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Air Conditioning Service & Repair in Medford Oregon

Air Conditioning Service

“I feel way too hot inside my vehicle! My Air Conditioning is not working!”

“My Car is just way too hot inside and will not cool me down!” “I turn on my A/C but it just blows hot air on me!” As the temperature outside increases, our customers will start calling because the Air Conditioning in their car or truck will not cool them down. The Air Conditioning System in a vehicle is designed to remove BTU’s from the air and lower the temperature inside the vehicle to make you comfortable. If you find your self and others inside your vehicle uncomfortable, it may indicate the Air Conditioning System is not functioning correctly.

What should I do?

The Air Conditioning System in a vehicle has a big job to do. First, it needs to be able to cool and heat the inside of the vehicle. Next, it has to be able to direct the flow of air to the windshield to defrost, to the floor and to the panel vents. And last but not least the fan needs to be able to blow air at the desired volume. If any one of these functions are not working correctly, you and your passengers may not be comfortable. This would be a great time to call a shop and get your vehicle looked at by a trained automotive heating and air conditioning tech. They will be able to determine what is causing the system to not operate correctly.

Not so cool air blowing out?

The most common problem we see with a system that is just not able to cool down the inside of the car is a low charge. Every system has a total charge capacity and if there is a leak in the system, the charge amount will not be able to operate the system correctly. Leaks in the system come from a bad O-Ring seal, Service Port Fitting, Compressor, Hose, Evaporator or Condenser. UV Dye is commonly used to identify the location of the leak. Once the leak has been found, it can be fixed and the system recharged.

Major System failure?

When we talk about a major failure in a system, we commonly see a compressor that has seized up and the system has metal contamination. When this happens, the system needs to be carefully cleaned out and needed parts replaced. Most of the time, we will replace the Compressor, Condenser, Accumulator/Dryer and the Expansion Valve/Orifice Tube. When the system has been repaired correctly, you can look forward to many years of operation with out problems. Most shops will also provide a 2 Year/ 24,000 Mile Warranty.

If you still have questions:

Feel free to contact us and talk with a Service Advisor about your problem.

Medford Automotive Service Center, 4642 Table Rock Rd. 97502   541-664-3860

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Tuesday Tune-Up Tip, April 30, 2013

Tuesday Tune-Up Tip: Road Hazards

Todays Tuesday Tune-Up Tips is about road hazards and what you can do to not be a hazard on the road and how to avoid road hazards. In the simplest form, a road hazard is anyone or anything that is posing danger to you or others. We have all been aggravated by a reckless driver on the road and the root reason why they aggravate us is because they are being dangerous.  We want to do something to release our anger and in turn can become a road hazard ourselves. So lets talk about avoiding road hazards.

Recently our family drove from Medford, OR to Bakersfield, CA to visit family and attend church convention. Being  on the road for that many hours gives you plenty of time to see hazards and avoid them. The first one that we had to deal with was road construction. This is a hazard that you can’t always avoid but road construction will increase the possibility of a hazard. Keeping alert and aware of the flow of traffic slowing can help prevent an accident from developing. Watch out for the road crews working and always obey traffic control signs indicating speed and lane changes. Remember that traffic violation fines are increased when in a construction zone.

The next hazard that we encountered was dust blowing across the road from farm equipment working in the fields. Dust can block your vision worse than fog at night! Watching traffic ahead of you can give some fair warnings. Be prepared for panic stops and drivers who aren’t paying attention. Other hazards that we encountered was road debris on the road. Semi truck tire treads from blowouts and tread separations can be very dangerous! Large pieces of tire on the road can do some damage to your car but the worst part is having a vehicle that is out of control moving into your lane!  Having a reasonable safety zone between you and other vehicles on the road will give you more time to react to changing conditions. Now the next time you are driving down the road and passing a semi, don’t just hang out next to them, get past them! Also, be on the lookout for wildlife, they are out in the daytime as well as the night time.

Last but not least, you can prevent your vehicle from becoming a road hazard to others on the road. Routine Safety Inspections and Maintenance Services will prevent problems on the road. Remember that anything can happen on the road so if you feel like something is not normal when driving your vehicle, don’t just brush it off as nothing and hope that is goes away. Turn off the music, slow down and listen to your vehicle. Exit when safe and have a look around. If you can’t see anything wrong, don’t chance it, find a Service Center. Most Service Centers are happy to help a concerned traveling customer as well as their local customers.

We hope this information is helpful to you and with those that you share it with. If you have questions about your vehicle, feel free to contact one of our helpful Service Advisors at your convenience.

Medford Automotive Service Center
4642 Table Rock Rd.
Central Point, OR 97502
541-664-3860

 

Tuesday Tune-Up Tip, April 23, 2013

Tuesday Tune-Up Tip: What does “Green” or “Eco-Friendly” mean?

As you may know April 22 was Earth Day. You probably heard an advertisement making the statement of  being “green” or having an “eco-friendly” product or service. You may have also heard about your carbon footprint and how to reduce your footprint. We are encouraged to reduce the use of non-renewable energy and recycling all waste. But how does this apply to your car or SUV?

The first thing that comes to mind is fuel economy. Obviously the more gas your vehicle uses, the more pollution goes into the atmosphere. So making sure your car or SUV is running at his best will minimize the fuel consumption. Did you know that low tire pressure can really lower the fuel efficiency of your vehicle? Keeping the tires properly inflated will reduce the rolling resistance of the tire on the road. If you are in need of new tires, ask your tire salesperson for the low rolling resistance, fuel efficient tire options. These tires have a low rolling resistance and can really pay for themselves over the life of the tire in fuel savings!

While we are talking about fuel efficiency, lets talk about how the fuel is sprayed into the engine. Each engine has fuel injectors that are controlled by the computer. Over time the injectors get dirty and the spray pattern doesn’t spray right, it kind of drizzles out. That doesn’t let the fuel atomize correctly and mix with the air causing poor performance and poor efficiency. Having a Major Fuel Injection Service performed every 30,000 miles will keep the fuel injectors spraying correctly. The Major Fuel Injection Service will also keep the intake throttle body, idle air control valve, intake valves and even the EGR system clean. When the engine is running efficiently, the catalytic converters don’t have to work as hard to clean up the emissions and will make the converter last even longer.

Every Gasoline engine has spark plugs. The job of the spark plug is to ignite the fuel and air inside the combustion chamber. Over time the spark plug will wear out and the gap will widen causing the spark to not ignite the fuel and air mixture completely. You can experience a rough acceleration or misfire at times. To avoid this situation, it is recommended to replace the spark plugs and other ignition components. Every manufacturer sets the spark plug replacement time and mileage interval. Look in your owners manual or contact your favorite Service Center to find out when to replace the spark plugs.

The engine air filter and fuel filters also need to be inspected and replaced when dirty. The engine air filter has a very big job to do, filtering all of the air that comes into the engine. That is a lot of air!  As the filter does its job, it starts to restrict the air flowing into the engine. A dirty air filter can hurt your fuel economy and power. A dirty fuel filter restricts the flow of fuel to the engine and when the demand for power is increased, there is not enough fuel flow to support the power demanded. A restricted fuel filter will also cause electric fuel pump failure. It makes the electric fuel pump work really hard to push the fuel past the filter, the fuel pump gets hot and fails. Some vehicles do not have a serviceable fuel filter so ask your favorite Service Center, next time you are in, if the fuel filter can be replaced.

For more information on Being Green, visit the Askpatty Be Green website.

If you have questions about taking care of your vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to answer your questions and take care of your vehicle needs.

Medford Automotive
4642 Table Rock Rd.
Central Point, OR 97502
541-664-3860
 

Tuesday Tune-Up Tip April 16, 2013

Tuesday Tune-Up Tip

What is a Ladies’ Car Care Clinic?

Every year Medford Automotive holds a Ladies’ Car Care Clinic because we care about our Female Clients! We are your Certified Female Friendly Service Center from AskPatty.com! The Clinics are a great time for the ladies to come and be in the shop where cars get fixed every day. The purpose of the clinic is to provide a hands on experience that will empower the ladies to care for their cars, have confidence when taking their cars in for service and to help them be Car Care Aware.

At the Clinic we do a lot of show and tell. The best way to learn about your car is to see what we are talking about! How many times have you been given a repair or service recommendation and turned it down because you had no idea what the Advisor was telling you? It is not uncommon to not buy a service or repair when you don’t understand the need or benefit of the service. We will help our Female attendees to understand the basic operation of the engine and brake system and show them the simple safety checks that you can do!

  • Do you know how to change a flat tire to a spare tire? We will show you how to safely perform the roadside tire change!
  • Do you know how to check the vital fluids in your car? We will show you what fluids are important and how to check them properly.
  • Do you know how to safely jump and start a vehicle with a dead battery? Don’t worry, we will go over that as well!

Who should attend the Ladies’ Car Care Clinic? Female drivers that want to know more about caring for their car, young drivers that need to know the basics of the vehicle and understand when it is having a problem and those that just want to get dirty in the shop!  The best part of the Clinic is socializing with the others while we eating some treats and win prizes! We love to give-a-way useful items to help you care for your car. We love to answer all the questions that the ladies have, no question needs to go unanswered!  You can sign up for the Ladies’ Car Care Clinic right HERE!

Medford Automotive Ladies Car Care Clinic Flyer

 

 

Tuesday Tune-Up Tip April 9, 2013 from Medford Automotive

Tuesday Tune-Up Tip from Medford Automotive

How to save money on auto repairs:

We all love to have a vehicle to drive, but it can become a real problem when the cost for service and repairs is more than expected. Lets face it, the normal oil change service is not bad, but when other fluids are due for service or major scheduled service like the timing belt, it can be difficult to say the least.  So how can you maintain your vehicle and save money without breaking your budget?

There are a few options that take some discipline but can pay off in the long run. Every vehicle has an estimated cost of ownership. According to AAA.com the average cost of owning and operating a sedan in 2012 was $8,946 or 59.6 cents per mile. If you drive an SUV the average cost was $11,360 or 75.7 cents per mile. That means on average it will cost $745.50 per month to operate your sedan. This includes Fuel, Tires, Depreciation, Maintenance and Insurance. If you pay your insurance monthly, why not make a monthly deposit into an Automotive Maintenance Account. Start adding Auto Repair and Maintenance to your monthly budget and set that money aside. Then when it is time to perform a needed service, you don’t feel strapped to come up with the cash! This does take discipline each month and in the end you will have a happy vehicle that will give you many years of service!

The next option is to find financing for the larger ticket repairs. Many Automotive Repair Shops are offering a financing option to help customers fix their vehicles. Be sure to look at the offer and understand the cost of the financing. Some will offer a 90 days same as cash, others will be an no interest for 90 days, and then the more traditional credit card style interest. All financing comes with a cost that will be in addition to the repairs, so choose wisely.

The last option we would like to mention is the Car Care Club Memberships. This membership comes with a minimal upfront purchase cost that allows you to get Free Oil Change Services, Free Tire Rotations and other services at a discounted prices. This is a way to save money while take care of your vehicle. Ask your favorite Automotive Service Center if they have a Car Care Club Membership available. In the long run it can save you a bundle of money!

We hope this information was helpful and useful in the future. If you have any questions about taking care of your vehicle, feel free to contact your favorite service advisor at Medford Automotive!

Medford Automotive Service Center
Certified Female Friendly, AskPatty.com
AutoValue Certified Service Center
4642 Table Rock Rd.
Medford/Central Point, OR 97502
541.664.3860

Tuesday Tune-Up Tip Mar. 5, 2013 from Medford Automotive

Tuesday Tune-Up Tip from Medford Automotive

Question: What is a Timing Belt and why does it need to be replaced?Timing Belt Medford Automotive

This is a great question to ask, especially when you want to take care of your vehicle.  The Timing Belt is a special belt that most over head camshaft engines use to turn the camshafts to open and close the valves at the right time. If the valves don’t open and close at the right time, the engine will not perform as designed and if the belt breaks, it could cause the valves to collide with the piston! Not a good thing, in case you were wondering! The Picture to the right is showing the Timing Belt. The serpentine belt has been removed and the timing belt covers have been removed to inspect this belt that has failed.

 

The Timing Belt is designed to operate dependably under normal driving conditions. Each manufacture has the recommended replacement mileage posted in the owners maintenance manual, and this is when it is recommended to replace the timing belt so it will not fail and cause more damage. Some vehicle owners can anticipate replacing the Timing Belt as early as 60,000 miles, others at 90,000 miles to 120,000 miles. Get to know your vehicle and when the Timing Belt is recommended. If you purchased your vehicle used, you may not know when it was last replaced or if it was ever replaced. Requesting the service records is always helpful but sometimes they are just not available.

 

Timing Belt Audi Medford Automotive

So what do you do when you have no idea when the timing belt was last replaced and the mileage on the vehicle is over the recommended replacement?  Get it inspected! An experienced Technician will be able to inspect your vehicle and by removing the needed covers to see the belt, they will be able to show you the condition of your belt and if it has ever been replaced. They will not be able to tell you when it was replaced, just if it looks like it was replaced. From that information, they will recommend the best mileage to replace the belt and keep your vehicle’s engine running strong!

If you have questions about caring for your car, come see the service team at Medford Automotive and let our family take care of yours!

Medford Automotive Service Center
4642 Table Rock Rd
Medford/Central Point, OR 97502
541-664-3860
We are located between Biddle Rd and Vilas

Tuesday Tune-Up Tip Feb. 12, 2013 from Medford Automotive

And now it is time for your Tuesday Tune-Up Tip from Medford Automotive

Q: I think my car should get better gas mileage, what can I do?

A: The first thing you can do is to track the fuel mileage every time you fill up and note what type of driving you did, in town or highway driving.

Once you get the real numbers of your current fuel economy, you can compare your results to others that have the same car. This will tell you if your car is truly getting bad gas mileage or not. If your car is getting worse mileage then others, you may want to check over your maintenance records and see if you have had the scheduled maintenance performed. Many times we forget what needs to be done to our vehicles because we can drive them for many years with just simple oil change services and forget about Tune-Ups, Filters and Fuel System Services that keep our cars running and performing at it’s best. If you have questions about what your car needs, feel free to contact us.

Next, let’s talk about HOW we drive our cars! I know we all need to get where we are going five minutes ago but seriously, we need to consider how aggressively we can drive. We all know how fun it is to drive a car with lots of power and feel the acceleration from a stop or passing some slow poke on the road, but that can bring our fuel economy down. The more we stomp on the go go pedal, the faster we accelerate and the higher RPM’s our engine turns, the lower your economy is going to be!

Many new cars now offer a fuel economy display that lets you know how good or bad your gas mileage is. This can be quite a conversation starter between two people that drive the same car! Practice good driving habits in all driving conditions and practice good care of your car. Plan your day in a way that allows you plenty of time to get where you need to go. Watch out for distractions that will cost you in the long run and remember your loved ones are counting on you to be safe!

Medford Automotive, Let our family take care of yours!

 

Tuesday Tune-Up Tip Jan. 15, 2013 from Medford Automotive

And now it is time for your Tuesday Tune-Up Tip from Medford Automotive

Why is it that every time I take my car in for an Oil Change, the guy always shows me that tray of fluids and says something to the effect, “they need to be changed” now? I just had some fluids changed last service at a different shop! What do I need to do?

It is very common to have fluid dip trays in the quick lube and other service type shops. They want to give you a visual condition report of the fluids in your vehicle with the goal of selling you one of the many services they offer. The problem is you just had some fluid services performed at a different shop! All lube shops keep track of the past recommendations they have made and when a recommended service is performed, they cross it off the list until a certain mileage and then they recommend it again. Since you had the service done at a different shop, the lube shop still has it on the recommended list! Even worse, is when they don’t even check the fluid and make the recommendation anyway! If they did check it, they would have seen that is was not needed.

Every vehicle on the road today has fluids that need to be serviced from time to time. Each manufacture has a recommended mileage or time that certain fluids need to be replaced in order to maintain the vehicle. When you have a new vehicle, the dealership will insist that you bring the vehicle back to them to have the factory recommended services performed or else your warranty will be void. The truth is, your warranty will only be void if you fail to do the services when recommended. The Services have to be done in the recommended way with the correct fluids being used. You ARE NOT Required to return to the dealership.

Remember, the manufacturer of the vehicle has a warranty that they are required to honor as long as the consumer does the needed services on time. The goal of the manufacturer is to have a vehicle that will not break down until it is out of warranty. We now have fluids that the manufacturer says is a lifetime fluid and does not need to be serviced unless there is a problem. My word of caution here is to understand nothing mechanical will last forever if it is not taken care of. Just because it is a “lifetime service fluid” does not mean that you “never” have to service it.

When a vehicle is serviced at Medford Automotive, we perform a Safety and Maintenance Inspection that allows us to check the condition of the fluids on your vehicle. We can also see when the manufacturer has recommended the fluid to be replace. If your vehicle is under warranty, we will recommend it based on the mileage first and then on the actual condition. Some times fluids get dirty before the manufacturer recommends them to be serviced. Our job is to properly inspect and recommend services that your vehicle needs to keep it running strong without breakdowns. We want to be your choice for all your automotive needs, knowing we care about you and your vehicle. Let our family take care of yours!

If you have questions about any services your car or truck needs, feel free to contact us. We are here to help.

Medford Automotive
541-664-3860
4642 Table Rock Rd
 

 

Power Steering Service Near Medford

For most of us living in the Medford area, it is hard to remember life without power steering – cranking those great big steering wheels? It was a pretty good workout. Now power steering is standard. The heart of any power steering system is its pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid that provides assist for steering. Most pumps are driven by a belt that is run by the engine – a few are electrically powered. A high-pressure hose passes fluid from the pump to the steering gear. A low pressure hose returns the fluid back to the pump.

These hoses can develop leaks, so it is a good idea to inspect them at every oil change. Low fluid can damage the power steering pump. That is why fluid level is on the checklist for a full-service oil change. The fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so check your owners’ manual for the right type – or just ask your service technician at Medford Automotive.

The fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the power steering system. It breaks down as the years go by and collects unwanted moisture, so it needs to be replaced from time to time. Many manufacturers specify power steering service intervals. Unfortunately, this important service is sometimes left off the maintenance schedule for many of us in Medford. So, when in doubt, every 25,000 miles/40,000 km or two years is a good fallback. Your Medford Automotive service center in Medford will use a detergent to clean the system, flush out the old fluid and replace it with the good stuff.

Here are some warning signs of trouble with your power steering: It’s harder to turn the wheel, there’s erratic power assist, you hear loud whining coming from the pump (which may be difficult to hear over the loud whining coming from the backseat), you have to top-off the fluid frequently, or you hear squealing belts. Remember to never hold the steering wheel to the far right or left for more than a few seconds at a time. That will wear out your power steering pump real fast.

Other steering components can be bent or damaged from wear or hard knocks. Ball-joint, idler-arm, steering-gear, steering-knuckle and tie rod to name a few. Warning signs here are steering play, wandering, uneven tire wear, and off-center steering wheel. An annual alignment check at Medford Automotive will reveal bent or damaged steering components.

Most SUV’s, pick-ups and rear-wheel-drive cars need regular front-wheel-bearing service.

The bearings should be cleaned and inspected. If they are excessively worn, they need to be replaced. The bearings are then repacked in clean grease. It’s also recommend the wheel-seal be replaced when the bearings are serviced. Like everything else, check your owners’ manual maintenance schedule. It’s usually required around every two years or 40,000 miles/64,000 km. If you drive through water in the Medford area, the bearings will need service more often.

Medford Automotive
4642 Table Rock Rd.
Medford, Oregon 97502
5416643860

Tuesday Tune-Up Tip Jan. 8, 2013 from Medford Automotive

And now it is time for your Tuesday Tune-Up Tip from Medford Automotive!

Today we would like to share some tips with you on Warning Lights!  Can you guess the most common warning light to come on in cars today?  The Low Fuel Light! Of coarse that is right because none of us like running out of gas on the side of the road! So you know that when that light comes on, its is time to find a gas station and fill up, right?

When you first turn the key on in your car or truck, all the warning lights go thought a light check and then as the system checks out okay, the lights all go off. So we know that when a light stays on and does not go out, it is telling us that we have a problem. If the Red Brake Light stays on, you might want to see if the parking brake is still applied.

So what should you do if you see a light stay on or come on when driving? It is best to open the owners manual and find the warning light section, find the emblem that is lit on the dash and identify what it is. Some cars and trucks will also give you messages on the dash display that will say, Oil Change Service or Service Four Wheel Drive. It is always nice to have those messages pop up just as you are taking off on a trip!

When a light is on, it indicates a problem that the computer system has found. If your owners manual indicates it is time to take the vehicle to the dealer, bring it on in to your favorite Service Center, Medford Automotive! The system will need to be inspected and this is where it can get confusing for the customer. The process that we must go through is different for every vehicle and every system. The time it takes to identify the problem is also varied by the system and vehicle. Our job is to diagnose the problem and give you our recommendation of  the best way to fix the problem and keep the light out!

Most Dealerships will have a flat fee just to look at the vehicle but here at Medford Automotive, we have Four Levels of Inspection. The first is a 50 Point Safety and Maintenance Inspection that is included with any of our services. Next is a Level 1 Diagnosis that is usually used for more simple problems, then Level 2 Diagnosis is our most common. 90% of the time our techs will find the problem with the Level 2 Diagnosis or less. The last, Level 3 Diagnosis gives the tech the time that is needed to find really difficult problems or if there are multiple problems that seem to be all related. We want to make the Diagnostic charges reasonable for all of our customers because it is the first step to finding the right fix for the problem. Happy customers and happy cars are our goal!

If you have more questions about warning light that are on in your vehicle, don’t hessitate to give us a call or stop by, we want to be of service to you and your family! That is why our slogan is: Let our family take care of yours!