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Monthly Archives: May 2014

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

Dave’s Auto Repair Celebrates Dads and Grads in June with Great Savings!

At Dave’s Auto Repair, every milestone is a celebration! As we continue to celebrate 37 years of servicing Sarasota, we want to thank all of the dads who have trusted us to keep their cars running so you can make it to the school plays, sporting events and all of the activities that put wear and tear on your car! Use this special auto repair coupon in Sarasota in the month of June and don’t forget to ask for your Free 37 point Inspection so you continue to make the special moments that make memories! And we didn’t forget the grads! We know as you move on to your next goal, it can be hard to find a mechanic you trust with your baby. Dave’s Auto Repair is the trusted name in Sarasota for providing quality service and repairs for over 36 years. If you aren’t sure where to go, come into Dave’s with this special coupon so we can help keep your car on the road as you head for your next destination! And always remember to ask about our loyalty and rewa ... read more

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth In Fruitville

There’s a segment of the Fruitville population that’s not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Mistaken perceptions have crept into the FL area over time. Many Fruitville motorists think the root lies in the fact that modern cars are so reliable. Reliability has improved dramatically in recent years. Quality surveys report fewer problems with new cars than ever before. Back when cars spent more time in the repair shop, Fruitville drivers were more mindful of routine service. Now, it’s much easier to put it off. Take tune-ups for example. In the days of mechanical ignition systems, an engine needed to be tuned-up every couple of years. The ignition points had to be replaced, spark plugs and coils replaced and the timing adjusted. If your engine was out of tune, you knew it. It ran poorly and got bad fuel economy. Sarasota Springs The Maintenance-Free MythNow, the ignition system in your Automobile is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. S ... read more

Differential Service in Sarasota FL – What You Need To Know

Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t know what a differential is – you will in a moment. That fact is that if you drive a car anywhere in Sarasota, FL, you have a differential. Whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, you have a differential. You might even have two or three. As you might guess from the name, a differential’s job is to compensate for differences. Specifically the differences in wheel speed when turning. For instance, imagine taking a corner near your Sarasota, FL home. Your inside wheel has a shorter distance to travel than the outside wheel as you go around the corner. That means that your outside wheel has to turn faster to keep pace with the inside wheel. The differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds while still providing power. Without a differential, our tires would scrub and hop along the pavement during turns. You’ve probably noticed the big bugle in the middle of the rear axle when you’re behind a truck ... read more

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Recommended Service Intervals

Everyone in Sarasota, FL knows we’re supposed to go to the dentist twice a year. We get our teeth cleaned and have a thorough dental inspection. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can’t be seen with the naked eye. When the dentist is done, he tells us what he’s found – “Everything’s fine, see you in six months.” Or “You’ve got a small cavity starting, let’s schedule an appointment to take care of it.” By the time you leave, you have a plan for addressing any necessary repairs. This system works so much better than waiting for a painful problem before going into the dentist. Small problems are fixed before they turn into big problems. And you avoid those huge bills. If we buy into this way of handling our dental care, why do we resist so much when facing the same system for our car care? Dave’s Auto Repair 4547 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, FL 34233 () Following the manufacturer’s recommended intervals can be confusing. First there are recommendations for so many thing ... read more

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Economics of Maintenance For Sarasota Auto Owners

Buying a new car in Sarasota is always a big financial decision. The allure of that new car smell is powerful, to be sure. But what if your current car is still in good shape? How do you decide? People in Sarasota who’ve been used to driving a new car every three to five years may be having second thoughts in this economy. For many, the question is, how does the certainty of a new car payment stack up against uncertain repairs for a car that may be out of warranty? For purposes of our discussion, let’s assume you live right here in Sarasota and have a five year old vehicle. It’s now paid off. If you keep it, you fear that there’ll be some repairs over the next five years, but you really don’t know what to expect. For help we turned to Edmunds.com. Edmunds.com has compiled maintenance and repair information for cars and trucks. With this data, they project likely service and repair costs for a particular make and model. They’re able to use manufacturer’s maintenance schedules and rep ... read more

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