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Monthly Archives: July 2014

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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Car Battery Replacement At Dave’s Auto Repair In Sarasota

Hello, welcome to Dave’s Auto Repair. Today’s focus is batteries. It seems like everything in Sarasota runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we’re most concerned with here at Dave’s Auto Repair are those in our customer’s vehicles. Just like the batteries in our smoke detectors or TV remote, car batteries wear out and need to be replaced. There are a couple of things Sarasota drivers should know when looking for a new battery. Look for two measurements that come into play: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity. Let’s start with cold cranking amps. Battery Replacement At Dave’s Auto Repair This can be thought of as the power output used to start a cold Automobile engine. The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live in FL, specifically how cold it is. (Many FL motorists have first-hand experience trying to start their car on a cold winter morning.) The two factors are that the colder your Automobile’s engine is, the more power it takes to ... read more

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Charge It In Sarasota For Extended Battery Life

Here’s an interesting statistic for our friends in Sarasota, FL: Only thirty percent of car batteries make it to forty-eight months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from fifty-one months in extremely cold areas to just thirty months in extremely hot climates. Why is that? It turns out that it’s our modern cars with all their electric accessories that are to blame. Things like, GPS, DVDs, and entertainment computers are keeping car batteries from maintaining a full charge. The longer a battery goes with a low charge, the sooner it’ll die. So you must recharge your battery. This is the job of the alternator. The problem comes when the car’s demand for electricity is high and we are driving in stop and go conditions or short trips around Sarasota or Gulf Gate Estates. The alternator just can’t keep up. The result is shortened battery life. So what can we do to improve our battery’s health? We need to keep the battery as close to a full charge as possible. T ... read more

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Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

No matter how well they’re made, cars are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to Sarasota residents and to fix the affected cars free of charge. The vehicle manufacturer then tries to contact all Sarasota drivers who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their Sarasota service center. To find out if your car has any recall issues, give us a call: Dave’s Auto Repair 4547 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, FL 34233 () These recalls always affect safety, so Sarasota drivers would be wise to take them seriously. It’s really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. Other website include: carfax.com; autobytel.com; and dmv.org. All of these sites have free recall searches. Recalls are pretty serious and don’t happen all that often. But sometimes cars have less serious problems that Sarasota drivers s ... read more

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Hey Sarasota Drivers; What Is The Most Distracting Food?

So what is the most distracting food to have in the car while driving around Sarasota? Is it: A Hamburger; Coffee; A Soft Drink or Gummy Bears Well, you may be surprised to learn that all but the gummy bears are in the top ten most distracting foods when you are driving, but if you chose ‘coffee’, then give yourself an extra two points; coffee is the number one food distraction for drivers in Sarasota and around the country. Food distractions cause 25 percent of all car accidents; over a million and a half each year! You’ll notice that all of the top ten distracting food items are messy. Messy foods are the type of food you might spill (very distracting!), then try to clean up (a safe-driving impossibility!). If you gotta eat on the run, take five-then drive. You’ll thank yourself later for two reasons, one being that you can actually relax for just a moment in our fast-paced world, and the other is that you won’t have to worry about getting that cinnamon roll frosting out of your ... read more

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Hitting The Brakes In Sarasota

Hello Sarasota, let’s talk about brakes. Braking, as all FL auto owners know, is slowing or stopping your vehicle. As you can imagine, brakes are engineered to work well on a particular vehicle application. For example, you would expect more powerful brakes on a heavy-duty pickup that routinely hauls big loads and pulls trailers, than you would on a compact car. And a Corvette that can go over 180 miles per hour would have much different braking needs than the family mini-van you drive around between Sarasota, Sarasota and Sarasota Springs. Hitting The Brakes In Sarasota Springs But the mechanical aspects of the brakes themselves are just one issue. There’s also the power brake pump and brake fluid. And then there are the tires, which are critical to the effectiveness of the brakes. Let’s step back. A new Automobile or truck rolls off a local Sarasota showroom floor. It has brand new brakes with brand new brake pads. The brake lines and pump are filled with fresh fl ... read more

Why People In Sarasota Hesitate to Get their Vehicle Serviced

A recent report stated that over 80 percent of the vehicles on our Sarasota, FL roads have one or more service or repair that’s needed, but hasn’t been taken care of. Now that’s a lot of undone service. That translates into something over 160 million vehicles in the U.S. alone. Some of the neglected items are minor. Others are serious safety concerns. There are several reasons why we hesitate to take care of recommended services; especially services that our Sarasota, FL automotive advisor recommends when we’re in for something else, like an oil change. The first issue boils down to comfort with car care. We don’t always feel we know enough to make good decisions. Some of that can be attributed to the fact that vehicles are so reliable these days. They almost become an appliance. Of course you love your Automobile, but if you don’t have to worry about it breaking down all the time, you’re not forced to think as much about preventive maintenance. Perhaps your dad knew a lot about car ... read more

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Battery Basics For Sarasota

It’s important for Sarasota motorists to know battery basics. First, let’s talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold FL weather. Most Sarasota motorists think it’s cold weather because that’s when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold Automobile engine. However, heat does more damage to a battery than cold. Truth is, our batteries start to die a little from day one. Keeping a full charge slows the process, which is hard with short Sarasota trips because the alternator doesn’t have time to fully recharge the battery from starting the engine. Sarasota motorists can top off the charge with a computer controlled battery charger – say, once a month in the summer and every three months during the winter. As far as how long a battery will last, statistics show that 70% have given up the ghost within four years. By that time, they aren’t capable of taking a full charge like they used to, and your Automobile alternator has to work overtime to keep up. This ... read more

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