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Albert Auto Service in Cedar Rapids, a family owned and operated business, was first started in November of 1999. Quickly outgrowing the 16th Ave location, Albert Auto South relocated to 3645 J Street SW in Cedar Rapids. Auto repair services we offer include auto AC repair, brake repair, exhaust repair, transmission repair, and tire repair & sales.

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Today in the Albert Auto Service car care blog, we want to talk about your engine air filter. It’s the filter that cleans the air before it’s burned in your engine. People often wonder when they should change their air filter. The simple answer is when it’s dirty. Some people would be happy if we could just give them a mileage recommendation, but unfortunately it’s just not that easy. The time frame for changing your filter is different from owner to owner.

If you drive where there’s lots of dust, pollution or pollen, your air filter will get dirty more quickly and need to be changed sooner. That’s why we check the air filter with every oil change service and can visually tell if it needs to be changed. Your filter can only hold so much dirt & debris such as small pieces of leaves & bugs. Once the filter is full, dirt will pass through to the engine. This dirt can gum up combustion chambers and may cause damage. It can also contaminate other components such as the Mass Air Flow Sensor which will affect driveability and can be fairly expensive to replace.
A dirty air filter also restricts the amount of air that gets to the engine which isn’t good for it. We can replace yours with one that matches the factory specifications or you can upgrade it for enhanced performance.

So when you’re at one of our Albert Auto locations and we happen to show you your dirty air filter, know you’ll now why it’s time to get it replaced.

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2 weeks ago  ·  

After fielding a lot of questions about diesel vehicles we thought it might be time to debunk some of the myths about diesel powered vehicles. Here are some of the most common.

1. Diesel Burns Dirty
This was true years ago. Since 2006, however, U.S. diesel vehicles have been required by law to use ultra-low-sulfur diesel or USLD. Modern diesels are soot-free and have a smaller carbon footprint.

2. Diesels Are Sluggish
Not any more. They are as fast off the line as similar gasoline-powered cars. If your idea of fun is to spend an afternoon test-driving new cars, go take a spin in a diesel BMW or Porsche.

3. Diesels Are Loud
Back in the day, you could hear a diesel motor from a mile away. Today’s diesels run quiet.

4. Diesels Have a Bad Resale Value
Actually, diesel vehicles have a lower depreciation rate.
Another often-overlooked benefit is a lower risk of fire. Diesel fuel is less flammable and won’t explode like gasoline.
Diesel engines require parts that are heavier and stronger. At Albert Auto Service, our 380 location in particular, we regularly service diesel trucks with over 300,000 miles. The heavy-duty parts make diesel vehicles a little more expensive new but due to the extra burliness, diesel engines last a lot longer. This is one of the reasons Cummins diesels inspire such a loyal following.

So, what are the cons? Cold weather starting. Diesel engines can be hard to fire up when the temperature drops. However, an engine block heater can solve this problem.

If you are in the market for a new vehicle that’s easy on gas, you might want to explore your diesel options. You’ll save money and may qualify for a tax credit if you buy a clean diesel vehicle. Of course, diesels require regular maintenance like any other vehicle and the services are usually a little more due to the nature of the engines. But the extra cost is offset by the and longer engine life.

So, what’s the bottom line? The diesel vehicles on the roads today are not your grandfather’s diesel. See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

Let’s talk shocks and struts.

Shock absorbers and struts last a long time and wear out pretty slowly for most vehicles. They’re easy to take for granted, but your shocks and struts do a very important job so you need to pay attention to them. They keep your tires on the road; and your tires are what connect your vehicle to the road and allow you to safely handle your car through turns, over bumps and even stop in time.

When your shocks and struts are worn, your tires bounce excessively over bumps on the road. Your vehicle will wallow through corners; your front-end will dive when you stop; and your rear-end will squat when you accelerate. All this hurts your ability to control your vehicle. And your ride just isn’t as comfortable.

Worn shocks or struts can cause excessive tire wear so you will have to replace your tires sooner than you should. Worn shocks and struts also stress other suspension and steering parts causing them to wear prematurely. Struts are actually a major structural component of the suspension system; there’s a lot riding on them.

Replacing worn shocks and struts saves in the long run and of course you can’t really put a price on your safety and that of your passengers. At Albert Auto Service, we generally start recommending replacement of shocks and struts between 80,000 and 100,000 miles.

When it’s time for new shocks or struts, we’ve got you covered. We can give you back the ride and handling your vehicle had when it was new. And if you have special needs we can help you there too. We have premium shocks and struts that’ll improve your performance, and can even help you with upgraded, heavy-duty shocks that’ll give you the confidence you need to handle those big towing or hauling jobs.

If you need new shocks or struts, let us help you take care of this safety service. You’ll feel better, and you’ll save on tires and other suspension repairs down the road. Give us a call at any of our four Eastern Iowa locations. See MoreSee Less

3 months ago  ·  

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