Car & Light Truck
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A/C Repair Services
Have a broken car A/C? Don’t sweat it. If your car air conditioner isn’t working, our automotive professionals are adept at diagnosing a vehicle’s A/C repair problem. Common A/C problems include:
- Hot air blowing out of the A/C
- Lack of pressure when the air blows out
- Failure to blow air at all
When you bring your car to Beechy’s, our experienced and auto service professionals can perform an A/C Performance Check to diagnose why the car A/C is having a problem and what needs to be repaired. Car A/C problems can stem from many issues, including a Freon leak from a cracked oring seal in the A/C line, a worn out filter / condenser, a loose wire, or excessive heat radiation from the engine. Our technicians will figure out the root of your car’s A/C problem.
After diagnosing the issue with your air conditioner, we’ll discuss your car A/C repair options. Our automotive technicians can repair all of the components of your vehicle’s A/C, including:
- O-rings, seals and hoses
- Compressors and compressor clutches
- Evaporators and condensers
- Driers, receivers and accumulators
- Switches, controls, modules and relays
- Blower motors and resistors
Belts & Hoses
Did you know that sooner or later your car’s engine accessory drive belts, timing belts, and coolant hoses will dry out and crack? Over time, serpentine belts and radiator hoses require replacement, because they lose their ability to properly expand and contract. In the case of timing belts, teeth that keep the belt in place and functioning properly can snap off or the timing belt may become frayed and loose. One sudden malfunction of these relatively inexpensive but very important parts can have costly consequences. At Beechy’s our experienced technicians will check your belts and hoses but only replace what’s needed.
Some common brake problems include:
- Grinding, Squeaking or squealing brakes
- Brake pedal feels spongy
- Shaking steering wheel
- Car wobbling or pulsating when you drive at highway speeds
Any time you notice these or other symptoms, it’s a good idea to have your brakes checked.
We’re often asked questions about the cooling system – the system that cools your engine and keeps it at the proper operating temperature. Let’s examine the topic in two areas: first the coolant itself and, second, the parts that make up the cooling system.
The coolant is the mix of water and antifreeze that circulates through the engine to draw off heat. First, you need to have the proper amount. If you don’t have enough coolant it can’t keep your engine cool.
You also need the right kind of coolant. Different makes of vehicles require different coolant formulation to protect against corrosion.
Finally, your coolant needs to be fresh. Over time and miles, the anti-corrosion additives in the coolant are depleted and the coolant can actually start to eat away at the cooling system parts. Your owner’s manual and your service adviser can help you with the recommended coolant replacement schedule and make sure you’re getting the right type of coolant.
Now let’s talk about the cooling system components. These will all eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Starting with the radiator, we see them coming into the shop with leaks or clogged with deposits. Depending on the damage, we will clean, repair or replace. We also see radiator pressure caps that can no longer hold the proper pressure. We recommend replacing pressure caps when you change your coolant to avoid this problem. We see leaky water pumps and hoses that need to be replaced. There’s also a part called the thermostat that opens and closes to regulate the flow of coolant. Sometimes they stick open or closed and the cooling system won’t work properly.
Engine damage from overheating can be very expensive to fix so it’s important to maintain your cooling system properly with scheduled coolant replacement and periodic inspections of the cooling system. Certainly come in if you suspect a leak and have us take a look.
An oil change: Sounds simple, but there’s some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge.
Oil eventually starts to turn into jelly. Literally – petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear out prematurely. And that means expensive engine repairs.
That’s why you need to change the oil and oil filter on schedule – to get the old oil out before it turns to sludge. Your manufacturer will have a recommendation for how many miles you can go between oil changes. They also usually have a number of months between recommended oil changes. That’s because the detergents and other additives in the oil break down over time.
If any of the steering or suspension parts can be lubed, your technician will take care of that with a lube, oil and filter service.
During an oil change the technicians also check:
- Air filter
- Windshield wipers
- Tire condition & tire pressure
- Brake pad condition
- Front and rear differential fluid
- Transmission fluid
- Coolant, power steering, washer, and brake fluids
There’s a very common misconception that the trouble codes stored in your computer will specifically identify a problem. It’s really more like pointing to the symptoms of a problem. For any given trouble code, there could be a number of causes. So our trained technician will take the trouble code as a starting point and begin a diagnostic process to determine the cause of the problem. And some problems take longer to solve than others.
Our technicians have over 75 combined years of computer diagnostic experience. On top of that we stay up to date on all new technology by sending technicians to continued education classes.
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
All new cars and light trucks since 2008 have come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system. The TPMS system detects when a tire becomes under-inflated and lights up a warning light on the dash.
The light will come on for 1 of 2 reasons. The first is the most common, it indicates that you have a low tire. The second reason the light will come on is if a sensor is no longer communicating with the tire pressure module.
You’ve probably noticed a bunch of warning lights on your dash when you start your engine. They flash on to test the circuits and then go off if everything’s OK. One of the warning lights looks like a car battery. Its job is to tell you if your battery’s not charging properly.
You know that your battery stores electricity – enough to start your engine and get you moving. But that’s about it – you can only get a few miles on battery power alone. You need an alternator to generate enough electricity to run your engine and power your electrical accessories like the stereo, power seats, heater fan, on-board computers, and so on. On top of that, the alternator needs to recharge your battery. So when your alternator isn’t working properly, there isn’t enough electricity for all of those things. When your alternator fails, you aren’t going very far.
So why would your alternator not work? Usually they’ve simply worn out. Alternators are driven by your serpentine belt and spin 2 to 3 times faster than the engine – that’s a lot of work. The bearings wear out, as do the copper wire coils and magnets that generate the electricity.
There’s no sense in hobbling along with an alternator that’s not working properly. It will fail at some point and leave you stranded. Get a bad alternator replaced as soon as you can.
We’ve all heard a car or truck that needs a new muffler. But there’s more to the exhaust system than just the muffler.
The exhaust system has three main functions:
- To safely get hot exhaust gas from the engine out the tailpipe
- Treats the exhaust to remove harmful pollutants
- Muffle the engine noise
We repair all components of the exhaust system from the cylinder head to the tail pipe. If there’s any problems with your exhaust system we can handle it.
The system that connects your wheels to your vehicle, controls your handling and delivers a good ride. Your suspension is critical for proper steering, stopping and stability.
Your suspension has a lot of joints and pivot points that allow your wheels to move up and down over bumps and to turn as you steer. These parts include ball joints, tie rod ends, the pitman, idler arms and the control arm bushing. They simply wear out over time. When a joint or other part is worn the suspension parts don’t fit together as tightly as they should. Handling and steering has a loose feel and you may hear strange noises. Your tires will wear unevenly because they’re bouncing down the road a little off kilter.
A loose joint has the effect of stressing other suspension components so they wear out faster than they should. Sometimes a suspension part can be bent from hitting a rock or curb or by slamming into a big pothole.
It’s a great idea to take care of these problems right away before they become more expensive to repair. And nobody likes to see a tire that should last for several years get worn out in a matter of months because of a bad suspension part.
Let us help you keep your vehicle operating safely. And saving some money on repairs and tire replacement is a good thing too.
Shocks & Struts
Shock absorbers and struts last a long time and wear out pretty slowly. They’re easy to take for granted, but your shocks and struts do a very important job so you need to pay attention to them. They keep your tires on the road; and your tires are what connect your vehicle to the road and allow you to safely handle your car through turns, over bumps and even stop in time.
When your shocks and struts are worn, your tires bounce excessively over bumps. Your vehicle will wallow through corners; your front-end will dive when you stop; and your rear-end will squat when you accelerate. All this hurts your ability to control your vehicle. And your ride just isn’t as comfortable.
Worn shocks or struts cause excessive tire wear so you’ll have to replace your tires sooner than you should. Worn shocks and struts also stresses other suspension and steering parts causing them to wear prematurely. Struts are actually a major structural component of the suspension system – there’s a lot riding on them.
When it’s time for new shocks or struts, we’ve got you covered. We can give you back the ride and handling of a new vehicle. And if you have special needs we can help you there too. We have premium shocks and struts that’ll improve your performance. We can even help you with upgraded, heavy-duty shocks that’ll give you the confidence you need to handle those big towing or hauling jobs.
Your wheel bearings may be something you’ve never given a thought. Wheel bearings are what enable your wheels to spin freely. Since they bear the entire weight of the vehicle, they have to be tough. Wheel bearings can last well over 100,000 miles. They do wear out though and must eventually be replaced.
You might hear a groaning sound from your wheels. The sound might disappear at some speeds and reappear at others. Your service technician can quickly tell if your bearings are bad by raising the vehicle and wiggling the wheel. When you grasp the top and bottom of the tire, it shouldn’t move along the vertical axis.
Many vehicles these days have wheel bearing assemblies that cannot be serviced. When the bearings go bad, we simply replace the entire assembly.
For those vehicles with wheel bearings that can be accessed, we can do some preventive maintenance. You may have heard the phrase “pack the bearings”. With this procedure we remove the bearings, carefully clean them and inspect for any imperfection or wear. If the bearings can be reused, we reinstall them and pack them with grease. If not, we put in new bearings. Check your owner’s manual or ask your service advisor if your bearings can be serviced, and if so, when should it be done.
Now, taking care of bad bearings is extremely important. When bearings go bad, they generate tremendous amounts of heat – enough to lock up the wheel. That’s not a good thing at any speed. In some cases the wheel can even fall off. Either of these could cause a serious accident. So have your wheel bearings inspected if you suspect a problem and replace them right away if there is one.