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Scrimping on Car Maintenance Today May Cost You More Tomorrow

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Whether you seek an independent repair shop or a dealership, you will be spending money on your vehicle services or repairs. The amounts are completely up to you.

Just to help car owners, I will define these two terms. Service is the maintenance of (by mileage or time) a vehicle to keep it running at manufacture’s specs. Repair is required when parts fail, break, or wear-out. Parts do wear-out often. It will happen eventually. But service is required to help minimize the repairs and their costs.

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Direct Injection and Carbon Build-Up – Why It Happens and What You Should Do To Prevent It

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The check engine light covers many systems and components in your European vehicle. One reason for this combination of issues happening is due to the direct injection engine. These engines are the most efficient at low mileage. As the miles are put on the vehicle, fuel directly injected into the cylinder causes a carbon build-up. The direct injection does not allow for the fuel and its detergent additives to clean the valve and the port. The carbon build-up is the reason for the misfire (rough running engine). This signals the check or service engine light to come on, letting the driver know there is an issue with their engine’s performance. This is a typical problem which plagues these engines when the mileage hits 30-60,000.

Keep Your Car Out of the Shop and on the Road

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Owning a car comes with a lot of responsibilities, especially if you own the best of the best. When it comes to the upkeep on your vehicle, a BMW or Mercedes may take a little extra effort to really ensure it stays in tip-top condition. You already know it’s the quality of the ride that makes all the difference, but are you sure you’re treating your car the way it needs to be treated? Instead of spending this summer in the shop with one problem after another, we’ll tell you how you can spend your time on the road where it can actually be of some use. One Stop, One Shop Most people don’t necessarily look forward to seeing their mechanic, but there’s definitely a smarter way to do it if you have to go see yours. Instead of repairing things as needed with single parts, you’re almost always better …

6 Parts to Inspect to Avoid Expensive Car Engine Repairs

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Although Benjamin Franklin concluded that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure before the automobile was invented, the old saying certainly applies to regular car care and maintenance. Surprising Car Habits In a survey by the Car Care Council, it was found that 89% of vehicles needed at least one repair or service. A full 25% of vehicles had insufficient oil levels or dirty oil that required an oil change. Frighteningly, 18% needed new belts and 13% had low or contaminated brake fluid. Others needed new air filters or more coolant. A Host of Issues Oxidation, thermal degradation, and compressive heating are all processes that occur in a car’s engine over time. However, oil slows down those processes, while insufficient oil speeds them up considerably. The consequences of increased heating and friction of engine parts due to insufficient oil can be severe. Some of the first parts …

4 Steps: What to Do When Your Car Dies While You’re Driving

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There’s nothing quite as heart pounding as when your car starts giving you trouble while you’re driving in traffic. Why does such a thing happen? And what steps can you take if your car dies while you’re driving it? 5 Reasons Why Your Car Dies While Driving Being out of fuel. It happens to the best of us. If this keeps happening to you, though, you may want to have someone take a look at your fuel gauge as it could be giving you a false reading. Alternator issues. When there is something wrong with the alternator, the car runs off of the battery. The battery can only run for so long before it’s completely drained. Malfunctioning ignition switch. When the ignition switch is worn down, there can be a loss of power to the engine because of vibration like hitting a rough patch of road. This loss of power …

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What You Need to Know For Your Car’s Maintenance Costs

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A car’s maintenance cycle comes around usually every 30,000 miles, but unless a driver has been saving up over the time between the last maintenance cycle and this one, it can make a significant dent in his or her pocket.  Scheduled maintenance and repair costs can cost quite a lot, depending on the type of vehicle and how long since its last maintenance visit. That’s why the people at Desert Oasis are offering financing to deal with those regular maintenance cycles that you need to undergo to keep your car running in the best shape of its life. It’s More than a Tune Up Wear and tear happen on all vehicles, and the engine and body of a car deals with this problem on a daily basis. The vehicles onboard system can remind you it needs TLC. Understanding this makes it easy to see why every so often the entire vehicle …

7 Warning Lights on Your Car’s Dashboard

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The dashboard on your vehicle is the information center where you can see the vehicle’s performance.  Indicator lights provide you with warnings when there is a problem and are triggered by the central computer on your vehicle. Most of the indicator lights are illuminated briefly when you start the vehicle but go out within seconds. Regardless of you car’s make or model, many warning lights are relatively universal, so a Check Engine light is going to look the same on a Buick as an Audi. The following are some of the most common warning lights and what they mean. Airbag The airbag indicator lights up when the car is started and goes out a few seconds later. Should this light come on or stay on, it could mean that there is a fault in the airbag system, and vehicle’s computer has issued a code that will determine the fix. A …

Secrets to Save Money on Gas

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Fuel efficiency begins simply with great cars that are designed to save gas.  When you buy a new car, research what gas mileage you can expect to get on city and highway driving.  Without the luxury of buying an electric car or hybrid, let’s explore fuel-saving secrets that you can control from behind the wheel of your car. Curb Your Driving Style There are common situations we all face as drivers that waste fuel.  Sitting idly in city traffic, for example? Total waste of fuel.  Or, those days when you catch every single red light on the way to work.  All of that stop-and-go seriously swallows your fuel like chugging cola. Your daily routine has a direct impact on your gas mileage.  It’s extreme, but you could re-route your commute to avoid as many stop lights as possible.  Or, adapt that heavy foot from accelerating quickly at green lights.  Coasting buys extra gas mileage, sparing you from having to stop …