Yearly Archives: 2019

Diagnostics and Diagnostic Strategy

Diagnostics and Diagnostic Strategy

We all experience the woes that come along with sudden warning lamps and strange or startling noises or the feeling of instability in our vehicles from time to time. Even though we inspect your vehicle at every service visit, there are times when parts and components fail in an unplanned manner. When these unexpected events occur, it is extremely important to report them in a timely fashion to ensure you and your family's safety. There are many forms of diagnostics, so experience, expert strategy, and computer technology are all equally important in today's automotive world. For unusual or abnormal noises, there are a few different strategies employed to gain more data. The first is running a vehicle on a service lift utilizing two different technicians in order to reproduce and isolate a noise once it has been observed on a road test. For tougher-to-identify noises; technicians use chassis ears, which are comparable to a doctor's stethoscope, but use wireless transmitter ... read more

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Diagnostics

TPMS Forecasting: A guide to your car's tire pressure system

TPMS Forecasting: A guide to your car's tire pressure system

TPMS = Tire Pressure Monitoring System. This warning notification system was introduced by our Federal Government following a series of fatal accidents that occurred in the late 90s and early 00s which spiraled into multiple legal proceedings and subsequently the development and mandate of tire pressure monitoring systems to be required in all vehicles. As of Model Year 2008, all new vehicles in the U.S. have been equipped with an onboard tire pressure monitoring system per federal law. Some manufacturers jumped on this bandwagon as early as 2002 in the hopes of getting ahead of the trend and perhaps having a selling point advantage. There are two types of TPMS systems. An indirect system is a system that uses the ABS wheel speed sensors to receive the current tire pressures, using velocity for calculations. Early Audi and Volkswagen cars and many Japanese and Domestic cars use the indirect systems. A direct system uses individual sensors to monitor ... read more

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Brakes

Educating Fuel Station Selection

Educating Fuel Station Selection

The Environmental Protection Agency has introduced a variety of new additives to our fuels over the past few decades in corroboration with their Clean Air Act. Some of these chemicals are ok, but some can be harmful to our engines. Many automotive enthusiasts understand the impact ethanol has on both classic and modern engines; but this impact especially affects some of the newer high performance engines that require higher fuel pressures and cleaner burning fuel. Environmentalists and automotive engineers are constantly working at ways to reduce carbon emissions, but it is unlikely that anyone will ever develop a fossil-fuel related system where hydrocarbons can be fully cleaned or recycled in a responsible manner. In short, all the carbon has to go somewhere. If you have a direct-injection motor (TFSI, GDI, etc.), the effect of ethanol is even more severe than standard fuel injected motors. Heavy carbon buildup and the subsequent suffocation of your vehicle's air intake and fue ... read more

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Fuel Efficiency

The Truth in Brakes

The Truth in Brakes

Many people these days price shop. We are blessed that most of our clientele are trusting of our expertise and integrity and don't generally go down this path (because we all know of the headaches that come along with trying to match prices for parts that aren't tit-for-tat). With this being said, we feel it is important to touch on the subject of brakes due to recent observations that a significant number of changes have occurred over the past few years; some of which have come back to haunt our team. What I am referring to is a noticeable reduction in the quality of parts throughout the automotive industry, and today focusing particularly on brake parts. Addressing safety is our #1 priority. It takes precedence over all other things, and brakes are the most important parts / equipment that we replace. Without naming brands, there are a variety of aftermarket equipment manufacturers that have outsourced their plants and entru ... read more

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Brakes
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