The Car Guys' Tip Corner
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- A vehicle needs both air as well as fuel to run properly? Dirty or poorly maintained air filters and P.C.V. valves can cause poor gas mileage and increased exhaust pollution.
Regular replacement of these parts will keep the air cleaner, save fuel and save you money.
- If your vehicle pulsates, shakes, pulls or makes noise when stopping you may have a brake problem.
For good safety, you should have your brakes checked about once a year.
- Just as the summer heat and humidity is hard on many people, the same is true for your vehicle. High temperatures make cooling systems; air conditioners, brakes, engines, transmissions and many other components work their hardest. Regular maintenance will keep these components running cool and problem free. Reducing the chance of a breakdown.
- Doing scheduled maintenance to your vehicle will reduce the chance of break down and can increase its life and value. Maintenance should be done per the manufacturer's guidelines and a history kept. This way you know what's been done and what should be done in the future. This can save time and money in the long run.
- High temperatures and humidity make your vehicle's cooling system and air conditioning work their hardest. If these systems are weak, failures are more likely.
Having them checked and serviced can save a lot of headaches.
- The cold weather and snow can put additional wear and tear on many parts of your vehicle.
A good check-up from time to time and regular maintenance will reduce the chances of problems and increases the life of your vehicle.
- In order to keep your vehicle's warranty valid, maintenance and service should be done as per the manufacturer's recommendations. THIS DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE TO GO TO A DEALER FOR SERVICE!! We can service your vehicle as per the manufacturer's recommendations and advise of any repairs that should be covered by warranty.
- When jump starting a dead battery, the two vehicles should not be touching. Put one RED clamp onto the positive terminal of each battery, then connect one BLACK clamp to the negative terminal on the good battery, the other BLACK clamp to a metal part of the engine on the other vehicle. Once the car is started, remove the cables in the reverse order. This will reduce the chance of sparks and battery explosions.
- If your heater does not seem hot enough beside from being uncomfortable there could be a problem with your engine's cooling system.
- Improper engine cooling can cause overheating, poor performance, bad gas mileage and other potential costly problems. Having small problems checked and repaired can usually save time and money.
- If you keep your gas tank full in the cold weather it will reduce the amount of water and condensation build up. This reduces the chance of frozen gas lines, which can keep your vehicle from starting properly in the cold weather.
- Doing regular preventive maintenance such as oil changes, fluid changes, tire maintenance, 30,000 or 60,000 mile services etc., can greatly reduce the chances of time consuming and costly breakdowns or repairs and increase the usable life, reliability and value of your vehicle.
- Most of today's vehicles are four wheel alignable. Incorrect wheel alignment can cause a vehicle to pull, steering and suspension problems, premature tire wear and even cause poor gas mileage.
Because of poor road conditions and for good preventative maintenance a vehicle should be aligned about once a year.
- Engine filters such as fuel filters, air filters and PCV valves, if not serviced regularly can cause poor performance, bad gas mileage and premature wear on your vehicle's fuel and emission systems.
A little maintenance can save money, time and increase the value of your vehicle.
- We can service your new or leased vehicle as per the manufacturer's recommended service schedule. This helps your vehicle run better and last longer. We can even advise you of repairs covered by warranty.
- We are trained and equipped to diagnose any problem with your vehicle, from computer systems to drivability problems, to electrical repairs and much more. We are prepared to use the manufacturer's procedures and recommended services.
- Our staff is equipped and trained to handle ALL of your vehicle's maintenance and repair needs. We can even help keep track of repairs done to your vehicle as well as future preventative maintenance.
- On some engines, if the timing belt brakes, there can be costly internal engine damage.
Most manufacturers recommend timing belt replacement every 60,000 to 90,000 miles to be safe.
- Keeping your vehicle well maintained will reduce the chances of a breakdown and increase fuel economy.
Remember, oil changes every three months or 3,000 miles, tire rotation every 6,000 miles, fuel filter, antifreeze/coolant, transmission fluid every three years or 30,000 miles.
- Brakes work harder in hot weather. The additional heat on a weak brake system can cause premature wear and increased stopping distance.
In our climate engine coolant should be changed every two years or 24,000 miles.
- Over time and use the protective additives become weak and worn. This can cause overheating, premature wear of water pumps, head gaskets, radiators and other cooling system components.
- Air conditioners lose some refrigerant in the cold winter months. That's why they often do not work correctly in the spring and summer months.
- The cold winter and hot summers are hard on your vehicle's electrical system. A little preventative maintenance now can save a lot of grief later.
- Before going on a trip, a few precautions can help prevent a break down.
- Make sure your motor oil, coolant, power steering fluid, and brake fluid are full and clean. Visually check the condition of the drive belts and radiator hoses. Inspect the tires for excessive wear and correct pressure. Remember to also look at the spare.
- For longer trips it may be worth to have the oil changed, the tires balanced and the vehicle checked by a technician.
- The summer heat and the use of air conditioners put the most strain on your engine's cooling system. In order to reduce the chances of over heating, it is important that radiators, thermostats, belts, hoses, water pumps are in good working condition and there are no coolant leaks in the system. If the coolant is weak, dirty or old, the system should be flushed to prevent problems.
Recommended every three years or 30,000 miles.
- Clean fuel is important because of the small passages and orifices in today's fuel injection systems.
- Dirt particles from rust in the fuel tank or from the storage tanks at the pumps are caught in the fuel filter. Without regular replacement, the filter can plug and cause the vehicle to run poorly or not at all.
- Fuel filters should be changed every three years or 30,000 miles as part of regular maintenance.
- When you step on the brakes, the stopping force produced by the brake system is 10 times more powerful than the force it takes to put the vehicle in motion.
- Since brakes do so much work and are so important for safety, the complete system including the front brakes, rear brakes, emergency brakes, hydraulics and the rest of the system should be completely checked at least once a year.
- There are two different types of drive belts or fan belts used on today's vehicles. They are "V" type belts and serpentine belts.
Regardless of which is used they should be checked for wear or replaced at around five years or 60,000 miles. It's better than having one break while your driving.
- An easy way to see if you need tires is by using a penny. Just turn Lincoln upside down and put it into the tread. If you see the top of Lincoln's head it's time for new tires.
To make tires last longer, rotate them every other oil change then balance and align them once a year.
- Weak worn shock absorbers or struts can increase the stopping distance of your vehicle; wear tires and cause poor handling. Sometimes it is hard to know they're worn out because they wear out slowly over time.
It's best to have them checked every 40-60,000 miles.
- Automatic transmission fluid is a hydraulic fluid, it is not like engine oil. We live in a climate where transmission fluid should be changed every three years or 30,000 miles.
Regular maintenance will extend the life of your transmission.
- Motor oil itself never "wears out". The additives in the oil do, some over time, some through use.
That's why you should change your oil every three months or 3,000 miles. Hey, that's ONLY about $60 a year - that's pretty cheap insurance!
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