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What's a Cabin Filter and when should it be replaced

 What's a Cabin Filter and when should it be replaced

The cabin air filter, a feature found on most late-model vehicles, cleans the air that comes into the interior through the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. It catches dust, pollen and other airborne material that can make riding in a car unpleasant, particularly if you have allergies or other respiratory problems. Recommendations on when it should be replaced vary by manufacturer — some say every 12,000 or 15,000 miles, others longer — and how often can depend on how much you drive and where. Check the maintenance schedule in your owner's manual. If you drive in heavy traffic in an urban area that has poor air quality, you could need to replace the filter annually or even more often. However, that also could be true in a desert climate where there is a lot of dust. Some signs that you need a new cabin air filter are reduced air flow through your HVAC system, such as when you crank up the fan too high and you get more noise than results. Anoth ... read more

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September 2015

5 benefits of engine air filter replacement

 5 benefits of engine air filter replacement

There are at least 5 benefits of changing your air filter regularly; better gas mileage, reduced emissions, improved acceleration, increased engine life and overall improved driveability. 1. Increased fuel efficiency: Changing a clogged air filter can potentially increase acceleration by 6 to 11 percent on modern fuel-injected cars. Other studies claim a 10 percent increase in gas mileage and up to 15¢ per gallon fuel savings. Regardless of the exact figures, it is obvious that a clean air filter improves air flow to the engine and increases engine performance and gas mileage. 2. Reduced emissions: Clogged air filters can reduce air flow to the engine, literally choking it, and as a result affect the emission control systems of the car causing an incorrect air-fuel mixture and spark plug ignition problems which can lead to serious driveability issues. 3. Prolongs engine life: Changing the air filter regularly ... read more

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November 2014

Fact or Fiction?

 Fact or Fiction?

You can still drive a long way after the gas gauge is on empty. This is kind of true. You won’t be stuck on the side of the road in the next few minutes, but how long you have varies on the type of vehicle you are driving. A Ford Focus averages 39 miles after hitting “E,” and a Chevy Avalanche averages 45 miles. Check out your ride on Tank on Empty, which has a searchable database

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May 2014

Mon, Jun 2, 2014

If your paying less than $100 for a brake job then you are most likely getting the cheapest material available and your stopping distance will be greatly reduced. A good mechanic will never use cheap brake pads. OE (original equipment) brkae pads use better materials and are made to the exact specifications for your vehicle. If your paying less than $100 for a brake job then you are most likely getting the cheapest material available and your stopping distance will be greatly reduced. A good mechanic will never use cheap brake pads. OE (original equipment) brkae pads use better materials and are made to the exact specifications for your vehicle. If your paying less than $100 for a brake job then you are most likely getting the cheapest material available and your stopping distance will be greatly reduced. A good mechanic will never use cheap brake pads. OE

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June 2014

DIY BMW 3 Series E46 Final Stage Resistor Replacement

 DIY BMW 3 Series E46 Final Stage Resistor Replacement

So your BMW has no air coming from its vents and/or the air is erratic. The most common problem is a faulty Final Stage Resistor aka (blower motor resistor or blower motor regulator). I will walk you through the steps of how to replace the final stage resistor. The tools you'll need: long Phillips screw driver, long T20 torx (strongly recommend a magnetized tip to make it much easier), flash light, needle nose pliers, flathead screw driver. Step 1: Remove glove box by removing the 6 Phillips screws. Step 2: Remove the lower tray behind the glove box. Step 3: (some people like to remove the vent housing but it's not necessary. Working around the vent is better than fighting the installation of the vent) Remove the stepper motor by releasing the two T20 torx screws. Pull the stepper motor assembly out slightly and carefully remove the linkage with needle nose pliers by twisting the pliers between the linkage and ... read more

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May 2014

Don't pay if you don't have to

If your mechanic tells you that you catalytic converter needs replaced, contact your local dealer. Catalytic converters are covered under factory warranty for most makes and models for 8 years or 80,000 miles. Doing this could save you hundreds and in some cases, thousands of dollars. What is a Catalytic converter? It is a device incorporated in the exhaust system of a motor vehicle, containing a catalyst for converting pollutant gases into less harmful ones

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May 2014

Paying more can save you money

 Paying more can save you money

With more cars going longer between oil changes it's important to have a quility oil filter. The cheap paper filters used at most of these quick stop oil change places can cost you more money then you ever thought possible. Too many times I hear stories of drain plugs being left loose or oil filters literally falling apart causing engine damage from the "in and out" lube shops. During a BMW oil service I found this filter falling apart and of course it's a cheap filter from with no brand name (I wouldn't want my name on it either) Always ask your technician or Shop if they use OEM filters and the recommended oil for your specific vehicle. The extra few bucks is well worth it

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May 2014

Is the mechanic working on your car certified?

 Is the mechanic working on your car certified?

Make sure the mechanic working on your car is ASE certified. Not only certified but certified in the area of which he/she is working on your car. You wouldn't want someone who is certified in brakes working on your engine or transmission. What is ASE? ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) is a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of vehicle service and repair by testing and certifying automotive professionals. ASE have 8 areas of certifications: A1) Engine Repair A2) Automatic Transmission/Transaxle A3) Manual Drive Train & Axles A4) Suspension & Steering A5) Brakes A6) Electrical/Electronic Systems A7) Heating & Air Conditioning A8) Engine Performance Those who have passed A1-A8 are recog ... read more

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May 2014