Car Air Conditioner

August 25, 2017

Why Regular Maintenance is Important

    It is important to bring your vehicle in for regular scheduled maintenances. By doing so, you can help to keep your vehicle in the most reliable condition possible. Regular maintenances can also help to maintain the resale value of your vehicle. Maintenance schedules are developed by the manufacturer to recommend requirements for each particular model of vehicle. Going to scheduled maintenances can reduce the chance of a larger repair bill down the road. Finding an issue while it is small can be fixed more cost efficiently than if it grows into a much larger issue.     Having maintenance done on your vehicle means keeping all the systems and features functioning as closely as possible to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Routine maintenance should be an ongoing process for the vehicle. It can also help your vehicle to start, run, and stop effectively. It can also maximize the amount of performance and reliability. Between visits you can inspect the vehicle to look for any signs of damage or wear. If you notice anything, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible.     If you neglect to go to regular scheduled maintenances, you may be doing more harm than you realize. One reason you might procrastinate going to scheduled maintenances is because of the cost. Unfortunately, if you do not bring your vehicle in for scheduled inspections, it may lead to a much higher repair bill. Sometimes signs like squeaking brakes may mean there is an issue with the brake system. If ignored, you might be running the risk for an accident. Small issues with your vehicle left unrepaired can lead to increased damage to your vehicle. Fixing one issue is much easier than fixing severe damage to other parts of your vehicle.     Having regular maintenance done on your vehicle can benefit it in several ways. The tires are one of the most important parts to the vehicle. Always make sure to check for any signs of wear. If they look worn or damaged, make sure to get the tires replaced. The oil should be inspected and changed regularly. By having regular oil changes done, you can help to prevent making costly engine repairs later. The oil filter should also be changed regularly. The battery will be inspected to make sure it is firmly anchored in place. It should also be clear of any corrosion on the battery and terminal posts. The brakes will be inspected to make sure they are in the best operating condition possible.
June 20, 2017

Signs the Battery is Weak

  The battery is an important part of your vehicle because without it, your vehicle does not even start. The battery is usually taken for granted until it begins to show signs of an issue. The battery for your vehicle should be inspected on a regular basis. You can also bring in your vehicle so we can inspect the battery for you. If the battery is not inspected regularly, it can wear out more quickly. There are some signs you can notice if your battery is starting to wear out.     When you start your vehicle and turn the ignition key, the battery will supply the power to the starter. From there it cranks the engine quickly for a few seconds until it turns over and starts. If you notice your vehicle is starting more slowly than usual, it may be a sign there is an issue with the battery. If this happens frequently, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect the battery over and replace it if necessary. Another issue with a dead battery is that your vehicle will not start at all. You can jump-start your vehicle, but this is usually only a temporary fix. This is the sign of a failing battery, and it may need to be recharged or replaced.     If you cannot turn on the headlights or interior lights, your vehicle may have a decrease in accessory power. If the lights come on but appear dim, the battery may be starting to fail. If you notice the dim lights as you try to start it make sure to turn off all the accessories. This way all the power generated from the battery is being sent to start your vehicle. The battery having small amounts of power can be caused from several things. It is always best that if you notice dim lights on your vehicle and poor battery power, to bring your vehicle as soon as you can.     Sometimes you may be able to tell if the battery is bad by just looking at it. Make sure the terminals are not broke or damaged. Also make sure the terminals are clean. The battery’s connections should be clear of any dirt and dust buildup. Also make sure there is no corrosion on the battery anywhere. The corrosion can lead to battery failure. Make sure there are no cracks or ruptures in the battery case. This can lead to the battery leaking. Cracks, splits, and punctures in the battery will not only cause it to stop working, but it will also be safety concern. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.
April 8, 2015

Spring is Here, so make sure to Inspect the Air Conditioner

While the temperatures start to get warmer out, you probably will quit using the heater in your vehicle. Eventually, the air conditioner will need to be used in your vehicle. Most drivers have become fully dependent on air conditioning for their vehicles. What was once a luxury option, and only adopted by those who could afford it, has now become standard equipment in a majority of cars sold today. This is especially true in areas and regions where temperatures can rise quite high in the summer. Humidity is another added factor when opting for an air conditioning unit. Regular Maintenance Inspections are Important It is recommended that the vehicle be brought in for a regular inspections based on the manufacturer’s schedule. If you are not sure how often that should be, make sure to contact us. During inspections, we can also check the air conditioning unit for you as well. By having the air conditioner checked when recommended, you can help ensure it will be efficient and effective when it comes time to turn it on. At the start of the season is the ideal time to have the air conditioner inspected by our trained technicians. We can troubleshoot any problems that can or will occur. This will help ensure a cool and pleasant ride. If there is an Issue, bring the Vehicle in No matter where you take your vehicle for the inspection, we will go over a number of areas. We will check the temperature level of the cold air being discharged through the car’s vents. We will also check if the thermostats are functioning as they should. If defective, they will be replaced. Checking the anti freeze level in the car’s cooling system and bring it up to the correct level if it is low will be done. If the existing anti freeze appears to be full of rust and contaminants, it may be time to flush the radiator and refill it wit new product. Freon Levels should be Checked The Freon levels of your vehicle could be lower than needed to provide proper cooling. Freon is a gas that occasionally leaks out of the sealed system. As those levels become diminished, the cooling capacity of the air conditioning unit is compromised, sometimes completely. If that in fact has happened, Freon must be added to insure the proper operation of the cooling system. The compressor is then checked for leaks and cleared for service. The last steps needed to complete the maintenance include checking the condition and tension of the fan belts. Signs of wear indicate the belts can easily break in the course of normal use. If they are loose, they may slip and interfere with the proper function of the fan. The hoses that circulate the anti freeze through the system will also be checked for minute leaks or wear that can cause them to break and release the coolant. We can tighten them and have your vehicle ready for another season of cold, refreshing air. We will check over all fittings and look for leaks.