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Why is my Car Air Conditioner not Blowing Cold Air?

Why is my Car Air Conditioner not Blowing Cold Air?

    When Temperatures climb to over 100 degrees, your Car's AC System works overtime. With your Car's AC system working to overcome that Arizona blazing Heat. You may experience less than Cold Air coming from your Vehicle's Vents. This sometimes is very simple to correct and sometimes it is very Expensive to Repair. Reduced Performance in the AC System may be from normal Wear and Tear. Or it can come from Damaged or Malfunctioning Parts. A Leak can develop from a Hose or a Component and cause your Freon to be Low. Running your AC System on a Low Charge will Damage the Compressor. It is important to have your AC System routinely checked for Performance. Having your AC System Checked will save you Money in the long run. When the Compressor runs with low Refrigerant it lacks Lubrication. The Lack of lubrication will Create Catastrophic damage to your AC System. The Reduced Performance can come from part of your Vents or Blower Motor. Some include a broken Blend Doo ... read more

What causes Struts to go Bad?

What causes Struts to go Bad?

  Struts are strong enough to take a lot of punishment. After tens of thousands of miles, your struts will wear out. The Struts are constantly going up and down as you drive down the Road.  The rougher the roads the Quicker the Struts will wear out. Some of the signs your Struts are Bad are Cupping going diagonal across the Tread of the Tire. When you Stop, your car Bounces more than once is also an indicator your Struts are Bad. You May also Feel every Bump in the Road or you can see that the Struts are Leaking Fluid. The Leading cause of Struts going bad is Wear. The design of a Strut is to go up and down only so many times before it will Fail. Most Strut were out at 50,000 miles. Some Struts Life will be Shortened by rough driving conditions. Other Causes for Struts to go Bad are manufacturing defects or Physical Damage. This Damage can come from an accident or from Road Debris.  If your Struts are Bad your Braking Distance will be much longer. You will Wear other St ... read more

Why is my Car AC Blowing Hot Air?

 Why is my Car AC Blowing Hot Air?

    Summer is here. During your daily commute you rely on your AC System to keep you Cool. Nothing is worse than sitting in Rush Hour Traffic with no Climate Control. The most common cause of your AC blowing Hot Air is that your AC System is Low on Refrigerant. Leaks develop due to the nature of the conditions that your Vehicle experiences. Vibration from Road Condition and Climate Conditions. Some AC Systems come with a UV Dye in the oil. If your AC System does not have Dye in it. The best way to find the leak is to have a Trained and Certified AC Professional add Dye to your AC System. Sometimes you can see the Oil Residue where the Leak is coming from. Other times an Electronic Leak Detector will find the Leak. Continuing to Run your AC System Low causes Damage to the Compressor and other AC Components.  This Damage may be bad enough that you will have to Replace your entire AC System. Other causes for your AC System to Blow Hot Air is a Restricted AC Condenser. If t ... read more

What to do when your Tire is Flat?

What to do when your Tire is Flat?

  What to do when your Tire is Flat?   Getting a Flat Tire is never fun. You are minding your own business, then "Boom" you have a Flat. You may have difficulty Accelerating or the Steering becomes squishy or delayed. You then find a Safe place to pull over and you notice one of your Tires is Flat. The cause can be from Tire Failure, a Puncture, Damaged Valve Stem or Excessive Tire Wear. If you continue Driving on a Flat Tire you will cause Permanent Damage to the Wheel and Tire. Turn on your Emergency Flashers and double check that you are Safe from oncoming Traffic. Check in your owner's Manual on the Procedures to change the Tire. The owner's Manual will also show you the Location of the Spare Tire and Tools. The Spare Tire is not a Permanent replacement for the tire that went Flat. The Spare Tire is a temporary and should be only used to get to the nearest Tire Repair Facility. When you get to the Repair Shop make sure that the Technician Check all the ... read more

What Oil to use in my Car?

What Oil to use in my Car?

  Your Car's Engine Oil needs to be able to Flow during a wide range of temperatures.  This is also a consideration where you live and what your Driving style is. Hotter climates need a Thicker Oil than cooler climates.  The Engine Oil has to be thin enough for cold starts. But be thick enough to not be too Thin when the engine is hot. One of the Characteristics of Oil is it gets Thinner the Hotter it gets. This requires the use of a Multi-viscosity Oil. Multi-viscosity oils are a blend of low-viscosity base oil. Then they add  Viscosity Index Improvers. So you take a SAE 15W Oil and add the correct proportion of VI Improvers. The Engine Oil will perform like 15W at low Temperatures and SAE 40W at High Temperatures.  True Multi-viscosity Oils will have 120 or more  Viscosity Index Improvers. Most Modern Engines will need to use 0w20, 5w20 or 5w30. Please check your Owners Manual for OEM recommended oil uses for your area and driving style.  You ... read more