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Power Steering Noise

Customer brought in 2009 Lincoln with complaint of power steering noise.  We replaced the condenser and did a BG power steering fluid exchange.  (Includes a cleaner, conditioner and new fluid)

No more noise!!

 

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DO YOU KNOW THE HISTORY OF FATHER’S DAY??

I want to wish all the father’s a  Very Happy Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19, 2016!  May your day be filled with fun with your family, laughter,  good food.   As I was writing this blog, I wondered where Father’s Day originated.  Here’s what I found out!

Mother’s Day was the inspiration of Fathers Day.  However, it didn’t seem to take on the same enthusiasm as Mother’s Day.   Father’s weren’t as excited to get flowers, candies and gifts as the mothers.  (Imagine that!)    On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday.  The next year, a Spokane , Washington woman named Sonara Smart Dodd, born in Arkansas, wanted to show her appreciation to her father.  She was one of 6 children raised by her widowed father.  She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful:  Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide “Father’s Day on July 19, 1910.”   However, many men continued to dislike the day.  As one historian writes, they “scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving.  They believed it was a “commercial gimmick to sell more products –often paid for by the father himself.”  We should thank Richard Nixon for making fathers day a holiday.  In 1972 President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation, during his campaign,  making Father’s Day a holiday at last!  So there it is!   Thanks to History.com

 

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1981 Chevrolet Corvette – Hot Rod Power Tour

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As he was headed to Louisiana for the Hot Rod Power Tour, customer complained that he could “feel the rear end moving around”.    He brought in his 1981 Corvette in the shop, our diagnosis:  We replaced the left rear trailing arm bushings.   That afternoon he and his buddy in this 65 Corvette  were on their way!    They were headed for 7 days/ 7 cities, starting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana  and ending in Kansas City Missouri.  Have fun Mark!

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WHY DOES MY STEERING WHEEL SHAKE WHEN I APPLY THE BRAKES?

WHY DOES MY STEERING WHEEL SHAKE WHEN I APPLY THE BRAKES?

 
 
 
If your steering wheel shakes only when you brake, you probably have an issue with your brake rotors.  When you apply the brakes, the brake pads squeeze the spinning rotors to stop the vehicle.  If the rotors are warped, have uneven wear, or have been improperly installed, the brake calipers will vibrate while the brakes are applied, causing your steering wheel to shake when applying the brakes.

If the rotors are only slightly warped or unevenly worn, it may be possible to have your repair shop reface them to correct the problem.  If the rotors are beyond repair, they may have to be replaced.   If the rotors are new or have just been machined, it is possible that they were not properly mounted to the axle.

If you have concern with your brakes, call your Repair shop ASAP to get your brakes and rotors inspected.

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Auto A/C Repair Things You Should Know

Auto A/C Repair Things You Should Know

 
 
 
With the days getting hotter, we are seeing more people bring their vehicles in to check the air conditioner.  If your air conditioning isn’t blowing cold air, there are a few different things that could be wrong with it.

It Needs Recharging

The most common cause of an air conditioner not getting cold enough is that it needs to be recharged. You can recharge your refrigerant by yourself, but if you’re not comfortable doing it, one of our ASE Certified mechanics are  standing by and should be able to get your cold air flowing again pretty quickly.

There’s a Freon Leak

Freon is the chemical that cools the air, so if there’s a leak in the system, it will eventually run low or run out. Todays A/C systems are very sensitive. They require a specific amount of Freon, measured in pounds, to operate correctly.

The proper way to check the system for the correct volume of Freon is with a charging machine. This device will first remove all Freon form the system then input the correct amount for proper operation.

Freon leaks may be very, very slow. If you add more Freon and lose your cold air within a few weeks, however, you may need to have the hoses and other system components checked and replaced.

The A/C Compressor May Not Engage

This problem can occur due to a variety of conditions. Failure can occur when there’s an electrical fault in your compressor’s circuit or clutch, Freon can be low or the vehicle can be overheating.

Today’s cars are computer controlled and one of the first systems that is turned off when the computer senses an engine problem is the A/C system. Usually, the malfunctioning part has to be replaced by a qualified mechanic.

The Blend Air Door is Stuck

There’s a small hatch inside your car’s ventilation system called the “blend air door”. When you turn your environmental system from heat to cold, the door should change to drawing in cold air. If it doesn’t change, it will still be drawing heat from the engine and blowing it on you! Again, this is a job for a qualified mechanic.

You Can Feel Cold Air, But It’s Not Blowing

This could mean the A/C’s fan has stopped working. It may be as simple as changing a wire, or you may need a new fan unit. Again, this isn’t something you can really change yourself, especially since it may require taking apart your car’s dashboard to reach all of the components.

Other Issues

Your A/C system is complicated, and while there are some easy fixes like adding Freon, there are also more difficult issues that only a trained and certified mechanic can fix. In a few cases, the problem is indicative of more severe issues, but usually repairing the A/C is a fairly simple job.  Call us and make your appointment to bring your car or truck in.   You’ll be glad you did!

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Preventative Maintenance

I’M GOING ON A ROAD TRIP!!!! All I need is to change my oil, right? NOT!!
School is out and many people are planning their vacation. We receive many calls of people needing their oil changed the day of, or the morning before, to have their oil changed. If our shop is full of other vehicles we sometimes can’t squeeze them in. But, that’s not the only thing you need to do. You need have your automotive shop check your vehicle BEFORE you head out! “Preventative measures” go a long way here. 

Here’s a list of the things you should have checked ahead of time to help ensure you arrive safely and problem free. You should have your oil changed, tires checked , belts and hoses checked,, coolant, fluids, air filter and air conditioner checked.

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We would certainly be glad to help you have a safe and fun road trip, so we will give you a complimentary courtesy inspection Free. Give us a call and schedule yours today.

#oilchanged #tireschecked #hoseschecked #coolant #fluids #airconditioner #airfilter

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