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  • Air Conditioning

    Summertime is just around the corner. It is important to have your vehicle’s air conditioner serviced before the weather gets hot. Diagnosing your vehicle’s air conditioning issues is best left to your automotive technician. Here are four of the most common signs of air conditioner system problems:

    The Air Conditioner Air Is Not Cool Enough
    There are many different potential causes for this problem such as low Freon levels, a faulty compressor or refrigerant leaks in the seals or hose connections. If your air conditioner has a leak, your local automotive technician may recommend that the O-rings, seals, and hoses are replaced before recharging your air conditioning unit.

    Intermittent Cooling
    If your air conditioner is intermittently blowing warm air and cool air, this is often due to air and moisture in the system. Your automotive technician would most likely recommend that your AC system be purged with a vacuum pump. If the purging does not fix the intermittent cooling issue, your vehicle may have an electrical issue that has to do with the compressor clutch or temperature sensor.

    Air Conditioner Noises
    Typically noises in an air conditioning system could be signs of a compressor problem. But a noisy AC unit could also be something as simple as rattling hoses and other AC parts. An automotive technician can test and verify whether or not your vehicle’s compressor is functioning properly.

    Bad AC Odor
    An air conditioning system that blows air that has a bad odor is usually as sign of bacteria in the evaporator. Bacteria in your AC system can cause health problems, so you’ll want to get this taken care of as soon as possible.

    Get your AC inspected today before summer arrives. Give us a call


  • Road Trip Inspection - Is your car ready for the road?

    There is nothing like a road trip!! When you become free from your daily schedules, and experience the open road - it's an awesome feeling! But there's nothing like having car problems to bring that great road trip fun to a grinding halt.
    Now you can't always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip.

    Below are some auto maintenance related problems you might encounter on a road trip and what you might do to avoid them.

    Trip Inspection Checklist

    • The most common vehicle component to failure is the tires. Of course, you can't always avoid a road hazard that leads to a flat, but you may be able to head off some maintenance-connected tire problems.

      A good tire inspection will start with looking over the condition of each tire itself. Are there signs of uneven tire wear? Are the tires properly inflated? Is the tread worn to the point that the tire should be replaced? The answers to these questions may lead to a recommendation to balance or rotate your tires. It may also be time to have an alignment service.

      Your brakes should also be inspected on a yearly basis to determine how much life is left in your brake pads. You'll also want to maintain the boiling point of your brake fluid. Over time moisture and contaminants make their way into your brake fluid and the system needs to be flushed, cleaned and filled with fresh fluid.

    • While looking under your car, your auto technician should also inspect your suspension system for worn or damaged parts. If you need new shocks or struts, you'll really notice the difference on your trip once you have them replaced.

    • Now the second most common vehicle failure is the cooling system. It may be time for a coolant exchange or flush. These services remove old fluid that has become corrosive and replaces it with fresh, clean fluid that restores the effectiveness of your cooling system. The cooling system inspection will reveal leaks and weakened hoses. Replacing worn parts, like the radiator cap or water pump may be indicated. Even though cooling system failure is fairly common, it's easy and relatively inexpensive to prevent with proper maintenance.

    • Another thing people often overlook is their transmission service. This is very important before a road trip because transmission problems tend to take some time and a lot of money to get fixed. Not the way you want to spend your vacation.

    • Your technician should also inspect your belts to see if they should be replaced. A failed belt is at best an inconvenience

    • You also should give your exhaust system the once over to make sure there aren't any dangerous leaks that could harm you and your passengers.

    • Of course, there are the usual things as well. An oil change, engine air filter, fuel system cleaning, and a routine tune up. If you need any of these things, get them done today - the improved fuel economy will be well appreciated on your road trip with less money spent on gas

    • If your heater or air conditioning isn't working as well as you'd like, let your service consultant know. They can easily check to make sure your heater and air conditioning systems are working properly.

    • Some important items that are often overlooked are power steering service, differential service and timing belt replacement. If these things don't ring a bell, have your service consultant check to see if they're due and show you virtually what can happen when any of these services are not performed as recommended by the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedules.

    • Now while you're out seeing the sights, you'll want to make sure you can see the sights. Replace your windshield wipers if they aren't working well. And don't forget your headlamps. They gradually lose their brightness and you don't even realize it. Many people replace their lamps once or twice a year.

    Get your AC inspected today before summer arrives. Give us a call


  • Cooling Systems

    A fairly common household disaster is flooding of the laundry area due to a split hose on a washing machine. Also vulnerable to a similar disaster is your car. A bulging radiator hose, carrying hot water (coolant) under pressure, can rupture.

    Cooling system neglect is cited as a principal reason for mechanical failure of a vehicle. In addition to the danger and inconvenience of a breakdown, the damage to the engine and transmission can add up to thousands of dollars. Discovering a leaking radiator, hose connection, a sticking thermostat or other cooling system component that's on "borrowed time" can save the life of your engine.

    Get your AC inspected today before summer arrives. Give us a call


  • Brakes

    Vehicles can sometimes be dangerously uncommunicative devices, often failing to make their owners aware of potential problems. Unless you know how to interpret their often subtle clues they might not let you know their tires are worn, their shock absorbers lame, their transmissions failing and their engines losing efficiency. But one system, the brakes, always communicates its ills to the driver. Sometimes they employ sign language.

    The simplest to read is a red warning light on the dash, although sometimes it can be as subtle as a small puddle of brake fluid. But they also communicate by feel through a soft, spongy or even overly hard brake pedal, or through rhythmic pulsations or vibrations felt through the pedal. Or by juddering or pulling to one side when the brakes are applied. Brakes can be vocal too, emitting a range of highly audible squeals, squeaks, chirps, groans, rattles and grinding sounds. These can be dire warnings or simply pleas for maintenance, but either way prompt response is required to prevent potentially life-threatening situations caused by poor braking performance or outright failure.

    A vehicle’s brakes work by forcing a friction material against a disc or drum that rotates with the wheel. Hydraulic pressure applied by the brake pedal works calipres that clamp brake pads against brake discs, or shoes against the interior surface of a drum. Even normal usage generates a lot of heat, and obviously wear over time. Many of the small mechanical components involved can also wear, rust, seize or otherwise malfunction. Brake fluid can also degrade and must be changed periodically.

    A new vehicle’s brakes should last 60,000 to 80,000 km on average, but a number of factors can shorten this dramatically. A properly done brake job should last at least as long.Car Care Canada recommends brakes be checked at least once a year, or every 20,000 km, to monitor wear and catch developing problems.

    Get your BREAKS inspected today!


  • Hot Weather - the True Culprit Behind Car-Battery Trouble

    Summer is the season for major car-battery problems. Heat, not cold, shortens battery life, says Car Care Canada. Excessive heat and overcharging are the two main reasons for shortened battery life. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, damaging the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate. That's slow death for a battery.

    True, there are more road service calls in cold weather for dead batteries that cause starting failure. That's when a battery's output is diminished because of sluggish electro-chemical action that gives the battery its power. Also, colder temperatures increase thickness of the engine oil, making the engine harder to turn over. These factors lead to harder starting.

    "An average of one out of four vehicles gets a new battery every year," says Marc Brazeau of Car Care Canada. "Sooner or later all batteries have to be replaced, but having to so prematurely can involve more than the cost of a road service call and a new battery, it can be inconvenient as well."

    To get the most life out of a battery, we suggest the following:

    • Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging.
    • If your battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it regularly, especially in hot weather. Add distilled water when necessary.
    • Always replace a battery with one that's rated at least as high as the one originally specified.
    • Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power. Further, as corrosion accumulates on battery terminals it becomes an insulator, inhibiting current flow.

    Get your BREAKS inspected today!


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