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Wiring Basics

Car wash owner/operator duties often include that of a "service technician" as well. When tackling electrical issues, always remember these basic steps: Disconnect breaker before beginning any service. When unplugging a wire, cable, or connector, label it and the contact before it is disconnected so you know where to reconnect. Take a picture of the [...]

August 29th, 2017|Investors, Tech Tip Center|

Stopping the NonStop Vac

A common problem that most car wash owners will eventually encounter is with vacuums that won't shut off. The nonstop vac problem will always be one of two possibilities: 1) The timer is bad or malfunctioning, or 2) The mercury contactor is bad To discover which part is bad, test for voltage with a VOM [...]

July 12th, 2017|Tech Tip Center|

Car Wash Pump Maintenance Basics: Keep the Oil Clean!

At the heart of all car wash high and low pressure systems is the pump. You can maximize the performance and longevity of your pumps by keeping them well maintained with fresh oil. How often should I drain crankcase oil in my car wash pumps? Here are some general guidelines, check with your pump manufacturer [...]

January 23rd, 2017|Tech Tip Center|

Titration & Flow Testing

What You Don't Know Could Cost You Professional car washing today is a scientifically driven process using precision chemistry and wash programs designed to deliver consistent results day after day, through season after season. Thus, it is critically important to measure the effectiveness of your chemicals through regular titration and flow testing. Titration Titration is [...]

November 22nd, 2016|Tech Tip Center|

Routine HydroMinder Maintenance

A HydroMinder is the efficient gatekeeper of liquid chemical concentrates for a car wash. It allows you to have a reservoir of accurately mixed solutions ready to go without having to pay too much attention to it. A quality HydroMinder helps reduce labor costs by eliminating manually measuring and mixing chemical concentrates. The HydroMinder is also more [...]

October 19th, 2016|Tech Tip Center|

Bill Validator Maintenance

Bill Validators require preventive maintenance to keep them performing properly. The bill path can become contaminated from dirty bills, dust, moisture, or other foreign matter. It is recommended to clean your validators periodically, depending on the amount of use or the type of environmental exposure. Magnetic-sensing Bill Validators need to be cleaned more often than non-magnetic. Use a soft cloth moistened [...]

September 27th, 2016|Tech Tip Center|

Maintaining a High-Pressure Water Pump

Preventing cavitation is good for your car wash’s water pump – and helps you get the most out of your car wash equipment. Cavitation decreases a water pump’s output due to the combination of liquid and vapor in the pump’s inlet chamber. Cavitation will not only cause pitting in the valves and manifold, but also [...]

August 24th, 2016|Tech Tip Center|

Maintaining Car Wash Blow Dryers

Car wash maintenance should include checking your blow dryers and their motors on a regular basis to keep them performing at optimum levels. Stress Cracks:  Visually inspect each motor and fan, and look for visible stress cracks in impellers. Intake Screen:  The intake screen also needs to be checked and cleaned as needed. Impeller Rotation:  Verify [...]

July 28th, 2016|Tech Tip Center|

Work Smart: Efficient Use of Your Dealership’s Automatic Car Wash

Automatic car wash systems, when equipped with bay dryers, usually take 3 to 5 minutes to wash and blow dry a vehicle. During this time period, the porters at Frank Leta Acura in St. Louis, MO, begin the interior detailing on cars waiting in line to enter the car wash bay. The interior detailing continues after the porter [...]

July 19th, 2016|Tech Tip Center|

Inspecting Car Wash Presoak Chemistry

If your car wash presoak is not performing as expected, inspecting your car wash presoak chemistry for water softness, foot valve leakage, and alkalinity level. 1) Ensure the water softener is working properly. Check water hardness. Water softeners can be consuming salt without conditioning water adequately, so it's important to test water quality. 2) Check the foot valve [...]

June 28th, 2016|Tech Tip Center|