501 S Falkenburg Rd # C-15, Tampa, FL 33619
STOP AND SAVE
Expert and Professional
The Last Mechanic You’ll Ever Need
At Stop and Save Auto we take great pride in our unsurpassed quality and unrivaled integrity. Our belief is if it is not good enough for our kids, it is not good enough for yours! We are conveniently located near I-4, Highway 75, and route 60 to serve all of Tampa, Brandon, and surrounding areas. All of your repairs are completed by ASE Certified Master Technicians. We are trained to conduct services on ALL MAKES AND MODELS. Our mission is to do the highest quality work at the lowest cost to you. We will be your last mechanics!
Free Used Car Purchase Inspection
Doesn’t matter where you buy the car, we’ll give it a complete look over and let you know of it condition and or upcoming repairs, if there are any.
Services and Specializations
Would your mechanic let his family drive away in the car he just repaired?
Frequently Asked Questions
Battery life is affected by extreme temperatures. While it is normal for batteries to have problems in winter, very hot days or unusually high temperatures can also shorten the life of a battery. However, it should be a one-off problem.
Corrosion is normal. Regular cleaning and servicing can prevent corrosion. You don’t always need a new battery.
Cars don’t start for many reasons and battery is one of the factors. You don’t have to get a new battery if the problem lies elsewhere, perhaps with the alternator. If you need frequent jump-starts, get the car inspected.
A car battery can last anywhere from three years to five years. The life is affected by many factors, including weather, servicing and how you drive.
The noise could be due to a problem in the compressor, engine or a hose. Thorough inspection is necessary to find the exact cause or causes.
It could be the coolant. If there is not enough refrigerant or there has been a leak, then you need to get it fixed and refill the coolant.
Odd smells are not uncommon in cars. When vents blow air that smells foul, it is mostly because of bacteria in the evaporator. This is not a serious problem. Regular cleaning can avert it.
Brake fluid doesn’t have to be changed every time you have the car serviced but you should consider a timely refill. Brake fluid tends to have a copper buildup when the additives break down. As a result, there is an increase in the acid levels. This can cause erosion and will potentially damage the components of the antilock brake system. Change the brake fluid in time to prevent severe damage to the antilock brake system, which will cost you dearly.
It could be a problem with the rotors but there are other potential causes. A physical inspection is recommended.
The noise could be due to a glitch in the brake system. You may or may not need new brakes. Get your car inspected to find the actual problem and hence the solution.
The life of rotors and brake pads depends on how you drive, the load your car has to endure and how well your car is maintained. Rotors and brake pads will wear out. That is inevitable. But those who drive smoothly without much stop and go, without excessive braking and don’t carry huge loads in the car will have better brake pad life and rotor life.
Your car may pull to the left, or right, due to many reasons. Radial angulation or radial pull, bent frame, poor quality tires or worn out tires and problems pertaining to steering component may be the cause. The car must be inspected to find the actual problem.
With older cars, greasing the suspension would eliminate noise. There are no grease fittings in cars manufactured in the last two decades. You should get the suspension checked out.
The problem could be in struts or shocks, torsion bars or springs. You must opt for a professional inspection.
The indicator alerts you that something is wrong in your car, mostly engine, but it could also be a loose gas cap. You should always get your car inspected when this light comes on, regardless of whether or not the car seems and drives fine.
When you see the yellow Check Engine light, it indicates that your engine is not performing at its optimum efficiency. An under-performing engine will reduce mileage and increase pollution. When you see the red Check Engine light, it is an alert calling for immediate inspection. If you find the light blinking or flashing, you should opt for immediate service. In all three circumstances, you should get your engine inspected.
The check engine light is an indicator that something is wrong in your car. In some cases, the light may come on if you have left the gas cap off or if it is loose. You can fix it and the light will go off on its own. In other cases when there are problems in your engine, you would need professional inspection and possibly an immediate service. If the light is flashing continuously or sporadically, if it is yellow or red and they don’t turn off, you should seek immediate help.
Even if the check engine light blinks or flashes a few times, you should go for an immediate service. The light may not flash continuously in some cases.
The exhaust is the whole system, including the engine cylinder head, tail pipe, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold and muffler.
While mufflers don’t affect gas mileage, any kind of restriction in the exhaust will have a direct impact on the performance of the car and the mileage.
The muffler is necessary to conceal the engine noise and that of the exhaust. Your car will be the loudest thing on the streets if you remove the muffler. Also, you will allow the exhaust fumes to seep into the cabin of your car, which is bad for health.
If your car makes noise and the noise gets louder whenever you speed up or accelerate, it is an indication that you need to replace your muffler. You should get it checked before you buy a new muffler because the increase in noise can also be due to some other component in the exhaust system.
Yes, the belt performs a very important function. If it fails, your car could be vulnerable to engine damage and it can cost you several thousand dollars.
Refer to the owner’s manual to find out the exact mileage of a new timing belt. When you replace an old belt, get only the one that is recommended and not a compatible third party or aftermarket belt.
Usually, cars have timing belts and accessory drive belts. The timing belts are hooked to variously parts of the engine, including camshafts, intermediate shafts and balance shafts. The accessory drive belts are connected to power steering pumps, AC compressors and alternators among others. Timing belts will have a predetermined mileage, after which you should have them changed. Accessory drive belts must be inspected routinely to determine if they need to be replaced.
You should change squealing belts. The squealing results from excess friction and if it goes unchanged, the belt will continue to wear down and pose a greater repair risk.
Many car owners think that new tires or new cars should not have any issues. If the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) light is on then it could be that one or more of your tires are underinflated, or even overinflated, and you should have your tire pressure checked. Be sure that the pressure reads within the normal range per your owner’s manual. If the TPMS light is blinking then it is needing inspection.
There are several ways to tell if you need new tires. Some of the signs of needing new tires include: tire tread that is uneven or each tire shows a different level of wear; if the tire is bulging or cracking along the sidewalls; if the treads have been pulled away from the tire’s body; of the tire treads do not pass the “penny test”; or if there is anything, like a nail, that is stuck in the tire.
The penny test is used as an easy yet efficient way to determine if you need new tires. To perform the test, take a penny and place it between the tread with Lincoln positioned upright. If the tread dips below Lincoln’s head, then it is recommended that you replace your tires.
Tires with a balance or suspension issue is the most common cause of the shuddering over 40mph. There are other possible reasons that your car is doing this, so it is safest for you to have your car inspected to know for sure.
Flushing the cooling system in time with the schedule recommended by the car manufacturer would be sufficient to maintain a car radiator.
The maple syrup like smell in the cabin is possibly due to steam buildup. The core of the heater in your car is a tiny radiator installed in the dash and just as it warms your car it may also lead to steam buildup.
The AC will only cool the cabin of your car. It doesn’t cool the engine and it actually increases the stress on the engine during summers.
Check under the hood to know the coolant fluid level. There is a ‘fill’ line indicator and if the level is below the line, you should refill the coolant.
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Great service! Great prices! What a gem of an auto repair shop hidden on Falkenburg!
I suggest people find this treasure because the work is great and Steve is extremely helpful.Posted by Suzanne Shields on Friday, March 4, 2016
Steve, thank you for looking over my car today. I would like to let you know how much I appreciate your honesty, your...Posted by Silvia Millett on Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Been doing business with S&S for a couple of years and I love the service. One example, tire store told me I needed...Posted by Ted Textor on Friday, January 9, 2015
Steve the owner is awsome at what he does and he saves you money. The customer service is one of a kind. So if you want to safe money and get a good job done this is the place.Posted by Miguel Barada on Saturday, November 22, 2014
Excellent work, honest, and affordable.Posted by Tiffany Youknowyouloveme on Thursday, September 27, 2012
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STOP AND SAVE
501 S Falkenburg Rd # C-15
Tampa, FL 33619