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Make Your Battery Last

Today's report from Precision Tune Auto Care is on vehicle batteries , why they die and what we can do to lengthen their life. Most of us have had a dead battery at one time or another. In fact, it would be very unusual if you hadn't. You may be surprised to learn that only 30 percent of -- vehicle batteries last for 48 months. Now that's an average. How long a battery lasts depends on many factors. You may not know that one of the biggest factors is the temperature where you live and...

To Save Gas: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

  One topic that hits the news a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel economy. For those of us who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can. Following recommended service intervals by coming into Precision Tune Auto Care is one of the best ways people can keep their vehicle running efficiently. That means better fuel economy. When you give it some thought,...

Time for a Brake (Brake Pad Replacement)

Stop! It's one of those things your vehicle has to do consistently and reliably.  That's why brake maintenance is vitally important, worthwhile for you to make sure stays up to date. A brake system has many components. If your vehicle has disc brakes, they have pads that make contact with the rotors (the metal discs).  Those pads usually have a metal back, and the part that presses against the discs is made of a material which provides friction to stop the vehicle. Because of that...

Trickle Down Technology

Recently, Nissan introduced the latest version of its Leaf, the company's electric car. It has many new features, including something called e-Pedal. It allows the driver to let up on the accelerator and, unlike a gasoline engine car, the Leaf doesn't just slowly lose speed; letting off the throttle pedal brakes the car in a very controlled way, using regenerative and sometimes friction brakes. With practice, a driver can go for a fairly long time without touching the brake pedal. Another system,...

A New Battery

  Hello drivers, let's talk about batteries . Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery, here's some auto advice to help you. There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a new battery:  cold cranking amps  and  reserve capacity . The power required to start a cold engine is measured in cold cranking amps. The number you need is determined by what kind of vehicle you drive...

PCV Valve: What Is It?

Most drivers know something about preventive maintenance on a vehicle. We know we should routinely replace the oil and wiper blades and other fluids. But have you heard of a PCV valve ? This little car part needs to be replaced regularly or it can cause some serious problems in your vehicle engine. PCV stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation . The crankcase holds your motor oil and is located at the bottom of your engine. When fuel is burned in your engine, it produces waste gases that...

Greeted by a Screech (Loud Noise when Starting Vehicle)

No one likes to be greeted in the morning by having someone screech at you.  The same goes for a loud, high-pitched noise your vehicle greets you with every time you start the engine.  If you're wondering if that's normal, no, it isn't.  And it is worth getting checked out.  The good news is that it might be nothing serious.  Then again, it may be. The first things to suspect any time you hear a high-pitched sound coming from the engine are belts.  They have tension...

The Importance of Drivers Following Service Intervals

  Today in our Precision Tune Auto Care blog, we're going to talk about following recommended  service intervals . Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life with recommended intervals: Let's start with twice yearly dental check-ups and regular physical exams. How about laundry, watering the lawn and paying the bills? Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals?  Well, you'd get more cavities. You may not discover health conditions that could be more effectively...

Battery Maintenance Tips

When it comes to your vehicle, it all starts with the battery. Proper battery maintenance is important for two reasons: First, your vehicle won't start or run without it. Second, it is the key to the long life of your auto electrical system. If your battery isn't working efficiently, your alternator has to work overtime to make up for it, and other electrical components can suffer as well. A number of years ago sealed batteries were introduced to market. They were hailed as being 'maintenance-free...

Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles

The median age for cars was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Precision Tune Auto Care we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise. If you have a high-mileage vehicle, bring it into Precision Tune Auto Care for high-mileage maintenance. Many people are keeping their vehicles longer. The economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern vehicles are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle doesn't have to be a painful experience....

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