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Air conditioning in your vehicle works just like any air conditioning system. It does not actually create cold air! Instead, using various components, air conditioning removes the heat and humidity from the air that’s already in your car.

The Air Conditioning (A/C) Recharge is a combined recovery, recycle, and recharge service, using the specified refrigerant to provide chilled air to the passenger compartment. We check, vacuum, purge and recharge your air conditioning system according to the owner’s manual specifications. Herbert Automotive™ technicians who perform the air conditioning recharge are certified through an EPA-approved training program.

Does your system need a recharge?

Most vehicle owner’s manuals recommend the air conditioning system be checked annually. The refrigerant in an air conditioning system does not wear out, but leaks, contaminants, condensation and non-condensable materials reduce its efficiency. Air conditioning systems that no longer cool can indicate the need for service, but it is not meant to be a repair. You will be advised if a repair is recommended.

*Available at participating Herbert Automotive™ locations.

 

An air conditioning treatment typically reduces the air temperature provided by your vehicle’s air conditioning by 5-15°. It also cuts cabin humidity while improving overall efficiency and extending the life of the air conditioning system.

A properly charged air conditioning system:

  • Improves the air conditioning system’s operating efficiency
  • Cools and dehumidifies the passenger compartment
  • Increases passenger comfort and reduces driver fatigue
  • Extends the life of system components, specifically the compressor

* Available at participating Herbert Automotive™ locations.

 

Learn more about Engine Air Filter Replacement here.

 

Learn more about Cabin Air Filter Replacement here.

 

Learn more about Battery Replacement here.

 

Learn more about Battery Replacement here.

 

The differential is part of your vehicle’s drivetrain, and is a gearbox located between the drive wheels of your vehicle. Most 4-wheel drive vehicles have both a front and rear differential. The differential works with your transmission to deliver power from the engine to the axle that turns your wheels. The differential also makes turning your car possible. Using a series of gears, the differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds (the outside wheels need to turn faster than the inside wheels during a turn), enabling corner turning with improved traction.

The differential gears are lubricated with a fluid (referred to as differential fluid or differential oil) that carries heat away from them, preserving their life and performance. Over time, high operating temperatures can cause the differential fluid to break down. When this happens, or if leaks develop or the differential fluid becomes contaminated, the gears won’t work together smoothly. If the differential gears start to grind together, continued driving can cause expensive damage.

During the service, the old differential fluid is replaced with new fluid that contains additives to help keep the seals, gears, and bearings operating properly.

 

Benefits to you

  • Extends the life of the differential
  • Protects against rust and corrosion in the differential
  • Minimizes the effects of oxidation deterioration due to heat and high speed driving
  • Reduces wear and differential gear flaking
  • Minimizes high speed differential gear oil foaming that can reduce lubrication
  • Maintains vehicle warranty requirements

 

The transfer case is a gearbox that splits the power between the front and rear axles on 4-wheel-drive vehicles. In all-wheel-drive vehicles, the transfer case helps to shift power from one axle to another, depending upon traction conditions. Lubricating gear oil helps keep the gears cool, clean, and turning smoothly. Gear oil additives break down in all gearboxes at different intervals. Replacing this fluid at owner’s manual recommended intervals can help prevent premature wear and damage caused by contaminated or broken-down gear oil. During the service, the old fluid is replaced with new fluid according to owner’s manual recommendations.

Does your gearbox need service?

A gearbox service should be based on your owner’s manual recommended intervals, or under special circumstances, such as water contamination. Your Herbert Automotive™ technician will check your owner’s manual and let you know the proper gearbox service interval for your specific vehicle.

 

Benefits to you

  • Extends the life of the transfer case
  • Minimizes the effects of oxidation deterioration due to heat and high-speed driving
  • Reduces wear and gear flaking
  • Maintains seals and bearings
  • Maintains vehicle warranty requirements

 

Diesel exhaust fluid is a mixture of high purity synthetic urea and purified water, used in Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems on diesel engines. SCR is a leading technology that meets the 2010 EPA mandate to reduce levels of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emitted from diesel engines. SCR systems use diesel exhaust fluid and a catalytic converter to significantly reduce NOx emissions. Diesel exhaust fluid is a nontoxic, nonpolluting, nonhazardous and nonflammable solution. It is carried on board SCR-equipped vehicles in a designated tank. Small quantities of diesel exhaust fluid are injected into the exhaust stream to mix with exhaust gases to form harmless nitrogen and water.

For the SCR system to operate properly, the vehicle’s diesel exhaust fluid level needs to be replenished periodically, like fuel, but not as often. Many manufacturers recommend that the diesel exhaust fluid tank be filled at the same time as the oil change service interval, but diesel exhaust fluid usage does vary by drive cycles and by vehicle.

Does your diesel exhaust fluid need to be replaced?

Warnings will display on the instrument panel when the diesel exhaust fluid level is getting low and should be refilled. You will lose noticeable horsepower if the diesel exhaust fluid level gets too low. Diesel exhaust fluid must be added to the designated tank to resume normal power.

*Available at participating Herbert Automotive™ locations.

 

Benefits to you

  • Diesel exhaust fluid significantly reduces NOx emissions, known to be harmful to our health and the environment.

 

Learn more about our emissions services here.

 

Learn more about Fuel Filter Replacement here.

 

Your exterior lights—headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, backup lights and marker lights—are essential parts of your vehicle’s safety equipment. Properly working exterior lights allow you to see the road, and to be seen by other drivers.

Herbert Automotive™™ provides a free exterior lighting inspection with every Full Service Oil Change. You don’t always know when you have a burned out or faulty bulb. We’ll let you know if we find any malfunctioning bulbs, and at your request, they can be replaced.

Benefits to you

  • Replacing burned out light bulbs keeps you safe and legal on the road.
  • See and be seen on the road

Over time, road debris, harsh chemicals, weather and sunlight can leave your headlights foggy, hazy and discolored. This results in not only an unattractive look, but more importantly, inferior illumination when you need it. With Herbert Automotive™’s Headlight Restoration, scratches and pitted surfaces are smoothed and polished, and the cloudy coating is removed, resealing the headlight with a clear, hard resin sealant. The process takes about 15 minutes.

* Available at participating Herbert Automotive™ locations.

 

Benefits to you

  • Improves driving safety by allowing greater light emission and visibility at night
  • Restores the appearance of your headlights, increasing the value of your vehicle
  • Saves you money over the cost of headlight replacement

 

Learn more about our emissions services here.

 

The power steering system operates as the control system for your wheels. It depends on power from the vehicle and the power steering fluid used to lubricate and keep the system free of contamination. When the additives wear down in your power steering fluid, the system does not operate as designed. Sludge, varnish, stiffness, leaks and power steering system failure can occur. Servicing the power steering system keeps it operating smoothly. During the service, the old fluid is removed, the power steering system is cleaned, and new power steering fluid is added.

Does your vehicle need a power steering flush?

Herbert Automotive™ recommends a Power Steering Fluid Flush in accordance with your owner’s manual recommended service intervals. If none is given, many fluid manufacturers recommend a complete power steering fluid flush once a year or every 30,000 miles. Another guideline is to change the power steering fluid at the same interval as your engine coolant.

*Available at participating Herbert Automotive™ locations.

Benefits to you

  • Removes harmful deposits from the power steering system
  • Conditions and revitalizes seals
  • Prevents hard steering in cold climates
  • Eliminates rack and pinion steering stiffness
  • Eliminates power steering noises and whining
  • Minimizes risk of future leaks and premature power system failure

 

The radiator uses cooling liquid, called coolant or antifreeze, and air to manage the extreme heat of combustion engines. As your vehicle runs, the cooling system circulates coolant through the engine and radiator. Coolant is formulated to prevent corrosion inside the cooling system, and helps maintain optimal engine operating temperature regardless of outside conditions. In other words, the radiator keeps your vehicle from overheating in hot weather, and freezing up in bitter cold.

During Herbert Automotive™’s Radiator Antifreeze/Coolant System Service, we inspect the cooling system components and pressure-test the system to check for leaks. Rust, corrosion, and contaminated engine coolant are removed, and the cooling system is refilled with the appropriate ratio of water and coolant to protect against freezing, boil-over, and corrosion.

Does your radiator need service?

Herbert Automotive™ recommends a Radiator Antifreeze/Coolant System Service in accordance with your owner’s manual recommended service intervals. Your Herbert Automotive™ technician will check your owner’s manual and let you know the proper interval for your vehicle.

Benefits to you

The greatest benefit of a Radiator Antifreeze/Coolant System Service is the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’ll avoid overheating in summer and freezing up in winter. Other benefits include:

  • Maintains proper engine operating temperature
  • Prevents coolant leaks
  • Lowers risk of costly engine failure
  • Maintains vehicle warranty requirements

In addition, coolant has an additive package that:

  • Protects metal surfaces in the radiator, heater core and engine block against rust and corrosion
  • Lubricates the water pump
  • Minimizes foaming inside the cooling system to keep it operating efficiently

 

Learn more about Radiator Cap Replacement here.

 

The serpentine drive belt (different from a timing belt) is a continuous loop belt that snakes its way through and around your engine compartment to drive power to major engine parts, like the alternator, water pump, power steering pump and the air conditioner compressor. It doesn’t require any maintenance, except that it doesn’t last forever and needs periodic replacement. If the belt breaks, the vehicle will stop running. If it needs replacement, the old belt is removed and a new serpentine drive belt is installed.

Does your serpentine drive belt need to be replaced?

A Herbert Automotive™ technician will inspect the belt and let you know if it needs to be replaced.

Benefits to you

  • Peace of mind, knowing you won’t be left stranded with a broken belt
  • Ensures optimum engine performance
  • Maintains vehicle warranty requirements

 

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Proper wheel balance helps ensure a smooth ride, and minimizes tire wear. Out-of-balance wheels can cause vibration in your vehicle’s ride, premature or irregular tire wear, and unnecessary wear on your vehicle’s suspension. When driving with an out-of-balance wheel, the tire bounces down the road, rather than spinning smoothly. This can affect the speed and handling of your vehicle. The lightweight suspension systems of today’s vehicles are more sensitive to imbalance than older cars. Your Herbert Automotive™ technician will balance your tires to proper specifications.

Do your wheels need to be balanced?

Herbert Automotive™ recommends you have your wheels balanced each time you rotate your tires, according to your owner’s manual specifications.

*Available at participating Herbert Automotive™ locations.

Benefits to you

When combined with proper tire/wheel alignment, balanced wheels ensure smooth, enjoyable driving and provide maximum tire life.

  • Minimizes vibrations and pulling
  • Promotes proper tire wear
  • Improves vehicle handling

 

Learn more about our transmissions services here.

 

Learn more about our transmissions services here.

 

Learn more about our tune-up services here.

 

The effects of sunlight, ozone and oxidation cause the rubber blade of your wipers to deteriorate. Also, as windshields age, they get pitted from road debris, dirt and sand, and this causes wiper blades to wear faster. Your Herbert Automotive™ technician visually inspects your blades each time you come in for a Full Service Oil Change. You’ll also be asked how your wiper blades are working. If they need replacement, new wiper blades will be installed.

Does your serpentine drive belt need to be replaced?

When your blades leave lines and streaks on your windshield, or they no longer move smoothly or quietly across the glass, it’s time for wiper blade replacement. If you live in snow country, consider winter blades that are wrapped with a rubber cover that keeps the moving parts of the blade from freezing, and allows the entire blade to conform to the windshield.

Benefits to you

  • Good wiper blades are a key safety element so you can see clearly and safely operate the vehicle in all types of weather conditions.

 

Learn more about our brake services here.

 

Learn more about our brake services here.