Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair
Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair is a full-service auto repair center located on Cheam Avenue in Chilliwack, right next to the fire hall and across from Dairy Queen.
Excellent Service…it's a European Thing
Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair can diagnose, repair or tune-up just about anything you can drive up in. While we regularly service European, Japanese and Domestic vehicles, we seem to be favored by European car owners. Our garage is clean, our technicians are uniformed and our rates are among the lowest in Chilliwack. We have a little Fiat 500 courtesy car for those who need it and four bays with special hoists that won’t bang your car’s doors.
Air Conditioning Service
Time to replace that aging cabin filter! Breathe clean, cool air this summer. Drop in, and let us have a look.
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Fiat Courtesy Car Now Available
Don't forget--we have our little Fiat 500 courtesy car (left) available on a first-come, first served basis.
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Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Services
Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair can perform just about any service, diagnostic, maintenance or repair that a dealership can, only in a cleaner, less pressured environment.
Cars today are computerized. That means that if the car is having a problem, the computer will report it with a special code so that the technician can fix it right. This saves time and money and assures a more accurate repair. All vehicles have this. Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair has the computers that tell the technician just what to do and where. Put that together with years of training and experience and you've found Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair.
Driving down any boulevard, you’d think that oil changes are as easy as popcorn and a newspaper while you wait, but a botched or incorrect oil change procedure can turn into a nightmare that you cannot wake from.
Engines and transmissions undoubtedly benefit from oil changes. Unlike the old days, however, when there were only a few different oil weights and brands to choose from, today’s engines and transmissions specify a dizzying variety of oils and getting it wrong can ruin more than just your day.
Quick in-and-out oil change is a convenience, but the young man working on your car is not a mechanic. Don’t risk it. Bring your vehicle to us and have it done by a certified technician for the same price!
Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair encourages all car and truck owners to get their cars (yes, even newer cars) tuned-up at regular intervals. This type of preventative maintenance can really save you money and fuel down the road!
Have your car tuned up, even if it’s newer. Today’s cars still have parts that wear out. As they wear down, the vehicle’s computer adjusts to overcome that wear so you can’t tell that something is about to be wrong.
An engine that has run out of adjustments may suffer from poor fuel economy and may even damage the expensive catalytic converter (not a warranty item). They don’t call it preventative maintenance for nothing!
Brakes are an often-forgotten part of your car's safety system until they wear out. When they do, you are going to want two things: New brakes, and peace of mind. Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair can provide you with both.
Before computers, a brake job was as simple and new pads (front) and new shoes (rear). Nobody thought that little computers would one day be watching over the braking system, but some (including ABS systems) do.
This is why when Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair does a brake job, they use specialized computer diagnostic scanner to perform a system “reset” so that the computer knows that the brakes have been changed.
Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair is a diesel specialist. That's comforting to know, because diesel engines are sometimes a bit too complex for non-specialists and that can be costlier than you might believe.
Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair also services and repairs BlueTEC diesel engines, as found in Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Volkswagen. As diesel specialists, we know what to look for and scan spot the signs of an upcoming problem.
We de-carbonize diesel engines and have the correct diagnostic equipment to correctly and accurately scan and fix even the most complex problems. Don't trust your diesel to just anybody. Bring it to Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair today.
Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair takes fuel injection diagnostic and repair to new levels of accuracy with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and testing devices that can literally "smoke out" problem systems.
Today's fuel injection is part of a complex series of systems that keep your car running smoothly and efficiently. We diagnose and clean fuel injection systems regularly, but for really elusive problems, we have a special process: Using a smoke machine, we pressure-test the fuel tank system (called EVAP) from front to rear, filling the system with harmless smoke then watching to see where the leak is occurring!
That's experience. That's Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair.
Air conditioning benefits from regular checkups and maintenance just as any system in your car would. Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair is fully equipped to diagnose and service any air conditioning system.
There are times when a client believes that the air conditioning system has developed a real problem. Musty odors, reduced output and other air conditioning maladies can sometimes be traced to a large, hidden filter called (surprise!) a cabin filter.
The cabin filter is much like your furnace filter at home. It does a great job, but once it gets clogged up, it needs changing and that can mean a world of difference. Bring your car in. Let's have a look.
We've probably all heard about today's timing belts and how they should be changed out at 100-160,000kms to avoid accidentally damaging the engine. If you are a Volkswagen TDI owner, we've got some especially great news for you. All others, read on.
Almost every car out there has a timing belt that is going to need to be changed sooner or later. For Volkswagen TDI owners, Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair has the special tools needed to change out your timing belts. Without trying to be competitive, our pricing can sometimes come in at half of the dealer rate!
For all timing belt changes, we'll check the water pump and other often forgotten areas to make sure that everything really is good to go.
Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair can provide diagnostics and repair for almost any make or model of car, truck motor home or SUV. The work we do is warranty-approved, an important fact for those still under manufacturer's warranty!
Transmissions are a complex, often-forgotten part of your car—until there is a problem. They really benefit from regular maintenance, usually an oil change and filter. Transmissions, like engines however have little computers that can be scanned to see what problems the transmission is having at that moment. This computerized diagnostic system saves us lots time and saves you lots of money!
Bad transmissions can be rebuilt or even swapped out for a certified used unit.
Tucked away underneath your car, your exhaust system is often forgotten until a problem begins. Poor fuel economy and an increased noise level are signals that something is about to go. Don't wait. Bring the car in and let's take a look.
Like most other systems on your car, your exhaust is monitored by a computer. Today's exhaust systems are mostly stainless steel, so when a problem develops, it's probably going to be a leak, and that can throw the computer off.
The final result can be a damaged catalytic converter, and that can really cost. If you're not sure, bring it in, and let us hook it up to the scanner. Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair also installs custom "tuner" exhausts.
Your car's electrical system is like your engine or transmission—you don't think about it till you go to turn something on and it won't turn on. If that happens, a trip to Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair will solve the problem.
Electrical systems today are really complex. They often tie into other complex electrical or electronic systems, any of which can easily trigger a fault that can drive an inexperienced technician nuts.
Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair uses state-of-the-art diagnostic systems that can track down and pinpoint electrical faults, meaning that the technician spends more time fixing and less time searching. Bring your car in today.
Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair is sometimes called upon to replace or rebuild the engines of the cars and trucks that come through the garage. Rebuilt engines are professionally rebuilt and come with a one-year warranty.
In some cases a replacement engine is required. In most cases, Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair will specify a Certified Used engine which also comes with a one-year warranty. Both rebuilt and Certified Used engines are great choices, especially when you have plans to keep your car.
As rebuilt and used engines are built to factory spec or better, you can safely expect the same sort of service life as you would expect from a new vehicle.
That smooth ride and great handling you enjoy is thanks to a complex arrangement of links and springs underneath your car, but like anything else, they wear down after a while and when they do, you'll begin to notice it.
Ralph Van Woerden Automotive Repair recommends having your suspension and its components looked over on your next trip in. Getting your oil changed? Ask for a suspension once-over. If you've begun to notice a bit of a rougher ride, or can hear squeaking or rattling, you've got signs of suspension wear and that should be checked.
Suspension wear can also lead to uneven tire wear, and that's a safety topic and money waster.
45908 Cheam Ave (Across from Dairy Queen, next to the firehall)
Chilliwack, BC V2P 1N6
Telephone: 604 795-4335
Fax: 604 795-4316
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