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Hot Weather and the Car Battery

Most folks think that the winter is harder on the battery than the summer. It is actually the opposite. The warm weather is what truly deteriorates the battery and the cold snaps usually finish it off. Your battery has plates or cells inside of it and the cells are surrounded by a mixture of acid and water. When we reach the really hot days of summer that water starts to evaporate. As the water evaporates and the battery becomes less and less full, the plates inside the cells lose contact with the acid and begin to short out. Without getting into all of the science behind batteries the chemical reaction that creates the energy is no longer as potent. You may be surprised to find out that your battery has 70% life left but you auto repair shop might be recommending you to replace it. That is because the battery has to have a lot of power for a short amount of time to start your vehicle. A battery at 70% might be too weak to sustain starting your car repeatedly and could leave you strand ... read more

#Dadlife and Auto Repair

I am the second generation owner of my repair shop. I took over from my father in 2011 and I practically grew up in the bays I walk through every day. I remember a lot of stuff from my childhood and most of it involved being at the shop or the farm. My dad never really let me work on stuff growing up. I was eager to learn and do the job on my own but I always ended up as the helper. I grew up in a time when cars weren’t near as technical as they are now, however in my later years I realize my dad was smart and I wasn’t ready. Many people come in and want to talk to me about souped up cars and while I am mostly familiar with what they have, it doesn’t truly excited me. When I was young I wanted fast car, dragsters, pulling tractors, etc and my dad never let me. He once liked drag racing to a drug habit. Again in my later years I see what he meant. Because of the restraint my dad showed me it gave me more of an appreciation for how things work. My dads guidance helped ... read more

Auto Body Repair Tips

So you were involved in a wreck. You either have a place you can take your vehicle to or you insurance company recommends a shop. Before the repair begins there are a couple of things to be on the lookout for during the repair. When having the vehicle initially inspect most times the insurance company sends out an adjuster to do an appraisal on the vehicle and estimate the repair. This person is actually working for the insurance company and their job is to do two things: 1. Keep the repair cost as low as possible while repairing the car properly. 2. At this point estimate only the visible damage. Both points are equally important. Once the vehicle is torn down through a process called 'Blueprinting' we make an additional estimate called a supplement will be written and additional parts will be ordered to complete the job. This process can take some time so keeping in contact with the insurance company and the repair shop in the beginning is vital in making sure this is ... read more

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