Monthly Archives: April 2015

Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at Mackert Automotive LLC

Treat Your Vehicle to Good Tires at Mackert Automotive LLC

When we shop for shoes, most of us know that we can get two pairs of cheap shoes or one good pair for about the same price. And since the two cheap pairs wear out in about the same time as the good pair, there really is no difference in cost. If you like having a closet full of shoes to match your moods and outfits, then cheap shoes can be what you want. But if you spend a lot of time on your feet, you probably know that cheap shoes can come with an added cost of sore feet and other foot ailments. When you add in the benefits of comfort and protection, the more expensive shoes are actually the better value. Buying tires at Mackert Automotive LLC in Gig Harbor is a lot like buying shoes, except that Gig Harbor car owners' vehicles don't have changeable apparel and don't need a closet full of tires to match. Vehicles spend a lot of time on their tires-all the time, in fact-so they need tires that can stand up to the job. Tires are work shoes: they have ... read more

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Automobile Fluids For Your car, truck, SUV

If you've walked through the automotive fluids of an auto parts store in Gig Harbor, you'll know how overwhelming the sheer number of products available can be. How do you know what's right for your vehicle? As you know, these fluids all serve a function in making your car run as you drive around the Gig Harbor area. Your vehicle manufacturer has specified a particular type of fluid for every system from the motor, to the cooling system, brake fluid and so on. When you realize that not every variation is applicable to your vehicle, the task becomes more manageable. First let's talk about why there are so many varieties. Starting with motor oil, we see that manufacturers match the properties of a particular weight or type of oil with the design needs of the engine. For example, engines with sophisticated valve trains often require a thinner weight of oil. Some vehicles around Gig Harbor come from the factory filled with synthetic oil ... read more

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Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in Gig Harbor

Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine, has to do with the combustion cycle. Your car, truck, SUV engine has cylinders in which a piston travels up and down. At the top of the cylinders are valves open to bring in the air and fuel. And there are valves that open to let out the exhaust after the fuel has been burned. It's critical that the values be timed to open and close at precisely the right time in the combustion cycle, or the engine will run poorly or not at all. The timing belt is responsible for rotating the shafts that control the valves. It's vital and precision work. Timing belts are made of very tough flexible material. They can last a long time. But they eventually wear out and can brea ... read more

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Easy Miles

Easy Miles

Have you ever noticed that your vehicle manufacturer has a schedule in your owner's manual for what is called "severe service" maintenance? Let's define what severe driving conditions aren't: The easiest driving a vehicle experiences is traveling on the interstate for twenty miles or more at a constant rate of 65 miles per hour in 75°F weather with only passengers on board. Change any one of those parameters and you are adding stress to your engine. Change them significantly, and you are driving under severe conditions. Let's look at the essential parameters one a time. First, the length of the trip. Short trips around Gig Harbor are harder on an engine than longer ones. As your engine cools down, water in the air condenses onto the engine. When you heat the engine again, the water evaporates off. This is healthy. But on short trips, the engine doesn't stay hot enough long enough for all of the water to evaporate so it starts to build up in the engine oil leading t ... read more

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Fuel Filter Replacement

Hello Gig Harbor motorists! You would never like to drink a glass of mud, right? Well, your car, truck, SUV feels the same way. It needs a steady supply of clean fuel in order to run well and deliver good MPG. The fuel filter's job is to clean dirt and rust out of the fuel before it gets to your engine. A clogged fuel filter can actually choke off the engine so that it won't start or run. Some fuel filters have a bypass valve that allows fuel to go around the clogged filter so your car will still run. But, then the contaminated fuel can clog your fuel injectors and allow harmful particles into your engine. A car with a partially clogged fuel filter might run well around Gig Harbor, but sputter and strain on the highway because it's starving for gas. There are two things that affect how often you need to replace the filter. They are: where you drive in Washington and the gas you buy. If you drive a lot on dirt or gravel roads in rural W ... read more

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