Automotive Repair - McKenzie's Northside Auto Repair | Madisonville, KY

Are oil changes getting more expensive?

oil being put into the car

At McKenzie's North Side Auto Repair in Madisonville, KY, it’s important to us that you see the value in the work we do. Over the course of the past decade, depending on what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive, it may seem like oil changes have gotten more expensive, and there’s a lot of differentiation in pricing at different locations. What’s going on?

Bad engine mounts, why is it a problem for you?

working on a truck on a lift

Failed engine mounts are an irritating issue to live with causing your car or truck to vibrate and you don't know why. At McKenzie's North Side Auto Repair in Madisonville, KY, we can help, no matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive and it is an easy issue to detect on a test drive.

There are a few indicators your engine mounts need to be replaced. For one, you can do a visual inspection, if they’re accessible enough - if they looked cracked, smashed, or dry-rotted, it’s probably time for new ones.  If the engine visibly shakes while it’s running, engine mounts are also likely the culprit.  However, if you are like most drivers you simply get in and drive on down the road until something is different or a light comes on!   Then you call our shop for help!

Balancing, mounting, and what you need to know about both.

Tire being serviced in a shop

There are a few things that matter when mounting new tires on your vehicle. First, you want it done right. Second, you want it done fast. For both, McKenzie's North Side Auto Repair in Madisonville, KY has you covered.

Brake Fluid - It's a Problem! Why??

vehicle brake repair

There is a reason we check your brake fluid when you come in for a service check.  Maintenance pays big dividends and we want to avoid high repair costs for our Madisonville drivers.  Did you know that brake service isn't just all about the brake pads, drums & rotors?  That we have found low brake fluid to be the cause of a large percentage of brake issues here at McKenzie's North Side Auto Repair?  Seriously, brake fluid is an important part of your braking system and with your service intervals being less frequent on the newer vehicles 5,000-10,000 more miles this has become an issue!  Why?...

Brakes…One of the Most Important Parts of Your Vehicle

mechanic working on the brakes of a car

Obviously, your brakes are pretty important. Your brake system is made of many components that all have to work correctly for your brakes to operate seamlessly. If one thing needs to be repaired, the whole system is compromised. Brake pads, rotors, hoses, calipers, and metal lines all play a part in stopping your car. At McKenzie's North Side Auto Repair in McKenzie's North Side Auto Repair, we’re here to make sure your car, truck, or SUV stops as it should.

Dash Warning Lights to Watch For!

battery warning light

It doesn't matter if you are driving a car or truck, jeep or SUV, a diesel 4x4 or a classic when those dash warning lights go off the first thing you do is think "how bad is it?" and "how much will it cost me?" followed quickly by "when was my last service visit?"!!  Driving your vehicle longer safely is all about getting it serviced based on what your vehicle manual recommends and these warning lights are alerting you to a situation that requires your attention. 

While not all warning lights are a sign that disaster is imminent, no warning indicator light should ever be ignored!

Diagnosing a bad brake master cylinder

mechanic repairing brakes on a vehicle

Has your brake master cylinder gone bad? How would you know? What even is it? McKenzie's North Side Auto Repair in Madisonville, KY has the answers.

Your brake master cylinder is an integral part of your brake system. When one fails, some odd symptoms may arise, and it may be difficult to diagnose. Here’s some information to help you decide if yours has given out on you.

Different Types of Automotive Headlights

headlight on on vehicle

Every car, truck, van, and SUV on the road today has headlights. However, you've probably noticed an increase in different types of headlights in more recent years - gone are the days where every vehicle on the road had the same bulb. Here is some information on headlights, from McKenzie's North Side Auto Repair in Madisonville, KY.

ECU problems and reprogramming

diagnostics

If you drive a performance or luxury vehicle made by manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes, Subaru, Land Rover, Porsche, etc., you’re probably no stranger to state of the art electronics, sensors, and control systems. At McKenzie's North Side Auto Repair, our technicians have the right knowledge, ability, and equipment necessary to keep your car or SUV in top-notch condition.

Engine Gone Bad? Here Are Some Options

Under the hood

You’ve decided to replace your engine - but what do you replace it with? There are a few different options out there, and McKenzie's North Side Auto Repair in Madisonville, KY has the info you need.

Exhaust issue don't have to be exhausting, and here's why

exhaust on a vehicle

Exhaust issues are extremely common, no matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive. At McKenzie's North Side Auto Repair in Madisonville, KY, we can get your exhaust back in shape in no time.

Exhaust issues tend to be neglected, and we get that; there are just other parts of your vehicle that you'd rather focus on. Besides a clogged catalytic converter, there isn’t much risk of damage from a bad exhaust system - it negatively affects your gas mileage, and the sound is annoying, but other than that, it’s an issue many people learn to live with. 

Get a Grip on Tire Conditions

Tread of Tire

What condition are your tires in? At McKenzie's North Side Auto Repair in Madisonville, KY, we want to make sure you can tell. A simple visual inspection is all you need - it’s easy if you know what to look for.

Have you checked your battery? If it looks like this - It's bad!

corrosive battery in car image

When you are having trouble with your car or truck starting and you open the hood up to take a peek to see this....you'll see what an overly corroded battery looks like. This happens naturally over time on vehicle battery terminals.  If you are like 99% of normal Madisonville drivers, you don't check your oil or your battery so you don't keep an eye on the amount of corrosion that's building up on your car or truck battery.  Here at McKenzie's North Side Auto Repair, we do and there are solvents that we can use here in the shop during a battery maintenance service that will help slow the corrosion process but nothing that can prevent it 100%. Way before it gets to this point, we will be suggesting you consider replacing the battery. 

How Do I Fix My Manual Transmission Problem?

mechanic working on car

Manual transmissions are generally more reliable than automatic transmissions. They don’t have as many parts, aren’t as complex, and can take a lot more abuse. However, if an issue is allowed to persist, more and more damage to surrounding components on your manual transmission will occur. McKenzie's North Side Auto Repair in Madisonville, KY can help you take care of your car as soon as you notice a problem.

If it's hot, cool it down & avoid high repair costs! EASY!

car broke down calling for help

Repairs are costly and we all want to avoid them including our team here at McKenzie's North Side Auto Repair!  It's our job and we take it seriously.  Here, it is all about keeping your car or truck serviced and looking for problems "before" they happen to avoid those high repair costs and ensuring you avoid any breakdowns when it's hot outside or cold outside as either is a problem for our Madisonville drivers!  Nobody can forsee a flat tire or blowout due to running over a nail, but we can avoid some of the regular issues we see all the time such as....

Looks Like A Problem? YES!

Lady with car hood up - steam rising

Sometimes it is EASY to see if your car or truck needs to come into our shop for professional repairs! 
1.  You see steam rising from the engine!
2.  The Check Engine Light is on!
3.  The engine starts, but there is an odor that is not right.
4.  You hear grinding or thumping noises.

Make that transmission last, it's simple!

Transmission Cut to show you the inside of it

Nothing works if your transmission doesn't work!  Simply put you are going nowhere without it and it is the one thing that both car and truck drivers alike never think twice about until it really acts up or they have no power or simply don't move forward.  Most of us have a newer car or truck with an automatic transmission in it vs. a standard transmission so do not notice that it is slipping gears until the problem is really serious so the question is how do you get the most out of your transmission?  The obvious answer is to take care of your transmission with scheduled service per your owner's manual recommendation but we have put together a simple checklist for our Madisonville drivers to help them become "transmission aware" as it were.

Make your tires go the distance and follow these tips

Tire being balanced in auto shop

Once your new tires are mounted and balanced, you’ll want to keep them in good shape. To get the most out of your tires, inspect them regularly and keep up with maintenance - the difference between a tire that lasts 100k miles, and one that lasts 10k, mostly comes down to how well it’s been taken care of.

Mazda defies the odds in manufacturing

With cars like the RX series, the Miata, and various other iconic automotive feats, Mazda has long been an innovative and daring manufacturer that defies the odds. At [BUSINESS_NAME] in [BUSINESS_CITY], stock and performance maintenance, repair, and customization is our primary focus, with a team of expert technicians who specialize in top-tier automobiles.

New Engine or New Car - Weighing Out Your Options

Engine Maintenance

You’ve determined it’s time to get rid of the engine you have, along with all of its issues. You’re probably considering getting something new altogether, and you’re tired of this one giving you issues. McKenzie's North Side Auto Repair in Madisonville, KY is here to help you make the call.

If your car, truck, or SUV has really been put through the wringer, it might be time for a new one. However, before you decide to throw in the towel there are a few things you should consider.

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McKenzie's Northside Auto Repair

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Madisonville, KY 42431

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