Breath Easier

allergiesRecently, Ace posted the following on our Facebook page… If you, or a loved one, has allergies or asthma. You should watch this video and consider having Ace do an Evaporator Flush at least once a year…

The response has been interesting. Some that really need to be concerned seemed to ignore it. Others have been a bit overly concerned.

Besides the obvious considerations covered in the video, there are other reasons to wonder what is going on with your heating, cooling and ventilation system. For instance, if you have a rodent problem (any attached garage does), your cabin air filter is a favorite nesting ground. Do you really want to be breathing that mess? Imagine what they might do to the wiring in your vehicle as well.

Unlike your home, your car’s ventilation passages go through all temperature extremes while you sleep. This causes condensation that may or may not encourage the growth of mold, bacteria, or just hold dust.

Please give all this careful consideration as you decide if you would like to have the evaporator and vent passages of your vehicle cleaned at Ace Auto Doctor and Repair. Make an appointment at

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Why Other Shops Bring Their A/C to Ace


Because of the warmer weather, you will shortly begin using your air conditioning. You might even find that it just isn’t as cold as you might expect. A good rule of thumb is that, if it doesn’t blow cold enough to make you turn it down, it isn’t working properly. As an aside, your defrosters are at least somewhat dependent upon your A/C too.

Because Ace started out as a “Radiator Shop,” many local businesses got in the habit of bringing evaporator and condenser coils for service. Pretty soon, Larry was diagnosing and repairing all their A/C work. Thus, a specialty was born.

Contrary to popular belief, air conditioners do not “use up” refrigerant. There are no such things as seals that, “just naturally leak a little over time.” If your A/C isn’t blowing cold, chances are you have a leak that needs to be repaired.

Now, just because your A/C is cooling somewhat does not mean you don’t have a problem. The refrigerant carries the oil which lubricates your A/C compressor. Without it, you have no A/C! Ignoring a very affordable leak repair could cost you a very expensive compressor.

Long story short, bring your car in to Ace for an A/C check. We’ll save you money in the long run and you’ll be a lot cooler in the mean time.

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Orphaned Vehicles

ImageOrphaned Vehicles 

Do you own a car that was built by a company that no longer exists? How about one purchased from a dealership that is no longer? That is what Ace calls an “Orphan Vehicle” and Ace would like to adopt yours.


When GM discontinued Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer, Oldsmobile and SAAB, Ford dropped Mercury. Many dealers went with them. Ever since BMW decided to separate their Mini brand, many Quad Cities area folks find it hard to get parts or service. The nearest Mini dealer is in Naperville!

 Still other companies never have had local dealers. The nearest for Land Rover is in Peoria. Even Acura and Infinity are outside the area.

 Of course, this is to say nothing of the European and Asian performance and luxury car owners that just don’t like the way the dealership treats them. Some times it takes days to get an appointment. When you do, you often have to leave your car for several more. They don’t even offer a loaner!

 At Ace, we pride ourselves on providing expert service for these and many other vehicles. Tired of driving fifty to a hundred miles, or just putting up with long waits and indifferent service? Call Ace Auto Doctor and Repair.

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Snafu App

snafuIf you routinely listen to or read articles from Wired, you are probably familiar with the hot new application called, “Snafu!” You can now use your smartphone to scan the barcode which reads your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). It will then tell you about any recalls and factory recommended repairs for your vehicle*. Unfortunately, it costs a pretty penny to have a monthly subscription, so it is most often employed by those in the business or holding a large number of cars.

Ace offers a FREE alternative. We can’t always check every vehicle in for repairs, but if you ask, we can check your VIN for recalls and factory recommended repairs.  This is on top of factory recommended service you can find on your vehicle’s FREE webpage. Perhaps you weren’t aware. You should have received a link to yours after your first visit to Ace.

Your personalized webpage includes your service history, videos to explain, helpful hints and specials. Be sure to give Ace your email address so we can set one up for you.

*You will seldom hear of these.  They aren’t required services or repairs, so they are most often overlooked until you have a problem.  Unfortunately, it may mean your vehicle isn’t performing completely up to par.

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Many people believe only car dealers can perform maintenance and repairs on new vehicles. Actually, the law says consumers can patronize any local repair shop or do the work themselves! This will not void a manufacturer’s warranty. This, per The Car Care Council.

Consumers are protected by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. It is enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It prohibits manufacturers from voiding warranties because of service done by non-dealers. According to the FTC, ‘It is illegal to deny warranty coverage because you had routine maintenance or repairs performed by someone else.’ Routine maintenance includes oil changes, tire rotations, belt replacements, fluid checks, flushes, brake pads, inspections and more.

“Many wonder if they will void their warranty if someone other than the dealer services their vehicle,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. Consumers can have routine repairs performed by any one, or do the work themselves, without affecting the warranty. It is also important to note that using aftermarket parts, which are often much more affordable and of comparable or even better quality, does not void the warranty either.

When using a non-dealer, independent, aftermarket shop to maintain your vehicle, the council strongly recommends keeping records and receipts. Of course, always adhere to scheduled maintenance requirements. Should a warranty claim arise, records will provide necessary proof for coverage.


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Save Fuel, Drive MORE!

fuelDriving less isn’t the only answer to rising gas prices. We can’t control the price of gas, but we can control how much gas we use. The most inexpensive vehicle maintenance procedures often make the biggest difference!

“Fuel consumption is directly related to vehicle care and driver behavior. Both can have a significant impact on how much motorists pay at the pump,” says The Car Care Institute.

They offer these simple steps to save gas:

Keep it in tune, increase gas mileage by 4 percent (spark plugs alone can save 2 miles per gallon). What’s more, bad plugs, wires etc. put a strain on far more expensive electronic ignition components, from coils and fuel metering sensors to the ignition module its self!

Keep tires properly inflated, improve mileage 3 percent while dramatically improving tire life.

Replace air filters and save as much as 14 percent. These usually pay for themselves very quickly.

Change your oil. Gain another mile per gallon and prolong the life of your engine.

Check the gas cap. Damaged, loose or missing gas caps allow gas to vaporize into the air. These are also the cause of most “Service Engine Soon” lights we see at Ace

Obey the speed limit. Mileage drops rapidly above 60.
Avoid idling. Idling gets zero miles per gallon. Warm up your vehicle no more than one or two minutes.

Quick starts and stops rob you of precious fuel. Aggressive driving lowers fuel mileage as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in the city.

Consolidate trips. Several short trips, from a cold start, use twice as much fuel as one longer multi-purpose trip.

Don’t haul junk, or bodies, in the trunk. An extra 100 pounds reduces mileage by 1 to 2 percent. Why do you think gangsters always seem so grumpy?

“Some think they are saving money putting off maintenance. What they don’t realize is that neglecting your vehicle can cost a lot more. Keep your car running efficiently and modify your driving behavior to improve fuel economy” Says The Car Care Institute.

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Keeping Car Costs At Bay

Maintaining Your Current Vehicle Keeps New Car Costs at Bay

Buying a new car might sound good, but just isn’t affordable, or good stewardship, for most Americans (recent CNBC report). With the average cost higher than $30,000, using a fraction to make your current vehicle last longer makes good sense!  The Car Care Council agrees.

“Hanging on to your vehicle allows you to redirect money to pay off credit card debt, college loans and other bills, or beef up savings for a vacation…” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Budgeting the equivalent of just one car payment, consumers could cover an entire year’s worth of basic maintenance.”

Even if serious engine trouble strikes, keeping your current vehicle is the sensible economic decision. For the cost of an average down payment on a new car or truck, a vehicle can be repowered with a remanufactured/rebuilt engine and gain years of reliable service without monthly payments or higher insurance rates.  Ace offers motors w/100,000 mile warranties!

“In the early 1970s, you could buy a house for $30,000, and the average vehicle cost $3,900 but didn’t last anywhere near as long as cars do today,” said White. “With proper maintenance, the typical vehicle should deliver at least 200,000 miles of safe, dependable, efficient and enjoyable performance.” Ace has customers with over 400,000 miles on their’s.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit

Maintain Your Car

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