Location: Tampa

410 South Dale Mabry
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 879-0600

DIRECTIONS: Two blocks south of Kennedy at the corner of S. Dale Mabry and Horatio. Next to Pizza Hut.

Store Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm, Saturday 7:30am-2pm, Sunday Closed

This Location is Independently Owned and Operated

TAMPA auto repair

Synchrony Car Care One

Meet Ashley…

Ashley 2013

Ashley Butler began ownership in 2006. Initially starting at a smaller location, Ashley quickly realized that customer service is the key to growing a business and moved to a larger location. She is a Tampa native and a graduate of USF. She keeps very active with poker, golf, cycling, dragon boat racing, and public speaking to local youth. Always searching for a thrill, she has experienced skydiving and canyoneering in California but truly enjoys traveling and meeting other people in those locations. Ashley has been featured in several news articles and radio programs – visit the News page to learn more.

Testimonials

“No improvement needed. If every business would operate & give back to the community like this location, we’d live in a better world.”

C. Sedillos

“Fantastic service – Thank you. Very nice to me – even though I was a waiting customer with a newborn :)”

J. Blazer

“Have already passed on your name to neighbors”

M. Hennessy

” Forth survey, I expected great service and you delivered. I already gave you a good review on Angie’s list. You were much more professional and much less expensive than the dealership.”

B. Walker

“Thanks to Ashley and her crew. I appreciate the honesty.”

J. Owes

“I brought my own rear brake cylinders and was charged only for labor – I was in and out of there in no time. Ashley + Keith are great. Brake cylinder and labor cost $103.66 – everyone else wanted $200.00″

P. Karvjian

“I would like to thank you all for the fast and speedy service that I received and for the transportation you gave me to and from.”

L. Butler

“Incredible service-I felt informed- Ashley and all of the team were great!!”

A. Porcaro

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SOLVED! Common Car AC Problems

Call Ice Cold Air, we’ll live up to the name. 

 In Florida, we are blasting the AC in our cars practically every day, all year-round. We have a love-hate relationship with the heat.  

Fall is a common time for your car’s AC to go out, and we don’t want you to have to deal with the discomfort of not having AC for long – but we’ll be honest, diagnosing AC problems can take time. 

Ice Cold Air is here to help with any car AC issues! If you’re experiencing any of the problems below, call us for an appointment to get your car back to cool. We care about our customers – your comfort and your safety. 

 

What Makes Your Car AC Work?
 The air conditioning system in your car has several components. These include:  

  • a compressor that is driven by the engine, 
  • an expansion valve that regulates the flow of refrigerant. Refrigerant is a fluid that turns into a gas and back to liquid form, flowing throughout the system.
  • and two heat exchangers including the evaporator and condenser. 

 Now, let’s dive into some common AC problems with your car. 

 

Problem: No Cold Air from the AC 

This issue is typically caused by a refrigerant leak. Your AC relies heavily on refrigerant to cool the vehicle. Without enough refrigerant, the other pieces of the AC will be non-functional. 

A leak can happen at any time, but it is most often caused by a hole in one of the connections. These leaks can be particularly difficult to catch because refrigerant evaporates when exposed to the environment. 

Solution: For a refrigerant leak, you need to call a professional. An expert will add a fluorescent leak tracer dye and refrigerant to the system. From there, the technician you’re working with will run the AC and use a blacklight to identify where the leak is coming from to begin repairs. 

 

Problem: No Air Coming from the Vents 

This issue isn’t as clear as hot air coming through the vents. A knowledgeable professional needs to eliminate possible causes by checking several components of your air system first.  

The things we would be looking for include:

  • A blown fuse or bad relay – if the ventilation fuse blows there will be no power to the blower motor. This prevents air from blowing through the vents. A bad relay takes a small electrical current and uses it to regulate a larger current needed to power the ventilation system.
  • Damage to the blower motor or blower resistor– the blower motor pushes air through the car. Blower motors that are malfunctioning due to wear or age will prevent air coming through the vents. The blower resistor works with the blower motor to control the level of how much air is produced to flow through the vents based on your preference. 
  • Blocked air intake– your vehicle has two areas where it intakes air through the ventilation system. If either of these areas is blocked from a clogged filter or with debris, your vents may blow little to no air. 
  • Damaged belts and hoses – the AC system is equipped with many belts and hoses. Any sort of leak, detachment, or blockage will prevent air from flowing.

Solution: A tech will replace fuses and/or the relay first. If the issue continues, a tech will test the other components related to the ventilation system. 

 Problem: Air Does Not Get Cold
 This problem is typically caused by low refrigerant. If there is not enough refrigerant in the system, the pressure is reduced and it prevents the clutch from triggering the compressor to begin the AC cycle.  If there is enough refrigerant, this problem could be caused by a blocked or failed condenser or a failed clutch switch. 

Solution:  If you’re experiencing this problem, you need to bring your car in to be looked at by a professional to test all of the components to look for blockages, damage, or failure. 

 

Problem: AC Smells Like Mildew 

 When you turn on your AC and there’s the smell of mildew – that means you have a growth of bacteria in your system. This is common for vehicles that don’t often use the AC, are older, or frequently use the maximum setting. The extra moisture can cause bacteria, mold, fungi, and other growths behind your dashboard that comes through your vents. 

Solution: The quickest and easiest way to combat this is to replace your air filter. If the problem persists, let a technician know and they can add an anti-bacterial solution to kill mold and other contaminants in the system. 

 Problem: Car AC Makes Noise When Turned On
 Anytime your car makes a sound that wasn’t there before is usually a bad sign. AC’s are relatively quiet when in use, if you hear rattling, banging, or other unusual sounds – it’s normal to feel anxious about what is causing the issue. 

Solution: Bring your car in to Ice Cold Air and we can give it a listen. The problem could be as simple as debris within the system, or it could be a larger sign of failure. Our inspections are fast and easy, and we’ll work with you to solve any issue with your car. 

 

Problem: AC Goes from Cold to Hot 

If your AC suddenly goes from cool to hot – that is a big problem. The expansion valve that dispenses the correct amount of refrigerant may have failed. A blocked expansion valve stops the refrigerant from reaching the evaporator and if moisture is present – it will cause the valve to freeze.
 

Solution: Take in your car to get inspected and tested. A trained technician will be able to find, identify, and solve the problem – whether it’s a blockage or a malfunction. 

 Car AC Maintenance, Call Ice Cold Air 

 No matter what symptoms you’re experiencing, Ice Cold Air is here to help. We work with our customers so that you know exactly what is going on in your car and how we will fix it. We offer some of the most competitive prices in the Tampa Bay Area and we would love to earn your business.  

Stop on by the Shop! Bring your car in for preventative AC maintenance today to our conveniently located shops throughout the Tampa Bay area or consider us if you need a trustworthy automotive tech in the future. We’d be proud to help you out anytime! 

 

Why Tire Rotation Is Important 

Let’s Talk Tires: Why Tire Rotation Is Important 

Tires. Most drivers don’t notice them unless they go flat or the warning light goes off in your car. But caring for and rotating your tires is essential for car performance and safety. Quite literally, your tires are where the rubber meets the road, and well-maintained tires keep you safe.  

Learn from your friends at Ice Cold Air why tire rotation is important, wherever the road takes you.

 Why Do I Need to Rotate My Tires?  

Tire rotation is an important service that is critical to extending the lifespan of your tires and for your safety on the road. Further, many tire warranties require regular rotation to keep the warranty valid.  

Rotation involves periodically repositioning tires to promote even tread wear. Regular tire rotation will preserve balanced handling and traction, and can also result in better performance.  

Tire rotation is vital to help foster: 

  • Even wearing of tire treads
  • Longer tire life
  • Safety
  • Better performance
  • The condition of other car components  

Even Wearing 

Rotating your tires ensures that the treads wear as evenly as possible. Numerous factors strain your wheels and tires, but proper tire rotation ensures even tread wear.  

Extends Tire Life  

The more even the treads of your tires are, the longer they will last. If you don’t rotate them periodically, one or two tires may wear out more quickly than the rest. If that happens, you may have to replace them individually, which can be more expensive than replacing them all simultaneously.  

Safety 

If your tire treads are unevenly worn, they can become a hazard to you and other drivers. Uneven tires won’t be able to grip the road properly and can blow out unexpectedly.  

Performance 

The performance of your vehicle will be affected by the condition of your tires. Rebalancing the wheels and rotating the tires will impact the overall performance of your car. 

The Status of Other Car Components 

Rotation is not only beneficial for your tires, but it can keep other components such as the wheels, wheel bearings, axles, differentials, suspension system, and brakes in better condition as well.  

Ready to rotate your tires? We look forward to serving you! Schedule an appointment with Ice Cold Air, and we will get the job done.  

 

When to Rotate Your Tires 

Your vehicle’s tires will wear at different rates depending on whether your vehicle is front, rear, or all-wheel drive.  

A common misconception is that the tires on all-wheel-drive vehicles wear more evenly than other automobiles. All-wheel-drive systems don’t always engage all the wheels at the same time. Electronically controlled differentials can shift power between the rear and front wheels depending on the road conditions and what mode the driver has selected.  

We recommend rotating your tires every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or when you go in for an oil change. If your car doesn’t need an oil change that frequently, plan on getting a tire rotation every six months or so.  

How to Rotate Your Tires  

If you have the tools and want to tackle tire rotation at home, here are some quick tips (though we can get it done quickly and efficiently at Ice Cold Air when you bring in your car for an oil change). 

There are rotation patterns that must be followed depending on the type of vehicle.  

Front-wheel-drive vehicles: 

Swap the front tires straight to the rear on the same side, and then swap the rear tires with the opposite front corner tires. For example, the right rear tire gets moved to the left front tire.  

Rear-wheel-drive vehicles:  

Move the rear tires to the front and move each front tire to the opposite rear corner. For example, move the left front tire to the right rear tire spot.  

All-wheel-drive vehicles:  

Crisscross all four tires when rotating. Move the right front to the left rear, the left front to the right rear, and so on.  

If you have any doubts about performing tire rotation on your own, visit us at Ice Cold Air, and we will ensure that your tires are rotated properly. Give us a call to book an appointment today! 

 

The Importance of Tire Rotation 

Tire rotation is a critical aspect of car care that often is overlooked. Extend the life of your tires and enhance vehicle performance and safety. Schedule a tire rotation appointment with our team at Ice Cold Air! 

 

 

Rotating tires keeps them from uneven wear. Get ready for a smoother ride and better handling. Ice Cold Air tells how to extend your tire life! 

 

The Perks of Becoming an Automotive Technician

Becoming an automotive technician is a rewarding path for anyone looking in the trades or to change careers. Getting to work with your hands all day and knowing that you finished your day with a job well done is a huge positive on its own.

If you’re looking to start a new, exciting career as an automotive technician, we’d like to share some of the perks of the job!

  • Stability
  • Variety
  • Advancement Opportunities (plus, great pay and a signing bonus!)
  • Satisfaction

These are just a few of the perks that come with becoming an automotive tech! We are constantly looking for new talent and unique individuals to join our team. If a new career is something you’re interested in, let’s look at what’s in it for you in your career as an automotive tech:

#1. Stability

There will always be a need for good automotive mechanics. You can choose to live anywhere and there will always be a way to find steady employment. You never have to wonder where your next paycheck is coming from, you will always have security for you and your family.

#2. Variety

Every day is a little bit different in the life of an automotive technician. Different cars, different parts, and always a new thing to learn! Trust us, there is a steady stream of change that keeps you active and prevents boredom in the day-to-day work.

#3. Advancement Opportunities

Becoming an automotive technician also opens you up to a world of opportunities. You can advance your career and eventually become a master in the field. This guarantees higher pay (Master Technicians in the US make an average of 123,527 per year) and more opportunities to do the type of work that you want to do.

In fact, the Ice Cold Air® Discount Auto Repair franchise makes a bit of a habit of turning former shop employees into successful entrepreneurs and business owners.  Many of our franchise owners include both former managers and former technicians.  We pride ourselves in our ability to offer a chance for those who’ve always dreamed of owning their own shop.

#4. Satisfaction

After a long day of work, you have the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing good work for your local community. You are keeping people safe in their cars, you are making their transportation more reliable, and you are spending every day doing the best work that you possibly can.

Plus, we care about giving back wherever we can to others in Tampa Bay. As a team, we conduct back-to-school and food drives, Toys for Tots for 15 years now, and so much more.

 

Join Our Team as an Automotive Technician

We have the BEST job! Every day is as different as the cars we work on. Become an automotive technician, diagnose and solve problems, and make repairs to keep cars on the road longer and keep our customers safe.

If you’re a seasoned automotive mechanic or just getting started, consider joining our team. We would love to hear from you; tell us why you’d be a good fit for our car care team. We are always interested in meeting and hiring new talent in the Tampa area. Send in your resume here!

 

Our 15th Year! Free Oil Change for Toys to Support the Marine’s Toys for Tots

Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair is giving away a free oil-change including a tire rotation to any customer who brings in a new, unwrapped toy for the Marines’ “Toys for Tots” program from now until December 12th. This is the Pinellas-based auto repair franchise’s 15th year giving away oil changes to those who donate toys. Customers have the option of trading the new toy for an oil change and tire rotation on the spot or exchanging the toy for a voucher for a free future oil change and tire rotation or $20 off any service. There are 17 Ice Cold Air locations throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. “We are very proud to join the Marines and their exceptional program for our 15th year. It is an honor to help facilitate our customer’s support and making positive impacts in the lives of children in our community,” said Tina M. Denham, President of Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair. “Our customers and community have been very good to us for 50 years, and acting as a drop off location for Toys for Tots is an excellent way for us to give back to the community and our customers for their support.” Over the years, it is estimated that Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair customers have donated 25,000 toys. This year Denham says they aspire to donate over 2000 more, “our loyal customers have a proven history, and I know they are eager to support the program again this year. We are asking for even more community members to take advantage of this offer and help us meet our goal.” The toys should be of similar value, in the original packaging and unwrapped. Donations will be accepted at almost all of the 17 Ice Cold Air locations. Those interested in taking advantage of the promotion should call or stop by their local Ice Cold Air location to ensure participation. Visit www.icecoldair.com for a list of locations. # # #

Dale Mabry Location Now Services Vehicles Using 1234yf

We are thrilled to announce we can now service newer vehicles that utilize HFO-1234yf refrigerants. This product is becoming more popular and can be found in many new vehicles starting as early as 2014 models. As of 2018, 50% of new vehicles from “original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs) are estimated to use HFO-1234yf.
We are the AC Experts in the Tampa and we have the equipment to service these vehicles! PLUS, in most cases, we can SAVE YOU hundreds of dollars on recharging your system over the dealership. Call us to find out just how much money we can save you! 813-879-0600.
HFO-1234yf is the first in a new class of refrigerants with a global warming potential rating 335 times less than R-134a and an atmospheric lifetime of about 400 times shorter. HFO-1234yf has a global warming potential of less than 1, compared to 1,430 for R-134a. Carbon dioxide’s global warming potential is exactly 1. This colorless gas is being used as a replacement for R-134a as a refrigerant in newer model automobile air conditioners.