13. 10. 28
Last Updated: 28 October 2013

Halloween Witch

Ford Focus Heater Control Cable Function

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 22 October 2013

I want to give you the findings of the cause of the continuing problem with the heater controls on your Focus.  When Client picked it up the last time, I explained to her that there was resistance coming from the heater box blend doors  when the knobs were operated.

Ford Focus with dash removed

I order to manually operate the the blend doors the dash needed to be removed.  What we found is exactly what I suspected,  the blend doors are getting hung up on the foam that seals the door when they are closed.

The heater box is a sealed unit and must be replaced as a new assembly.  One of the attached pictures illustrate what must be removed to obtain access to the heater control box.  The other picture is the actual heater box that needs to be replaced.

At this point if you do not wish to repair the defective part, I will have my Technician put your car back together, at no charge to you.  This procedure was necessary to confirm the cause of the continuing problem of the knobs breaking. Unfortunately, I can no longer  warranty the cable assemblies, unless the heater box is replaced.

The heater box includes a new heater core and evaporator.  Should either one of these components fail at a later date,  the dash would need removed again to replace them.   All in all it is not only going to fix the control knobs, but you will get two other vital components replaced at the same time.

Ford Focus heater box

Engine Oil Change Frequency

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 22 October 2013

My question is how many miles should I go between oil changes.  I have heard from 3-7 thousand. 

Engine Oil Sign

Very controversial question and with that in mind I will give you my opinion on how often engine oil should be changed.  First, understand that oil is the lubricant for the internal moving parts of the engine.  As the engine runs, carbon created by the internal-combustion engine along with condensation due to the heating and cooling down of the engine contaminate the oil.  The contamination breaks down the oil's ability to lubricate the bearings and other moving parts inside your engine. The amount of contaminate in the oil is directly proportional to the longevity of your engine. The more miles you drive,  the dirtier the oil gets and the faster the engine wears out.  I hope you have the necessary information to make your own decision.  Personally, I recommend every 3,000 miles for standard engine oil and every 5,000 for fully synthetic engine oil.  On vehicles with 4 and 5 quart capacities, vehicles with higher capacities can go more miles between changes. 



Customer Appreciation Day

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 22 October 2013

AIS Customer Appreciation Day

Customer appreciation day was a great success! The turn out exceeded my expectations, the accommodations were more than acceptable, the food provided by Crowbar & Grill was a big hit.  Again a big Thank You to all our clients for your continuing support of our business. It is our goal to provide you with the best possible service, quality work, and a friendly atmosphere. 

AIS Customer Appreciation Day

Monster Jam Update

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 22 October 2013

Monster Jam event, January 5th 2013, Columbus OH. 

AIS Owner Jim Carpenter at Monster Jam

Auto Inspection Service was selected by District Manager Matt Humes as the V.I.P. shop in his district to attend the Monster Jam event. Before the show started Matt and myself were interviewed by the announcer. 

Advance Auto Parts supplied the tickets and pit passes for all my employees and their families. We conducted a drawing and gave away two tickets on the radio (True Oldies WQTT 1270) and the winner of the tickets was Jeff Atkisson. 

I want to thank Matt and Advance Auto Parts for this opportunity to be part of the Monster Jam event.