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October is Fall Car Care Month

October is the beginning of Fall Car Care Month, the time of the year when it's time to start getting your vehicle prepared for the upcoming winter months. This month is also a great time to learn about proper vehicle maintenance and how taking care of your vehicle can end up saving you money through the years by helping you avoid costly repairs.   As the weather gets colder, there are certain measures we should take as vehicle owners to ensure our safety and comfort while driving in the winter. Head to your local auto repair shop for an inspection of vital parts that will make sure your vehicle is in top shape.    The Car Care Council recommends 10 Fall maintenance items that will help make sure that your vehicle is ready for winter:   Check fluids - Check the engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Topping off fluids and making sure fluid and cavities are clean will ensure prop ... read more

How Often Should I Have My Vehicle Inspected?

When it comes to owning a vehicle, regular maintenance and service is one of those things that can sometimes be an inconvenience, but it important to save you money over time and to keep you safe on the road.  You may wonder, how often should I have my vehicle inspected? On a scheduled basis, we recommend that your vehicle is inspected during every oil change visit. This will typically be every 3-6 months, and is the perfect time to have an inspection since your vehicle is already at the shop. Most shops will already complete this service for you, letting you know of any issues that they notice while performing an oil change. However, if you notice something strange with your vehicle, like a lack of performance or a sudden strange noise or smell, you should have your vehicle inspected at the first time of a problem.  If you notice a telling sign of a problem with your vehicle or the check engine light has turned on, a vehicle inspection is due. Driving around when there is ... read more

Running Like New

Running Like New

From Residue to Running Like NewHow a Fuel System Cleaning Can Restore Your Engine Whether you put too much food down the garbage disposal (we prefer composting), too many leaves fall into the gutters or grandma's famous tuna casserole left your oven covered in an unknown greasy substance, things stop performing at their optimal level unless they're cleaned. The same is true for your car's engine. Residue gets left behind in your engine every time you turn off your car. Any time an engine shuts down, it goes through a 'hot soak'. A hot soak is when your engine is still producing heat and there is no air flowing through it to cool it down. During the 'hot soak' period, fuel residues become thin deposits called gum and varnish. with time, these this residues accumulate and bake into rock-hard carbon deposits, which can be very difficult to remove. The hard car ... read more

Being "Cool" Again

Being "Cool" Again

Coolant System Explained (Part two of two)Last week we discovered a pool of ‘green blood’ under the car…Is it an Alien’s? As we learned in Coolant System Part 1, that "green stuff" is not some weird alien blood (although to some, a car may seem like an alien)! It is anti-freeze – also known as coolant. What does Coolant do? Coolant performs a number of important roles in keeping your vehicle on the road. Its primary function is to cool engine parts around the cylinder walls and cylinder head where your car’s fuel is burned; that is, where combustion takes place. The engine needs coolant circulating through it continually; without it, the combustion chambers reaches temperatures over 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (RED HOT, in other words). Its secondary responsibilities are to heat the inside of your car (via the heat ... read more

How "Cool" Are You?

How "Cool" Are You?

Coolant System Explained (Part one of two) Imagine; you've finished your food shopping, go out to put your groceries in your car and you notice a small river of green liquid oozing from underneath. “Yikes! Is that green stuff coming from my car???”There’s a pool of ‘green blood’ under my car…Is it an Alien’s?...Should I be concerned? That "green stuff" is not some weird alien blood (although to some, a car may seem like an alien)! It is anti-freeze – AKA coolant. GET THAT LEAK FIXED right away if you are concerned about keeping your car running, and or about keeping the environment and or animals safe! The loss of coolant often leads to overheating of your vehicle’s engine. Coolant smells and tastes sweet. We DO NOT recommend tasting your coolant – NEVER taste it – but you need to know that animals are attracted to the swe ... read more

Trouble Free Summer Travel

Trouble Free Summer Travel

Summer is here and we love to travel to ‘hot’ places with our families. For example; there is much desert to be crossed to get to the Grand Canyon. No one wants to get caught with the hood up on the side of the road. This tends to raise the temperatures of more than the vehicle. Before your trip we suggest checking your vehicle with a pre-trip inspection. Ideally do this a week or two before your scheduled departure date. Special attention should be made to the Cooling System and the Air Conditioning System. Quick Factoid: Summer heat can send parts of your engine to nearly 200 degrees F – some engine bits can even reach 500 degrees, literally oven hot! NEVER open the radiator cap on a hot engine! Over- heating or not, the system has a lot of pressure in it. (Old Faithful is best viewed from a distance.) The easiest way for you to determine if your car is cooling properly ... read more

Air Conditioning Explained

Air Conditioning Explained

ARE YOU HOT?!Air Conditioning Explained Your car's ‘skin’ of steel and glass is not only protective and beautiful, but it also attracts and stores a tremendous amount of solar (radiant) heat in the passenger compartment. Removing this trapped heat requires a very efficient system. The Air Conditioning (A/C) system is a combination of mechanical components plus a chemical medium (Freon – not a psychic) whose sole purpose is to move heat from the interior to the exterior of the vehicle. Your car’s air conditioner uses Freon Refrigerant to cool the air internally. Freon acts a lot like water. As liquid Freon warms up it evaporates into a gaseous state (vapor), and then, as it cools down, becomes liquid again. As the Freon changes from a liquid to a vapor it heats and cools the air. What path does Freon take? When you dial the temperature in your car to Cold the Freon moves through the ... read more

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Humorous Guide to Retirement Guide

Humorous Guide to Retirement Guide

You might still be reeling from taxes this year, but there are many retirement options. Here is a guide to help you make the right choice. You can retire to Phoenix or Tucson, Arizona where... 1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade. 2. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town. 3. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food. 4. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door. 5. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!! OR You can retire to California where... 1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house. 2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway ... read more

Stress Reduction

Stress Reduction

Stress Reduction Tip A young lady confidently walked around the room while explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Half Full? Half Empty? Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, “Is this glass half empty or half full?” She fooled them all, "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile. The answers called out ranged from 8 oz to 20 oz. She replied, "The absolute weight does not matter.It depends on how long I hold it: If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.In each case it's the same weight ... read more

20 Things to Think About

20 Things to Think About

Humorous ways to think of things:) 1 * Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue! Am I a Pigeon or a Statue? 2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them. 3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. 4 * Drive carefully... It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.. 5 * If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague. 6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it. 7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others. 8 * Never buy a car you can't push. 9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on. 10 * Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance ... read more

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