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Water Pump

  Your cooling system is very important. It circulates coolant through the radiator and your engine to protect your vehicle from overheating. There are five main components to the cooling system: the radiator the radiator cap the hoses the thermostat the water pump The water pump 's like the heart of your cooling system , circulating the fluid throughout your vehicle. It's a small pump that's driven by the engine; usually by belt, but sometimes by a chain or gear....

Change Your Engine Air Filter at Precision Tune Auto Care

Many -- car owners have probably wondered:  "What's the harm in putting off replacing an engine air filter? The answer is that not replacing it could cause your Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor to fail. This expensive sensor is situated between your engine air filter and your engine. Dirty air filters are a leading cause of mass   air flow sensor   failure – and these babies can cost several hundred dollars to replace in --. Change your vehicle air filter at Precision...

PCV Valve Service at Precision Tune Auto Care

Today, we are talking about your PCV valve. Unburnt fuel is forced into the crankcase as your engine runs.  The PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve vents this unburnt fuel and oil vapors from the crankcase and sends it back into the air intake system to be burned in the engine.  A clogged PCV will not allow these vapors to escape. This can dilute and contaminate the oil, leading to damaging engine oil sludge. It can also cause vehicle engine corrosion, something we see occasionally...

Automotive Tips from Precision Tune Auto Care: Battery Testing

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at Precision Tune Auto Care when they are no longer able to hold a full charge. Batteries are a big ticket item for most drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely. Your Precision Tune Auto Care service advisor can test your battery to see...

Precision Tune Auto Care Automotive Tips: Diagnostic Service

Imagine waking up one morning with a stomach ache. You pick up the phone, call the doctor’s office and say, “I’ve got a really bad tummy ache. How much will it cost to make me feel better?” Of course you wouldn’t do that. You know that there could be a lot of reasons for your symptoms and that the doctor will have to examine you, ask some questions and probably run some tests before she can tell you what’s wrong and give you treatment options. This same scenario...

Idle Talk about Engines (Causes of Rough Engine Idling)

When you slow down at stoplight, your vehicle's idle should be smooth as silk.  But what happens when the engine is missing or idling roughly? That's your engine's way of telling you, "Hey, I've got something wrong with me and if you don't get someone to find out what it is, I may not start the next time you turn the key." You can help your service facility if you can describe the problem in detail.  Here's a list of things to make a note of: When is the problem happening, when the...

Automotive Tips from Precision Tune Auto Care: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At Precision Tune Auto Care we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together. A worn tensioner prevents the accessories from spinning properly, leading to premature wear and noise for drivers. Your vehicle manufacturer has a recommended mileage interval...

Transmission Service at Precision Tune Auto Care

Let's talk about transmission service. It can be easy for drivers to forget about getting their transmission serviced because it doesn't need it very often. It's easier for people to remember to change the engine oil - you know, every 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But proper transmission servicing keeps your vehicle running smoothly and helps you avoid repairs down the road. The transmission undergoes a lot of stress. The grit you can see in used transmission fluid is actually bits of metal...

Differential Service at Precision Tune Auto Care: Viva la Difference

Every vehicle on the road has a differential , and it is important to the proper operation of the vehicle. But most drivers don't have a clue what it is. The differential  compensates for differing wheel speeds . For example, when you turn, the inside tire on the turn travels a much shorter distance than the outside wheel. So the inside wheel of the vehicle must move at a slower speed than the outside wheel. Without a differential, the wheels would hop and scrape while turning. Have you...

Ask Precision Tune Auto Care About the Importance of 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: What about six-month dental cleanings and regular physical exams? Then there's laundry, mowing the lawn, paying your electric bill, changing your furnace filter - you get the idea. Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals?   For one thing, your teeth may get more cavities. You...

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