Automotive technology is constantly changing and at Everest Auto Repair we are committed to keeping up with these advancements. One of these recent changes is the adoption of a new, more environmentally friendly, refrigerant that will be required in all new vehicles sold by the year 2021. Many manufacturers have already started outfitting their vehicles to this new refrigerant. The previous refrigerant, R134a that has been in use since 1994 is being phased out to be replaced by the new R1234yf refrigerant. Currently, about 50% of new vehicles sold are coming equipped with the new refrigerant and most consumers are not even aware of this change. If your new vehicle is in need of air conditioning service and equipped with the new refrigerant, we are proud to say that we are one of a very small handful of independent shops currently able to service it. We have the equipment needed to perform diagnostics, evacuate, and recharge R1234yf systems and our technicians have been trained on t ... read more
Can Tires Go Flat From Changes in Air Temperature? — by Shari Coxford What are the odds of getting four flat tires at the same time for no apparent reason? The odds are better than you’d think. Would you know if you were driving on a flat tire or do you just take things for granted when you get in the car? Fluctuations in the outdoor air temperature can cause your tires to lose air pressure. Air expands when heated and it contracts when cooled. This is more pronounced when the seasons are changing and the air temperatures are rising and falling by as much as 50 degrees in a day. Changes in air temperature can cause the air pressure in your tires to decrease, which in turn can cause your tires to deflate. The average loss is 1 psi (pounds per square inch) for every 10 degrees of temperature change. A 50 degree change in air temperature can cause your tires to lose 5 psi of air pressure. If you aren’t checking your tires regularly the loss can add up until your tires are nearly fl ... read more
If you are like many drivers, you may have regularly traded in your vehicle after several years of ownership to get the latest model. Because of the economic crunch this country suffered several years ago, however, hanging onto your vehicle for a few more years may make more sense financially. Learn about some ways to prolong your car’s life. Regular preventive maintenance is one of the most important tasks that you can do to ensure that your car runs smoothly, and it actually takes only minimal effort and money to do. By referring to your automobile’s service schedule in the owner’s manual that came with your car, you will find the service and replacement schedule clearly spelled out, using either miles or months. One item you should pay special attention to includes flushing the cooling system on a periodic basis, as any unforeseen problems in the radiator could lead to the engine overheating; this would require replacing the entire engine, which can cost several thousand dollars. An ... read more
Something in your car is making a strange noise. It’s time to find a place to take your car for some local auto repair work, but you aren’t sure where to start. Choosing a great auto mechanic is just as important as choosing a great doctor or barber – the wrong choice can leave you digging deeper into your pockets for money you simply don’t have. Here are some tips for finding a great auto mechanic. Ask Around It’s that simple. Ask your friends and family about their experiences with local auto repair shops. You’ll get quite a bit of feedback, ranging from customer service to price and quality. You’ll learn about places you should check out as well as about places you should completely avoid. Check with the Better Business Bureau You can do this with a quick phone call or by hopping online. Enter the name of the shop you’re considering and you’ll find information about complaints filed against the mechanic. Don’t automatically disregard a shop just because there are complaints. Take a ... read more
Here’s our story of the day. A customer came to us to get a rear main seal replaced, which is a labor intensive oil seal that requires us to remove the transmission to replace it. Another auto shop that she’d gone to told her it was leaking badly and needed to be repaired. The car was practically covered in oil. Before we went into the engine and did the expensive repair, we checked ourselves to find the source of the leak and found what you’ll see in the video, an oil filter with a nice little hole in it that was causing the problem. We replaced the oil filter and there were no more leaks! By doing this we saved the customer about $500 on an unnecessary repair job.