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August 2017

Lighthouse Getaways


If you’re looking for a fun day trip or a longer getaway in our beautiful region of Oregon, hop in the car and enjoy a memorable day in Coos bay or take a longer getaway trip! Be sure to check out Oregon Sand Dunes National Recreation area and visit a wide array of stunning beaches. Also, walk the Boardwalk adjacent to the harbor in Coos Bay. If lighthouses are your thing, Yaquina Head and Cape Blanco Light Station are a must.

Yaquina Head was built in 1872. It’s a 93 foot structure and is the tallest lighthouse in Oregon. It’s made with over 370,000 bricks, is 114 steps to the top, and can be seen from 19 miles away! Be sure to enjoy the nearby hiking trails, rocky beaches, and tidal pools. At the bottom of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, there is a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean and Oregon coast line. Keep your eyes peeled for whales that frequently swim by!

Cape Blanco Lighthouse is in Port Orford, Oregon. Erected in 1870, this lighthouse stands on Oregon’s farthest west point of land and is the oldest one continually operating in Oregon. The views are some of the best on the ever-changing Pacific coastline. Visitors come and climb the winding stairs of this historic lighthouse and can stay for hours enjoying the gentle breeze. This magnificent structure also holds many records in lighthouse history. For example, it holds the record for the longest service at one single lighthouse. James Langlois worked here for 42 years and James Hughes worked at Cape Blanco Lighthouse for 37 years!

The team at Tom’s Bulldog Automotive knows that a good road trip is good for the mind, body, and soul. To schedule an appointment to make sure your car is as ready as you are for that getaway, call us at 541-269-0399. We are located at 63075 Highway 101, Coos Bay, OR 97420.

July 2017

Air Conditioning Repairs Can Keep You Cool During Oregon’s Summer


We’re well into Summer now, and the heat is upon us. We don’t get much hot weather in Oregon, and I would argue that’s one of the things that makes it even more unbearable when we do get it. Because there’s so little of it, we’re never able to get used to it. As a result of our minimal hot weather, it’s common for people to put off fixing their air conditioning in Oregon. This results in us seeing plenty of people in the Summer desperate for relief. If you’re in this situation, and you dread each time that you get into your car because it’s a sweatbox during your commute, we might be able to help.

If your car’s air conditioning system is doing any of these things, you may need to bring it in for service:

  • AC is blowing hot when it should be blowing cold
  • Stinky odors coming from your vents
  • Excessive moisture while the AC is turned on
  • The compressor won’t turn on

Many air conditioning issues are easy to fix, so we might be able to have you back on the road right away. If, say, all you need is to add Freon to your vehicle, that’s a very quick job. If there’s a mechanical problem with your AC, we’ve invested in cutting-edge equipment that can quickly get to the bottom of the issue. Our Bullseye Leak Detection System can quickly find leaks in your AC, for instance. Anyone without such advanced equipment would possibly need to spend a great deal of time — which you’d be paying for — to track down the leak. But at Tom’s Bulldog Automotive, we can find any tiny leaks within your automotive air conditioning system and repair it more quickly.

Don’t suffer any longer than you need to if you’re having problems with your AC. You’ll enjoy your Summer so much more when you can stay cool and comfortable while you’re in your car. It’s our goal to get you in and out of the shop with your AC keeping you comfortable in your car, as quickly as possible so that your life doesn’t miss a beat. We hope you’re having a great Summer, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Tom’s Bulldog Automotive in Coos Bay, Oregon.

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