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How Often Should I change My Oil?

How Often Should I change My Oil?

What does the SAE Viscosity rating on your Motoroil bottle mean? Viscosity is the oil's resistance to flow or, for the layman, an oil's speed of flow as measured through a device known as a viscometer. The thicker (higher viscosity) of an oil, the slower it will flow. You will see oil viscosity measurement in lube articles stated in kinematic (kv) and absolute (cSt) terms. These are translated into the easier to understand SAE viscosity numbers you see on an oil bottle. A W on a viscosity rating means that the oil’s viscosity has been tested at a Colder temperature. The numbers without the W are tested at 210° F or 100° C which is considered an approximation of engine operating temperature. In other words, a SAE 30 motor oil is the same viscosity as a 10w-30 or 5W-30 at 210° (100° C). The difference occurs when the viscosity is tested at a much colder temperature. For example, 5W-30 motor oil performs like a SAE 5 motor oil would perform at the cold temperature specified ... read more

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Change Oil

How to Drive Smart and Save Money!

How to Drive Smart and Save Money!

How to Drive Smart and Save Money With no end in sight to high gas prices, consumers should take control of how they maintain and drive their vehicle to get more miles per gallon. It is very important for the health and life of your vehicle to maintain schedule services to ensure that your vehicle lives a long and productive life. Whether yours is the latest model or you paid it off years ago, the trick is giving your car the maintenance it was designed to receive. We recommend the following ways to drive smart and save money: Combine errands in one trip. Lighten the load by getting stuff out of the car, including the trunk with the exception of important emergency items. Unnecessary items weigh the vehicle down, causing an increase in gas usage. Stay within the speed limit. Gas mileage usually decreases when going over 65 miles per hour. Avoid aggressive driving. Sudden stops and starts or rapid acceleration decreases your v ... read more

Autovantage Fuel Saver Special

Autovantage Fuel Saver Special

FUEL SAVER SPECIAL! Oh no! Fuel prices are on the rise again! As we battle the prices at the pump, our team of experts at Autovantage Service Center can help your vehicle become more fuel efficient! Our FUEL SAVER SPECIAL will maximize your vehicles fuel economy and performance. This service will include an Oil Service with our synthetic blend oil (up to 5 qts) and high grade filter. We will perform a three part Fuel Induction Service to de-carbonize your engine, fuel system and exhaust. We replace the Engine Air Filter and set your Tires to optimum pressure. We will Rotate & Balance (two) Tires. We will perform a Safety Inspection which will include checking your emission systems, exhaust systems and spark plugs (if accessible). Once your vehicle has been inspected, you will be given a list of our findings. Come in before 3-29-13 and get an additional $5.00 off this offer. Offer expires 4-12-13. ... read more

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Auto Service

Windshield Maintenance for your car

Windshield Maintenance for your car

With money a little tighter, many families who might have jumped onto a plane for a jaunt to places far away are opting for a road trip to visit family and friends or a different region of the country. Driving trips can be fun, what a great chance to get to know your family – probably more than you wanted but indeed an opportunity for bonding. Whether you're looking forward to 7 hours in the car with them or not, you do want everyone to arrive safely. Windshield maintenance is an often overlooked chore. In snowy regions, we know that before we even take a short winter trip, we must have at least a half a tank of windshield washer fluid. Salty, muddy road conditions can affect your vision instantly without good wipers and washers. But in temperate weather, we seem to forget that we need things to be up to snuff. Since in most cases, you'll be traveling to an area you don't frequent, take a minute to check out your needs. If you're caught ... read more

What is an Airbag Fault Indicator Light and Why is it Important?

What is an Airbag Fault Indicator Light and Why is it Important?

The picture represents the Air Bag Fault Indicator Light. If this light stays illimunated after starting your vehicle it indicates that vehicle has found a fault in the airbag system and the computer has set a code. With this light on solid your airbag system may not deploy as it should in case of an emergency. We recommend that you contact us at Autovantage Service Center at 530-823-3456 should this light be on in your vehicle, to have it diagnosed

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Air Bag

Summer is coming, how is your air conditioning

Summer is coming, how is your air conditioning

Summer is coming fast and soon we will reach for the AC button in our vehicles. Below are some common symptoms which will let you know your air conditioning needs servicing. -Wet carpeting on hot, humid days can indicate a clogged air conditioner drain. When the drain is working correctly you'll see water dripping onto the pavement under the vehicle after you park. -A vibration or abnormal noise when the fan is on could indicate debris in the blower fan -A reduced amount of air coming out of the vents, especially if it happens after driving for awhile, might mean the air conditioner's evaporator is freezing up. -A musty or mildew odor when the fan is first turned on, or all the time when the system is running, can indicate that mold or mildew is growing in the evaporator box. As the weather starts to warm up, make sure you take care of your vehicle's air conditioning unit now and it will take care of you in July

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Air conditioning

How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?

How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?

Tire rotation is an important maintenance duty that extends the life of your tires and ensures safe driving. All that parallel parking. All those three-point turns. With each turn of the steering wheel, pressure is brought to bear on the front tires. Resistance causes friction, which in turn produces heat. The result? The front tires wear quicker than the rears. Because of this, it's necessary to rotate the tires front-to-rear multiple times during their life cycle to 1) equalize tread wear and 2) maximize the life of the tires. Tires work differently, depending on their location on your vehicle. Right-side tires have more exposure to curbs and other road hazards; moving them to the other side of the vehicle prevents excessive outside wear. Front tires will show more wear if you are driving a front-drive vehicle. If your car has staggered wheels - the front and rear tires are two different sizes - you can still swap the tires side-to-side, but not front to ... read more

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Auto Repair

What is a timing belt and when should I have it replaced?

What is a timing belt and when should I have it replaced?

We do our best to protect our vehicles and to keep them maintained against all possible problems. However, one of the greatest dangers to high mileage cars is also one of the least well known. The death of many older or high mileage cars is nothing other than a failure of the timing belt. In order to understand what makes the timing belt so important and how we can prevent it from failing, we first need to discuss what it does and what we can expect in the life expectancy of the belt. The timing belt serves a very important part to making your engine run. Namely, the timing belt is the belt that controls the camshafts in your engine and keeps the entire operation running smoothly. Timing belts are essential to keep these camshafts turning at the right time with the crankshaft. A camshaft is the shaft that opens and closes the intake and exhaust valves in your engine and the crankshaft controls the movement of the pistons. A timing belt must be properly calibrated in o ... read more

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Auto Repair

The Check Engine Light Came On

The Check Engine Light Came On

You're driving along in your car or truck and suddenly your dash shows a light to check or service your engine. If you're like most car owners, you have little idea about what that light is trying to tell you or exactly how you should react. Call it the most misunderstood indicator on your dashboard, the "check engine" light can mean many different things, from a loose gas cap to a seriously misfiring engine. "It doesn't mean you have to pull the car over to the side of the road and call a tow truck. It does mean you should get the car checked out as soon as possible," says Dave Cappert of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a Virginia-based organization that tests and certifies auto technicians. Ignore the warning, and you could end up damaging expensive components. It also can be a sign that your car is getting poor fuel economy and emitting higher levels of pollutants. Service is needed. What the Light Means ... read more

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Auto Repair

How Often Should I Change Oil?

How Often Should I Change Oil?

Most automobile manufacturers recommend changing the oil at least once a year or between 3,750 and 7,500 miles (depending on vehicle manufacturer) in passenger car and light truck gasoline engines. However, you'll discover when your read more closely that the once a year, or between 3,750 and 7,500 mile oil change (depending on vehicle manufacturer) is for vehicles that are driven under ideal circumstances. What most of us think of as "normal" driving is actually "severe service" driving. This includes frequent short trips (less than 10 miles, especially during cold weather), stop-and-go traffic driving, driving in dusty conditions (gravel roads, etc.), driving foothill roads and driving at sustained highway speeds during hot weather. For this type of driving, which is actually "severe service" driving, the recommendation is to change the oil every 3,000 miles or six months. For maximum protection, most oil companies say to change the oil every ... read more

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Auto Service
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