Category Archives: Car Care Tips


Concerned about gas prices?

Posted on 08/13/2013

We're all concerned about gasoline prices right now and how to save money on gas.

There are a few things that everybody can do right away to help save some gas money...

During every change of the season, the mix of gasoline and ethanol at the pump changes. This always causes problems, especially with your fuel filter.

  • Check and replace your fuel filter and air filter.
  • Service your Fuel and Induction systems. They work and get clogged like a spray paint can...a perfectly working system produces a fine spray, and a clogged system dribbles or globs. To clean these systems, I recommend going a preventative maintenance service called Motorvac, which cleans out fuel and air intake systems. At the very least I recommend using a good fuel injection cleaning.
  • Get a maintenance tune-up. If it's been a long time since you've had your spark plugs replaced, make sure your technician evaluates their status, too.


Get Ready for Vacations and Week-end Trips

Posted on 08/13/2013

What do you do if you start hearing or have been hearing a weird noise?

The easy answer is to get an inspection by ASE Certified Tech. They can find the cause and also find other damage it may have caused.

To protect yourself, though, you should take the time to listen to turn off the CD player, roll down the window - and listen to your car:

  • Worn or lose fan belt (high pitched, loud squeal -- especially when cold)
  • Thumping separated tires (thud, thud)
  • Wheel bearing (grinding or growling)
  • Overheated engine (hissing and steam)
  • Brakes (squeal or grinding)
  • Engine (knocking or tapping)
  • Front end/suspension (creaking or knocking)

How to save TIME and MONEY on these kinds of problems...

Keep a note pad in the car and make notes on problems as they come up:

  • Time of day
  • Description
  • Weather
  • Driving conditions
  • Noise type

Take your notes to your tech - AS SOON AS YOU NOTICE IT. Go for a test-drive with them and identify the specific problem. If you help them pin-point the problem, it will save you diagnostic time and money!


Do you really get what you pay for in auto repair?

Posted on 08/13/2013

Here's my question to you: should price be the only consideration?

Would you pay a good doctor for diagnosis and then find a cheap, back alley butcher to do your surgery?

There is a huge difference in quality of labor and quality of parts in auto repair. Like I said, there are other, more important things to consider than price, like:

  • Safety
  • Reliability and piece of mind
  • Knowing that it was fixed right the first time
  • Time and convenience
  • and saving money in the long run

I've seen parts with holes and cracks in the castings right out of the box from every Asian country. Let me tell you from experience: cheap parts and cheap auto repair aren't worth your money.

Like most things in life, you get what you pay for...quality isn't expensive, it's priceless!


My Car Is On Fire -- What Should I Do?

Posted on 08/13/2013
  • Don't panic.
  • Determine if it's smoke or steam.
  • Pull off the road immediately.
  • Unlock power door locks -- in case electricity quits.
  • Turn the ignition OFF -- to shut off fuel pump and spark plugs.
  • Pull the hood release -- so firefighters can put out fire.
  • Get everyone out of the car.
  • Call the fire department.
  • Leave the sunroof, windows and doors closed.
  • Don't open the hood -- starve the fire of oxygen.
  • Don't fight the fire yourself. Water won't put out gasoline or electrical fires. Only TYPE B and TYPE C fire extinguisher. Dry chemical is most effective, but leaves corrosive residue.
  • If the fire is under the car: Get out and stay away. The gas tank could explode.


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