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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Sludge - What It Is And What It Does

Sludge - What It Is And What It Does

Sludge…the very word conjures up thoughts of something dark and ugly. It is actually a gooey, tar like substance that deposits itself inside your car’s engine. One of the roles of motor oil is to keep your engine cool so it has to be able to take the heat…when it fails to do so these deposits form in the engine. Some vehicle’s engines have more trouble than others due to poor design. Their passages are smaller and they actually bake the oil inside the engine. To find out if your car is one of these select models of vehicles prone to sludge problems, you can key in the words “engine sludge” online and get a great many articles about these cars and light trucks. You will see that you aren’t alone if you are experiencing the dreaded sludge problem. If you are shopping for a used car and need some valuable information, this is a good place to start. Cars that were lease returns, rentals or had owners that didn’t have proper maintenance performed on the vehicles also seem ... read more

What Is Diagnostic Testing and What It Means To You

What Is Diagnostic Testing and What It Means To You

Cars today are basically computers on wheels and technology is rapidly turning them into Smartphones on wheels. The mechanic of yesteryear would be completely lost when it comes to maintaining these cars, much less repairing them. That is why we no longer call these professionals mechanics…they are automotive technicians. Technology is changing fast and these technicians have to keep current so they are constantly in training. Most vehicles of today have an ECU (Engine Control Module) that monitors sensors in the engine, fuel and exhaust systems. It actually makes adjustments to the fuel and air mixture continually. When the module comes across a problem that it can’t adjust it stores a trouble code that your technician can retrieve. The dashboard will illuminate letting the driver know there is a problem so they can schedule an appointment and get this taken care of (if the dashboard doesn’t just illuminate but flashes constantly, stop drivi ... read more

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