With over 35 years of Industry Experience in the collision repair field, Northridge Collision Center continues to provide the quality repair work and service our customers have come to expect. We have the latest repair equipment, damage assessment software, trained personnel, and on going training to provide quality repairs.
We will work directly with your insurance company to expedite the completion of your vehicle. Our courteous and multi-lingual staff will gladly walk you through your vehicle’s repairs: both the insurance side and repair side of the process.
Northridge Collision Center offers a lifetime written warranty on all body and refinish repairs done to your vehicle and all paint work is done with E.P.A approved refinished materials.
With quality repairs, state of the art repair equipment, and knowledgeable and courteous staff; we are confident Northridge Collision Center will meet and exceed your expectations.
our vehicle may be the second largest investment you make in your lifetime, so finding the perfect Auto Body & Repair Shop is essential. Asking the right questions and taking a tour of a collision repair business can help you decide if your investment will be in the best hands. If you feel comfortable after your visit, chances are you will be satisfied with the repair.
BAD AUTOMOTIVE VIBES
JOHN D. KELLY
Don't get shaken up over vibration complaints. A customer brings their vehicle into your shop with a vibration complaint; you hesitate to take the job because you know that the success rate of diagnosing and repairing vibration concerns is not very high. You hate to turn away repair work, so you accept the job and hope you can find the problem. Many shops will begin by balancing the existing tires or by selling new tires to the customer; many times this will correct the vibration problem, but what if it doesn’t? Now what do you do? The real story is that there are many other parts on a vehicle that can cause a vibration, even if they are balanced. Anything on a vehicle that rotates can cause a vibration. I like to group the rotating parts into different groups that are related to their common rotational speeds. The groups are listed from most likely cause to least likely cause:
SMALL BUT MIGHTY
The Honda pressure switch has a lot of say in what goes on in today's transmissions. The Honda automatic transmission pressure switch might be small in size, but it can pack a mighty punch, causing drivability symptoms if it falls out of its acceptable parameters. Here at H&A Transmissions, Honda and Acura transmissions are our lifeblood. As a wholesaler, we focus on nothing but Honda and Acura transmissions all day, every day. We have done extensive research on these mighty little switches working on vehicles in our shop and working with other shops in our local community. In addition, we perform daily diagnostic work over the phone through our technical assistance department. We have seen and heard of many pressure switch problems out there causing flares, slips, harsh upshifts, harsh down shifts, late shifts, early shifts, you name it. With all the problems these little pressure switches can cause, there is good news. There is very little labor involved in replacing them as they are an external part and are able to be replaced without having to R&R the transmission. That’s always good news, right?
You will find these pressure switches on most Honda and Acura automatic transmission 4 cylinder and V6 applications, with the exception of a few models. Usually, you will find two pressure switches on one transmission. On most 4-speed applications, there will be one second clutch pressure switch and one third clutch pressure switch (see Figure 1). On most 5-speed applications, there will be one third clutch pressure switch and one fourth clutch pressure switch (see Figure 2). But on some of the later V6 models, you might find up to three pressure switches on one transmission. For example, the 2007 and newer Odysseys will have a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th clutch pressure switch. This is just more reason to have a good understanding on how these pressure switches work and the problems they can cause out there in the field.
GET YOUR CAR FIXED RIGHT WITHOUT GETTING RIPPED OFF
For most consumers, auto body shops are intimidating and mysterious. The good ones restore your beloved car to gleaming perfection. The bad ones hide problems and stick you with a big repair bill. We talked with three veterans of the auto body industry, two of whom (Brian and Neal) run their own collision repair businesses and the third expert (Andy) who is a well-connected industry observer. Our sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, shed light on this shadowy world and offer suggestions on how to manage costs, avoid rip-offs and ensure that sure your car is fixed right.
Know That Body Shops Run the Quality Gamut
Understand Your Estimate
Get an Estimate Breakdown
Turn Down the "Save the Deductible" Come-on
Ask About the Parts
Beware of Shops in Cahoots With Adjusters
Don't Get Pushed to "Preferred" Auto Body Shops
Be Your Own Advocate
IS IT ADVISABLE TO REPAIR AIRBAG COVERS?
An insurer has asked us to repair airbag covers on the dash, steering wheel and seat covers with side airbags. Is this an advisable repair? What are the liabilities? These repairs will require priming and refinishing. There has been much debate recently about bumper reinforcements and airbag timing in crashes. If the steel is not of proper strength, the accelerometers may not deploy the airbags at the proper time in a crash. But there are more considerations than just timing. Recent tests on aftermarket airbags show that even with correct timing, the unfolding of the airbag itself is critical to injury prevention. The airbag must deploy with the correct shape. The shape of the bag prevents injuries during the crash, as the bag should be fully deployed and in position before the occupant comes in contact. This is done by the correct folding and release or unfolding of the airbag itself.