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Cool Crusing

During the summer months, the temperature inside of a vehicle sitting in the sun can easily reach 130° or more. Keeping you and your passengers comfortable during the hottest weather is the job of your automobile's air conditioning system.
The air conditioning system works by removing the heat from air inside your vehicle and transferring that heat to the outside air. What is left when the heat and humidity have been removed is cooler, more comfortable air
In most of  today's vehicles, a air intake filter is used to clean the air much like your home a/c unit.

"Risky" Oil Changes?

With today's advancement, many are searching for ways to extend the time between services to save on vehicle costs. This can be a dangerous and sometimes costly practice. No any when you perform  an oil change as regular maintenance, you also inspect belts, hoses, filters and brakes. Also tires need a regular schedule for rotation to to ensure the maximum in life. Extending time between oil changes in theory seems like a great idea. But in fact it may cause harm in areas you do not even know your technician is looking.

Top 10 "Car Killers"

     It pays to beware of these 10 Most Wanted Car Killers, the corrosive agents of your car’s destruction from within. They tend to be stealthy killers, often escaping the notice of even the most careful car owners.
Thankfully there's a way to protect your car.  Get to know your car’s 10 worst enemies. Then ask your service advisor about Scheduled Maintenance. There’s a quality service specifically designed to protect your car from each one of the 10 Most Wanted Car Killers.

Car Maintenance or Car Payment?

     The pains many automobile owners are feeling at their local service station isn't just at the pump -- prices for general maintenance is also increasing. Petroleum based products, such as oil and tires, are heading north with the price of gasoline. Demand for steel has also pushed up prices on various automotive parts. That means consumers are seeing larger bills from their auto repair specialists, even when their exhaust doesn't require three people to install. Instead, many are choosing to squeeze pennies and skimp on elaborate repairs in order to stay on the road.

Poor fuel economy got you down?

Poor fuel economy can be caused by a multitude of problems. Driving habits and enviroments play a significant role in fuel economy. Prior to diagnosing this symptom, you should drive for at least two full tanks of gas to ensure there is a problem rather than an intermittent condition, such as mountainous driving. Poor fuel economy is usually the result of lack of routine maintenance.

You should start your diagnosis by determining what service has been performed on the vehicle. Routine spark plug replacement is necessary to maintain good fuel economy.

Winter and your coolant

 
Cold weather is nearing. If you own a car, truck, or tractor, it*s time to check the freeze level of the coolant in the radiator and cooling system or replace with new coolant mixture if the mixture has not been changed according to your maintenance schedule.
 
Most of the antifreeze products on the market currently are ethylene glycol base material with additives to prevent corrosion, lubricate seals and water pumps and aid in heat transfer to the coolant from the metal of the engine.

Tire Safety

Did you know that  each month 3 out of 4 drivers wash their car but, only 1 out of 7 check their tire pressure. That is only 15% of all drivers. 

Proper tire maintenance is an important safety function often neglected.  The importance of properly maintaining your tires cannot be overemphasized.  Remember, tires are the only contact between your vehicle and the road.

Under inflation is the leading cause of tire failure. Using the interactive tire pressure demo you can easily see how a tire can be as much as 50% under inflated before it is visibly noticeable.

You and Your Cars Brakes

It is very important you get your brakes inspected and fixed when something goes wrong. You can avoid getting scammed by taking your car to a reliable auto repair center for a quality brake inspection or brake repair. A car's brake system is complex, so it needs proper care and maintenance.
If you suspect that there may be a problem with your brake system, you should get it checked out soon. The experts say that brakes should be checked every 6 months. If your brakes are making loud noises, squeaking, grinding, going down too low, or not functioning correctly, you need to get it checked out.

Are you ready for the cold?

f you were to ask your car where it would want to live, and it just so happened to be a talking car, it would most likely say "Southern California." "It's warm there, the roads are fairly decent, and I might get to see a movie star," it would say. If you were to ask it where it wouldn't want to live, it would reply "Detroit." Or in a broader sense, it wouldn't want to live where it's cold, snowy, and just generally yucky.
Wintertime is very unfriendly to a vehicle.
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