Archive for September 2011
Keep Your Cool In Walpole: Air Conditioning ServicePosted September 29, 2011 11:39 AM
Most Walpole drivers wait for their air conditioning to fail before they service it at Central Street Garage Inc.. That’s because many Foxboro and Millis motorists don't really understand that automotive air conditioners need periodic service. Let me share some of the reasons why they fail.
Now here’s a tip for Walpole drivers: You should run your air conditioner every so often during MA winters. This circulates the lubricant to help keep the seals from drying out.
The air conditioner actually removes some of the moisture in the air. So if you have trouble with fogging on your windshield during MA winters or during a rain storm, running the A/C on the defrost setting should help. Now on some Walpole cars you can’t run the A/C at the same time as the defroster. Don’t ask me why, but I suspect lawyers were involved.
Posted in the Air Conditioning category
Walpole Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemPosted September 23, 2011 10:23 AM
Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of Walpole folks driving around on under-inflated tires. Now, it’s hard to tell when a radial tire is under-inflated. If your manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your utility truck tire’s considered significantly under inflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.
Your safety has always been a concern at Central Street Garage Inc.. We want you on the road and accident free. We've traditionally provided things like tire rotations, snow tire mounting and flat fixes at a very low cost. We’ve been able to quickly and cheaply provide the service, and pass the low cost on to you as an expression of our good will.
That’s why we're concerned about how you’ll perceive the changes that this new law will force. Every time a tire is changed: taken off to fix a flat, a new tire installed, a snow tire mounted; the Central Street Garage Inc. service technician is now going to have to deal with the TPMS system.
Like all other Walpole service centers, here at Central Street Garage Inc. we've had to purchase new scanning equipment to work with the TPMS sensors and to update expensive tire change equipment to better service wheels equipped with the new monitoring systems. Our Central Street Garage Inc. service technicians have been thoroughly trained on many systems and new tire-changing techniques. All of this adds up to significantly increased cost to perform what was once a very inexpensive service for you.
So when you start so see the cost of tire changes, flat repairs and rotations going up at Central Street Garage Inc., please keep in mind that it’s because of government mandated safety equipment. We want to keep you safely on the road – and we're committed to doing it at a fair price. This new safety equipment will help you avoid the most common types of vehicle failure in Walpole, and possibly a catastrophic accident.
Posted in the Tires and Wheels category
On Board Diagnostics For Foxboro MotoristsPosted September 1, 2011 10:32 AM
Some Foxboro motorists are confused by Central Street Garage Inc. charges for diagnostic services for a vehicle repair. Many services at Central Street Garage Inc. and other Foxboro automotive repair shops include diagnostic fees.
When you take your laptop into a Walpole computer repair shop for a problem you’ll likely have to leave a deposit for diagnostics. When we visit our Medfield doctor for a medical problem, we’re paying him to diagnose our ailment and of course for the tests that go along with it.
So receiving a diagnostic charge at Central Street Garage Inc. for a tricky automotive problem shouldn’t be a surprise. In the Walpole area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your utility truck brakes when you slow down in rush-hour traffic on a busy MA expressway, you pull off the next off-ramp and take a quick visual check. That is usually enough to know what needs to be done. If you’re having an intermittent problem with your utility truck engine, Central Street Garage Inc. diagnosis may be much more involved.
There’s a common misconception among Medfield, Millis, and Sheldonville drivers that the trouble code tells the Central Street Garage Inc. technician exactly what’s wrong. Why then is there a diagnostic charge, the scanner just gave the diagnosis?
Reality is more involved than that. The computer monitors many sensors throughout the vehicle. When one of these sensors has a reading that’s out of parameters, the computer will record a trouble code and turn on the check engine light.
Some diagnoses are quick and easy. Others are more involved and difficult. Of course Central Street Garage Inc. wants to figure out what’s wrong with your utility truck and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.
Posted in the Service Standards category
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