Brakes in Central New York

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  • 09 Oct, 2017

Save your brakes!

Brakes in Central New York!

It’s October 9, 2017 in Syracuse, the “Salt City” of Central NY.  Syracuse got that moniker from its earliest days in the 19th century when the salt mines were active and produced salt for much of the United States and Europe.


Salt, a very valuable commodity in the 19th century, was the backbone of the early economy of Syracuse. Flushed from beneath the ground by large pump houses, it was laid out in huge beds and yards where it was left to dry for harvesting. Those beds were just down the street from our shop. Recently, a 19th century pump-house from that industry was uncovered, also just down the street.

Today, SALT is still a very active commodity in and around the Syracuse metro area. Most recently, it’s not table salt, rather road salt that’s ubiquitous here in the Salt City! And, it has a huge effect on our roads, bridges and of course cars and trucks. Road salt is very caustic and corrosive to any metal surface. Here during the winter, combined with the snow and rain, it eats away at everything it contacts.

One of the most affected components is your brake system. Rotors rust, corrode and pit. Calipers and brake pads, as well, rust and freeze in their brackets, causing accelerated brake pad wear, and  cause calipers to cease making your brakes drag and pulsate.

Over many years, we have learned here at DAVCO how to make your brakes last longer and stop better through all seasons. Brakes should last anywhere from 35K to 70K miles. More often than not, we found brakes lasting only 1-2 years or 15-30K miles due to the corrosive effects of road salt.

To address this problem and to assist our customers with cars that stop better, and to have brakes that last longer (as in 3-5years 35-70K miles,) we offer the Annual Brake Maintenance Service.

Best done in the Fall, we disassemble, clean, lube and inspect your brakes. We remove the rust, corrosion and treat your calipers, and pads with hi-temperature water and salt resistant lubricant.

We essentially do a brake job without the parts! This ensures your brakes will last much longer and stop better not only this winter but, throughout the rest of the year!

Your brakes will stop better, stop smoothly and last much longer (as much as 3X longer) when you have this service performed annually.

Now is the time to have it done! Before the snow begins to blow and the salt attacks your car’s brakes!

At $89.95 per axle you will have the peace of mind that comes with properly functioning brakes for many years to come.   Give us a call for an appointment or just stop by! Thanks for listening!

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By 7016230346 09 Oct, 2017

Brakes in Central New York!

It’s October 9, 2017 in Syracuse, the “Salt City” of Central NY.  Syracuse got that moniker from its earliest days in the 19th century when the salt mines were active and produced salt for much of the United States and Europe.


Salt, a very valuable commodity in the 19th century, was the backbone of the early economy of Syracuse. Flushed from beneath the ground by large pump houses, it was laid out in huge beds and yards where it was left to dry for harvesting. Those beds were just down the street from our shop. Recently, a 19th century pump-house from that industry was uncovered, also just down the street.

Today, SALT is still a very active commodity in and around the Syracuse metro area. Most recently, it’s not table salt, rather road salt that’s ubiquitous here in the Salt City! And, it has a huge effect on our roads, bridges and of course cars and trucks. Road salt is very caustic and corrosive to any metal surface. Here during the winter, combined with the snow and rain, it eats away at everything it contacts.

One of the most affected components is your brake system. Rotors rust, corrode and pit. Calipers and brake pads, as well, rust and freeze in their brackets, causing accelerated brake pad wear, and  cause calipers to cease making your brakes drag and pulsate.

Over many years, we have learned here at DAVCO how to make your brakes last longer and stop better through all seasons. Brakes should last anywhere from 35K to 70K miles. More often than not, we found brakes lasting only 1-2 years or 15-30K miles due to the corrosive effects of road salt.

To address this problem and to assist our customers with cars that stop better, and to have brakes that last longer (as in 3-5years 35-70K miles,) we offer the Annual Brake Maintenance Service.

Best done in the Fall, we disassemble, clean, lube and inspect your brakes. We remove the rust, corrosion and treat your calipers, and pads with hi-temperature water and salt resistant lubricant.

We essentially do a brake job without the parts! This ensures your brakes will last much longer and stop better not only this winter but, throughout the rest of the year!

Your brakes will stop better, stop smoothly and last much longer (as much as 3X longer) when you have this service performed annually.

Now is the time to have it done! Before the snow begins to blow and the salt attacks your car’s brakes!

At $89.95 per axle you will have the peace of mind that comes with properly functioning brakes for many years to come.   Give us a call for an appointment or just stop by! Thanks for listening!

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By 7016230346 24 Aug, 2017


It seems like only a few weeks ago we were in the dead of Winter! In fact, Summer is winding down and the NYS fair is in full swing!

If you are like me  and the time has gotten away from you because of our short wet Spring or busy Summer, now might be a good time to turn your attention to your car and get it ready for Fall and the coming Winter!  Do it before the kids go back to school and life gets super busy again!

We’ve got some pretty good specials to help you do just  that! They’re running right now through the end of September.

Check out our semi-synthetic oil and filter service! Only $22.95 with a coupon from this website!

Or get ready for Fall and Winter with our Fall Car Care special! Only $119.95!! This service will prepare you for the cool days of Fall as well as that treacherous Central New York Winter ahead!

Both these services will help to keep your car running longer, and better, and help prevent costly breakdowns!

Central New York is one of the toughest climates for your car. Preventive maintenance is the key to not just maintaining your car, but keeping it on the road running well, both longer and more reliably!

If your car has a timing belt now is a good time to have it replaced before it fails and causes potentially thousands in otherwise unnecessary repairs!

Ask us if your car has a timing belt and when its recommended manufacturer’s service interval is!

A timing belt and associated components are a very important and an integral part of your car’s engine. It needs regular replacement anywhere between 60K -105K miles according to your car makers recommendation.

Ask us we can help!

Again, Thanks for listening!

Why not give us a call? at 315-422-1100

By 7016230346 13 Feb, 2017

There was a time way back when automobile engines called for a straight 30w oil that the euphemism “Oil is Oil" had some validity. In those days engines were markedly simpler and internal tolerances were much greater than today's engines. Today's engines have very tight tolerances; the clearance between parts like bearing surfaces is less than half what it was 30 years ago. Most vehicles manufactured in the last ten years have variable valve timing. These engines have small passages in the engine block (that sludge easily) which supply oil pressure to the mechanism that uses oil pressure controlled by your car's computer to control valve timing. It's a great stride forward in making engines run well, more efficiently and with much more power. The downside to these improvements is they require engine oil to withstand higher temperatures and have much greater lubricity with a very thin film of oil.  

What does this all mean? It means engine oil must perform better under much more extreme conditions! If it doesn't, engine wear increases and engine failures result. It means that with the proper engine oil and appropriate change intervals, your engine can easily last 200,000 – 300,000 miles, or you might have problems with sludging and failures at less than 100,000 miles with poor quality oil and over-due oil changes.

There is a lot to consider when choosing engine oil. We here at DAVCO Performance go to great lengths to choose the best oil for your car and carry it in stock. Not just for your engine either but for your transmission, differential and transfer case to name some others. I personally review the oils we stock, matching them to your vehicle manufacturer's recommendations along with the current API and ILSAC standards (American Petroleum institute and International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee.) The current API standards are SN, and ILSAC is GF5. You can find these designations on oil that meets their standards (usually on the back of the bottle). This is important to look for when shopping for oil; however, in truth most oils sold today meet those standards. SO WAIT! Is "Oil is Oil "not then still true? I mean there IS a standard that most oils meet???... Yes! But, not all!


AND THAT'S THE LOW END OF THE SCALE!
You see oil can just meet the standards or it can exceed the standards! This is very important to know particularly when choosing oil that will give your engine the most protection over its lifetime.  Using an oil that exceeds the standards or has properties & additive package that's best tailored to your car is vitally important. Knowing how much sulfur, phosphorous and ash content that's in the oil helps balance the lubrication characteristics with how well that oil will treat costly components like your catalytic converter and O2 sensors. Catalytic converters are a costly item to replace if you don't change your oil frequently enough or your oil is high in things like sulfur and phosphorous that bind to the catalyst in your converter causing it to slowly degrade and eventually fail.

Here at DAVCO you can rest assured that we chose oil appropriate for your car!  Even our basic semi-synthetic oil is very high quality oil at a budget friendly price, currently $22.95 (up to 5 quarts, most cars) with coupon found on our website!

I have chosen it carefully as it is appropriate for many cars!

Keep in mind; we do our homework here so you don't have to! We choose our products based on many factors not just price to give you, our valued customer the best service at the lowest cost!

Thanks for listening! We here at DAVCO  look forward to serving you in the future!

Questions? Feel free to ask. Click on the "contact us" tab to send your questions!


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By 7016230346 02 Feb, 2017

So your "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" light is on? What to do?

I recently fielded a call from a car owner asking “how much was a smoke test?" Hmm, I thought “why?” So, I asked him why he felt he needed a "smoke test.” He responded explaining his check engine light was on, and he brought it to the parts store, they scanned it and told him that he needed a smoke test! Further, he would need either a charcoal canister or a vent valve. 


Hmm, we hear this sort of thing a lot. ‘Diagnosis by trouble code,’ I call it. Great way to sell parts, but the wrong way to repair cars! Often I get these inquiries after the person has replaced the charcoal canister and vent valve and the light returned again after a few days.
So let's clear this up! 


The check engine light illuminates when you have a problem that affects your vehicles emissions system. There are dozens of trouble codes that will cause the check engine light to come on! Many more will not. They will be stored in the computer memory of one or more of the modules that control your vehicle, yet some will not even turn the light on because they are unrelated to emissions.
Many ‘part store scan tools’ record only the most recent codes and, little if any other important information.


Simply a trouble code is not a diagnosis of a problem . Better, to think of it as a "road sign" pointing you in a direction toward your destination.


In this person's case, he had a code that indicated a problem with the evaporative emissions system. Which in some cases requires replacing a ‘charcoal canister or vent valve’ but, it could also be many other things as well. 


A ‘smoke test’ is a quasi-technical term for testing the evaporative system for a leak (allowing fuel fumes to escape into the outside air.)
However, one doesn't jump into a ‘smoke test’ which takes time and can lead you down a "rabbit hole" without first performing some preliminary tests that rule out other causes that might initially seem to require a "’smoke test.’ Very often the problem is actually component related or a wiring problem.Often a ‘smoke test’ will reveal nothing when testing the charcoal canister because the smoke is absorbed by the charcoal giving a false negative result.

As I stated earlier, we see many people come to us after they have spent hundreds of dollars chasing a problem by installing parts that were in question because of a trouble code that led in that direction.  Admittedly, some get lucky and land on the right part early on. Most spend money needlessly only to find out it was something much simpler than they thought, like a lose connection, cracked hose or other minor item needing replacement.


We would recommend leak testing the evap system based on some preliminary tests and evaluations that include scanning for codes but we also look at many other factors together, which help us evaluate and determine your problem quickly and accurately, usually in an hour or less.
Our equipment and knowledge is what makes the difference. Then if you need a ‘smoke test’ we move to that.


To sum it all up, we applaud those ‘do-it-yourselfers’ trying to save themselves some money. When it comes to a ‘check engine light’ you really are better off bringing it to the professionals. 


We perform free scans and we are ASE certified technicians with many years of experience repairing just these sorts of problems.
Save your money have it professionally diagnosed and get the problem fixed right the first time every time, guaranteed!
We offer a FREE basic scan for trouble codes!  So what do you have to lose , but a few minutes of your time to stop by and have it checked?
Give us a call or stop in! We are here to help!

Thanks again for listening!

We look forward to serving you in the future!



By 7016230346 26 Jan, 2017
So you've been hearing something different with your car. A noise maybe a clunking over bumps,  maybe a squeal when you start it in the morning.

All common signs of a problem or maybe its nothing to be concerned about. Well, there is only one way to find out! Bring your car to a professional and have it checked. You hesitate, you hate bringing your car to a mechanic.  They charge too much and you can never tell if they are ripping you off, right?

We hear that nearly everyday. No one likes to spend money on their car!   We get it!   Especially if you feel you can't afford it right now.

It's the middle of winter and, you just hope and pray you make it through a few more weeks until your tax refund comes back.
Spring is just a few months away!

We get it.  We've been there too!  Problem is waiting will likely cost you more if you have a needed repair!

Did you know the average ball-joint is $150 installed? But, If you wait and that CLUNKING OVER BUMPS continues until the joint breaks, it will cost you more, much more ! On average about $1100 . Then you may need a ball joint, control arm, tie-rod, steel brake line, caliper, spindle, even a fender or fenderwell are common results! Not to mention, the SCARE of your life when the front wheel buckles under the car and you lose your steering!

Don't wait Save your money get it fixed now!

We are here to help. We are expert at determining what's making the noise and fixing it correctly the first time! Saving you money and giving you peace of mind with our 2yr 24,000 mile nation wide warranty. We offer extended credit terms through NAPA's EASY PAY PLAN! No interest if paid in full within 6months!

So you need not shell out anything today! With approval on the NAPA easy pay plan you can wait for your tax refund and pay it off when that comes in! Note: minimum monthly payments are required. See us for details!

So don't put it off any longer get it done now! Have it checked, maybe it's nothing to worry about or a simple inexpensive repair!
Bring it to the professionals that know and care at Davco Performance!

We know your car! We will get to know you too!

Thanks for listening!

By 7016230346 23 Jan, 2017

I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to Davco Performance Automotive . Here at Davco, we take very seriously your satisfaction and safety when we repair your vehicle. With over seventy years of combined service experiences, we have the knowledge and expertise to repair your car right the first time, quickly and safely.

We believe in going the extra mile for our customers, so we take the time to thoroughly explain what we are doing and why, and we do this with the integrity and honesty you deserve! We do all this for a fair and reasonable price. We offer specials and discounts that you will find right here on our website or on our Facebook page.

The purpose of this blog will be to help you stay informed on the best ways to keep your car running well and efficiently. We stress maintenance, which will save you large amounts of time and money through the life of your car.

One of the biggest enemies of your car is the harsh Central New York winters. As long time Central New Yorkers ourselves, we know how to care for your car to protect it against CNY harsh elements. Going forward, I will present tips and advice on how to best care and prepare your car for each driving season.

We are now currently in the middle of winter and hopefully, despite how warm it has been lately, you have good snow or all-season tires already on your vehicle. If not, we can help. We offer new tires at very competitive pricing. We even store your off-season tires for free!

Cold weather is very hard on your car’s battery, causing extra draw and strain on a weak battery, which can result in your vehicle not starting when you need it most. We offer free battery tests to determine if your battery is up to the task, presented by Central New York winters. Come see us for your free battery check. Mention that you saw it on this blog, and we will test your charging system as well for free! During the months of January and February, if you purchase a new battery, you will get up to a $20 Visa Prepaid Card, which is good anywhere that takes Visa cards.

Look here in the future for other tips and recommendations on how best to glide through the rest of winter!   If you have a question or a topic you would like addressed, click on the “contact us” tab on the home page and we will do our best to answer you quickly and/or include it here in our future blog postings.

Again, thank you for considering Davco. We look forward to assisting you in the future!

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