Category Archives: Automotive

Cool it!

Did you know? Your vehicle’s cooling system system is equally important in hot and cool weather.

Providing protection for your engine on both ends of the thermometer is a job for both science and physics. A close relationship between the coolant´s physical make up and pressure on the system are the keys to successfully meeting the needs of your engine.

Without pressure coolant cannot adequately control engine temperatures. Most cooling systems operate with 13 – 16 pounds of pressure on the system. Each pound of pressure applied to the cooling system drops the coolant´s boiling point approximately three degrees. For example: A cooling system with a fifteen-pound radiator cap will have a reduced boiling point of about 45 degrees. This is why we closely monitor radiator caps, hoses, hose clamps, radiator condition and any coolant leakage from gaskets. Any loss of pressure or coolant can be devastating to the cooling system. There are currently four types of coolant available: ethylene glycol(standard coolant), propylene glycol(Sierra coolant – less toxic), 100,000 mile formulas (new technology formulation), and recycled coolant.

If your coolant system has standard or Sierra coolant the recommended coolant system intervals are once every two years or 30,000 miles. If your system has 100,000 mile coolant then the intervals may be extended to once every five years or 100,000 miles. Recycled antifreeze may need servicing on a yearly basis depending on the recycling process. Most vehicle manufacturers do not endorse the use of recycled coolant.

If you desire to switch your older vehicle over to one of the 100,000 mile coolants you need to read the manufacturer´s recommendations. Mixing coolant types can cause problems with some brands. Using 100,000 mile coolants with any system that does not have an aluminum radiator can also cause problems with some brands.

Whether your vehicle is new or older, its cooling system is a high technology blend of science and physics. Regular inspections and servicing are important for vehicle reliability.

Gas-Can Safety

Metal gas cans and pickup bedliners do not mix.

The insulating effect of the plastic bedliners found in the back of many pickup trucks prevents the static charge generated by gasoline flowing into a metal can from grounding.

As the charge builds, it can create a static spark between the can and the gas nozzle, resulting in an explosion or fire. Chevron USA recommends placing the cans on the ground when filling to minimize the danger.The insulating effect of the plastic bedliners found in the back of many pickup trucks prevents the static charge generated by gasoline flowing into a metal can from grounding.

As the charge builds, it can create a static spark between the can and the gas nozzle, resulting in an explosion or fire. Chevron USA recommends placing the cans on the ground when filling to minimize the danger.

ASA Code of Ethics

A Street Automotive is an ASA shop, and employs the ASA Code of Ethics.

The ASA is the largest non-profit trade association of its kind serving approximately 12,000 businesses and more than 55,000 professionals from all segments of the automobile service industry.

  • To perform high quality repair service at a fair and just price.
  • To use only proven merchandise of high quality distributed by reputable firms.
  • To employ the best skilled technicians obtainable.
  • To furnish an itemized invoice for fairly priced parts and services which clearly identifies any used or remanufactured parts. Replaced parts may be inspected upon request.
  • To have a sense of personal obligation to each individual customer.
  • To promote good will between the motorist and members of this Association.
  • To recommend corrective and maintenance services, explaining to the customer which of these are required to correct existing problems and which are for preventative maintenance.
  • To offer the customer a price estimate for work to be performed.
  • To furnish or post copies of any warranties covering parts or services.
  • To obtain prior authorization for all work done, in writing or by other means satisfactory to the customer.
  • To notify the customer if appointments or completion promises cannot be kept.
  • To maintain customer service records for one year or more.
  • To exercise reasonable care for the customer’s property while in our possession.
  • To maintain a system for fair settlement of customer’s complaints.
  • To cooperate with established consumer complaint mediation activities.
  • To uphold the high standards of our profession and always seek to correct any and all abuses within the automotive industry.
  • To uphold the integrity of all members of the Automotive Service Association.The ASA is the largest non-profit trade association of its kind serving approximately 12,000 businesses
and more than 55,000 professionals from all segments of the automobile service industry.
This establishment subscribes to the following business practices
To perform high quality repair service at a fair and just price.
To use only proven merchandise of high quality distributed by reputable firms.
To employ the best skilled technicians obtainable.
To furnish an itemized invoice for fairly priced parts and services which clearly identifies any used or remanufactured parts. Replaced parts may be inspected upon request.
To have a sense of personal obligation to each individual customer.
To promote good will between the motorist and members of this Association.
To recommend corrective and maintenance services, explaining to the customer which of these are required to correct existing problems and which are for preventative maintenance.
To offer the customer a price estimate for work to be performed.
To furnish or post copies of any warranties covering parts or services.
To obtain prior authorization for all work done, in writing or by other means satisfactory to the customer.
To notify the customer if appointments or completion promises cannot be kept.
To maintain customer service records for one year or more.
To exercise reasonable care for the customer’s property while in our possession.
To maintain a system for fair settlement of customer’s complaints.
To cooperate with established consumer complaint mediation activities.
To uphold the high standards of our profession and always seek to correct any and all abuses within the automotive industry.
To uphold the integrity of all members of the Automotive Service Association.

An Apple A Day

Like an apple a day for your vehicle: Preventative maintenance keeps the tow truck away!

As your vehicle gets older and racks up the miles, it requires more frequent inspections and maintenance to continue operating reliably and efficiently. This is very much like us making more frequent visits to our doctor as we get older. Preventative maintenance is easily put off, but early detection is what is best for you and your vehicle. Although breaking out of your comfort zone and daily routine for your automobile is hard, it does have some great advantages:

  • Optimum vehicle reliability
  • Better overall performance and fuel economy
  • Your vehicle runs better over a much longer period
  • Budgeting for repairs can be spread out, not lump sums for surprise breakdowns
  • Repairs are less expensive if mechanical problems are corrected before they escalate.

Air it Out.

Keeping your car fresh inside during Oregon’s rainy season can be a challenge.

Oregon’s cold, wet winters use your vehicle to prove that the laws of physics are constantly at work. Condensation is taking place and you may not even be aware of it. Not only are water and debris tracked in and out of the vehicle’s interior, but interior moisture is attracted naturally. This moisture hides behind your vehicle’s interior panels, and in the trunk area. Condensation is always taking place: that equates to mold and mildew.

Combat the moisture during sunny spring days by opening all of the windows, the doors and trunk so the outside air and sun can evaporate those moist areas.

Be sure to pull your floor mats, trunk floor mat and spare tire cover (If the cover is floor mounted). Let the vehicle air out as long as possible. Do be aware of stray cats or dogs looking for a temporary home in your vehicle. Airing out your vehicle will dry our any condensation, minimize molding and increase the life of your interior. Nature adds the bonus of a fresh Spring scent throughout your car.

Oregon´s cold, wet winters use your vehicle to prove that the laws of physics are constantly at work. Condensation is taking place and you may not even be aware of it. Not only are water and debris tracked in and out of the vehicle’s interior, but interior moisture is attracted naturally. This moisture hides behind your vehicle’s interior panels, and in the trunk area. Condensation is always taking place: that equates to mold and mildew.
Combat the moisture during sunny spring days by opening all of the windows, the doors and trunk so the outside air and sun can evaporate those moist areas.
Be sure to pull your floor mats, trunk floor mat and spare tire cover (If the cover is floor mounted). Let the vehicle air out as long as possible. Do be aware of stray cats or dogs looking for a temporary home in your vehicle. Airing out your vehicle will dry our any condensation, minimize molding and increase the life of your interior. Nature adds the bonus of a fresh Spring scent throughout your car.

Airbags

Let’s dispel some of the myths about airbags by providing the facts about them.

There have been many recent reports on a few unfortunate accidents involving airbags and children. Although air bags have saved thousands of lives, the media has chosen to amplify the few negative accidents that have occurred.

Automotive manufacturers have made airbag systems very smart. There are a number of criteria that must be met before an airbag system will deploy. It is virtually impossible to deploy an airbag system in anything short of a serious front end impact. Airbags are, of course, designed to decrease injury to the driver as much as possible.

After thousands of accidents and thousands of airbag deployments, there have been only a few unfortunate situations involving small children in the front passenger seat. A word of advice would be to never, ever seat small children in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an airbag. Always buckle them up in the back. We have repaired several vehicles with deployed airbags and the vehicle owners all agree that they would have surely been seriously injured without the airbag deployment. If you have any concerns or questions about airbags, we openly invite you to stop by. We have deployed airbags and information on all makes and models of vehicle airbags. Furthermore, we love to show and tell.

Airbags may not be the perfect answer to America’s road fatalities, but at present there isn´t another automobile safety device which can compare to the combination of seatbelts and airbags. Drive safely, buckle up and always place small children in the back seat. Rest assured that if you are ever in an unfortunate accident situation an airbag may just be the thing that saves your life.There have been many recent reports on a few unfortunate accidents involving airbags and children. Although air bags have saved thousands of lives, the media has chosen to amplify the few negative accidents that have occurred.

Let´s dispel some of the myths about airbags by providing the facts about them.
Automotive manufacturers have made airbag systems very smart. There are a number of criteria that must be met before an airbag system will deploy. It is virtually impossible to deploy an airbag system in anything short of a serious front end impact. Airbags are, of course, designed to decrease injury to the driver as much as possible.
After thousands of accidents and thousands of airbag deployments, there have been only a few unfortunate situations involving small children in the front passenger seat. A word of advice would be to never, ever seat small children in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an airbag. Always buckle them up in the back. We have repaired several vehicles with deployed airbags and the vehicle owners all agree that they would have surely been seriously injured without the airbag deployment. If you have any concerns or questions about airbags, we openly invite you to stop by. We have deployed airbags and information on all makes and models of vehicle airbags. Furthermore, we love to show and tell.
Airbags may not be the perfect answer to America’s road fatalities, but at present there isn´t another automobile safety device which can compare to the combination of seatbelts and airbags. Drive safely, buckle up and always place small children in the back seat. Rest assured that if you are ever in an unfortunate accident situation an airbag may just be the thing that saves your life.

Car Trouble Along the Way…

When you’re on the road and your car acts up, it’s often stressful to know who to call.

In September, two of our good customers were traveling in California when the engine in their Suburban died and they coasted to the side of the road.
Luckily they had two things in their favor: they had a cellular phone and they had read our traveling tips in the previous newsletter.
They immediately called our office when problems arose. Within fifteen minutes we had located the nearest A.S.A shop, called that shop for an immediate appoint-ment and had a tow truck on the way. Our customers received prompt courteous service at a fair price with only a small interruption in their vacation. We can provide this service for any of our customers no matter where they may be driving. Who ya gonna call if you have a breakdown while on the road? A Street Automotive and Collision! Keep our phone number and newsletter in your glove box.

Recently two of our long-time customers were traveling in California. The engine in their Suburban died and they coasted to the side of the road.

Luckily they had two they had cel-phone service, and had read our travel tips in a recent newsletter. They immediately called our office. Within fifteen minutes we had located the nearest A.S.A. Certified shop, arranged for an immediate appointment and had a tow truck sent their way.

Our customers received prompt courteous service at a fair price with only a small interruption in their vacation. We provide this service for any of our customers no matter where they may be driving. So what to do if you have a breakdown while on the road? Call A Street Automotive and Collision! Keep our phone number (or latest newsletter!) in a convenient location in your vehicle in case emergencies arise while you are traveling.

Wiper Surprise!

Don’t be surprised if your wipers streak and squeak the first time you really need them.

As our nice hot summer winds down into Fall and Winter it is inevitable that the rains will come. Don´t be surprised if your wipers streak and squeak the first time you really need them. After sitting dormant on the hot windshield all summer the rubber wiper blades can become hard and brittle. In this condition the wiper blades will not conform to the curvature of the windshield well nor will they seal and blade water off the surface. We recommend that you at least inspect your wiper blades to see if the rubber is soft and flexible, you can also run water on the windshield while the wipers are operating and check to see if the blades are clearing the water off without streaking.

If your wiper blades are hard and brittle they will need to be replaced but if they seem only slightly dry or stiff they probably just need to be rejuvenated by wiping them with conditioning pads. You can purchase conditioning pads at most department stores or parts stores for a small cost. There are several brands and we have found that they all work excellently. If you follow the easy instructions on the package anyone can easily rejuvenate their rubber wiper blades.

Don’t let the dark rainy days of fall and winter take you by surprise. Clear vision may be the edge you need to drive safely in a dangerous situation. Wiper blades are cheap. Replace or recondition them if needed before driving in rainy conditions.

Winter Wise Driving.

Getting ready for bad conditions.

Winter driving can be a very stressful and dangerous task. Perhaps the best scenario is don’t drive at all if you don’t have to. Unfortunately, many of us have no choice. For those inevitable times when you must drive in cold, slick, winter conditions, here are some basic tips and facts that may give you the edge.

  • Don’t let your vehicle warm up for more than five minutes. Any more time will waste a great deal of fuel.
  • Always keep the tire manufacturer’s specified amount of air pressure in your tires and make sure that your tires are appropriate for you driving habits and conditions.
  • A cellular phone can be the best safety insurance policy while in your automobile. You may be surprised at how affordable basic cellular service is.
  • Items to keep in the car are: warm gloves, ice scraper, lots of extra blankets, tire chains, flashlight, and cellular phone if you have one.
  • Make sure your vehicle has been inspected for cold weather driving.
  • Keep your fuel tank as full as possible. Condensation will be at a minimum and the added weight will help maximize traction and handling on slick roads.
  • Don’t use your windshield wipers until your windshield has been scraped or defrosted. This will greatly increase the life of your wiper blades.
  • Keep at least 3 times normal driving distance from other cars on slick roads.
  • When braking on slick roads always pump your brakes lightly. This will stop your vehicle faster than steady pedal pressure.
  • If you have never installed tire chains don’t wait until you need them to find out how. Do a trial chain-up with someone who knows how or call us and we will demonstrate the proper procedure.
  • If you have a four wheel drive don’t wait until you need it to try it out.
  • Always keep the tire manufacturer’s specified amount of air pressure in your tires and make sure that your tires are appropriate for you driving habits and conditions.
  • A cellular phone can be the best safety insurance policy while in your automobile. You may be surprised at how affordable basic cellular service is.
  • Items to keep in the car are: warm gloves, ice scraper, lots of extra blankets, tire chains, flashlight, and cellular phone if you have one.
  • Make sure your vehicle has been inspected for cold weather driving.
  • Keep your fuel tank as full as possible. Condensation will be at a minimum and the added weight will help maximize traction and handling on slick roads.
  • Don’t use your windshield wipers until your windshield has been scraped or defrosted. This will greatly increase the life of your wiper blades.
  • Keep at least 3 times normal driving distance from other cars on slick roads.
  • When braking on slick roads always pump your brakes lightly. This will stop your vehicle faster than steady pedal pressure.
  • If you have never installed tire chains don’t wait until you need them to find out how. Do a trial chain-up with someone who knows how or call us and we will demonstrate the proper procedure.
  • If you have a four wheel drive don’t wait until you need it to try it out.

Aim to Please.

Our headlight aiming system allows us to aim all makes and models of headlights with precision accuracy.

Headlight technology has been upgraded immensely since the days of the round sealed beam headlamps. Composite plastic lenses, halogen gas illumination and aerodyne styling have altered the function, looks and efficiency of headlights for the better.
But proper headlight aiming is still the factor that determines performance and that technology has also changed. Many new aerodyne style headlight lenses do not have provisions on them for conventional headlight aiming systems. It is a fact that over one hundred new models of vehicles are equipped with aerodyne headlamps, although some models are equipped with built in head lamp aimers, most cannot be aimed with conventional equipment.
For this reason A Street purchased a new SNIPER remote headlight aiming system. This system allows us to aim all models of headlights with perfect accuracy. Driving lights and fog lights can also be accurately aimed. If you can spotlight a possum in the ditch while driving straight ahead or oncoming drivers keep suspiciously blinking their headlights at you, we suggest making an appointment for a headlight aiming soon.

Headlight technology has been upgraded immensely since the days of the round sealed beam headlamps. Composite plastic lenses, halogen gas illumination and aerodyne styling have altered the function, looks and efficiency of headlights for the better.

But proper headlight aiming is still the factor that determines performance and that technology has also changed. Many new aerodyne style headlight lenses do not have provisions on them for conventional headlight aiming systems. It is a fact that over one hundred new models of vehicles are equipped with aerodyne headlamps, although some models are equipped with built in head lamp aimers, most cannot be aimed with conventional equipment.

For this reason A Street utilizes a SNIPER remote headlight aiming system. This system allows us to aim all models of headlights with precision accuracy. Driving lights and fog lights can also be accurately aimed. If you can spotlight a possum in the ditch while driving straight ahead or oncoming drivers keep suspiciously blinking their headlights at you, we suggest making an appointment for a headlight aiming soon.