Yearly Archives: 2016

"MY CAR BATTERY CONTINUES TO DRAIN?'

"MY CAR BATTERY CONTINUES TO DRAIN?'

#compressorclutch #clutchrelay #paperclip The other day we had a '07 Ford F150 with a battery drain.  We did a full diagnostic on the vehicle and noticed a "heavy clicking" sound coming from the air compressor clutch.  Some of the reasons why the compressor clutch may not engage are due to mechanical failures, electric failures or low pressure freon levels. We disconnected the battery cable, opened the fuse and relay box to locate the relay for the Air Conditioner.  When we pulled the relay, this is what we found.  A paperclip, had been added to the fuse as a way of overriding the computer to bypass the relay.  For the safety of yourself and others we highly recommend against this method of repair.  For one, the factory system is more or less designed to turn off the fuel pump relay in the event of a collision and/or the relay may fail during acceleration on the highwa ... read more

"IS A COURTESY CHECK NECESSARY IF I'M JUST BRINGING MY CAR IN FOR ONE SPECIFIC PROBLEM?"

A customer came in last week stating his blower was not working.  After checking the blower circuit we found the blower control amplifier defective and replaced it.  As a serivce to our customers we always do a Courtesy Check on all vehicles which includes a 50 point inside and out inspection. We check everything from the head lights, under the hood to under the vehicle and the brakes and tires.  We found his tire tread to be below recommended specifications. We notified our customer and he chose to wait on the tire replacement.  We phoned him 3 days later to thank him for his service and unfortunately he had a tire blow out 2 days after leaving the shop.  Fortunately, he was ok and able to get the repair done quickly and get back on the road.  We hate to see this kind of thing happen after someone leaves our shop but it's our job to inform the customer about EVERYTHING that is going on with t ... read more