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Trip Inspection

North Americans love their cars. And nothing goes with cars better than the road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it’s great! But there’s nothing like car trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt. Now you can’t always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip. The first step is to look at your trip plan from your vehicle’s perspective. What kind of roads will you be traveling – winding byways or super-highways? Mountains or plains? What weather conditions are you likely to encounter? How many miles will you travel? How much weight will you be hauling – passengers and luggage? Lugging a trailer or roof top carrier? Will it be dusty? Armed with the answers to these questions, you can start a trip inspection to help you prepare your Sarasota vehicle for your big adventure. A lot of our Sarasota customers prefer to go through this exercise with an automotive service advisor at Dave’s Auto Repair ... read more

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Hunting for a Good Mechanic? Just Look Behind the Counter

Any shop will tell you that they’re honest and value their customers above all else. At the same time, most vehicle owners know little about either their vehicle to know otherwise. The general rule seems to be that if it runs, that’s good enough. A wise consumer should look for a mechanic that goes beyond the bare minimum and is an advocate to customer, one who tries to educate them about their vehicle and the choices they make to maintain it. In more concrete terms, and beyond customer advocacy and customer service, the easiest way to identify the skill and integrity of a business is by looking behind the counter. Today, we’ll discuss how conspicuous awards and certifications speak volumes to a business’ reputation at a time when most consumers feel overwhelmed and ignorant. If you don’t see these proudly displayed, you should feel comfortable inquiring with the service writer or business owner as to whether they hold any of the following certifications ... read more

Using Proper Fluids In Your Automobile Or Other Vehicle

Today Dave’s Auto Repair is talking about the proper fluids for your vehicle. It’s become more complicated with changes in automotive design and manufacturing. It’s not that people in FL are confused as much as they don’t realize how much things have changed in recent years. If you have questions about the fluids in your vehicle, please don’t hesitate to stop by Dave’s Auto Repair. You can find us on 4547 Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota, FL 34233. Just give us a call at Let’s take engine oil. Twenty or thirty years ago, there were just a handful of different weights of oil. The weight of an oil is a scientific measure of its properties, particularly its viscosity or thickness. It was common in those days to use a lighter weight oil in the winter when it’s cold outside. That way the oil would be able to splash around inside the engine and protect the parts before it was fully warmed up. And a heavier weight oil would be used in the summer. The thicker oil wouldn’t thin out too much in th ... read more

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Is Your Sarasota Driving Severe?

People near Sarasota, FL often ask Dave’s Auto Repair how often they should have a particular service done. It’s a great thing to ask. You can look at your owner’s manual, or have your Sarasota, FL service advisor at Dave’s Auto Repair look up your vehicle in a service database. What you find is often a surprise to people – there are actually two service schedules. One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule. Service intervals are shorter on the severe service schedule. When asked, most folks in Sarasota, FL will say that their driving is normal and that the ‘regular’ schedule probably applies to them. ‘Severe service’ sounds pretty extreme – ‘I don’t drive like that’. Well, here is what the manufacturers say constitutes severe driving conditions; you can draw your own conclusions. Most of your trips are less than four miles. Most of your trips are less than ten miles and outside temperatures are below freezing. The engine is at low speed most of the time ... read more

Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

We’re living in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term “built to last” goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They’re still a very big investment and we want to make them last as long as possible – and we want to make keeping them as cheap as possible. When talking cars, it’s all about preventive maintenance. There is an old saying that says, “a stitch in time saves nine” and that is really true when it comes to taking care of your car. A great example is coolant service. Your coolant not only protects your engine from overheating and freezing – it must also protect cooling system components from corrosion. Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. That’s why you need to have your cooling system serviced on a regular schedule. The same is true for your power steering system, brake fluid, air conditio ... read more

Are Modern Vehicles Maintenance Free?

Today we’ll be talking with Alan Peterson about myths surrounding automotive maintenance. You can lump these myths into the statement that “modern cars are so reliable, they are virtually maintenance free”. Any good myth has some elements of truth. No offense to Sarasota Bigfoot fans, but this maintenance-free myth has more evidence than most. If we look at some isolated areas of auto maintenance, we could conclude that maintenance isn’t so important. But other areas would just as easily lead you to believe that maintenance is more important than ever. Here are some examples for our friends in Sarasota. Some cars in Sarasota no longer require chassis lubrication. They’re made with self-lubricating materials and have sealed joints. There’s literally is no way to grease those joints. -Chalk one up for the myth. On the other side, some vehicles come with sophisticated variable valve timing. A lot of complicated parts up in the valve train that didn’t even exist not that many years ago ... read more

On Board Diagnostics For Sarasota Motorists

Some Sarasota auto owners wonder why Dave’s Auto Repair and other Sarasota auto repair shops charge a fee for diagnostic services. Think about it: When you hire a local Sarasota HVAC technician to check out a problem with your air conditioner you’ll probably pay a diagnostic fee. When you visit your Fruitville doctor for a health problem, you pay the physician to diagnose the ailment and of course for the tests that go along with it. On Board Diagnostics For Sarasota Motorists So receiving a diagnostic charge at Dave’s Auto Repair for a tricky automotive problem shouldn’t be a surprise. In the Sarasota area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your Automobile brakes when you slow down in rush-hour traffic on a busy FL expressway, you pull off the next off-ramp and take a quick visual check. That is usually enough to know what needs to be done. If you’re having an intermittent problem with your Automobile engine, however, Dave’s Auto Repair diagnosi ... read more

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The Harm In Skipping An Oil Change For Sarasota Drivers

People in Sarasota have been hearing a lot about higher oil change intervals these days. Maybe you’re wondering: What are the key issues? Some new vehicle manufacturers in Sarasota are now recommending much higher oil change intervals than they have in the past. As much as 5,000 to 8,000 miles or more. This practice came under scrutiny when four of the largest new car manufacturers announced that owners like those in Sarasota were experiencing engine damage resulting from these higher oil change intervals. The manufacturers’ standard oil drain service for particular vehicles was scheduled at around 7,500 miles. People following these recommendations were experiencing engine damage. It turns out that oil sludge was building up. This caused small oil passages to clog and engine parts to fail. What causes oil sludge? It’s a factor of time and mileage. There are hot spots in every engine that cause oil burn off that leads to sludge. Also, water from normal condensation can build up in t ... read more

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Fuel Saving Tip: Check Engine Light

Here’s a question for Sarasota, FL motorists: How long have you been enjoying the romantic glow of your check engine light? Hey, it’s not there to create ambiance; it’s a warning that something’s wrong. (And, by the way, Homer Simpson’s fix of covering it with tape is not a good idea.) If your check engine light comes on, check your gas cap. A loose gas cap can cause a false sensor reading that’ll make the check engine light turn on. Check Engine Light Many conditions that trigger the check engine light can hurt your fuel efficiency. A lot. If your date’s eyes are smoldering in the soft glow of the check engine light, try to think of all the gas money you’ll save by getting it fixed. Give Dave’s Auto Repair a call when you are ready: ()

The Dave’s Auto Repair Guide To Vehicle Diagnosis

Modern Sarasota vehicles have several computers on board that control all kinds of things like engine functions, transmission shifts, traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control, emissions – and on some vehicles, even steering, braking and the throttle. Think about that for a minute – things that used to be controlled by simple mechanical connections now have electronic controls that rely on computers, software and sensors. It’s no wonder that when something goes wrong with their Automobile it can be pretty complicated for Sarasota car owners to track down the source of the problem. To help your Dave’s Auto Repair tech figure out what’s wrong, your Automobile is equipped with on-board diagnostics. The Check Engine Light comes on to tell you there’s a problem and the engine management computer stores a trouble code. Your honest, fair, dependable Dave’s Auto Repair tech connects a scan tool to your vehicle’s diagnostic port and retrieves the trouble codes as well as other imp ... read more

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