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Precision Tune Auto Care wants to help you stay informed on everything automotive, from the latest safety tests to exciting new vehicle reviews. Whether you want tips on keeping your vehicle in top shape or a sneak peek into Jay Leno’s amazing car collection, you can find everything you’re looking for in our resources overview.

Fuel System Cleaning at Precision Tune Auto Care

Is your vehicle sometimes hard to start early in the morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your vehicle's fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, different parts of the system get dirty, which robs you of performance and hurts your fuel economy. Most -- vehicles have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. Fuel injection systems have fewer problems...

Fuel Saving Tip: Auto Myths

With high fuel prices, comes lots of gas saving advice. Some of it, like what you hear on is great.  When you get one of those e-mails that's going around telling you how to save gas , try to think it through. Does it really make sense? Does it defy the laws of physics? Do some research on the internet or ask your service advisor at Precision Tune Auto Care. There aren't any magic pills you can drop in your gas tank, and the government hasn't suppressed a device you can clamp on your...

On Board Diagnostics for Motorists

  Some vehicle owners wonder why Precision Tune Auto Care and other auto repair shops charge a fee for vehicle diagnostics. Receiving a diagnostic charge at Precision Tune Auto Care for a tricky automotive problem shouldn't be a surprise. Automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your vehicle brakes when you slow down in rush-hour traffic on a busy road, you pull off at the next off-ramp and take a quick visual check. That is usually enough to know what needs...

Fuel Saving Tip: Check Engine Light

Here's a question: How long have you been enjoying the romantic glow of your Check Engine light?  Hey, it's not there to create ambiance; it's a warning that something's wrong. (And, by the way, Homer Simpson's fix of covering it with tape is not a good idea.) Many conditions that trigger the Check Engine light can hurt your vehicle. A lot. If your date's eyes are smoldering in the soft glow of the Check Engine light, try to think of all the gas money you'll save by getting it fixed....

Wired! (Battery Cable Service)

Colder weather brings out the worst in a vehicle's battery.  On a very cold day, you may have experienced that your engine cranks slowly when starting.  But while it may be the battery itself, it may also be the parts that transfer the power to other the other electrical components, the battery cables.  After all, you have to have some way to get the current out of the battery and out to where it needs to go. Battery cables have a couple of enemies: corrosion and age.  You...

Winter Watch List (Winter Maintenance Items)

Don't love winter weather? Here's a list of four things you need to keep a watch on during the winter months. Let's start with coolant levels.  Coolant is as important in cold weather as it is in hot weather.  Think of the term "anti-freeze." Your coolant needs to be adjusted for climate and temperature so the coolant doesn't freeze when the vehicle isn't running. Your service facility will know the right mixture. Next, windshield wiper fluid. Winter weather can be challenging when...

When "Shady" is a Good Thing

Just like your skin can burn from too much sun, so can the paint on your vehicle.  It can turn dull, oxidize and fade the more ultraviolet rays beat down on it. One solution is to park in a shady spot, or you can buy a cover for your vehicle and put it on when you know it's going to be sitting in the sun for awhile. Yes, it takes a couple of minutes to put on, but in the end, keeping the gloss on your paint will help it retain its beauty… and its value. And it's not just the sun that...

Automotive Tips from Precision Tune Auto Care: Air Conditioning ? Common Problem

Your auto air conditioning system cools and conditions the air in your passenger compartment when you are driving. It also removes moisture from the air to keep your windows from fogging up. A common A/C problem for drivers that visit Precision Tune Auto Care is contaminated refrigerant (the gas that cools the air). The inside of the A/C hoses deteriorates over time and tiny fragments of rubber clog passages. This makes the system less efficient and overworks various components. Leaks can develop...

Wheel Balancing at Precision Tune Auto Care

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? Drivers can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on roads. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibration in the steering wheel. If it's a back tire, you'll feel the vibration in your seat. Tires and wheels are pretty heavy. When a tire is mounted on a wheel at Precision Tune Auto Care, it is usually not perfectly...

Bad Vibes (Disc brake rotor problems)

If you were to name the most important safety feature on your vehicle right now, what would your answer be? A lot of driving experts would agree that it’s your brakes.  Most newer vehicles use a well-engineered and efficient style of brakes called disc brakes.  The name disc brakes comes from one of the components: a disc attached to the wheel hub that is squeezed by parts called calipers.  If you’ve ever ridden a bicycle with hand brakes, you probably have seen how...

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