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Monthly Archives: February 2013

To Save Gas Around Gig Harbor, WA: Keep Up with Your Scheduled Services

One topic that hits the news in on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some people in is to buy a more fuel efficient vehicle. For the rest of use, we need to improve our fuel economy anyway we can. Following recommended service intervals by coming into is one of the best ways to keep your car running efficiently. That means better fuel economy. When you give it some thought, it only makes sense. Dirty oil or transmission fluid can't lubricate or clean. That means more drag which reduces fuel economy. Keeping up with scheduled oil changes and transmission services will save gas. Dirty engine air filters are another efficiency pirate. They rob your engine of enough air to effectively burn the fuel, so you need more gas to get the job done. Replacing a dirty air filter can pay for itself in fuel savings before the next oil change. You can imagine what dirty fuel injectors can do to your as you drive around . If your owner's m ... read more

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Suspension Service At In

Suspension systems function effectively for many years and tens of thousands of miles. Eventually, however, suspension components do wear out, but how long that takes depends a lot on how you drive around and . As you can imagine, if most of your driving is on smooth highways, your shock absorbers will last a lot longer than if you do most of your driving on bumpy roads or haul heavy loads. In addition to just wearing out, suspension components can be damaged in an accident or by a hard impact - like a pothole, hitting a curb or a rock in the road. Because the life span of shocks can vary so widely, auto makers recommend periodic inspections. During an inspection at in , your automotive service technician will check for worn, broken or missing parts. Here's a quick rundown of suspension system components: First there are the springs which hold the weight of your . There are severa ... read more

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Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

We're living in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term "built to last" goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They're still a very big investment and we want to make them last as long as possible - and we want to make keeping them as cheap as possible. When talking cars, it's all about preventive maintenance. There is an old saying that says, "a stitch in time saves nine" and that is really true when it comes to taking care of your car. A great example is coolant service. Your coolant not only protects your engine from overheating and freezing - it must also protect cooling system components from corrosion. Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. That's why you need to have your cooling system serviced on a regular schedule. The same is true for your power steering system, brake fluid, air condi ... read more

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On Board Diagnostics For Motorists

Some motorists are confused by charges for diagnostic services for a vehicle repair. Many services at and other automotive repair shops include diagnostic fees. When you take your laptop into a computer repair shop for a problem you'll likely have to leave a deposit for diagnostics. When we visit our doctor for a medical problem, we're paying him to diagnose our ailment and of course for the tests that go along with it. So receiving a diagnostic charge at for a tricky automotive problem shouldn't be a surprise. In the area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your brakes when you slow down in rush-hour traffic on a busy expressway, you pull off the next off-ramp and take a quick visual check. That is usually enough to know what needs to be done. If you're having an intermittent problem with your engine, diagnosis may be much more involved. Much of the public's confusion com ... read more

Service Center Standards and Procedures

All pilots have checklists for every aspect of flying. They always use their checklists even if they only have two steps on them. They do this simply because a checklist is a great way to not forget important steps. It is also how you can assure a predictable outcome. That is why and automotive service centers have procedural standards for each service they perform. Technicians are trained step by step. And they perform the procedures step by step, the same way each time. By training to procedural standards, centers can assure a quality outcome. The job is done right every time and you are happy with how your car performs. Each company trains its technicians to standards. The industry as a whole is very committed to standards of excellence and encourages individual service center operators to apply them to every vehicle they service. An example is how service technicians grade problems and communicate their recommendations. If a technician tells you that a repair or replacement is req ... read more

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