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Precision Tune Auto Care Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

  S ervice centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed. Precision Tune Auto Care fuel system cleaning:  Over time, the vehicle fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way. Precision Tune Auto Care headlamp replacement:...

Blind Spot Safety for Driving

  Blind spots may be a good thing when it comes to a spouse's annoying habits, but when driving an automobile, they are definitely to be avoided. So, while it's not good marital advice, it's good auto advice to minimize your own blind spots and stay out of other drivers' blind spots, especially when it comes to large, heavy vehicles like trucks and buses. First, minimize your own blind spots. Do this before you pull out of the driveway or parking space. Adjust your rearview mirror...

Positive Crankcase Ventilation ? PCV Valve Service at Precision Tune Auto Care

Did you know that the first federally-mandated emissions control device was introduced in the 1960's? The Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve , or PCV valve , has been installed in vehicles since 1964 and represents the first legislation by the United States government to regulate harmful emissions as well as to improve performance in the country's vehicles. The PCV valve, as you can probably guess, is located on the crankcase. The crankcase is the lowest part of a vehicle's engine. It houses...

Keep Your Cool: Air Conditioning Service

  Most drivers don't even think about their air conditioner. Now here's a tip for vehicle owners : Run your air conditioner every so often during winters. This circulates the lubricant to help keep the seals from drying out. The air conditioner actually removes some of the moisture in the air. So if you have trouble with fogging on your vehicle windshield during winters or during a rain storm, running the A/C on the defrost setting should help. Now on some cars you can't run...

Engine Hydration for Drivers: Role of Your Water Pump

The cooling system in an engine has five components: the radiator, the radiator cap, the hoses, the thermostat and the water pump. The water is literally the heart of the system. Just as your own heart keeps your blood circulating through your body, the water pump keeps coolant circulating through your engine. The water pump is driven by a belt, chain or gear and only operates while the engine is running. It has a limited life span and sooner or later will have to be replaced. You can check...

Bouncy Bouncy ? Are My Shocks Bad?

  When drivers think about preventive maintenance, what usually comes to mind is oil, fluids and brakes . We don't generally think about our shocks or struts , but these auto parts keep our tires on the road. Drivers don't think about shocks as often as oil changes because shocks and struts last a long time and wear out slowly. They don't need to be checked as often as our brake pads or air filters. By the time your shocks have 50,000 miles (80,000 kilometers) on them, their performance...

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....

The Puzzling Puddle (Leaks Under Vehicle)

Ever notice a little spot of liquid under your vehicle after you've parked in your driveway or garage? It may have been something as simple as water left from air conditioning condensation.  But then again, it could be a sign that there's trouble brewing in one of your vehicle's systems. You can help your service facility diagnose the problem by getting a little sample of the drip.  At the same time, you may save yourself a tougher clean up task by preventing the leaky fluid from really...

Suspension Service at Precision Tune Auto Care

  When they hear the word suspension, many drivers may think back to those energetic days of grade school. Well, your vehicle's suspension is actually a good thing because it keeps your vehicle up off the road and helps provide a comfy ride. Its job is to keep your wheels firmly planted over bumps and through curves. Your suspension system has many parts. If you look under your vehicle, it's basically everything that connects your wheels to the vehicle's frame. These are heavy duty parts...

Used Cars: Precision Tune Auto Care Advice on What to Do After You Buy

Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious drivers. But how can we know we're getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else's problems? There are good used vehicles for sale in the area. Vehicles are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when someone just wants a new ride. So the used vehicle may be just fine. But some used vehicle owners sell them because they don't want to deal with developing or existing problems. When you're...

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