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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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When Do My Shocks Need to be Replaced?

A good suspension system gives a vehicle a smooth, even ride while providing Medford drivers with good handling and control. But like any system on your Car, vital parts of the suspension system can wear out, leading to a lower ride quality and safety concerns. So it’s a good idea for Medford motorists to remember an automotive analysis of their suspension system in their schedule of a critical preventive maintenance. Springs do most of the work of the suspension system. The most common types of springs are coil and leaf, but air springs and torsion bars are becoming more common. The body of the vehicle is “suspended” by the springs.

If springs were the only working component in your suspension system, however, you’d spend your travel time bouncing up and down like a bobblehead. That’s where your shocks come in. They keep the rebound, or bounciness, of the springs under control. Shocks also keep your tires on the road, which keeps the driver in control of the Car. Some vehicles have struts in their suspension system. Struts are a compact combination of springs and shocks. They do the same vital job but in a single package.

Shocks wear out gradually, so it can be difficult for Medford auto owners to notice when they need to be replaced. There’s no definitive point when a vehicle’s ride goes from smooth and controlled to a bit imprecise. To check if your shocks or struts are worn, you should first do a visual inspection on them. If they are leaking fluid, they need to be replaced.

There are other less obvious signs that your suspension system needs vital attention. For example, an uneven, cupping wear on your tires may indicate that your shocks are worn. If your vehicle feels “floaty” when you turn, or, in other words, you don’t feel that you have full control of the vehicle, you should check your shocks. Also, if the front end of your vehicle dips noticeably when you stop, it’s time for new shocks.

Your owner’s manual gives recommendations on how often the shocks should be checked, usually between 15,000 and 30,000 miles (24,000-50,000 km). If one of your shocks does need to be replaced, you should replace all four. This will keep your suspension even and ensure good handling of your vehicle. If you carry heavy loads, tow a trailer or drive on uneven Medford area terrain, you might also consider upgrading to a heavy-duty shock.

Regular shocks contain hydraulic fluid. The critical fluid helps them absorb the bumps or “shocks” of the road so the impact doesn’t transfer to the Car’s body. Premium shocks are filled with compressed nitrogen gas, which costs more but does a better job of controlling body motions. Regular shocks can develop air bubbles that reduce their effectiveness; the premium shocks don’t have this problem. So if you want higher handling performance, if you drive off-road around Oregon or if you just want added comfort, you should examine upgrading to premium shocks or struts.

Replacing struts can put your Car out of alignment, so an alignment check should always follow this type of repair. Talk to your honest service specialist at Medford Automotive in Medford.

Suspension Service At Medford Automotive In Medford

Suspension systems function effectively for many years and tens of thousands of miles. Eventually, however, Car suspension components do wear out, but how long that takes depends a lot on how you drive around Medford and Jacksonville.

As you can imagine, if most of your driving is on smooth Oregon highways, your shock absorbers will last a lot longer than if you do most of your driving on bumpy Medford roads or haul heavy loads. In addition to just wearing out, Car suspension components can be damaged in an accident or by a hard impact – like a pothole, hitting a curb or a rock in the road. Because the life span of shocks can vary so widely, Car car makers recommend periodic inspections.

Suspension Service At Medford AutomotiveDuring an inspection at Medford Automotive in Medford, your honest automotive service technician will check for worn, broken or missing parts.

Here’s a quick rundown of suspension system components:

First there are the springs which hold the weight of your Car. There are several varieties of springs. Springs are obviously critical heavy duty parts that rarely break or wear out. Shock absorbers work in conjunction with springs to smooth out the ride and help keep the tires on the road. Good shocks are essential for handling performance and ride comfort.

You’ve probably heard of struts. They combine a shock absorber and a coil spring in one unit. Shocks and struts will wear out over time. If your tires develop a cupped wear pattern, your shocks or struts may be wearing out. This is from the shocks bouncing unevenly. You may notice a floaty or drifting sensation when cornering. If the front of your Car dives excessively when stopping, or rocks back and forth after you’ve stopped, your shocks may be worn out. And if they are leaking fluid, it’s definitely time to replace them at Medford Automotive.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit Medford Automotive for a a vital suspension inspection. Same if you’ve been in an accident that involved one of your wheels. If your Car suspension actually fails, it could lead to a serious accident, so don’t put it off.

When you replace your shocks, it’s usually a good idea to replace all four at the same time. That’ll give you more even handling. Talk with your honest Medford Automotive service professional because you don’t want a big difference between the performance of your shocks from wheel to wheel, and replacing all may be the safest bet.

There are different grades of shocks and struts. You always want to use a replacement shock or strut that equals the one that came as original equipment when your Car was new. But remember, they were designed to meet the expected needs of the broad range of Jacksonville people who buy that particular vehicle. Your needs may be more specialized.

For example, if you want increased handling performance, your honest Medford Automotive advisor can recommend an upgraded shock or strut specially designed for improved handling. If you haul heavy loads or trailers in Medford, we can recommend some heavy duty shock absorbers.

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. 1, 2013 from Medford Automotive

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

Happy New Year Tuesday Tune-Up Tip Fans! What a year 2012 was for all of us. It is amazing all that can happen in one year and now it is time to make 2013 YOUR YEAR! Medford Automotive is here to help you make it a great year that you will remember. How are we going to do that you ask? Well, you count on your car or truck to get you from home to work, kids to school, shopping, sports and everything in between, right? So how we plan to help is by relieving the stress involving your car or truck.

Many of us would just love to go down to the dealership and buy that new car or truck but don’t want to have payments! Others that still have payments don’t want to increase their monthly expenses! So how do you keep your car or truck running strong without breaking down or breaking the bank? Get a dedicated automotive service provider like Medford Automotive!

Do you know what a dedicated automotive service provider is? It is simply the one automotive business that you depend on for all of your automotive service and repair needs! It is like the family doctor that knows everyone in your family and takes care of the whole family! So the car doctors at Medford Automotive want to be your choice in caring for your family vehicles.

How does this help you? Over the past years, we have been privileged to care for many families and their cars. We learn about the needs and conditions of each vehicle. We keep a close eye on safety items, maintenance items and we prevent breakdowns! When your car was new, it only needed the simple Oil Change Services and Scheduled Services to keep the warranty valid. When the vehicle is out of warranty, it is commonly neglected. It doesn’t get all the services it should be getting and then breakdowns happen. We want to prevent breakdowns by keeping you informed of services your car needs, not just what the manufacture recommends.

Why change the spark plugs when they are not worn out? Why replace the timing belt when it isn’t time? If a fluid is in good condition, why change it? We are the eyes that see vehicles every day and we know when something is not looking right. That is when we can advise you and help you prepare for the services your car or truck will need. Planning is an important part of caring for your car or truck, you don’t need surprise repair bills!

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and make the choice for a better, more dependable car this year. Medford Automotive is here to take care of you and your family. Let our family take care of your family!

Tuesday Tune-Up Dec. 18, 2012 from Medford Automotive

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

Tuesday Tune-Up Tip ~ Why doesn’t my car run right?

I get the Cheapest Gas in Town! As gas prices go up, we tend to think we can save money at the pump buying the cheapest gas in town. So why is there such a price difference between stations?

Cheap gas usually has little or no additives that help keep your fuel system clean. Is it really worth the savings in the long run? One fill up at a bad gas station is like flipping a coin, heads you win and tails you lose! The quality of fuel can change how well your car or truck runs. If you choose the bargain gas stations, be prepared for clogged fuel filters, gummed up injectors, water contamination, fuel pump failure and poor starting problems. We recommend using www.GasBuddy.com App to find gas stations and last reported price. Always use the recommended grade of gas for your vehicle.

The top name brand gas stations charge more for gas because of the additives that are added to the base fuel. Chevron has chosen to use Techron Additive in their fuel and the increased cost comes from the additive. http://www.chevronwithtechron.com/products/gasoline.aspx

Texico also uses Techron in their fuel as an additive. See more about how it works inside your engine here http://www.texaco.com/techron/default.aspx

Shell is the odd one that uses V-Power only in the Premium fuel, so to get the full benefit, you need to get the Premium gas. However, just so you know, most gas stations are delivered Regular Gas and Premium Gas only. That means they mix the two together at the station to get Plus Gas or the mid line of gas! Check out Shell V-Power here http://www.shell.us/products-services/on-the-road/fuels/v-power/overview.html

If you have questions about your car and the way it is performing , give us a call to see how we can help you out!

Suspension Service In Medford Oregon

When you hear the word ‘suspension‘, you may think back to those energetic days of grade school. Well, your car’s suspension is actually a good thing because it keeps your car up off the road and helps provide a comfy ride. It needs to keep your wheels firmly planted over bumps and through curves. Your suspension system has many parts. If you look under your car, it’s basically everything that connects your wheels to the car’s frame. These are heavy duty parts that do a lot of work. They need to be inspected for damage and excessive wear at least once a year. A good time for this is when you get your annual alignment service.

Here are some warning signs that your suspension may have problems:

  • the car pulls to one side;
  • it wanders;
  • the steering is erratic;
  • you see uneven tire wear;
  • you experience a poor ride or handling;
  • you see oil leaking from shocks

. . . You just don’t feel in control when you’re driving.

Some suspension parts just wear out with use. Shocks and struts eventually lose their ability to control your ride. Wheel bearings need to be repacked every couple of years. And some suspension pieces need to be lubricated when you get your oil changed. Your service advisor at Medford Automotive can oversee an inspection and tell you what problems you may have.

If you’re in an accident, your suspension can be damaged or knocked out of alignment. Even a minor accident, like hitting a curb around Medford or even a large rock can mess things up. With a minor accident it’s tempting to just get an alignment or wheel balance to correct the problem. But if there’s some damage, a simple alignment won’t actually fix the problem, and you’ll just have to align it again after the repairs are made. So if you have an accident, get your suspension system inspected right away. Suspension problems should be fixed immediately because they can lead to unsafe handling.

One big cause of suspension damage is potholes – those nasty magnets that seem to draw our tires right into them. Well, Here are some tips for avoiding damage from potholes: First, keep your tires at their full air pressure. That gives tires their maximum resiliency and will hopefully keep your wheels or other suspension parts from crunching on a big hole. Next, just pay attention. When you see a hole you can’t miss, slow down before you hit it. Driving at a slower speed will limit the damage, and may keep your drink from spilling. But don’t brake directly over the pothole. That will cause the car’s weight to shift forward and add to the potential damage.

Medford Automotive
Give us a call today at 5416643860.
Or stop by at 4642 Table Rock Rd., Medford, Oregon 97502

What To Do In Case Of An Accident

In an Accident?

If you’ve ever been in a car accident around Medford Oregon, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It’s hard to think straight and know what to do.

Let’s review what you should do in case of an accident in Medford, Oregon:

When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime in Oregon – even if it’s not your fault. And hit-and-run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your driver’s license or even jail time in our local Medford lockup.

Most states, including Oregon require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able.

Warn other Medford motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood.

Call 911 as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.

Always file a police report. It’s tempting to skip this if everything seems to be ok. But without a police report, the other guy can say whatever he wants about the accident later, and you won’t have an objective report to help defend yourself.

Discuss the accident only with the police. Emotions are strong after an accident and we naturally want to talk about it – don’t. Never admit fault or guilt to anyone including the police officer. Sometimes we may feel at fault, but in the eyes of Oregon law, the other guy may be responsible.

Truthfully give the officer the facts: such as “I was going 35 miles per hour” not “I wasn’t speeding”. Remember, anything you say to the officer or anyone else can be used against you.

Also get the officer’s name and badge number and ask where you can get a copy of the accident report.

Get the facts on the driver and owner of the other vehicle:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s license number and expiration
  • Insurance information

Also take down a description of the other vehicle, license plate and vehicle identification number. Most insurance companies don’t record license plate numbers, so the VIN number is the best way to track the vehicle.

Ask witnesses, including passengers, to wait for the police. If they can’t wait, ask for contact information and request that they write a brief description of what they saw. If someone refuses to leave their name, write down their license plate number so the police can track them down later if necessary.

Always call your insurance agent or your Oregon auto insurance company’s 800 number.

Call or see your local Medford physician if you think you may have been injured.

We here at Medford Automotive hope that you never have to use this information and wish you happy travels.

Check Your Shocks and Struts at Medford Automotive

Shocks and Struts

Today we’re talking about shocks and struts. They’re so easy to forget about because they last so long and wear out so slowly. But your shocks are really responsible for keeping your tires on the road – so they’re very important.

Without shocks, your wheels would be bouncing over bumps and lifting in corners. The shocks push the tire down to the road to maximize traction. Good shocks equal good ride quality and safe handling.

Visit Medford Automotive to have your shocks and struts inspected by a professional. You can find us at 4642 Table Rock Rd., Medford, Oregon 97502
Or give us a call at 541-664-3860 to make an appointment.

There’s a difference between shocks and springs. Springs support the weight of the vehicle, keeping it suspended up off the axles. The shocks moderate the rebound motion as wheels hit bumps. Now a strut combines a shock and a coil spring in one compact unit.

When your shocks are worn out you may notice degraded handling as you drive around our Medford streets. Your vehicle feels squirmy around corners and floaty over bumps.

You may notice the rear end squatting when you accelerate or the front end diving when you brake. Your car might even be sagging at one corner.

Uneven tire wear can also be a sign of worn shocks. Of course, if your shocks are leaking or have a big dent, they need to be replaced.

Your owner’s manual will have a recommendation for when to replace the shocks and struts on your vehicle. It’s usually between thirty and fifty thousand miles. Of course, if you tow a lot, regularly carry heavy loads or do a lot of driving on poor roads, your shocks might wear out faster.

If those driving conditions apply to you, you can get special shocks that are better suited to your driving.

The shocks that come from the factory are designed for the way most consumers are expected to drive that particular vehicle. If you have different needs for your driving around Medford Oregon, you can get premium shocks that improve performance handling, off-road abilities or towing comfort. Your Medford Oregon service consultant at Medford Automotive can help you determine your needs and then give you some options.

It’s best to replace all four shocks at the same time. That way you’ll have even, predictable handling at all four corners. Anything less could be dangerous.

May Newsletter from Medford Automotive

May Flowers and Mothers Day

Nothing is nicer then seeing the flowers popping up out of the ground after a cloudy, rainy season! May has always been a favorite month of mine. Mother’s Day is on Sunday May 13th and I hope you take some time to thank the moms in your life, birth moms, adopted moms and those that mother you whether you wanted it or not!

As a kid, May meant it was almost June and June is when school got out for the summer! Outdoor sports really get rolling in May and life gets busy for the family with kids. Longer daylight hours also means more time to play outside after dinner chores are done.

I remember the first year I got to drive, it was in May and I felt so free! Cruising around with the windows rolled down and friends in the back seat! Life was good! Then car problems set in and I found my new love, fixing my car just in time to drive it over the weekend!

If you have a young driver in the family, take the time to help them care for the vehicle they are using, checking fluids on a regular schedule, washing the exterior and vacuuming the interior. How you treat your vehicle will be the best example in showing them how to care for their vehicle. Teaching them safe driving habits, when not to use their cell phones and being alert to those driving around them. Aggressive driving will result in more wear and tear on the vehicle and may get them higher insurance costs due to driving violations.

If you have questions about caring for your family’s vehicles, feel free to contact the Medford Automotive family of team members and let our family take care of your family!

Sincerely,
Josiah Higgs
Medford Automotive

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