Friday, October 16, 2015

Beware the quickie-change

A lot of people like to use the "quickie-change" oil and lube joints. You get in and get out and your 3000 mile constitutional is done. It sounds like a good situation except for the tragic amount of underhanded dealing that happen with these places.

Here is a great illustration from friends up in the great white north. This particular quickie-lube pickpocket was into these particular customers for an extra $590-some-odd-dollars on top of the simple oil change they went in for.

It is really important to point out that these quickie-scamchange places also hire people with absolutely no training as mechanics. They commonly forget to put oil plugs and caps back on causing engine lock-up or if you are lucky, just oil all over your engine burning and stinking. My personal favorite is when they forget to take the gasket off the oil filter being switched out. That's priceless... until, of course, all the oil drains out of your car.

Don't be a victim. Go to a trustworthy auto repair shop.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Air Conditioning

Summer is coming. It happens every year and if you're A/C is not performing to your liking, come to Roy Brothers and get your air conditioning system running right.

We'll visually inspect hoses, lines, seals and other components for leaks, check temperature readings, check that your compressor is operating properly, and inspect the drive belt for cracks or damage. You may simply need a recharge of the refrigerant - or the inspection could call for other service, like a new compressor. Plus your air conditioning belt drives many other components in your vehicle, meaning a broken belt can have a much worse impact than simply an uncomfortable trip. It takes an expert to tell, so call on Roy Brothers to give you the peace of mind knowing that your vehicle will keep you cooler and safer.

Depending on the results of the diagnosis, the system is then serviced only as required to ensure proper operation, which might include:

  • Evacuate refrigerant from the system.
  • Recharge the system using the appropriate refrigerant to the exact system capacity according to the vehicle manufacturer's specifications.
  • Perform any necessary service on compressor, evaporator, condenser, and electrical controls.
  • Recheck the system to ensure proper operation.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Is your car ready for vacation?

Summer is here and a lot of folks will be heading out for long drives to their vacation destinations. The last thing you want is a break down on the side of the road leaving you stranded in a foreign place. These are not the kind of memories you want to be making. Therefore, it is wise to do a vehicle check before leaving town.

The basic things to have checked out:
  1. Check the filters and fluids. This includes engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission fluid. Also, don’t forget about windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  2. Check your air conditioning. No one will have fun on vacation if the car is an oven.
  3. Check windshield wipers. If you see cracks in the rubber or streaks on the windshield, it may be time for a new set.
  4. Check the brakes. If you hear any grinding or squeaking, there is a problem that needs immediate attention.
  5. Check your battery. If your battery is weak now, it'll be weaker on the road.
  6. Check the tires. Make sure they are the right pressure. Look for bulges in the walls or thin treads. Those are both indicators that your tires need to be replaced.
  7. Check to see if your lights are working. That means your daytime, brights, reverse, turn signals and brake lights. Honk the horn. Check your dash and interior lights.
  8. Check your spare. You want to make sure there is air in your spare tire, Also make sure you have all the necessary tools to change a flat tire.
  9. Check your emergency kit. Safety triangles, road flares, jumper cables, flashlight, map, phone charger, and a first aid kit.