Changing the Oil and Oil Filter

There are hundreds of moving parts in your vehicle’s engine. The oil that is in your engine serves as two jobs for your vehicle. It can reduce the amount of friction by putting a layer of oil between all these moving parts. It also helps to cool the parts of the engine as it circulates through. Without oil in your engine, these moving parts create so much heat that they will eventually melt together and cause your engine to lock up. The filter will also need to be changed occasionally, as that too will collect dirt and debris over time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changing your vehicle’s oil helps keep the internal parts of the engine lubricated and cool. It also keeps the moving parts from grinding against each other which then causes wear and damage to them. By taking your vehicle in for its regular appointments, your mechanic will let you know when you need your next oil change. Without frequent oil changes, dirt and sludge can build up in the engine. This is an issue, as the old dirty oil will not lubricate the moving parts of your vehicle as well as new fresh oil will. The dirty oil can lead to serious damage to parts of your vehicle. It may even lead to you replacing the engine if things get severe enough.

 

 

Oil changes are important to help keep your vehicle properly lubricated and in good working order. Without this, moving parts will begin to wear down as the friction increases. If you do not have your oil changed regularly, this may cause engine damage as the oil becomes thick and sticky. This old oil then clings to moving engine parts and instead of lubricating the parts it will then destroys them. By having scheduled oil changes, you can help avoid these problems. If you do not change your oil on a regular basis, you can run the risk of running low or circulating dirty oil through the engine. Running low on oil can leave the engine parts grinding together without lubrication which can lead to them fusing together, wearing down, jamming, or even your engine seizing.

 

 

Having the oil filter changed is just as important as the oil changed. When you bring in your vehicle we will be able to tell you when your filter needs to be changed. It usually does not have to be changed as frequently as the oil itself does. The oil filter holds all the excess sludge and grim that the oil catches while lubricating the engine. It sifts out the solid particles while allowing the oil to flow unrestricted through the engine. Changing the filter is vital to the vehicle’s maintenance because without a new filter, the engine oil will pass through the old filter, making it less effective and dirty.

Checking the Battery Regularly

 

Over time the battery will start to lose charge and will need to be replaced. This is because with age, the battery will naturally wear out and start to be less effective. Extreme temperatures and overcharging are the main reasons for a shortened battery life. If the battery is exposed to extreme heat, it causes the battery fluid to evaporate. This leads to internal structural damage of the battery.

 

Colder temperatures can increase the thickness of the oil. This makes the engine harder to turn over and results in the battery working harder as well. When the battery works harder in the cold temperatures, this can lead to slower starts of the vehicle. If the battery is overcharged, the voltage regulator may be defective. This will then allow for too high of a charging rate, and lead to the battery needing to be replaced sooner.

 

When charging the battery, make sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate. If the system is overcharging, it can damage the battery quickly. The same applies for undercharging the battery. We can inspect the battery as well as how it is recharging.

 

In order for the battery to work the most efficient way possible, it should be in a clean condition. The top of the battery should be clean. If there is any dirt buildup, make sure to wipe it away. Dirt can become a conductor and will drain the battery’s power. Corrosion should also be cleaned off of the battery. If it accumulates on the terminals, it then becomes an insulator. This will lead to poor current flow from the battery to your vehicle.

 

Sometimes a slow start for your vehicle may not necessarily mean it is the battery. We can examine the issue and locate the source of the problem. Scheduled maintenances are good practices to keep up to date on because it helps ensure a safe and reliable ride for when you travel. If you ever notice an issue with the vehicle starting or operating, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible.

Getting Better Fuel Mileage for your Vehicle

 

A common way that fuel efficiency is lowered is because of stop and go traffic. Many driving habits can use up extra fuel and can actually be avoided. Some of these things can be fast starts or stops. Accelerating fast as the stoplight turns green can actually waste fuel. Instead, take your time accelerating. The same applies for stops. Slamming on the brakes can also cause the brake line to wear and may be damaged. Instead, try to predict the stoplights and slowly come to a stop. This can help with the fuel efficiency of your vehicle, as well as the condition of the brakes.

 

 

It is important to have the vehicle maintained on a regular basis. Not only does regular maintenance help for parts and components of the vehicle, but it also helps get better fuel efficiency. Regular maintenance can include replacing spark plugs, checking for leaks in the hoses, and tightening or replacing any belts. Other parts of the vehicle can be inspected as well. Between visits if you notice anything that is out of the norm with the vehicle, always make sure to bring it in.

 

Having the oil changed on a regular basis can help you to maximize the fuel efficiency the best it can. The vehicle can run smoother and also cleaner by using less fuel. New clean oil can help the engine and other moving parts work more effectively. This is because the oil will lubricate these parts. It is important to have the oil changed when recommended so it is less likely that dirty and polluted oil will run through the engine.

 

 

The tires should also be inspected. Make sure that the inflation is at the recommended amount that is in the vehicle owner’s manual. The recommended air pressure can also be on a sticker that is inside the driver’s door. Having tires with the correct air amount can help provide a smoother and more efficient ride. The air pressure should be inspected weekly in the winter. This is because the tires can lose pressure when the temperatures get colder. Also make sure that the tires are balanced. Tires that are not balanced can wear unevenly or even have excessive bouncing. This is an issue because it prevents full contact with the road and diminishes the fuel efficiency.

 

If you notice something out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible. This way the issue can be fixed before it turns into something worse. It will also help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle when you drive.

How Cold Temperatures Affect the Oil

Oil that’s too thin, will not provide sufficient protection for your engine. Oil that’s too thick will keep your engine from starting in cold weather because the thick, gooey oil challenges your battery and starter motor to spin the engine fast enough for it to fire. So, check your owner’s manual and choose oil viscosity accordingly.

However, many people are surprised to learn that winter weather also puts extra demands on your oil filter. At 20 degrees Fahrenheit, most oils have the thickness of maple syrup. So when your engine first starts up, your engine’s oil pump forces cold, thick oil through all the passages in your engine, including those in your oil filter. A number of factors determine if the oil will find its way through the filter to provide lubrication to your engine, while particulates are filtered out.

There are three specific design elements engineered into filters that help them perform properly in winter weather:

 

On start-up in cold weather your engine will experience an initial surge of pressure. This pressure could compromise oil filters at their weakest point and could manifest itself as a blown-out sealing ring, a split crimp, or even a burst canister.

 

Special spring-loaded bypass valves were invented so that, if the filter goes unchanged for an extended period of time and is blocked with debris, unfiltered oil can flow to the engine, providing at least some lubrication – although with dirty oil. Instead of a reliable coil spring, some filter manufacturers may scrimp by substituting “spring” steel that may not return to its original shape after cycling. The result can be unfiltered oil for as long as the filter is in place, with potentially terrible results.

 

Finally, most important, the filter must remove the smallest particles while offering the least resistance to oil flow. So, treat your car to fresh oil and a new oil filter in winter. It takes only a few dollars, but the life you save may be that of your engine. Also remember to bring the vehicle in at any time if you start to notice something out of the norm with it. This can help your vehicle to last longer and more efficiently as you drive.

 

Get Ready for Your Summer Vacation with these Tips

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When you get ready for your summer vacation, don’t forget about your vehicle. Your vehicle is important because you will have to rely on it to get you to and from your destination safely. If you ever notice anything out of the norm with the vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you.

 

Here are some tips to get your vehicle ready for summer:

 

1) The brake system should be inspected. Stopping is important.

2) Check all the fluid levels and inspect them for leaks.

3) The oil is the life blood of your vehicle. Have us change it according to the recommended schedule.

4) The belts and hoses need to be inspected for cracks, wear, and lose connections.

5) Check the tires. Under inflated and worn tires will need immediate attention.

6) Don’t forget to change the engine’s air filter. Over time it will plug up with dirt and grime that impacts your mileage.

7) Inspect the wipers and check your cabin air filter.

8) Have us test your radiator, coolant, and thermostat. This will help prevent the vehicle from overheating.

9) Remember to check the battery cable connections and test the battery. More batteries fail from the heat of summer than the cold of winter.

10) The air conditioner belts, hoses, and temperature output should be tested so you can stay cool all summer long.

 

Your Nose Can Warn You of Possible Car Trouble

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All those lovely smells and sounds of spring, how we all wait for them to surround us. Flowers and trees blooming, birds chirping, and the aroma and sounds that each creates wakes up our senses for the warmer months ahead.

 

But, when those car windows go down, your nose can be a great detective in discovering possible issues with your vehicle. We all know that “new car smell”. Many car dealers now spray that smell into their used vehicles to give your senses a new car treat. Here are some other smells that you may detect with the windows down…

 

Burnt rubber, now that is a nasty smell. If you get a scent of that, it can relate to a belt slipping or one of your rubber hoses rubbing against a drive pulley.

 

The smell of hot oil could mean that oil is leaking onto the exhaust system. To verify the leak, look for oil on the pavement or smoke coming from the engine area. If the oil leak is not fixed, it can cause further issues to your vehicle. It can also be an indication of oil sizzling on top of your exhaust system.

 

Gasoline has a distinct aroma, and other than a little extra spilling when you gas up, make sure to notice the gasoline smell. A persistent gasoline smell could be an injector issue, fuel line, or other fuel system problem.

 

A burning carpet smell normally indicates a brake issue. If you get a whiff of this, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Faulty brakes are never something you want to hesitate on repairing.

 

Lastly, the smell of rotten eggs means something could be rotten with your catalytic converter. The catalytic converter plays a major role on the emissions of your vehicle, and also impacts the performance of the engine.

Reasons the Oil Should be Changed

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One of the easiest things you can do to keep your vehicle in great condition is to bring it in for regular oil changes. By doing so, you can extend the life of the vehicle, as well as saving you money from costly repair bills. Oil changes are necessary to help keep the vehicle running smoothly and efficiently. We can change the oil for you when recommended, and also the oil filter. The oil filter is important because it can filter out pollutants, contaminants, and other debris. It will then allow the clean oil to filter through to parts of your engine to help it run effectively. Having the oil changed on a regular basis can help prevent dirt and debris from building up. This can cause damage to parts of your engine. This is especially true if you drive in dirty or dusty conditions. Changing the oil and oil filter can help to prevent the debris from entering the engine. Regular oil changes can help keep the engine and other components clean and working efficiently. The oil also helps the moving parts of the engine. It also helps to keep them clean and lubricated. This can help to provide a smoother and quieter ride when you are driving. If you are not sure how often the oil should be changed, contact us and we can recommend a schedule for you.

 

By having the oil changed when recommended, you can help to extend the life of the engine. It can also help the vehicle to last longer on the road. Having new clean oil is the best way to lubricate and protect the engine. It can also keep other parts free from harmful debris and build up. This can then result in better performance of the vehicle. Oil changes can also help prevent the engine from wearing and breaking down prematurely.

 

Having regular oil changes done can help to improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. This is because the new clean oil can help reduce the friction that is in the engine. The friction can start to slow down the engine and will then result in poor mileage. Bring your vehicle in and we can change the oil and oil filter for you. This can help to provide you with a reliable vehicle when you drive.

Topping off Fluid Levels

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Owning a vehicle can be a large investment. You will want to keep the vehicle operating in the best condition possible when you drive. This can help it to be safe and reliable as you travel on the road. Part of keeping the vehicle in good operating condition is to make sure the fluids are topped off. Remember to check the fluids on a regular basis, as well as to ensure they are at the correct level. The fluids help to properly lubricate other parts of the vehicle. This can improve the overall condition of the vehicle. It can also help to improve the longevity of the vehicle when you drive. If you are unsure about what fluids to check on the vehicle, contact us. We can help to advise you on which fluids should be checked and how often to do so. By topping off the fluids, you can help to improve the efficiency of the vehicle. Oil is important because it will lubricate the engine. This helps to have the moving parts working together with one another. It can also reduce the amount of strain the parts will have against each other. The brake fluid also helps the brake system to work effectively when you need it. If the brakes are spongy or hard, the brake fluid should be inspected. Make sure it is at the line indicated on the reservoir.

 

Each fluid should be at the line indicated on each reservoir. If you notice that one of the fluids needs to be replaced frequently, schedule an appointment. Usually this could mean there is a leak somewhere in the system. If the leak is ignored, it will only get worse with time. This can lead to an unexpected breakdown when you would least expect it. The windshield washer fluid should also be topped off. This can help to ensure you have clean windows with the best visibility. By having the windshield washer fluid topped off along with having new wipers, you can improve the visibility when you drive. If there is not any windshield washer fluid being release when you apply the switch, it could mean a line is blocked. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. By having the windshield washer fluid inspected, you can have proper visibility as you drive. If you ever notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can so we can inspect it for you.