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A Brief History of the Windshield Wiper

May 31st, 2017
People hadn’t been driving cars for very long before they realized that visibility in the rain was going to be a problem, and hanging one’s head out the window to see wasn’t really a solution. There had to be something to clear a car’s windshield of rainwater.Windshield Wipers Montgomery, AL
 
The very first designs for the windshield wiper were credited to a Polish concert pianist named Jozef Hofmann, as well as Mills Munitions of Birmingham, England. In fact, at least three inventors claimed patents for windshield wiper-type systems right about the same time. In the end, American inventor Mary Anderson received credit for the first operational windshield wiper, back in 1903. Anderson’s “window cle ...[more]
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How To Maintain A New Car

May 25th, 2017

So you got a new set of wheels – congratulations! You’re going to want to hang onto it as long as possible, so you’ll want to keep it maintained as well as you Car Maintenancecan. Here are some suggestions:

First, read the owner’s manual carefully and stick to manufacturer’s recommendations for service intervals. There are certain things that are critical enough that failure to adhere to recommendations can void a new car warranty. Don’t let that happen!

For instance, just about every manufacturer recommends synthetic oil for their engines; it provides better protection in just about every respect, and it’s more stable at high and low temperatures. If your owner’s manual prescribes a 10,000-mile oil change, stick with that and be sure to use the bra ...[more]

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Uh Oh…My Check Engine Light Is On

March 30th, 2017

So you come out to start your car one morning and the Check Engine light on the dashboard comes on…and doesn’t go back off again. You can’t really notice any difference in the way the car runs and drives, but it’s on anyway.

What does it mean?Check Engine Light

Since the late 80s, most engine functions have been controlled by a central drivetrain computer. This includes emissions controls, fuel metering and delivery, ignition timing, shift points and many other elements of drivability and performance. The drivetrain computer relies on information from a chain of sensors that monitor exhaust composition, camshaft position, throttle position and many other factors.

The voltage readings from any of these sensors are supposed to fall within a certain range. When ...[more]

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The Things We See...

March 11th, 2017
Today's vehicles don't need nearly as much maintenance or repair as a generation ago. That doesn't mean they don't get problems, though...and these are some of the more common ones we see at Don Duncan's All American Auto & Tire Centers.
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Announcing Back-To-School Discounts on Tires and Oil Changes!

August 8th, 2016

For kids, summer vacation seems like it goes on forever. For adults, those couple of months fly by and the next thing you know, it's time to buy some new clothes Auto & Tire Discounts Montgomery, ALand school supplies for the kids, or pack those college students up and get them ready for dorm life and fall semester again.

At Don Duncan's All American Auto & Tire Centers in Montgomery, AL, we're making back-to-school time a little easier with discounts on tires and oil changes!

Everyone knows the importance of regular oil changes. Motor oil protects your engine from the friction between moving parts that would otherwise quickly burn it up. Motor oil deteriorates over time, however, picking up acids, carbon and tiny metal particles that make it lose its lubricating properties. Regular oil changes are essen ...[more]

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What's Leaking From My Car?

July 14th, 2016
You go out to your car, start it up, pull out of your parking space and see a puddle of...something...where you were parked a moment ago. This is never a good Auto Repair Montgomery, ALfeeling. What could it be? 
 
Fortunately, some automotive fluids are dyed different colors to make this a little easier to narrow down. 
 
Does it appear to be water? Were you recently running your A/C? Chances are that's just condensation from the A/C system, which drips out through a rubber tube and is perfectly normal. No worries there. 
 
For years, antifreeze was dyed a bright green to make it easy to identify. Today, other antifreeze formulations can be colored pink or orange, but it's still not hard to figure o ...[more]
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A/C Problems Demystified

June 30th, 2016

A/C Repair Montgomery, AL

Believe it or not, the A/C system in your vehicle is fairly simple in principle and design. Like your refrigerator, it operates on a cycle of compression and expansion of a gas, known as refrigerant. The compressor turns the gas into a liquid, and as the gas evaporates it provides cooling. Like your refrigerator, its main components are: 
 
  • Compressor
  • Condenser 
  • Receiver/dryer
  • Thermostatic expansion valve
  • Evaporator
  • Refrigerant
  • Blower 
The good news is most automotive A/C systems have become very robust and reliable compared to cars from a generation ago. Most of the time, poor performance is due to low refr ...[more]
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A Few Basic Spring Car Care Tips

May 4th, 2016
By the time the trees start to sprout new leaves and the flowers start to bloom, everyone’s pretty tired of winter and is ready to get out and start enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Could it be that you’re forgetting something, though?
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Springtime Auto Maintenance…Repair, Replace or Replenish?

April 13th, 2016
When the flowers start to bloom and the temperatures start to rise…that’s a great time to get some routine auto maintenance done.
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Questions You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Ask Your Auto Repair Tech

March 17th, 2016

Often, drivers are mystified by how their cars actually work. It’s to be expected. Even an older car is a complex machine with many sub-assemblies that all work together to move it down the road.Auto Repair Montgomery, AL

As a result, drivers tend to be a little intimidated by auto repair and often tend to not inform themselves by asking the necessary questions of a tech or a garage. Too often, that ends up being a big mistake. Here are some examples of the kinds of things you really should know before any auto repair work starts:

  • Does your shop work on any kind of vehicle? Of course, most shops can service a product from GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and the other leading makes. Some makes, however, require a lot more training and experience, ...[more]
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