WARNING Remote Start Can Be Dangerous

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Accidentally remote starting your vehicle can be dangerous under certain conditions.

It does not matter what make or model car you have.  It does not matter if you have a factory remote start or an aftermarket. remote start. 
Image result for automobile remote startIf you have a garage attached to your home, and your car accidentally gets started while in the garage you can be in big trouble.  You say that's impossible.  Actually it's not. Lets say for instance your small child gets hold of your keys and starts playing with the buttons on the key fob, is it not possible he could push the proper buttons to activate the remote start?  It's not totally out of the realm of possibilities that an adult could accidentally start the car with the fob.  Unfortunately it's happened more than once. People have died from carbon monoxide poisoning due to the car running in the garage without the homeowner being aware the car was running.

You should never run your car in the garage (even a short period of time) with the garage door closed.  Always make sure the door is open before starting your car and even then CO may enter your home.

A study at Iowa State University stated that warming up your car for only two minutes with the door open, raised CO levels to 500 ppm.  Ten hours after backing the car out of the garage there was a measurable concentration of CO still in the garage.

The extreme high concentrations of CO produced by an engine in a closed building can reach dangerous levels so quickly, that a person may collapse before they realize there is a problem.  Carbon Monoxide reduces the amount of oxygen to the brain causing CO intoxication, and lack of reasoning.  Studies by the Centers for Disease Control found that CO concentrations reach the Immediately Dangerous to Life an Health (IDLH) concentration of 1,200 parts per million (ppm) in only 7 minutes when a small 5 horse power gasoline engine is run in a 10,000 cubic foot room.

If you have a car with remote start the best thing you can do for your family is to purchase a CO detector and place it inside the home not in the garage. Temperature and humidity variations are to large, and the high start-up amounts of Carbon Monoxide can easily damage or destroy the sensing cell in the detector.   CO detectors should never be placed in the garage.  Always follow manufacturer recommendations on where to place the CO detector within your home.

A KOOL KAR TECH TIP:  Never run your car in an attached garage even if the door is open.  Kool Kar Auto Repair is located at 615 S.E. Parkway Azle Tx. Phone 817-270-2549


Well it's that time of year again, GET  READY FOR THE HEAT.  IF you live in Texas it is
inevitable.  That's why it is a good idea to have your vehicle air conditioning system checked by a professional to determine if it is working at it's peak performance.  If it's not, the pro can determine whats wrong and get you cooled off under the collar among other places. 

We all know you want to feel like this picture to the lift this summer, and you can if you prepare now.

So don't wait until it's 100 plus degrees outside to have your car's A/C looked at (when all the shops are backed up with A/C repair) do it today and you'll be glad you did.

Kool Kar Auto Repair is presenting a  Pre Season Air Conditioning Special for a limited time at only 39.95. We will determine the functionality of your system, check pressures, check blower, check condenser cooling fan, and check system for the proper amount of refrigerant.  So don't miss out on this special because it won't last long.  You must tell us you saw it here before service is performed to receive special discount. Refrigerant and other services extra.

Keep your car A/C working cool all summer long with Kool Kar Auto Repair located at 615 S.E. Parkway Azle Tx. or call 817-270-2549. Remember A/C is our Specialty.


The power window was first introduced by Packard in 1940, followed by Ford Motor Company in 1941.  Over time this popular convenience accessory has become standard equipment on many cars and light trucks. Improvements in drive systems that are quieter and more efficient as well as "One Touch" window control systems have led to a more complex power window system and the need for strong electrical/electronic diagnostic skills to accurately diagnose and repair power windows.Today's power window systems are controlled and monitored by the vehicle's on-board computer system.

Years ago the basic power window system consisted of an electric motor that drives a scissors type regulator and was controlled by a simple switch. Diagnosis of this system was easy... Check for power at the switch, check for power coming out of the switch when it was activated, and check for power at the motor. Simply put, start at the power source and test for power at each component until you found the component that didn't work properly.  Today's power window systems are much more involved and complicated to work on.

Common causes of Power Window failures are:

Faulty motor- Window won't operate at all.

Faulty switch/control circuit assembly- One or more windows operate intermittently or only in one direction.

Broken Regulator Assembly- Window Comes Off Track or Shifts as window is operated. May not operate at all on some systems and an audible noise from the motor can be heard. 

Faulty Body Control Module/Computer- May operate erratically and a diagnostic trouble code may be stored in the computer.

At Kool Kar Auto Repair, we have the skills, experience, and equipment to accurately diagnose and repair your vehicle's  power windows.  So... come to Kool Kar Auto Repair today and get that power window repaired  or call us at 817-270-2549


When you go to your favorite drive thru restaurant you notice your car's A/C almost starts blowing hot air...at least it's not as cold as when you were driving it down the road. What could be the problem?  I will list below several possibilities for you to look into, that can be causing your problem.

1.  Your car's condenser fan may not be working, or at least not correctly.  With the A/C on MAX (car running) open the hood and see if the condenser fan is working.  If not, you have found your problem already.

2.  Your car could be overheating and you are not aware of it.  If your engine is running too hot it will definitely effect the A/C... especially at idle.

3.  If your condenser is clogged with debris, this will cause a decrease in the effectiveness of the Air Conditioning System.  Remember to check between the radiator and condenser for for this Debris as well.

4.  If you are low on refrigerant this can cause a decrease in cooling while at idle.

5.  If the desiccant bag has ruptured in the dryer or accumulator, this will stop the condenser up from the inside, until it can not do it's job.  Lets hope this is not the case for you, because this is a major problem.

6  Finally, your compressor may be worn out and not pumping the refrigerant thru the system as needed.  Again, this is a major problem as well.  So you may want to consult your local Auto A/C Specialists if you have any doubts.

Kool Kar Auto Repair is the A/C Authority in Texas.  Call  817-270-2549 to make sure your vehicles A/C will get you thru the remainder of the 100 degree plus days in Texas.



I often get the question from customers...how can I tell when my brakes need service or repair?  Brakes are without a doubt the number one safety device on your vehicle.  Making sure your brakes are repaired correctly is the best money you will ever spend on your car.  That's why its imperative you don't skimp on brakes.  Always insist on the very best parts money can buy for your vehicle.  Ask the repair facility if they are certified to repair your brake system.

Now to answer the question how can I tell when my brakes need service or repair.  There are several things you need to look for when it comes to braking system function and repair. 

NOISE:  Are you experiencing any unusual noise when the brakes are applied?  Such as squealing, grinding, rubbing, squeaking.  This is a way for your brakes to communicate with you, telling you  something is wrong.  Have your brake system checked by a professional.

VIBRATION:  Are you feeling a vibration in your steering wheel or seat when your brakes are applied?  If so, this may indicate a malfunction in the braking system.  This concern may be related to out of round or warped brake rotors or possible other braking issues.

BRAKE FEEL:  Do you experience  abnormal signs with your brake pedal such as extra effort to depress the pedal, a hard pedal,  does it feel soft or spongy?  Does the pedal ever drift down while setting at a red light with your foot on the brake? If so its time to seek professional service.

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LIGHTS:  Is the ABS light illuminated on your instrument panel?  Today's vehicles are high tech, some even to the point they have built in pad thickness indicators built into the system.  Other vehicles may utilize a red brake warning indicator combined with a (ABS) warning indicator light.  All these indicators mean the brake system has detected a malfunction that requires attention as soon as possible.

SMELLS:  Do you notice burning smells or odd odors while braking?  Are you noticing extreme buildup of brake dust on your wheels?  These are all signs of  possible braking service needs.

BRAKE FLUID:  This is one of the most neglected areas of the braking system but one of the most important.  Brake fluid is a silent component of the braking system that is often overlooked, without it your car would never stop.  It should be checked for integrity during regular service checks.  Making sure it does not have moisture in it, also the fluid should be full and clean.

In closing brakes are comprised of several sophisticated components and for your safety all repairs should be completed by a qualified professional service technician.

At Kool Kar Auto Repair We Know Brakes Visit us at 615 S.E. Parkway Azle Tx or Call 817-270-2549

Automotive Struts and Shocks

The most important function of your vehicle's struts and shocks is to help keep the tire in contact with the road.  Without these components the tire would lose contact with the road every time it contacted a bump. Struts and shocks also absorb impacts and smooth out from surface irregularities in the road providing a smooth stable ride. The rate of wear that struts and shocks have is so slow, that over time as their performance deteriorates you may not even notice the change.

Common symptoms of worn struts and shocks include:

Excessive harshness over bumps-  As the tire hits a bump, it is no longer able to absorb the shock of the impact and the impact is transmitted to the passenger compartment.

Excessive nose diving during stops- As the vehicle comes to a stop the struts and shocks are no longer able to control the compression of the suspension system and weight transfers to the front wheels.

Instability in Turns- Similar to Excessive nose diving, the struts and shocks are no longer able to slow the rate of compression of the suspension system.

Excessive Float Over Slight Rises in the Road Surface- The struts and shocks are no longer able to control compression OR rebound of the suspension system and the vehicle seems to "Float" over the road.

Many of these symptoms can cause a unsafe situation and seriously effect the performance of the suspension system. Come to Kool Kar Auto Repair in Azle Texas to have you struts and shocks inspected or replaced and restore proper control of the suspension system.

Bad Driving Habits Can Cost You Time And Money

Today we are going to talk about the first bad driving habit I have seen towed into my shop. Just recently there was a car towed into my shop that would not start.  I diagnosed the no start problem and determined it was the fuel pump causing the no start condition.  I called the customer up to tell him the news, and while I was taking to the man, I found out what caused his problem.

The customer started bragging he could get over three hundred miles from a tank of fuel and how he never filled up until he was on fumes.  He had done this many times with no problems.

Here is what I told him.  The fuel pump is in the fuel tank, it is a module assembly comprised of more parts than just the pump itself.  The fuel cools and lubricates the pump assembly. when the fuel level gets low (below the pump) it will still pump however it is no longer submerged in the fuel to keep the pump cool, so it overheats. Then you pull into a service station drop 48-52 degree gas in the tank it can put the pump into shock, therefore rendering it useless. The moral of this story is don't let your fuel pump be a casualty because of this bad decision.

When your tank gets below a half tank start thinking about getting fuel.  Never run below 1/4 tank, because your fuel tank has sediment in the bottom that your fuel pump has no choice but to pick up when the fuel level gets low.  This nasty sediment gets into your fuel injection system causing driveability problems, sluggish acceleration, misfires and in some cases real engine damage.  Sure you have a fuel filter, but what happens when that filter gets full of debris  Some modern vehicles have only a filter in the tank that can not be changed.  My recommendation is keep your fuel tank close to half full at all times.  Your car will love you for it.

Come to Kool Kar Auto Repair for all your automotive repair needs. We are conveniently located at 615 Southeast Parkway next to the Azle Municipal Center call 817-270-2549 today.