Vehicle Inspection

We can take a look under the hood

Pre Purchase Inspections

MPS Automotive’s Pre Purchase Auto Inspection Service

For many people, buying a used vehicle is the best course of action.

 

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There are many downsides to purchasing a used vehicle: Not knowing the general condition or repair history of the car is of most concern. There are helpful tools such as Carfax to use to learn a vehicle’s service history.

These reports, however, are not exhaustive. A report cannot always inform you if the vehicle is okay to drive now. Are critical functions ready to go? What is the condition of items such as hoses, engine mounts, belts, brakes, tires, etc.….?  At MPS Automotive, we want you to be safe in any vehicle you choose to drive. Let one of our experienced, and ASE-Certified technicians conduct a pre-purchase inspection on the vehicle you are considering purchasing.

Every used car shopper should find an experienced technician to perform a pre-purchase inspection. If you purchase a car that doesn’t have a warranty, you assume all of the risk. A pre-purchase inspection will lower some risks or possibly prevent a purchase mistake. A comprehensive review will give you peace of mind before you invest in a new vehicle.

Identifying issues prior to buying a used vehicle can save you lots of money. If problems are found early, you could use this information to negotiate a better price on the vehicle. If there are problems that are too costly or make the vehicle unsafe, you can avoid the vehicle altogether and find something safer for you and your family.

Do you have plans to purchase a used vehicle? Don’t take any chances. Call MPS Automotive to schedule a full pre-purchase inspection.

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HunterHunter Wheel Alignment Service

At MPS Automotive we want to provide the best automotive service for our customers. That’s why we use the Hunter Wheel Alignment System, one of the best alignment machines on the market. It provides precise measurements to make more accurate adjustments in a service where precision is everything.

Call (205) 338-1050 to schedule your alignment today.

The Technical

Wheel alignment is the position of the wheels relative to your car. When properly aligned, the wheels point in the right direction. Without proper alignment, the wheels resist your steering commands, as well as each other. Alignment also affects gas mileage and tire wear. If your tires are pointed in different directions, they fight against each other and can cause tread wear.

Computerized alignment equipment is used to measure all alignment angles on today’s cars. These include both adjustable and non-adjustable angles. (Non-adjustable angles require repair or replacement of the suspension component.) The most common adjustable angles are:

 

  • Toe

This refers to the tilted direction of the wheels toward or away from one another when viewed from the top. Toe is the most critical tire wearing angle. Tires that “toe-in” point toward one another. Tires that “toe-out” point away from each other.

 

  • Camber

This refers to the tilt of the wheels toward or away from one another when viewed from the front. Wheels that tilt in toward the vehicle have “negative camber.” Wheels that tilt away from the vehicle have “positive camber.”

 

  • Caster

This refers to the angle of the steering axis in relation to an imaginary vertical line through the center of the wheel when viewed from the side. “Positive caster” is the term used when the vertical line is tilted back toward the rear. If it’s tilted forward, we call it “negative caster.” The proper caster angle stabilizes your car for better steering.

 

  • Thrust Angle

This refers to the relationship of all four wheels to each other, as well as their relationship to an imaginary center line that runs from bumper to bumper. The term “thrust line” refers to the direction in which the rear wheels are pointed. Thrust angle is correctable on cars with adjustable rear suspensions. If your car has a non-adjustable suspension, thrust angle is compensated for by aligning the front wheels to the rear wheels.

Call (205) 338-1050 to schedule your alignment today.

Diagnostic Services

We take care for your vehicle

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Computerized Engine Analysis

Your modern vehicle’s engine is a highly sophisticated piece of equipment. The days of your father’s gas-guzzler are long gone—instead, Federal Exhaust Emission and Fuel Economy regulations demand that today’s vehicles be equipped with electronic engine control systems, to curb carbon emissions and increase fuel efficiency. With technically-advanced control systems taking the place of simple engine components, common maintenance services such as tune-ups are also a thing of the past. Regular services (such as spark plug and filter replacements) are still required, as well as a computerized analysis of your vehicle’s control computer. Our factory-trained technicians are here to provide these basic services.

Here’s how your modern vehicle’s control computer operates:

A network of sensors and switches convert and monitor engine operating conditions into electrical signals. The computer receives this information, and, based on information and instructions coded within this savvy computer program, commands are sent to three different systems: ignition, fuel, and emission control. Whenever a problem arises (as seen by that nagging “check engine” light), our service pros check whatever command is prompted, in addition to the status of your engine control computer and sensors. That way you’ll know if your vehicle’s performance is caused by a real problem, or just a sensor/computer issue.

Here’s a brief overview of your vehicle’s sensory components:

  • Mass airflow sensor
  • Throttle position sensor
  • Manifold absolute pressure sensor
  • Coolant temperature sensor
  • Exhaust oxygen sensor
  • Crankshaft position sensor
  • Camshaft position sensor

Air Conditioning Service

We can fine-tune your car

Air Conditioning Service
It’s the first hot day of the summer. Uncomfortably shifting in your seat, you turn on that long-neglected AC knob, only to discover an unwelcome blast of warm air streaming out from the vents. A bad situation made worse: that’s when you turn to us—your air conditioning service and repair headquarters. Did you know that without regular maintenance an air conditioner loses about 5% of its original efficiency per year? This means that without proper maintenance, your air conditioning unit may be performing as poorly as other models that are years older! But there is good news: you can still recover most of that lost efficiency. Schedule an appointment with one of our factory-trained professionals-

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-we understand all aspects of AC repair, from modern computerized components to environmental disposal concerns. Today’s AC systems are fairly complex, and new improvements are always being initiated. That’s why you need to turn to us, the qualified source for everything related to your air conditioning system. The following is a brief schematic of some of the basic components that comprise this system:

Compressor:
• The compressor is a belt-driven device that derives its name from compressing refrigerant gas and transferring it into the condenser. While basically acting as a simple pump, the compressor is the core of your vehicle’s air conditioning system.
Condenser:
• The condenser’s primary function is to cool the refrigerant. It is a heat dissipating apparatus that radiates heat released by compressed gases and condenses them into high pressure liquids. The location of your condenser depends on how new your car is, but typically it’s found at the front of the vehicle, directly in front of the engine cooling radiator.
Receiver (drier):
• The receiver is a metal container that serves as a storage receptacle for the refrigerant. It’s also referred to as a drier because it absorbs moisture from the refrigerant and filters out particles of debris and harmful acids that would otherwise harm your AC system. Commonly located on the liquid line of the AC system, you should change your drier every 3-4 years to insure quality filtration and prevent any damage caused by these detrimental chemicals.
Orifice tube/expansion valve:
• The orifice tube (also known as the expansion valve) is a controlling mechanism that regulates the flow of refrigerant throughout the system. In addition to this, it also converts high pressure liquid refrigerant (from the condenser) into a low pressure liquid, so that it can enter the evaporator. Generally located at the evaporator inlet, the orifice tube could also be found between the condenser and the evaporator, or in the outlet of the condenser.
Evaporator
• The evaporator is designed to remove heat from the inside of your vehicle; therefore it’s a heat exchanger that’s vital to your vehicle’s AC system (not to mention your comfort). The evaporator allows the refrigerant to absorb heat, causing it to boil and change into a vapor. When this occurs, the vapor is removed from the evaporator by the compressor, cooling your car and reducing humidity. Because the evaporator houses the most refrigerant in this heat transfer process, it is the most susceptible to corrosion by harmful acids. Usually this damages the evaporator beyond repair, which is why it’s imperative you see us to prevent this from happening.

 

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Service For Most Cars For Most Trucks
Alignment Service $89.95 $116.94
Test Charging System & Battery $ 40.00 $ 40.00
Performance Test A/C System $ 40.00 $ 40.00
Rotate & Balance Wheels $ 60.00 $ 80.00
Scan Computer Fault Codes   Free   Free
Drivability Diagnostic Services $ 80 hr $ 80 hr