Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What Kind of Auto Repair Services Are Important in Winter?


As the temperatures get colder, we start thinking about winter weather. It is important to know what auto repair services are needed before the snow starts flying. In addition to taking care of needed auto repair issues, there are several maintenance checks to think of, such as:

• Antifreeze -- Your radiator is filled with antifreeze to protect your vehicle through the winter. The correct ratio of antifreeze and water in the tank is generally 50/50. Have your radiator inspected to be sure that it is full and that it has the right antifreeze/water ratio.

• Tires -- Your tires have to work extra hard during the winter, so it is important that they be in good condition. Your safety may depend on it! The tire tread depth should be 2/32 inches to be safe, says the National Highway Safety Board. If your treads are less, then you should consider replacing your tires, possibly snow tires. Another thing to be aware of is tire pressure. During cold temperatures, air contracts and your tire pressure may be lower than usual.

• Windshield Wipers -- There is a lot of frozen precipitation that ends up on your windshield. To see clearly, you need to have windshield wipers that are in top working condition. Consider replacing yours before the winter season starts. There are some models that are especially made for snow, ice, and salt.

• Washer Fluid -- While you are inspecting your wipers, check the level of washer fluid. It is invaluable to get the mud and slush off of the windshield. Fill up the reservoir and have an extra gallon of washer fluid on hand for emergencies.

Ask your auto repair technician to check out the following items in your vehicle:

• Battery -- Nothing is more frustrating than to get into your car and find that the battery is dead. Your auto repair specialists will check your battery for power. If your battery is older and has low power, you should consider buying a new one. Your mechanic may clean any corrosion around the posts, which can be the cause of auto electrical problems.

• Plugs and Wires -- These should be checked for wear and cracks. Damaged spark plug wires can decrease your gas mileage and cause engine performance problems. If they are cracked, have them replaced. You should get a new set of plugs when changing the wires.

• Brakes -- You do not want to have brake problems when you are traveling on icy roads. Have your mechanic check your brakes and rotors to make sure they will last through the winter season.

• Oil -- Oil keep your engine lubricated and running smoothly. Check the oil level frequently in colder weather. Most vehicles do well with an oil change every 3,000 miles. Be sure that you are using the oil grade that is appropriate for your vehicle. The oil filter should also be changed when you change the oil.

Being on the roads is a necessity for most people. To keep yourself and your family safe on winter roads, be sure to have your vehicle inspected and serviced as needed. Auto repair technicians are always ready to help you get your vehicle in great shape.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

2017 Monster Factory Off-Road Challenge: Quarter-Mile


Ever wonder how quick and fast some of the most off-road capable full-size pickups are? So did we, and that’s why we asked each of the big pickup makers to send us their best factory off-road packages so we could put them through a battery of pavement and off-pavement contests. Check out how these off-road stars rip up the quarter-mile racetrack.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Top Eight Check Engine Light Issues


According to CarMD's 2013 Vehicle Health Index, the cost for car repairs has increased 10 percent this year. Putting off car repairs is a bad idea because unfixed problems often lead to repairs that are more expensive. If the check engine light comes on in your car, take the car to a qualified mechanic immediately. Here are the top eight most frequent reasons for the check engine light activation.

1. Oxygen sensor failing

Oxygen sensors keep engines performing at peak efficiency levels, and they manage emissions. O2 sensors monitor gasses leaving the engine. Engines need exact ratios of fuel and air for the most efficient operation. Malfunctions can drop your fuel economy by up to 40 percent. Engine performance is also negatively affected.

2. Ignition coil problems

Ignition coils take electric current from the battery and ignite the spark plugs. Without properly functioning coils and spark plugs, the electric current powering your car's engine are disrupted. All the parts in the car's electrical system take a lot of wear and tear from the electricity passing through them.

3. Spark plugs and spark plug wires

Along with the ignition coils, spark plugs and wires are critical components of the vehicle electrical system. Symptoms of problems with plugs and wires include rough engine idling, engine misses or pings, erratic engine power including power losses and power surges. When engines misfire, fuel economy drops. Ignoring spark plug and plug wire problems can permanently damage the car's catalytic converter, leading to very expensive repairs.

4. Mass airflow sensor malfunctions

The mass airflow sensor, or MAF, measures the air coming into the engine and calculating how much fuel to add to the mix. This data goes to the Engine Control Unit (ECU). Without correct information from the MAF, the ECU cannot correctly balance or deliver the right amount of fuel to your engine. The result is very poor engine performance and 10 to 25 percent decreases in fuel efficiency. Replace this critical component immediately if it begins to fail.

5. Faulty vacuum hose or evaporative emission control system

The evaporative emission control system (EVAP) of a car keeps gasoline vapors from the fuel system and gas tank from release into the air. Leaking vacuum hoses and vents, defective valves and faulty gas caps all contribute to EVAP system problems.

6. Exhaust gas recirculation valve and ports are dirty

The exhaust gas recirculation system (EGR) controls your car's emissions and helps cars run more efficiently. Rough idling, engine hesitation and misfires can indicate an EGR problem. Worsening performance and fuel economy often result from EGR problems. Often the components of the EGR system are dirty or clogged.

7. Catalytic converter failures

Catalytic converters are often the most expensive mechanical repairs made to vehicles. As a part of the exhaust system, it converts dangerous chemicals in car exhaust into less harmful compounds to release into the air. Catalytic converters should last for the lifetime of the car. Most problems with catalytic converters come from underlying problems such as those that occur with bad spark plugs or ignition coil problems.

8. Dead battery and charging system problems

Most cars have computer systems that monitor voltage in the electrical and battery systems. The computers activate the check engine light when anything appears amiss in the charging system of the car. High temperatures in the engine compartment contribute to rapid aging of batteries.


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Shocks & Struts - NAPA Service Assistant


Worn Shocks and Struts stress out suspension and steering components which ruin tires.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Top Five Most Commonly Replaced Car Parts


Every automobile owner will tell you that maintenance is critical. By taking care of your vehicle, you can dramatically increase its lifespan. There are some car parts that should be at the forefront of your mind during road trips or even your daily commute. Here are five automobile components that need to be replaced frequently.

Spark Plugs

Some manufacturers suggest you change your spark plugs every three years in order to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Engine idling, engine misfiring, high fuel consumption, engine surging, or a lack or acceleration all indicate that it's time for new spark plugs.

Headlights

In order to see properly and drive safely at night, you need working headlights. As technology changes, owners have seen a decrease in the frequency of replacing the car parts associated with headlights. That is because more manufacturers are using LED technology, which outlasts traditional lamps. Of course, these do cost more, so when the time comes to replace the bulbs, you probably will spend a little more money if you have a newer vehicle.

Tires

Depending on the brand of your tires, you could have to replace them after as little as 30,000 miles of travel. You should regularly check the tread for signs of wear. If you place a penny in between the treads of a tire and can see the head of Abraham Lincoln, then the rubber has worn down too much.

In addition, if you have a newer vehicle with a tire pressure monitoring system, you will eventually need to replace this component. Over time, the sensor will wear out. This system offers significant benefits, as it warns drivers when the pressure is too low. Even though the replacement of this system adds to an automobile's maintenance pricetag, many choose to pay the extra price.

Brakes

Stopping your vehicle takes its toll. Brake pads eventually wear down and have to be replaced. In order to avoid incurring additional expenses, you should have your pads replaced at the first sign of wear. This could be a noise or noticing that it takes more pressure or time to come to a complete stop. If you wait too long, not only will you have to replace the pads, but you may also have to replace the rotors underneath.

Batteries

New technology is making it so that your vehicle's battery does not have to be replaced every three years. However, even if you have a five-, seven-, or ten-year battery, you should make sure the battery gets testing during your annual maintenance tune-up. By checking it annually, you can replace the battery before it dies, avoiding the hassle of finding your automobile dead one morning.

There are many different car parts that you will eventually have to replace. However, these five are the most common and will need to be changed more often than other components. If you perform regular maintenance on your automobile, it will last for years.


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Friday, January 13, 2017

Cars.com's 2016 Challenge Winners


If you’re shopping for a new car, you have hundreds of choices, and it can be overwhelming. So which car is the best choice in any given segment? Cars.com regularly evaluates the players in weeklong tests. Kelsey Mays of Cars.com calls out the winners of each 2016 challenge in this week’s segment of Driving Smart.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Differential Service - NAPA Service Advisor


The differential allows drive wheels to rotate at different speeds when handling turns. Vehicles have a variety of different differential systems.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

How Self-Driving Cars Aim to Make Better Decisions | Consumer Reports


The newest technology in autonomous driving shown at CES 2017 has a goal of making the cars drive more like people than computers. Consumer Reports rides along for a firsthand look.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

EVAP System - NAPA SERVICE ASSISTANT


With so many parts that integrate with the EVAP system, it's best to have an experienced AutoCare technician to inspect and properly diagnose any EVAP system problems.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!


Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one. 

Happy New Year!