Services We ProvideSmitty's Auto Service has been providing full service, maintenance and repairs on automobiles and light trucks since 1936, with a special emphasis on auto air conditioning systems.
Maintenance and Car Care Services Include:
- Air conditioning
- All scheduled maintenance including 30-60-90,000 mile service
- Alignments, two and four wheel
- Chassis lube, engine oil and filters
- Cooling system, antifreeze/coolant service
- Detailed inspection and evaluation of vehicle
- Differential and transfer case service
- Engine tune-ups
- Fuel injector flush and service
- Pre-buy inspection
- Safety inspections
- Timing belts and chain replacement
- Tires rotated and balanced
- Transmission service, fluid and filter
- Windshield washer and wiper service
- Air conditioning systems and controls
- Brake systems and controls including [ABS]
- Brake pads, rotors, shoes,drums,calipers, master and wheel cylinders
- Battery, alternators and starters
- Drive axles, C.V. joints and boots
- Emission failure service and repairs
- Fuel system carburetor and fuel injection
- Engine repair or replacement
- Lights and accessories, power windows, seats and mirrors
- Power steering pumps, hoses and rack and pinions
- Radiator, water pump, hoses, thermostat and belts
- Struts, shocks, springs, ball joints, tie rods and bushings
- Tires, wheel bearings and grease seals
- Transmission/transaxle and clutch repair or replacement
- Tune ups, caps, rotors, wires, spark plugs, coils and modules
AC Service is Our Specialty
If your car’s air conditioning isn’t working up to par, don’t sweat it. In most cases, Smitty's Auto Service can solve the problem. The most successful part of the business, without a doubt, is air conditioning repair. Smitty's has specialized in AC repairs for more than 30 years. In fact, 65 percent of the company's total sales come from AC and cooling system repairs.
In addition to cars and trucks, Smitty's specializes in the repair of dual AC systems in limousines and vans, taking on repairs other shops just don't want to do. Smitty's also specializes in retrofitting vintage cars and trucks with AC systems. The most unusual repair was in 1980 when the Smitty's team added air conditioning to 12 refurbished vintage Willy's Jeeps. Nine were sent to Africa and three went to Hollywood for use in movies.
Smitty's recommends that you have your vehicle's air conditioning system be checked each spring prior to the hot weather months or any time it isn’t working to your satisfaction. Our standard AC service includes a system performance check and a thorough system inspection.
Are there environmental concerns with air conditioning?
Because the refrigerant used in most air conditioning systems is considered harmful to the environment, it is critical that it not be allowed to escape during servicing. We begin each air conditioning service with a leak detection test. Our technicians use a sealed, environmentally friendly process which captures the refrigerant, cleans it, replenishes it and returns it to your car’s air conditioning system good as new.
What if my car still uses Freon?
Air conditioning systems in cars built before 1995 use the refrigerant R-12 or (CFC-12) also referred to as Freon. The EPA determined that Freon was destroying the ozone layer and in 1995 all production ceased. Freon is now extremely expensive and difficult to find. PTAC offers a retrofit service that enables your a/c system to use the inexpensive R-134a refrigerant. The retrofit pays for itself in cost savings on the refrigerant.
What does the retrofit service include?
All retrofits are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Different vehicles may require slightly different procedures. We evacuate all R-12 and most of the existing refrigerant oils from the air conditioning system. In some instances, certain parts, such as the O-rings, hoses, accumulator or receiver/dryer, must be replaced to assure compatibility with R-134a. In addition, special fittings and labels must be placed on the vehicle to properly identify that it has been retrofitted. This is required by law and is a mandatory part of any air-conditioning retrofit procedure.
A retrofit does not fix a broken air conditioning system. If your AC is not cooling properly then a diagnosis must be performed to determine the problem. Only after a complete diagnosis, can a decision be made whether to repair the AC system and then plan a retrofit. If a retrofit is desired, then it is important to know this when planning the repair.