Auto Repair Services
We repair all makes and models of cars and trucks. Old or new, under-warranty or not, we have the tools and experience to repair your car and get you back on the road. Tommy’s Auto Service is a AAA Approved Auto Service Center and our technicians are ASE Certified.
We have been repairing cars and trucks in St. Petersburg, Florida for over 60 years with the goal of providing you with “Carefree Car Ownership.”
Florida heat can be tough on cars and drivers. Your car’s engine is constantly generating heat which needs to be dissipated to prevent major problems. That’s what your radiator and cooling system is for. The driver on the other hand is at the mercy of ice cold air provided by your car’s automotive air conditioning system. If your car air conditioner isn’t blowing as cool as it used to, or if it takes longer than usual to cool off your car, you may need to have your system serviced.
Today's cars have an elaborate fuel delivery system to maximize performance while using as little fuel as possible. This system has very tight tolerances, and must be maintained to assure it'll deliver fuel when your engine needs it. Whether your car uses a carburetor or a fuel-injection system, our ASE Certified Technicians can maintain your system, and troubleshoot any problems should they arise.
Everyone wants a car that is comfortable, drives well, runs dependably and goes fast, but we often take the stopping power of our car for granted. The brakes in your vehicle work as hard as or harder than any other component. How many times have you had to avoid an accident with the help of your brakes? They are the unsung hero in your car.
Cooler temperatures cause a bigger drain on the battery, which means the alternator has to work harder, which in turn creates additional wear on the belts.
Is your Check Engine Light On? Tommy's Auto Service will tell you why it's lit for FREE.
The Electrical System is your car is a complex system of wiring, switches, relays and actuators that keep your car running properly. The failure of any of these systems can lead everything from poor engine performance to complete lack of operation.
The cooling system in your car is essential to the engine’s proper operation. Does your car run hot sometimes? Does the temperature gauge read above 250-degrees? Does steam come from under the hood of your car? These could all be signs that your radiator and cooling system have a problem.
We recommend flushing the power steering fluid every 37,500 miles. Power steering fluid is exposed to high pressure, hot temperatures and it collects a lot of contaminants. This can result in excessive noise, hard steering, leaks and even complete steering failure. Unfortunately, by the time symptoms appear, some damage has probably been done. This can result in very expensive repairs.
Is your car running poorly? Is it hard to start? Does it hesitate on acceleration? Your car could need a tune-up. We will diagnose your cars air, fuel and ignition system to make sure it’s performing at optimum capacity.
Is your ride getting bouncy? It might be time to replace your shocks or struts. When these suspension essentials begin to go bad, you may also notice uneven or choppy tire wear or bouncing when you apply then release weight from the front bumper. Depending on the type of shocks and struts, they may also leak oil or air. The bouncing from failed shocks and struts could cause you to lose control of your vehicle, so don't wait for this problem to go away, because it won’t.
If your vehicle needs a jump start to get going but then runs fine, the battery is most likely to blame. If it takes a jump but then dies after removing the jumper cables, you most likely have a bad alternator. Other common symptoms of a failing alternator include random dimming of dash lights, headlights, or other oddities of the electrical system. A high pitched squeal or screeching noise under the hood could mean your alternator diodes or bearings are going out. A failing alternator can ruin a good battery and a failing battery can wipe out a good alternator.
Regular transmission fluid flushes reduce the chance a very costly repair will be needed and the chance of an unexpected breakdown. Heat is the nemesis of transmission fluid - it causes the fluid to oxidize reducing the lubrication capacity which accelerates the wear on internal components. Manufacturers have engineered methods that reduce heat, but this fluid still gets extremely hot every time you drive. Flushing every 30,000 miles is usually sufficient.