13.06.2018
Thomas Smith
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While rodent infestation in car vehicles is nothing new, what is concerning is the increase in damage we have seen here at Auto Correct Car Care recently.  More customers are coming in with electrical complaints and the answer is that rodents have chewed the wires causing a short in the system.  The consensus in the industry is that the new soy wire coverings,  used to make vehicles more eco-friendly, are also tasty treats for the rodents.  An interesting fact is that rodents teeth never stop growing, making them in a permanent state of "teething".  Their chewing antics can cause a wide array of electrical issues, including check engine lights coming on, difficulty starting, problems with the HVAC system, basically any system that needs electricity in the car, which could be anything. So, what can we do about it.  There are a few things you can do to try to deter rodents from making a residence or meal out of your car.  First, you want to make sure you are not leaving your car in the same spot for several days.  If it a car that is not a primary vehicle, you should keep it in a garage, or be sure to move it from time to time.  This will also help extend the batteries life. Some other possible solutions are: Spray the wires with pepper spray Use peppermint oil on cotton balls placed in secure locations through the engine compartment Use moth balls under the hood Some manufacturers have come out with a spicy tape that you put over all of the wires to deter the rodents from eating them. Use and ultrasonic pest repellent Try Fresh Cab Botanical Rodent Repellent made with balsam fir oil (found on Amazon) Try Grandpa Gus's Mice Repellent Pouches made with Peppermint Oil (found on Amazon) Get a Cat! 😊
07.06.2018
Thomas Smith
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In a perfect world the air conditioning system in your car should not lose freon (refrigerant).  It is a closed system and the freon does not get used up.  If your AC is not blowing cold and you need freon added, there is a leak somewhere.  Repairing the AC and getting it to blow cold again could be a multi step process.  The first thing we will check is to make sure that the A/C compressor is turning on.  If the compressor is not turning on there could be a few causes. Either there is an electrical issue (power supply), mechanical damage to the compressor or there is not enough freon in the system to activate the pressure switches to turn the compressor on.  If the compressor is turning on, then we will perform a pressure test to determine if the compressor is putting out the correct amount of pressure for the system.  If the compressor is working properly, but there pressures are not correct due to a low freon charge, we will perform an evacuation of the system.  This removes any freon left in the system and measures the amount while placing the system in a vacuum.  If the vacuum pressure drops, it is an indication that there is a leak somewhere.  If we cannot determine where the leak is we will recharge the system with freon according to the factory specification and we will inject a dye into the system.  This dye will help us to see where the freon is leaking.  We ask the customer to return a few weeks later so we can look at the system under a UV light to see where the dye is coming from and will allow us to determine where the leak is coming from and what needs to be replaced.   
22.05.2018
Thomas Smith
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For a combustion engine to function properly you need to make sure you have fuel, spark and air.  Spark plugs are what provides that spark.  Think of spark plugs as a tiny bolt of lightning. That burst of electricity is used to start the combustion process and essentially jump starts the engine.  Because spark plug health is directly linked to engine performance, it stands to reason weak or bad spark plugs lead to problems Spark plugs are located in the engine block at the top of every cylinder. Therefore, on most vehicles, the number of spark plugs your vehicle has corresponds to the size engine and the number of cylinders.    How long spark plugs last can depend on many different factors, one of which being the type of plugs. copper plugs, for example, have the shortest life; and most manufacturers recommend changing those every 30,000 miles.  Platinum or Iridium plugs should be changed at 100,000 miles Spark Plugs are built to withstand extreme heat and pressure within your cylinders and are built to burn off deposits from fuel additives or other contaminants however as spark plugs age they can buildup deposits.  These deposits can lead to an unreliable supply of energy for your car. Additionally, spark plugs have a specific distance between the ground and center electrodes called a gap.  This gap is where the spark of electricity "jumps".  As the spark plug ages this gap can increase.  If the gap is too far apart, combustion will be erratic or ineffective. Some Signs that your Spark Plugs may need to be replaced        Engine has a rough idle        Having trouble starting the vehicle        Engine misfires        High fuel consumption        Lack of acceleration        Rattling, pinging or “knock”-like noises

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