over time your antifreeze/coolant will start to break down from everyday usage and will stop protecting your cooling system properly. This could cause:

  • Major engine damage
  • Damage to the radiator
  • Damage to the heater core
  • Damage to cooling system components
  • Corrosion problems

 

Belt Replacement

Your vehicle may have one or more belts to help it run properly. In time and along with improper tension on the belts or worn tensioner/pulleys your belts can become worn and fail, leaving you stranded. This is why it is important to have your belts inspected every time you have your vehicle maintained. If your belts are showing any of these signs, chances are they need to be replaced.

  • Dried out and cracked
  • Worn
  • Frayed
  • Seems loose or stretched out
  • Squeals or squeaks when vehicle is running

 

Power Steering Fluid Exchange

Your power steering system helps you turn your steering wheel with minimal effort. This system and its components need proper lubrication or power steering fluid to prevent friction and wear while helping to provide ultimate control. Over time, your power steering fluid gets contaminated with impurities that can cause premature wear and damage to your power steering system components. Exchanging old power steering fluid with new, high-quality synthetic power steering fluid helps replenish and protect the components of your steering system.

 

Shocks and Struts

Your vehicle’s steering and suspension system consists of many different components, including your shocks and struts, which play a role to keep your ride smooth and safe as well as:

  • Help maintain consistent handling and braking
  • Keep your tires in contact with the road
  • Control spring and suspension movements
  • Reduce vehicle roll, bounce, sway, brake dive and acceleration squat
  • Prolong the life of other parts in the suspension
  • Prevent gradual deterioration of ride quality

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, your shocks or struts may need to be replaced:

  • Poor or difficult steering response
  • Noises occur when steering
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Damaged/dented shock or strut
  • Excessive bouncing when driving
  • Front end nose dives when braking
  • Swaying or leaning during turns or lane switches
  • Worn, broken or damaged connector pins or bolts
  • Leaking fluids from shock or strut body

 

Steering

Your steering system keeps you in control of your and and your car in contact with the road. Having this system checked annually can eliminate a lot of unnecessary issues and costs — helping to keep you safer and more comfortable while driving. Experts recommend having your steering system checked annually, or as soon as you start experiencing any of these issues:

  • Excessive play, shaking or vibration in the steering wheel
  • Uneven/Premature tire wear
  • Excessive lean or sway in turns
  • Leaking fluid from seals
  • Rattling, grinding, popping or clunking noise under vehicle

 

Engines/Transmission Work

 

Accredited Fleet Repair Shop

 

Accredited Car Warranty Shop

 

Complete Exhaust Systems

The exhaust system is essential to the performance. Also, the Muffler, Exhaust Manifold and Catalytic Converter reduces pollution and Carbon dioxide which helps protect the environment
Signs that you may need exhaust repair:

  • Muffler or exhaust hanging down or dragging on the ground
  • Loud exhaust noise
  • Exhaust fumes or smell inside the vehicle cabin

 

Custom Lifts

  • Lift Kits
  • Leveling Kits

 

Trailer Work

  • Axels
  • Inspections

 

If personalized service from mechanics you can trust is important, give us a call at 724-763-1626 to schedule your next appointment.

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Hours of Operation
Mon-Friday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm