Judith and Ray Attfield offer you over twenty years of professional experience in maintaining and repairing your vehicle. Whether it is right or left hand drive, small or large, import or domestic, old or new, we fix them all.

Using the latest diagnostic equipment and tools we can understand how your vehicle is running and appreciate how it needs to get you where you want to go.

Car AC Repair & Recharge

Is your car AC blowing warm air? Do you hear odd noises when you use your AC? Is there an unusual smell coming from the vents? These are all signs that your car air conditioning system needs attention.

How Does Air Conditioning Work?

Your vehicle’s air conditioning system works by manipulating refrigerant between a liquid and a gaseous state. In simpler terms, the car AC condenser turns hot refrigerant gas into a cooled liquid that then passes over the evaporator, which removes the moisture from the now-cooled air, and that cold air is then sent through your vents, into the cabin of your car or truck.

What Can Go Wrong?

Over time, your vehicle’s AC system will become less and less efficient. The most common issue with a vehicle’s air conditioning system is a refrigerant leak. Usually, the system just needs more refrigerant, often called a “recharge”, and you’ll be on your way. However, sometimes there can be a problem with a component of the system and a simple recharge just won’t cut it. Whether the issue lies with an electrical fault, a bad compressor or clutch, or a worn-out evaporator core, our professionally trained staff will have your vehicle back to its chilly best in no time!

How Can We Help?

Our certified mechanics will do a full inspection of your vehicle’s air conditioning system, starting with checking the refrigerant level right through to inspecting, testing, and if needed, repairing all of the components of the system to ensure your vehicle’s AC is performing exactly as it should. Contact Marigold Service today and let us help you stay cool all summer long!

If you’re purchasing a used vehicle from outside BC, it’s important you complete an out of province inspection. Marigold Service in Victoria is a designated vehicle inspection facility.Privately owned vehicles imported to BC are subject to a one-time out of province inspection to ensure the car or truck is compliant with all Motor Vehicle Act Regulations (MVAR) safety standards.

Your out of province inspection includes:

  • All operational controls including windshield wipers, pedals, power steering
  • The body and frame, hitch, bumpers, seats, seat belts
  • The undercarriage and steering linkage
  • The exhaust system
  • Brakes and all associated components
  • Lighting and electrical including battery, taillights, and headlights
  • Critical engine, components, and fuel system

Similarly, if you are relocating from another province, your vehicle must complete the out of province inspection before it can be registered and certified in BC. This requirement exists because the safety and registration regulations vary from province to province.

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Brakes
Tune-Up
Electrical
Vehicle Inspections
Clutches
Major Maintenance Services
Comprehensive Inspection and Maintenance
Power steering fluid, flush and service
Brake fluid flush
Cooling system, flush and service
Transmission flush and service
Engine tune-up
Fuel Injection Cleaning
Air conditioning and/or recharge service
Brake service & repairs
Winter and summer tire swapping
Wheel Balancing and Tire Rotation
Winter and spring servicing
“Check to Buy” pre-purchase inspectionOPI – Out of province inspections
BC Provincial Inspection Facility
BC Approved repair facility
NAPA Autocare
1 Year/20,000 KM Warranty on Parts & Labour
& Much More!

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Your vehicle might be in need of brake repair if you experience the following while braking:

  • You hear squealing
  • Your steering wheel vibrates
  • Your car veers to one side

These signs your vehicle sends you about potential brake issues, are most often caused by worn brake pads or excessive wear on your rotors. Other typical repairs result from uneven brake wear, a fluid leak or a malfunctioning caliper.

When your car gives you these signs, it is time to visit Marigold Service for an inspection. Putting off regular servicing could lead to brake failure and more expensive repairs in the future.

Types of Braking Systems

There are two main types of vehicle braking systems:

Disc brakes: Comprised of a rotor attached to the wheel hub directly, the hydraulic pressure from the master cylinder causes the caliper to squeeze the pads on either side of the rotor, and the resistance caused by this stops the vehicle.

Drum brakes: Comprised of brake shoes inside a drum that are mounted to the wheel hub, the hydraulic pressure in a drum system causes the shoes to press against the drum, stopping the vehicle.

In addition, vehicles have emergency brakes, which bypass your vehicle’s hydraulic system and use cables to compress the shoes or pads on your vehicle to ‘lock’ the rear wheels.  Most vehicles also have ABS, or anti-lock braking systems. ABS works by ‘pumping’ your brakes repeatedly when the sensor detects wheel locking, which is extremely helpful in slippery conditions.  Rather than holding the pedal down and locking the wheels, which will cause your vehicle to lose traction and steering ability, the ABS will ‘pump’ the brakes and improve traction, allowing you to retain control.

Marigold Service technicians have extensive experience with all types of braking systems including disc, drum, emergency and anti-lock.

Regular Brake Maintenance

During a brake inspection, our technicians perform the following:

  • check your brake fluid and moisture levels
  • ensure your calipers, pins, and sliders are all in working order
  • check that your rotors are smooth and not worn down unevenly
  • we’ll measure the thickness of your pads
  • lubricate the moving parts in the system.

If we detect any issues during inspection, we’ll explain them to you in detail and provide recommendations for next steps. We suggest having your braking system checked every 6 to 12 months, to ensure your brakes are performing optimally.

Your Victoria Brake Experts

Brakes are one of the most important components of your car or truck, so don’t take any chances. We service all makes & models, including right-hand drive, vintage, and high-performance muscle cars.  Whether you require new brake pads, rotors, brake fluid, or just need a quick check-up, bring your vehicle to Marigold Service and let us show you why we’re known for our exceptional service.

Victoria Muffler Repairs

Does your vehicle suddenly sound much louder than normal? Are you hearing a rattling sound? Is there a smell of exhaust in your vehicle when it’s running? If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, your muffler & exhaust system may need servicing.

Common Muffler Issues

The most common symptom you may notice if you have a problem with your muffler is your vehicle will sound louder than usual. This symptom can also be caused by a leak in a section of your exhaust system. If the sound of your vehicle has suddenly changed, bring it to the trained technicians at Marigold Service for a checkup.

Another sound you may hear that indicates a potential issue with your exhaust system is rattling. This is often caused by a loose muffler or loose exhaust pipes. There are many things that can cause a muffler or exhaust pipe to loosen, including rusted bolts and driving your vehicle over rough terrain. Loosened exhaust pipes are usually a quick fix and the experienced technicians at Marigold Service will have you on your way again.

Silent Muffler Issues

Not all muffler and exhaust system problems will alert you with a sound. Another symptom could include a change in your vehicle’s fuel economy. With the ever-increasing price of gas, you will want your vehicle to be using its fuel at maximum efficiency. If your vehicle’s muffler is damaged, it may no longer be able to expel fumes from your engine effectively, which may impact performance and increase emissions from your vehicle.

The most dangerous and “silent” symptom of a problematic exhaust system is a bad smell inside the cabin of your vehicle. If your muffler is damaged or another part of your exhaust system is leaking, the exhaust fumes which would normally be funneled away from the vehicle can seep into the vehicle instead. If your vehicle suddenly has a bad odour, call Marigold Service for a muffler and exhaust system inspection.

Muffler and Exhaust System Inspections

Whether your vehicle suddenly sounds louder, is shaking and rattling, or if you just want to be sure your muffler and exhaust system are in top shape, contact us today to schedule a check-up. Our friendly technicians will inspect your entire exhaust system and recommend what, if any, action you need to take to keep your vehicle in optimal working condition. Muffler repairs or replacements can usually be completed in a short amount of time, depending on your type of vehicle. Certain exhaust system components under your vehicle can be more difficult to reach and sometimes take a little longer to repair, but our service technicians will advise you as to the length of time we’ll need before we begin.

When you bring in your vehicle for our maintenance and service check up, not only do we change the oil every 6-8,000 kilometers or four to six months, we perform a comprehensive multi point inspection of every part of your vehicle.

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We take off your wheels and inspect your brakes, tires and suspension. We inform you of how much tread is left on your tires and metal left on your brakes. We inspect your fluids to ensure cleanliness and if they need flushes. We look at belts for wear and tear.

We check your light bulbs, including your signal and licence plates lights. We also inspect your window glass for nicks or damage. By the time we have completed our maintenance service, we are friends with your vehicle and can stay on top of any repairs required.

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In this fashion, you no longer need to be surprised with large repair bills and instead enjoy a wonderful relationship with your vehicle. When you have your maintenance plan with us and if your vehicle does require extensive work, we can help you to prioritize the repairs so they are not overwhelming.

View Our Vehicle Maintenance Service Plans

Certified Mechanic - Marigold ServiceWe only use quality domestic parts which have a 20,000 km or 1 year warranty.
We use imported automotive parts for Japanese & Asian vehicles.

  • Utilize factory Scan Tools
  • Computer Reprogramming
exposed engineDoing an oil change maintenance service can feel like an expensive chore that one tries to do as little as possible. Actually this service reduces the wear and tear on your vehicle and extends its life.

All mineral oil is the same with single numerical grades of oil such as 20, 30 0r 40 weight of oil. When you get your oil changed your oil is called 5w30, 10w30 and so on. Those beginning numbers describe how thick the oil is at startup. All oil is too thick to go through the oil filter and oil pump at start up because it is too cold. Oil’s optimum temperature is around 212 degrees F. At that heat, all oil has about the same thickness. There is an additive package added to the oil which thins it (among other things) on startup. The thin viscosity is what saves the wear on your engine. After 6-8000 km. this packet is used up and the viscosity has thickened back to the original weight grade. Take a look at this site: www.bobistheoilguy.com.

Our Maintenance Service Plan takes care of your whole car throughout the year. Every 6-8000 km we inspect various areas of your vehicle as well as change the oil and filter. Due to the fact, that we don’t always need to do the same inspection over and over again, but need to inspect the whole car and to reduce costs to you, we break it up. Here is our maintenance service plan rotating every 6-8000 kilometers.

In these Covid19 days, we need our vehicles to be reliable and safe. We can help.

Call us today for our maintenance and service prices!

Service #B The Basic Plus Brakes and Suspension

  • Change crankcase oil and filter.
  • Walk around vehicle and do visual inspection of windshield & wipers.
  • Check lights and horn and battery terminals.
  • Check all fluids and refill washer fluid if necessary.
  • Inspect & rotate tires, belts, air filter, pcv-filter/valve service.
  • Inspect radiator & heater hose condition.
  • Inspect front and rear differential fluids.
  • Inspect drive axles, seals and drive boots.
  • Inspect drive shaft universal joints.
  • Check all manufacturer’s recommended service intervals.
  • Inspect Steering column/tilt/steering damper –shock
  • Inspect power steering pump/hose/gear box/shaft/coupler
  • Inspect brake master cylinder/booster
  • Inspect struts/shocks/springs –front/rear
  • Inspect pitman arm/center link/tie rod ends
  • Inspect ball joints/control arms/bushings/swaybar/ strut rod bushings
  • Inspect front & rear brake pads/shoes/hoses/lines/rotors/calipers/cylinders
  • Inspect park brake/ cables
  • Inspect wheel bearing repack/hub bearings/wheel studs/nuts

Service #C The Whole & Complete Inspection

  • Change crankcase oil and filter.
  • Walk around vehicle and do visual inspection of windshield & wipers.
  • Check lights and horn and battery terminals.
  • Check all fluids and refill washer fluid if necessary.
  • Inspect & rotate tires, belts, air filter, pcv-filter/valve service.
  • Inspect radiator & heater hose condition.
  • Inspect front and rear differential fluids.
  • Inspect drive axles, seals and drive boots.
  • Inspect Steering column/tilt/steering damper –shock
  • Inspect power steering pump/hose/gear box/shaft/coupler
  • Inspect brake master cylinder/booster
  • Inspect struts/shocks/springs –front/rear
  • Inspect pitman arm/center link/tie rod ends
  • Inspect ball joints/control arms/bushings/swaybar/ strut rod bushings
  • Inspect front & rear brake pads/shoes/hoses/lines/rotors/calipers/cylinders
  • Inspect park brake/ cables
  • Inspect wheel bearing repack/hub bearings/wheel studs/nuts
  • Inspect drive shaft universal joints.
  • Check all manufacturer’s recommended service intervals
  • Inspect Engine / clutch / transfer case/ differential (f/r) operation
  • Inspect A/C controls and motor (f/r) & rear defrost operation
  • Inspect Cruise control/dash/dimmer switch/signal light/interior lights
  • Inspect hood release cable/trunk/fuel cables
  • Inspect window operation, seat belts, mirrors (f/r), key cylinders
  • Inspect wiring/trailer/harnesses
  • Inspect alternator/starter/water pump/gasket/radiator/cap/heater core/valve
  • Inspect engine fan/fan clutch/rad fan motor
  • Inspect a/c operation/o rings/components
  • Inspect fluid cooler lines/senders
  • Inspect engine gasket(s)/seal(s)/Frost plugs/engine mounts
  • Inspect transmission mounts/linkage/cooler lines
  • Inspect Fuel tank/straps/lines
  • Inspect Exhaust manifold/gasket
  • Inspect exhaust muffler/pipes/convertor/resonator
  • Inspect Exhaust mounting clamps/hangers
  • Inspect Accessories/Safety items/other options

We believe that a well-informed client is the most important part of our team.