"Luck Favors The Prepared"

One of my favorite new quotes: “Luck favors the prepared”

While it is important to walk in this world with confidence, it is just as important to remain humble enough know there’s still much to learn. The technical training that our team was able to participate in with the Nace Automechanika event this summer was invaluable. The new skills that our technicians brought back around advanced diagnostics as well as the enthusiasm good teachers provide permeated the whole team back at the shop.

Just last weekend Dan and I had the opportunity to attend Ratchet & Wrench Conference and meet other independent shop owners like ourselves. There were several hundred kindred souls with the passion to do right by customers and fix vehicles right the first time. With an industry that has come to be known for not being honest, it was refreshing to be among so many peers committed to being the change that the industry needs.

There is a certain amount of luck to help an entrepreneur succeed. However, I firmly believe that most of that luck has to do with the direction that one point their ship and the effort put forth in moving in the right direction. Education is a lifetime journey.

It’s almost fall! Time to Think About Your Coolant

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It might not actually feel quite like fall yet but we all know its coming! We know how much fun it is to take a drive through North Georgia to see the best fall colors. This is a good time to think about your engine cooling system. Regular inspections and pressure tests of your cooling system are of utmost importance, as is good maintenance by following the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended coolant change intervals.

As time passes, the protective anti-corrosive additives in the antifreeze break down and lose their effectiveness. But antifreeze has two other very important jobs as well:

  • It is used to decrease the temperature at which the coolant freezes.

  • It is used to raise the temperature at which the coolant will begin to boil.

It is also very important that the proper ratio of water to antifreeze is always maintained. Unless specified otherwise by the vehicle manufacturer, the coolant in most vehicles should consist of a mixture of 50% water and 50% antifreeze before being added to the cooling system. This 50/50 solution not only prevents freezing, but also preserves proper cooling properties.

Also concerning the antifreeze to water mixture ratio: adding more antifreeze to the mix (once again, unless otherwise specified by the vehicle manufacturer) to increase its percentage in the mixture is not better. Generally speaking, after the ratio exceeds more than about 65% antifreeze to 35% water, freeze protection can actually diminish, but even worse, heat dissipation can radically decrease, since the water is the primary substance used for this purpose. Antifreeze itself actually has fairly poor heat transfer characteristics. Having too much antifreeze in the mixture can actually cause engine overheating.

When having your mobile A/C system professionally serviced, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere. To find out more about how Team Ryan Automotive is Eco-Friendly click here.

Top Qualities to Look For In Your Auto Repair Shop

As published on SuwaneeMagazine.com: "Figuring out who you can trust to fix and maintain your car is hard enough, but figuring out who is going to make honest recommendations can be even more difficult!  Unfortunately, that is not an unfounded fear since so many people in the auto industry are not up front and honest.  Because of this, our friends at Team Ryan Automotive have put together some valuable tips for our readers. We hope you find these helpful!"

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1.  Reviews. The best indication of future experience is based on past performance. Check out what people are saying on Google, Facebook or other reviews and social media sites.  A personal referral may hold even more weight to convince you to try a new place out, but online reviews are the modern-day referral network. At minimum, you should look for a place with at least 50 google reviews and a 4.3 star rating or better. If an auto repair shop is piling up negative reviews and has less than a 4.3, you can save your time and continue your search elsewhere. 

2. Authorizing Work. Don’t authorize work until you are completely comfortable with their explanation! A professional repair facility should be able to clearly and comfortably explain the scope of work needed to diagnose and repair your vehicle. If needed, they should have no problem providing pictures of the part of the car that they are discussing with you. If pictures are not an option, they should show you on the vehicle. Don’t let them get away with being obscure. A good and honest shop will be ready, willing and able to show you what is going on with your vehicle.

3. Price. Make sure you understand the price upfront. It is the shop’s responsibility to explain the price for what you are purchasing. Unfortunately, many shops are not as up front and clear with customers as they should be. Be your own advocate and make sure you understand exactly what is being done for what amount

4. Warranty. Does the shop have a warranty? Does it cover both parts and labor? Some places will have a very short warranty or have loop holes in their warranty offering. Did you know most dealerships only have a 12 month / 12,000 mile warranty on their repairs? We recommend that the shop maintaining or repairing your vehicle have at least a 2 year / 24,000 mile warranty.

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5. Qualifications. How can you tell if the technicians at an auto repair shop really know what they are doing? Ask if the mechanic working on your vehicle is ASE certified. Even more specifically, ask what certifications they have because you want to make sure that they are certified in the actual repair that your car needs. For example, if your vehicle needs a check engine light diagnostic, you want to make sure your technician is certified in that specific area.  You wouldn’t want a podiatrist operating on your heart would you? ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence, and it is the benchmark for technician certification. The only way a shop can be recognized with this designation is by having a very high percentage of certified employees. Don’t be satisfied with unqualified mechanics “fixing” your car. Find out more about ASE and use the shop locator here.  

6. Dealerships: There is a misconception that new car dealerships have unrivaled service technicians, the newest equipment and the best service. A lot of times this simply is not the case. It is common for dealerships to have a large number of entry-level mechanics with a very small number of certified and experienced technicians. It is very difficult to know with certainty what level of technician is servicing your vehicle, and the odds are not in your favor! We have all been in a situation where we felt like nothing more than a number, and that is no way to feel when you are getting your vehicle serviced.

7. Scheduling. Effective scheduling can at times seem like a lost art. This is a good indication of the overall professionalism of a shop. Before the process even begins, they should be able to give you a clear idea of when a technician will be starting on your vehicle and at least an estimate on how long the repairs will take. Of course, the larger the repair or service, the more variables there are in the process, but this is OK! The key here is clear communication of what is known right now, and an expectation set by the shop of when further information will be available.

8. Shuttle or Loaner Car. What happens if you don’t have a spare car? Will the auto repair shop give you a ride home or to work? Or even better, do they have a loaner car that you can use while your car is in the shop?

9. Treatment. It is the shop’s job to make the process for having maintenance and repair done on your car as easy for you as possible. If you feel like they are making things challenging, then feel good about yourself by taking your business elsewhere.

10. Presentation. You can tell a lot about a place by how it looks. Is the shop clean and well maintained? What does the office look like? Automotive repair is very detailed work, the facility as a whole needs to be neat, clean and organized. This is a good indication that the employees take pride in their work, and with that you can be confident that you will receive quality service.

Have questions about your car or truck? Team Ryan Automotive is ready to answer them. 

You can find this article published on Suwanee Magazine

Team Ryan Automotive named "Runner Up" in Gwinnett Daily Post Reader's Choice Awards!

Thank you Gwinnett Daily Post and THANK YOU to all of our supporters for voting for us! Out of 74 Gwinnett nominated service & repair shops, I am very pleased to announce that we came in 2nd overall. We are pretty excited about being named "Runner Up"! 

Check it out on the Gwinnett Daily Post website. Under the menu "For Cars" select "Auto Mechanic" to see the full list of winners and nominees. 

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Why Choose Team Ryan Automotive for your car repair needs?

We offer a 2 year / 24,000-mile warranty on ALL PARTS & LABOR.  Getting your car repairs done can be stressful enough, now you have one less worry by having your vehicles serviced by our ASE Certified Mechanics. We know there’s never a good time to have a problem on the road, but the reality is it happens. We go the extra mile to SHOW you pictures or walk out to your car with you to discuss recommendations to ensure you feel empowered to make the right decisions for your vehicle. 




The Kyle Pease Foundation - We Want Inclusion! We Want Relationships! We Want Empowerment!

"We have one mission....Inspiration through every mile, smiles for every state and opportunities in sport for every disabled person. Together WE Wheel!" If you are looking for a great cause to support check out the trek our friend Thomas is about to endeavor on in the grand spirit of inclusion. Team Ryan Automotive has donated towards this great cause!

The Kyle Pease Foundation exists to create awareness and raise funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs through sports. ConnectAbility seeks to create communities where people of all abilities are valued, included and empowered.

Here is a link where you can find out more and donate if you wish: https://goo.gl/cp9Whi

Reconditioning a quality used engine to replace an overheated one

In some cases, engine replacement is a viable alternative to acquiring a new vehicle. It can be done for a fraction of the cost, plus you avoid taxes, license fees, and insurance expenses that are incurred in vehicle replacement.

Rebuilding an engine is a big job, but the ASE certified mechanics at Team Ryan Automotive can handle this sort of project easily. Travis (pictured below) has prepared this used engine to replace the old engine in a customers car. Using a hoist to carefully maneuver the engine takes finesse.  You will find the next generation of mechanical skills and customer service at our shop. 

Replacing an engine can save money and extend vehicle life. Here are four factors to consider:

  • Any vehicle that is otherwise in sound overall mechanical condition and is planned to be in service for several more years is a good candidate for engine replacement.
  • Engine replacement offers savings in taxes, license fees, and insurance costs
  • Replacements can be done at a set interval or at the time of engine failure.
  • Remanufactured engines should last as long as the original engine, effectively doubling the service life of the vehicle.

Vehicle replacement cost is among the biggest expenses of vehicle ownership. However, a viable alternative to buying a new vehicle, in some cases, is engine replacement, which can save thousands of dollars per vehicle. 

The term "rebuilt engine" refers to any engine that is removed from the original vehicle, repaired, and replaced in that vehicle or any other vehicle. The term "remanufactured engine" refers to a used engine, or "core," which has been completely overhauled to "like-new" condition, including the replacement of all parts such as valves and pistons, and the removal and reconditioning of all parts. In terms of function, it is the equivalent of a new engine. 

Here at Team Ryan Automotive, we try to take the hassle out of the repair process for our customers. We will help you understand the pros and cons of using a reconditioned engine. We have a no pressure approach that truly serves our customers first. We believe that a strong reputation is better than overselling a single customer. 

Ever wonder what it takes to rebuild an engine

Why My Brakes Squeal

I recently received a message from a client about “Why my brakes squeal“. Not knowing the brake pads, I would have to say that they are at their end of use. There is a tiny piece of metal that will touch on your rotor alerting the driver that the pads are ready to be replaced.

Have you ever been cruising toward a column of cars waiting at a stoplight and when you apply your brakes are then rewarded with a sound that, like fingernails on a chalkboard? This can raise goosebumps on your neck – and maybe the blood pressure of the driver in front of you. Sound familiar?   

Squealing or squeaking brakes can be annoying, embarrassing and even worrisome. There are many different things that can cause your brakes to squeal. Some causes are not important and won't cause any safety problems at all while others are indicative of major problems that need to be taken care of right away. 

Keep in mind that you might need to take your vehicle out for a test drive to find out when exactly the brake noises occur. Are you encountering squealing brakes when driving, when braking or only in cold weather?

Like everything else automotive, an annoying noise can be one of the first signs that something is wrong, or it might mean nothing is amiss. It's up to you to quickly figure out which. Keep in mind that in most cases, a persistent noise, even after the brakes have warmed up, indicates that a repair is in order. 

Wondering Why My Brakes Squeal?

There are three types of brake pads on the market:

We remove your vehicle's tires to be able to do a complete brake inspection. Providing peace of mind for our customers!

We remove your vehicle's tires to be able to do a complete brake inspection. Providing peace of mind for our customers!

  • Organic Brake Pads: Organic brake pads are cheaply made and not meant to last very long. They are a softer composition brake pad. When you see a lower price on brake pads in a store, these are organic pads and are their loss leader.  Team Ryan Automotive does not carry, recommend or sell these types of brake pads.
  • Semi-Metallic Brake Pads:  Semi-metallic brake pads last longer than organic but typically create that dark brake dust which is evident on your rims. The front tires are usually more heavily coated than the rear, as the front brake pads typically provide the majority of stopping power (roughly 70%). These pads will make more noise than organic brake pads and the driver will hear squealing and grinding. While they provide much more stopping power than organic pads, they are still not as superior as ceramic brake pads. Based on the year of the vehicle being serviced at Team Ryan Automotive, we prefer to use ceramic pads… and here’s why:
  • Ceramic Brake Pads: Will usually leave only a very light color dust when used, versus the dark dust of semi-metallic and will last often twice as long with almost no brake squeal complaints. This reduces the cost of ownership and maintenance while ensuring great stopping power.

If you are hearing a grinding noise or loud squeal when you apply your brakes, it may be time to bring your vehicle in Team Ryan Automotive. Give us a call at 678.765.RYAN (7926)

Ford F150 Evaporator and Heater Core Replacement

To best solve this truck's AC concerns, the evaporator core needed to be replaced. In many vehicles, like this one, the evaporator and heater cores are located inside the passenger compartment buried deep behind the instrument panel.  Removing a dash to replace the necessary components, then reassembling the dash and all it's attaching pieces takes skill, patience and finesse.  To read more about our ASE certified mechanics, click here. Check out the pictures below for a series showing the repair in process. 

A heater core in a vehicle transfers heat from the engine to the cabin, but the A/C evaporator works in a reverse manner. It transfers warm air out of the vehicle and then cools it down sending it back through the cabin. There are similarities in the two components and each needs a series of heating and cooling elements to work properly.  

Happy Earth Day 2018! Team Ryan Automotive Sponsors Elachee Nature Science Center's Trillium Trek Run

Anything we can do to support the environment we want to do! We feel strongly that it is our duty to take care of our planet and properly dispose of waste and do our part to recycle as much as can be recycled. 

We had such a great time at the Elachee Nature Science Center this weekend celebrating Earth Day at the Trillium Trek Run!

Here are some pictures from the event: 

Check out our #TeamRyanRocks sign debut!

Dan Ryan wins the 5k in his age group!

The North Gwinnett Voice Features Team Ryan Automotive For Earth Day!

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Team Ryan Automotive: Environmentally Conscious Auto Care

See this article on North Gwinnett Voice here or continue reading below:

In a saturated auto maintenance and repair industry, Team Ryan Automotive Service and Repair of Buford stands out from their competitors.  The Ryan's opened Team Ryan three years ago with a goal to provide exemplary service to their customers while having as small of an environmental footprint as possible.  Team Ryan Automotive has earned the “Best of Gwinnett” award all three years they have been in business.

Dan Ryan is a graduate from Gwinnett Technical College where he received Associate’s Degrees in welding and automotive repair.  Dan gives back to the college by donating materials for others to learn with. He also serves on the college’s Automotive Advisory Board where he helps guide/advise the school on staying current within the automotive industry.

Technicians at Team Ryan Automotive must possess certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence or ASE.  ASE is a nonprofit organization formed in 1972 to improve the quality of automotive repairs by testing and certifying automotive professionals.  Since Team Ryan has such a high percentage of ASE certified techs, they have earned the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition. There’s not many Blue Seal shops around with the next closest 20 miles away in Snellville.  Techs at Team Ryan Automotive are constantly receiving new training to stay on top of the industry and maintain their ASE certification.

Dan and Shara feel it’s their responsibility to give back to the local community.  They are active members of the Kiwanis Club of North Gwinnett where they have sponsored the Father - Daughter Dance as well as served on the scholarship hearing committee.  Team Ryan Automotive reached out to the local residents asking for bicycle donations at Christmas and were able to donate several bikes to area kids in need. Shara even made a quilt that was donated to the North Gwinnett Co-op where the quilt was given to a gentleman that needed the warm bedding.  They also are big supporters of Buford High School Athletics sponsoring several teams each year.

Having as small of an environmental footprint as possible has been at the forefront of their operations from day one.  They started before they even opened their doors by installing an industrial acrylic floor system in the shop which means oil and other environmentally harmful fluids cannot seep into the concrete and thus the soil.  The fluids sit on top of the floor to be cleaned up and disposed of properly meeting the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful’s standards. High performance T5 fluorescent lighting that consumes less energy yet is brighter than the standard industry lighting was installed at Team Ryan Automotive.

Every drop of oil that has been collected at Team Ryan Automotive since they opened their doors in 2015 has been repurposed to heat their shop using a waste oil heater.  All the old batteries, tires, and antifreeze collected from their customer’s vehicles are all recycled properly. Their office uses only recycled ink cartridges in the printers.  Outside of their shop sits a recycle bin that is twice the size of the trash dumpster where anything and everything that can be recycled is tossed in. They practice the three R’s every day; Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

Their environmentally conscious operation has earned them the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful’s first “Community Crusaders” award of 2018.  

In honor of Earth Day, Team Ryan Automotive has joined forces with the Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville as a sponsor of the center’s Trillium Trek Trail Run and Walk.  The Trillium Trek Trail Run and Walk will take place on April 21st, Earth Day 2018. Team Ryan will be handing out literature on how they are environmentally friendly as well. The literature even has an Earth Day, environmentally friendly spin.  The card includes a Bloomin Earth Seed Pack. One only needs to soak the pack overnight, tear it up into pieces, plant the pieces in dirt, and water regularly to see beautiful flowers sprout up.

Team Ryan Automotive will continuously look to make their operations as environmentally friendly as possible.  They plan on doing even more on top of their already extensive community service in 2018. And one can count on Team Ryan to receive periodic training to keep current on their skill set to make sure that each Team Ryan Automotive customer is 100% satisfied.  They even back their work with a 2 yr./24,000 mile warranty on all parts and labor that they handle for your vehicle.

Team Ryan Automotive is located within the city limits of Buford at 2959 S. Waterworks Road.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact them at (678) 765-7926 or online at www.teamryanautomotive.com.

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