A/C Problems Demystified

June 30th, 2016

Believe it or not, the A/C system in your vehicle is fairly simple in principle and design. Like your refrigerator, it operates on a cycle of compression and expansion of a gas, known as refrigerant. The compressor turns the gas into a liquid, and as the gas evaporates it provides cooling. Like your refrigerator, its main components are: 
 
  • Compressor
  • Condenser 
  • Receiver/dryer
  • Thermostatic expansion valve
  • Evaporator
  • Refrigerant
  • Blower 
The good news is most automotive A/C systems have become very robust and reliable compared to cars from a generation ago. Most of the time, poor performance is due to low refrigerant levels due to lea ...[more]
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So You Get A Flat Tire...What Now?

June 16th, 2016

Flat TireNobody ever looks forward to a flat tire, and nobody ever says "well, that was a really good time" after having one. You can at least minimize the damage to your tire and danger to yourself, though.

Flats vs Blowouts

If you get a blowout, you'll know about it right away. Sometimes the tire can fail dramatically, with a bang as loud as a shotgun going off. Other times, it might just be a loss of air and a sudden change in your car's handling, followed by vibration, noise and a pull to one side. If it's a front tire that fails, your car might be a real handful to drive until you can get to a stop.

In either case, your first job is to pull off the road as quickly (but safely!) as you can. Don't jam on the brakes or make any sudden mo ...[more]

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Squeeze A Few More Miles Per Gallon Out Of Your Vehicle

June 2nd, 2016

We all know that fuel prices can be pretty unpredictable, and while prices might be relatively low right now, that doesn't mean they will be this time six months Fuel Economy in Abbottstown PAdown the road. The good news is that all sorts of vehicles now get better fuel economy than they used to...and even if you drive a thirsty truck or SUV, there are things you can do to squeeze a little better fuel economy out of it. 

  • Tires: Many people don't realize that tires are such an important part of the fuel economy equation. Even one underinflated tire, though, can be enough to compromise gas mileage. A low tire means added friction and rolling resistance, causing your vehicle to use more fuel just to get you down the road. It also means heat buildup, which ...[more]
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