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Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles In Gig Harbor, Washington

Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles In Gig Harbor, Washington

Before the recession hit, the median age for cars in the 98335 zip code was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. Atwe hear reports that those numbers continue to rise. Many people in are keeping their vehicles longer. The economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern s are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle doesn't have to be a painful experience. Local car owners in with over 100,000 miles on their vehicles often ask which service intervals they should follow. Let's start with the special needs of the older vehicle… The reality is that time and mileage will take its toll. The engine and transmission will have more sludge. The fuel, steering and brake systems will have gum and varnish built up. There'll be more dirt and contaminants in the fuel tank. Corrosion and deposits in the cooling system. And seals and gaskets will start to dry out. All of this, plus normal wear and tear, m ... read more

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Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth In Washington state

There's a segment of the population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Mistaken perceptions have crept into the area over time. Many motorists think the root lies in the fact that modern cars are so reliable. Reliability has improved dramatically in recent years. Quality surveys report fewer problems with new cars than ever before. Back when cars spent more time in the repair shop, drivers were more mindful of routine service. Now, it's much easier to put it off. Take tune-ups for example. In the days of mechanical ignition systems, an engine needed to be tuned-up every couple of years. The ignition points had to be replaced, spark plugs and coils replaced and the timing adjusted. If your engine was out of tune, you knew it. It ran poorly and got bad fuel economy. Now, the ignition system in your is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for ... read more

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Fuel Injector Cleaning In Gig Harbor, WA

In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much fuel to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute in every single fuel-injected car driving down , , and roads. Most fuel injectors for gas engines are known in the auto industry as port fuel injectors because they deliver the fuel to a port just outside the cylinder. The fuel pump provides pressure needed to squirt the right amount of fuel into the engine. Although more complicated, direct injection technology promises greater power with improved fuel economy for gas-poor , , and commuters. motorists can expect to see more of it in the future.High temperatures under your hood and variations in gas quality cause fuel injectors to be fouled with wax, dirt, water, addi ... read more

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Nighttime Visibility In Washington State

There are a number of factors that contribute to the high nighttime accident rate in the greater area, things like drowsy driving and a higher rate of impaired driving. Without a doubt, visibility is a major contributor. Let's focus on visibility… It's said that 90 percent of our driving decisions are based on what we see. Nighttime driving has the effect of reducing 20/20 vision to the equivalent of 20/50 vision. What you could clearly see at 50 feet in daylight can't be seen until you are just 20 feet away at night. Too make sure your headlights are giving you the greatest visibility, visit us at . you'll find us located in Gig Harbor, Washington at 3416 57th Street Court NW, Gig Harbor, WA. 98335. Please give us a call to make an appointment: 253-851-3307. Accident avoidance is dependent on reaction time. Reaction time deteriorates measurably in low light conditions. One thing we can do to improve visibility is to make sure our headlights are as bright as they ca ... read more

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