Friday, November 28, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Peace Of Mind Warranty

All NAPA AutoCare Center locations are locally owned and operated. NAPA AutoCare is not a franchise, but a high standard in the automotive industry developed by NAPA more than 20 years ago. Because it meets or exceeds NAPA's high standards - and has an outstanding reputation in your community - your local NAPA AutoCare Center can offer exclusive benefits like the NAPA AutoCare Peace of Mind Warranty to its customers.
What are the benefits to you?
  • Included FREE with your qualifying repair or service work.
  • Covers parts and labor on qualifying* repairs and services for 12 months/12,000 miles.
  • That doubles to 24 months/24,000 miles if you use your NAPA AutoCare EasyPay Credit Card (applications available at participating locations).
  • Honored nationwide by thousands of NAPA AutoCare Centers, so you're protected even when you travel

Mechanical Warranty Phone Number: 1-800-452-6272
Collision Warranty Phone Number: 1-800-452-6272
Truck (Heavy Duty) Warranty Phone Number: 1-888-925-5428

* Click here for details on the Peace of Mind Warranty and covered services and repairs

Saturday, November 15, 2014

How to Take Proper Care of Your Transmission

You probably already know that the automatic transmission of your car is one of the most critical components that keeps your vehicle moving forward. And something as intricate as that needs proper maintenance in order for it to keep going for the long haul. Automatic transmissions are a little more complex than its manual counterparts so it needs a little more care than one might expect.
As you should already know automatics rely heavily on transmission fluid in order to keep it running strong. The fluid is critical in that it lubricates and cools the many various components that lie within your vehicle and it is important to maintain that fluid at a reasonable consistency. Old, dirty fluid can cause a number of problems including slipping gears, loss of acceleration, and of course failure. The last thing you want to have is a transmission failure that can cost a whole heap of money to repair let alone replace. The biggest reason why transmissions fail or develop problems is because owners forget to maintain it on a regular basis.
Heat is your worst enemy. Heat is the main cause for short car lifespans and I will explain why. Transmissions rely on fluid to keep it running smoothly. As I have said fluid is what lubricates and cools the many parts in your car. The harder your transmission works the more heat it produces and the more heat it is exposed to causes it to eventually develop problems. When fluid temperatures rise above 215 degrees Fahrenheit varnish forms; higher and seals harden, plates slip, seals and plates burn out, and carbon forms. If fluid temperature rises above 315 degrees Fahrenheit than expect your car to last less than 800 miles. If kept at 175 degrees Fahrenheit than your car will be able to drive over 100,000 miles. See how much difference that makes? Even a 20 degree drop from 220 to 200 degrees in fluid temperature can double the lifespan of your transmission! So of course this is why fluid is critical to the health of your transmission.
Probably one of the most common and most effective ways in prolonging your transmission is by getting a fluid change as recommended by the car manufacturer. Most automotive experts suggest getting a fluid change every 30,000 miles or 2 years, whichever comes first. It really all depends on your driving habits and the type of fluid used though. A fluid change can be done by yourself but it is recommended that you take it into a repair shop where the technicians are knowledgeable in car maintenance. The service is quite simple and consists of dropping the pan to remove the old fluid as well as to inspect for contaminants. The filter gets changed accordingly and fluid is then added to the proper levels. The main reason why you want to bring it into a repair shop is because the technicians will know if there is a problem with the transmission by looking at the old fluid. However a fluid change does not insure that ALL of the old fluid is removed. A lot of fluid can still remain in cooler lines and the torque converter which is why the next method explained is generally a better option.
Another common car maintenance routine is to get a transmission flush. A transmission flush is where all the fluid is removed and the system gets thoroughly cleaned. The process involves connecting a pump to the cooler lines to remove all the old fluid. New fluid is then replaced at the same time so that the old fluid is not able to contaminate the new fluid. A flush is much more effective than a change because ALL of the old fluid is replaced. This allows the new fluid to do a much better job at cooling and lubricating the transmission. Costs for a flush can run a little higher than a fluid change but many say it is well worth it for how much it helps to extend the life of the tranny.
If you are not sure how long or how many miles it has been since you have had a fluid change or a flush then a good way to know when to get your car serviced is by checking the fluid. Automotive experts recommend checking the fluid level and condition every month regardless of whether you are experiencing problems or not. You can find many detailed tutorials online about how to check the fluid but I will give you a quick synopsis about how it is done.
The process goes something like this. For most makes and models the car needs to be running in order to get accurate results. Usually the car is taken for a drive in order to warm up the engine and fluids. Transmission fluid actually expands quite a bit when it is warmed up so checking the fluid while the car is cold can have misleading results. Once the car is warmed up it should be put in park or neutral on a level surface and then the hood needs to be popped. Most cars have a fluid dipstick near the transmission; you can find where it is located in the owner manual. After you have found the dipstick you will want to remove it and wipe it on a clear paper towel or a rag of some kind. This will be where the color and condition is inspected. Normally fluid should be a bright, clear red. A dark red or light brown are okay colors if the fluid has been used for some time but darker colors can mean it needs to be serviced, especially if it is a dark brown. Colors closer to black may mean that your transmission has a problem. Also if the fluid smells burnt then this can also mean that it has problems. If there are metal shavings or large particles floating about then that may mean that the filter has failed to do its job or it may mean bigger problems. To check whether the fluid has oxidized wipe some of it on a paper towel, if it does not spread then this means it has oxidized. If the fluid shows any of those symptoms - dark colors such as brown or black, a burnt smell, large particles or metal shavings, or fluid oxidation -- then it means your car needs to be taken in to be serviced. If everything seems okay then at this point you will want to check the fluid levels. Simply re-insert the dipstick after wiping it down and then remove it again. The fluid should be somewhere between the two marks. If it is below the second mark then you will want to add the specified transmission fluid suggested in the owner manual in small quantities, checking periodically until the levels reach in between the two marks.
If you stay on top of maintenance procedures then your car will last much longer than average. It is vital to take care of your car unless you want to face expensive repairs or the purchase of an entirely new car later on. Be sure to properly maintain your car on a regular basis because it works tirelessly for you, the least you can do is to keep it in good running condition.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

How to Easily Check Your Wiper Blades

It's just one of those things I suppose. It always seems to be something you can put off for another day until you get time...Maybe on the weekend!!.
When it comes to checking over your windshield wiper blades, which of course is something we all do once a week at least, (yeah right) we certainly pay special attention to the most important section of our wiper blades don't we?
I can almost see that blank look on your face from here you know!
This is the problem we all run into with windscreen wipers, where a quick look to see how they are going basically just shows us they are a rubber strip thing which is generally black.
As far as anything else goes, what are we supposed to be looking at that will tell us if they are safe or in decent condition?
And here is the information you need then.
As you know, your windshield wiper system is made up of a couple of metal arms that each hold a sprung metal shoe that clips on to a thin rubber compound blade that sits on top of your windshield.
As your wiper motor is turned on, the arm is oscillated in a manner that allows each arm to drag the rubber wiper blade up the screen and then in reverse it tips the blade the other way and drags it down again. The importance of this drag action is to ensure that the real working part of each blade is the part that operates on your windshield for best streak-free cleaning.
If you look closely at these rubber blades, you need to focus on the lower edge of the blade-part specifically, as this is 99% where your wiper blades either work well or let you down.
Firstly, wiper blades are made from a rubber or silicon compound in order that they don't scratch your windshield during use. So they shouldn't scratch, squeak, shudder or streak.
However, the long bottom edge of the rubber blade itself is actually made with a square cut less than 1mm wide, with clean square 'sharp' corners. As these sharp lengths are dragged at about 45 degrees across the windscreen they quite efficiently scrape away the dirty rain, mud, grit and other road debris that constantly plates your windshield every day, regardless of the weather.
What this debris and soil does is very quickly wear away the sharp edges of your wiper blades and also scratch your windshield itself if not cleaned away by using decent blades and periodic fresh water flushing. Obviously as these edges become ever more rounded they do a better job of smearing your windshield and scratching your glass to provide headlight glare.
So, this is the part you are supposed to be monitoring at least weekly, as well as paying regular attention to the metal (sometimes plastic) shoes and the metal arms to ensure they are rust free.
Of course, although nobody likes the thought of spending upwards of $25 for a set of new blades, both finding them and then physically changing over the old set are probably even more daunting jobs anyway. Of course we all know that wiper blades are designed not to come off cars once they have been in place for a week, aren't they?
However, a little bit of technology is all that is required and the entire trauma of changing over your windscreen wipers can be avoided for as long as a couple of years if you keep an eye on them and treat them well. Then you can have them changed for you during a service.
Weekly I would suggest you wash your windscreen and wiper blades with a mild detergent and fresh water. This will better extend the life of your blades anyway and provide far better value from what you purchase. It will also help your screen remain less scratched.
However, if you really want to save yourself a fortune, help the ecology with around 6 times less waste and save yourself a ton of work and stress changing your wiper blades over, then you need to take a quick look at the link shown below.
Personally I have only ever purchased 3 sets of new blades in more than 40 years of driving, so just think of the cash, ecology value, effort and frustrations benefited.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Oil Change Delay Consequences

First off, an oil change is a procedure that is required for the engine to function well and last longer. All engines require some sort of lubricant or substance that will facilitate better movement in order for it not to have friction and not to generate too much heat. The lubricant is also necessary to minimize the scratching that should occur when there is no smooth, liquid surface that metal to metal surfaces encounter.
After the purchase of a brand new car, the owner is instructed to come back after a certain amount of mileage has been reached or a certain span of time has passed. The reason for this is so that the distributor of the vehicle can do the oil change procedure on the engine and to check on everything.
The procedure basically gets the engine used to the work that it will encounter once it is used. People drive to work, do the grocery, pick up their kids and go for long drives every day, or most of the time. The work that the engine will go through will continue for several years.
Whether we like it or not, the engine will always have metallic residue that will eventually shave off through the continuous movement and friction that occurs in it. Little metal residue or shavings, as well as some burnt oil, will eventually accumulate in the lubricant and darken it. This makes it more viscous and thicker than what it originally was. Thicker oil will not move as freely as it would if it were less viscous. A thick lubricant does not function well and can generate heat. This will overheat the engine, potentially causing it to explode in the worst case scenario, or just crack it when it is too hot already. A cracked or broken engine cannot be fixed anymore. Accidents can happen if the engine stalls or quits in the middle of the road. Oil may drip from the engine and cause large enough spills that can cause slicks on the road.
Factors that Delay
There are several reasonable factors that can delay the changing of the lubricant. Among these, the cost of the procedure can be daunting if the filter is to be changed as well. The cost is actually fairly small especially if you think about what you can save when it comes to repairing the engine due to the damages that happens when it malfunctions due to unchanged lubricants. Another factor that can delay the oil change is the lack of time. People are usually very busy and they often postpone the changing service until the very last minute or up until they sense something is wrong with the engine already. A busy schedule will be even busier if there is no vehicle to bring the owner to and from places.
Another reason for delaying an oil change is ignorance. There is no better word for this type of negligence than ignorance. Many people these days buy vehicles but lack the experience or skill to maintain them. People often have no idea that they need to actually have the car serviced for the changing of the lubricant as well as for other things that help to keep it in good running condition.

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