Monthly Archives: March 2015

Tune Up

I have recently had a few customers ask, “It has been several years since my last tune up. Is it time for another one?” In years past, most vehicles needed a “tune up” every 12,000 miles. This included spark plugs, points and condenser, air and fuel filters, and much more. With the introduction of electronic ignitions, that interval was stretched to 30,000 miles, and points and condensers were not needed. With platinum plugs, many cars may be able to experience peak performance for up to 60,000 miles before needing a tune up. I recommend that my customers replace their spark plugs every 30,000-60,000 miles, depending on the type of spark plug selected. Our Service Advisors can recommend the best plug for your individual vehicle. Failing to replace your plugs at regular intervals can cause stress on other, much more expensive ignition components. For example, if the spark plug gap is worn, it makes the ignition coil work much harder, which can cause spark to burn through sp ... read more

Does it matter if I leave my CHECK ENGINE light on?

“Does it matter if I leave my CHECK ENGINE light on? Will it hurt my vehicle? Am I getting the gas mileage that I am suppose to?” Perhaps many of you have asked this same question. Or maybe you will be staring into the radiance of a glowing CHECK ENGINE indicator the next time you drive your vehicle. YES, it will hurt your automobile to ignore your SERVICE ENGINE SOON indicator. You may not immediately notice the affects of the particular code your computer is reading, but 3 months down the road you could! I always advise customers to save their own time and money, and have your CHECK ENGINE light analyzed by a specialist as soon as possible. Don’t let a small, inexpensive repair cost you dearly in the long run. The price of gas is something that unfortunately we cannot control, however we can control the consumption of gasoline. According to AAA 8 out of 10 cars needs some form of maintenance. How do you know if your automobile is gettin ... read more

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