BATTERIES

Image result for car batteryTHAT DREADED "CLICK, CLICK, CLICK" NOISE is something a driver never wants to hear on a cold winter morning when attempting to start their car.  A dead battery is apparent, it will happen sometime. It can leave you stranded sometimes with no warning.  However there is something you can do to make sure your battery is working at it's best.

Have your battery tested at least once a year and if your battery is over 4 years old, replace it.


At Kool Kar Auto Repair we will test your Battery free of charge with a Battery Load Tester to determine the condition of your Battery.  Should it prove faulty, we can replace it with a new one that carries a 3 year free replacement warranty.  


So don't take chances this winter with an old battery.  If you have any doubts about yours, come to Kool Kar Auto Repair for your free test today. Located at 615 S.E. Parkway Azle Tx. Phone 817-270-2549



POWER WINDOWS

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

AUTO A/C WILL NOT COOL WHEN CAR IS AT IDLE

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.


AUTOMOTIVE BRAKES

AUTOMOTIVE BRAKES AND HOW TO DETECT A POSSIBLE PROBLEM


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.

Automotive Braking Safety Technology

What if I told you...in the future your car would be able to stop on it's own without any help from the driver.  OK, now what if I told you, that technology was here today, and in use on today's automobile.  It's true...many of today's vehicles have the technology to stop by themselves.

What if in the future accidents could be eliminated completely...science fiction?  Hardly.  The first step toward this concept happened many years ago when Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) started showing up on cars.  This technology prevents the wheels from locking up, during a full panic stop, so the driver can maintain steering control .  ABS relies on wheel speed sensors to determine the rate of wheel speed deceleration and uses the data to prevent the wheels from locking up.

The next step in the development of this technology was Traction Control Systems (TCS)  which incorporated ABS and the engine management system to reduce wheel slip during acceleration.  If one of the wheel speed sensors noticed  wheel spin, the engine management system would reduce engine torque by closing the throttle and reducing timing which would allow the spinning wheel to regain traction.

Electronic Stability Control was next.  This technology incorporated several new sensors... including a steering angle sensor, an accelerometer... as well as a yaw rate sensor to monitor the pitch, roll and yaw of the vehicle.

The next advance in the brake system evolution was Predictive  Emergency Braking (PEB). This new system provides automated emergency stopping when unexpected hazards happen.   Radar keeps an eye on the road and can react very quickly if a hazard occurs or the driver becomes distracted. Many of these systems will safely bring the vehicle to a complete stop with no driver input at all. That's where we are today.

There are many more safety features coming down the road in the near future and the current systems are being improved upon all the time. Things are changing very quickly in the world of automotive technology , but we are here to help. So give is a call here at Kool Kar Auto Repair. where stopping your car from 60mph to zero is important too.

Kool Kar is your Number One source for Brake Repair located at 615 S.E. Parkway Azle Tx 76020  Call 817-270-2549 today.