Monthly Archives: April 2021

What to do when your Tire is Flat?

What to do when your Tire is Flat?

  What to do when your Tire is Flat?   Getting a Flat Tire is never fun. You are minding your own business, then "Boom" you have a Flat. You may have difficulty Accelerating or the Steering becomes squishy or delayed. You then find a Safe place to pull over and you notice one of your Tires is Flat. The cause can be from Tire Failure, a Puncture, Damaged Valve Stem or Excessive Tire Wear. If you continue Driving on a Flat Tire you will cause Permanent Damage to the Wheel and Tire. Turn on your Emergency Flashers and double check that you are Safe from oncoming Traffic. Check in your owner's Manual on the Procedures to change the Tire. The owner's Manual will also show you the Location of the Spare Tire and Tools. The Spare Tire is not a Permanent replacement for the tire that went Flat. The Spare Tire is a temporary and should be only used to get to the nearest Tire Repair Facility. When you get to the Repair Shop make sure that the Technician Check all the ... read more

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

Cars simply cannot go and go without some sort of maintenance. One of the first things to go would be the water pump with a telltale hissing and possibly smoke being emitted. Without the water pump working, the motor of the engine will not function. While the water pump might just seem like a simple part of your car and not very important, it is by definition a key extension of the car that can't be forgotten or left out of the vehicle's ongoing maintenance. Water pumps work in an intricate way. A car's water pump takes up water and coolant from the radiator and moves it through the engine back to the radiator for the water to cool down before the same cycle then repeats itself again. By the continuous recycling of the water through the engine, the engine does not overheat in hot climates or freeze over in colder climates. All of these actions could simply not be achieved without the water pump. When the engine turns on the water pump's belt turns the water pump ... read more

What Oil to use in my Car?

What Oil to use in my Car?

  Your Car's Engine Oil needs to be able to Flow during a wide range of temperatures.  This is also a consideration where you live and what your Driving style is. Hotter climates need a Thicker Oil than cooler climates.  The Engine Oil has to be thin enough for cold starts. But be thick enough to not be too Thin when the engine is hot. One of the Characteristics of Oil is it gets Thinner the Hotter it gets. This requires the use of a Multi-viscosity Oil. Multi-viscosity oils are a blend of low-viscosity base oil. Then they add  Viscosity Index Improvers. So you take a SAE 15W Oil and add the correct proportion of VI Improvers. The Engine Oil will perform like 15W at low Temperatures and SAE 40W at High Temperatures.  True Multi-viscosity Oils will have 120 or more  Viscosity Index Improvers. Most Modern Engines will need to use 0w20, 5w20 or 5w30. Please check your Owners Manual for OEM recommended oil uses for your area and driving style.  You ... read more

What is the difference between Run Flat Tires vs Regular tires?

What is the difference between Run Flat Tires vs Regular tires?

  What is the difference between Run Flat Tires vs Regular tires?   A  Run Flat Tire can support the Weight of the Vehicle for a Short amount of Time. A Standard Tire has a soft Sidewall and will not support the Weight of the Vehicle without Air.  A Run Flat Tire can do this because of its Stiffer Side Walls.  Some Manufacturers will allow you to Drive on a flat for up to 100 miles. Having Run Flats on your Vehicle will give you more room in the Trunk due to not needing a Spare Tire. So remember this if you are wanting to switch from Run Flat Tires. Most Vehicles that come with Run Flats will not even have a Jack. Run Flat Tires are generally 30 to 60% more expensive than your Standard Tire. You can replace 4 Run Flat Tires with 4 Conventional Tires. You will need to make sure they meet your Vehicle's Recommendations. You cannot mix and match them. Run Flat Tires also have different Handling Characteristics. They also will not Wear as long as Conventiona ... read more

What is Engine Oil?

What is Engine Oil?

    What is Engine Oil?     Engine Oil is the life Blood of your Engine. Oil quality has improved over the Years. 70-90 percent of Engine Oil is Base Stock made from Natural Gas or Crude Oil. The other 10 to 30 percent is Oil Additives to improve function and longevity. Modern Engine Oils have a lot of Science that goes into their Development. Engine Oil do much more than lubricate. The Engineered Additives will help maintain the Oil's viscosity over varying temperatures. Also reduces Friction, that help protect Engines moving Parts. Full Synthetic Engine Oil is a more refined engineering process of Base Oil Stock. What is the difference between Convention Oil and Synthetic Oil? Synthetic Oils Molecules are more Uniform in Size and Shape. Under Extreme Temperatures Synthetic Oil performs better and produces less oxidation. Engine oil has only so much Capacity to suspend Contaminants. A by product of Engine Combustion is Contaminants. If the Oil has reac ... read more

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