Valley View Auto Repair

Valley View Auto Repair
Valley View Auto Repair offers Auto Repair services in Ashland OR.

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Valley View Auto Repair has an overall ZapScore of 87. This means that Valley View Auto Repair has a higher ZapScore than 87% of all businesses on Zappenin. For reference, the median ZapScore for a business in Ashland, Oregon is 41 and in the Auto Repair & Services category is 33. Learn more about ZapScore.

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More teens on the road: When school's out, more teen drivers hit the roads. Sadly, more teen drivers on the road can mean more danger for the rest of us. The unavoidable lack of experience (we've all been there) can lead to questionable judgment that can increase the risk of an accident. And data shows that teens are more likely to be involved in accidents than other age groups.

Let's face it: when it's 95 degrees and humid outside, and you've been stuck in the car for six hours with three rowdy kids, one slobbering canine and a grouchy in-law, having working AC might just be the only thing that keeps you from diving out the window and running headlong into the grille of an oncoming Mac truck. There's nothing to really maintain, per se, on your air conditioning system, but there are a few important things that are worth checking. Here’s why it matters: Failing AC can affect more than just the cool breeze blowing in your face. On most modern cars, the serpentine belt that helps power the air conditioner also provides power to other things, too—including the water pump that keeps your engine from overheating, for example. If your AC fails, your summer safari could come to a screeching halt faster than you can say, "Pass the Right Guard!" First, check to see that you're getting some cold air coming out of the vents when you turn on your AC. Next, consider asking your mechanic to check to make sure that the AC system is fully charged with refrigerant. Finally, ask your mechanic to check for a noisy compressor, and to listen for the telltale sounds of a noisy or worn AC clutch. -- The Car Guys

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Partly cloudy with highs in the Rogue Valley around 80 degrees today. Slightly cooler temperatures for Memorial Day.

A word about hauling big loads in the summer: Most car manufacturers will recommend 5W30 oil year-round. However, your owner's manual may have a recommendation for what's called "severe duty," such as pulling a trailer. In this case, you might want to switch over to a higher viscosity oil. Why? Well, under hot operating conditions, a thicker oil will thin out less quickly, making sure your engine stays well lubricated when it needs it most. If you do operate your vehicle under "severe duty" conditions, you should also consider changing the oil more frequently, because you're working it that much harder.