1600 6th St. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
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Car AC Repairs & Heater Repairs

In a climate like ours, air conditioning and heating are more than just luxuries, they’re necessities! There’s nothing worse than a hot summer day when you turn on the AC and warm, humid air comes out of your vents. Except maybe a frigid winter night when your heater isn’t working! Either way, you can bring your vehicle to Big Jim’s and we’ll get it back to a comfortable temperature.

Interior Fan Failure
The two systems that affect your car’s interior temperature have different reasons they may fail, except for a broken interior heating and cooling fan. Your heater or air conditioner may be working properly but the air isn’t actually getting to the cabin. This would be the result of the fan not working which could be due to a bad fuse or the switch. We’ll examine it and get air flowing for you again.

Can’t Get Heat?
Winter can be brutal in the Midwest, so you don’t want to go long without working heat in your vehicle. There are a variety of reasons your heater might not work properly:

  • Clogged Heater Core
  • Broken Heater Core
  • Thermostat

Clogged Heater Core
There is a piece connected to your radiator that creates the heat for your cabin when it’s cold out. Sometimes these small box-like parts can become clogged and malfunction. This might result not just in a lack of heat, but could cause your cabin to become extremely fogged up. The good news is a clogged heater core can be flushed by a mechanic.

Broken Heater Core
Sometimes it goes beyond a simple clog, and the heater core may be cracked or blown altogether. Signs of this type of failure might be a strong sweet smell in the cabin or around your car from the radiator fluid leaking. You may also notice your engine overheats but the heat still doesn’t work in the cabin. If your heater core has indeed cracked or blown, it needs to be replaced by a professional, and we’ll take good care of you and your vehicle at Big Jim’s!

Thermostat
Near your engine is a thermostat that gauges the temperature of the engine to help determine when coolant is necessary. When the engine gets hot, the thermostat signals a valve to open allowing coolant to flow. If the valve gets stuck open, your vehicle might not produce the heat necessary to keep its cabin toasty. Again, if your engine is warm or hot but you can’t get heat, this thermostat may be the culprit.

Can’t Get Cold Air?
Sure there are times of the year you don’t need any more cold air, but there are hot summer days that a lack of AC is downright awful! When your air conditioner isn’t putting out that ice cold chill you’re used to, most likely you need an AC recharge. Simply the refrigerant is low, which can be a sign of a leak that should also be repaired so that your AC system is not damaged. At Big Jim’s, we don’t want our cars to be boiling hot in the summer, so we’ll make sure yours isn’t either. The second you’re noticing a lack of chill from your vents with the AC on, bring it on by.

Our clientele can speak for our service at Big Jim’s:

" I make it a rule to never trust a mechanic. Jim & Sarge have earned my trust. We have given them repeated business over the years and we will continue to go back. The work they do is top notch. Jim ALWAYS stands by his work and charges a fair price. Big Jim's is the exception to the rule!! "

Jacob (Cedar Rapids, IA)

" My first experience at a Big Jim's was pulling in with a flat tire and needing help. He got me in immediately which was nice considering I had an appointment in 45mins. I was out of there in about 8-10 minutes. Tire patched up and on the road. I was very grateful and happy with the fast service !!! Thanks again !!! "

Jennifer Dvorak

" Brought my truck in yesterday not knowing just how big a problem I had. Already fixed with approximately 7 hours labor. Quick, friendly, and helpful. Thank you Vanessa and Sarg. "

Lora Holland-McArtor