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Nov 25 16

Brake repairs at Dave’s Auto Service

November 25, 2016, posted by dave

IMG_0558.JPGOne of the most important things on your car is your cars brake system. Stopping your vehicle safely relies on having the brakes in good condition. The brake pads need to be the type for your car and there is more to the brake system than brakes. The brake pads push against what is called a brake rotor. If the brake rotor is out of round, it can cause what is called brake pulsation. This will make the car sometimes shake very bad when you are applying the brake pedal. Another thing that happens with the brake rotor is rust. If the surface gets rusty, this can cause poor brake performance and also cause brake noise.

The brake calipers is what holds the brake pads into place. The brake calipers must also be in good condition. Most calipers have what is called sliders. If the brake caliper sliders aren’t keep rust free and lubricated, they can cause poor stopping and cause the brake pads to wear quicker. Sometimes it pays to change the brake caliper when installing new brake pads because if the brake caliper has age and is rusted, the brake caliper could be on its way of hanging  up and that would cause the brake pads to wear a lot faster. Another thing that can cause the brake caliper to hang up or drag is a bad brake hose. The hose can start to flake inside and the very small pieces of hose can cause what is called the brake caliper piston to not move outward or inward properly.

Another compontant that is very important is the brake master cylinder. This is what holds the brake fluid. When you push the brake pedal, this applies the brakes and send the fluid through the brake lines. What is also a problem in the north east is the metal brake line rotting. If the lines split open due to the rust, then the brake fluid will drain out of the system.

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Nov 13 16

Tires and Fix-a-flat

November 13, 2016, posted by dave

A Customer had a problem with his Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep had the  shakes going over 35 mph. So wanting to save himself some money, he decided to try to fix it himself. One of the first things he had done was to have the tires balance. But that didn’t correct the problem. So then he thought it could be bad u-joints in the driveshaft. So he change the front driveshaft u-joints, but after driving the Jeep, he still had the problem. The customer had also change the transmission fluid because a friend had told him that changing his transmission fluid is what fix his shaking problem with his car. But his shaking was still there. So the next thing he did was to go onto the internet and see if he could find what could be causing his shaking. After paying to go onto a Jeep site to talk to a mechanic about his problem, the mechanic said he could have a brake caliper not releasing and causing the shaking. But after changing the front brake calipers, you guess it, the shaking was still there. So after spending money and not being able to fix his Jeep, he had brought the Jeep to our garage for us to fix. During the road test, our mechanic had felt like a tire out of balance, but the Jeep owner had the tires balance. The one thing the mechanic did take notice was that the shaking was not consisting with any speed. After putting the Jeep on the lift, our mechanic had taken notice the left front wheel had lots of wheel weights on it. Our mechanic had tried to balance the tire, but it wouldn’t balance. The Balancer keep telling him to add weight. Then the mechanic knew what the problem was. After dismounting the tire, there it was. Problem was the owner had put 2 cans of fix-a-fix in the tire to fix a air leak the week before the shaking started.  You cant balance a tire because the fix-a-flat will keep rolling around inside the tire and keep it out of balance. The faster you drive down the road, the worst it will shake.  If you have to use any fix-a-flat as a emergency, have it removed as soon as you can. Please share this with your friends. Visit our web site at https://www.davesautoservices.com Call 610-367-1844 for repairs and services.

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Nov 13 16

ignition coil replacement at Dave’s Auto Service

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Customer brought his Jeep Grand Cherokee in for Spark Plug replacement. The Spark Plugs hadn’t been change for so long, the ignition coils were corroded in place. The  ignition coils in the picture had to be broken to remove them. The vehicle doesn’t call for the spark plugs to be service until 100,000 miles. We don’t recommend waiting that long. We think all spark plugs should be removed and change at 60,000 miles. And also replace the spark plugs with the s And there is a reason for that. The spark plug is steel, and most cars today have alumina cylinder heads. We have had spark plugs that we couldn’t remove from the head because the spark plugs were corrode and couldn’t be loosen. When they couldn’t be removed, and the spark plugs break off, then it could be a very costly repairs.  If the spark plugs are very bad, they can cause a hesitation, and other driving problems, and also hard starting and poor fuel mileage. When installing new spark plugs, make sure they are gap correctly. Another item that should always be change if they are serviceable, is the ignition coil boots. Most ignition coil boots are changeable.  Please share this with your friends. Visit our web site at http://Davesautoservices.com For services or repairs call 610-367-1844

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Nov 13 16

Not how to Repair a Tire

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Customer had brought their car in for repairs. They had a tire repair while traveling. Was still going flat. Remove tire from Rim and found somebody had covered the inside of the tire with high temp silicone to seal the plug that the other shop had installed. This is not how you repair a tire.  Please share this with your friends. Visit our web site at https://www.davesautoservices.com. For services or repairs call 610-367-1844

 

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Oct 2 16

Vacuum Hose causing Transmission Issues

October 2, 2016, posted by dave
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Customer called to say his 2005 Ford Taurus needs a transmission. I made a road trip to his house. Tells me his neighbor who is very good on repairing his cars inform him it was a transmission problem. Nope, trans is ok. I found this bad vacuum hose that was causing it to bang into gear and also make the motor launch forward. $28 molded hooters is a lot better than replacing a transmission. The thing to remember is to have any vehicle issues checked out before assuming it is a major problem.  Please share this with your Friends. Visit our web site at http://davesautoservices.com or call 610-367-1844 for any repairs or services needed for your car.

 

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Oct 2 16

Bad Nissan Suspension Part

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Nissan Truck had a banging noise over bumps. Sway bar bushings were worn so bad, you could see light through them. Please share with your friends. Visit our web site at http://www.davesautoservices.com For repairs or services call 610-367-1844 Boyertown #Bechtelsville #Oley #New Berlinville #Barto #Douglasville #Gilbertsville #Bally #Amity #Pottstown #Stowe #Gablesville #Limerick #Pennsburg #Manatawny #Pleasantville #Hyundai #Chevy #Ford #Dodge #Chrysler #ChevyTruck #FordTruck #DodgeTruck #Chevrolet #BMW #Mazda #Volkswagen #Buick #Pontiac #Audi #Honda #Subaru #Nissan #MercedesBenz #Fiat #Volvo #Toyota #Kia #Jeep #OilChanges #Exhaust #Brakes #Engines #Fuel #Suspensions #Steering #Transmissions #Electrical #CheckEngineLight #Porsche #Pa StateInspection #PAEmissionTesting #Tune up

 

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Oct 2 16

Cans of Engine Oil

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Below is a picture of Two old cans of oil. One on the left is metal, and years later they switch to cardboard cans. How many remember crushing the cardboard cans if you didn’t push the oil spout just right. What a mess that made. Please share with your friends. Visit our web site at http://www.davesautoservices.com For repairs or services call 610-367-1844 #Boyertown #Bechtelsville #Oley #New Berlinville #Barto #Douglasville #Gilbertsville #Bally #Amity #Pottstown #Stowe #Gablesville #Limerick #Pennsburg #Manatawny #Pleasantville #Hyundai #Chevy #Ford #Dodge #Chrysler #ChevyTruck #FordTruck #DodgeTruck #Chevrolet #BMW #Mazda #Volkswagen #Buick #Pontiac #Audi #Honda #Subaru #Nissan #MercedesBenz #Fiat #Volvo #Toyota #Kia #Jeep #OilChanges #Exhaust #Brakes #Engines #Fuel #Suspensions #Steering #Transmissions #Electrical #CheckEngineLight #Porsche #Pa StateInspection #PAEmissionTesting #Tune up

 

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Sep 18 16

Volvo Gas Smell

September 18, 2016, posted by dave

Customers kept smelling gas in their 2004 Volvo XC70. After removing the rear seat from the vehicle to access panel for fuel pump, found a very slight crack in the fuel pump housing. When pressurize the pump would ever so slightly leak some fuel on top of fuel pump module assembly. Please share this with your friends. Visit our web site athttp://www.davesautoservices.com Call 610-367-1844 for services or repairs for your car or light truck. #Boyertown , #Gilbertsville , Bechtelsville,#Bally, #Douglasville, #Pottstown,#New Bernlinville, #Audi, #Bmw, #Buick,#Chevrolet, #Dodge, #Chrysler, #Ford, #Honda, #Hyundai, #Kia,#Mercedes Benz, #Mercury, #Nissan, #Subaru, #VW, #Volvo, #Porsche,#Mazda, #Truck, #car

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Dave’s Auto Service has a postion open for a experience auto mechanic with a min of 8 years experience. Need to have Pa. State Inspection and Emission License.

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Sep 18 16

Critters chewing on wires

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2008 Chevy Cobalt came in shop with a evap code for vent valve problem. The customer said the car ran ok and he could fill the gas without a problem. I had installed my Snap-On scanner to the car and had tried to manually activated the vent valve. It should it was commanding it on, but I should be able to hear it click even from sitting inside the car. After I had raise the car on the lift, Problem found. A critter had chewed on the wiring near the plug. After replacing the plug, the vent valve started working. I had cleared the code and after running a full evap system test, the code didn’t re-set. Please ask your friends to Visit our web site at http://www.davesautoservices.com or call 610-367-1888 for repairs and services. Please share this with your friends.

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Sep 18 16

Buick Head Bolt Leaking Coolant

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Got lucky and remove the broken bolt without much problems.

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Older senior female customer brought her 1988 Buick Regal in for a coolant leak. Found coolant leaking pass a head bolt that had rotted off. Removed the heads and had to extract the broken Bolt from the block. The main reason the head bolt failed was because the cooling system was never service. The coolant looked like mud. The cooling system should be service around 60,000 miles. This may also include changing the thermostat and any radiator hose or other coolant hoses that look in poor condition. Please share this with your friends. Please visit our web site at http://www.davesautoservices.com Call 610-367-1844 for repairs and service.

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