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A/C Problems Demystified

June 30th, 2016

Believe it or not, the A/C system in your vehicle is fairly simple in principle and design. Like your refrigerator, it operates on a cycle of compression and expansion of a gas, known as refrigerant. The compressor turns the gas into a liquid, and as the gas evaporates it provides cooling. Like your refrigerator, its main components are: 
 
  • Compressor
  • Condenser 
  • Receiver/dryer
  • Thermostatic expansion valve
  • Evaporator
  • Refrigerant
  • Blower 
The good news is most automotive A/C systems have become very robust and reliable compared to cars from a generation ago. Most of the time, poor performance is due to low refrigerant levels due to lea ...[more]
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Spring Is In the Air – Is Your Vehicle Ready?

March 2nd, 2016
It’s March and it may not be warming up just yet, but you know that spring is right around the corner. The buds will be coming out on the trees, flowers blooming, birds tweeting, and it’ll be time to get your vehicle back in shape after the rigors of a rough winter.
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Six Hot Tips on Cool Air Conditioning

June 24th, 2015

Summer is here, and it’s time to start thinking about your car’s AC system! Nobody likes driving around in a hot, stuffy car, and a car with an AC system which only works marginally is somehow almost even worse than one which doesn’t work at all. Let’s go through a few tips which can help you keep your ride a little more comfortable this summer…

Remember a cars AC system is really a heat exchanger which moves hot air out of your vehicle, then replaces it with cold air. One thing you can do to help improve its efficiency is to leave your windows down an inch or two (if possible) when you park the car, helping to prevent excess heat buildup. When you start the car and begin to drive off, lower all the windows for the first minute or two to help move hot air out of the car more quickly, giving the AC system a chanc ...[more]

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Short Cuts around Minor Car Problems

June 1st, 2015

Auto Repair in Roanoke, VAAt Star City Tire and Battery Service, of course we want your auto repair business…but not everything qualifies as auto repair! We ran across a few fun tips that can make your life go a little easier when it comes to your car and thought we’d share them with you.

  • Over time, the battery in your remote-entry key fob will weaken and the fob won’t be as effective. If you’ve noticed its range decreasing, try holding the fob against your head or under your chin. It sounds weird, but the idea is to couple the fob’s signal with your head; all the capacitance in your skull will serve as a conductor and turn your head into an antenna. It can extend the fob’s wireless range by 10 or 20 yards!
  • A frozen car lock can be a real nuisance – the alcohol in hand ...[more]
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End of Summer Auto Repair

September 1st, 2014

auto repair roanoke vaFall is quickly approaching as schools resume classes and summer rapidly draws to an end. Taking advantage of summer’s glow one last time, many travelers will set off for their final road trip of this season. Before hitting the wide-open-road, seek auto repair from Star City Tire and Battery Service of Roanoke, VA for routine check-ups and preventative maintenance to guarantee hassle-free travel. Consider these quick auto repair tips or inspections before leaving town and avoid preventable vehicle malfunctions. Star City Tire and Battery Service in Roanoke, VA encourage customers to follow these tips:

Headlights: Headlight restoration, repair and maintenance is imperative before night travel of any capacity. Inspect headlights for clarity and proper operations before leaving Roanoke, VA. ...[more]

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Keep Your Cool This Summer

June 17th, 2014

Auto-Repair-ACBefore the blazing sun of summer leaves you sweating and feverishly rolling down the windows, consult a mechanic to inspect your air conditioning system for leaks, cracks or other malfunctions. There is no greater summertime discomfort than peeling yourself out of a scorching vehicle. Beat the heat with air conditioning repair. Like most auto repair an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of good. Never allow a tiny problem turn into a disaster; as a minor air conditioning repair is often relatively quick and inexpensive, while a larger fix may not be.

As the air conditioning system in a vehicle ages, constant check-ups and addressing small problems will save both time and money in the future. If the air conditioning system in a vehicle is not offering the cooling power it once did, there are several preventative measures whi ...[more]

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