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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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