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Yearly Archives: 2018

The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

The job of a muffler is to keep your vehicle quiet. There is a lot involved for a piece of equipment that doesn’t look too intricate. It silences the noise of your car in these ways: Changes the pressure pulses Dampens the pressure pulses Absorbs the pressure pulses The noise is measured in decibels and the muffler dissipates the level of sound. There are two types of mufflers; direct-fit or universal. A direct-fit muffler doesn’t require modifications. A repair shop just has to line it up and bolt it on. They are, however, not readily available for all vehicles. A universal muffler is easy to find and usually requires some modifications. This is done by lengthening or shortening pipes or even replacing them. New hangers are a must to keep the new equipment from rattling. Thankfully these modifications are not difficult or expensive; they just take more time. If you are replacing a direct-fit muffler with a universal muffler, don’t expect it to muffle the ... read more

Repairophobia

Repairophobia

What is repairophobia, you ask? It is the fear of auto repair. I read this term just the other day and said to myself, “Yes, it is about time it had a name!” What are the reasons consumers have this dreaded condition? Many consumer news reporters love to feature a certain shop or auto repair chain routinely ripping drivers off. They go under cover and take a well-maintained vehicle into the shop and then share with the public the long list of repair items the shop claims are needed. This hurts all auto repair shops, not just the culprit who apparently can’t earn enough money being honest. The majority of auto repair shops are honest, hard working individuals. The con artists are few and far between. Consumers are worried that they won’t have enough money if they take their vehicle in for routine maintenance and the service advisor informs them they need a repair as well. They hadn’t budgeted for more than the routine service. Always ask for a pr ... read more

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

- A little over 20 years ago, just 5,000 pages of technical information were needed to repair vehicles. Today’s repairs require more than 1,500,000 pages! Each year, some 125,000 new pages are required. - A well-maintained vehicle can last well over 200,000 miles! - Federal Law prohibits new car dealers from implying or denying warranty services because routine scheduled maintenance was performed at an independent repair facility. (Magnusen-Moss Act). Your newly purchased or leased vehicle does not have to return to the dealership for routine service. - If you lease a car, you might want to read this! Lessee shall use each vehicle only in the manner for which it was designed and intended, so as to subject it to normal wear and use. Lessee shall not modify or make alterations to the design of any vehicle, repaint or place any lettering, advertisement, accessories or insignias without prior written approval of Lessor. Lessee shall maintain each vehicle in g ... read more

Do You Have An Emergency Kit In Your Car?

Do You Have An Emergency Kit In Your Car?

Here are some basics: - Flashlight with extra batteries - Gallon of Drinking Water - Transmission Fluid - Tire Inflator-Sealant - Extra Belts - A Few Basic Tools - One Gallon Gas Can - Paper & Pen - Matches - Dried Fruit, Nuts or Other Non-Perishable Snacks - First Aid Kit - Jumper Cables - Quart of Oil - Brake Fluid - Fire Extinguisher - Extra Light Bulbs and Fuses - Electrical Tape - Flares - Paper Towels - Blanket - Cellular Phone Don’t Be Stuck On The Road – Be Prepared!

Don’t Ruin the Holiday Weekend with Road Rage

Don’t Ruin the Holiday Weekend with Road Rage

Many feel that road rage is triggered by drivers who are feeling rushed or spend too much time in heavy traffic. We know on a holiday weekend traffic intensifies so be aware of your stress triggers and keep them under control when you are driving. Most drivers who experience road rage show it by tailgating, changing lanes quickly without signaling, running red lights, honking the horn and using obscene gestures. In a recent survey fifty-six percent of men said they experience feelings of road rage on a daily basis and forty-four percent of women do. Studies show that 1500 people are injured or killed in road-rage incidents each year. It is believed that those who suffer from violent road-rage tendencies have Intermittent Explosive Disorder and this affects up to 16 million Americans during their lifetime. Psychiatrists believe this disorder starts in childhood or early adolescence. When they get violent on the road they have excuses like, “he cut me off,” or “I wa ... read more

Keeping Your Vehicle Happy

Keeping Your Vehicle Happy

We know cars don’t really have feelings but if your car did…would it be happy with how you treat it? Think about it for just a moment. Your car does so much for you. It gets you where you need to be…and back again. It hauls you and other passengers and groceries and sometimes lots of baggage or tools or gardening supplies. If it had feelings what would it take to make it feel cared for? It would want to be clean and shiny…inside and out. The windows would be the mirror of its soul so make sure they are clean and that the wiper blades work properly. Fluids are essential so it would want its fluid intake to be changed when necessary so it drinks healthful fluids to lubricate all its parts. How are the tires? Do they resemble a worn pair of shoes or worse…a flattened donut? Has it been a while since the tires were checked for proper inflation? I’m sure it would want its brakes checked so it wouldn’t be in fear of crashing or running ... read more

Running On Fumes Is Hazardous

Running On Fumes Is Hazardous

Are you one of those people that wait until a warning beeps or the low fuel light illuminates? Do you feel confident you can go several more miles before actually running out of gas? Do you make a game of “I think I can, I think I can” meaning I think I can get to a gas station on just fumes alone? If so, read on! I’ve known a few people in my time who enjoy the challenge of pulling up to the gas station on fumes. Sure…they have lost a few times and had to hoof it to the nearest station, buy a gas can and walk back to where their trusty vehicle finally stopped. Some even brag after this experience that now they actually know for sure how many miles they can drive after the fuel warning lights up! I’m happy those people enjoy such games and challenges, but playing that game can have costly, not to mention damaging results for your vehicle. Most vehicles have an electric fuel pump located inside the fuel tank and are actually submerged in the fuel ... read more

Dipsticks – They are Disappearing

Dipsticks – They are Disappearing

I remember when we checked engine oil and transmission fluid by pulling the dipstick out, wiping it clean, putting it back in, and pulling it back out. That simple process enabled us to check the fluid level. We could tell many things by that dipstick, but today it isn’t that simple. Many new models don’t even come equipped with an engine oil or transmission dipstick! Modern automobiles have become marvels of precision and durability over the years. Many transmissions have 5, 6, 7 or even 8 speeds and do not have a dipstick to allow checking or adding to the fluid level or inspecting the fluid condition, unless you have specialty tools to do so. Some engines are following suit by removing the dipstick as well. These cars rely on the engine computer to check oil level and condition. Not sure about you, but that scares me. Vehicles with dipstick-less engines and transmissions came about to keep people from adding incorrect fluid. A person or non-qualified shop would add ... read more

The New Car Smell

The New Car Smell

The “New Car” Smell Can Be Bad For You! Many people know right off that the new car smell is bad news. It makes their eyes water, gives them headaches, and nausea. Some even experience a sore throat and immune system disorders. These chemicals that cause the new car smell are toxic. The smell comes from volatile organic compounds. Even after the smell wears off you may notice a “fog” on the inside of your windshield and these same compounds cause that to happen. This mix of compounds can consist of over 100 different chemicals. The base of the compound is petroleum and it can be found in your car’s carpet, dashboard, solvent, and glue. If you have had new carpet installed in your home you may experience the same smell. I have heard of office workers having to go home after new carpet has been laid in their building because they got sick almost immediately from the fumes. Some countries limit the amount of these compounds manufact ... read more

Goodbye Spare Tire?

Goodbye Spare Tire?

Remember when cars had a full size spare tire? Then they went to the small temporary spare tire called the donut. Now, in order to save weight, many manufacturers are doing away with the spare tire altogether on certain models. Certainly less weight increases gas mileage. It is also easier and less expensive to shed weight from a car, than to introduce technology to save fuel. This year about 14 percent of new model cars in the United States have no spare tire. The tire repair kit which replaces the spare tire, weighs in at about 20 pounds less than a spare tire and a jack assembly and do not take up much room either. But what should you do if you happen to get a flat? The car manufacturers are supplying a quick-fix kit instead. If you get a major blow out that is larger than a quarter of an inch, or if the puncture is on the side of the tire instead of the bottom, the repair kit won’t do the job and you will need to be towed. The manufacturers figure that in most cases th ... read more