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Why is vehicle air conditioning so expensive to fix?

[caption id="attachment_1779" align="alignnone" width="800"] The front end of this Porsche is removed to replace an air conditioning line[/caption] Understanding the Difference Between R134a and R1234yf Refrigerants and Why R1234yf is More Expensive As vehicle technology advances, so does the need for improved and environmentally friendly components. One key area of change is in automotive air conditioning systems, specifically the transition from R134a to R1234yf refrigerants. Understanding the differences between these refrigerants and the reasons behind the cost of R1234yf can help you make informed decisions about your vehicle’s maintenance. We’ll break down everything you need to know about R134a and R1234yf refrigerants and why servicing R1234yf systems is more expensive. Read More...

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How Can Drivers in The Woodlands, Texas Prepare Their Vehicles for Summer?

Summer in the Houston area is known for its intense heat and humidity. Preparing your vehicle for these conditions is essential to ensure safety, reliability, and comfort. Here are some key steps to help you get your car ready for the summer months. 1. Check the Air Conditioning System The Texas heat can be relentless, making a functional air conditioning system a necessity. Have a professional check the refrigerant level and the condition of the compressor. If your AC isn’t blowing cold air, it might need a recharge or other repairs. We are fully equipped to handle both refrigerant types that comes in vehicles, to ensure accurate refilling. Most automotive Read More...

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What are the latest tools and technologies ABR Houston uses to diagnose sensor problems effectively?

As the automotive industry continues to evolve, so do the tools and technologies used to diagnose vehicle issues. ABR Houston, a leader in automotive diagnostics and repair, leverages cutting-edge tools and technologies to effectively diagnose sensor problems. Let's see some of the advancements ABR Houston employs to ensure your vehicle runs smoothly. Why Accurate Sensor Diagnosis Matters Before diving into the tools and technologies, it’s essential to understand why accurate sensor diagnosis is critical. Sensors play a vital role in monitoring various vehicle functions, from engine performance to emissions. A malfunctioning sensor can lead to poor fuel efficiency, increased emissions, and even engine damage. Therefore, diagnosing and resolving sensor issues Read More...

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What does an oxygen sensor do, and why is it critical for your vehicle’s performance?

When it comes to maintaining the health and performance of your vehicle, understanding the role of various components is crucial. One such component that plays a pivotal role yet often goes unnoticed is the oxygen sensor. Here’s a detailed look at what an oxygen sensor does and why it’s critical for your vehicle's performance. Understanding the Oxygen Sensor An oxygen sensor, also known as an O2 sensor, is a small device located in the exhaust system of your vehicle. Its primary function is to monitor how much oxygen is present in the exhaust gases exiting the engine. This sensor helps manage vehicle emissions and ensure optimal engine performance. How Does Read More...

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BMW’s Electric Drive: Closing the Gap with Confidence

In the race for dominance in the electric vehicle (EV) market, BMW is making bold strides forward. Milan Nedeljkovic, BMW Group’s production head, recently asserted that there's no gap to close with Tesla, showcasing the company's confidence in its new cylindrical-type battery cells. These cutting-edge cells, produced at BMW's facility near Munich, Germany, mark a significant advancement in EV technology. While Tesla has been the undisputed leader in EV sales, BMW's recent developments indicate a shift in the competitive landscape. Despite selling fewer EVs than Tesla, BMW Group's sales have surged, indicating growing market traction. The key to BMW's confidence lies in its Gen 6 cylindrical cells, boasting lower manufacturing Read More...

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Why Timing Chains Stretch. Continued

Air filters could lead to timing chain stretch. We've been corrected multiple times in previous articles - "timing chain wear"- but the most common term people use is "stretched". With the combination of a poor oil filter or incorrectly specified oil, this really starts to reduce engine longevity. In our timing chain series, we've gone over what a timing chain is, the reason why modern vehicles contribute to excessive or accelerated timing chain wear, the importance of the correct type of oil, and the importance of the correct engine oil filter. Understanding filter elements and their performance is crucial for ensuring the longevity and efficiency of internal combustion engines. With Read More...

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Why Timing Chains Stretch, part 4

Oil filters. Oil filtration. Oil filter quality. Yes, an oil filter can be attributed to timing chain stretch. Summarizing the last 3 parts of this series: The type of engine- whether it has timing chains or a timing belt (part 1 covered the difference between a timing belt and timing chain); and specific vehicles that are more susceptible to timing chain stretch than others. In part 2 we covered why timing chains stretch. The type of fuel injection the vehicle is using contributes to timing chain stretch, mainly most modern vehicles with GDI- Gasoline Direct injection. GDI creates a specific soot that is formed and passed on into the oil. Read More...

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Best Oil For Your Vehicles Engine

Maximum Engine Performance With The Correct Oil For Your Engine's Timing Chain The type of oil you choose can profoundly impact the health of your engine's timing chain. Let's draw a parallel with the familiar 'Tissue vs. Kleenex' scenario. Similar to everyone knowing what a tissue is, many drivers have heard of synthetic oil. It's not just any oil; it has become the go-to solution for engine maintenance. However, just as we casually say 'hand me a Kleenex' without specifying the brand, drivers often opt for synthetic oil without fully grasping its impact on their engine. Timing chains play a crucial role in coordinating your engine's internal components. When they Read More...

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Why timing chains stretch, part 2

In part 1 we discussed the difference between a timing belt and timing chain. This week we're touching on why timing chains stretch. Fuel injection modernization A modern development in engines on how gasoline gets into the engine- Direct Injection, or Gasoline direct injection (GDI). Cars, since the dawn of time have been inducing the fuel into the engine from wherever the air came in- whether that is a carburetor or fuel injection- the air and fuel mixed and landed on top of the intake valve. A carburetor or fuel injected engine (the term fuel injection which fuel is injected into the intake manifold vs being essentially sucked out of Read More...

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ABR Houston’s Successful “Toys for Tots” Initiative

ABR Houston's Successful "Toys for Tots" Initiative ABR Houston is proud to announce the successful conclusion of its "Toys for Tots" initiative. During the campaign from November 1st to December 6th, ABR Houston gave away over $3,000 in free brake services and donated over $500 worth of toys to support the Marine Corps' "Toys for Tots" program. Alex Noll, CEO of ABR Houston, expressed gratitude, stating, "Our community came together to make a significant impact. We provided over $3,000 in free brake services to those who generously contributed new, unwrapped toys. Additionally, we donated more than $500 worth of toys to bring joy to children during the holiday season." This Read More...

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