Air Conditioning Repair and Maintenance
Air conditioning systems in vehicles are very complex and expensive. Think about it. It’s 110 degrees outside but your air conditioner is pushing air into your car at 67 degrees. What genius came up with this idea? The four Goldberg brothers in 1946.
Air conditioner maintenance is one of the most important services you need to do for your car. The air conditioner refrigerant carries special lubricants and oils. Running your air conditioner low on refrigerant can cause the parts to wear out prematurely. Replacing A/C refrigerant has another effect. Condensation can build up moisture in the system causing corrosion to the internal parts. Fresh refrigerant can solve this problem.
Normal wear and tear can eventually cause your air conditioner to stop preforming the way it should. Having an air conditioner failure, especially during the summer months, can impose a very unwelcomed burden on you.
A&H Automotive has specialized in auto-air conditioning since 1963. Our extensive evaluation of your cars heating, and air conditioning systems includes:
- Examining the internal controls and blower
- Checking radiator coolant operating temperature, hoses, pressure radiator cap and thermostat
- Inspecting the compressor belt
- Inspecting system and seals for leaks or various other damages.
- A cooling system pressure test
- Verifying the A/C pressure meets manufacturer specifications
- Measuring the interior vent air temperature
Alternator Repair and Maintenance
Alternators provide electricity to run your engine and all the accessories in your car. They also charge your battery as you drive down the road. When your alternator starts to fail there won’t be enough electricity to power things like headlights, stereo, power seats, and any on board computer. A warning light in your dash will give you an indication on impending failure.
A&H Automotive can check and make sure you have a problem with the alternator. If it has gone bad our service technician can replace it with an alternator that meets the manufactured specifications.
There's no sense in hobbling along with an alternator that's not working properly. It will fail at some point and leave you stranded. Get a bad alternator replaced as soon as you can.
Axle Repair and Maintenance
Axles are basically driveshafts for front wheel drive cars. They transfer energy from the transmission to the front tires. Just like the driveshaft on a rear wheel drive car, axles are very strong and should last a long time. Axles contain two constant velocity joints, one on each end. These joints are covered in grease. There is a rubber boot that fits around the joints to keep the grease in and the dirt out.
Over a period, the rubber becomes old and crack, slinging the grease out, and letting dirt into the joints. Once this happens it is time to replace the axle. When axles go bad you will may hear a clicking noise in a sharp turn around corners. If gone unnoticed and untreated an axle can break leaving you stranded or worse. One end of the axle goes into the transmission, if an axle breaks it can damage the transmission or puncture a tire.
A&H Automotive can inspect both axles on your car and replace them with an axle that meet the factory specifications of your car.
Brake Repair and Maintenance
Brakes are obviously extremely important for a car. There are different types of braking systems in cars and trucks. New cars have a disc brake system, while older cars have a shoe and drum braking system. With disc brakes, brake pads squeezed against the rotor to slow your car down. Like the hand brakes on a bicycle.
Disc brakes have a metal sensor built into the pads to warn you through a squealing sound that the disc is wearing out. Once you hear the squealing noises it’s time to have your brakes inspected. Failure to have your brakes inspected and replaced can cause further damage to other brake components. Damaging other components can drive up the cost a brake repair significantly.
Rotors can warp or crack, in which case they'll need to be replaced. Brake calipers wear out and can develop leaks. The pistons in calipers can freeze open or closed. If this happens it's time to replace the calipers.
A&H Automotive can replace the brakes on your vehicle will restore your brakes to manufacturers' specifications. We can also install upgraded parts to increase your stopping power for high performance cars and trucks. We have several options to meet your braking requirements and your budget.
Differential Repair and Maintenance
There are many types of differentials on a car. Rear wheel drive cars have a differential located in the back of the vehicle. Four-wheel drive trucks have two differentials, both in the rear and the front. Newer cars that are front wheel drive, have a differential that is located inside the transaxle.
As you turn a corner in your vehicle, the wheel on the outside of the turn has a further distance to travel. This means the wheel must turn a bit faster than the wheel on the inside of the turn. Engineers solved this problem with the differential. Without a differential, the wheels would rotate at the same speeds causing your car to skip or jump.
The differential also transfers the energy, supplied through the transmission, to the rear wheels. Because of this, differentials are built very strong gears and bearings, that should last a long time. Changing the fluid in your differential can extend the life of the bearings and gears located in the unit.
When you do experience a differential problem, or just need a service, A&H Automotive can service, repair, rebuild or replace your damaged differential.
Engine Repair and Maintenance
There are really two major components of your car, the engine and transmission. When your engine ages, it loses its ability to perform. Loss of horsepower, acceleration, lower gas mileage or your car feels like it just not running right. These are all signs that your engine could use some attention.
Engine maintenance we preform can be a simple tune up to a major overhaul or replacement. Bringing your car back to peak performance.
- Fuel injection
- Spark plug replacement
- Ignition wires
- Carburetor adjustments (older cars)
- Serpentine belts
- Timing belts
- Water pumps
- Head gaskets
- Engine rebuilds and replacements
Rebuilding an engine requires removing your engine and refurbishing the entire motor. We properly replace any engine component with factory approved, original parts. The entire engine is intensely cleaned, and all machine work is performed. Everything is reassembled with new seals and gaskets. After completion, your completely refitted engine will run like-new again.
Exhaust- Catalytic Converter and Muffler Repairs
The exhaust system on your car starts up front where it is connected to the engine by, exhaust manifolds, attached to the cylinder heads. The gases travel through the exhaust system where they are analyzed by oxygen sensors, processed by the catalytic converter, then muffled by the muffler. The exhaust system not only reduces the noise from your car, it also cuts harmful emissions.
A complex system with many components, the exhaust system makes your car quieter, run smoother, cleaner. In some cases, it can make your car faster and get better gas mileage.
A&H Automotive we carry a wide variety of exhaust options. Catalytic converters that comply with EPA and CARB demands for pollution control. Our technicians can repair mufflers, replace oxygen sensors, and inspect your catalytic converter at the speed of sound.
Struts & Shock Repair and Maintenance
Struts and shocks are a very important part of your car. They help give you a smooth ride over rough terrain. They work together with the rest of your suspension to absorb shock to your car from potholes or bumps in the road. When shocks and struts are worn, your tires bounce excessively over bumps. All this hurts your ability to control your vehicle. Worn shocks or struts cause excessive tire wear so you'll have to replace your tires sooner than you should. Worn shocks and struts also stresses other suspension and steering parts causing them to wear prematurely. Struts are a major structural component of the suspension system.
A&H Automotive carries a full line of shocks and struts, anything from factory to heavy duty, for cars and trucks.
Suspension Repair and Maintenance
The suspension is the system that connects your wheels to your vehicle and controls the handling of your car. Your suspension is critical for proper steering, stopping and stability. Every time you hit a bump in the road, your suspension system is designed to absorb the impact and maintain control. The suspension has joints and pivot points that allow your wheels to move up and down over bumps and to turn as you steer.
These parts include ball joints, tie rod ends, the pitman, idler arms and the control arms. When your suspension wears, parts don't fit together as tightly as they should. Handling and steering can have a loose feel. This can cause your tires to wear unevenly, and you will have to replace them prematurely. Tires that should last for years can be worn out in months.
It's a great idea to take care of these problems right away before they become more expensive to repair.
A&H Automotive can take care of all your suspension needs from ball joints, to wheel alignments.
Transmission Repair and Maintenance
The transmission is the second major component in your car, after the engine. We work on both manual and automatic transmissions. Transmissions are heavy duty pieces of equipment that are designed to last a long time. The best thing you can do to make the transmission last a good long life is to service it on a regular basis. We recommend every 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. Transmission fluid does many things inside the transmission. The transmission fluid cools, lubricates and causes the transmission to function hydraulically.
If your transmission is not shifting smoothly, or possibly slipping, it’s time to have a proper diagnosis done. Today’s transmissions are all computer shifted, so starting with a proper diagnosis can save you thousands of dollars. Transmissions can have sensors or solenoids fail inside of them causing the transmission not to shift properly. Without a proper diagnosis, you may buy something that you don’t need.