Express Aisle

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 22 October 2013

The express aisle should be just that. 20 items or less. As I approach the express aisle or a regular isle I am looking for the one with the smallest line and the fewest number of items in the cart. I experienced the express isle from hell the other day. 

The person in front of me was elderly. Granted I qualify for a Golden Buckeye Card, but refuse to admit it. 

What I seen from this point on was pure slow motion. It took for ever for him to place the items on the counter and while putting the items on the counter he gets a check book out. My heart sank! Instead of starting to write the check he just stood there and waited until the clerk process his items. 

The clerk had to tell him the price three times before he heard her. Now he starts writing the check. We are talking about slow motion writing. He finally starts to tear the check out and stopped and went to the ledger and started filling it out. My thoughts we O my God. 

Several minutes later he get the ledger filled out and goes back to removing the check from the check book. The check starts to rip and my heart sinks again. I knew if he had to write another check it would take at least five more minutes. 

The clerk puts the check in a check reader and on the credit card machine a signature is required. The clerk explains sir you need to sign the display panel. He responds with why. So the clerk explains why. He signs, but above the signature box. The clerk request sir you need to sign again you didn't push hard enough. I watch him sign above the box again. I tell the clerk he is signing above the box. On the third try he signs in the box. 

Now he takes his time and starts putting his check book away. Yes it gets better now he starts to put his bags in the cart. Every bit of twenty minutes passed while I watched this ordeal happen. It took me far longer to check out than it did to shop. 

On the way out to the parking I am thinking I hope I don't get behind this person getting out of the parking lot. I thought I got lucky because I didn't. I notice traffic is backed up on the highway. Low and behold there he is driving 30 mph in a 55 mph zone. 

Is this what I have to look forward to in 20 years. Maybe then I will understand.

Do It Yourself A/C Pro

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 22 October 2013

I just saw a commercial on TV for a product called AC Pro.

 

Being a Master Certified Technician and owner of an automotive repair facility I would like to inform my Clients and the public why you shouldn't add freon to a system yourself. They say in the chimerical why pay hundreds of dollars for something you can do yourself, I will tell you why:  

  1. If the system is low on freon and causing insufficient cooling the freon leaked out.   When the freon leaks out air gets in. Air in a freon system will cause problems.   When you attach the hose of the do it yourself freon can you induce air into the system,  the air that is in the hose before the freon comes out of the can. The air from the hose and the air that leaked into the system as the freon leaked out, now you have far more air than the system can handle.   
  2. The gauge on the do it yourself can of freon is only reading the low pressure side of the system. How accurate is that gauge. What is the high side of the system reading? That number is of equal importance.  
  3. If stop leak is induced with the freon and this stop leak contacts any moisture it turns into a slurry and plugs the evaporator and condenser. The air we talked about allows moisture in the form of humidity.   
  4. Over charging or under charging a system can damage the compressor. When a professional charges the system they vacuum the system dry with a pump. They replace the freon charge to the manufacture specifications without inducing air or stop leak into the system.   You may think you are saving a few bucks by doing it yourself, but you take the risk of damaging the system and costing you thousands to repair it to operating condition again.

1994 Plymouth Sundance Rust Repair

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 22 October 2013

Plymouth Rust Repair

Here you can see the at the top of the rear shock there is a bracket inside the fender well that the shock mounts to. This bracket rusted off the vehicle. We cut the rust out and installed a used panel is serviceable condition. We also replaced a section of the spare tire cavity.

Sludge Engine

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 22 October 2013

Sludge Engine

Sludge in the valve cover

 

How many different opinions or recommendations have you heard concerning changing the engine oil. One fact for sure, if the oil is not changed frequently enough it will cause a sludge build up in the engine. Oil change frequency varies depending on the driving conditions. This sludge can cause restrictions in the flow of the engine oil and ultimately damage the engine. The illustrations above are two different engines the black looking pictures are the sludge build up and the lighter is an engine that had more frequent oil changes.

 

 

 

Parking

13. 10. 21
Last Updated: 22 October 2013

Watch out for falling trees!

 

This is not what you want to see when you come out of the house to get into your car.