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This Valentine’s Day…and Every Day…Show That You Care

This Valentine’s Day…and Every Day…Show That You Care

Each time a driver starts their engine and gets on the highway that car, truck or SUV needs the driver’s full attention and the vehicle needs to be well maintained in order to protect the driver, their passengers and those they share the road with. Here are a few ways you can make sure the vehicle you drive is good to go! 1. Make sure the oil is clean as well as the filter. 2. Make sure the tires are properly inflated and the tread is good. 3. Make sure the fluids are exchanged regularly. 4. Make sure the filters are clean. 5. Make sure the wiper blades function properly. 6. Make sure the belts and hoses are maintained. 7. Make sure the brakes are in excellent shape. 8. Make sure the exhaust system is working properly. 9. Make sure the battery is charged and ready to go! 10. Make sure all systems are ready to roll! Preventive maintenance keeps your car healthy and ageless ... read more

Privacy And Your Car

Privacy And Your Car

AAA says that automobile manufacturers are capable of collecting huge amounts of data as cars get more and more advanced. If you are in the market for a new car, read the fine print of your contract. More than likely you will be asked to sign a document allowing the manufacturer to accumulate not only your location when you are driving but how many times a day you get behind the wheel and when. In light of the Driver Privacy Act AAA suggests manufacturers at least offer some transparency into what data they are collecting and why. To protect drivers’ privacy AAA asks for the following information to be given to the consumer: 1. Provide transparency about what data is being collected and how is it being used. 2. Allow the consumer to choose who they are sharing the data with and why they are being asked to share it. 3. Make sure the data is secure. Some manufacturers were planning on selling their collected data to third parties. Th ... read more

Your Filter's Job

Your Filter's Job

In vehicles built in 2007 and later you will find 80 percent of them have a cabin air filter and its function is to protect drivers and their passengers from contaminants such as pollen, mold spores, dust and other small and annoying particles. The cabin air filter is located on the passenger side of the vehicle and is most often, but not always tucked behind the dash around the glove compartment area. Whenever you turn on your defroster, air conditioning or heater it captures the debris so it doesn’t get into the cab of your vehicle. It is a very busy part and needs to be replaced at least once a year. If you or a passenger has severe allergies you may want to get it replaced more often. A clean cabin filter also helps prolong the life of your vehicle’s heating and air-conditioning system because it keeps debris and corrosion away from the evaporator core. We get calls when customers turn on their heater fan wanting to know what that annoying rattling noise is from t ... read more

Keeping You And Your Vehicle Cool In The Heat Of Summer

Keeping You And Your Vehicle Cool In The Heat Of Summer

Yes…the heat is on once again and a lot of people are experiencing the summertime blues already because their air conditioning is failing in their cars. Many assume this is going to cost big bucks! This isn’t always the case. Don’t just assume it will be bad news and certainly don’t suffer the heat needlessly. When checking out your air conditioning system a repair shop will look for certain things: Is it low in refrigerant? Is the compressor engaged? Is the motor that controls the blend air door working properly? Overheating Summertime is great as long as we remember to drink our fluids and not become overheated. Our cars have the same issue! It isn’t an unusual sight to see an overheated vehicle sitting alongside the road with steam pouring from underneath the hood on a hot day! If this happens to you here are a few things to keep in mind: Pull over as soon as possible so the engine can cool ... read more

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The Cost Of Owning A Car Is On The Rise!

The Cost Of Owning A Car Is On The Rise!

If your car is paid for, congratulations! It is also nice to know they aren’t depreciating as much these days in value. Not having a car payment is always a nice break for the budget. It still costs to own one, however and AAA did a recent study that shows it can cost you anywhere from $7,000 to over $11,000 just to fuel, maintain and insure your vehicle, depending on the make and model you drive. Here is a breakdown of AAA’s calculations based on the average cars on our roads today driving 15,000 miles per year: • Sedans (most popular) costs 60.8 cents per mile or $9,122 annually • Small sedans costs $6,967 annually • Four-wheel drive sport utility costs $11,599 annually • Large sedans costs $11,248 annually • Minivans costs $9,795 annually Parts and labor rose significantly this past year making average maintenance costs increase by 11.26 percent for sedan owners. This increase costs 4.97 cents per mile. This cost include ... read more

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Check Engine Light – Ignore It Or Fix It?

Check Engine Light – Ignore It Or Fix It?

When drivers years ago first saw their check engine light illuminate they not only paid attention to it, they panicked. Many immediately pulled their car over to the side of the road and called for help. Now many drivers simply ignore it. It may be annoying to see it illuminated all the time but they get by. Some drivers have even chosen to cover it up with a piece of duct or electrical tape (yeah…I’ve seen that!). When your check engine light illuminates it shouldn’t be ignored. No…you don’t need to panic and call for a tow truck but you do need to get it checked out. It is telling you that one of your vehicle’s systems needs attention! Here are the possible systems: Ignition System Fuel Injector Emission Control Faulty Oxygen Sensor Mass Air Flow Sensor Spark Plugs and Wires Your car in many ways is a multi-computer system on wheels and when a light of any sort illuminates it is telling you something is not ... read more

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Maintaining “Old Faithful” Makes Dollars And Cents

Maintaining “Old Faithful” Makes Dollars And Cents

Your car, “old faithful” is paid off or almost paid off. You toy with the idea of buying a new one but would really like using that monthly money for other things. You like the look and smell of a new vehicle, we all do, but does anyone really like the payments that come with it? In today’s economy people are thinking twice before financing a new vehicle that they may be able to do without until times are more stable. Taking better care of your current car definitely makes a difference in the long run when it comes to your finances. “We advise our clients that if they want a 10 percent increase on their investments every year, they need to cut down on their expenses. A new automobile is, for most people, their second biggest investment next to a home, so a great way to save money and increase financial assets is to hang onto their current vehicle rather than buy a new one every few years. Budgeting for and doing preventative maintenance on your car is one of the best way ... read more

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Motor Oil – The Importance Of Using The Correct One!

Motor Oil – The Importance Of Using The Correct One!

Motor oil is often referred to as the lifeblood of our vehicles. It performs many important functions. • It acts as a lubricant for the engine parts. • It helps protect the emission system. • It provides enhanced fuel economy. If you’ve ever taken the time to peruse the array of oils available today at an auto supply store it can be overwhelming and if you choose the wrong oil, it can have consequences. It can even damage your car’s engine over time. If you are a person who changes their own oil, always check your owner’s manual before you proceed, making sure you have purchased the correct oil for your particular type of vehicle. There are three types of motor oil: • Conventional (75 – 80% of refined crude oil) • Full Synthetic (Standard base plus additives) • Synthetic Blend (Conventional and Synthetic) Then there are additives such as detergents to keep the high-temperature surfaces clean and antioxidants ... read more

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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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