Monthly Archives: May 2017

Keep Your Car Cool this Summer - Check Your Air Conditioner

Keep Your Car Cool this Summer - Check Your Air Conditioner

Your car’s air conditioning system, you love it, you depend on it, so if you don’t want to find yourself sweltering in the summer heat, maintain it. The rule of thumb is to have your vehicle’s A/C unit checked by a trusted mechanic once a year BEFORE anything goes wrong...and there are several things that can go wrong. If your A/C is blowing less cold air than it used to, that could signal a couple of things. It may just need to be recharged with more refrigerant. Your mechanic can recharge the system to levels specifically for your vehicle to have it blowing icy cold again. Typically, he or she will also test the system for leaks. A leak could be coming from your A/C line or from the compressor.  A line leak is easy enough to fix, but if it’s your A/C’s compressor, it could be a leak or a complete fail if the oil in it has depleted. If it is the compressor, you’ll need to have it replaced. It’s an expense you can avoid by taking your ... read more

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Car Owner Frustrated with String of Alternators

Car Owner Frustrated with String of Alternators

Q. I have a 1992 Toyota Corolla with 105,000 miles on it. I am the second owner. I bought it used at around 40,000 miles. The concern I have is that I have replaced the alternator three times with an aftermarket alternator in the last five years, and when I looked at the history of the vehicle, I noticed the alternator was also replaced twice while the vehicle was under warranty with the original alternator. Any idea if there is something that could cause the alternators to go bad? Or was there a problem with the alternators on these vehicles? The only thing that seems odd to me on the vehicle is that when the turn signal is blinking (when other accessories are turned on -- headlights, wipers, etc.), the vehicle's RPMs seems to surge.   A. I could not find any pattern failures for your car on the charging system. The only thing I can suggest is to make sure you are getting a good quality alternator and that you have the shop check that every positive connection is goo ... read more

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Worry-free Road Trips - Be Prepared for the Unexpected!

Worry-free Road Trips - Be Prepared for the Unexpected!

I love this time of the year! I love boating and sitting on the back porch enjoying the outdoors, and I love going on a road-trip vacation. I also love to help my clients get ready for their road trip, unless of course it goes something like this … Client: "Hi Doug, I would like to get my car checked over for a trip we are going to take." Doug: "That's great. We would be happy to check it out. Where are you going?" Client: "We're towing our camper out to Yellowstone and to see the sights out West. I thought it would be a good idea to have the Tahoe checked before we leave." Doug: "Sounds like a lot of fun, and I definitely think it's a great idea to get your vehicle checked out before you go. When are you leaving?" Long pause … Client: "Tomorrow. Do you have time?" Doug: (Gulp) "Yea, we can fit it in." (In my mind I am trying to figure out how I am going to get this car into the schedule). I ... read more

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