Choosing The Perfect Auto Body & Repair Shop
Being Involved In A Collision Is Stressful, But Choosing A Quality Collision Repair Facility Doesn't Have To Be
Your vehicle may be the second largest investment you make in your lifetime, so finding the perfect Auto Body & Repair Shop is essential. Asking the right questions and taking a tour of a collision repair business can help you decide if your investment will be in the best hands. If you feel comfortable after your visit, chances are you will be satisfied with the repair.
John D. Kelly
Don't get shaken up over vibration complaints. A customer brings their vehicle into your shop with a vibration complaint; you hesitate to take the job because you know that the success rate of diagnosing and repairing vibration concerns is not very high. You hate to turn away repair work, so you accept the job and hope you can find the problem. Many shops will begin by balancing the existing tires or by selling new tires to the customer; many times this will correct the vibration problem, but what if it doesn’t? Now what do you do?
The real story is that there are many other parts on a vehicle that can cause a vibration, even if they are balanced. Anything on a vehicle that rotates can cause a vibration. I like to group the rotating parts into different groups that are related to their common rotational speeds. The groups are listed from most likely cause to least likely cause:
The Honda pressure switch has a lot of say in what goes on in today's transmissions.
The Honda automatic transmission pressure switch might be small in size, but it can pack a mighty punch, causing drivability symptoms if it falls out of its acceptable parameters. Here at H&A Transmissions, Honda and Acura transmissions are our lifeblood. As a wholesaler, we focus on nothing but Honda and Acura transmissions all day, every day. We have done extensive research on these mighty little switches working on vehicles in our shop and working with other shops in our local community. In addition, we perform daily diagnostic work over the phone through our technical assistance department. We have seen and heard of many pressure switch problems out there causing flares, slips, harsh upshifts, harsh down shifts, late shifts, early shifts, you name it. With all the problems these little pressure switches can cause, there is good news. There is very little labor involved in replacing them as they are an external part and are able to be replaced without having to R&R the transmission. That’s always good news, right?
You will find these pressure switches on most Honda and Acura automatic transmission 4 cylinder and V6 applications, with the exception of a few models. Usually, you will find two pressure switches on one transmission. On most 4-speed applications, there will be one second clutch pressure switch and one third clutch pressure switch (see Figure 1). On most 5-speed applications, there will be one third clutch pressure switch and one fourth clutch pressure switch (see Figure 2). But on some of the later V6 models, you might find up to three pressure switches on one transmission. For example, the 2007 and newer Odysseys will have a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th clutch pressure switch. This is just more reason to have a good understanding on how these pressure switches work and the problems they can cause out there in the field.
5 Tips for Choosing the Right Auto Body Shop
It's not uncommon for estimates from different body shops to vary wildly. One shop might give you an estimate for $500 while another wants $2,000 for the work. What's the difference? And when is it OK to choose the cheaper shop? John Mallette, owner of Burke Auto Body & Paint, in Long Beach, California, knows better than most people how to choose a reliable shop. Mallette started working on cars when he was 12 years old and has been in the body shop business for 24 years. Here are some of his tips for choosing the right shop to work on your car — particularly when you're the one paying the bills.
Get Your Car Fixed Right Without Getting Ripped Off
For most consumers, auto body shops are intimidating and mysterious. The good ones restore your beloved car to gleaming perfection. The bad ones hide problems and stick you with a big repair bill. We talked with three veterans of the auto body industry, two of whom (Brian and Neal) run their own collision repair businesses and the third expert (Andy) who is a well-connected industry observer. Our sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, shed light on this shadowy world and offer suggestions on how to manage costs, avoid rip-offs and ensure that sure your car is fixed right.
How To Maintain Your Car's Fluid Levels
Just like a human being, your car needs fluids to survive. If they were taken away, your vehicle would quickly find its way to the shoulder and beg for a drink. Maintaining proper fluid levels is an essential and easy maintenance task. Even armchair mechanics can perform this one. It's fun, quick, and can add thousands of miles to the life of your car. This procedure is particularly important if you're planning on a long road trip and want to travel safely and efficiently.
The systems that need checking include the following:
Let's break them down.
How To Change Your Oil
One of the cornerstones of do-it-yourself car maintenance jobs is the home oil change. It's a simple process that requires few tools, and it's a sure way to save some money while you avoid the hassle of sitting in a dull waiting room somewhere reading outdated magazines. More than anything, the basic oil change is a great way to connect with your vehicle and take some control over its maintenance. The time you spend under the hood and under the car affords you an excellent opportunity to look around and see if anything else needs attention.
Vehicle owners need to know that their vehicle has been repaired safely by certified collision repair professionals who have the knowledge not only to do the job, but with perfection.
The I-CAR Gold Class Professionals™ validates that as a Collision Repair Center we are committed to providing the training necessary to keep our team up-to-date on the most current vehicle technology and repair procedures.
AutoBody Alliance supports an independent direct repair program with a number of insurance companies throughout the United States.
As a continuing education program, paint technicians must be recertified every 2 years to maintain their PPG Certification. Each time a recertification course is taken, the technician advances a level.
Car-O-Liner believes in practical training that can enhance your day to day operations. Our training programs are designed with 'Productivity and Profitability' in mind. Technicians operating equipment and performing repairs without proper training are not productive or profitable.
At the core of BASF training, it's an extensive curriculum of classes about product knowledge and use, refinish techniques, troubleshooting, specialty finish repair, and color matching.