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When The Forecast Says Hot And Hotter

When The Forecast Says Hot And Hotter

Summertime is here and not only do we feel the heat, our cars do too! The sun coming in through the windows can heat our cars’ interior to 200 degrees! Cracking the windows does not prevent the temperature from rising in the car. Parking in the shade is helpful as long as you remember to remove the bird droppings and tree sap which damages the paint. You can also try parking so the sun comes in the rear window as well. This will keep the heat off your steering wheel and dashboard and prevent them from cracking and fading. Hoses, drive belts and plastic parts on vehicles absorb heat, making them vulnerable to brittleness, cracks, fraying and bulges. Tires pressures rise and wipers become brittle and heat damaged. Leather seats need to be kept clean to prevent wear and tear during the summer. Use good leather cleaner to keep them clean and supple. Your car’s cooling system really gets a tough workout in the heat trying to help your car’s engine keep its ... read more

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What’s Up With That?

What’s Up With That?

Q: How often should I really have my oil changed?A: Owner’s Manuals, which may become a thing of the past, will have this information for you under the “Maintenance Schedule” section. Your driving will fall under one of two headings: Schedule “A” for normal driving conditions Schedule “B” for severe driving Severe Driving • Frequent short trips driving less than 5 miles (8 km) • Frequent driving in dusty conditions • Frequent trailer towing • Extensive idling • More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high speeds during hot weather, above 90◦F (32◦C) • Off-road driving • Desert operation Most Owners’ Manuals will be replaced by on-line manuals in the very near future. Q: Why is the sticker on my windshield showing 3,000 miles between oil changes…even when I buy 7,000 mile oil?A: Good question. Perhaps the person ... read more

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Today’s Fuel Pumps Are Hi-Tech!

Today’s Fuel Pumps Are Hi-Tech!

Due to advancements in technology and governmental fuel economy regulations (CAFE), the $100 mechanical fuel pump has graduated to a hi-tech computer driven electric fuel pump. This new fuel pump can cost over $1000! Fuel pumps started changing around 1995 from mechanical to electric. Circa 2005 they changed again transitioning to a “fuel delivery module.” These modules are an assembly of parts that consist of a fuel pump, sender, float rod and mounting gear. Should replacement become necessary, we have to remove the fuel tank and remove and replace the whole assembly instead of only the fuel pump. CAFE regulations inspire new technologies such as the gasoline direct injection (GDI) which allows the fuel to inject directly into the combustion chamber using high pressure. This improves the cooling of the air and fuel charge inside the cylinder. Your vehicle will no longer experience that annoying “combustion knock” due to higher compression ratios plus a ... read more

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Ignoring Recall Notices Can Be Hazardous To Your Health!

Ignoring Recall Notices Can Be Hazardous To Your Health!

For some reason consumers are ignoring recall notices. Many cars ‘for sale by owner’ have recall notices on them and they have not been taken care of. If you are buying a used vehicle, always have it inspected first and always find out if a recall notice was issued for the vehicle and if it was in fact, fixed. It is simple and can be checked online before you buy! There are roughly 2.1 million cars for sale online that have open recalls on them. You can go to http://www.mycarfax.com, enter the VIN number and you can tell if the vehicle had a recall notice and if it was complied with. Why do vehicle owners ignore recalls? It is a mystery to all of us in the automotive industry. It doesn’t cost the owner anything but time but to ignore it could jeopardize their safety, the safety of their loved ones and those they share the road with. If you hear of a recall and you know someone who drives that particular make and model ... read more

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