by Tom Bryant
Cooling System Electrolysis
According to Webster, Electrolysis is:
"The decomposition into ions of a chemical compound in solution by the action of an electrical current passing through the solution."
The coolant circulating in the engine block is subjected to electrical current because the engine block is the ground circuit for much of the electrical system. Over time the coolant becomes a voltage producing solution. It then begins to eat away the metal it contacts.
Before computerized engine controls this was the major concern. Now however, the voltage produced by the coolant also upsets the logic of the computer system that can produce drivability problems.
Have your coolant checked periodically to prevent this problem.
The timing belt is a rubber & fabric cog belt that keeps the rotation of the crankshaft and pistons in the correct relationship with the camshaft and valves. There are two classes of engines produced with timing belts, the "noninterference engine" and the "interference engine."
In the case of the "noninterference engine", if the timing belt fails, the engine will fail to start, or if running when it fails, it will quit running. An inconvenience, but no internal damage should result.
The reason that timing belt replacement is a critical Preventive Maintenance Operation is because most of today's engines are designated as "interference engines." This means that if timing belt breaks and the camshaft stops turning, or if it should jump teeth and gets too far out of time, the pistons will collide with open valves causing major damage in the process.
If you are in doubt about your car, check the
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A community that would support a new auto repair business, and an environment suitable to raise our four children.
We fell in love with Redding, because of its rural atmosphere, the Sacramento river, and the picturesque setting among the mountains. We knew that this was the place!
On May 15th 2003, Bryant Automotive completed its 35th year providing Quality and Affordable Service to motorists in Redding and the surrounding area.
Tom, Margaret, Dan, and Barry Bryant want to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to the community for the support that it has given us through the years. Our hundreds of customers, many who have been with us from the early years, are special to us, it is because of you that we are able to celebrate this 35th year.
Today, September 10, 2010, we are at 42 plus years serving the Redding community. Except for two changes since our 35th Celebration, on August 9, 2009, Barry lost his life and is missed by us, our customers and the community...our eldest son, Jeff, has joined the Bryant Automotive Staff. Our mission remains "Bryant Automotive is dedicated to providing the motoring public with safe, reliable service and repairs at a price that is fair to all concerned and to guarantee these services and repairs for a reasonable period of time."
If you are not now our customer, we invite you to investigate what we have to offer. Give us a call at 222-3313 or stop by 2354 Churn Creek Rd., and meet our friendly staff.
We believe in and promote Preventive Maintenance. Finding and making minor repairs before they become major problems makes good economic sense and can save the frustration of breakdowns.
We, recommend that you give your car a complete physical to find what is needed, make the repairs, and then do the periodic services as required,
Springtime is a good time for a checkup. Is the Air-conditioning working properly? Does the engine run smoothly? Has the gas mileage dropped? Even if there is no problem evident, something may be lurking in the dark ready to leave you stranded, or at least inconvenienced. For peace of mind, make sure that your car is ready for the summer months. We offer a variety of services that will insure your motoring comfort.
Give us a call at 222-3313 or come by and visit our shop at 2354 Churn Creek Rd. Oust I block north of Cypress) and see what we have to offer.
There is no situation that I can think of that is more frustrating than having problems with a vehicle when on the road. First, your schedule is interrupted by unexpected delays. Second, if you are away from home, you have to put your vehicle in the hands of someone your don't know.
At Bryant Automotive we encourage periodic evaluations of the vehicle's condition to minimize these problems.
With the change of seasons comes special concerns, now is a good time to have your car, truck, or motor home checked for potential problems.
Some questions the customer needs to ask before being concerned about price:
Is the shop qualified to do this repair? Do they have the proper equipment? Are the technicians qualified and ASE Certified? What kind of warranty is offered? Is this an established business, will it be here to honor a warranty?
Bryant Automotive is Qualified, uses up-to-date Equipment, employs ASE Certified Technicians, offers warranties on all repairs, and have been serving the greater Redding area since 1968.
As I'm am sure you are aware, making a decision today about how to approach service or repairs on air-conditioning has been complicated by the phase out and the soaring prices of refrigerant R-12. If you are driving a pre-early 90's vehicle, chances are you have a R-12 System. When major repairs are needed, I recommend that strong consideration be given to converting to the R-134a refrigerant that is being used in the new cars & trucks. In many cases there is little added cost because of the difference in price of the refrigerants.
There are refrigerant substitutes that are aggressively advertised as drop in replacements for R-12. A word of caution about substitutes ...These are generally blends of various refrigerants that require completely emptying and recharging the system if a leak occurs, or they contain butane or other flammable that could cause, even more serious consequences. In any case a shop today must have equipment to identify what is in your vehicle's system. A system that contains traces of anything other than R-12 or R134a, will require special handling, disposal, and increased fees.
The Gross Polluter
Change of Ownership, and vehicles being initially registered in California, must be repaired regardless of cost and are ineligible for either the repair waiver or economic hardship extension.
This is a federally mandated program and it is focused on a small number of vehicles that produced the major part of our air quality problems. If you have questions related to the Smog Program, or other automotive problems, call us or stop by Bryant Automotive. We are here to help!
As a customer, the best way avoid being misunderstood is to tell the service writer how your vehicle is misbehaving rather than asking for a specific service. For instance, asking for a Tune-up has always meant different things to different people.... With today's computer controlled systems, it gets even more complicated. Often there is something wrong with the CONTROL of the system that is causing the concern. If that is the case, then a DIAGNOSIS is needed to determine what is wrong.
When a preventive maintenance tune-up is needed, (normally recommended at 30,000 mile intervals) We offer a basic tune-up operation which includes spark plugs. However, if you have a drive ability or performance problem, a tune-up may not be the answer to the problem.
There was a study done in the eighties where people were asked, "What are you most interested in when choosing an Auto Service Center?" When the replies were tallied, Quality came in first, followed by Convenience, and then Speed and Courtesy. Price was last on the list.
If we as a shop, focus on quality and ignore price, we become labeled as a "Pricey Shop". I prefer to put the emphasis on both quality and price at the same time. This is known as "value". I think that you will agree that things we value seldom have a low price. If price is your major concern, we may not win your business, but if you want value, Bryant Automotive should be your shop.
Safer Jump-starting for Dead Batteries
Automotive Heaters & Defrosters
If there is no heat from the heater or defroster system after the engine is properly warmed up, the water circulation control valve or air mixing doors may have become stuck in a closed position. The heater hoses or the heater core may also become plugged with sediment while idle through the summer months.
If there is an unusual odor when the system is activated, the windshield becomes fogged when the defroster is first turned on, or the passenger's side floor mat is wet, the heater core may be leaking.
We service both Manual and Automatic Comfort Systems. Whatever the problem with your vehicle's Heater, Defroster, or Air-conditioning System, we have you covered. Call us at 222-3313 for an appointment.
Last Updated: 09/09/2010