Committed Since Day One
Hi, I’m Marty Fay, the owner of Motor Works. We began serving the DeKalb and Northern Illinois public in March, 1984. Since the first day our purpose was to be a one-stop-shop, offering every conceivable automotive amenity. A critical part of that commitment was and still is providing expert diesel engine repair and service. To that end we have three ASE Master Certified Specialists on staff.
Immediately upon opening the doors to Motor Works, diesels started to flood in. Two of the first ten major repairs I performed were on diesels. The first was an engine replacement in a 1978 Chevy Pickup with an Oldsmobile 350 V-8 diesel. The second saw a 1969 Mercedes 220 Diesel with worn camshaft and lifters fitted with new parts. I had a very close friendship with these two early customers. I would like to add a little detail to their stories. Please see Diesels And Friends at the end.
The modern diesel is a masterpiece. I recently drove a newer E Class to diagnose a problem. The car ran great; fast, responsive, no noises, a really lovely experience. Upon opening the hood my jaw dropped in surprise, and I had to laugh. This car had a BlueTec Diesel engine, and I couldn’t tell it was a diesel by driving it. No black smoke, no turbo lag, no noise, no slow acceleration. WOW am I impressed!
I am no less impressed with the newer diesels in Dodge, Ford and Chevy pickups. Strong beyond my wildest expectations, they start great cold, idle quietly, and there is nary a trace of soot from the tailpipes.
Schools And Tools
Today’s modern diesels requires a major commitment in training and tooling to service and repair. Our technicians go to school constantly to stay current with continual changes. Motor Works’ dedication includes thousands of dollars of unique tooling and computer scanners.
If you would like to bring your Diesel in for repair or service please schedule an appointment online or call us at 815-756-2882 to speak to our friendly staff.
Diesels And Friends
I referred to a friendship with two early diesel customers above. Both were teachers and mentors to me during my formative high school years. Wise, kind, always guiding, and teaching in and out of school, these were beloved people in my sixteen year old life.
Fourteen years later they were my customers, still friends of mine and now friends of the shop staff. Retired by this time, they often stopped by just to say hi. As customers they never questioned a diagnosis, spent thousands of dollars with me, and paid every bill with a smile. I guess they knew what they had helped create and I think I made them proud. Oh Damn! I’m rather sentimental about this and my eyes are getting wet. It’s becoming hard to see what I’m writing so I think I will close here. Thanks for listening.
P.S. There are several more Diesels And Friends stories, all equally moving. I would love to relate them to you. If anyone has interest, let me know and I will include them later. Thanks again, Marty.