Archive | Automotive Maintenance

Happy New Year!!

It’s the first Monday of 2016!!  Have you set some goals for 2016, either personal or professional? Here at Long’s Car Care Center, we are off to a great start this year.  One of our business goals is to add at least one new maintenance technician, and one specialty technician.  We are hoping for a Diesel technician, so that we can provide service for all of your Diesel powered vehicles.   We look forward to seeing you in the coming year!!

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Winter Travel

Here in Washington State we are experiencing record snow falls.  If you are headed over any of the passes be sure to be prepared.  Make sure to have chains, an emergency road kit, with jumper cables, flares, etc.  For your comfort and safety, bring extra water, blankets, boots, gloves and a heavy jacket.  The passes are closing at unexpected times, so be sure to be prepared for longer than normal trips…make sure you have plenty of fuel, try not to let you tank get under 1/2 full.  Sometime these backups can last a long time, and turn a 2 hour trip into 5 hours or more.  Be safe, enjoy the snow and the beauty of it all…but also be prepared.

 

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Tuesday’s Car Care Tip

Automatic Transmissions:

Nearly 9 out of 10 transmission failures are due to overheating and fluid contamination.  The customers we see the most with transmission problems are not who you might think.  It is more than likely to be the owner of a mini-van or station wagon instead of someone pulling a boat or camper.  Why?  Because today’s transmissions are computer controlled and have far more intricate parts in smaller housings  Cooling of the transmission’s fluid is also downsized all of which leads to more stress placed on the transmission fluid.  Hauling the kids to sports and all of the other things we do with our vehicles actually works the transmission harder than you realize.  With transmission repairs often running over $5,000.00 it makes good sense to maintain your vehicles transmission.  Servicing and flushing the fluids every 30,000 miles will greatly extend the life of you transmission at a fraction of the cost of rebuilding it.

 

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Fuel Injectors

Most cars and light trucks produced after the late 1980’s use fuel injectors instead of carburetors.  Injectors are sued because they are more efficient.  Unfortunately their location in the engine puts them in the path of contaminates which build up on the injection and can drastically reduce their effectiveness.  This can cause the engine to run poorly and reduce fuel economy.

Carbon cleaning service are designed  specifically to eliminate the build of of contaminates.  This works not only on the injectors but also cleans the intake plenum, intake valve stems, combustion change and even contaminated exhaust systems.  In many cases you will experience a dramatic improvement in how your engine runs and as a side benefit know that your vehicle is producing far less harmful pollutants.

 

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Merry Christmas!!

We want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas!!  We are closing for Christmas Eve and Christmas day, so that we can all spend time with our family and friends.  We hope that the holiday finds you filled with peace and joy!!

 

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Tuesday’s Car Care Tip

On this “First Day of Winter” we wanted to address Cooling Systems.

The cooling systems in today’s vehicles have to work harder than ever before.  Reduction in size, hotter engines and chemical reactions (created by aluminum and steel combinations in the engines) combine to break down the coolants ability to protect your car’s engine.  Manufacturers recommend flushing the cooling system and replacing the coolant every two years.  (Except for those cars using longer life coolant).

In addition the thermostat should also be replaced when performing repairs to the cooling system.  Today’s engines need to run at specific temperatures.  The stress on the thermostat causes many of them to fail causing the engine to run cooler than designed.  This leads to numerous problems including reduced fuel mileage.

If you are concerned with your cooling system, please give us a call for an appointment and we will be happy to check your cooling system out.

 

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Car Care Tip

Timing Belts:

Most cars and light trucks have timing belts in the engine.  This belt synchronizes the rotation of the camshaft and crankshaft.  This synchronization is critical, especially if you have an “interference” engine.  In interference engines if the belt breaks when the engine is running serious/expensive damage can occur to the engine.  Like all belts, timing belts do wear out.  Manufacturers recommend replacement…depending on the make and model of you vehicle it is somewhere between 60,ooo miles and 120,000 miles.  This recommendation is listed in your owners manual.

If you don’t know whether or not your engine utilizes a timing belt, or when it is due for replacement, call us and we will provide you with the needed information.

 

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Classic Cars – We love them!!

Friday’s are Classic Car Days!!  We have this awesome 1949 Ford sitting in our show room right now!!  It belongs to a wonderful, long time customer that has asked us to help him sell it.  This vehicle is in perfect shape…stock color, interior is immaculate.  Great Buy for $15,000.  Stop on by the shop anytime and take a look!!

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Trouble Shooting

Car trouble doesn’t always mean major repairs.  Here are some common causes of vehicle issues, and techniques to help you find the problem, and either fix it yourself or bring it into the shop and have one of our technician fix it.

  • Alternator – Loose wiring can make you alternator appear to be defective.  Our technicians check for loose connections and perform output test, before recommending replacing your alternator.
  • Battery – Corroded or loose battery terminals can make your battery appear to be dead or defective.  You can clean them, or we would be happy to do that for you.  We would also test your battery function, to make sure that it is still strong, as to not leave you stranded.
  • Starter – What appears to be a defective started actually may be a dead battery or poor connection.  We would check all of the connections, and test your battery before repairing or replacing your starter.
  • Muffler – a loud rumbling noise under you vehicle indicates a need for a new muffler or exhaust pipe.
  • Tune-up – The old fashioned “tuneup” may not be relevant to your vehicle.  Fewer parts, other than belts, spark plugs, hoses and filter need to be replaced on newer vehicles.  We check all of these parts every time you visit us to make sure that you vehicle is maintained and in good shape for a long time

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Heading off Problems – Part 4 Continued

FEELS LIKE TROUBLE

Brakes 

Brake problems have several symptoms.  Schedule an inspection and repair if:

  • The vehicle pulls to one side when the brakes are applied
  • The brake pedal sinks to the floor when pressure is maintained.
  • You hear or feel scraping or grinding during braking.
  • The “Brake” light on the instrument panel is on.

At Long’s we off Free Brake Inspections.  In fact every time you bring your vehicle to us for any service we inspect the wear on your brakes…we want to make sure everything is safe for you and your family.

Engine

The following symptoms indicate engine trouble.  Bring your vehicle for diagnosis if:

  • You have difficulty starting the engine.
  • The “check engine” light is on.
  • You experience rough idling or the engine starts stalling.
  • Your vehicle has poor acceleration.
  • Your vehicle starts having poor fuel economy.
  • You start having excessive oil use (more than one quart between changes)
  • The engine continues running after the key is removed.

Transmission

Poor transmission performance may come from actual component failure or a simple disconnected hose or plugged filter.  At Long’s we check the simple things first, transmission repairs normally are expensive and we want to make sure that we cover all of the bases.  Some of the most common symptoms of transmission problems are:

  • Abrupt or hard shifts between gears.
  • Delayed or no response when shifting from neutral to drive or reverse.
  • Failure to shift during normal acceleration.
  • Slippage during acceleration.  The engine speeds up, but the vehicle does no respond.

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