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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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October 1, 2016, 11:00am – October 1, 2016, 3:00pm


4 weeks ago  ·  

Air Bag Systems (SRS)

After they’ve had an accident, some people wonder why their airbags didn’t go off. Movies and television lead us to believe that airbags go off with the slightest bump. The reality is much more complicated. First, airbags come out with great force and speed. Now, getting hit in the face with an airbag is way better than getting hit in the face with a windshield – but if the accident impact isn’t hard enough that you would be severely injured, the airbags may not be triggered at all because they could do more harm than good.

So how does your vehicle know when an accident is likely to result in life threatening injuries that would merit deploying the airbags? Well, there are sensors all around your vehicle that send information to the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) computer that decides which airbags should be deployed and when. There are impact sensors that measure the direction and intensity of an impact in the front, rear, and sides of the vehicle. There are seat sensors that determine if someone is sitting there as well as how much they weigh. This way an airbag doesn’t go off when no one is in a particular seat and it can deploy with less force for a smaller person.

The SRS computer takes into account vehicle speed and if there is a rollover. Built into the computer program are the design specifications of your vehicle as they relate to “crumple” zones in a crash. As you can imagine, the computer program is pretty sophisticated.

Now, when an airbag does actually go off, there are some things you should know about the repairs necessary to the SRS system. First, the deployed airbag should be replaced. Manufacturers recommend that only a factory certified replacement airbag be used. Airbags are expensive enough that they are frequently stolen or recovered from junked vehicles. No one can vouch for these airbags, so a certified replacement is essential.

When the driver side airbag in the steering wheel deploys, the steering wheel clock spring is usually damaged and should be replaced. Also, an “airbag worthy” event pre-triggers all of the sensors on board. In this pre-triggered state, something as slight as hitting a pothole could cause airbags to deploy. So after an airbag has actually been deployed, all of the SRS sensors throughout the vehicle should be replaced. Obviously, airbag work should only be undertaken by qualified service technicians.

Finally, when you start your engine, you will briefly see the SRS dash light come on and then turn off. This is a system self-test. If the SRS light remains illuminated, that means the system has detected a problem that could affect the proper deployment of your airbags. If that happens, stop in at Albert Auto Service as soon as you can to have the fault diagnosed and repaired.

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1 month ago  ·  

We here at Albert Auto are always getting a ton of questions, some face to face, some online and a lot over the phone. Here is a good one…

Albert Auto Service Tech Question:

I’m Doug. A few days ago I was driving my blue Dodge Ram with about 80,000 miles on it. I was going up a hill near Ely when I heard a noise like a tin can rolling down the road. I looked back and saw my drive shaft bouncing down the hill. I put it in four wheel drive and drove to Cedar Rapids to get it fixed.
What could I have done to prevent that?

Albert Auto Service Tech Answer:

Now that’s quite a story. Doug was fortunate that his vehicle had a part-time four wheel drive system that would let him get home without a rear drive shaft.
This “case of the missing drive shaft” highlights the need for regular inspections. Now most drivers are familiar with recommendations for preventive maintenance services like oil changes and coolant replacement. What you may not know is that there are also recommendations for inspections at various intervals.
By the time a vehicle gets close to 80,000 miles on it like Doug had, the owner’s manual would have called for inspections of things like the suspension, brakes and the drive line. Chances are that such an inspection at would have revealed early signs of a worn u-joint and he could have had it fixed before his drive shaft went rattling down the road.

Ask your friendly and knowledgeable pros at any of the Albert Auto Service locations about the inspections your vehicle should have.

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1 month ago  ·  

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