(253) 565-4165
6904 27th Street West
University Place, WA 98466


Our promise to you, our valued customers and friends...

We will always treat you and your vehicle like family, always giving you personal service, accurate assessments and quality repairs. We've been trusted and honored to serve you and our community for 37 years and we look forward to serving you for another 37 and beyond.

Sincerely, the UP Radiator Auto Service family

Meet the Team

Ryan Kentfield

Ryan graduated from Stadium High School in 1998 and enrolled in the Automotive Technology program at Bates Technical College. He graduated with honors and was awarded the ASE Certified Master Technician. From 2003 to 2006 he began an internship with Titus Will Toyota and promptly graduated a Master Toyota Technician certification. Ryan spent the next three years at Bristow's Automotive, specializing in high-performance European sports cars including Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche and more. In 2010 Ryan moved to Lexus of Fife to become their lead technician, where he stayed until 2015 when the opportunity to join the team at University Place Auto Service was presented. Ryan is an ASE Certified Master Technician as well as a Lexus & Toyota Certified Master Technician.


Rob Gaylord

Rob graduated from Mount Tahoma High School in 1985, a lifelong resident of the Tacoma area. He always enjoyed working on cars, so he took his first job at Gilchrist Buick shortly after graduating. Gilchrist put him through the Buick Apprentice Mechanic training program and he went on to become a capable mechanic over the next 10 years. He then joined the Russ Dunmire Oldsmobile team from 1985 to 1995, continuing his training to become a journeyman mechanic. He parted ways with Russ Dunmire to join University Place Radiator Auto Service in 2007 and has honed his skill and experience even further. Robbie is an invaluable member of our team, bringing a can-do attitude and a work ethic that is second to none.


Wesley Harris

Wesley is our high performance and tuning specialist. He cut his teeth with a background in racing when he ran a race shop in North Portland. He specialized in building import cars for drift competition and roadracing. In 2014, a family illness brought him back to Tacoma and we were fortunate enough to have him join our team. He is highly skilled in metal fabrication as well as all facets of engine transmission and chassis building. He brings a unique skill set to UP Radiator Auto Service and his enthusiasm for all things automotive adds a great deal to our service offerings.


Eric Zielke

Eric was hired in 2016 as our lube technician and customer service representative. He has 10 years of experience as a fleet service technician at Home Depot and also provided great customer service in the hotel industry prior to joining the team. Eric is a people person, is always eager to help and a joy to have in the shop.


Charlotte Taylor

Charlotte brings 20 years of experience in office management and bookkeeping to the UP Auto team. Her organizational skills and attention to detail help keep the workflow running smoothly. She has a great personality and an excellent understanding of automobiles. She and her husband have been classic car nuts all of their lives and have built and played with many cars over the years.