At this time we have decided to discontinue our Saturday hours due to the Covid-19 outbreak. We believe giving our staff this time to rest and recuperate will help keep everyone healthy and strong to be able to maintain our abilities to work on your vehicles. We hope you all are remaining calm and healthy! Please let us know if you would like to schedule a time to drop off your vehicle for repairs. We will be open as long as the government continues to allow us to be. We do ask that if you are not feeling well or have been around others who are not feeling well that you avoid coming into our offices and warn staff if you must have your vehicle repairs done so that they may take proper precautions to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy. Thank you all for your continued support and remember we will get through this together!!
We have added back our Saturday hours for now. We do ask that you call to schedule your appointment in advance. We are doing our best to minimize contact as much as possible at this time due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. We are doing our best to stay open and available to our customers at this time. We appreciate your business and for supporting small businesses like ours. Customers like you help us keep our doors open. Thank you for your support.
Mustang GT/CS Supercharger Build
It’s not everyday that we get to brake away from the ordinary repairs such as oil changes, inspections and brake jobs. We specialize in auto performance work but the average customer is who keeps the shop open. But the auto performance jobs are the ones that give us the most joy. At Rackley’s we appreciate vehicles with more speed and power.
Remember, auto performance jobs always take more time because aftermarket parts rarely fit perfectly and sometimes require minor modification. Builds like these can not be rushed. Our shop takes are time with performance work and when the job is finished; it looks professional like from the factory.
This particular build was very special for us because we had a brand new customer who drove over an hour to have us do the work on his Mustang GT/CS. He wanted a Paxton Supercharger kit installed with snow performance methanol injection kit. This job went smoothly other than a few bumps with missing parts from the vendor. Luckily, the vendor was able to get the missing parts shipped right away so we had zero down time for the project. Most of the parts from the kit fit well and we had to make very few modifications. The best part of this entire project was watching the customers face light up when he picked up his Supercharged Mustang.
A step by step photo gallery of the work being preformed.
Have a vehicle you would like to modify? Give Rackley’s Performance & Auto a call. You won’t regret it.
Brakes: What you need to know to keep your car stopping!
Brakes are an essential aspect of your vehicle. Proper maintenance and care of your brakes should be a top priority for your car care.
You should also have a qualified technician inspect your brake system at least once a year. A qualified technician can ensure that your brake shoes aren’t sticking and that your calipers slides are functioning properly. Brake shoes allow the vehicle to stop when the brake pedal is pressed when you have drum brakes. If you have disc brakes the caliper slides are what allow your vehicle to stop and are just as important as brake shoes.
During a visual brake inspection a qualified mechanic can also ensure that all your brake lines and hoses are working properly. If a brake line is rusted out then the fluid is not traveling as it should which could cause the brakes to malfunction. A visual inspection from a technician can ensure that these aspects of your vehicle are working properly and that your vehicle will in fact stop when the brake pedal is pressed.
One of the most important parts of the braking system is the brake fluid. Brake fluid is used to transfer force into pressure, which helps to amplify braking force. As you can imagine, this is very important! Brake fluid should be flushed every one to two years. By flushing your brake fluid you are ensuring that your braking system is free of debris and corrosion. Brake fluid naturally absorbs moisture; excess moisture can cause failure to other aspects of the braking system. By scheduling your brake fluid flush every one to two years you can save big money by avoiding brake caliper replacements and damage to your master cylinder. Both of these are essential to your ability to stop in traffic. If one of these were to fail, your vehicle may not be able to stop when needed or in severe cases catch fire! Call Rackley’s Performance and Auto today to schedule your Brake Fluid Flush!
There are a few things to look for that are tale tale signs of a problem in your brake system
- If you notice shaking while you are braking you could have warped rotors. This means you will need to have your rotors and your brake pads replaced.
- If you notice that one of your tire rims seems much dirty than the others that could indicate excessive brake dust. Which means there may be an issue with the brake system on that wheel. By having a qualified mechanic inspect this right away, it can prevent further damage to the braking system.
- You may also notice an audible noise such as squealing or grinding. A squealing noise due to a squeal tap indicator. By visiting a qualified auto mechanic as soon as you hear this noise you can avoid having to replace your entire brake system. If you hear grinding you need to get to the auto repair shop immediately. Grinding sounds indicate that metal is hitting more metal and there is no brake surface left. By having no brake surface you vehicle may not be able to stop when you press the brake pedal.
Don’t let this be you. Have your brakes inspected by Rackley’s Performance and Auto!
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Rackley’s is Now Hiring
Rackley’s Performance and Auto in Wilmington, NC is looking for experienced auto technicians to begin work immediately. Must have tools, valid Driver’s License and be willing to work. Pay is based on experience. Contact owner David Rackley at 910-617-4671 for more details and to schedule an interview.
Rackley’s Performance and Auto is the premier auto mechanic shop in Wilmington, NC. Servicing all makes and models from oil changes to engine rebuilds Rackley’s does it all. Located off Middle Sound loop next to the brand new Publix shopping center due to open Fall 2017! Rackley’s is open 6 days a week from 8 am to 6 pm.
6 Tips to Prepare your Car for Summer- Your Guide to Summer Car Maintenance
Summer is right around the corner. You’ve pulled out your shorts, tank tops, bathing suits, and flip flops but have you thought about your car? Car’s typically require more repairs during seasonal changes. When the weather shifts from cold to hot your car has trouble adjusting. In order to prevent unnecessary breakdowns it is essential that you have your car serviced by a qualified professional. Just like the technicians that you find at Rackley’s Performance and Auto here in Wilmington, NC.
Summer Car Maintenance is incredibly important. Here are six things that you need to have inspected by an ASE certified technician before North Carolina experiences those summer heat waves.
Service your coolant system (NOT your A/C but your radiator,water pump, cooling fans, etc) -Your coolant system circulates a mixture of water and coolant to help keep your engine and radiator cool. If your coolant system is not working properly your engine could overheat. If your engine overheats you must turn your vehicle off right away and seek an automotive technician. You do not want to be stuck on the side of the road in the Wilmington beach traffic because you neglected to service your coolant system and your engine is overheating. Take about putting a damper on those beach plans!
Change Oil This is a given, you should be changing your oil according to the specifications of you car’s manufacturer. But it is especially important in the summertime. Having your oil changes preformed regularly ensures that your car has good clean oil lubricating it’s engine. When Summertime hits it brings much warm weather. Engine temperatures are already hot, hot, hot add in the summer time heat and it’s blazing under that hood. Keep everything lubricated and cooled to make sure you engine can keep you moving while heading to the beach.
Have your battery checked We see batteries fail often during swift changes from hot to cold weather (like we see all the time in the Spring; here in North Carolina). Battery contains a liquid which evaporates during hot weather. This shortens the battery life. The average battery life is 5-7 years. Add in the intense summer temperatures we experience here in Wilmington and battery life diminishes. It is important to have your battery checked so you are not stuck with a non working battery on the eve of your Summer Vacation.
Wiper blades replaced Summer weather in North Carolina brings lots of warm sunny days but it also brings late afternoon thunderstorms. Make sure you have quality wiper blades installed so you’re not blinded by a sudden shower. Also keep in mind that dull wiper blades can cause scratches on your wind shield.
Fill washer fluids Know what North Carolinians know more about than college basketball? Bugs! Summertime in North Carolina is full of bugs. Everyone knows where the bugs end up when you’re driving around town. Keep your windshield washer fluids full to make sure you can wash away dead bugs or bird poop that may hit your windshield.
Air Conditioning Speaks for itself. No one likes to be hot. Especially in the 90 degree summer temperatures. Make sure you have enough Freon to keep your A/C functioning at it’s fullest capacity. The best way to do this is to have it checked by an ASE certified technician like you can find at Rackley’s Performance and Auto.
Call Rackley’s today to schedule your Summer Check up to ensure your vehicle is in tip top shape to take on the summer heat and any Summer Vacations.
Planning a vacation? Check out these tips to get your car ready for a road trip.
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IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship at Darlington
If you’re following us on Facebook you may have heard Rackley’s Performance and Auto Racing Team took Top Sportsman Runner Up at the IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. We are honored to have made it to the finals! You can check out the race on Friday where Rackley’s Racing team was runner up! If you’re in a hurry you can skip ahead to 50:00 for round 1, 217.07 for round 2, 291.45 for round 3 and 350.00 for round 4 where David Rackley beats the IHRA World Champion during the Semi Finalist round!
If you want to see the rest of the full weekend race. Check out ESPN 3 Replay. It does require a provider login to watch.
We appreciate all your support for Rackley’s racing team as well as our shop!
Preparing your Car for a Road Trip
Spring break is just around the corner. You’ve got your hotels booked, your trip is mapped out, you’ve planned to see every tourist trap along the way but have you prepared your vehicle?
Automobiles need to be in good shape before taking them on a long road trip. You could encounter different climate changes, elevation changes and differing weather conditions. All of these aspects can impact the performance of your vehicle. To make sure that your car can get you from here to there and everywhere in between take a look at these tips. Here are 5 things you should have a professional automotive technician take a look at before heading out on your next road trip.
- Make sure to have your oil changed and all your fluid levels checked. The last thing you want to do is have your car overheat in the middle of no where because your coolant levels were low. Don’t forget the windshield wiper fluid too!
- Get your vehicle’s brakes inspected. Brakes are one of the most important aspects of your car. If they fail then you will likely be in a car accident. Talk about a vacation killer! Get your brakes inspected.
- Have your tires looked over. Make sure they have plenty of tread and that there is no wire showing through. Be sure to have your tire pressures checked and talk to a qualified technician to determine if you should have a wheel alignment or tire rotation.
- Clean or replace your windshield wiper blades. There is nothing worse than squeaky, streaky windshield wiper blades. Sometimes, it’s a simple as having them cleaned; while other times they should be replaced.
- Inspect your headlights and taillights to make sure they are working properly. If they are foggy or clouding you may consider having them resurfaced. Resurfacing your headlights/taillights is an inexpensive way to extend the life of your headlight assembly. Also, by resurfacing your headlights it will enable you are able to see better on dark unfamiliar roads. Resurfacing your taillights will ensure other vehicles can see you.
This may seem like a lot of work to add on to your already long list of things to do to prepare for vacation. However, you don’t have to worry you can drop your vehicle off to Rackley’s Performance & Auto and we will take care of everything for you. By dropping off your vehicle with us you will ensure your vehicle is in tip top shape as you head off on your road trip. Call us today to schedule your “Vacation Inspection” where we will take care of all the items above and ensure your vehicle is ready for your vacation.
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