20.09.2018
Thomas Smith
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A AAA study found that 1/3 of US motorists would not be able to pay for a repair bill of $500 or more without incurring debt.  In fact many drivers, approximately 1/3, would skip or delay recommend repairs due to a lack of funds.  What drivers do not understand is that delaying, or skipping recommended maintenance can cause additional issues and possibly increase the amount of money needed for repairs.  Additional wear on parts, or the possible breakage or systems could damage other systems in the car.  Additionally, worn down parts can increase the likelihood of roadside breakdowns, adding tow bills to the repair bill.    AAA suggest setting aside a repair fund to be able to cover regular maintenance as well as any unexpected repairs.  Finding a reputable repair shop that you go to regularly for your oil changes will help decrease the amount of UNEXPECTED repairs.  How so you may ask?  Well, but regularly having your oil and fluids changed and checked, your repair shop will be able to inspect your vehicle for wear and will be able to give you a heads up on any recommended maintenance based on mileage as well as any wear they are seeing in advance to breakage giving you the customer the ability to set aside funds to pay for the upcoming maintenance and repairs.        That being said, there are sometimes unexpected repairs, but having an ongoing relationship with a repair shop will minimize those and will help keep your vehicle in better working order for a longer period of time.  Regular maintenance will help prolong the life of your vehicle and can make it more valuable if you decided to sell it. 
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.   

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