& Repairs

Auto Services & Repairs from tire to top.

Auto services & repairs: Need an oil change, new tires or more? We’re your full service auto shop – including state inspections. Click here to find the location nearest you. New! Wilkes-Barre, PA tire shop now offers touchless tire mounting and is the area leader in ‘off road’ vehicle services – from lifts to customizations to performance enhancements. Schedule your appointment with our enthusiasts today to get your rig ready.

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Tires are critical. Check, rotate, balance and change for maximum safety and performance.

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Oil Change

We offer a comprehensive oil change service that meets and exceeds your manufacturer’s recommendation.

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All components within your vehicle’s starting and charging system are necessary to ensure proper working order.

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A fully functioning brake system is crucial to your safety, the safety of your passengers, and the safety of other drivers.

  • A vehicle’s axle, CV joint, and driveshaft components are main components of the drivetrain. The driveshaft is the rotating shaft that transmits torque from the engine and transmission to the rear differential via the CV joints.

    Axle, CV Joint & Driveshaft Repair Services
    • CV Axle Inspection
    • CV Axle Replacement
    • CV Boot Replacement
    • CV Joint Replacement
    • Driveshaft Balance
    • U-Joint Replacement
    • Yoke Replacement
  • A vehicle’s belts and hoses are necessary to run the engine cooling system (radiator), air conditioning system, charging system (alternator), and engine.  We offer the following services at select locations:

    Belts & Hoses Services
    • Heater Hose Replacement
    • Radiator Hose Replacement
    • Serpentine Belt Replacement
    • Timing Belt Replacement
  • A vehicle’s belts and hoses are necessary to run the engine cooling system (radiator), air conditioning system, charging system (alternator), and engine.  We offer the following services at select locations:

    Brake Repair Services
    • Brake Inspection
    • Brake Rotor Replacement
    • Front Disc Brake Repair
    • Parking Brake Adjustment
    • Rear Disc Brake Repair
    • Rear Drum Brake Repair
  • Automotive climate control refers to the car’s integrated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. We offer the following services at select locations:

    Climate Control Systems Services
    • Air Conditioning System Diagnostic
    • Air Conditioning System Service
    • Heating System Diagnostic
    • Heating System Service
  • Coolant light on? 55K Miles or more? We’ll check the coolant fluid temperature and your manufacturer’s recommended flush interval and advise if it’s time to change. Replacing your antifreeze will enable your vehicle to run cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

    Cooling System Repair Services
    • Cooling System Flush and Fill
    • Cooling System Pressure Test
    • Radiator Replacement
  • In all vehicle applications, the differential is primarily responsible for routing and regulating power between wheels. It also compensates for and adjusts to the differences in wheel speed as your vehicle moves through turns.

    When your vehicle navigates a turn, the inside wheel turns slower than the outside wheel, which has to turn faster in order to keep pace with the inside wheel. The differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds while maintaining control. A vehicle without a differential would hop and bump along the pavement for an unstable, shaky ride.

    Differential Repair Services
    • Differential Fluid Change
    • Differential Service
  • The electrical and electronic systems in your vehicle are responsible for routing power and information in order to dictate the behavior of certain systems. We offer Dashboard Warning Diagnostic, Headlight Bulb Replacement, Interior & Exterior Lighting Repair, Power Locks Repair, and more.

    The electrical systems are linked by wiring, fuses, circuit breakers, and relays. Loose or broken wiring, poor pin fits, and broken connectors or switches may lead to intermittent power or a completely inoperative system. When you begin experiencing trouble with your electrical and electronic systems, ask yourself these questions: How often does this problem occur, and how long does this problem persist? The more information you are able to provide to our staff during an electrical and electronic systems service, the quicker we will be able to recreate the same conditions, and ultimately hone in on the exact problem.

    Electrical & Electronic Systems Services
    • Dashboard Warning Diagnostic
    • Headlight Bulb Replacement
    • Interior and Exterior Lighting Repair
    • Power Locks Repair
    • Power Sunroof Repair
    • Power Window Repair
  • Engine diagnostics and regular engine tune-ups can help extend the life of your vehicle and improve the health of your engine. We carry Engine Diagnostics, and Engine Tune-Up services to optimize engine performance and prevent unexpected engine trouble.

    Engine diagnostics allow our staff to gather helpful information about the operating condition of your engine. The insights obtained during an engine diagnostic will determine the extent of suggested engine repairs. Ultimately, regular engine tune-ups are necessary to optimize engine performance. During an engine tune-up, our staff may replace the spark plugs, spark plug wires, air filter, fuel filter, and distributor cap and rotor in your vehicle. Our experts will also check emission levels, fuel lines, and belts and hoses.

    Engine Diagnostics & Performance Services
    • Engine Diagnostics
    • Engine Tune-Up
  • Located on the underside of your vehicle, the exhaust system is responsible for collecting and directing harmful emissions away from the vehicle. The exhaust system is composed of pipes and tubing designed to streamline vehicle operation while maximizing vehicle performance and efficiency.

    Engines produce dangerous gases as a byproduct of the combustion process. The exhaust manifold collects the emissions from the engine and funnels the gases through the front pipe to the catalytic converter. The converter transforms these harmful gases, like carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxide, into less harmful ones, like oxygen, nitrogen, water vapor, and carbon dioxide. The muffler helps cancel out the noise created by the engine. The muffler dissipates sound waves while the tailpipe releases the converted gases into the atmosphere.

    Exhaust System Repair Services
    • Catalytic Converter Replacement
    • Center Exhaust Section Replacement
    • Downpipe Replacement
    • Exhaust Inspection
    • Manifold Replacement
    • Muffler Replacement
  • We handle some of the largest fleets in the country. If it rolls, we can handle it! Some of our customers include:

    Beverage distributors, bus companies, car dealers, car rental agencies, casinos and resorts, construction equipment, corporate fleets, dry vans, farmers, food delivery, forestry, home builders trucks, hospital vehicles, intermodal, landscapers, logistics, long-haul trucker, medical services, mining companies, municipal and DPW vehicles, pet services, race tracks, quarries, over-the-road trucks, sanitation vehicles, school buses, school districts, service and delivery trucks, telecom companies, third party logistics providers (3PL) trucks, utility companies, waste loaders, and more!

    Fleet Mechanical & Repair Services
    • Engine diagnostics
    • Manufacturer-recommended preventative maintenance (PM) services
    • A/C and fluid flush services
    • Light and heavy-duty engine repair
    • Federal inspections
    • Roll-up door and trailer door repair/replacement
    • Windshield replacement
  • Smooth and consistent four wheel drive system performance is made possible through routine maintenance, which can vary from vehicle to vehicle. Four wheel drive systems allow all four wheels on a vehicle to spin simultaneously.

    All 4WD vehicles have a transfer case between the front and rear axles that prevents the axles from spinning at different speeds. The transfer case allows the engine to provide maximum torque to the axle and wheels in order to maintain traction. Different 4WD configurations exist, and each variation employs different technologies to meet the needs of the driver.  Our service staff has extensive experience working on all types of 4WD systems.

    Four Wheel Drive System Services
    • Four Wheel Drive Inspection
    • Hub Service
    • Transfer Case Repair
    • Transfer Case Service
  • Our comprehensive oil change service includes changing out your semi-synthetic or full synthetic oil and replacing the filter – based upon your OEM recommendations. We proudly feature Mobil1 and NAPA oil and will offer other brands upon request.

    Our oil change service also includes:

    • All critical system fluid check and complimentary top off
    • All vehicle filter check
    • Tire pressure check
    • Upon request, we’ll rotate tires – if purchased from McCarthy Tire Service and check your brakes
    Lube, Oil, & Filter Change Services
    • Lube and Oil Change
  • Preventive maintenance is the care and protection of your vehicle against potential major auto repairs. Negligence is the most common and costly way to see money wasted on repairs that could have easily been prevented through regular service intervals. Depending on your vehicle’s manufacturer, avoiding preventive maintenance on certain parts and components has the potential to void warranty coverage. Car maintenance intervals have been designed to improve the reliability, durability, and resale value of your vehicle.

    Vehicle components and parts naturally wear out over time, and road hazards can negatively impact critical components. By adhering to the preventive maintenance schedule in your vehicle owner’s manual, you will help ensure that your vehicle always runs at optimal conditions. We perform a variety of preventive maintenance services.

    Preventive Maintenance Services
    • 7,500 – 180,000 Mile Service
    • Wiper Blades Replacement
    • Air Filter Replacement
    • Winterization Checkup
    • Spring Checkup
    • Oil and Filter Change
    • Fuel Injection
  • Our comprehensive battery replacement service includes a system check (cables & alternator) prior to replacement. If we determine your battery needs changing, change it out, clean the terminal and replace cables (if needed). Plus we’ll provide an eco-friendly disposal of your used battery.

    Starting, Charging & Batteries Services
    • Alternator Replacement
    • Battery Replacement
    • Starter Replacement
    • Starting and Charging System Check
  • The steering and suspension system on your vehicle is responsible for maintaining comfortable riding conditions and driving performance. The steering and suspension system also helps drivers remain in control of their vehicles at all times.

    The suspension system converts forward energy created by bumps in the road into vertical energy that travels up into the vehicle frame. Suspension system components, like coil springs and shock absorbers, help to dampen the impact of this road force. While the individual components comprising each suspension system may vary, all suspension system components will weaken over time through stress applied during normal driving conditions. Similarly, off-road driving and erratic driving can wear down suspension components more quickly. Regardless of your driving preferences, we have the necessary equipment to identify and correct any issue plaguing your steering and suspension system.

    Steering & Suspension Services
    • Ball Joint Replacement
    • Inner Tire Rod and Outer Tire Rod Replacement
    • Shocks Replacement
    • Struts Replacement
    • Suspension Inspection
    • Sway Bar Link Replacement
  • The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) tracks the amount of pressure in tires and alerts a driver when the pressure is at an insufficient level. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System helps increase your safety on the road by improving your vehicle’s maneuverability, decreasing the tread wear of your tires, reducing your vehicle’s braking distance, and improving your vehicle’s fuel economy.

    There are two types of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems in existence today—Direct and Indirect. A Direct Tire Pressure Monitoring System uses sensors on the inside tire assembly to transmit tire pressure information to your vehicle’s computer. An Indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System gauges tire pressure through your vehicle’s Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) by using speed sensors to measure the rotational speed of each wheel (as tire pressure decreases, the rolling distance decreases, and the rotational speed increases). All TPMS systems require regular maintenance in order to meet maximum performance standards, which requires all vehicles to be equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

    Tire Pressire Monitoring System Services
    • TPMS Repair
  • Tires are responsible for transmitting the forces of driving, steering, and braking to the surface of the road. They are easy to maintain but often overlooked.

    The air inside your tires and the design of the tire influence vehicle performance, tire tread life, and ride comfort. Tire maintenance is vital for getting the most out of your tires by maximizing mileage and tread wear. Our staff will help you understand the basics of tire care and maintenance, like when you should seek tire rotation, balance, and alignment. Our staff will also help you understand tire sidewall markings, teach you the best time to purchase a new set of tires, and show you how to choose the right set of tires for your vehicle.

    Tire Services
    • Computerized Wheel Balancing
    • Tire Purchase and Tire Installation
    • Tire Repair
    • Tire Rotation
  • Whether you drive a manual, automatic, or semi-automatic vehicle, the transmission plays a crucial role in the performance and reliability of your vehicle. The transmission is the link between the engine and the wheels of your vehicle.

    The transmission keeps engine output matched with speed and load conditions. Because engines operate at high rotational speeds, the transmission reduces engine output speed and transmits torque through the differential, driveshaft, and wheels. As engine speed varies, the transmission switches between the gears that influence the amount of torque applied to the wheels. Transmission fluid performs a variety of duties, depending on the type of transmission. Transmission fluid acts as a cooling agent and protects the transmission by lubricating the internal gears and preventing corrosion and rust. In a manual transmission, clutches and gear shifts provide pressure and force—like engagement and disengagement—while in an automatic transmission, transmission fluid provides these same operational functions of force and pressure.

    Transmission Repair Services
    • Automatic Transmission Repair
    • Clutch Adjustment and Inspection
    • Clutch Replacement
    • Manual Transmission Repair
    • Transmission Replacement
  • Vehicle inspections help to regulate proper vehicle maintenance. They also contribute to safe driving conditions.

    As a vehicle inspection station, we adhere to a specific set of guidelines that outline our inspection standards. These guidelines go over important inspection items and describe the inspection methods we follow when determining whether a vehicle is fit for the road or in need of maintenance. We offer a variety of vehicle inspections to serve the needs of customers in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Front Royal, VA, Mint Hill, NC, and surrounding areas.

    Vehicle Inspections Services
    • Emissions Inspection
    • Insurance Inspection
    • Safety Inspection
  • A wheel alignment consists of adjusting the wheels of your vehicle so that all wheels are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground. If you feel a vibration in the steering wheel at higher speeds, contact us today for a two-wheel or four-wheel alignment.

    Three basic angles contribute to proper wheel alignment: camber, caster, and toe. Camber is the measure of the degree of perpendicular offset from the road surface. Caster is the angle of your wheel’s pivot, which is attached to the suspension, and when this angle is out of alignment, straight-line tracking is affected. Toe refers to the angle of directional difference between the tire and the centerline of the vehicle.

    Wheel Alignment Services
    • Four-Wheel Alignment
    • Two-Wheel Alignment
  • New! Wilkes-Barre, PA shop now offers touchless tire mounting!

    Wheels help support the weight of a vehicle and serve as a connection between the entire tire-wheel assembly and a vehicle’s axle.

    Anatomy-wise, the center section of a wheel contains a bolt pattern and mounting holes that are used to attach the wheel to a vehicle. The outermost lip of the wheel is known as the flange. The flange, located on the edge of the wheel, is flared to form the bead seat, which holds the tire and maintains an airtight seal. Safety humps are small elevations on the inside of the bead seat, which prevent the tire from falling into the drop center portion of the wheel in case a blowout occurs. This innovation allows drivers to maintain directional control of a vehicle with deflated tires. The drop center is the section of the wheel with a smaller diameter than the rest of the wheel. The drop center provides a means for installing and removing a tire.

    Wheel Services
    • Wheel Purchase and Wheel Installation
  • NEW! TOUCHLESS TIRE MOUNTING and BALANCING in our Wilkes-Barre, PA shop. 1 of only 5 machines in the East Coast and THE ONLY tire shop in NEPA to offer trained, touchless tire mounting! Who needs touchless mounting? Anyone who wants to protect their wheels and their new tires. And especially those who cherish their high performance vehicles. Choose this method if your vehicle has any of these conditions:

    • Expensive, unique, hard to obtain wheels
    • Floating spokes
    • Reverse mount
    • Stiff tires
    • Low profile tires

Service You Can Trust

McCarthy Tire Service is more than just tires. Need an auto repair or service? We service all passenger vehicles; whether you drive a passenger car, mini-van, SUV, or pick-up truck, we’re your full service auto shop. From oil changes and state inspections to fluid flushes, brake jobs, and transmission repairs, all our mechanical services are performed by highly qualified mechanics. No need to visit a dealership; we can perform all the manufacturer-recommended services your vehicle needs to run smoothly and to keep you rolling.

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