Posts made in October, 2015

How To Keep Vehicle Repair Costs Down

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If your vehicle has outlived its manufacturers warranty, you might end up facing auto repair charges that you’ll need to pay on your own. However, just because the warranty runs out on your vehicle doesn’t mean that it’s time to run out and purchase a new car. Auto repair professionals want to help you keep your vehicle running in tip-top shape, and they are honest in their methods and ways of doing so. However, there are some things that you can do on your own when you take your vehicle to the shop to keep your costs down. Don’t Ask Additional Questions While asking the right questions is key to keeping car repair prices down, asking the wrong questions can be detrimental to your budget. Questions such as “Do you think I need to change these tires?” or “What else needs to be fixed?” are telltale signs to your mechanic that you do not know about the current state of your car. Although rare, he or she can suggest repairs and parts that may not be necessary without you knowing the difference. To avoid asking the wrong questions, find out what your cars scheduled maintenance service should be. You can find this informationin your owner’s manual. The right questions to ask are usually the ones that make your mechanic give an exact answer and explanation of his or her services and charges. If you’re dropping your car off for repairs, ask exactly what repairs will happen while you’re gone. This prevents you from coming back to some unexpected work and unexpected charges. You can also ask for an itemized estimate with every charge and fee listed for your approval before you leave your vehicle with that particular shop. Ask For Aftermarket Parts Paying for parts can get costly, especially when you’re buying brand new, factory-issued parts made specifically for your car. To keep the cost of your repair down, ask the mechanic about aftermarket parts. These parts are made to work in multiple makes and models of cars. Generally, aftermarket parts can save you money. Your mechanic shop may have a policy to default to the newest, most expensive part. Remember, you can always request alternate options! Request That Only Work Needed Be Done Have you ever felt like you brought your car to the mechanic for one issue, and leave with five more issues to worry about? This is because cars are heavily used machines that eventually wear down. But not every issue requires immediate attention. Even though your mechanic may notify you of an issue like dirty brakes or low fluid, that issue may not be urgent to your safety or to your car’s functioning. Request that only the most important work be done. As you get to know a mechanic like Action Tire Centre, you’ll likely return to one that you trust and takes good care of your vehicle. This is the desired relationship that your mechanic wants to have with you, so trust them when...

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What Happens When Your Get Your Vehicle’s Air Conditioning Serviced

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized |

During the summer months, it is not uncommon to see just about every auto shop and oil change shop in the area advertising air conditioning service. Here is what should happen when you take your vehicle in to get the air condition system checked and serviced: Pressure Test The first thing a service technician will do when you bring your vehicle in for an air conditioning check is to test out your pressure. They will check the air pressure running through air conditioning system. This reading will let them know if your system is blowing out the right amount of air. If your system has a low-pressure reading, the service technician will then examine the pipes and hoses in your system to see if there is a leak or if any of them have become disconnected and just need to be reattached. Refrigerant Charge Next, the service technician will check the charge on your refrigerant. The refrigerant is the liquid that runs through your air conditioning system. It helps cool off the air that your vehicle pulls in. Refrigerant does not last forever; over time, it can lose its charge and thus lose its effectiveness. If your refrigerant is below the recommended charge for your vehicle, the service technician working on your vehicle will drain out the old refrigerant and replace it with new refrigerant. This is not something that typically has to be done on a regular basis; it is generally done a couple of times over the life of your vehicle. Outlet Temperature Finally, the service technician will check the temperature of the air coming out of your outlets. This is another easy way to identify issues. If the air is too hot, generally your refrigerant needs changed. If the air is too cold, the technician may need to adjust a few settings and fix or replace the internal thermometer so the air temperature is regulated correctly. Belt Check Finally, the service technician will check the air compressor’s drive belt and make sure that it is set to the right tension level. It the tension is too loose, the belt could fall off, and if it is too tight, the belt could snap or break. If the level is off, the service technician will adjust it to get the right tension level for your vehicle. When you get your vehicle’s air conditioner serviced, the technician should check the four items listed above. When the service technician goes over what they did during your air condition check-up, make sure they address the four issues above. That way, you will know that your air conditioning system was checked out thoroughly.  For professional services, do an online search such as North York auto care. ...

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How To Remove Paint From A Car

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Extremely minor collisions, or simply rubbing up against another vehicle, can cause paint to transfer onto your car. When this happens, your car’s aesthetic is ruined, and there is a large unsightly mark that stands out from the rest of your vehicle’s paint job. Instead of simply painting over the area, you can remove the paint that has rubbed off onto your car. This is a fairly simple process that you can do at home with the right tools Before You Begin You’ll need a sponge, a bucket of warm soapy water, several soft cloths, car wax, and lacquer thinner. All of these items can be found at most hardware or automotive stores if you do not have them already at home. Removing Paint from a Car Clean the affected area thoroughly with the sponge soaked in soapy water. This removes any dirt and contaminants, making it easier for the lacquer thinner to work, and preventing any scratches to your paint job. Dry the area off with a soft cloth. Then, apply a small amount of lacquer thinner to the cloth (not to the car itself – this can cause damage to the paint job if the lacquer thinner is allowed to sit). Gently rub the cloth into the area that has paint stuck on it in a circular motion, taking care to not rub too much on the rest of the vehicle. You should see paint start to come off onto the cloth. You may need to reapply the lacquer thinner several times until the paint is completely removed from your vehicle. Do not increase the strength that you are scrubbing with, but simply continue gently rubbing with clean sections of the cloth until it is completely removed. Once the paint has been removed, use a damp cloth to wipe away any remaining lacquer thinner to prevent it from eating away at the paint job. Then, go over it with the sponge soaked in soapy water once more to ensure that the area is totally clean. Dry the area with a dry cloth, and double check the area. If there is no remaining paint, you can simply apply wax and buff the area so that it shines like new. If there are still small spots of paint remaining, reapply the lacquer thinner to a dry cloth and repeat the process until the entirety of the area is free from transferred paint. For professional help, contact a local auto body...

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