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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Auto Parts Don't Last Like They Used To!

Auto Parts Don't Last Like They Used To!

Why do parts fail more often than they did in the old days? Parts are made smaller and lighter to help the manufacturers meet the 50.5 MPG mandate by the year 2020. This change is imposed by the government CAFÉ standard (corporate average fuel economy). The car companies are working to increase the technology of cars with turbo charging engines that are smaller; using direct fuel injection; and the start and stop system, just to name a few. Car manufacturers have found it is less expensive to lighten the weight of vehicles instead of creating new technology to meet the CAFÉ standards. The manufacturers are shedding pounds of components whenever and wherever possible! A repair that comes to mind is having to replace an electric window motor? This repair can cost $300 to $800. One reason this part fails more often than they did in older cars is because the part is integrated with the window regulator as one unit and made half the size to in order to save weight and impr ... read more

Using Your Senses To Detect Car Trouble

Using Your Senses To Detect Car Trouble

We get calls all the time from customers that tell us their car “sounds like” or “smells like” this or that. Often customers feel self-conscious about doing this but it truly is helpful to us. Our vehicles are really good communicators. I know we have dash lights that illuminate to tell us many things but our senses are great at it too. For example, if you notice a puddle under your car that is dark brown or black and oily looking in appearance, that is most likely engine oil. This tells us you might have a bad seal or a loose oil filter. If you see a red oily spot it is probably a transmission or power steering fluid leak. A clear puddle of fluid is most likely air conditioning condensation, and is the only puddle you don’t need to be concerned about. If you notice a smell of burnt toast it could be an electrical problem. A smell of burning sulfur usually indicates a catalytic converter or emission control system problem. An acrid odor could be bur ... read more