(641) 628-9294

1400 Washington St. | Pella, IA 50219
HOURS: Monday–Friday 7:30 AM–5:30 PM

Air Conditioning / AC Service

Have you ever felt sweat dripping down your back while you are driving? Does your AC make a lot of noise while running? Don’t want to run your AC because it smells funny?

You may need the experts at West End Auto. we understand that comfort is crucial when you are driving. If you notice that your car is not cooling down as it should, it is likely that your air conditioning system needs service or repair.

At West End Auto, we do things differently. During an AC diagnostic, our technicians will inspect the belts for cracks, the compressor for leaks, the electrical components for connectivity, and the entire system for low pressure—we do more than your ordinary air conditioning system check. Your car is a complex machine, and it demands a full diagnostic treatment and service. That means a full inspection to make sure we get to the root of the problem and don’t simply treat the symptoms.

Air Conditioning System Basics

Your vehicle’s air conditioning system cools, purifies, and circulates air throughout the vehicle to promote a comfortable cabin environment and prevent driver fatigue. The air conditioning
system operates in a continuous cycle, sending refrigerant through a sealed system to remove hot air from the cabin compartment.

As the refrigerant flows through the air conditioning system, it is turned from a hot gas into a liquid, which is then cooled, turned into a gas again, and vaporized in order to absorb heat from the cabin. At the end of the cycle, the cool air is blown into the cabin.

This cycle is made possible by the drive belt, which drives the compressor, the main component of the air conditioning system. The compressor works in concert with the condenser, evaporator, and other parts. If any of these components cease to operate efficiently, the functionality of the entire system is at risk. When the performance of your vehicle’s air conditioning diminishes, allow us to identify and solve the issue through an AC diagnostic.

A/C Recharge

When your A/C system does not cool the vehicle cabin properly, it might be time to recharge the system. Refrigerant is the liquid running through your A/C system, cooling down as it flows which ultimately converts hot air into cool. Without this liquid, your air conditioner won’t be able to do its job.

If you notice that it’s taking too long to cool down the cabin, an inspection or A/C recharge may be necessary.

Ask our service advisor to have your A/C recharged when there is a significant change in the quality of air, or there’s just no cold air coming out of the vents.

Without enough refrigerant in the system, your A/C won’t be able to create cool air in the summer and might not be able to defrost in the winter. A/C is a closed system, so a lack of refrigerant is a big sign that something else is wrong.

If ignored long enough, you might not realize the whole system is failing. From a safety standpoint there is little safety risk, but the air in the cabin can become very uncomfortable. From an environmental point of view, there is significant impact because leaking refrigerant is poisonous and could be ingested by children, pets or other animals.

Brake Rotor Replacement

Is your brake pedal vibrating when you’re trying to stop?

Your brake rotors might need to be replaced. Brake pads and rotors share similar wear patters as they work together to stop your vehicle.

When a rotor is removed from the brake assembly, the rotor will be inspected for cracks and other damage incurred during routine operation. Periodic inspections of rotors will prolong rotor repairs and replacements while ensuring your brake system continues operating as expected.

The service intervals for your brake rotors are indicated in your owner’s manual, or as wear and tear dictates and is an important part of brake maintenance. If you are wondering if a rotor replacement is right for your vehicle, please ask one of the West End Auto technicians today.

Brake Rotor Basics

The brake rotors, in conjunction with the brake pads, help bring your vehicle to a complete stop.

Commonly made of cast iron, rotors are discs mounted to the wheel hub. When you press the brake pedal, the brake pads compress against the rotors and slow your wheels.

Rotor design vary from vehicle to vehicle and brake system to brake system. Variations in design help dissipate the heat created between the brake pads and the rotors when you slow your vehicle.

Disc brake systems can account for heat dissipation in two ways: either the rotors will have a ventilated design, or the brake pads will contain a slot on the surface. These vents and slots provide passages so air circulation can effectively cool the rotor. Proper heat dissipation is extremely important for prolonging the life of your rotors. Drivers are encouraged to watch their brake rotors and seek rotor repairs or rotor replacements when necessary.

Batteries

Your car’s starting system, charging system and battery help ensure dependable vehicle operation. Driving habits, such as frequent engine on/off cycles, will cause more wear on the starter than a simple trip back and forth to work. Other factors include:

  • Driving in extreme weather conditions (hot & cold)
  • Mileage
  • Vehicle age

West End Auto does a complimentary battery test with each oil service that we perform.

Brake Inspection Service

We recommend that you have your brakes inspected at least once a year, or if you experience any of the following:

  • Spongy brake pedal
  • Hard brake pedal
  • Brake warning light that stays on
  • Continuously squealing or grinding brakes
  • Shimmy in steering wheel when applying the brakes

Our brake service can take an hour and a half to two hours. We disassemble the brake caliper brackets, clean and lubricate all contact points and slides. This will make sure that your pads move the way they were designed to, help to lengthen pad life and improve braking performance. Every brake service includes either resurfacing, machining or replacing brake rotors.

Brake inspections are crucial to ensuring safe driving conditions. Determining when to seek an inspection will depend on your driving conditions and preferences. The goal of our brake inspection is to find, diagnose, and discuss any issues while recommending brake repair procedures.

During a brake inspection, we may discover that your brake system requires new brake pads or shoes, or the installation of new brake calipers or wheel cylinders. Alternatively, we may need to drain and replace your old brake fluid to rid the brake lines of air, dirt and other contaminants. If your brake lines and hoses show cracks or heat damage, we may suggest replacements.

Brake Basics

Brakes use friction to bring a vehicle to a complete stop. This friction creates a substantial amount of heat that can degrade the brakes and brake components over time.

As a result, inspecting these components and ensuring proper operation has become a critical part of overall vehicle maintenance. Although brake systems vary from vehicle to vehicle, the responsibility and importance of the components remains the same.

Today, some common brake types include drum and disc brakes. Drum brakes contain brake shoes, drums, wheel cylinders, springs, and self-adjusters. Disc brakes contain brake pads, rotors, calipers, and hydraulic components.

Depending on the design of the rear brake system, the parking brake assembly, which keeps the vehicle from rolling once stopped, can be housed in either a drum or rotor. All of these components, including the brake pedal and brake fluid, should be checked during a brake inspection service to help ensure that a vehicle is safe to operate.

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West End Auto is the place to visit prior to a long road trip. They made sure our vehicle was safe and prepared for the summer heat. What a great value to have that peace of mind before a long vacation on the road! ~ Sarah