Auto Maintenance

Video: Maintaining a Turbocharged Vehicle

Posted on February 01, 2019 by James Florence

SONOMA — Host, Sarah Rutan: If your car has a turbocharged engine, it’s important to understand how this feature affects maintenance needs. Today we’re in Sonoma with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Bo Posey of Metric Motors to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Bo Posey: With the trend of the industry going more and more vehicles being turbocharged, maintenance is extremely important. Turbochargers add more air to the engine, which enables more fuel to be put in, which makes a smaller engine be able to be more powerful and more fuel-efficient. With that being said, the maintenance on those is very, very important. Those turbochargers create a lot of heat and upwards of two hundred thousand RPMs. Read more

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Turbocharged Engines: What You Need to Know

Posted on January 31, 2019 by James Florence

SONOMA — In recent years, more and more vehicle manufacturers are incorporating turbocharger technology into their engine designs. A turbocharger utilizes exhaust gas to pressurize the air inside the engine, which enables the engine to take in more fuel. With the smaller size of today’s vehicle engines, turbochargers provide a great way to maximize power and fuel efficiency.

However, with this increased power and efficiency comes an increased need for maintenance. Since turbochargers spin at up to 200,000 RPMs, if they don’t have enough oil for lubrication, they’ll fail quickly, which will result in costly repairs. For this reason, I suggest keeping up with factory-recommended maintenance and regular oil changes. In general, it’s better to have your oil changed earlier than later, Read more

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The Other Reason Oil Changes Are Important

Posted on November 16, 2018 by James Florence

FREMONT — Most vehicle owners know (or are at least somewhat aware) that engine oil changes are important, but few understand the actual extent of their importance. Many people think it’s just something you’re supposed to do, but they don’t really know why—which might explain why they don’t take it seriously. The reality is that oil change appointments are important, but their importance goes beyond the basics of the job.

First of all, oil changes are crucial for the healthy functioning of a vehicle’s engine. That’s because engines depend on oil to lubricate their many moving parts. Over time, engine oil gets dirty, which makes it less effective at its job. Furthermore, oil can start to run low if it’s not changed and refilled. Read more

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Video: A Secondary Benefit of Oil Changes

Posted on November 16, 2018 by James Florence

FREMONT — Host, Sarah Rutan: Oil changes are crucial for vehicle health, but few realize the secondary benefit this maintenance task provides. Today we’re in Fremont with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ron McLeod of ASAP Automotive to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Ron McLeod: Hi. I want to explain the importance of an oil change. And oil change isn’t just an oil change, it’s a full visual inspection, checking the wipers, checking the lights, checking the tires. A lot of people think that you go in and you have an oil change just because it’s something that the manufacturer or somebody else is recommending you have done. But it’s actually a very important thing to have done. Read more

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Video: Brake Rotors: Resurface or Replace?

Posted on October 10, 2018 by James Florence

FREMONT — Host, Sarah Rutan: When having your brake pads replaced, one decision you may need to make is whether to resurface or replace your rotors. Today we’re in Fremont with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Eduardo Porta of Fremont Foreign Auto to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Eduardo Porta: We’re here today to talk about brakes on the cars of 2004 or newer, that’s include Japanese, domestics and Germany cars. Do not turn or resurface rotors. And the reason is, is that you put in new pads and reusing the rotors or you turn the rotors, six months later you still have new brakes and you coming to a stop and you have a pulsation problem. Read more

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Why You Shouldn’t Resurface Your Brake Rotors

Posted on October 10, 2018 by James Florence

FREMONT — Whether you drive an older or newer car, whether it’s a foreign or domestic model, there’s one thing you shouldn’t waste your money on: resurfacing your brake rotors. Resurfacing is a method for restoring and extending the operating lifespan of rotors that are still in reasonably good condition at the time of brake pad replacement. While this may sound like a good idea, it’s usually more trouble than it’s worth.

It’s not uncommon for problems to arise with resurfaced rotors. For example, within six months of having your brake pads replaced and the rotors resurfaced, you may start to have pulsation issues when coming to a stop. You shouldn’t have to deal with this kind of issue so soon after having your brake pads replaced. Read more

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Video: Rethinking Synthetic Oil Change Intervals

Posted on May 30, 2018 by James Florence

FREMONT — Host, Sarah Rutan: Many high-end car manufacturers now recommend a 10,000-mile oil change interval, but is this really a good idea? Today we’re in Fremont with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Eduardo Porta of Fremont Foreign Auto to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Eduardo Porta: I have a tip for you. Whether you’re my customer or not my customer, it’s: An oil change today, it’s a big deal. All these newer cars, since 2008 and newer, require synthetic oil. And the manufacturers are telling the people out there to do an oil change every 10,000 miles. So wrong!

Companies from the oil companies recommend that the synthetic oil is being changed every 7,500. Read more

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