“One hundred thousand miles before the first scheduled tune-up!” “Coolant that lasts the life of the car!” These seem to be the mantra of the marketing gurus of car manufacturers today. They promise cars that last forever, yet cars still break down consistently. Why this disparity? Why do our cars break down when they are … Read moreHow often should you service your car?
How to Winterize Car The extreme cold of winter brings its own unique set of vehicular challenges. What are they? And what can you do to address them? Engine Management When winterizing your vehicle, make sure the engine-management system is up to snuff. This involves checking the spark plugs, wires, fuel filter, air filter, and … Read moreHow to Winterize Car
Many of us haul trailers during the summer months. If you do, make sure your vehicle has been modified for hauling. Vehicles that have trailer packages built into them usually have a beefed-up suspension, larger radiator, and auxiliary transmission oil cooler. The need for a beefed-up suspension is obvious. A trailer taxes the vehicle’s suspension … Read moreModifications for hauling loads in hot weather: explained
Extreme weather changes affect vehicles. Extreme heat up and cool down causes expansion and contraction, overheating and freezing, and these environmental changes have an impact on vehicular operation. So let’s explore common vehicular failures in summer and how to avoid them. EXCESSIVE TRANSMISSION HEAT Your car’s transmission operates under tremendous heat. Many of the internal … Read moreSummer car treatment and common troubles
PROTECT YOUR CAR AGAINST THE ONSLAUGHT OF SALT Salt attacks both the exterior and the interior of your vehicle and causes so much damage that we need to take a closer look at what you can do to fight back. Several states use calcium and magnesium chloride, liquid sodium, and rock salt to keep roads clear … Read moreWhy to protect car against the onslaught of salt
STARTER MOTOR The starter motor is a small high-output electrical motor powered by your car’s battery. Its job is to spin the engine and start it up. Starters usually give you notice when they are ready to give up the ghost. Indicators include grinding, groaning, clicking, and pure unadulterated silence when you turn the key … Read moreBad Starter Symptoms: What are these signals?
FUEL DELIVERY To fully appreciate the electronic fuel delivery systems of today, one has only to look back at previous technology. For starters, let’s look at the basic carburetor, intake manifold, and mechanical fuel pump of old. The carburetor: In its day, the carburetor did a great job of delivering fuel to a car’s engine. … Read moreHow fuel delivery in your car works?
RECOMMENDED DRIVETRAIN MAINTENANCE FOR DIFFERENT SYSTEMS Automatic Transmissions Just like the oil in your car’s engine, the transmission oil (usually referred to as fluid) is subject to degradation from dirt, friction, and heat. Breakdown of the fluid can cause premature failure of the transmission. Close to nine out of ten transmission failures are due to … Read moreWhat is recommended maintenance for Transmission