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Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
385 Northbound Gratiot AveMount Clemens, MI 48043
503 E 8 Mile RdFerndale, MI 48220
AT and his guys know their stuff and they are veey honest and capable. No hidden strings attached. Definitely my mechanic from now on.
Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
No matter whether an accident involved a freshly licensed teen or an experienced driver, knowing what to do (or not do) is essential to bouncing back.
Took my car in to get brakes fixed and blower motor looked at. I had a coupon which claimed they would do a diagnostic for free on the breaks. When they quoted me the price for the breaks it was about $200 more than anyone else was charging, even with the coupon which had a discount on it. I was still charged a diagnostic fee for the blower motor fee which they never looked at. Save your time and money and go somewhere else.
Can't recommend this place enough. EJ is simply the best. Friendly, honest, and does great and timely work. Really helpful, will be returning for all future car work without a doubt.
This is the most honest and reasonably priced auto repair shop eva👍👍👍👍👍You will be treated like family at Metro Harper Auto Center 👨👩👧👧HIGHLY recommend this shop if you want an honest, caring, auto shop owner. I've utilized this shop many years for every vehicle I own, and my family/friends have as well with complete satisfaction !!!~Smiles!Susie 🤗
NEVER go here.. I had my 02 Jetta 1.8 fixed about a week ago. The clutch went out. Got it back a week later it seemed fine...until 2 days later the check engine light on, so I called up there talked to sunny and he told me to bring it in... the next day I went to start the car it was a lot of smoke coming out of my tail pipe and my turbo was sounding blown. I drove it up the street to confirm the problem and it was.. drove it back home to get dressed to take it up there CAR WOULD NOT MOVE clutch was done again .. my car had no oil in it which don’t make since because I JUST got a oil change & my intake hose was off.. THEY didn’t fix anything they charged me over 2000 dollars for stuff I didn’t need. ALL THE GOOD REVIEWS ARE FAKE!! DO NOT TAKE YOUR CAR HERE! I’m 19 years old I spent all my money on the car to get fixed and for it to be down 3 days later. They won’t fix it and it’s still at the shop. I’m getting no call back from no one and they are completel SCAMMERS!! Now I’m broke, with out a car. Can’t get to school or work. THIS PLACE NEED TO BE CLOSED AND SUED!
I have used them several times and I've always gotten honest reliable quality work done everyone I spoke with has been friendly and knowledgeable I highly recommend them for any auto repair
I brought my truck in after I spent 2.5 weeks trying to find & fix the electrical issue that it was having. I tried just about everything. Eventually I gave up and had my truck towed to 5 star. (They even paid for the tow). They got my truck fixed in under 30 hours and it performed better than ever. I highly recommend them and I plan to come back here whenever I'm stumped again with my vehicles.
Extremely satisfied customer, have had many of my vehicles serviced and repaired at this facility, The mechanics always go above and beyond to make sure your vehicle is repaired properly and safe. High recommend to anyone.
Horrible! Had to bring my car about 4 times for the same problem. They say its fixed and its not. Mechanics HORRIBLE! Only good thing about this place is Rodney customer service.
Have used on a number of occasions very reasonable, honest and will.only do what's actually needed..won't go anyplace else.
I highly recommend Andy and his team for all of your cars maintenance and repair needs. This shop is the one and only shop that I feel comfortable referring women to. If you are like my wife and feel that you are about to get tricked by a shady mechanic- please rest assured that will not happen here.
The locks installed on the doors and windows of every home represent the most common, and perhaps most effective, form of security. That means locks can be taken for granted, until they no longer work properly or the key is lost. Homeowners should work to understand the basics behind these essential household devices, as well as how to address common problems related to them.
The concept behind a lock-and-key mechanism has been around for centuries, so it's no surprise that their basic design hasn't changed much in recent years. At the same time, a number of different types of locks are now available to meet specific needs.
Perhaps the most common type of lock is the pin tumbler lock. Enclosed in a doorknob, these devices contain spring-loaded pins of varying sizes, which must be pushed upward before the knob can be turned to open the door. When the correct key is inserted into a pin tumbler lock, the grooves on the key's blade push the pins up to the precise height needed to allow the inner chamber to turn. Pin tumbler locks are popular because they are relatively secure for most residential applications and generally inexpensive. Since the entire locking mechanism in this device is contained in a single cylinder, pin tumbler locks are also very easy to swap in and out. This comes in handy in apartment buildings, for example, where locks may need to be changed frequently as tenants come and go.
Pin tumbler locks come in a number of configurations. In residential environments, they are the primary mechanism for operating knob locks and deadbolts. Most exterior doors on homes and apartment buildings will have at least one of each of these locks. Knob locks are quick to open and can be convenient when minimal security is acceptable, but they are very easily forced open. When paired with a deadbolt, the door becomes much harder to open. Deadbolts work by driving a thick metal rod into the door frame, which prevents most quick methods of defeating locks, like using a shim or brute force. Still, deadbolts aren't impenetrable, as they can be lockpicked or defeated with much stronger ramming force.
Other common types of residential locks include mortise locks, which combine the action of a doorknob and deadbolt in one. Mortise locks engage a deadbolt with the turn of the key, just as normal. But upon unlocking, the doorknob will open in tandem with the deadbolt. These locks tend to be much stronger than traditional deadbolt designs, but are often harder to install and thus more expensive.
Finally, there's the "jimmy-proof" deadbolt, a type of lock often found in older residences. These locks engage a metal rod that fits into a separate chamber outside of the door frame, rather than through the frame. While its design is simple, it has many advantages over traditional deadbolts or mortise locks. It is impervious to being pried open like many deadbolt systems could be, hence the "jimmy-proof" name. It is also typically harder to pick, and is very inexpensive.
When a lock stops working, no matter where it is in your home or office, it's likely to be a source of frustration. However, it's rare for a lock to suddenly fail to open without exhibiting some signs beforehand.
Common lock problems include issues opening or engaging the lock, or difficulty securing a door in the proper position to lock it.
Since locks are essential security devices that might be used multiple times per day, they are bound to wear out eventually. Rekeying or replacing locks can be done on your own in some cases, but may require a professional locksmith.
When a lock is rekeyed, the cylinder containing the tumbler and pins is removed from its enclosure and replaced with a new cylinder. This is often done when a new tenant moves into an apartment that was previously occupied, but it may also be necessary if a lock needs to be replaced.
Replacing all components of a cylinder lock, or working with locks that don't use a pin tumbler system, requires a different procedure for replacement. Installing a new lock of the same type will be the most straightforward option.
If you want a new lock that is different from your old set, more advanced installation is required, and you may want to consider hiring a professional for the job.
The term locksmith traditionally referred to people who designed and built locks, but today is generally used for those who repair and replace locks. Locksmiths can be available on-call to help people if they're locked out of their home or apartment.
If you've lost your keys or are otherwise unable to enter a locked building that you normally have access to, you will need to call your local locksmith. To save money and ensure you're hiring a reputable contractor, it may help to do some research on locksmiths in your area ahead of time, so you can be prepared if you need to call one.
Upon arrival to your home, a locksmith should ask you to prove that it is in fact your residence. They should also be able to unlock most common locks without requiring them to be drilled or completely replaced. Be sure to obtain an invoice that lists all charges before agreeing to pay.
Locks are ubiquitous around the world, which means the skills to service them are always in demand. Becoming a locksmith could be a rewarding career opportunity, but like any other job, will require a bit of preparation.
Locksmiths do not generally require formal education, but need to undergo extensive hands-on training and possibly certification. Locksmiths-in-training can receive foundational knowledge and skills through programs offered at technical colleges or vocational schools. These would include basic courses on lock mechanics and manipulation, along with general skills like business management.
From there, most trainees seek an apprenticeship, where they work alongside a professional locksmith. This allows them to gain experience in the field. It can also put them on a course toward certification, which involves a standardized procedure that, once completed, allows locksmiths to legally conduct business in their state.
Successful locksmiths need to be skilled with their hands and in the use of tools. While these skills are essential for the day-to-day tasks that a locksmith performs, they also benefit immensely from being personable and able to work with people to solve problems.
There are a number of trade associations and organizations for locksmiths that may help them find work, receive training and connect with like-minded business partners. These organizations may also help consumers find a reputable locksmith. Locksmith trade associations in the U.S. include:
Contact these organizations to learn more about how to become a locksmith, or how to go about choosing the right professional for your needs.