Not much is worse than running late for work. If you are like me, it usually starts out something like this: First you snooze through your alarm 7 times. Next you fly out of bed and jump into the shower. Then in an attempt to brush your teeth while putting your shirt on you somehow become a contortionist and pull a back muscle. After that muscle spasm, while putting your shoes on you spill your coffee down the front of your shirt. Finally when you get to your car and buckle in, you realize your wallet is next to the coffee pot on the kitchen counter. After a long deep breath, you try to start the car and click, click, click.....nothing. Great!! You realize one of your kids left the back door open and the battery is dead......Don't have a bad day. Don't be late for work! Come to Dale's Service Center and we will perform a complimentary safety & maintenance inspection for free. (which i ... read more
My 3 girls love unicorns! When they see a unicorn in a movie or in a book they fall in love. However, it is heartbreaking when dad has to bring them back to reality and teach them.......well....unicorns are just not real. What does this have to do with the brakes on your vehicle? A cheap brake job does not exist. If for some reason you are driving thru the forest and you come across what appears to be a cheap brake job, I would suggest you do the same thing as if you see a unicorn. Slap yourself across the face and wake up! At best it could be a bait a switch. Most likely you are going to find that sub-par parts will be installed, the brakes will be noisy and will not last very long and hopefully the technician didn't cut any corners to slam that brake job out the door. I strongly believe this is the last place you want to cut corners. Your safety and the safe ... read more
"Why does my A/C blow warm air" you ask? Well unlike the A/C system in your home, your vehicles system gets jostled around while driving through the streets of Davenport. And over time the fittings and A/C components get worn out and tired which causes freon to leak out. Since freon is a gas, it seeps into the atmosphere rather than drips down like engine oil or antifreeze making it tougher to find when there is a leak. In order to find the leak, we generally need to remove all old freon and air that is inside of the A/C system with a machine (Recover). Then we can perform a leak test to see if the A/C system can hold a vacuum (Evacuate) and if it is able to hold a vacuum we can replenish with new freon (Recharge). Why not just add freon? With todays automotive A/C systems, most vehicles hold a specific amount and if overfilled will not cool at all. The freon amounts need to be precise in ... read more
Because of the ever changing technology, training never ends! Even the most basic systems such as brakes and suspension can get pretty technical. With electronic parking brake systems, air ride height control and steering angle sensors we even run into problems or issues at times. Especially because we repair all different makes and models there is so much to learn about with each car manufacturer. It was nice of Napa to come into our shop with their Brake and Suspension Rep for a dinner and learn the other night. The team got to brush up on the latest brake systems and parts. Also, we caught up on the most innovative suspension parts available. Of course, it's always easier to learn on a full stomach!