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Summer is here! And with summer comes the heat, heat that will get into your vehicle wherever it is parked and turn it into an oven. Just when you think that the heat can’t get any worse, you jump into your car, turn the AC on, and your body is met with luke-warm air that will never cool the car down.

You know the AC is bad, but how do you check which component of the air conditioning system has gone wrong? As it turns out, there are a couple of easy things that you can do to check.

The first thing to check out is the air temperature itself. When you set the air to max air conditioning, but only mild air blows out, you should check a couple of things. First, check to see that the cooling fans on the condenser or radiator are running and active with the AC on. Then make sure that nothing is blocking the air flow to the condenser. Finally, check the cabin air filter as that may have become clogged.

Next, return to the compressor, or start with the compressor—the order of things to check here doesn’t matter. Is the clutch engaging with the compressor when the AC is on? If not, check the electricity running to the compressor, making sure that there is sufficient voltage—you can buy a cheap voltmeter to find this out. If there isn’t enough electric power running to the compressor, you should check the quality of the cycling switch and the fuse to make sure it is working correctly.

Finally, check for leaks. Leaks in the AC system are the most common problem causing the AC to go bad. Go to an auto parts store and buy a leak detection kit, which adds a UV dye to the system; if the liquid isn’t going to a certain point, it is leaking out of one of the hoses, clamps, or rings attached to the system.

As you can see there are numerous ways to find the problem when you AC goes bad. Fixing those can be done by a specialist or by yourself with help from online articles or videos. If you do not trust yourself enough to fix the problem, take it into a specialist to get it taken care of. Expert help is always available and always a great idea to turn to in order to get the job done efficiently.

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For automobile amateurs and non-specialists, spark plugs are like radio waves: we know they’re there, that they’re important, and they do some paramount job, but have no idea what they look like, what it looks like when one goes bad, or what to do if they don’t work as we expect them to. In other words, they can be a mystery.

For those who want to know what to look out for when a spark plug either begins to wear out or fails, you are in luck as there are numerous signs to alert you to a problem with the spark plugs.

Problems Starting the Car

The most common sign that there is something wrong with a spark plug is that the vehicle has problems starting. After checking to make sure that your battery has sufficient charge, it could be dirty spark plugs. This problem tends to occur most often in the morning, so if you wake up and have trouble starting the car, take it in to get it checked by a mechanic.

Engine Misfire

Another common sign is the engine misfiring. With the intricate closeness between spark plugs and cylinders in the engine, when one goes bad it will cause the other to malfunction. In this case, carbon builds up over time on spark plugs, which deposit into the cylinders and cause it the engine to backfire.

High Fuel Consumption

A third sign that there is something awry with the spark plugs is high fuel consumption. When spark plugs go bad, the engine will begin relying on excess gasoline to ensure power throughout the system. When that occurs, you will notice that you are filling up your tank more often than usual. If you begin noticing that you are continually filling your gas tank up and getting less mileage per gallon as you usually do, there could be a problem with the spark plugs.

Other Signs to Look For!

Other signs that can be a bad spark plug but are often other problems as well are acceleration problems, rough idling, or the engine either surges or hesitates when accelerating. These can also be signs of transmission or other problems in the engine.

Ultimately, if you suspect that there is something wrong with your spark plugs, you should take it into a mechanic to get it checked out. Allowing the problem to persist will affect other parts of your engine, which will cost you more money in the long run. Don’t allow this to persist: take it in and get back to driving safely! If you’re in the Coralville, IA and you think your spark plugs have gone bad – come on in and see us at Greer Motor Frame and Axle for your auto maintenance needs! Call us today at (319) 339-4678 or click here to contact us about your vehicle’s needs!

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Got a flat? Checking the pressure on your tires—and getting them filled—are one of the simplest fixes that can be done. Indeed, doing both is one of the first things you learn about a vehicle and with the widespread availability of tire pressure gauges attached to the pump, you should be able to do this on your own. Simply remove the cap, place the gauge against the valve, and read the number, comparing this to the numbers printed on the inside of your front door. You then simply add more air where needed.

Yet even with the relative easiness of this action, there are still tips that can help you when checking tire pressure and filling it with air. The first tip that can be given is on the timing of checking the tire pressure. While modern vehicles come with an indicator light that tells you when the air pressure is low, it still may be beneficial to check this once a month. The closer that pressure is to the printed guide equates to better operating tires, which in turn equates better gas mileage.

The next tip is where you should check them.

You can either do this at gas stations or at your home. The latter option can be done by buying a portable air pump that can plug into either the car or the electrical outlets of your home. While many do not come with an incorporated gauge, you can buy, for cheap, an additional gauge to see what pressure the tires are at. If you do it at a gas station, make sure that you pull your car close enough so that you can reach the hose around to all four tires without having to readjust the car midway through the job!

The third and final tip is in regards to the season.

Colder weather tends to have a larger effect on tire pressure, dropping it lower. In the winter, you should make sure that you are careful on the colder morning to check the pressure. Each ten degree drop can lead to a 1 psi pressure drop. Over time, this can cause the tires to break in areas, dropping the quality of the tires and causing flat tires.

These tips can be applied to tires of all kinds. One last thought as well: it is always a good idea to have a portable air pump with you that can plug in to the car and pump your tires up when you’re on the road. This can definitely save you a headache when the tires go flat in the middle of a road trip

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The true test of the quality of an automobile shouldn’t be how fast or smooth it drives, how safe it is, or how sleek it looks. It should be whether the air conditioning works when weather first gets warm when you want it to.

Many people have that problem: they start up the auto AC and it runs cold for a week. Then the following week it blows nothing but warm air. Three weeks later, its back to cold.

What is going on? As it turns out “intermittent” air conditioning problems can be one of the toughest items to diagnose. Yet the problems that can cause an auto AC to perform in such a way tend to be the same problems.

The first thing to check is the levels of Freon in the system. When Freon starts to get low, the A/C can start intermittently blowing out cool air—particularly when it reaches a certain speed—and blowing hot air at other times. With most A/C problems, low Freon levels tend to be the primary problem the vehicle is having. Simply replace and see if that fixes the problem.

If that’s not what is causing it, check the engine’s condenser. The condenser, while looking like a radiator, acts as a cooler on the ambient temperature that blows through the car. It then feeds that cool air into the engine. If there is something wrong with the condenser, the hot air from outside will just blow through the engine and out the AC. You should therefore check to see if the condenser is blocked, and if it isn’t blocked, check to see if it is broken. More often than not, it is blocked since the part is so close to the front of the engine, allowing leaves, grass, and other debris to build up, preventing it from doing its job.

Finally, if after an inspection you see that the Freon levels are fine and the condenser doesn’t look broken or blocked, you should check the cooling fans. These fans are responsible to maintain air flow over the condenser when the car isn’t moving that fast, say at a red light or driving under a certain speed limit. Over time numerous things can go wrong with the fan, from it wearing out over time to electrical problems.

While you may want try to fix these problems on your own—and don’t worry, you absolutely can with the right knowledge and patience—you may want to take the vehicle in for a technician to do so. This may save you a headache and possible further problems in the future!

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Driving your car straight through those road construction cones can be a lot easier when your alignment is perfect. Getting an alignment is easy, in fact, even if you’ve gotten one done recently, there are some things that you can do to keep your alignment working for you even longer. We all know that alignments will help us driver better so follow these simple tips to keep your perfect alignment longer than ever before.

#1 Keep weight out of your trunk

Are you driving around with extra boxes, sand bags or other things you don’t really need? That extra weight can take its toll. Your alignment is based on your tire angles which are closely related to the height of your chassis. This means that when you are weighed down in the back, you are changing the angles of the chassis and tires.

#2 Keep that tire pressure correct

Don’t forget to check your tire pressure. When your tires are filled to optimal pressure, they will help keep your alignment.

#3 Avoid potholes

Potholes and big bumps can jar things out of place. Take bumpy roads slowly or don’t take them at all.

#4 Say goodbye to NASCAR driving

You’ll need to be a much more conservative driver to keep your alignment in check. Sudden stops and braking take their toll on the steering and suspension.

#5 Don’t drive by feel

Even a soft knock to the curb can make your alignment nudge a bit out of place. Avoid crashing into things is typically good advice as well. The impact from small bumps can have a cumulative effect on your alignment.

#6 Miles driven

If you are driving more miles per year or per month than average then you might want to consider getting your alignment done more often. Some small impacts, like bumps, will happen more frequently and your alignment may change so gradually that you don’t even notice. Having a proper alignment is important for how your tires wear as well so you’ll want to make sure you get this maintenance item checked regularly.

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There’s nothing more annoying that when your air conditioning goes out in your vehicle. After all, it never seems to stop working in the winter. And even if it did, you probably wouldn’t notice since you don’t use the air conditioner then. So you need AC repair and you know a little bit about cars. Well, your brother’s girlfriend’s cousin said that it’s pretty easy and you can just watch a quick video online that will tell you everything that you need to know about AC repair. So you should do that, right? Wrong! You don’t want to mess with a DIY AC repair.

Electrical issues

When your AC needs to be repaired, it may have electrical issues or problems associated with the problem. You don’t want to risk ruining your electrical system (installing your battery backwards) or sending too much current to the wrong area. Electrical systems and problems are something best left to the professional.

Big fees

You are thinking about a DIY in the first place because you want to save some money. That’s a good idea and something that will definitely help you in your life. But there’s a time and a place to cut costs and cutting corners on your repairs is a bad idea. In fact, it will most likely cost you more in the long run. Here’s an example. You read online that you can recharge your entire system and fix all your AC repair issues (and world peace) with a little can you can get from the auto repair store. For $30 or less you’ll have all your problems fixed. Right? Wrong again! There’s so many different issues that can be at play with a AC repair. If there’s a hole in your line, you just flushed that money down the drain. That may not even be your problem. There could be a blockage in your system. The end result is that because you are not an AC repair expert, you’ll spend more time and more money on your parts you may not need then if you’d have just sent it to the professionals the first time around.

Don’t do it yourself

Technicians and chemicals related to the AC system need to be certified and have access to the necessary regulated coolants and materials to fix your AC system. Give your mechanic a call and save yourself some hassle!

A/C Repair at Greer Motor Frame & Axle

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The summer is almost here! It’s a wonderful fun time! There’s so many outside activities available to do in the warm weather. It’s time to take that long road trip. Get in the car and see where life takes you. There’s only one thing that can get in the way. Your air conditioner. A road trip doesn’t sound as much fun if you are sweating each and every mile you take in the car, literally . So here’s some ways to tell if you’re AC needs to be repaired before you head out on the road.

The easiest way to know if you’re AC needs to be repaired is to check if it is blowing cold air. If the air is cold, but not as cold as you remember or that it should be, you can take it in to get it tested. Your AC may just need to be recharged. This is when the technician replaces or increases the amount of pressurized refrigerant (Freon) in your AC lines. If the amount of Freon in your system is too low, the system will not be able to operate.

When your AC turns on, you should be able to hear a click sound of the AC clutch engaging. This is the result of a signal from the vehicle to turn on the pressure. Your AC cannot function without the correct level of pressure as well as if it doesn’t have the Freon used to make the pressure. If you don’t hear the click, it might not be engaging at all.

If you see any signs of leaks of refrigerant on the ground underneath the vehicle or around the AC unit lines, there may be a leak. This is something that you’ll need to fix before having the system recharged. Otherwise, the new refrigerant will just leak out through the existing holes.

If your AC system is not blowing air at all this is something to get checked out as well. A belt or other issue may exist which is not allowing the AC unit to function properly. Getting these items checked out before the summer months hit will allow you to really enjoy your time or road trip this summer!

A/C Repair with Greer Motor Frame & Axle in Coralville, IA

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Finding the best auto repair shop is kind of like looking for the perfect car in the first place. Does the car look, feel and drive the way you want? Does it have all the bells and whistles you are looking for? Does it make you want to keep driving? Is it affordable? See the similarities here?

Finding the perfect auto repair shop is easy to do as well – if you know the right questions to ask and where to look.

Convenience

Is the auto repair shop that you are looking for convenient for you? Is it close to your home, work or school? What about the hours that they are open? What days of the week are they open? Can you schedule a repair in advance if you want to? Can you drop by if you need to? These questions will help you find out how really convenient the auto repair shop that you are looking for is.

Reputation

How long has the auto repair shop that you are considering been in business? Does the owner actively work in the business? Do they have a long list of satisfied customers? Do they have testimonials from current and prior customers?

Likeability

Are the people that work there nice? Are they easy to talk to and allow you to ask questions? Do you feel welcome there?

Technical Expertise

How experienced are the technicians that work on the vehicles there? How long have they been working on cars? Do they have any certifications that show them to be more qualified?

Value

Do you feel that you are getting a good value for your money? Are the services reasonably priced? Do they give you a free estimate before any work is performed? If you were in an accident, do they offer to complete any of the insurance paperwork for you?

These are just a few of the categories of questions that you can and should ask while trying to find the ultimate auto repair shop. With a little investigation, you’ll be able to find the perfect shop that fits your needs.

Find your auto repair shop with Greer Motor Frame & Axle

If you’re in the Coralville, IA area and you’re looking for a new auto repair shop, stop your search and come on in to see us! We will make sure you leave a happy customer! Check out our auto repair reviews if you don’t believe us! Contact us today to schedule your next appointment!

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Routine vehicle maintenance can be a pain. But it’s more important than ever to get the works done on your vehicle that you need in a timely manner. Having routine maintenance like oil changes, fluid changes, etc., is important.

But how often does your vehicle need a tune-up? It can depend a little on the car that you are driving. If you are driving an older car, a tune-up used to be recommended about every 30,000 miles.

A tune-up is a more than just an oil change. Although most tune-ups do include an oil change, they also include a few additional items like engine air filter, and spark plugs.

A tune-up is a good thing to do and most people’s first choice when a car starts running poorly. Other signs of a worn out spark plug includes misfiring, lack or power of poor fuel economy. If you are experiencing engine issues like rough idling or hard starting, this may be one of the first places that you look.

The type of spark plug that you or your mechanic uses can also help determine how often you need a tune up. Iridium or platinum-tipped spark plugs can last from 50,000 to as much as 120,000 miles. Check the manufacturer’s information for the precise timing.

In older cars, a tune-up may replace ignition wires, distributor cap and rotor. Newer cars typically don’t have those items.

The fuel filter is also a part of the tune up. For example, some cars list specifically when the fuel filter needs to be replaced, i.e., every 30,000 miles. Other vehicles may not even list the fuel filter. Do your homework. If in doubt, replace.

The air filter is an easy one to change, one you may even do yourself. This is how your car breathes so you don’t want to have any dirt or dust on the filter. It’s recommended to be replaced every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. You can do a visual inspection to see when this needs to be replaced.

Vehicle Maintenance and Routine Tune-Ups at Greer Motor Frame & Axle in Coralville, IA

If it’s time for your vehicle to get a tune-up then come to see the professionals at Greer Motor Frame & Axle. We will make sure your car is leaving our shop in tip top condition and have you back out on the road in no time! Contact or call us today to set up an appointment! (319) 339-4678