The top five most neglected auto maintenance procedures includes the following items:
Why You Shouldn’t Neglect It: While the basic purpose of wheel alignment is simple, the negative effects of disregarding its upkeep are extensive. Uneven tire placement results in additional road surface resistance, requiring the car to use more gas. This obviously increases both your carbon footprint and the amount you spend at the pump. Furthermore, unaligned tires wear faster, and new tires can be expensive
Air Conditioning Unit
Why You Shouldn’t Neglect It: Failing to properly maintain your air conditioning unit can result in damage to internal components and potentially a complete breakdown. Don’t put yourself in an uncomfortable situation. Without access to in-car air conditioning you might find yourself sweating bullets and causing serious damage to your car.
Why You Shouldn’t Neglect It: If the power steering fluid begins to change color, bubble or leak these are signals that identify maintenance needs. Also, if you’re hearing strange noises or experiencing difficulty steering, these should are other obvious signs of maintenance needs. The steering wheel might stutter or resist, which could complicate matters when navigating a busy city street or congested freeway. Steering complications may threaten your safety, as well as other drivers.
Why You Shouldn’t Neglect It : Firstly, your typical transmission comprises of roughly 1,000 parts, so it’s a very complex piece of machinery. The most blatant reason you shouldn’t neglect transmission maintenance is because it can potentially make gear shifting harder or impede the process. Poor upkeep leads to delayed shifting, erratic shifting, or simply no shifting at all. Not only does this complicate the driving experience, but it can be dangerous for both you and those around you.
Why You Shouldn’t Neglect It : You don’t have to be a professional car technician to guess the consequences of not maintaining brake fluid. Your brakes lose power without brake fluid, forcing you to apply them longer, wearing them down even more. In some situations they can cause your brakes to fail altogether, which can endanger lives.
Quality car maintenance is a necessary expense that will save you big moving forward. Call J&F Motors Ltd. and tell us about that last time you check these five key items.
Why Your Engine Overheats
The last place any motorist wants to find themselves is standing by the side of the road with steam pouring from under the hood of their vehicle. Making yourself aware of the reasons for a vehicle overheating and the necessary preventive maintenance routines can help you avoid major engine damage that can result.
Engine Overheating Causes
Fan, Pump, Hose and Thermostat Failures
Coolant System Causes
The Consequences of Overheating
Engine Overheating Prevention
Proper Disposal of Car Parts and Waste
The best method to removing motor oil is to recycle it. Oil never wears out; it just gets dirty so recycling it is easy. First drain the oil and transfer it to a tight-fitting lid, such as a plastic jug or metal can. Make sure these containers are not being used to hold other products to afford cross contamination. You can bring your old oil to many service stations or “quick lube” shops. Some community curbside recycling programs will also pick up used motor oil.
Signs Your Car Needs a Transmission Flush
In most cases, getting a transmission flush every 30,000 miles, or every two years or so is sufficient. However, there may be times when you need to get a transmission flush sooner, in order to help protect your car’s transmission. There are some common signs that you need to perform a transmission flush on your car or truck. You should be aware that if the vehicle is displaying these symptoms, your dirty transmission may have already caused bigger problems.
Problems Shifting Gears
Transmission Grinding or Strange Noises
Surging of the Vehicle
Delay in Vehicle Movement
The Basics of Motor Oil
The basic types of motor oil may seem confusing, and some shops or lube-stands might try to upsell you on a more expensive version you don’t need. Here at J&F Motors Ltd. we want you to have the facts to know what oil is right for your car.
Here are the three standard oil types and what types of cars they are suited for:
However, not every car requires synthetic oil. If your driving conditions are not ideal, synthetic oil might be the best option for you. In cases of stop and go traffic, short trips, or very cold or hot temperatures, stepping up to synthetic might be the best case scenario.
When in doubt ask one of J&F Motors Ltd. trained technicians. They will always provide you with a clear and reliable answer.
What happens when your car runs out of oil?
Engine oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. It’s essential for the function of your engine. Any lack of engine oil in the system, or even dirty oil, will lead to extreme engine wear, and driving a car low on oil can lead to some pretty bad situations. In the end, keeping the engine full of clean oil is one of the most important aspects of owning a car. It’s critical to merit a log or checklist to be sure that your car or truck will function well and long into the future.
Running Out of Oil
Engine Maintenance: The Role it Plays
Oil Maintenance on Older Vehicles
Spark Plugs: Signs of Failure
Spark plugs are an integral part of your vehicles motor as they provide the much-needed spark that ignites the air and fuel mixture within the engine cylinders. This continuous ignition is what keeps your car moving on the road. If spark plugs are not checked with regular services, cleaned or changed when necessary, they can cause problems to occur with the vehicles engine.
Below are five signs for when to change your spark plugs:
Engine Has a Rough Idle
Trouble Starting Your Car
Your Engine Misfires
Lack of Acceleration
While these warning signs are certainly indicative of issues caused by sparkplug failure, there are a number of other factors which could contribute to these problems. If you are experiencing any of these issues, bring your car to J&F Motors Ltd. and one of our trained and qualified mechanics will diagnose and resolve all your car care needs.