NAS Jax Auto Port Gets Upgrades

Story Number: NNS030805-06Release Date: 8/5/2003 9:59:00 AM
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By Ryan Adrick, Naval Air Station Jacksonville Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- The Naval Air Station Jacksonville Navy Exchange Auto Service Center (ASC) is currently updating their services to provide a better quality of life for active-duty personnel aboard the base, and better serve the retired military community in the Jacksonville area.

The ASC has been making significant upgrades in the recent months to many of their standard services that they have offered in the past. Many of these new upgrades will allow the auto mechanics to work on a broader variety of vehicles.

The newest edition to the ASC is the largest alignment automobile lift that is available on the market. This lift will allow for larger vehicles, such as sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and larger trucks, to be serviced and aligned. "If it can fit through the shop's garage door, we can align it," explained ASC Service Manager Colin O'Rourke.

Additional improvements to the ASC services also include the ability to refurbish rotors on vehicles with fixed rotors using an on-car brake lathe. This will allow for Hondas and other cars with fixed rotors to be serviced.

Another improvement to the ASC is that they are now capable of changing car rims up to 24 inches in diameter. "This allows us to work with more high end wheel rims," said O'Rourke.

In addition to auto servicing, the ASC also offers many accessories and installation for numerous cars, trucks, vans, SUVs and even boats. The "Car Stereo Station" will install all items, including components purchased off base.

Electronic items, such as TV's, DVD players, car alarms, sunroofs, cruise control, sound systems and fog lights can be purchased and installed at the "Car Stereo Station." The "Car Stereo Station" also provides boat electronic installations, including fish finders, boat radios and more.

These services are no longer contracted to a civilian company and are now handled by the ASC.

The ASC also has a window-tinting center that can tint any vehicle's windows,

"We can tint any vehicle all to Florida legal specifications," O'Rourke added. Many of these items are featured in weekly and monthly manager specials offered to the military.

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