Check Engine Light Basics
People have different reactions to the Check Engine Light (CEL) when it
suddenly illuminates for what seems to be no reason. These range from, if I
ignore it, it will go away, to stopping dead in their tracks thinking the car is
going to explode. These days its easy to have the codes read for free at your
local auto parts store or you can purchase an inexpensive code reader to the
job. Keep in mind the codes only give direction in diagnosing and don’t always
indicate what part has failed.
More useless automotive trivia.
1. Toyota is not the only foreign make to win in NASCAR. In 1954, Al Keller
drove a Jaguar to victory during a NASCAR race at the Linden Airport in New
2.There was no 1998 Mazda Miata in the US.
3. VW only sold two Beetles in the USA in 1949
4. 1967 was the first year for dual circuit master cylinders preventing
complete loss of braking if one circuit failed.
5. Chevrolet first produced their small block V8 in 1955.
6. Ford’s Mustang “California Special” was only made one year in
Spring Time A/C Check
Now that the hot weather is very close it’s time to start thinking of your
air conditioning system. Most people think you just turn it on and if it works
your good to go. That’s only part of the story, there is some maintenance that
should be done to ensure the system is at it’s full capacity. First lets take a
quick look at the system itself. Open the hood and take a look at all the hoses
and compressor, is there any trace of oily deposits at hose connections or
anyplace in the system? If so you may have a leak at that point. The refrigerant
in the system carries oil in it to lubricate the compressor, as the refrigerant
leaks out it will leave a tell tail sign in the form of an oily deposit. Check
the condenser to make sure it is clear of dirt and leaves. A blocked condenser
can lead to excessively high, high side pressure, reducing cooling efficiency.
Make sure the compressor drive belt is in good condition and not loose. You may
also want to check the evaporator drain tube for any blockage. A clogged drain
tube can lead to some very wet carpets and a musty smell inside the car. This is
also a great time to check and replace the cabin air filter if your car is
equipped with one. If the system still does not cool properly or not at all it’s
time to check system pressures. Low or no pressure would indicate a low or empty
system. It is extremely important to have the correct type and amount of
refrigerant charge in the system, to little or too much refrigerant will
adversely effect performance. It is highly recommended taking your car to a
trained pro to take care of the recovery and charging of refrigerant. It is
against the law to vent CFC refrigerants into the atmosphere. Remember White
Horse Auto is fully equipped to service you’re A/C system.
Now that Spring is finally here it’s time to give your car it’s Spring
check up. Stop in for a complete vehicle inspection. Make sure all of your cars
vital systems are in good condition and ready for the added driving most of us
do in the nicer months ahead. This is also a great time to treat your car to a
good cleaning, especially the undercarriage. For those of us living in the snow
belt now is the time to remove all remaining traces of road salt to prevent rust
and corrosion. If you are unable to do it yourself look for a carwash that
offers undercarriage cleaning, also make sure all of you body drains in the
doors and fender areas are clear of dirt. Blocked drain holes allow water and
salt to remain trapped in the car’s body causing sever rust. A little maintenance now will go a long way in keeping you car or truck in top condition.
Are you thinking of getting into the classic car hobby but just haven’t
been able to make that big jump into an actual purchase. You have a lot of
questions like, What car is right for me, where do I find the best cars, how
much should I pay? Do I look for a project car or purchase a complete ready to
Here are a few simple steps you can follow to make sure you end up with a
car or project that you will enjoy for years to come. These steps will help you
avoid making common mistakes and winding up with a project that sits for years
untouched in your garage or back yard never to be completed.
Just a reminder that the sale on Hercules Tour 4.0 tires ends 4/1/2014. These tires offer great performance and tread life for a very reasonable cost. Give us a call to see if they are available in your size.
Useless Automotive Trivia
1. Did you know the three points of the star Mercedes-Benz
uses for it’s logo are a representation for the three principle modes of
transportation, which include; land, sea and air.
2. Did you know MG stands for Morris Garage
3. Did you know Audi’sfour circle
logo represents the four companies Wanderer, Audi, Horch and DKW that joined
together to make today's Audi Union, a division of VW.
4. Did you know the Gulf Oil Company was the first to
offer free road maps in 1913.
Tips to help increase your fuel mileage.
1. Weight reduction. Carrying unnecessary weight in your car will increase
fuel consumption, so it’s time to loose the junk in the trunk. Don’t use your
trunk as a storage locker. Only Carrie the minimal items like a jack and spare
tire. Leave the bowling ball collection at home.
2. Reduce aerodynamic drag. Have an unused roof rack or bike rack on your
car? Time to toss it in the garage, wail your at it clean and wax your car, that
will help it slip through the air better.
Make sure your car is ready for the demanding conditions of the Winter. Stop in today and have your car looked over with our Fall Vehicle Inspection. We will inspect and test your battery, coolant, belts, hoses, fluids and check your brakes, suspension and tires. Just $19.95
Did you know one of the best ways to keep your car running it's best and lasting for years to come is to follow your manufacturers maintenance schedule. The best place to find it is your owner's manual. If you don't have one please stop by or call and we can provide you with this valuable information.