Monthly Archives: August 2013

Vacaville Auto Repair Tips: Fluids, What They Do, & Why You Need Them

You’ll get the most from your car when it has fresh, healthy fluids in its systems to keep them running smoothly. Not replacing or flushing fluids could mean thousands in auto repair, but you can prevent this by constantly monitoring them to ensure your vehicle runs as smoothly as possible. Every system in your vehicle requires a different fluid. Here’s a breakdown of five vital fluids your car needs to stay healthy: Oil –The “lifeblood” of your vehicle, oil reduces friction in your engine’s hundreds of moving parts. The roads can be tough in Vacaville, and having a mechanic perform regular oil changes can save you lots of cash throughout the life of your car. Transmission Fluid - Transmission fluid lubricates your vehicle’s gears, allowing your engine to shift smoothly. Debris, dirt, and metal shavings get caught in transmission fluid over time causing it to turn fr ... read more

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Vacaville Repair Tips: How WD-40 Can Help Keep Your Car Clean

Your dad or grandpa probably told you about the unseen wonders contained in WD-40, but did they tell you how useful it is to clean your car with? In this month’s blog, we’re shifting from auto repair tips to further your WD-40 education to help keep your car looking magnificent! Removes Tree Sap During the summer, you’ll probably find some shade to park in when you go out—perhaps under a tree. However, parking under trees can sometimes be an invitation for trouble, as sap seeps down from the branches and onto the exterior of your car. These spots attract dirt, causing some unsightly spots on your exterior. A little bit of WD-40 can help remove this scum to keep your car looking fantastic. Cleans Bugs If you’ve ever been on a road trip, you know that it pretty much always ends with a plethora of bugs scattered on your windshield or grill. While clearing this off can be done in a few mi ... read more

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Car Care Tips: Automatic Car Washes

Regularly washing your car is extremely important when it comes to the health of your cars exterior. Many car owners believe the best way to ensure a thorough washing is to do it themselves. However, automatic car washes are much safer and efficient than hosing down your vehicle in your driveway. Too many variables come into play for those “do-it-yourselfers” when it comes to keeping their car clean. The wrong amount of water or wrong type of soap won’t safely remove dirt and can lead to scratches in the car’s paint. Not removing dirt from a car can also lead to rusting. Automatic car washes provide safe, time efficient and thorough washing. Many automatic car washes today are “touchless”, meaning they have no brushes or pads that make contact with your car. Instead, high pressure water-jets and detergents are used to clean the car leaving virtually no opportunity for scratches to appear in the car’s paint. If an automatic car wash isn’t “touchless,” it is essential to make sur ... read more

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The Importance of Timing Belt Replacements

Overlooking a simple replacement service can cost you thousands of dollars. Take the timing belt for example. This video will explain the benefits of timing belt replacements and the expensive consequences you could face if your belt should brake. Click here to watch! * Motoring Specialists is proud to partner with Monday Morning Mechanic to bring you helpful money saving tips like these to help you get more miles for your dollar! www.mondaymorningmechanic.com

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The Four-Stroke Power Cycle

The Four-Stroke Power Cycle

What is your car’s RPM measurement when idling in neutral? How about when you are cruising at 35 mph? 50 mph? Did you know that, if your RPM measurement is not consistent, you could be blindly wasting money every time you fill up at the gas station? Paying attention to these details is vital to your car’s maintenance as well as your automotive knowledge. RPM stands for revolutions per minute and measures the revolutions of an engine’s crankshaft. This blog will explain the cycle that your RPM gauge on your dashboard is measuring, and help you to finally understand exactly what your engine is doing to make your car run—a process overlooked by many car owners. The Cycle As your engine turns, a crankshaft spins in order to move attached pistons up and down. Each movement of a piston is called a stroke. In a conventional internal combustion engine, the pistons complete a four-stroke power cycle (down, up, down, up) ... read more

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Planning a Summer Road Trip? Schedule a Pre-Trip Inspection Today!

Summer is road trip season. Whether you’re going 200 or 2000 miles from Vacaville, it’s important that your vehicle is able to get you there. That’s why you should visit our auto repair shop to avoid any untimely breakdowns and ensure you and your family stays safely on the road during your trip. Here is what our ASE-certified technicians will look for when you come in for a pre-trip inspection. Tires Checking your tire alignment is crucial before a road trip. A misaligned tire can decrease your gas mileage as well as affect your traction. Any potholes or curbs you may have hit this winter can throw off your alignment. Making sure your tires are correctly aligned before your trip will save you gas and give you better handling. Your tire pressure will also be inspected. Properly inflated tires will increase your MPG by 3.3%. That can add up when y ... read more

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