Automotive Engine Repair in Xenia, OH

When your “Check Engine” light appears unexpectedly, don’t panic. You can rest assured you’re never far from expert care at Pitt Stop Tire & Auto. At our Xenia location, we can assist with everything from emissions diagnostics to car engine repairs, part replacement to general engine maintenance. Our engine repair and maintenance services are ASE Certified. Our expertise includes engine ignition, filters and connections, engine systems, and electrical issues.

When you care for your engine, your car has a better chance of lasting for the long haul. Engine maintenance is integral to your vehicle’s overall health and longevity for all the driving adventures ahead. With something as important as car engine repair, trust the professionals at Pitt Stop. For nearly a century, our skilled technicians have been servicing automotive engines. You’ll leave. You’ll have a complete understanding of what your vehicle needs and why.

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The Importance of Dashboard Warning Lights

You’re not always pleased to see it, but a vehicle’s Check Engine light is an important signal about an issue in your car’s engine, exhaust system, or battery. You may need help to decipher the cue because it’s part of the onboard diagnostic (OBD) system. In modern vehicles, the ODB system monitors your emissions system and triggers the Check Engine light for a variety of issues, from the fuel cap to the catalytic converter.

So, we don’t recommend ignoring any dashboard warning light. Bring your car down to Pitt Stop Tire & Auto in Xenia, OH and we’ll tell you what’s happening with your engine or emissions system and provide a written estimate before making any needed repairs.

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3 Common Dashboard Warning Lights:

Check Engine

The check engine light is the one car owners hate most. Usually, this warning is in the shape of a silhouetted engine, though sometimes it’s an even harder-to-miss all-caps “CHECK ENGINE” message.

While it seems like the most frightening, this light is one the most ambiguous because it relates to anything having to do with the car’s motor and emissions system. The potential issue could be as minor as a loose wire, an ill-fitting gas cap, or a worn solenoid. Or it could mean something far more serious is wrong in the heart of the engine itself. Regardless, have a professional look as soon as possible.


The battery warning is easy to decipher because it looks exactly like the thing that needs attention. Don’t be fooled if the battery light illuminates, but the car starts and drives typically. There could be a long-term issue with the battery or potential problems with the vehicle’s wiring, alternator, or other electrical components.

Coolant Temperature

Like a thermometer dipping in the ocean, the coolant temperature warning lets you know your car is running too hot. A broken water pump could cause this, low coolant levels in the radiator, a leaking or burst coolant hose, or even damage to the radiator itself. These severe issues could lead to much bigger engine problems if ignored. Like a blinking check engine light, driving an overheated car is unsafe and risks permanently ruining your four-wheeled mode of transportation.

Engine Repair, Engine Rebuilds & Engine Replacements in Xenia, OH

The team at Pitt Stop Tire & Auto provides drivers in Xenia, OH, with a variety of engine rebuild services for their cars, trucks and SUVs so they can get the power they need under the hood. Some of the services we offer include:

  • Fuel System Repair and Cleaning – During a fuel system cleaning, our team will use specialty cleaners to remove deposits and residue from the fuel system and combustion chamber.
  • Radiator Fluid Exchange – Help your engine stay cool and reliable with a coolant fluid exchange. During this service, we’ll properly dispose of the used coolant and top you off with fresh fluids to get your car running in the best possible condition.
  • Spark Plug Replacement – Regular spark plug replacement in accordance with your vehicle’s manufacturer recommendations will keep your engine durable and reliable for years to come.
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Serpentine Belt Replacement in Xenia, OHio

Serpentine Belt Replacement services help keep your vehicle running smoothly. This service involves the replacement of an old, worn-out serpentine belt with a new one with more grip designed for longer life. This can be done as part of a regular maintenance schedule or when belts begin showing signs of wear and tear. During a serpentine belt replacement service, our technicians inspect the belt for signs of wear and tear. We also check its tension and adjust it as needed. We also replace other components, such as tensioners or pulleys, affecting the performance of the belt. Once a new replacement serpentine belt is installed, we will test drive your vehicle to ensure everything is working correctly. Serpentine belt replacement is an important service that can help you avoid costly repairs down the line and keep your vehicle running smoothly. Contact us today to book your appointment!

Spark Plug Replacement Services

When you’re getting a spark plug replacement service, you can expect to receive a thorough inspection of the spark plugs and ignition system. Spark plugs wear out over time, so this inspection includes replacing the spark plugs, checking for any damage or wear on the insulator tip, and testing the spark plug gap. If necessary, other components of the ignition system may also be adjusted or replaced. Once this service is complete, our technicians will test your vehicle’s engine to ensure that it is running smoothly and efficiently with your new spark plugs. Our mechanics are always on hand to answer any questions you may have about your spark plug replacement service. We look forward to helping keep your vehicle running reliably for years to come!

Alternator Replacement in Greene County

Pitt Stop Tire & Auto is your one-stop shop for alternator replacement and alternator installation services in Xenia and Greater Dayton. Alternators are essential to the overall health of your vehicle. They charge your battery, which provides power to the electrical system. An alternator is, in essence, a belt-driven generator. The belt, which is driven by the engine, spins the alternator, which produces electricity. This electricity is stored in the battery, and it’s constantly ‘topped up’ by the alternator as you drive along.

You’ll find the alternator bolted to the side of the engine; it’s usually a large cylindrical component with a fan (used for cooling) at one end. The fan end of the alternator will be connected to the drive belt, which is driven by the rotation of the engine. As the belt spins the alternator generates electricity.

Fortunately, if you’re experiencing alternator issues, you can get them checked out by our expert technicians at Pitt Stop Tire & Auto. After a full system charging test, we can perform an alternator repair or replacement, if necessary, and get you back on the road in no time.

Engine & Cabinet Air Filters

By taking care of your engine and cabinet air filters, your vehicle has a much better chance of lasting for the long haul. Engine maintenance is essential for overall health, safety, and longevity, especially when you have long driving adventures or use your vehicle daily, like most people. So when it comes to something this important, we encourage you to trust the Pitt Stop Tire & Auto experts. For almost a century, our skilled technicians have been servicing automotive vehicles. You’ll leave with a complete understanding of your vehicle’s needs and why.

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Engine Repair Questions & Answers

What should I do when my check engine light comes on?

When your check engine light comes on, there could be a number of issues. It could be something basic, like a loose gas cap, or it could be something serious. The best way to ensure you are safe behind the wheel is to bring your vehicle into our shop for a multi-point inspection. We can find the issue and make you aware of it so you can choose whether or not you want to take the next steps to get your vehicle back to peak conditions.

What can I do to maximize the life of my engine?

 To keep your engine operating at peak performance, be sure to perform proper maintenance for each of the following areas, as outlined in your owner’s manual:

  • Air filter 
  • Oil (and filter) 
  • Cooling system (including the flywheel fan, cooling fins, and any radiators or oil coolers)


This is a common question. Depending on the extent of the repairs, it can mean a few things—from smaller repairs to an engine rebuild. In the best-case scenarios, the damage will be limited to a small area of the engine and the part can be replaced. Getting these smaller repairs as needed is much better (and cheaper) than waiting for bigger problems to happen. If your vehicle needs a total engine repair, this involves taking apart the engine and cleaning it, inspecting it for damage, and replacing different parts. These are some benefits of an engine rebuild:

  • Much cheaper than getting an engine replaced
  • Engine will perform a lot better than before
  • Saves you money on gas by improving the car’s fuel economy
  • Better for the environment by cutting down on manufacturing

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