- Chassis lube, engine oil, and filter changes
- Transmission service
- Headlight refinishing
- Windshield washer and wiper service
- Cooling system antifreeze / coolant service
- Belt and chain replacements
- Check engine light diagnostics
- Check ups
- Tire rotations, repair, and changes
- Emissions inspections
- Safety inspections
- A/C repair
- Fluid Film application (see info below)
- Battery load testing/replacement
- Mechanic's Corner
- What is Fluid Film?
- Headlight Refinishing
- Why change spark plugs?
- Battery Load Testing
Corrosion is a great threat to your vehicle. Consistent exposure to a wide range of elements such as sun, rain, wind and snow can lead to rapid deterioration of metal, not only resulting in poor appearance and loss of value, but hazardous safety issues as well. Road salt and debris also kick up and cling to vehicle underbodies, eating away at metal and electrical connections.
So what is Fluid Film exactly? Here is a brief description from their website:
"FLUID FILM is manufactured using an intricate heating and blending process, which combines unrefined woolwax with selective polar agents and corrosion inhibitors, creating a unique, lanolin-based formulation that stops existing rust on contact. Penetrating on contact, it creates a fluid, self-healing barrier that is always active and will not chip or crack, protecting vehicle undercoating's and exposed metals for extended periods of time. Safe for use on all metals, it will stop pitting in chrome, will not harm most paints or plastic, and has exceptional lubricating properties, penetrating to stop squeaks and provide lasting lubricity for all moving parts. Electrically non conductive, FLUID FILM has a high flash point and a thin, flexible composition, making it a perfect protectant for battery terminals and electrical connections."
Why should you refinish your headlights?
There was a time when headlights were made of glass. Those days are long gone and they are now made of hard plastics that are specifically tempered for the job. This material is known as polycarbonate plastic. The material is very strong, but naturally porous. To try to prevent pitting and other issues, the manufacturer of your headlights covered them with a protective film which works well for a while, but then begins to fall apart. Given the fact it is exposed to heat from the bulb, UV rays from constant exposure to the sun and harsh chemicals, the film eventually fades which allows the plastic to become oxidized and gives the headlights the foggy look.
Most people believe foggy headlights are a problem simply because they look bad. While this is definitely true, there is also a safety issue involved. The oxidation of the plastic headlight causes the light output from the internal bulbs to be diffused. This effectively means that the beam from each headlight is weakened, and produces a reduced area of coverage. The less you can see, the more chance there is you could run into something. Also, the State of NH has begun to crack down on hazy headlights as a safety concern.
Call Scott's Integrity Automotive today at 224-0811 to schedule an appointment to have your headlights refinished. Work is guaranteed for one year from date of completion.
Cold winter days are not the time to find out that your battery isn't working at full capacity. It is important to load test your battery to ensure it is working for you the best it can.
What is load testing? This is similar to a cardiac stress test done on a person's heart. A doctor can listen to your heart and other vitals, but without putting you on a treadmill and watching how your heart performs under working conditions, he cannot guarantee the condition of your heart (battery). Your battery is an electro-chemical device, that needs to be tested regularly to verify its capacity and determine if it will support a critical load (i.e. sub-zero temperatures). Planned capacity (load) testing is the only way to verify the capacity of a battery.
We encourage periodic load testing as a portion of a comprehensive battery maintenance program. Scott's Integrity Automotive has the experience, expertise, and equipment to load test your battery system.
For more information on battery load testing, please contact us. 603-224-0811.