So you got a new set of wheels – congratulations! You’re going to want to hang onto it as long as possible, so you’ll want to keep it maintained as well as you can. Here are some suggestions:
First, read the owner’s manual carefully and stick to manufacturer’s recommendations for service intervals. There are certain things that are critical enough that failure to adhere to recommendations can void a new car warranty. Don’t let that happen!
For instance, just about every manufacturer recommends synthetic oil for their engines; it provides better protection in just about every respect, and it’s more stable at high and low temperatures. If your owner’s manual prescribes a 10,000-mile oil change, stick with that and be sure to use the br ...[more]
So you come out to start your car one morning and the Check Engine light on the dashboard comes on…and doesn’t go back off again. You can’t really notice any difference in the way the car runs and drives, but it’s on anyway.
What does it mean?
Since the late 80s, most engine functions have been controlled by a central drivetrain computer. This includes emissions controls, fuel metering and delivery, ignition timing, shift points and many other elements of drivability and performance. The drivetrain computer relies on information from a chain of sensors that monitor exhaust composition, camshaft position, throttle position and many other factors.
The voltage readings from any of these sensors are supposed to fall within a certain range. Whe ...[more]
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Often, drivers are mystified by how their cars actually work. It’s to be expected. Even an older car is a complex machine with many sub-assemblies that all work together to move it down the road.
As a result, drivers tend to be a little intimidated by auto repair and often tend to not inform themselves by asking the necessary questions of a tech or a garage. Too often, that ends up being a big mistake. Here are some examples of the kinds of things you really should know before any auto repair work starts:
- Does your shop work on any kind of vehicle? Of course, most shops can service a product from GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and the other leading makes. Some makes, however, require a lot more training and experience, ...[more]
This week I decided to breakdown all of the services that are now available on our new and improved website! Under the services tab you will be able to schedule an appointment, find some great car care tips, do a vehicle maintenance lookup, learn about our towing services and our mobile tire van!
Our Schedule an Appointment feature is a great tool and it is easy to use. You simply fill out some basic contact and vehicle information along with what service(s) would be needed and perhaps a brief description of what service is requested. Under the appointment times, you can select your first and second choices. Once the request is submitted, someone for our shop will contact you to verify the appointment ...[more]
As some of you may have noticed we recently launched a new and improved website! We were all waiting with excitement and anticipation as we were getting closer and closer to launching the site. Our old site really only focused on the tire shop side of EZ Tire & Auto. As many of you know we offer so much more than complete tire service. Over the next few weeks I will go through some of the key features of our new and improved site! Stay tuned for a breakdown on key features of our website here!
Also, I would like to take the time to introduce myself. My name is Brittany, if you have been to the shop recently I am the curly redhead! I am the author of the EZ Tire & Auto's Blog. I will endeavor to provide our customers and readers with useful automotive related information as ...[more]