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Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

Bad air quality while you’re driving around Fruitville is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they’re fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don’t know about them yet. These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment, or cabin, of your car or truck. They do the same job as the furnace filter you have at home. They can filter out particles as small as thee microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns. So your cabin air filer can clean out dust, pollution, pollen and spores, to keep the air in your car nice and clean. And just like your furnace filter, they need to be replaced when they get dirty. Check your owner’s manual, but they typically need to be replaced at around twelve to fifteen thousand miles. The filter is usually either under the hood or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to, so you’ll want to have your Sarasota, FL service center, Dave’s Auto Repair ... read more

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What Is A Differential And Do You Have One?

With front-wheel drive being so common these days in Sarasota, FL, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most folks in Sarasota, FL don’t even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don’t need to be serviced for years, so it’s understandable that it’s not something on the top of mind for our Sarasota customers. So it’s not uncommon for people to not know they have a differential let alone know that it needs service. Call Dave’s Auto Repair at (941)371-5981 for information about differential service, or stop by our Sarasota, FL auto center at 4547 Bee Ridge Road 34233. To better understand what a differential does, think about our local Sarasota high school track. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the inside lanes. That’s to compensate for the longer length of the outside lanes. Stagge ... read more

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Introduction to Diesels for Sarasota FL

Something you’re going to be hearing a lot about around Sarasota, FL is diesel engines. We’re not talking about semi-trucks and buses – We’re talking about diesel engine cars, pick-ups and SUVs. Most people in Sarasota, FL are surprised to learn that around half the cars on the road in Europe have diesel engines. Nearly all import auto manufacturers offer a range of diesel engines abroad – even the ultra-luxury brands like Mercedes and BMW. For the most part, these diesel engines haven’t been available in Sarasota, FL. But that’s about to change. In the past, North American diesel fuel has had a much higher sulfur content than European fuel. Recent environmental laws have required changes in diesel formulation and emissions standards here in Sarasota, FL so we are now ready to start seeing more diesel options offered over the next few years. Why are so many interested in diesel engines? Well first off, diesel fuel is more energy dense. There’s more power in a barrel of diesel fuel t ... read more

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Keep Your Sarasota Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

This is something really amazing: For every gallon of gas your Sarasota car burns, it uses 12,000 gallons of air. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean. That’s like a hundred gallons of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn’t, well, it can lead to costly problems. Of course, your manufacturer recommends intervals for changing your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your car affects when your filter needs to be changed. Dusty conditions in and around Sarasota or polluted city driving means you’ll need to change your filter more often. Your Dave’s Auto Repair technician can check your filter for you. In fact, it’s often a routine part of an oil change. When you think about it, a clogged air filter won’t allow as much air through as a clean filter. Your car needs this air to e ... read more

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Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles In Sarasota FL

Before the recession hit, the median age for cars in the Sarasota, FL area (zip code: 34233 ) was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Dave’s Auto Repair we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise. If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the Sarasota area, bring it in for high-mileage maintenance: Dave’s Auto Repair 4547 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, FL 34233 () Many people in Sarasota are keeping their vehicles longer. The economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern Automobiles are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle doesn’t have to be a painful experience. Local car owners in Sarasota with over 100,000 miles on their vehicles often ask which service intervals they should follow. Let’s start with the special needs of the older vehicle… The reality is that time and mileage will take its toll. The engine and transmission will have more sludge. The fuel, steering and brake systems will have gum and varnish built up. The ... read more

Tire Tread Depth for Sarasota FL

So, when are your tires actually worn out? This is a question a lot of us in Sarasota, FL ask ourselves. For many, the answer is ‘when they no longer pass a safety inspection’. But waiting that long can have a serious impact on your safety. The U.S. Federal government doesn’t have any laws for tread depth, but 42 of the states, and all of Canada, do have regulations. They consider two-thirty-seconds of an inch to be the minimum legal tread depth. Two other states, including California, consider one-thirty-second to be the minimum and six states have no standards at all. Call us at Dave’s Auto Repair (just call () ) to find out what your requirements are in the Sarasota, FL area. Since 1968, U.S. law has required that a raised bar be molded across all tires. When tires are worn enough that this bar becomes visible, there’s just 2/32” of tread left. But does that older standard give you enough safety? Well, Consumer Reports issued a call to consider replacing tires when tread reaches ... read more

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Coolant Service at Dave’s Auto Repair

Our cars have to operate in a wide range of Sarasota, FL temperatures and our engine coolant must be able to perform ‘no matter what’. Think for a moment about the environment where the coolant works. Very hot, high pressure, corrosive… And all the while, it has to protect the components of the cooling system from corrosion. These components are made from steel and aluminum, plastics and rubber. The coolant has to be formulated to protect against corrosion for all of these different materials. That’s why different manufacturers recommend different types of anti-freeze for our Sarasota, FL vehicles. There are several different ‘families’ of anti-freeze available to us here in Sarasota, FL. Your owners’ manual will tell you what kind you should use. Of course, Dave’s Auto Repair will know what to put in your car. It’s important to stay on top of this because coolant system failure is the most common mechanical problem people have here in Sarasota, FL. Regular service at Dave’s Auto Re ... read more

Smooth Shifting in Sarasota FL: Transmission Service

So you have some exciting plans for the FL weekend. You’re going to take some of your Sarasota, FL friends out on the boat for some water skiing. Of course, you’ve gotten the boat all ready. And you haven’t forgotten about your tow vehicle. You’ve gassed it up and even vacuumed it out. But you want to make sure that your Automobile maintenance is up to date. Think about it – heavy traffic on the way out of Sarasota. There’s hilly terrain as you get to the lake. Some dirt roads – and its going to be pretty hot in Sarasota this weekend. And all the time you’ll be towing around several thousand extra pounds. That all adds up a lot of severe strain on your engine, brakes and transmission. Let’s just consider the transmission. It’s going to be working overtime, spending more time in lower gears. The internal transmission temperature is going to be much higher than normal. What’s a fun little blast to the local FL lake for you is really severe duty for your transmission. It’s important to ... read more

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Ethics of Automotive Repair in Sarasota

We’re going to be talking about the ethics of automotive repair. It seems like news outlets really like hit-and-run reporting; they hit everyone from groceries stores to retail to physicians. And the Sarasota automotive service and repair industry hasn’t been given a pass either. Unfortunately, every profession in Sarasota has some bad actors that hurt the reputation of everyone else. On the automotive side, industry associations and professional licensing organizations are very committed to high ethical standards. Yet some people remain uncomfortable with Sarasota automotive service and repair. It may start with the fact that our vehicles are a big investment and we rely on them for so much in our lives. That alone guarantees our attention. And how well we understand the recommendations really impacts our comfort level. If we understand what’s recommended and the benefits of taking care of the work – and the pitfalls of putting it off – we’ll have more trust in the recommendation ... read more

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PCV Valve Replacement

The energy from exploding fuel is what powers your engine. But some of the vapors from the explosions escape into the lower part of the engine, called the crankcase. The crankcase is where your engine oil hangs out. These gases are about 70% unburned fuel. If the gases were allowed to stay in the crankcase, they would quickly contaminate the oil and turn it to sludge. Sludge is one of the biggest enemies of your engine, clogging it up, eventually leading to expensive failures. Also, the pressure build up would cause seals and gaskets to blow out. Therefore, these gases need to be vented out. Gasoline engines used to simply have a hose that let the poisonous fumes vent out into the air. In 1963, the federal government required gas engines to have a special one-way valve installed to help reduce dangerous emissions. Diesel engines are not required to have these valves. The positive crankcase ventilation, or PCV, valve routes crankcase gases through a hose and back into the air intake s ... read more

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