With 47 years in the automotive business, Nick Gramigna is no stranger to any automotive repair need that you may have. Along with being certified with the State of Connecticut for emissions repair. Nick is an expert in Acura and Honda repairs . Nick is also an ASE Certified MASTER AUTOMOBILE TECHNICIANand ASE Certified MASTER MEDIUM / HEAVY TRUCK TECHNICIAN. His career began in 1970 when he became the owner and operator of Nick’s Sunoco on Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield. He remained in business there for 18 years and then in 1988 opened Circle Towing, Body and Mechanical Shop which serviced the Fairfield area for the next 8 years. In 2011 he was part of the Bodymotion pit crew that brought home 1st and 2nd place in the Intercontinental Trophy Cup.
With an accumulative 35 plus years in automotive diagnostic and repair services, Jay, Jason & Raymond go above & beyond to give you a comprehensive digital inspection with repairs done right, the first time.
Tara Gramigna was raised in the automotive industry & over-sees the daily operations of the administrative side of Nick's Automotive.
Kristen Riccobene has been in the automotive industry for 7 years in both management & service.
Between these two ladies they can answer and assist you in every aspect of your vehicle repair from head gasket to tail pipe.
The more you know about your vehicle, the more likely it is you can head off problems. Many common vehicle problems can be spotted by using your senses. You may learn a lot by inspecting the area around your vehicle, listening for strange noises, sensing a difference in the way your vehicle handles, or even noting unusual odors.
Identifying the cause of a puddle under your vehicle may save you serious trouble down the road. Small stains may be of little concern. But wet spots or puddles should be checked immediately
Fluids can be identified by their color and consistency:
• Yellowish green, pastel blue or florescent orange colors indicate an overheated engine or antifreeze leak.
• Dark brown or black oily fluid means the engine is leaking oil.
• A red oily spot indicates a transmission or power-steering fluid leak.
Some problems can be detected simply by following your nose.
• Burned toast odor often signals an electrical short.
• Rotten eggs smell usually indicates a problem in the emission control devices.
• A thick acrid odor usually means burning oil.
• Burning resin or a chemical odor may signal overheated brakes or clutch.
• A sweet steamy odor indicates a coolant leak,If the odor is accompanied by a hot metallic scent and steam from under the hood your engine has overheated. Pull over immediately.
Difficult handling, a rough ride, vibration and poor performance are the kinds of symptoms you can feel. When the driving experience doesn’t feel quite right that's your vehicles way of letting you know there is an issue that requires inspection before a catastrophic break down.
We at Nick's Automotive realize the value of your time, we are pleased to offer digital inspections to our customers. Our highly trained technicians will prepare a digital report of the over-all health of your vehicle inclusive of pictures of the worn, degraded parts along with digital mods explaining how these components work so you can see through the technicians eyes why these repairs are being recommended. This report will then be emailed and text to you prior to receiving a call from us.
Brakes work by friction to slow or stop the vehicle and wear down with use. Our service inspection includes: Disc & Drum Brake systems: brake pads, rotors, shoes & drums. As well as Calipers, broke hoses ABS Master Cylinder & Hydraulic Brake systems.
We pride ourselves on only using OEM or OEM equivalent replacement parts. 12 month 12,000 mile warranty
We’ll Help You Pass!
If your vehicle fails the Connecticut Emissions Test, or your Check Engine Light is on come by and talk with us. We are a certified emissions repair facility, and we can advise you on the best strategy to keep your vehicle in compliance with the state without braking the bank!
Our experienced technicians go above and beyond for your safety and that of others on the road by offering comprehensive CT emissions repair service.
• Preventative Maintenance
• Oil & Fluid Changes
• Filter Replacements
• Engine Tune-Up’s & Performance
• Starting & Charging Systems
• Air Conditioning
• Exhaust Systems
• Radiator & Cooling Systems
• Steering & Suspension
• Transmission & Drivetrain
Automotive repair for both domestic & foreign vehicles.From your personal repair to your business fleet diesel engine automotive services, allow one of our trained and certified tech's to keep you informed, safe and mobile the first time, every time.
Conventional oil change $34.95
Synthetic Oil Change $69.95
Includes: Labor, Oil (up to 5 quarts additional cost per unit over 5) Filter & Tire Rotation
Brake System Components That Can Fail The master cylinder, the heart of the vehicle’s braking system, holds the brake fluid when it is not being delivered to the brakes through the brake lines. If brake fluid leaks because the master cylinder is worn or brake lines are plugged or broken, the fluid cannot be delivered, and brake pad wear could be effected.The brake fluid itself can become dirty or contaminated as it draws rust-causing moisture and picks up other debris, or it can break down from excess heat. Clean brake fluid is either clear or slightly yellow, while dirty brake fluid may be brown or even black. Old and dirty brake fluid can damage ABS brake systems internally.The brake lines connect to the master cylinder through a combination valve, which combines a metering and proportioning valve. It regulates the pressure on the front and rear wheels to make sure both sets of brakes are applied simultaneously. A malfunctioning combination valve may cause the wheels to lock up.
*Our promise to you* We at Nick's Automotive only use OEM or OEM equivalent replacement parts.
Your vehicle’s axles are vital to keeping you safe on the road. They are just as important as other safety devices on your vehicle, such as brakes and tires. Axles bear all of your vehicle’s weight. They connect its wheels and help drive the vehicle. In most cars, the axles are an essential part of the steering system, working with power steering fluid and other components to ensure smooth turning.
Your vehicle’s radiator helps keep your engine cool. Overheated engines can lead to numerous problems, including eventual breakdowns. Your vehicle’ radiator sits at the front of the engine bay; it’s made up of slim, hollow channels that run between the inlet and outlet tanks. Coolant pumps through tubes to the engine, where it is warmed. Once the coolant reaches the engine, it goes to the radiator, which is constructed to cool the flowing liquid using the air passing the radiator. The cooled liquid cycles back through the engine, where it absorbs more heat. This cycle allows the engine to keep working at ideal temperatures.If your vehicle overheats, you may need to have your radiator serviced or replaced. An elevated temperature gauge is another sign that your radiator might be malfunctioning. Puddles of green, yellow or orange coolant under your car could indicate that there is a radiator leak, which could be caused by corrosion. If you notice any of these signs that your radiator needs to be serviced or replaced,Our team of experts can fix leaks or replace your radiator so you can get back on the road worry-free.
Your vehicle’s battery is the source of electrical currents necessary to start the engine. The battery provides power to your vehicle’s accessories and electrical parts; it allows them to operate even when your vehicle’s engine is not running. Additionally, components such as your engine and starter rely on the battery for power; they cannot run without a properly functioning battery. Your battery is your vehicle’s voltage stabilizer for the entire electrical system. Most vehicle batteries need to be replaced every few years, depending on the conditions in which you drive. Extreme weather, continued use of vehicle accessories and other conditions can lead to shorter battery life. Over time, your battery loses juice, and you may need to occasionally jump-start your vehicle in order to get it running. If your vehicle is showing signs of lessened battery life.
When you start your vehicle’s air conditioning system, the compressor works by putting the refrigerant under pressure, sending it to the condensing coils, which are generally in front of your vehicle’s radiator. The condenser expels hot air to outside the car, cooling the air within the vehicle. When this happens, the refrigerant is cooled, and it changes form a gas to a liquid, which then passes through the expansion valve and to the evaporator.Once the evaporator receives the liquid-state refrigerant, it loses pressure and cools the remaining liquid. The vehicle’s blower moves air across the evaporator and into the vehicle’s interior. If you keep your air conditioning unit turned on, the refrigerant goes through this cycle continuously.If any of these components is damaged, it can turn your cool car into a furnace during the summer months