Repair & Maintenance
During the summer months, the temperature inside of a vehicle sitting in the sun can easily reach 130° or more. Keeping you and your passengers comfortable during the hottest weather is the job of your automobile's air conditioning system.
The air conditioning system works by removing the heat from air inside your vehicle and transferring that heat to the outside air. What is left when the heat and humidity have been removed is cooler, more comfortable air.
To remove the heat, the system relies on several key components including a compressor, a condenser, an evaporator, pressurized refrigerant, valves and hoses–all controlled electronically.
For this system to work correctly and be ready for the hot weather, it needs to be free from leaks so that the refrigerant stays in the system. Although A/C systems are resistant to leaks and contamination, they are not leak-proof. Over time, contamination or leaks can appear and affect the cooling performance of your A/C system. In fact, the most common cause of inadequate cooling is when the refrigerant leaks through worn seals and o-rings, loose fittings and connections. To make sure all the parts and components of your A/C system are working properly, we recommend having your A/C system checked at the beginning of the warm season.
Your auto care advisor can recommend an A/C Performance Check to test for any worn hoses or seals, leaks or contamination and to make sure your vehicle is ready for the warm weather. It is important to note that some refrigerants used in automotive A/C systems are considered harmful to the environment.
At B&B Automotive Inc., we take great care to protect the environment while we are servicing the system.
Alignment is the adjustment of your ride's steering and suspension components to ensure your tires are pointed in the right direction. Why take a chance on prematurely wearing out your new or good condition tires? At B&B Automotive Inc. we can verify the condition of your vehicle's steering and suspension components and set your alignment angles to manufacturer's specifications to keep it running newer, longer.
A half shaft, also called an axle, transmits power from the transmission to propel the wheels of the vehicle. Each half shaft has two constant-velocity (CV) joints. The CV shaft, boot, and the joints are all part of the shaft assembly. They are used on front-wheel drive and many four-wheel drive vehicles.
Knowledge is power when it comes to knowing your car's battery and electrical system; its heart and soul. The last thing you want is to be left stranded with a dead battery. The more you know about your battery and electrical system, the less likely you'll get stuck. At B&B Automotive Inc. we're here to help you understand just what's going on with your vehicle's battery and electrical system.
A car's battery is designed to provide a very large amount of current for a short period of time. This surge of current is needed to turn the engine over during starting. Once the engine starts, the alternator provides all the power that the car needs, so a car battery may go through its entire life without ever being drained more than 20 percent of its total capacity. Used in this way, a car battery can last a number of years. To achieve a large amount of current, a car battery uses thin plates in order to increase its surface area.
New, Used, & Rebuilt
People are always curious about buying replacement engines and transmissions for their vehicle and are normally very surprised to find out how easy it can be when done right. We use Jasper Transmissions & Engines to replace engines and transmissions. 3 year or 100,000 mile warranty on parts and labor.
Just keep all the good stuff like the alternator, starter, distributor, ac compressor, intake and exhaust manifold and once the replacement engine is installed these items can be re-attached just like they were before. This can save you a good bit as well when purchasing a replacement used engine.
Remember, your car runs on used parts and when dealing with us here at B&B Automotive Inc. you know you are dealing with a company that's been in the business for many years and knows how to deliver a great product.
A series of belts and hoses drive the engine accessories such as the alternator, water pump, power steering, and air conditioning in your vehicle including the timing, serpentine, and coolant belt.You don't want to be stuck on the road when a belt or hose cracks!Over time these belts and hoses lose their ability to expand and contract in the heat emitted by the engine causing them to crack or leak. Belts and hoses should be checked for excessive wear with every oil change (every 3,000 miles).
At B&B Automotive, our trained technicians can examine your belts and hoses and be able to tell you how much more life you can get out of them so you know when its time to get them replaced.
A network of sensors and switches convert and monitor engine operating conditions into electrical signals. The computer receives this information, and, based on information and instructions coded within this savvy computer program, commands are sent to three different systems: ignition, fuel, and emission control. Whenever a problem arises (as seen by that nagging "check engine" light), our service pros check whatever command is prompted, in addition to the status of your engine control computer and sensors. That way you'll know if your vehicle's performance is caused by a real problem, or just a sensor/computer issue.
To keep your engine running newer, longer, you need to keep up with your vehicle's most frequently needed service — an oil change. B&B Automotive Inc. is ready when you need that change with a full line of synthetic blend and full synthetic oil services. Full synthetic and synthetic blends have been engineered to provide superior engine protection over longer durations compared to conventional motor oils. And we've made it easy to find the oil change priced to your ride's specific needs.
Changing your ride's crucial lubricant on a regular basis helps cover your vital engine parts and protects them from excessive friction and heat. The longer oil flows through your engine parts, the more it begins to thicken and becomes less effective against engine wear, damage and overall performance. If you didn't change your oil at all? You could see permanent engine damage that could require extensive repairs or replacement. Not good.
Brake jobs extend beyond the obvious pads and shoes; a proper brake job checks everything from the pedal to the wheel. After all brakes are a system - it's only as safe as its weakest component. In other words, noisy brakes aren't something to mess around with. If you hear a sound or hear a vibration when you apply the brakes in your vehicle, have them checked out as soon as possible.
Brake rotors are an important component in the braking system that stops your vehicle.
- Rotors are the surface that brake pads push against to stop your vehicle
- Rotors must have a smooth surface to perform effectively
- Resurfacing rotors should be performed with pad replacement to reduce brake squeal
- Resurfacing prevents the cost of replacing rotors that can still meet manufacturer's specifications
Shock absorbers and struts do more than just provide a comfortable ride. Their most important function is to influence the control and handling characteristics of your vehicle. Without them, a vehicle would continually bounce down the road, making driving extremely difficult. Shocks and struts are designed to help keep your tires on the road. They control the action of the spring to resist bottoming out like when you hit a pothole and keep the movement of the springs under control when they rebound.
Shocks and struts wear out gradually over time, so you may not even be aware that they need replacing until it's too late!
Before you take a turn too hard or hit a pothole you weren't expecting, you might want to make sure that you're shocks and struts are in good performance. You should have your shocks and struts checked every 12,000 miles.
Your car's engine is made up of hundreds of complex components working together to ensure that your vehicle starts and runs properly. Over time, however, these components can wear out, resulting in a loss of performance and fuel economy. Here you'll learn what a "tune-up" is, and tips to help you know when it's time for a tune up. The technicians at B&B Automotive Inc. are trained to work on today's high tech engines. We're here to help maintain your vehicle and extend its life.
What Is A Tune-Up?
The nature of an engine "tune-up" has changed considerably over the years, but the basics of how a gasoline engine works has not. Clean gas and air needs to be driven to the vehicle's cylinders where combustion initiated by a spark plug creates the power necessary to move a heavy vehicle. Clogged fuel injectors, dirty air and fuel filters, and corroded spark plugs can all decrease engine performance and contribute to decreased gas mileage and performance. That's why we examine your vehicle's air filter when you stop in, and why we recommend that you follow manufacturers' recommendations for replacing such key components as fuel filters, PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) valves, and spark plugs when they are no longer working at maximum efficiency.
Time For A Tune-Up?
It may be time for a "tune-up" if you notice one or more of the conditions below when starting or driving your vehicle:
- a decrease in gas mileage
- a noticeable loss in power
- your engine running "rough" or stalling when at a stop
- engine "knocking" when accelerating or running-on after the ignition is turned off
- your "Check Engine" or "Service Engine" light remaining on after initial start
What you need to know about the B&B Automotive Inc. windshield & auto glass replacement process. Should you replace your windshield? That's a good question. B&B Automotive Inc. can replace to restore the structural integrity of the windshield and protect the occupants.
- B&B Automotive Inc. offers a complete auto glass product line including windshields, side window glass, and mirrors for cars, trucks, vans, SUVs
- B&B Automotive Inc. backs our work with the G12® windshield replacement guarantee
- B&B Automotive Inc. handles the insurance filing for you and works directly with all major insurance carriers
- B&B Automotive Inc. prefers after market windshields because they are produced at the same standards at a much REDUCED COST
- B&B Automotive Inc. supports the only standards for windshield replacement in the U.S., the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS). More than half of all B&B Automotive Inc. locations have achieved the standards to be registered with AGRSS
Automotive Inc. can replace damaged auto glass door windows, sidelites, back glass and vents.
At B&B Automotive Inc., auto glass of all types is a specialty. We replace damaged auto glass ranging from door windows to back windows to windshields and more - every day. Of course, you might not need replacement, so we handle all sorts of autoglass repairs as well.
Don't worry if your auto glass is broken by vandalism, burglary, tree limbs or hail stones. B&B Automotive Inc. replaces and repairs all kinds of auto glass for all car, truck, and other vehicle makes and models: door windows, sidelites, vents and back glass. From simple windshield chip repairs to full car window replacement, we do it all. We also work with your insurance company to make sure your claim is filed quickly.
You can trust your vehicle to the B&B Automotive Inc. certified auto glass specialists. Today automakers are including more and more technology into your car's auto glass, and our technicians keep up with the innovations. For example, you may not realize that your auto glass could contain heating elements, rain detectors, radio antennas, and temperature sensors. Our certified auto glass specialists know that these are just a few of the many things to keep in mind when getting your car or truck back to new.
At B&B Automotive Inc. we know Exhaust. Whether you just need a clamp fixed on your muffler, or you are interested in custom performance exhaust systems, Your Local B&B Automotive Inc. Shop can get the job done!
- Custom and Performance Exhaust Systems - Get the power and sound you are looking for!
- Catalytic Converter Replacement - Everything you ever wanted to know about catalytic converters!
How do exhaust systems work?
The purpose of the exhaust/emission system is to deaden the sound made by the internal combustion engine, reduce the temperature of the exhaust, and control the emissions that come out of your vehicle.
Vehicles create harmful gases during the combustion of fuel. The catalytic converter in the exhaust system turns these gases into mostly harmless ones that do much less damage to the environment.
Some of the harmful gases that the exhaust system controls are:
- Hydrocarbons (unburned)
- Carbon Dioxide
- Sulfur Dioxide
- Carbon Monoxide
- Nitrogen Oxides
- Lead and Other Metals