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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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Today’s Fuel Pumps Are Hi-Tech!

Today’s Fuel Pumps Are Hi-Tech!

Due to advancements in technology and governmental fuel economy regulations (CAFE), the $100 mechanical fuel pump has graduated to a hi-tech computer driven electric fuel pump. This new fuel pump can cost over $1000! Fuel pumps started changing around 1995 from mechanical to electric. Circa 2005 they changed again transitioning to a “fuel delivery module.” These modules are an assembly of parts that consist of a fuel pump, sender, float rod and mounting gear. Should replacement become necessary, we have to remove the fuel tank and remove and replace the whole assembly instead of only the fuel pump. CAFE regulations inspire new technologies such as the gasoline direct injection (GDI) which allows the fuel to inject directly into the combustion chamber using high pressure. This improves the cooling of the air and fuel charge inside the cylinder. Your vehicle will no longer experience that annoying “combustion knock” due to higher compression ratios plus a ... read more

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Ignoring Recall Notices Can Be Hazardous To Your Health!

Ignoring Recall Notices Can Be Hazardous To Your Health!

For some reason consumers are ignoring recall notices. Many cars ‘for sale by owner’ have recall notices on them and they have not been taken care of. If you are buying a used vehicle, always have it inspected first and always find out if a recall notice was issued for the vehicle and if it was in fact, fixed. It is simple and can be checked online before you buy! There are roughly 2.1 million cars for sale online that have open recalls on them. You can go to http://www.mycarfax.com, enter the VIN number and you can tell if the vehicle had a recall notice and if it was complied with. Why do vehicle owners ignore recalls? It is a mystery to all of us in the automotive industry. It doesn’t cost the owner anything but time but to ignore it could jeopardize their safety, the safety of their loved ones and those they share the road with. If you hear of a recall and you know someone who drives that particular make and model ... read more

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