At Automotive Remedies your brake pads are visually inspected during your oil change at no additional charge. Not all brake pads are created equal; some have warning indicators, some are made of organic compounds, some have shims, some are molded, some are ceramic, some are beveled, and so on and so on. Relax, our experienced staff know exactly what to install on your foriegn or domestic vehicle. By monitoring them at each oil change we are able to prevent expensive damage to rotors and other components.
If the brake pads wear away completely, you can damage the rotors. The calipers can grind grooves into the rotor. Then the rotor must either be resurface or replaced. That’s not only dangerous because your vehicle won’t stop as quickly, but will add to the expense of your repair. Sometimes rotors warp, crack, or can just be too thin to resurface and must be replaced.
Do you hear loud noises under the hood when you turn on your air conditioner? Do you only get cool air sporadically? If so, it is time to get your air conditioner inspected. It’s real easy to take your car’s air conditioner for granted. Just push the right buttons and out comes cool, dry, clean air. But your air conditioning system needs attention from time to time to help it keep its cool.
What things can we do to prevent air conditioning breakdowns?
A common cause of air conditioning failure is leaks. Refrigerant, the stuff that makes the air cold, can leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system, making it work harder to cool the air. Periodically evacuating the air conditioning system and recharging it keeps the proper amount of clean refrigerant in the system so it cools better and lasts longer.
For many years people have argued about “Scheduled Maintenance” intervals auto manufactures publish in their owner’s manuals. Consumers feel that these services are expensive and unnecessary. I will simply relay our experience. These are important elements of owning a vehicle and they do pay off. Over the years we have had many vehicles come into our shop with breakdowns that are directly related to lack of maintenance. These repairs ultimately cost considerably more money than if regular service had been performed. I believe in following the maintenance schedule whether you own a Honda, Mercedes, or Ford. Do not underestimate the importance of scheduled maintenance.
The protection you receive under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act can save you hundreds of dollars each year. The average hourly labor rate for service is nearly twenty percent lower at independent service centers such as Automotive Remedies. We are conveniently located in Kearny Mesa, so why go anywhere else?