If your headlight lenses are all cloudy, there are other options besides replacing them?
Replacing a headlight assembly can cost hundreds of dollars. Luckily there is something you can do about cloudy headlamps.
First let’s talk about why the headlamps are so cloudy. Back in the day, vehicles’ headlights were glass. These were heavy, could crack, and had practical limits as to their shape, so auto manufacturers started using plastic headlight lenses. Road grime and UV light take a toll on the plastic surface. Over time the lenses get cloudy and discolored. Just look at the vehicles in any parking lot and you’ll see a lot of that.
Because a disproportionate amount of traffic accidents happen at night, smart drivers make sure they have maximum visibility. Cloudy lenses reduce the amount of light that gets out on the road which, in turn, can really hurt the time you have to respond to hazards in the road.
Fortunately, Douglas Automotive Repair can restore your lenses. Using a combination of special cleaners and polishes, the cloudy and discolored layer is removed. This service costs a fraction of replacing the headlight assembly.
How costly it is will depend on the size of the lens and how badly it is clouded. The can be used on brake lights, turn signals and tail lights as well. If it’s been over a year since you replaced your headlamp bulbs, they may have started to dim. You can ask us about options to replace or even upgrade your headlamp bulbs.
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Ever get musky odors coming from your car’s air vents? It’s fairly common. Moisture can accumulate in the air conditioning/heating ventilation system allowing mold, mildew, fungus and bacteria to grow.
Disinfecting and deodorizing is a process. Depending on how bad the problem is, there are a couple of approaches Douglas Automotive Repair may take to get rid of the unwanted smells. For mild situations (especially on newer vehicles), a special deodorizing disinfectant is introduced into the ventilation system. This may be an aerosol or a mist application.
The treatment kills the offending organisms and deodorizes the system. Sometimes in older vehicles, a good deal of mildew or other microorganisms can grow on the air conditioning evaporator which is housed in the heating/air conditioning air blend box behind the dashboard. In cases like this, Douglas Automotive Repair fills the blend box with disinfecting foam that can eliminate stubborn organisms and return a fresh, clean scent. In all of this, don’t forget your cabin air filter. This is the filter that cleans the air coming into the passenger compartment of your vehicle.
Drivers can replace the cabin air filter to eliminate unpleasant odors. It is the first line of defense. Changing the cabin air filter as needed can actually prevent further contamination problems downstream. If you are experiencing any unusual odors, sounds, vibrations, etc., give us a call. We can recommend the next steps to discover what the problem is and what it will take to set it right.
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Our February Shop Specials are posted. Visit our website to check them out!
Give us a call today to take advantage before they go away!
Batteries are a huge part of modern life. Think of how many battery chargers you have.
Of course, our purpose here is to talk about your car battery. When people come into Douglas Automotive Repair and need a new battery, they’re really not that happy about having to spend the money. But the fact is that 70 percent of batteries don’t make it for 4 years.
There are some things that you can do to extend the life of your battery. First, keep it clean. If you see it getting dirty or greasy, let us know at Douglas Automotive Repair and we can clean it off. A dirty battery runs hotter, and that shortens its life. If your battery terminals are corroded, let us take a look at that, too. We can clean them, and if the corrosion has gotten into the battery cables, we can replace them.
Also, running your battery way down is bad for it. Things, like running the headlights or watching a DVD player with the car, turned off can deeply deplete your battery. The typical battery can only take about 10 of those deep cycle depletions before it gives up the ghost.
Because we often take short trips around town with lots of stops for errands, our batteries can end up not getting fully recharged just by driving around. That also shortens battery life. You can hook up a good quality automatic battery charger at home from time to time. We recommend charging once a month during hot months and every three months during cold months.
Now when it’s finally time to get a new battery, we can help you find the right replacement. We’ll always make sure to meet your manufacturer’s recommendations. If you have special needs, like live in a very cold climate or run a lot of electrical accessories, we can look at an upgrade that’ll give you the power you need.
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This new year, we wish to thank you for your business and hope we’re able to continue to serve your automotive repair needs for many years to come! We know you have a choice about where you have your vehicles serviced, and want to thank you for the trust and confidence you place in us. This has been the key ingredient in our success.
From our family to yours–Happy New Year!
Doug & Caryn Meyer and the entire staff at Douglas Automotive Repair
Are you and your family planning to drive to a holiday get-together this year? Whether you’re heading to Grandma’s cottage or a favorite vacation spot to celebrate holidays with family or friends, Douglas Automotive Repair has simple tips to help make your drive a smooth one, so you can arrive at your destination safely and without incident.
- Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained. If maintenance is not up to date, have your car and tires inspected before you take a long drive.
- Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads during the most popular times of the year. If possible, consider leaving earlier or later to avoid heavy traffic.
- Keep anything of value in the trunk or covered storage area.
- If you’re traveling with children, remind them not to talk to strangers. Go with them on bathroom breaks and give them whistles to be used only if the family gets separated.
- Have roadside assistance contact information on hand, in case an incident occurs on the road.
- In case of an emergency, keep a cell phone and charger with you at all times. AAA and many other companies offer smartphone applications that enable motorists to request help without making a phone call.
With a little prep, you can leave the road-trip stress at home and enjoy your holiday with family and friends.
Give Douglas Automotive Repair a call today to have your vehicle checked out before you hit the road.
Douglas Automotive Repair is pleased to be able to offer our customers another way to help you keep track of your vehicle maintenance needs. Not only do we offer you an owners website where you can access your vehicle records for the past two years, but we can also send email reminders for appointments, and other mileage based maintenance reminders.
Once a month, you’ll receive word of our current specials!
Take advantage of this service! It’s free and easy–just make sure we have your email. If you haven’t signed up already, visit our website today, or just give us a call.