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When the timing chain system gets worn down...

When the timing chain system gets worn down...

Every day millions of people wake up to the sound of ringing, buzzing or beeping; whether from an alarm clock or a smartphone. As long as we can resist the urge to hit the “Snooze” button almost everyone sets aside the time they need in the morning to shower, get dressed, and start the day off right. Over time the whole family sets into a routine and, on a good day, everyone proceeds to the right place at the right time to keep everything moving smoothly. Every so often the alarm clock doesn’t go off. It’s not been set right or there was a power surge overnight, or you failed to compensate for Daylight Savings Time. No matter why the main thing is that things don’t start off right. You wake up when the sunlight hits your face and you know that you’ve got less time than you need so everyone goes into overdrive and runs around in a bind rush that throws the usual schedule out the window. The alarm clock and what it does to keep your morning routine in ... read more

How to Check your Fluids Levels Part Two

How to Check your Fluids Levels Part Two

In our last post we detailed how to check 3 of the 7 fluids that you can find in your car. Now we’ll take a look at the other four; the coolant, power steering fluid, transmission fluid and windshield wiper fluid. When you check your coolant levels you need to check the coolant overflow reservoir. This reservoir has little markings on it that show you coolant levels when the engine is hot or cold. If the levels are too low you need to add more coolant to the radiator, but you should never open the radiator cap with a hot engine because this could result in serious injuries. Power steering fluid is different from engine coolant in that it can be checked while it’s warm. In fact some manufacturers will suggest you warm up the engine while others will suggest keeping it cool. That’s why you should consult the owner’s manual for your car to see what the recommendation is for your car. To check the fluid levels you need to first find the power steering tank and tak ... read more

How to Check Your Fluid Levels Part One

How to Check Your Fluid Levels Part One

Did you know that your car contains seven fluids and that, in order to keep your car running safely, you need to check all of them on a regular basis? We understand the importance of checking your fluid levels so we put together this two-part series to teach you all about the different fluids and how you can check them. Part one will look at gasoline, motor oil, and brake fluid. You’ll likely learn how to check the gasoline levels of your vehicle and put more gas in within the first week of owning the car. If you don’t then you won’t be getting very far in your second week! When you get a new car you should take a look through the owner’s manual. This manual will tell you everything you need to know including how much fuel you should keep in your car and how to check fluid levels. If you can’t find your owner’s manual then you can likely find a digital copy to download on the manufacturer’s website. You should be able to find it with a quick s ... read more

What is a Reflash?

What is a Reflash?

Technology these days are smarter than ever. It started with phones, then it was TVs, and now even refrigerators are “smart”. Cars are also becoming smarter. Computers these days are becoming a major feature in automobiles. Of course computers have been a part of cars for decades now, dating back to the CPU powered engine management systems (E.M.S) that became the standard in 1991. They were even in cars before then too. The CPUs in cars have always been focused on engine performance tasks and are used to regulate the air-fuel mixture, the ignition timing, idle speed and transmission shift points. Like every other kind of computer in the world these computers need to be upgraded from time to time. When a car is brand new the CPU is programmed to handle a brand new engine. Unfortunately your car engine doesn’t perform the same way it did after 100k miles. This is when you should consider having a reflash performed. A reflash is basically when the software of your car ... read more

What Does a Recall Mean?

What Does a Recall Mean?

The largest vehicle recall that’s ever happened took place in 1980 when the Ford Motor Company recalled 21 million cars for a fault that would cause cars to automatically switch to reverse from park. Many of these cars were not actually repaired and instead all that happened was a sticker was put on the dashboard. If you own a Ford that was made between 1966 and 1980 then your car might still have this sticker. Not every recall is as large or dangerous as this particular recall but recalls are still something you should take note of. Cars these days are ever-evolving and, as a result- are ever more complicated. As more options and features are introduced so are the chances that something will malfunction. Many recalls that happen are to address faults in similar vehicles. It’s also possible for the Federal Government to issue a recall themselves over a safety or environmental concern. If you are the original owner of a vehicle then you’ll receive a notification abou ... read more

Driverless Cars are On The Way

Driverless Cars are On The Way

While it might be hard to imagine songs being written about being driven down the highway by Google self-driving cars are slowly becoming a reality. It’s expected that everyone will be driving (or not) a self-driving car within the next few decades. The Google self-driving car has already been road tested and has clocked up millions of miles. Tesla also have their own Autopilot feature in some of their cars that are on the road. Today more self-driving prototypes are being created and put together. Of course one of the main benefits of a self-driving car is that people will be able to sit back and relax as they drive but there’s more to it than just that. The safety benefits along are great. A self-driving car does not get distracted and it can’t break the rules of the road. Self-driving cars always stay within the speed limit, carefully plan their routes, and are able to communicate with other cars around them in a safe and productive manner so it won’t be a pr ... read more

Have a Multi-Point Inspection Done to Show Your Car some T.L.C

Have a Multi-Point Inspection Done to Show Your Car some T.L.C

There are three things that are certain in life; death, taxes, and that our car will get worn down. No matter how much you drive your car or where you drive it time will eventually take its toll on your car and the components keeping it running. These problems with your car can also strike at any time. It can be dust in the air, a pothole in the road, or braking too much as you drive down the highway. All of it adds up to a damaged and worn down car. That’s why we make multi-point vehicle inspections one of the services we offer. A multi-point inspection is essentially a little tender loving care for your car. There’s not much better than bringing in one of our trained and experienced service technicians take a look at your car and let you know about any problems before they can become costly repairs. They have the experience to let you know about any issue; perhaps there is a clog in your air filter that means it needs to be replaced even though you’ve not had it t ... read more

What You should Know About Your Tires and The TPMS System

What You should Know About Your Tires and The TPMS System

If your tires and under-inflated it can cause flat tires, blowouts, skids, and lengthen the stopping distance of your car. Unfortunately it can be hard to tell when tires are under-inflated because you might not be able to tell until they are seriously under-inflated and the pressure gets below 20lbs. Modern cars and trucks these days are often equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). This technology has been used for years by race car drivers but only recently made its way into the wider commercial world. Race crews use this technology to nip tire pressure problems in the bud by monitoring tire pressure as a car goes around a track. Of course these TPMS aren’t free. Studies done by the US government estimate how much you can expect a TMPS system to cost; taking in to account the cost of the system itself, keeping the system maintained, replacing broken parts, and other cost increases. These costs are offset because you’ll save money on fuel and tire wear ... read more

What You Need to Do After Buying a New Car

While a used car will be brand new to you it was used by someone else before and there are many different reasons that people sell their cars. Some people sell their car because they want to get a new one, while others sell because they really want to get rid of their old one. For some people it’s a bit of both. The important thing is that you need to know what you’re getting. If a used car has a low mileage then it’s often a lease return, a corporate car, or a former rental car. If the car is so new that it still has its warranty and between 25-35k miles then this is a good sign. Even so, you still need to know how well the car was maintained. If you’re going to be sticking with a car for the long haul then you need to keep up with the maintenance so that you aren’t left paying for expensive repairs down the line. But if someone knew that they would only have the car for a few years they won’t be so interested in maintaining it. Most people can te ... read more

Why You Should Avoid Cutting Corners When Buying Replacement Parts

Why You Should Avoid Cutting Corners When Buying Replacement Parts

Indulge me for a second while I tell you about an experience I recently had with one of my favorite restaurants. It’s a Thai place that’s a little off the beaten path; one of those rare hidden gems every city has but barely anyone knows about. I’ve been going there for years so you could imagine how devastated I was to hear that they were changing ownership. I was glad to hear that their head chef would be staying on though because the restaurant had received plenty of rave reviews for making sauces and breads from scratch. It was obvious right away that things were different with the new owners. While the chef and the rest of his team were following the same recipes they were using lower quality ingredients; they were using frozen meat and premade bread. It just wasn’t the same. They lost me as a customer and I wasn’t the only customer they lost. It was the same chef, using the same recipe, but he was using low quality ingredients. If you can understand ... read more

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