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It's Spring: Check Your Car's Air Filters & Air Conditioning

by Brian England on Thu, May 03, 2018

With the arrival of spring, we can look forward to our first hot days and lots of pollen!

So, what does this mean for your car? Well, to start, cars are great pollen collectors. In fact, if you brush up against your car, you can transfer some of that pollen right into the car with you! So, during the spring it's important to keep your car clean. Additionally, to lessen the impact of pollen, you will want to check the cabin air filter as well as the efficiency of the air conditioning.


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Topics: cabin air filters, car air conditioner

How Can I Keep My Car's Cabin Air Filter Clean?

by Brian England on Mon, Nov 17, 2014

What is the cabin air filter?  It is the pleated, fibrous filter that cleans air that comes into the interior of the car via the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. It keeps the air inside your car free of contaminants.  Some cabin air filters even trap odors.  When this filter gets clogged, your car's HVAC system may not work as efficiently as it should.  That's why it's an important filter to monitor.

You should note, there are other filters in your car, specifically, the air filter that keeps contaminants from entering your car's engine and the fuel filter that keeps contaminants from clogging your car's fuel system. These are three different filters. The photo above is of a cabin air filter that needs changing.  This one is clogged with debris and has served as a supply source for a rodent's nest. (This is not as unusual as you may think).  

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Topics: cabin air filters

Should You Ask to See Old Auto Parts After a Repair or Service?

by Brian England on Tue, Jul 03, 2012

It is strange how when something is done in our auto repair shop for many years it becomes part of a routine. Then a new generation comes along and they wonder why we do it! This is the case with us keeping the old parts we remove from cars as part of a repair or routine maintenance. A decade or so ago it was routine for a customer to ask to see the various automotive parts that we had removed from their car. It was the accepted thing to do. At one time we had special bags for them, and we would put them in the customer’s car. Now, it is very rare that we are asked to keep the parts. Sometimes when we come across a very unusual problem and it is of interest we might show the customer the parts.

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Topics: auto repair shop, auto parts, cabin air filters, saving used auto parts, recycling auto parts

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