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    Atherton Automotive

    2900 West Broadway
    Council Bluffs, IA 51501
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    • According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect.
    • The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of coolant should be checked. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.)
    • Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled. The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps and hoses should be checked by a pro.
    • Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual, or more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage or tow a trailer.
    • Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended, or more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drivability problems (hard stops, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.
    • A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
    • Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; let the tires cool down first. Don't forget your spare and be sure your jack is in good condition.
    • Check your owner's manual to find out what fuel octane rating your car's engine needs then buy it.
    • Keep your tires inflated to the proper levels. Under-inflated tires make it harder for your car to move down the road, which means your engine uses more fuel to maintain speed.
    • Lighten the load. Heavier vehicles use more fuel, so clean out unnecessary weight in the passenger compartment or trunk before you hit the road.
    • Use the A/C sparingly. The air conditioner puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used.
    • Keep your windows closed. Wide-open windows, especially at highway speeds, increase aerodynamic drag and the result is up to a 10% decrease in fuel economy.
    • Avoid long idling. If you anticipate being stopped for more than one minute, shut off the car. Contrary to popular belief, restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle.
    • Stay within posted speed limits. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. For example, driving at 65 miles per hour (mph) rather than 55 mph, increases fuel consumption by 20 percent.
    • Use cruise control. Using cruise control on highway trips can help you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, reduce your fuel consumption.
    • Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent.
    • Inspect the engine's belts regularly. Look for cracks or missing sections or segments. Worn belts will affect the engine performance.
    • Have the fuel filter changed every 10,000 miles to prevent rust, dirt and other impurities from entering the fuel system.
    • Change the transmission fluid and filter every 15,000 to 18,000 miles. This will protect the precision-crafted components of the transmission/transaxle.
    • Inspect the suspension system regularly. This will extend the life of the vehicle's tires.

who we are

Atherton Automotive Offers Auto Repair Services You Can Count On!

"Automotive excellence since 1928, but don't take our word for it..."

Office PhotoSince 1928, Atherton Automotive has provided motorists in the Council Bluffs, IA 51501 area with comprehensive auto repair services that include General Services, Car & Truck Care, Undercar Services, Brakes, Engine & Transmission, Engine Maintenance, Transmission Services, 4x4 Services, Heating and Cooling Services, Electrical Services, Electronic Services, Miscellaneous Services, Domestic Cars & Trucks, Import Cars & Trucks, Towing and Quick Lube Services. Our goal is to offer the best services available at affordable prices to get you back on the road in no time.

You'll be hard-pressed to find the same level of expertise that our auto mechanic specialists provide! We have years of experience working on both domestic and import vehicles of all makes and models and can work with you to find cost-effective repair and maintenance alternatives.

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For a high-performing vehicle, trust Atherton Automotive with your car, truck, or van. To learn more about the services we offer, please contact us by phone at 712-322-2900 & 712-322-0691 or send us an email. We also invite you to learn more about our dedication to you, our valued customer.


    Atherton Automotive

    2900 West Broadway
    Council Bluffs, IA 51501


    8:00AM - 6:00PM
    8:00AM - 6:00PM
    8:00AM - 6:00PM
    8:00AM - 6:00PM
    8:00AM - 6:00PM


    • AAA Approved Auto Repair
    • ASE Master Technician
    • ACDelco
    • NAPA AutoCare Center
    • Car Care Aware


    • Perfect service. All three vehicles were serviced professionally, including some mechanical work on steering mechanism (Buick Riviera) and water pump (Chevy Silverado pick-up). Communications with Atherton Automotive are exceedingly articulate and clearly easy to understand. I heartily recommend Atherton Automotive for your auto maintenance and service needs.
      -Dr. J. Christensen

    • Great communication here at Atherton. Even though I know very little about cars Matt Jr. seemed to value my input about my truck's symptoms and took down a thorough history of my truck before actually working on it. I also liked how the shop explained WHY I needed things done, instead of just telling me "you need to do this." The quality of service was very good and I'll definitely be back in the future.
      -P. Schauwecker

    • Not only excellent technical work but a safe and friendly environment to visit while your car is being serviced for an oil change, etc.
      -J. Bixler

    • Gosh I miss this place! I basically grew up here, the Atherton family was like a family to me! Butch, Matt Sr., Linda and all the kids had such an influence on me growing up. Thank you for you kindness and I'm glad to see the place is still going stronger than ever ! Much love for you all from Florida!
      -C. Dennis

    • Really appreciate the great job you guys do for us when the van needs TLC. Trust you to do what is necessary to keep me and my family safe on the road. Thanks.
      -J. McQuinn Owen