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Monthly Archives: February 2019

Misconceptions

Misconceptions

Here are some of the most common misconceptions that I hear on a regular basis:Misconception # 1: Your car manufacturer specifies regular maintenance schedules just to get you back into their shop and make more money off of you. Although manufacturers are making cars that last longer and require less overall maintenance, they do require preventive maintenance. If maintained properly, you can expect your car to go well over l00,000 miles without major repairs. For instance, most engines have timing belts that must be replaced (as maintenance) before they break and cause expensive damage. Misconception # 2: A shop can give you an accurate price quote over the phone without seeing your car.You can waste your time calling 20 different shops and get 20 different prices and chances are every one of them will be wrong. Unless the shop has had a chance to examine or test drive the car in person, there is no way to accurately diagnose your ... read more

Drips and Puddles... Signs Your Car Needs Attention

Drips and Puddles... Signs Your Car Needs Attention

Those annoying under the car drips can leave your driveway and garage floor a mess…in fact everywhere you park becomes a victim to this mess. They are also a sign that something is wrong and needs to be taken care of. The only drip you don’t need to be concerned with is the condensation from your air conditioner. Everything else is a signal that there is a problem. The small drips are giving you fair warning that if ignored, serious problems are in your future. Here are a few examples: A reddish brown drip may mean one of three things; leaking transmission, over tightened pan gasket or a leaking front seal. A green or orange-red drip suggests a cooling system problem such as leaking hose or radiator. A brown to brownish-black drip that is thick in consistency is more than likely engine oil. This is not a huge problem if it is slight but when it grows to puddle size it is a sign of something serious and if not kept under control could mean severe engine trouble. A l ... read more

How's The View From Your Windshield?

How's The View From Your Windshield?

How is the view from your windshield? It is interesting that 80 percent of vehicle accidents are contributed to poor visibility and yet the average driver gets their wipers replaced every two and a half years. They should be replaced every six months or at most every year. Think of what your windshield encounters! Rain Insects coming to a messy end Dust Pollen Bird droppings All these need to be cleared from your windshield when you are driving. If your wipers are worn and you turn them on to clear buildup you could end up with an even smearier blur instead of clear glass. Most wiper blades are made with rubber that breakdown over time just like your belts and hoses. The ozone oxidizes the rubber causing cracks to form on the surface. Hot summer days are hard on wipers too because a windshield can get very hot. This makes the rubber lose flexibility and crack. All of this causes the chattering and smearing when you turn them on to clear the windshield. What is this tellin ... read more

Replacing a Car Battery

Replacing a Car Battery

Our vehicles are much more complicated than they used to be. Each system is controlled by a separate computer module and each car can have as many as twenty of these modules. They each have their own “memory” and they depend upon the car’s battery to keep the memory intact. We all have had to reset our car’s clock after a battery disconnect but these days more can be lost than your car’s clocks time. Here are some of the issues that can occur after a battery power failure or disconnect: Loss of time on the clock, loss of set radio stations and anti-theft lockout Stalling, failure of emission monitors Loss of power seat and mirror positions Door control loss such as locking, driver door switch pad, child lock switches, etc., which are associated with the driver's door. In most of the cases the driver door module acts as a master and others act as slaves in communication protocols. If you have replaced your car’s battery on your own and yo ... read more