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Your Well Trained Technician At Dave’s Auto Repair

When your Automobile has a problem, or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your car’s so important to your life in Sarasota, you need to back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time. If you’ve ever checked into some of the technician training Dave’s Auto Repair professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much specialized knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. For example: Today there are four cylinder engines that generate more power than the 1980s-era V-8’s. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket’s Ferrari in a race to sixty. Your Well Trained Technician At Dave’s Auto Repair Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up – even with steep Gulf Gate Estates gas prices. They are also amazingly reliable: Kudos to the automotive engineers at the leading vehicle manufacturers. But the advances come at the price of simp ... read more

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Keeping Your Engine Cool In Sarasota, FL

The cooling system keeps FL drivers’s engines from overheating while they are driving around Sarasota, Sarasota Springs and Gulf Gate Estates. Its job is to move heat away from the engine. Let’s talk about the various components of the system and how they make this happen. The radiator is the part most Sarasota drivers associate with the cooling system. Coolant flows through the radiator which has fine cooling fins that draw the heat out of the coolant and dissipate it into the air. To make sure there’s enough airflow over the radiator, a fan pulls air over the cooling fins even when the Automobile is idling. In some Automobiles, the fan is powered by the serpentine belt. On others, an electric motor runs the fan. Electric fans turn on and off as needed. You may have heard the fan kick on shortly after you turn your Automobile off. The sensor has determined that the engine needs a little help cooling down to a safe temperature. Radiator A hose connects the radiator ... read more

Stop It! You Need Good Brakes

Good brakes are obviously very important. If you’ve ever had your brakes go out while you’re driving around the Sarasota area, you’ll know how terrifying it can be. Today we’ll focus on how to tell when you have a brake problem, and how to make good repair choices. Often, the first indication that something’s wrong with the brakes is an unusual sound. It could be a squeal, chatter or grinding sound. Some brake pads have a little piece of metal embedded in them that will make a squeal or chirping sound when the brake pads have been worn down to the point that they need to be replaced. It’s an early warning indicator. When you hear that sound, schedule an appointment at Dave’s Auto Repair soon. Now a chattering sound is more urgent. That usually indicates that something is loose. It could be a brake pad or even the brake calipers. If one of those parts falls off, you could have some serious trouble stopping the vehicle. It would be a good idea to park it until you can get into the sh ... read more

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The Importance Of Sarasota Drivers Following Service Intervals

Today in our Dave’s Auto Repair blog, we’re going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your Automobile isn’t the only aspect of your life in Sarasota with recommended intervals: Let’s start with twice yearly dental cleaning. And physical exams. How about laundry, mowing the lawn and paying the bills? Now, what would happen if you didn’t follow these intervals? Well, you’d get more cavities. You’d probably not become aware of health issues that benefit from early detection and treatment. And you’d have to wear dirty clothes, be embarrassed by your overgrown lawn and have your utilities shut off. The Importance Of Sarasota Drivers Following Service IntervalsWe all realize there are some things in life that we have to take care of regularly. If we don’t, there are negative consequences. Our quality of life takes a hit and it inevitably costs more money. So why is it so hard to remember to follow regular preventive maintenance on our Automobiles? Probably a couple of r ... read more

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Power Steering: Keep Headed in the Right Direction

Power steering is standard on nearly every car and truck in Sarasota, FL these days. Now there are some exotic, new types of power steering systems, but for the most part, the heart of the system is a pump that’s driven by a belt powered by the engine. Contact us at Dave’s Auto Repair for questions about your power steering. The pump generates boost that assists you as you steer your Automobile around Sarasota, FL. Power steering systems use hoses to move pressurized fluid back and forth. These hoses can develop leaks so it’s a good idea to inspect them at every oil change. A check of the power steering fluid level is on the list for every full service oil change because low fluid can damage the power steering pump. And the fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so you need to use the correct type –just ask your service consultant at Dave’s Auto Repair. In addition to providing boost, the fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the power steering system. The lubricants an ... read more

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Fuel Saving Tip: Fuel System Cleaning Near Sarasota, FL

A lot of gas is wasted in the Gulf Gate Estates area by dirty fuel delivery systems. Let’s start at the tank. The gas tank gathers dirt, rust and sediment over the years. That’s why there’s a fuel filter to clean the fuel after it leaves the tank. A dirty filter will rob the engine of the clean gas it needs to run efficiently. Dave’s Auto Repair Fuel System Cleaning The fuel intake components get coated with gum and varnish over time. This results in fuel being delivered inefficiently and some of that gunk getting into the engine. A fuel system service at Dave’s Auto Repair will leave your intake as clean as a whistle. The big fuel thief is dirty fuel injectors. They deliver fuel to the engine at a specified pressure and in a particular spray pattern. When they’re clogged, the fuel doesn’t get atomized the way it’s supposed to and doesn’t get burned as efficiently. See your owner’s manual or ask your Gulf Gate Estates serv ... read more

Battery Replacement For Your Automobile

Modern cars and trucks in and around Gulf Gate Estates run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution. But today’s vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks, windows and sun roofs. And then we have all the power outlets for our cell phones, computers, and DVD players. We also have navigation systems and powerful stereos. Plus there are all the engine and transmission computers, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, sensors and on and on. Even the security system is running off the battery while the car is turned off. Fortunately, battery technology has given us resilient batteries that are able to meet these strenuous requirements. But the fact is, batteries just wear out over time. Eventually, every bat ... read more

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Keep Your Cool In Sarasota: Air Conditioning Service

Most Sarasota drivers wait for their air conditioning to fail before they service it at Dave’s Auto Repair. That’s because many Sarasota and Gulf Gate Estates motorists don’t really understand that automotive air conditioners need periodic service. Let me share some of the reasons why they fail. First, like every machine, the Automobile air conditioner parts need lubrication. The lubricant is actually mixed in with the refrigerant (that’s the stuff that makes the air cool). So sometimes, even though the air conditioner is still making cool air, the oil that lubricates the parts has just been used up: and unlubricated parts can fail in all FL cars. Keep Your Cool In Sarasota: Air Conditioning Service Now here’s a tip for Sarasota drivers: You should run your air conditioner every so often during FL 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 ... read more

Nighttime Visibility In Sarasota

There are a number of factors that contribute to the high nighttime accident rate in the greater Sarasota area, things like drowsy driving and a higher rate of impaired driving. Without a doubt, visibility is a major contributor. Let’s focus on visibility… It’s said that 90 percent of our driving decisions are based on what we see. Nighttime driving has the effect of reducing 20/20 vision to the equivalent of 20/50 vision. What you could clearly see at 50 feet in daylight can’t be seen until you are just 20 feet away at night. Too make sure your headlights are giving you the greatest visibility, visit us at Dave’s Auto Repair. you’ll find us located on 4547 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34233. Please give us a call to make an appointment: Accident avoidance is dependent on reaction time. Reaction time deteriorates measurably in low light conditions. One thing we can do to improve visibility is to make sure our headlights are as bright as they can possibly be. Headlamps dim over time ... read more

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Customer Detective Work

One might say the most challenging part of being an automotive service technician at Dave’s Auto Repair in Sarasota, FL is diagnosing a problem before it can be fixed. Cars are made up of a bunch of complex systems. There usually could be a number of reasons for any given symptom. So it’s challenging to track down the actual cause of the problem. And it can be frustrating for the vehicle owner because it can take time and money to get to the bottom of a problem. If it’s not something obvious, it’s easy for the customer to focus on the fixing and not the diagnosing. Let us introduce you to something we’ll call Customer Detective Work – that is helping your Sarasota, FL technician find clues to what’s wrong. We start with the detective basics: What, Where and When. Play along with me. You come in to Dave’s Auto Repair and your car is making a funny sound. Q: Where’s the sound? A: Around the right front wheel. Q: What kind of sound?,br /> A: Kind of a clunk, clunk sound. Q: When do ... read more