Category Archives: General Automotive

Driving on Technology

Driving on Technology

  Think of how much technology has changed vehicles in the last several years. And there's a lot more coming. Many will remember when drivers were the ones who had complete control of several driving functions: steering, braking, and skid and accident prevention, just to name a few. Thanks to computers, high-tech systems in the vehicle now assist with many of these. Anti-lock brakes help the driver stop while avoiding uncontrolled skids, traction control helps reduce slippage, and stability control can minimize the chances of losing control. Backup cameras let drivers see what's directly behind them, things they could never see before. Sensors warn drivers if a vehicle is crossing in front or behind them. Even more sensors and fish-eye cameras alert drivers when they're getting too close to something. And those are just a few of the advances. The quest for self-driving vehicles has produced features that are already making their way into today's cars, trucks, a ... read more

Learn More About Oil Changes

Learn More About Oil Changes

Some new vehicle manufacturers are now recommending much higher oil change intervals than they have in the past. As much as 5,000 to 8,000 miles or more. Following these recommendations is very important to avoid engine damage. When you go too long between oil changes, oil starts to turn to sludge. This causes small oil passages to clog and engine parts to fail. What causes oil sludge? It’s a factor of time and mileage. There are hot spots in every engine that cause oil burn off that leads to sludge. Also, water from normal condensation can build up in the oil. This water also creates sludge. Severe driving conditions lead to more rapid sludge formation. Severe driving includes short trips under four miles or trips under ten miles in freezing conditions. The engine just doesn’t get warm enough for the water in the oil to evaporate. Severe conditions are at the heart of the problem. Stop and go driving, towing, dusty conditions, heavy loads, very hot or very cold temperat ... read more

Car Doors

Car Doors

Of all the parts of a vehicle we take for granted, the doors must be near the top of the list. We open them to get in, lock them, and use the rear child locks to keep the kids safe. But what in the world happens when you can't open or close one or more of your vehicle's doors? Let's say you get to your destination and go to shut the door and it just won't latch closed. Now you have a problem. You can't lock the vehicle. And when you go to drive it, it's unsafe. The problem could be several things. You could have a stuck latch, door alignment problems, a handle malfunction, or electrical issues. Maybe freezing weather is the culprit. Now, what happens when the door won't open? That is not only inconvenient; it's a safety issue. If you're in an accident, you must be able to get out of the vehicle quickly. You may have a bent latch; the lock may be broken, or corrosion may have rusted the mechanism. Needless to say, this is a difficult situation. The ... read more