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What Usually Causes A Car A/C to Stop Working?

You rely on your vehicle's air conditioning system to keep you comfortable on the road. When an issue with the A/C occurs unexpectedly, you'll find yourself driving in the heat with no relief. The entire HVAC, or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, system is a complex system that is interconnected in some ways. The air conditioning system is run by a compressor which is driven by the engine, along with pressure lines and refrigerant.  The following symptoms are indications that there is an issue with your vehicle's air conditioning system:  No air coming out of vents Air is warm when A/C is turned on Strange noises coming from vents when A/C is on Mold or Mildew smell  If you're experiencing any of the issues listed above, chances are you have a problem within the A/C system. Let's look at some of the most common causes of a failing vehicle A/C.  Common A/C problem causes include the following:  Low refrigerant Damaged compre ... read more

Offering Contactless Service During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the globe, times are uncertain and there is great concern for the well being of our friends, families, and loved ones. Here at Dave's Automotive, we understand how important reliable auto care is to your daily lives, even among the COVID-19 shutdowns and stay at home orders. Many of those working in essentials fields such as law enforcement and healthcare still need a reliable vehicle to get them to work every day to continue saving lives and serving our community. Even those who may be out of work at the moment still need a reliable car to get them to the store to retrieve essentials such as food and sanitary supplies. This is why Dave's Automotive remains open to serve you and your family.  Auto repair is considered essential to keeping our community viable during this time and it is our number one goal to keep our staff, our valued customers and the community as a whole safe and healthy.  Here are some of the ways in w ... read more

What's That Sound? Car Noises and What They Indicate

After driving your vehicle for years, you get accustomed to the way it drives and the sounds it makes. So when you hear a sound that is off, you may be alarmed and unsure if your vehicle needs a repair or not. Depending on the sound, your vehicle could be letting you know that something is amiss. It also depends on when you hear the noise, whether it just starts happening nonstop or if it only happens when you step on the brakes or start your car. Lets take a look at some of the common car noises and what they can indicate.  A screeching noise under the hood can indicate a worn serpentine belt or a faulty engine pulley. The screeching sound will be respective, almost like you hear the noise every time the belt goes around once. Belts are extremely important and will need to be replaced at the first sign of wear, because a broken belt means a broken down vehicle.  A hissing noise under the hood can indicate a broken hose. A broken hose can be the source of a fluid leak ... read more

Is it Safe to Drive with Your TPMS Warning Light On?

Is it Safe to Drive with Your TPMS Warning Light On?

The TPMS warning light, seen above, is your vehicle's Tire Pressure Monitoring System warning light. When this light turns on, your vehicle is letting you know that it has detected that one or more of your tires has low tire pressure.  Proper tire inflation is important for a number of reasons. It is vital for proper handling, longer tire life, optimal fuel efficiency, and increasing your ability to drive safely in all weather conditions.  You see this warning light come on and wonder, is it safe to drive with the TPMS warning light on? If the light has just turned on and you need to find your way to our shop or to an air pump, you should be fine. However, continuing to drive your car with the light on is not safe. Here's why! When you drive your vehicle with low tire pressure, you are causing your tire to wear down excessively and prematurely. This is eventually going to cost you a new tire much sooner than you would have if you had the proper tire inflation. You ... read more

Winter Car Hack: Use Cooking Spray to Stop Car Doors from Freezing!

Driving in the winter weather can cause stress and be frustrating at times if you find that your vehicle has completely frozen over, making it more timely to get to your destination. There a few winter car hacks that have been tested that aim to make your life easier when it comes to severely cold weather. Often times, rain or snow can cause the rubber seal between your car doors to freeze, making it difficult to get inside. Here is a fun and safe car hack that involves using good ol' cooking spray to prevent this from happening! Here are the steps for using cooking spray to prevent car doors from freezing:  Try to do this process during the afternoon for the next day, such as when you get home from work. Remember, this is a preventative hack so you should aim to do this before the coldest time of the day or night.  Grab cooking spray from inside your home.  Open your car door and spray the cooking spray on the rubber seal that lines your car door. Be sure to get ... read more

Items to Carry in Your Car This Winter

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Dave's Automotive! We know that the holidays mean that many of us will be out and about traveling to visit family and friends, and our goal here at our shop is to make sure that your vehicle is safe and reliable on the road.  When you hit the road for a trip this holiday season, having your vehicle inspected here at Dave's Automotive will guarantee that your car will be safe. If we catch any issues, we can take care of them before you leave so that you don't find yourself in a stressful breakdown situation on your journey.  Emergency situations can happen, and we want to help you be as prepared as possible for the road this winter. Here are some of the most important items to carry in your vehicle this winter: Spare tire, jack, and wrench Jumper cables Blankets and extra costs Cell phone charger Flashlights Flares First aid kit Water Non-perishable snacks and food Hand warmers Having all of the items listed ab ... read more

Check Out These Decked Out Football Fan Cars!

Check Out These Decked Out Football Fan Cars!

It's football season, and many of us are so excited that we wear our jerseys and sports gear proud to show our support of our favorite teams. However, these fans take it to the next level with these AMAZING deck out football fan cars!  Whether you have a decked out football fan car or just your standard regular vehicle (we figure the latter), you can trust that the experts here at Dave's Automotive in Stockertown, PA have got you covered with all of your vehicle's Stockertown auto repair and service needs. 

How to Test Your Car Battery

You get into your vehicle in the morning to find it won't start - you immediately become stressed out, especially because you have somewhere to be. You wonder, is it my car battery? Did I leave a light on over night inside of my vehicle? Luckily, there is way that you can have your vehicle's battery tested to determine the correct cause of the car starting issue.  Aside from a dead battery, a faulty alternator can also cause issues with keeping your car started and running. The enitre starting and charnging system works together to start your vehicle, so any wires, circuits, fuses, or parts within this system can also cause start up problems.  If you prefer to do it the easy way, you can just get your vehicle brought into Dave's Automotive where we can test your vehicle's battery and alternator and figure out the issue first hand. You can also remove your car battery and bring into our shop for testing as well.  If you wish to test your battery yoursel ... read more

Tips for Taking Better Care of Your Vehicle

Most car owners are familiar with their regular vehicle services, such as the oil change and vehicle inspections. While these services are very important, preventative maintenance is also needed in order to ensure that your vehicle runs smoothly and to help you avoid major repairs.  A poorly maintained vehicle won't run well and will have much lower fuel efficiency. It will also be at risk for breakdowns, major issues, and more needed repairs. Staying current with your vehicle's scheduled maintenance recommendations in the owner's manual, checking fluid levels, and changing the fluids and filters periodically will actually prolong the life of the brakes, engine, transmission, and cooling system.  Here are some of our tips for taking better care of your vehicle and staying current with preventative maintenance:  Never miss a motor oil interval!  Oil filters need to be changed regularly as well Transmission fluid exchange every 50,000 miles or so Coo ... read more

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