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.

ABS Braking

Anti-lock Brakes do not require pumping to bring you to a safe stop.

Fall and winter weather bring a natural feeling of caution for most motorists. Slick roads and poor visibility are a given. In the past it has always been a safe procedure to pump the brakes lightly on slick road surfaces.

Any vehicle that is equipped with anti lock brakes will not require pumping for a safe stop. This is because the brake system pulses several times per second all by itself. Simply applying the brake pressure that is required for a safe distance will provide a much safer braking than any manual braking system could.

Fall and winter weather bring a natural feeling of caution for most motorists. Slick roads and poor visibility are a given. In the past it has always been a safe procedure to pump the brakes lightly on slick road surfaces.
Any vehicle that is equipped with anti lock brakes will not require pumping for a safe stop. This is because the brake system pulses several times per second all by itself. Simply applying the brake pressure that is required for a safe distance will provide a much safer braking than any manual braking system could.

Winter Safety Checklist

Prepare your vehicle for maximum cold and wet weather reliability.

When winter weather is upon us, it would be wise to prepare your automobile for maximum cold and wet weather reliability.
The following is a list of items that we recommend that vehicle owners should do:
Maintain coolant freezing level.
Inspect wiper blades.
Check battery cold cranking amps.
Fill wiper washer fluid level with non-freezing mix.
Test starter amperage draw.
Measure tire condition and pressure.
Insure tire chain condition and proper fit.
Lubricate all door locks, hinges and latches.
Check your 4×4 before you need it.
Don´t park your car under sappy trees.
Fill your fuel tank as full as possible to stop condensation.
Prepare a winter trip kit complete with warm blankets, flashlights, flares, quick energy food, and tire chains.
A cel phone on long trips is a wise addition.
Test the electrical system : starter, alternator & battery

Test heater and defroster Output

When winter weather is upon us, it would be wise to prepare your automobile for maximum cold and wet weather reliability.

When winter weather is upon us, it is wise to prepare your automobile for maximum cold and wet weather reliability. The following is our cold-weather safety checklist:

  • Maintain coolant freezing level.
  • Inspect wiper blades.
  • Check battery cold cranking amps.
  • Fill wiper washer fluid level with non-freezing mix.
  • Test starter amperage draw.
  • Measure tire condition and pressure.
  • Insure tire chain condition and proper fit.
  • Lubricate all door locks, hinges and latches.
  • Check your 4×4 before you need it.
  • Don´t park your car under sappy trees.
  • Fill your fuel tank as full as possible to stop condensation.
  • Prepare a winter trip kit complete with warm blankets, flashlights, flares, quick energy food, and tire chains.
  • A cel phone on long trips is a wise addition.
  • Test the electrical system : starter, alternator & battery
  • Test heater and defroster output

Timing Belt

The timing belt is one of the most critical and maintenance-sensitive components of your engine.

Not all engines use a timing belt. If you don’t know whether your engine has a timing belt, you need to find out soon. On free-running engines, timing belt failure will not cause engine problems other than a sudden stop and an immediate safety issue.

On interference engines, major damage will occur if the belt breaks while driving. Timing belt breakage on interference engines will allow the valves to hit the pistons because the timing that normally keeps them apart is inactive.

When this happens it means one of two things: either a large repair bill or a whole new engine.

Most manufacturers recommend timing belt replacement between 60,000 and 80,000 miles.

Yet Maintenance Sensitive Components Ever Used On Engines

Fluid Flushing

Fluid flushing is an important part of preventative maintenance.

Impurities and moisture buildup in any fluid will cause corrosion and component damage in any system on your vehicle. In Oregon moisture buildup in fluids occurs at a much more rapid rate than most other regions. This is why flushing more frequently is important.

Late model vehicles with antilock brake systems and computer aided power steering use close tolerance valves and sensors. This makes them more vulnerable than ever to corrosion damage and contamination. If you can’t remember when your power steering or brake fluid was flushed last it’s probably overdue and should be serviced.

Fluids loose their ability to lubricate properly as they are subjected to the heat created through normal driving wear cycles.

Fluids also pick up moisture through condensation of normal operation. Brake systems, automatic transmission, power steering, cooling system and driving axles all have critical fluids of very different make up. The one thing that they all have in common is that they all perform duties that are critical to your vehicle´s mechanical reliability.

Due to the addition of fine electronic sensors and precision valves it is much more critical to keep your vehicle´s fluids in good condition. Deteriorated fluid can cause fine particles to lodge in tiny electronic sensors and scuff precise valves and components. This will surely lead to a big repair bill in any of the systems. We have equipped our shop with the latest in professional flushing and fluid exchange equipment for all automotive fluid systems.

We would much rather see you flush your vehicle´s systems than deal with a costly repair that could have been avoided. As professionals we are on your side and it is our job to make sure that you are aware of all preventative maintenance services. Ask about our free literature.