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  • 3rd Annual Coat Drive

    Posted on 15, October, 2015

    This will be DuFresne's 3rd year collecting coats, hats, gloves, and blankets for the needy.  Last year we collected for Portland Rescue Mission.  2015 we will also be collecting for Portland Rescue Mission.  If you bring in a coat to DuFresne's during the month of November we will give you a $5.00 coupon and a $2.00 coupon for every coat after that.  Please make sure they are clean and gently worn.  Please don't bring in apparel that would be better suited for the garbage can.

     

  • Ball Joint Failure-See pictures

    Posted on 09, January, 2015

    This is the latest part failure added to our wall of shame.  We saw this vehicle 42 miles ago.  Customer declined repair at that time.  Warned customer that vehicle shouldn't be driven.  Very unsafe.  Vehicle came back on a tow truck

     

     

    When a ball joint is getting ready to brake you have very little warning.  You will probably feel a shimmy in the steering wheel and about the time you ask yourself what that is,  Boom it breaks.  And hopefully you are not on the freeway doing 70 mpr with a car load of kids. 

     

    Your vehicle mileage can be deceptive.  Lets say you have a 10 year old car but only 25,000 miles on your vehicle.  You would think that your ball joints wouldn’t be worn out.  But your vehicle is 10 years old and can be worn out.  Sometimes not driving your vehicle a lot can be harder on your vehicle than driving your vehicle every day

     

    In an automobile, ball joints are spherical bearings that connect the control arms to the steering knuckles. They are used on virtually every automobile made [1] and work similar to the ball and socket design of the human hip joint.[2]

    A ball joint consists of a bearing stud and socket enclosed in a casing; all these parts are made of steel. The bearing stud is tapered and threaded, and fits into a tapered hole in the steering knuckle. A protective encasing prevents dirt from getting into the joint assembly. Usually, this is a rubber-like boot that allows movement and expansion of lubricant. Motion control ball joints tend to be retained with an internal spring, which helps to prevent vibration problems in the linkage.

    The "Off-Set" ball joint provides means of movement in systems where thermal expansion and contraction, shock, seismic motion, and torsional motions, and forces are present.[3]

  • 11th Annual FREE BRAKES at DuFresne's Auto Service

    Posted on 03, December, 2014

    11 Years ago DuFresne's Auto Service started collecting non-perishable food for the Oregon Food Bank.  If you brought in 3 cans of food you would receive a FREE BRAKES INSPECTION and if you needed brakes the PADS AND OR SHOES

     would be FREE.  We had one barrel that the OFB had provided.  The first year we had a hard time filling the barrel.  Nancy ran to Costco at the end of the promotion and bought food to fill the barrel.    

    Our FREE BRAKES has grown steadily over the course of 11 years.   We now have a POD to hold the food during the month.  We have customers who store food all year and drop off at our POD.  We even have customers that drop food before the month starts.  Over the course of the years we have given away over 1000 FREE BRAKES to customers and have made the OFB TOP 10 list of donations 2 years in a row.   

     

    If you would like us to check your brakes give us a call to make an appointment or E-mail Tee at TeesWorld23@gmail.com.  Bring in a grocery bag of food when you drop your vehicle off. 

  • DuFresne's Auto Service becomes Eco Biz Certified

    Posted on 21, November, 2014