Yearly Archives: 2019

Customer Supplied Parts

Over the past 7 years a topic that comes up from time to time is if we will install customer supplied parts. The short answer to the question for 3G's Automotive is no. There have been times we have made exceptions, especially for customers wanting to install custom high end parts to "mod" their car. When we do install customer supplied parts we make it clear that the Nationwide 24 month, 24,000 mile warranty normally offered on repairs does not apply, and if the part fails the customer is responsible for purchasing the replacement part and any new labor time to change it out. This same rule applies to used parts, like transmissions and motors from a wrecking yard. There are a multitude of factors that go into the auto industry standard of practice to not install customer supplied parts: when we purchase the parts we can offer you a warranty on the repair when we order the parts we know it's the correct part when we order the part we are covered for any liability ... read more

Why Your Differential Matters

Why Your Differential Matters

When was the last time you had the differential in your vehicle serviced?  Do you know what a differential is and what it does? This is an old video, but it perfectly explains this important component of your car or truck. Differential service is part of your manufacturer's regularly scheduled maintenance. Service mileage varies by vehicle, so check your owners manual or you can find the information online. Cost for diff service runs $100-200. But NOT servicing your differential? When those gears wear out and break, that repair will cost about $1500 and put you out of your car for a few days.  We encourage our customers to budget and save $100-150 a month to stay on top of regular maintenance and tire replacement. Taking care of those items at the correct intervals may seem like a hassle and money you don't want to spend, but in the long run it will dramatically increase the lifetime of your vehicle and cost you far less in major repairs.  Your car or truck i ... read more

Honoring an Oregon Hero

Honoring an Oregon Hero

One of our core values at 3G's Automotive is to support and honor our active and retired military personnel. My father was a bombadier in WWII. Brian served in the Navy from 1980-1990 in aviation electronics. And our oldest son Jacob is serving with the Navy as an F18 jet engine mechanic, currently deployed on the USS Lincoln. We are proud of our family's military service, and we have the utmost respect for all who serve in each branch of our nation's Armed Forces. An incident that cut us to the core was the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi which resulted in the deaths of US Ambassador J. Christopher StevensUSFS officer Sean Smith; and CIA contractors  ... read more

Put Gas in and Go

Put Gas in and Go

As each of our kids has grown old enough to get a drivers license and a car, this is something we have said to them repeatedly - "having a car is more than put gas in and go." Cars are intricate machines made out of parts that wear down and wear out. If they are taken care of, however, they can last for hundreds of thousands of miles. A car is usually the second most expensive investment we make, next only to our home, so we should make sure we are protecting that investment by performing the manufacturers scheduled maintenance.  Maintenance can be anything from oil changes to timing belt replacement, and if it's a maintenance item on the spendy side people have the tendency to postpone it due to the cost. Consider a timing belt maintenance, which also involves replacing the water pump and tensioner. Depending on the vehicle, cost can range from $600-$1300 for parts and labor. Ouch! But consider the cost of not doing this repair. A timing belt is not a drive belt or ... read more

Coffee - elixir of the gods.

Coffee - elixir of the gods.

I have lived in Portland since the mid 80's. During that decade Oregon made the news when a guru and his followers took over the town of Antelope and made Rajneeshpuram. "Rajneeshees" dressed in red and lived communally. If you are too young to remember it, there is a very good documentary series on Netflix that shows the rise and fall of the Baghwan. Sometimes it seems like Oregon makes the news for less than admirable things. But Portland has become well known for a lot- the Portland Trailblazers, Saturday Market, and Voodoo Donuts, to name a few. No longer the red-headed step child of the West Coast, Portland is considered on par with San Francisco for fabulous restaurants, THE place for tasty microbrews, and COFFEE. If you're like me and need that beautiful cup of serenity every morning, you may be interested in A Street Car Named Delicious.  ... read more

What's that big yellow thing in the sky?

What's that big yellow thing in the sky?

Saturday was glorious! I took the opportunity to go for a walk through Fanno Creek Park. I have to admit, I love the Spring and Summer weather we have here in the Rose City. Getting out in nature, seeing the trees in blossom, the ducks and squirrels, and families on bikes and scooters just lifts my spirits out of the gloom that the gray winters can bring. The sunny Saturday has me looking forward to some of my favorite things about living here - food and music on the water! The Blues Festival and Brewers Fest specifically come to mind. It's always fun to try new things, or eat from some proven standbys, while listening to live music. Ahhhhh, sun, food, music. I can't wait.  Spring and summer are also the beginning of road trips! Whether you are planning a short trip to the coast, or a road trip to Southern California and Disneyland, now is the time to get your car ready before heading out on those adventures. A little planning ahead can save a lot of headache an ... read more

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