Looking For a Mechanic?
At Northwest Auto & Tire you will find more than just a “mechanic” to service your vehicle. We employ A.S.E. certified technicians, that have years of experience servicing vehicles. But today’s vehicles require more than just a good technician. It also requires a lot of very sophisticated equipment. It doesn’t matter how good your technician is, he is helpless without the proper tools to diagnose and repair your vehicle.
That’s why at Northwest Auto & Tire we make sure our technicians attend the appropriate classes every year. We also use the same tools that you will find at your dealer, and we keep them current and up to date.
We are one of the few auto repair shops that still offer’s “Full Service”. Our services range from lube, oil and filter work, to diagnosing today’s complex computer-controlled fuel injection systems.
Keeping You Cool
It’s that time of year again, it seems we just don’t get any spring anymore. We just go from cold and rainy to HOT and HUMID.
Chances are when your first tried out you’re air conditioner you either had no cold air, or maybe just a little cool air.
If this is the case, most likely your air conditioner needs to be serviced. In many cases the system is just a little low Freon. If so, it can be evacuated, and recharged to the proper level, and then leak tested to ensure you will have nice cold, crisp air for the rest of the summer. It is not uncommon for the Freon to slowly leak out over a period of a couple of years. If it has taken more than a year for the Freon to leak out, you may want to just charge it again, rather than trying to find a very minute leak.
However if the system is completely empty, you probably have a more serious leak that will need to be found and repaired. You should also be aware that the refrigerant in the air conditioner contains special oil that lubricates and cools the A/C parts. When enough refrigerant leaks out, your air conditioner will no longer make cold air. And this could mean that the parts don’t have enough oil to protect them. Without lubrication they wear out faster than they should. So it’s important to service the air conditioner properly so you don’t have to replace an expensive compressor needlessly.
Why Should I Service My Air Conditoner
Replacing old refrigerant has another benefit: refrigerant tends to gather moisture and become corrosive. That causes leaks in the system which can be expensive to repair. Fresh refrigerant protects the air conditioning components. This will keep the system operating at peak efficiency so it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep you cool.
Even with regular service, A/C parts can just wear out. Normal wear and tear eventually gets to all moving parts.
Addressing early problems can save on more extensive repairs down the road. For instance, a common failure is the clutch that turns the compressor on and off. If you can take care of a bad A/C clutch when it first starts having problems, you may be able to save the compressor. Wait too long and you’ll have to replace both.
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It's all about the Service
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