Monthly Archives: May 2014

Battery Replacement At Mackert Automotive LLC In Gig Harbor

Hello, welcome to Mackert Automotive LLC. Today's focus is batteries. It seems like everything in Gig Harbor runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we're most concerned with here at Mackert Automotive LLC are those in our customer's vehicles. Just like the batteries in our smoke detectors or TV remote, car batterieswear out and need to be replaced. There are a couple of things Gig Harbor drivers should know when looking for a new battery. Look for two measurements that come into play: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity. Let's start with cold cranking amps. This can be thought of as the power output used to start a cold car, truck, SUV engine. The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live in Washington, specifically how cold it is. (Many Washington auto owners have first-hand experience trying to start their car on a cold winter morning.) The two factors are tha ... read more

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The Right Fluids for Your Vehicle

Gig Harbor drivers' current vehicles have over a century of engineering behind them. They have evolved into complex and powerful machines. Developments in their engines, however, have coincided with advances in many other vehicle components, including the fluids. It's vital for Gig Harbor drivers to always use the right type of fluid for their car, truck, SUV. Your service adviser and your owner's manual are resources for auto advice on exactly what types of fluid your vehicle needs. Improper fluids can damage your vehicle and void your warranty. Some of the fluids that have changed significantly in recent years are cooling system fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid and motor oil. Each of these comes in many varieties now, and it's important to know exactly which one your car, truck, SUV needs. Cooling systems were once made of iron, steel and rubber. One coolant could be used to protect all of these materials. But new cool ... read more

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Fuel Saving Tip: Auto Myths Around Gig Harbor

With high fuel prices in Gig Harbor Washington comes lots of gas saving advice. Some of it, like what you hear on Mackert Automotive.com, is really great. Some is myth. And some is just designed to prey on Gig Harbor Washington people desperate to save some money on gas. >When you get one of those e-mails that's going around telling you how to save gas, try to think it through. Does it really make sense? Does it defy the laws of physics? Do some research on the internet or ask your Gig Harbor Washington service advisor at Mackert Automotive LLC. There aren't any magic pills you can drop in your gas tank and the government hasn't suppressed a device you can clamp on your fuel line to make your car run on air. Not even in Gig Harbor! So next time you get one of those e-mails, check it out with an automotive professional. You'll get more bang for your buck with an oil change or an engine air filter replacement. We're Macker ... read more

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Smooth Shifting in Gig Harbor Washington: Transmission Service

So you have some exciting plans for the Washington weekend. You're going to take some of your Gig Harbor, Washington friends out on the boat for some water skiing. Of course, you've gotten the boat all ready. And you haven't forgotten about your tow vehicle. You've gassed it up and even vacuumed it out. However, there is something even more vital than the cleanliness of the interior: you want to make sure that your car, truck, SUV maintenance is up to date. Think about it - heavy interstate traffic on the way out of Gig Harbor. There's hilly terrain as you get to the lake. Some dirt roads - and it's going to be pretty hot in Gig Harbor this weekend. And all the time you'll be towing around several thousand extra pounds. That all adds up a lot of severe strain on your engine, brakes and transmission. Let's just consider the transmission. It's going to be working overtime, spending more time in lower gears. The internal transmission temperature is going to be muc ... read more

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Keeping Your 'Old Faithful' Auto Running

At Mackert Automotive LLC we've had a lot of Gig Harbor, Gig Harbor, and Gig Harbor clients asking how they can make their vehicles last longer. These questions are actually a reflection of a trend that's been building for several years in Washington. The median age of personal vehicles is now over nine years. And 33 percent of all vehicles on the road have over 75,000 miles on them. It looks like it's going to keep heading in that direction for a while. With high fuel prices, a lot of Gig Harbor folks are putting off buying a new car. So let's say you're one of the average car owners in the Gig Harbor area; you've got a nine year old car with 80,000 miles on the odometer. What can you to do make it last another year or two? Let's start with the premise that there's no reason that a modern car can't run for 200,000 miles with proper care in Gig Harbor. The engineering and manufacturing quality is there. Of course, some parts will wear out along the way, but there's no ... read more

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