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BRAKES FOR BREASTS

Brakes for Breasts

Help us put the Brakes on Breast Cancer – and in return, we’ll give you FREE Brake Pads!

All Car Shop has joined over 100 Independent Auto Repair Shops across the U.S.  to support Breast Cancer Vaccine Research for the the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund!

Can you Imagine a vaccine that would create a world free of breast cancer?
We can!

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Dr. Vincent Tuohy and his team at the Cleveland Clinic have successfully tested a Breast Cancer Prevention Vaccine in his lab and are working to take it to human trials.

Please help All Car Shop support Dr. Tuohy’s research and help create a world where your daughters and granddaughters will never have to worry about the tragedy of facing breast cancer. Right now his vaccine is specific to triple negative breast cancer, the most lethal form of breast cancer with no real treatment. We are about a year to going to bedside trials. Dr. Tuohy has received the funding that takes care of FDA, trials, etc., and our donations go strictly to research. The research is to continue the vaccine efforts with the other three forms of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer and possibly a host of other diseases. This is groundbreaking – don’t miss out on a chance to make a difference.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2019 there will be over 271,000 people diagnosed with Breast Cancer and over 42,000 will die.With those numbers it’s hard to find anybody who hasn’t been touched by Breast Cancer. Although treatment is better than it’s ever been, why do we wait until it happens to treat it – Let’s stop it before it happens.

During October, more than 100 independent auto repair shops from across the United States are offering free brake pads to their customers. For every brake service performed at our auto repair shop, our customers will receive their brake pads for free and just pay for the labor and other parts. We will donate 10% of that brake service to The Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research FundSo, schedule your appointment today and help us put the Brakes on Breast Cancer!

Would you like to make a monetary donation in our shops name instead? You can donate directly here

TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE FOR HURRICANE SEASON

Tips to prepare your vehicle for hurricane season

It’s hurricane season here in Florida. Hurricanes bring torrential rain and strong winds. Therefore, it is important to be prepared in case one does come your way.

These storms can cause damage to not only your home but your vehicle, too. Certain steps must be taken to protect your vehicle from an approaching storm. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for hurricane season:

Assemble An Emergency Kit.

You may not have roadside assistance. Even if you do, a car emergency kit can come in handy in the case of an emergency. When preparing for a storm, pack your trunk full of items that will aid you if an unexpected situation were to arise. You could even keep these items in your vehicle after hurricane season comes to an end. Here are a few items to include:

  • Jumper cables
  • Gas canister – strap to outside of vehicle
  • Tool kit
  • Tire jack
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Radio with batteries
  • Blanket
  • First aid kit
  • Water/Snacks
  • Car charger for your cell phone

Fill Up The Tank.

If you know of an approaching hurricane, fuel up the tank ahead of time. You can also fill up a gas canister, just in case. It can be difficult to get to a gas station if you wait. Along certain routes, supply may be limited. You may encounter long lines and stations completely out of gas. The sooner you fill up, the better off you will be. 

Complete Car Maintenance.

You should be keeping up with car maintenance all year long. However, not everyone does. As you are preparing for a hurricane, it is even more important to ensure your vehicle is in good running condition. If an evacuation is required you will rely on your car to get you to a safe location. Check the car’s fluid levels. This would include oil, transmission, brake, power steering, coolant, and windshield wiper fluids. In addition, you should check the vehicle’s belts, tires, and battery. If you do not feel comfortable performing these maintenance tasks, bring it to us here at All Car Shop. The last thing you need is to break down along the escape route. 

Park In A Safe Area.                                   

Park your car in a garage, if you have one. Back the vehicle into the garage. This way it will make it easier and faster to get the vehicle out in the case of an evacuation. If you do not happen to have a garage, park away from trees, power lines, light poles, and other things that could fall onto your vehicle and cause damage.Keep in mind, if there are down power lines they could still be live, so avoid at all costs. 

Know Your Evacuation Route

 You will want to map out the evacuation route ahead of time. Pay attention to the distance between gas stations and hotels. Traffic jams occur frequently and you may be sitting for hours on end. It’s a good idea to have a physical map of the state, so you can plan alternate routes even if you lose cell service. 

Hurricanes are unpredictable, making it difficult to plan ahead and often leads to last minute evacuations. The best thing to do is have a hurricane preparedness kit ready to go. Never drive through standing water, and tell others your travel plans and planned route. For more tips and advise you can visit The National Hurricane site. 

THE DANGERS OF D.I.Y. A/C RECHARGE KITS

AC DIY recharge kits and why they are a bad idea. All Car Shop

Summer is here, and we can feel the heat here in Central Florida! If your vehicle’s air conditioning isn’t holding up to the temperatures, you may need to have yourA/C Inspected. 

We’ve heard several people talking about those DIY manual recharge kits that let you add refrigerant into your system. Many of these kits seem like an easy, “too good to be true” alternative to a full AC Service, and that’s because it is too good to be true! 

Manual Recharge Basics

Manual recharge systems do not evacuate the freon in your system. Instead they add refrigerant on top of your current levels. It’s like adding fresh, new oil on top of old oil – topping off fluids does not solve any problems, it only temporarily covers up the symptoms. In fact, topping off can even lead to bigger problems and costly repairs!

Leaking refrigerant 

All Car Shop in Kissimmee ads dye to our a/c services to help determine where a/c leaks occur in your car

Refrigerant does not evaporate, it leaks. If your air conditioning is low on refrigerant, it is leaking refrigerant into the atmosphere. While the environmental impacts of leaking refrigerant are significant, DIY kits pose many more risks to your vehicle.

Contaminants in your system

Not only can refrigerant continue to leak into the atmosphere, but contaminants can leak into your system. Dirt, dust, and grime can build up inside your A/C, plugging up the hoses and pumps necessary to keep your car cool. Even water can wreak havoc in your A/C system.

Manual recharge kits often leave behind water in the lines. When water and refrigerant mix, they will hydrolyze, forming hydrochloric or hydrofluoric acids that can deteriorate parts, corrode metal, and fill the system with sludge. This can cause problems much more costly than the few dollars you save purchasing the DIY recharge kit.

Mixing Refrigerants

Because there are many types of refrigerant, you may not know if the refrigerant you are adding is the same as the refrigerant currently in your system. Mixing refrigerants can cause dangerous chemical interactions. In addition, mixing refrigerants can cause damage to the compressor or other parts of your A/C system. If you cannot identify the type of refrigerant in your system, you should have a professional evacuate the system and replace with new refrigerant rather than risking “topping off” with the wrong type.

Bigger Problems     

Orifice tube sludge from AC Stop leak.

Many recharge kits also feature a stop-leak sealer, claiming to fix and prevent leaks. One of two things typically happen with these sealers, either it won’t work at all and you will continue to leak refrigerant into the atmosphere, or it will stop the leak, and it will block your hoses, the compressor, and the pumps in your A/C!  Kits that offer a “stop-leak sealer” may temporarily plug leaks, but can interfere with system components and lead to larger, costly repairs. This “stop leak” doesn’t know where the leak is, so it blocks everything in its path. 

If there is a problem in the A/C system, DIY kits will only cover up the symptoms temporarily. Water and contaminants can get into the system, refrigerant can leak out into the environment, and leaks are not repaired. All of these factors can lead to even more problems, and more expensive repairs, for your vehicle.

Leave it to the experts here at All Car Shop   

Trust in our ASE Certified AC repair experts at All Car Shop in Kissimmee

A/C systems in vehicles require precision. Manufacturers determine a specific amount of refrigerant that is specific to your vehicle. When you bring your car to us for a recharge, you can trust that your air conditioning will be working properly without the harmful risks associated with the manual DIY kits. Our technicians are ASE Certified and are AC Specialists. To schedule an A/C inspection, recharge, or repair, call All Car Shop at 407-847-8433 and keep cool this summer! 

How would you like to save $50? Just mention this coupon to save on your AC Evacuation & Recharge! 

AUTO A/C SERVICE

auto a/c repair

When temperatures rise here in Florida, there’s nothing more refreshing than climbing into an ice cold air-conditioned car. Over time, however, your A/C system can wear out, from worn seals and o-rings to a damaged compressor – and your refreshingly cold blast of air … stops. That’s when All Car Shop steps in. 

When auto A/C systems break down, refrigerant (freon) leaks. Not only is refrigerant harmful to the environment, it’s also harmful to your vehicle. Leaking refrigerant can damage your car’s evaporator & compressor. Getting a car air conditioner service at the first sign of trouble will save you time and money. 

Here at All Car Shop our ASE Certified A/C Specialists are also EPA approved, and are here to get your car ice cold again in no time. Some common issues you may be experiencing are

  • Hot air blowing out of the A/C
  • Lack of pressure when the air blows out
  • Failure to blow air at all

If you are experiencing any of the above, or other auto air conditioning issues, you can trust All Car Shop in Kissimmee to be your dealer alternative. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment 407-847-8433. 

THANKSGIVING TRAVEL TIPS

Traveling for Thanksgiving? Here are some safety tips from us here at All Car Shop:

Plan Your Trip Ahead of Time

An effective strategy to avoid auto accidents is to plan the route you intend to take before your trip. Preparing for your trip can help put you at an advantage in several ways, such as:

  • Knowing your total travel time to reach your destination; this will allow you to plan enough time to reach your destination without rushing or compromising safety
  • Planning around peak traffic times in major cities along your route; avoid traffic and associated delays to arrive at your destination on time • Discovering construction along our route and other hazards that could add time to your travel
  • Identifying poor weather you may encounter on your trip and adding additional time to travel safely
  • Mapping alternate routes in case of delays so that adjusting your travel plan can be done easily in the moment

Perform Vehicle Maintenance

Be sure to take care of your vehicle prior to leaving so it can safely reach your destination.  Give us a call here at the shop at 407-847-8433 for all of your pre-trip maintenance. The following maintenance checks should be performed before your road trip:

  • Headlights, tail lights, brake lights and turn signals
  • Fluid levels – add fluid if levels are low
  • Windshield wipers, replacing if needed
    • Keep in mind you may encounter rain, sleet, or snow
  • Tire pressure
    • Your tire pressure may drop in cold temperatures, causing your tire light to illuminate. 
  • Tire tread
  • Battery and ignition system function
  • Thermostat, defrost and heating system
  • Exhaust system, to ensure proper functioning

Pack Emergency Supplies

Make sure your vehicle is equipped with emergency supplies in case of accident, poor weather or a breakdown. Keep the following items on-hand in your vehicle:

  • Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Cellphone charger and battery
  • Emergency radio (you can download a walkie-talkie app on your phone that will work even without cell service)
  • Cat litter to assist with tire traction
  • Blankets
  • Food
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medicines
  • Flashlights
  • Basic tool set
  • Water
  • Pet supplies, if you are traveling with a pet

Keep contact information for your roadside assistance plan handy in case you experience a flat tire or breakdown during your Thanksgiving travel.

Top off your gas tank each time you stop to avoid running out of gas; never let the tank fall below one-fourth full. 

Never Drive Drowsy

If you intend to drive for long periods of time during the Thanksgiving holiday, make sure you get plenty of rest the night before.

Drowsy driving can have the same effect on drivers as consuming alcohol. Sleep deprivation can significantly impair your decision-making abilities and reaction times.

If you begin to feel tired or drowsy while driving, pull over to a safe location and take a rest break. If necessary, take a 15 to 20-minute nap or step out of your vehicle and take a walk around to get some fresh air. If possible, allow a second driver to take over when you feel you need to rest.

Eliminate Distractions

Another travel tip our attorneys highly recommend is to cut distractions while driving during the Thanksgiving holiday. You may be able to avoid a serious auto accident by eliminating these common driver distractions:

  • Talking or texting on a cellphone
  • Eating or drinking

Keep these tips in mind, and if you have any concerns about your vehicle prior to travel please don’t hesitate to give us a call here at All Car Shop. 

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