Smog Testing and Repair

smog_emissions_star copyAs a Star Certified Smog Repair and Service Facility, Marin Express Lube has repaired thousands of Vehicles considered un smoggable. Why go to another test only station and fail a smog test, when Marin Express Lube can help you pass the first time!

All of our professional Technicians are ASE certified! There is no job we won't tackle. No job we have not seen before and more importantly, no customer we will not satisfy! Our only goal is to make sure that your car is back on the street in a timely manner, running better than before. There is no written estimate that we cannot beat!

Oil Changes

Tune-Ups-and-Oil-ChangesOur oil change policy is as follows:

If your car is sporting our license plate frames on the rear of your vehicle - Guess What !
All of your oil changes are .... Half Price!
We don't charge for our frames - so you save half off an oil change and we get some advertising - no brainer for us! You decide!

Fluid Inspection & Top-Off

We’ll check your fluids to see if they still have the protective properties for your car’s various operating systems. Cooling, air conditioning, power steering, braking, automatic transmission, engine, and others.

Fuel Injection Services

Fuel Injection Service Coupon Guaranteed to Save Gas Improve your vehicle’s MPG Direct clean of injectors to remove carbon build up. Remove throttle plate intake boot and clean throttle plate to avoid sticking. Road test vehicle at completion.

Comprehensive Fluid Flushes

For some fluids, just draining the old fluid and replacing it just doesn’t cut it. Often it is more effective to completely flush out the old fluids, clean out the system and then refill it with clean and protective fluids. We provide this service for all your automotive systems.

Engine Repairs, Engine Rebuilding, Engine Diagnostics, Engine Replacements

From diagnostics, to complete engine rebuilding, we can do it all.

Brake Repairs, Brake System Service, ABS Brake Repairs

We use superior parts and expert service technicians to give you the best brake jobs around. With our parts and service, your car can stop up to 15 feet sooner.

Automatic Transmission System Repairs & Service

From Transmission services, drain, flush and fills to complete transmission overhaul, we do all things Automatic Transmissions.

Check Engine Light & Computer Diagnostics

We utilize state-of-the-art equipment and contemporary standards to diagnose your car’s troubles. Coupled with our experience and our industry computer resources, we quickly diagnose and repair your car and get it right the first time.

Power Steering System Service

Your steering system requires periodic inspection and service to help it keep your car safer. The system has many moving parts and is protected by power steering fluids that can break down and erode internal parts. Our experts can help.

Suspension, Shocks, Struts, CV Boots and 4 Wheel Drive Repairs & Service

Your suspension is critical to a smoother drive and more importantly better handling. When your suspension has problems your car become unsafe because it may not handle well in emergency situations. Shocks and struts do require periodic replacement too.

Air Conditioning and Heater Service

Periodic inspections of your Air Conditioning system can prevent expensive repairs. If you’ve noticed decreased cooling abilities, bring it in sooner rather than later. It could save you money.

Manual Transmission and Clutch Service

Our ASE Master Technicians have the skill to service or repair your clutch or manual transmission expertly.

Complex Electrical Diagnosis

Our shop has some of the most skilled technicians that have diagnosed electrical problems that others could not. We have the experience, the certifications and the real life skill to track down any electrical problems.

Battery Inspection & Life Test

We have the technology that allows us to test your battery to see how much life is left. This way you know you can depend on it.

Complete Safety Inspection

We preform a bumper to bumper safety inspection every time we put a vehicle up on a lift. We are very careful not to let any of our customers leave our facility in an unsafe vehicle.

Factory Scheduled Maintenance

Your vehicles manufacture has established specified intervals and levels of service for your vehicle. For the most part we agree with what your manufacture has specified for your vehicle. However we do not agree with most oil change intervals specified by the manufacture. And with good cause and for the following reason: The quality of synthetic oils have gotten far better over the years and they don't really deteriorate easily - they just get dirty with carbon particles. Oil filters have gotten smaller and load up faster and have reduced filtering capacity. The result is that they load up quicker and a bypass check valve opens at higher engine speeds to allow unfiltered oil pass through the engine with carbon particles in the oil to wear out your engine faster.

Check Engine Light and Service Engine Soon Display

There are many reasons for a "Check Engine Light" or in the case of BMW's a "Service Engine Soon" Display.

Most check engine light codes are generated from problems in     "The Evaporation Control System".
The problem can be as small as a fuel tank cap that didn't get tightened down properly after refueling.

Pulling Check Engine Light Code No Charge

Drive-ability Problems

Drive-ability problems arise from three areas:
Engine Performance, Transmission Performance and problems in Suspension Performance. Because we specialize in your vehicle and see many of them we apply   "Pattern Failure Analysis"   to reduce the diagnostic time on your vehicle AND save you money in the process!   So what is     "Pattern Failure Analysis" you might ask!   Simply put - because we specialize, we have seen the same pattern failures in many of the same vehicles - therefore reducing our diagnostic time and saving you money.

It's not the hourly rate the shop charges, it's the level of expertise and how quickly they can get to the root of your problem that should be your concern.

Complete Computer Diagnostics

We handle all aspects of computer diagnostics on your vehicle. From module programming to communication problems between modules on the CAN Data Bus System (basically a network communication within your vehicle) We identify communication problems between modules (small computers) and re-establish communication between them. Your vehicle will preform better with communication paths restored.

Service & Repair Shopping 101

There are questions you need to ask yourself - are you shopping for price or quality or both. Is the shop your are getting the price quote from using OEM Parts or aftermarket parts? Make sure you are shopping apples for apples when getting price quotes. And this includes not only the parts being used, it includes the competence and quality of the work from the person working on your vehicle. Nobody wants to pay too much for service or repair, however, buyer beware of the lower price quotes. You can't get OEM parts and   "Factory Trained Master Technicians"   working on your vehicle for the lowest price quote. SOMEWHERE IN THE MID RANGE OF QUOTES IS WHERE YOU SHOULD BE SHOPPING! if shopping for a specific service or repair!

Shopping for a diagnostic quote is near impossible. Here you should be shopping for expertise and not hourly rate. Please see our explanation under DRIVABILITY PROBLEMS.

Auto Repair Financing Available 

At Main Express Lube offers to qualified applicants auto repair financing. If you cannot afford your auto repairs let us know and you can apply for financing.