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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 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
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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 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
 

 

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 Tip Dec.11, 2012 from Medford Automotive

It’s time for your Medford Automotive Tuesday Tune-Up Tip for December 11, 2012

Customers at Medford Automotive ask: What is so important about the fuel filter?

Every vehicle on the road today has a fuel filter. It’s job is to filter the fuel, gas or diesel, before it enters the fuel injectors or injection pump. Over time the fuel filter will become restricted as it filters out dirt and will stress the fuel pump. In the shop at Medford Automotive, we see many fuel pump failures that could have been prevented by replacing the fuel filter and by not running low on fuel.

Let’s assume your car needs to have the fuel filter replaced every 30,000 miles and your cars fuel economy is 25 mpg. 30,000 miles divided by 25 mpg equals 1,200 gallons of fuel filtered! Older vehicles will filter more fuel because of the return style fuel system, newer vehicles us a return-less fuel system and the fuel filter doesn’t have to work as hard. Each manufacturer has a recommended interval for replacement so look in your owners manual or check with your favorite service center. When choosing to replace the fuel filter, be sure to get an OE quality filter. Installing a low quality fuel filter is not recommended. Not all fuel filters are the same. The fuel filter has a material that filters out particles, good filters will clean better and can clean a greater volume of fuel before it becomes restricted and needs to be replaced.

When you have questions about your car, truck or SUV, don’t hesitate to call us, we are here to help you keep your vehicle on the road with out breakdowns or major repair bills. Let our family take care of yours!

Go Straight: Wheel Alignment For Medford Automobiles

You may have an alignment problem if your car drifts or pulls to one side, your steering wheel’s off center, you have uneven tire wear or your car doesn’t feel like it handles right as you drive down our local Medford Oregon streets.

When all of a vehicle’s wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes, smacking a curb or other objects around Medford, Oregon are great ways to knock your car out of alignment. Then one or more of your wheels starts pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin.

Driving for an extended time when your car is out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and excessively. Sometimes the tire can be worn so badly that it will fail.

At the very least, you’ll have to replace your tires sooner. You could end up with premature wear to your suspension system, which can be really expensive. The front wheel alignment is adjustable on all vehicles, and the back wheels are also adjustable on some cars.

Now, let’s talk about some alignment basics. Wheels are adjustable for toe, caster and camber. The ideal alignment for your car was designed by its engineers.

So, what is involved in an alignment check at our Medford Oregon auto dealership? First, there’s an inspection of the steering and suspension to see if anything is bent or broken. Tire condition will also be evaluated.

From there, the vehicle is put on an alignment rack and we take an initial alignment reading.

If all four wheels are adjustable, they are lined up perfectly parallel with the vehicle’s centerline. If the back wheels aren’t adjustable, the direction they push is determined and the front wheels are aligned to match.

Like most things, your manufacturer has suggested a mileage interval for having your alignment checked. But if you run into a curb, pothole or something else that’s given you a big jolt, pay attention to whether your vehicle is pulling to one side when you drive around the Medford area. It’s better to have your alignment checked before waiting to see if there is uneven tire tread wear – by then, the damage is done.

Getting your alignment checked when needed is a great way to extend the life of your tires and suspension parts. It also makes sure that your tire meets the road properly for maximum performance and safety.

Come see us at Medford Automotive for more information about your tire alignment. We look forward to seeing you.

Protecting Your Car From Theft In Medford Oregon

How Safe is your Car?

Every car in Medford Oregon is at risk for theft. So it’s up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles:

  1. Common sense
  2. Visible and audible devices
  3. Immobilizing devices
  4. Tracking devices

Let’s review each of these. First, common sense: you would be surprised how many vehicles are stolen from Medford Oregon where the keys were left in the ignition with the doors unlocked. Always take your keys, and lock the doors. In fact, in some places it’s against the law to leave a vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition.

And don’t leave spare keys in the car or hide them outside – because a thief will find them. Try to park in well-lit areas that have a lot of foot traffic. If possible, park near the end of a row and near a light. Back your car into a parking space or your driveway to make your car more visible to passersby and harder for a thief to work under the hood without being seen.

Remember to roll up your windows completely and avoid leaving your car in public lots for a long time. If you park in a lot that has an attendant, only give them the ignition key.

Keep valuables out of sight: purses, wallets, cell phones, clothes and even change are attractive “smash-and-grab” targets. And pay to have your Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, etched into your windows – it makes your car less attractive to a thief who wants to send your car to a chop shop.

There are lots of visible and audible devices available. A steering wheel lock is highly visible and will deter some thieves. Loud alarms can alert you and others that your vehicle is being tampered with. But if your alarm does go off, be careful. Observe what’s going on; get descriptions of suspicious people and vehicles, including license plate numbers.

Now, if you catch a thief in the act, call 911 but don’t approach the person. Your safety is more important than the car.

And here’s a great one – immobilizing devices. They actually shut off your car’s electrical or fuel supply. So without a key, or knowing where the hidden switch is located, a thief can’t drive your car away.

Finally, you can also get a tracking device that allows police to track your car down and recover it quickly.

Remember, where you live, work and drive around Medford Oregon has a great impact on your decisions. If you’re in an area with high theft rates, you may want to spend more money on security systems. And check with your Medford Oregon auto insurance company to see if they offer discounts for adding any of these items.

Of course, the common sense suggestions from Medford Automotive don’t cost anything and go a long way toward keeping your car safe from thieves. Take a look at the attached video auto tip from AutoNetTV.

Come see us for practical advice on keeping your sedan safe.
Medford Automotive
4642 Table Rock Rd., Medford, Oregon 97502
Call us at 5416643860

Synthetic Motor Oil For Medford Autos

Synthetic Motor Oil

If you aren’t currently using synthetic motor oil in your Medford vehicle, maybe now’s the time to consider it. Need more information? Well, synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil.

Synthetic oil doesn’t gel or gum-up like petroleum based oil and it doesn’t vaporize as easily. It protects better in severe driving conditions like stop and go driving around Medford, as well as in very hot or very cold conditions. More and more new vehicles are being delivered with full synthetic motor oil; with the recommendation to use synthetic for the life of the vehicle.

Why is this? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why; we’d need a microscope, so we’ll have to settle for using our imaginations.

The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecules. Which is more slippery, a pile of pencils or a pile of marbles?

Synthetic motor oil lubricates better because there’s less friction. That means better wear protection, cooler operating temperatures, more power and better fuel economy. And synthetic oil doesn’t sludge up like conventional oil, so it prevents those small oil passages from clogging up.

Some manufacturers are extending oil change intervals. The added protection of synthetic oil covers you for these longer intervals. Talk with your service advisor about how you drive and see if he thinks you can benefit from synthetic oil. Also ask about the appropriate oil change interval for synthetic, because it may very well be longer than for conventional oil.

Most of us here in Medford have a busy life and might occasionally miss an oil change; go ahead admit it. Since we’re not perfect, doesn’t it make sense to use a motor oil that’s got your back?

Now synthetic oil costs more. But it lasts longer, protects better and increases fuel economy. You’ll likely save money in the long run. If you’re serious about making your car last longer, start using synthetic motor oil right away.

Give us a call at 541-664-3860 to schedule an oil change, or visit us at our Medford Automotive website.

Brake Service

Brake Service in Medford, Oregon.

What is Brake Service? Brakes really aren’t optional equipment. And taking care of them isn’t optional either.

A regular brake inspection is on every car’s maintenance schedule. An inspection will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems. Of course, if you’re having trouble with your brakes, get your car into a Medford or Central Point service center right away. And watch out for these problems:

  • Low or spongy brake pedal
  • Hard brake pedal
  • A brake warning light that stays on
  • Constantly squealing or grinding brakes
  • Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes

There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that’s attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle. Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Pads, called shoes, push against the inside of the drum to slow the vehicle.

There are several things that need to be serviced on the brake system. First, the brake pads and shoes wear out with use, and become too thin to really help. If the brake pads wear away completely you can damage the rotors. The calipers can grind grooves in the rotor. Then the rotor must either be resurfaced or replaced and that can be expensive. But putting it off is dangerous because your vehicle won’t stop as quickly. Sometimes rotors warp or crack and must be replaced.

Brake fluid is also important. When the brakes are applied, the pressure in the fluid activates the brake pads or shoes. Not enough fluid, not enough pressure to brake properly. Also, water builds up in the brake fluid over time, which leads to corrosion, leaks and brake damage, and with hard use, the brakes could severely fade or even fail. You should change the brake fluid when your manufacturer recommends it.

There are different grades of brake pads. There are regular, metallic and ceramic – higher grades cost more, but give better braking performance and smoother operation. It’s OK to upgrade your brake pads. But, never use a grade that’s lower than what the manufacturer recommends.

Be sure to properly maintain your brakes because it’s a lot cheaper than paying your nearest Medford area body shop after an accident.