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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Make Your Vehicle Last

We live in such a disposable society. It’s amazing all the stuff we throw away. New stuff comes out so fast, we just toss the old and move on. In the old days people were real sticklers about taking care of their things. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough – they had to do without. Most people couldn’t afford new cars very often, so they had to make them last as long as they could. It’s a good thing that cars are more reliable these days. They just don’t break down as often. And the good news for us FL penny pinchers is that a modern car can easily go 200,000 miles/320,000 km with proper care. The engineering and the manufacturing quality is tremendous. The missing ingredient is us Sarasota car owners making sure we follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedules. Every time you go a couple thousand extra miles between an oil change, you have created an opportunity for sludge to be formed and clog passages. Then some parts don’t get properly lubricated and t ... read more

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Fuel Injector Cleaning At Dave’s Auto Repair

In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your Automobile engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much fuel to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute in every single fuel-injected car driving down Fruitville, Gulf Gate Estates, and Sarasota Springs highways. Fuel Injector Cleaning In Fruitville, Gulf Gate Estates, and Sarasota Springs Most fuel injectors for gas engines are known in the Sarasota automotive community as port fuel injectors because they deliver the fuel to a port just outside the cylinder. The fuel pump provides pressure needed to squirt the right amount of fuel into the engine. A few vehicle manufacturers have recently introduced gas direct injection systems on some engines. They are now available at some Sarasota dealerships. These systems inject the gas directly into the cylinders under very high pressure – many times the pressure of port in ... read more

Fuel Filter Service in Sarasota FL

There are a surprising number of small, inexpensive parts that can lead to expensive engine damage when they fail. It doesn’t seem right. Fortunately a lot of those things can be taken care of in routine maintenance. They may not be easy to remember, because it is a long list, but your service center at Dave’s Auto Repair can help you know what’s scheduled to be taken care of. Some of us in Sarasota, FL really don’t look forward to going in for an oil change and then getting a list of the other things the manufacturer recommends. But automotive maintenance is all about prevention, and addressing small problems before they get big. Let’s take the fuel filter for example. You may not know this but the median age for private vehicles on our Sarasota, FL roads is over nine years. When cars get older, five years or so, they’ve accumulated a lot of dirt and rust in their gas tanks. If that dirt gets into the engine it can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. So somewhere between t ... read more

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Budgeting for Auto Repair Maintenance In Sarasota FL

Life’s full of surprises in Sarasota, FL, some of which cost money. A leaky roof, a broken tooth, or an unexpected car repair. Dave’s Auto Repair of Sarasota, FL have done some research on how we can budget for proper vehicle care. Everyone in Sarasota, FL does our best to budget for scheduled vehicle maintenance. What’s hard is unexpected repairs. The truth is that our vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before with proper maintenance. That’s because of improved vehicle design and manufacturing quality. But some of those same improvements also lead to higher repairs costs. Let’s take the fuel pump. Previous generations were often stranded by the side of the road by vapor lock. This occurred when the gas vaporized between the gas tank and the fuel pump. Fuel just stopped flowing. You had to sit and wait until the car would start again. To alleviate the problem, fuel pumps are now located inside the gas tank. This is a great solution, but when the fuel pump fails, it’s a m ... read more

Water Pump

Your cooling system is very important. It circulates coolant through the radiator and your engine to protect your car from overheating. There are five main components to the cooling system: the radiator the radiator cap the hoses the thermostat and the water pump The water pump’s like the heart of your cooling system, circulating the fluid throughout. It’s a small pump that’s driven by the engine; usually by belt, but sometimes by a chain or gear. The water pump only operates when the engine’s running. Water pump failure is pretty routine. Some start failing at around 40,000 miles, but most fail by 100,000 miles. Consult your owners’ manual or service technician to see what’s recommended. Since a water pump either works or it doesn’t, you need to change it when it fails. Water pumps fail in one of two ways: the bearings fail or they begin to leak. It’s possible to have a leak from a cracked water pump, but it usually leaks at the gasket where it attaches to the engine. So how can y ... read more

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The Right Automotive Fluids For Sarasota Drivers

All those automotive fluids can be confusing for Sarasota drivers. Recent years have brought new grades of engine oil, types of transmission fluid, coolant, and brake fluid. The right fluid protects your vehicle and helps it perform at its best. The wrong fluid won’t work as well for Sarasota drivers and could even cause damage. In addition to new grades of engine oil, many Automobiles now leave the factory with synthetic oil. Sarasota drivers should always use the recommended grade and type of oil in their engine. All coolant, also called antifreeze, used to be green. Now there are several other colors of coolant sold at Dave’s Auto Repair in Sarasota. Each type is designed to protect the cooling system components that are particular to your vehicle. The wrong stuff can void your Automobile cooling system warranty and could even cause engine damage. Most passenger vehicles on Sarasota roads today use either DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5 brake fluid. Your Automobile power brake system is sp ... read more

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PCV Valve Service At Dave’s Auto Repair In Sarasota

Today, we are talking about your PCV valve. The PCV Valve is a little, inexpensive part that does a big job for Sarasota drivers. PCV stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation. The crankcase is the bottom area of the engine that holds the oil. When the Automobile engine’s running, fuel is burned to generate power. Most of the exhaust from combustion goes out through the exhaust system. But some exhaust blows by the pistons and goes into the lower engine, or crankcase. These hot gases are about seventy percent unburned fuel. PCV Valve Service At Dave’s Auto Repair In Sarasota. This can dilute and contaminate the oil, leading to damaging engine oil sludge. It can also cause Automobile engine corrosion, something we see occasionally at Dave’s Auto Repair. At high speeds on Sarasota freeways, the pressure can build up to the point that gaskets and seals start to leak. Back in the old days, car makers simply installed a hose that vented these gases out into the atmosphere. But starting i ... read more

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Differential Service At Dave’s Auto Repair: Vive ala Difference

Every Automobile on FL interstates has a differential, and it is critical to the proper operation of the vehicle, but most Sarasota motorists don’t have a clue what it is. The differential compensates for differing wheel speeds. For example, when you turn, the inside tire on the turn travels a much shorter distance than the outside wheel. So the inside wheel of the Automobile must move at a slower speed than the outside wheel. Without a differential, the wheels would hop and scrape while turning. Differential Service At Dave’s Auto Repair: Vive ala Difference Have you ever seen the large bugle-shaped object in the middle of the rear axle of a truck? That’s the differential. In a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the differential is located on the back axle. Four-wheel drive vehicles and SUV’s have differentials on both the front and the rear axle. You might expect that the differential is located on the front axle of a front-wheel drive vehicle. You’d be right. But the differential is calle ... read more

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Air Conditioning Maintenance At Dave’s Auto Repair

Warm weather or cold, Sarasota drivers still need to think about their Automobile’s air conditioning. Most Sarasota people don’t service their air conditioning until after it fails. At Dave’s Auto Repair, we can advise you on your vehicle manufacturer’s preventive maintenance schedules for air conditioning service, just as we do for transmission service, oil changes and so on. air conditioningMaintaining your air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the Automobile’s air conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system can’t cool the air as well. We see that a lot at Dave’s Auto Repair in Sarasota. The refrigerant also contains a special oil that lubricates air conditioning components, and keeps the seals resilient. Low refrigerant and lubricating oil means that the air conditioning parts will wear out prematurely, and all Sarasota car owners know that air conditioning repairs can be costly. At Dave ... read more

Keep Your Cool In Sarasota

Sarasota drivers rely on their car’s coolant system to keep their engine cool. Coolant (also called antifreeze) mixed with water flows through your Automobile engine and absorbs heat. The mixture then flows out to the radiator where it’s cooled by air flowing over the radiator. From there the coolant/water mix circulates back through the engine to absorb more heat. There’s a reason we mix coolant and water. Water alone actually does a good job transferring heat from the engine. The problem is that water boils at a temperature that’s easily reached inside your Automobile’s engine, so it can turn to steam which does not conduct heat as well and is harder to contain. Also, if it’s freezing outside in Sarasota, the water in your engine could freeze while your vehicle is sitting out in the cold. So, if you remember your Sarasota high school chemistry, you’ll know that a mixture has both a higher boiling point and a lower freezing point than either component alone. Coolant, or antifreeze ... read more

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