Worn out tires and windshield wiper blades are symptoms of neglected vehicle maintenance that put drivers and passengers at serious risk during the typically rainy months of spring. Spring Showers Bring Driving Safety Hazards Worn out tires and windshield wiper blades are symptoms of neglected vehicle maintenance that put drivers and passengers at serious risk during the typically rainy months of spring. Thin tire tread create hazardous driving conditions when water builds up on the roadway, according to the Car Care Council. Deep tread accommodates accumulated water; thin tread does not. Thin tread causes the tire to hydroplane – ride up on a film of water, losing contact with the pavement, similar to driving on ice. The simplest way to check tire tread depth is with a penny. Insert the penny into the grooves of the tread. If you are able to see all of Lincoln’s head, the tire needs replacement. Rainy weather also affects […]
How important are vehicle gas caps?
Click for Fuel/Money Saving Tips!17 percent of the vehicles on U.S. highways have either misused or missing gas caps, causing 147,000,000 gallons of gas per year to vaporize into the atmosphere. (Source: Service Tech Magazine, Sept. 2000)
Vehicle conditions that cost consumers millions of dollars in wasted fuel:
Loose or missing gas caps
Worn spark plugs
Malfunctioning engine controls
Poor wheel alignment
How do underinflated tires affect fuel efficiency?
Underinflated tires and incorrect wheel alignment can lead to conditions which increase rolling resistance. This is like driving with the parking brake not fully released, it can cost a mile or two per gallon on a car that normally delivers 20 miles per gallon. Correct tire inflation pressure is critical for good fuel economy, safety, maximum tire life and proper vehicle handling performance.
Keep your car in tune:
Keeping up with regular vehicle maintenance can improve gas mileage by an average of 4.1 percent. Results may vary depending […]
Batteries – Check battery cables and posts for corrosion and clean them as needed. Extreme temperatures, battery age, and cranking power determine whether a vehicle will start. Have an ASE-certified technician use professional equipment to determine if the battery is weak and also check the condition of the starter and alternator.
Brakes – A thorough inspection at a service center should include a “wheels on” inspection — to help identify wheel alignment problems, sticking calipers, or warped rotors — as well as a “wheels off” inspection of the various brake parts. Also check the brake fluid; low levels or high moisture content can cause a dangerous loss of braking performance. Make sure the reservoir is filled to the MAX line with new brake fluid from a sealed container. If moisture levels are too high, a complete flush and fluid replacement may be needed.
Blades – New wiper blades that were installed last spring may be ready for […]
Knowing some basics about your vehicle and scheduling regular maintenance work can really help you save money on repairs. We’ve put together some commonly asked auto care questions and answers for your convenience.
What’s the correct tire pressure for my vehicle?
The correct tire pressure for a vehicle is determined by the size and weight of the vehicle, the type of tires it uses, load hauled, and the type of driving the vehicle is intended for. The vehicle manufacturer places a tire inflation placard in each vehicle that gives the proper tire inflation pressures for that vehicle. This placard is located on the inside of the glove box door, inside the fuel-filler door, or on the driver’s side doorpost (depending upon manufacturer). Most manufacturers also list tire inflation levels in the owner’s manual.
How often should I change my wiper blades?
For vehicles that are parked inside, car care experts recommend that the wiper blades be replaced at least […]
Ten or 15 years ago, auto technicians would rebuild hard parts for customers right in the shop. Today, that system doesn’t work, because consumers don’t have time to wait and don’t want to pay for the additional labor.
Remanufacturing now solves these problems, and as such, it is one of the largest product categories in the automotive aftermarket. The entire remanufacturing industry generates approximately $65 billion in sales, with the automotive segment representing $37 billion of that total. “This industry is a balancing act, and the business itself is not glamorous,” said Rick Andrulis, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Springfield Remanufacturing. “You never sacrifice quality for cost considerations, so the margins are tight.” Remanufacturing begins with a greasy core that needs cleaning. This duty generally falls to entry-level people, who learn the business by doing the disassembly.
Cores consist of hard parts such as engine blocks, crank- shafts, valves, rod bearings and cam shafts. […]
During the hot summer months, contaminants, such as pollen, dust, mold spores and smog, can easily enter a vehicle’s passenger compartment through the air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems, making the air in the car six times dirtier than the air outside.
Are Dirty Cabin Air Filters Preventing You From Breathing Easily in Your Car?
During the hot summer months, contaminants, such as pollen, dust, mold spores and smog, can easily enter a vehicle’s passenger compartment through the air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems, making the air in the car six times dirtier than the air outside, cautions the Car Care Council. Motorists can protect themselves and their passengers from these containments by replacing the vehicle’s cabin air filter annually or more often in areas with heavy containments, or whenever heating or cooling efficiency is reduced.
Cabin air filters clean the incoming air and remove allergens – especially beneficial to people who suffer from allergies. If your vehicle […]
Ignoring warning lights can lead to ruining an engine. But don’t be too quick to get rid of an otherwise good vehicle because the engine is shot. Here’s good information on other options.
Bad News: An Engine “Totaled”; Good News: A Remanufactured Engine
It was among travelers’ worst nightmares and a very expensive trip for this motorist. His beloved pickup blew the engine and had to be towed 250 miles home. The temperature gauge didn’t work, nor did the check engine light. By the time he realized the engine was overheated the damage was done.
Exploring his choices, he and his technician considered the pros and cons of trading in the truck, having a new engine installed, overhauling the old engine or installing a re-manufactured engine. Trading in the truck, like “throwing the baby out with the bath water,” was out. The costly option of a new engine was also out. How about overhauling the old one? Also […]
The timing belt: what it is, what it does, why it should be replaced as recommended and what could happen if it should fail. It’s All in the Timing With automotive engines as with many aspects of daily life, timing is critical. One vehicle component often overlooked during routine maintenance is the engine timing belt. If it fails, the engine will stop and the car will coast to a stop.
The lucky motorist will only have the inconvenience of being stranded on the side of the road until the car can be towed to a repair facility to have the timing belt replaced. On the other hand, the engine might suffer severe, if not catastrophic, damage to its internal components. This potential disaster can be avoided easily and relatively inexpensively by replacing the timing belt within the required replacement interval. Timing belts resemble an engine accessory serpentine belt in appearance, only they typically have square teeth […]
Drivetrain maintenance is the subject of this multiple choice quiz. Material includes drive train components, including clutch, CV joints, etc. Drivetrain Quiz Your car’s drivetrain is a vital power-transmitting component ,and key to dependability. It’s responsible for transmitting the flow of power from the engine to the wheels.
The components include the clutch, torque converter, transmission, driveshafts (or axle shafts in front wheel drive), Ujoints, CV joints, differential and axles. Most motorists take these components for granted until something goes wrong. That “something” can range from leaks or strange noises to shifting problems to total failure. If you do a lot of stop-and-go-driving, tow a trailer or otherwise subject your vehicle to unusual service, check your owners manual for recommendations. With regular checks and maintenance you can expect two bonuses: a more dependable car, as well as fewer and smaller repair bills.
See how much you know about your vehicle’s drivetrain.
1. If you hear a loud clucking […]
A stalled car can cause a ripple effect that brings out the worst in drivers. Don’t let your car put you in jeopardy. Avoiding a Stalled Vehicle The stalled car syndrome, more noticeable on our roadways than in our driveways, has been with us for generations. But it becomes more critical with increased population.
Beyond missed appointments or being late for work it also results in the condition known as road rage. Not only can a disabled vehicle have an annoying “ripple effect” that goes beyond the immediate scene, it can be disastrous for the driver who is left vulnerable to roadside crime or to the elements.
“Don’t blame your car,” says Rich White, a Car Care Council spokesperson. “It can’t drive itself to the shop and ask for an oil change or new spark plugs. Considering how dependent we are on our cars, it’s surprising how we take them for granted. An old battery or badly […]