Medford Automotive Service Center http://medfordautomotive.com Medford Automotive | Auto Repair Service Maintenance Diagnostic Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:40:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 Battery Basics For Medford http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/04/battery-basics-for-medford/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/04/battery-basics-for-medford/#respond Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:40:37 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/?p=990 It’s important for Medford car owners to know battery basics. First, let’s talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold Oregon weather. Most Medford car owners think it’s cold weather because that’s when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold Car engine. However, heat does...

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It’s important for Medford car owners to know battery basics. First, let’s talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold Oregon weather. Most Medford car owners think it’s cold weather because that’s when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold Car engine.

However, heat does more damage to a battery than cold. Truth is, our batteries start to die a little from day one. Keeping a full charge slows the process, which is hard with short Medford trips because the alternator doesn’t have time to fully recharge the battery from starting the engine. Medford car owners can top off the charge with a computer controlled battery charger – say, once a month in the Oregon summer and every three months during the winter.

As far as how long a battery will last, statistics show that 70% have given up the ghost within four years. By that time, they aren’t capable of taking a full charge like they used to, and your Car alternator has to work overtime to keep up. This causes your alternator to wear out early.

If you’re pushing 4 to 5 years on your battery, see your honest Medford Automotive technician for a battery test to see if it’s recommended to replace it. Not only can you avoid getting stranded with a dead battery, but you’ll save unnecessary wear and tear on your Car alternator.

Give us a call

Medford Automotive
541-664-3860
4642 Table Rock Rd.
Medford, Oregon 97502

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A New Battery In Medford http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/04/a-new-battery-in-medford/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/04/a-new-battery-in-medford/#respond Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:20:30 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/04/a-new-battery-in-medford Hello Medford drivers, let’s talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in Medford, here’s some auto advice to help you. There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a new battery: cold cranking amps and reserve...

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Hello Medford drivers, let’s talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in Medford, here’s some auto advice to help you.

There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a new battery: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity. The power required to start a cold engine is measured in cold cranking amps. The number you need is determined by what kind of vehicle you drive and where you live. In general, higher-cylinder engines require more cold cranking amps than lower-cylinder engines. In other words, an eight-cylinder engine needs more cold cranking amps than a six-cylinder one. Also, diesel engines require more cold cranking amps than gasoline engines.

The Medford weather also determines the number of cold cranking amps you need. The colder the Car engine, the more power it takes to get it started. Also, cold Oregon weather reduces the electrical efficiency of the battery, which reduces the amount of energy available in the battery to start the engine. Thus, in freezing temperatures, you need more power to start an engine, but you have less power available to get it started.

So if you live in a cold climate, or in an area in Oregon where winters can get really chilly, it is important to have a battery with more cold cranking amps than if you live in a more mild or warmer climate.

The battery that was installed in your Car at the factory may not have the appropriate number of cold cranking amps for your area. It is important to check the manufacturer’s recommendations and get at least that number of cold cranking amps, but you may want to upgrade if you live in a colder climate.

Reserve capacity is the number of minutes your battery can maintain essential functions in your Car without being recharged. There are two things that affect reserve capacity. The first is referred to as parasitic drain. Your Car has power systems that must be kept running while the engine is off. These may include the security system, the remote start systems, and any computer systems. The number and power requirements of these systems has greatly increased over the last few decades. As a result, the need for reserve capacity in vehicles’ batteries has also increased. Very short trips around Medford and Central Point do not allow a vehicle’s battery to recover the energy that was used to start the car. So these trips require reserve capacity as well.

Again, the reserve capacity in the battery installed at the factory may not be what you need for your Medford lifestyle and driving habits. Again, use the manufacturer’s recommendation as a minimum, but consider upgrading if your Car has a lot of parasitic power drain or if you frequently make very short trips around Medford.

Your honest service advisor at Medford Automotive in Medford can help you choose an appropriate battery for your vehicle and your lifestyle. If you need extra power owing to cold weather or a need for more reserve capacity, you may want to choose a heavy-duty battery. Just make sure it fits into your Car. An oversized battery may give you the power you need, but it’s a serious safety hazard if the terminals come into contact with other parts of the vehicle.

Car batteries aren’t cheap in Medford, so you may want to consider the warranty when purchasing. Pro-rated warranties will give you credit for a portion of the battery if the battery fails during the warranty period. The amount of credit will depend on how long the battery lasted. A free replacement warranty will replace your battery if it fails during the warranty period. Before you purchase a battery, make sure you know what you are buying.

Keep in mind that preventive maintenance and good car care can extend the life of your battery. Judicious use of electric gadgets and good driving habits is essential and can help you get the most out of your battery.

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Maintaining Your Older Car In Medford Oregon http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/04/maintaining-your-older-car-in-medford-oregon/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/04/maintaining-your-older-car-in-medford-oregon/#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:27:48 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/04/maintaining-your-older-car-in-medford-oregon The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in Medford Oregon: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the Medford Oregon motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car. Because new cars are more...

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The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in Medford Oregon: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the Medford Oregon motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car.

Because new cars are more expensive, people in the Medford area are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in Medford have more than 75,000 miles. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today’s cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on goin’.

Give Medford Automotive a call to schedule your next maintenance.
4642 Table Rock Rd.
Medford, Oregon 97502
541-664-3860

Some owner’s manuals don’t specify service requirements at higher mileage. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to be done. In fact, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of routine maintenance for cars with more than 75,000 miles.

First, just extend regular service intervals out: for instance a service that’s recommended every 15,000 miles should be performed at 15,000, 30,000, 45,000 and 60,000 miles, and so on. Because of the additional stress older engines experience, the severe service maintenance schedule is more appropriate than the regular schedule – ask your service advisor. Watch for leaks – seals and gaskets dry out over time and don’t hold the fluids as well as they used to.

It’s also time to make sure you have a good Medford Oregon technician. There are some services and replacements that are scheduled after you put on some clicks, like timing belts, valve train adjustments, suspension, anti-lock brake service, air bags, etc. And unexpected repairs down the road are just par for the course. Check for unusual sounds, smells or the way your car feels. These could be hints that trouble’s brewing. Better to catch it early before it turns into a costly repair.

And a regular wash and wax will help maintain your car’s appearance. One of the things you can do to really help your high mileage vehicle is to begin using high mileage formulation fluids. There are special engine oils, coolants, and transmission and power steering fluids that are formulated for cars that have a few clicks on the old odometer.

High mileage oil is designed to condition seals and gaskets, reduce wear and avoid premature burn off. Older engines are dirtier inside – and dirty engines contaminate their oil faster. High mileage oil has special additives that clean the engine, removing sludge deposits over time. The result is less stress on the engine, better fuel economy and excellent wear protection.

Studies have even shown that using high mileage fluids early will actually prevent some of the problems of high mileage vehicles. So once you hit around 50,000 miles, consider stepping up to high mileage formulations. High mileage fluids cost a bit more than standard fluids because of the additional additives, but they can be worth their weight in gold in terms of preventing repair costs down the road. It does cost more to properly maintain a higher mileage vehicle – but it’s way cheaper than a new car payment!

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The Medford Automotive Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/04/the-medford-automotive-guide-to-saving-fuel-car-weight/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/04/the-medford-automotive-guide-to-saving-fuel-car-weight/#respond Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:14:56 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/04/the-medford-automotive-guide-to-saving-fuel-car-weight The team at Medford Automotive in Medford and Oregon car owners are all talking gas mileage right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Medford motorists want to save the environment and their pocketbooks. And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize gas mileage. But is there something more Medford drivers can do?...

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The team at Medford Automotive in Medford and Oregon car owners are all talking gas mileage right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Medford motorists want to save the environment and their pocketbooks.

And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize gas mileage. But is there something more Medford drivers can do? After all, some of us Medford folks can’t cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.

Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get from Medford to Central Point. And that means buying more gas in Medford and producing more emissions.

Of course, your Car’s weight isn’t negotiable. And you can’t do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn’t an article about diet and exercise.

But look around your Car. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight around Oregon? Do you really need your golf clubs every time you leave your Medford home? Store sports equipment in the garage. Load it when you need it and store it when you don’t. Who knows? The extra exercise just might reduce the other type of weight in your vehicle.

The same goes for anything else in your car: make-up kits, music collections, extra electronics, spare clothing; whatever your particular extras may be. Pack it when you need it; store it when you don’t.

Clean out your Medford. You’d be surprised how much weight you’re lugging around Medford in plain old junk. Toss old papers, leftover food, and regular old dirt. Even if it’s not a lot of weight, you’ll feel better when you get into your car. A good cleaning is also part of good car care.

Now, don’t toss stuff you really do need. You do need that spare tire—the one in your trunk. And a kit of emergency essentials is not a bad idea. But just carry around the day-to-day essentials. You can pack a more extensive kit and store it in your garage, then toss it in your Medford when you go on a longer trip, but you don’t have to lug it around all the time. After all, are you a driver? Or are you a junk chauffeur?

Lose the junk and save some money in Medford
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Looking Down the Road – Headlamps http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/looking-down-the-road-headlamps/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/looking-down-the-road-headlamps/#respond Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:48:39 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/looking-down-the-road-headlamps If you’ve ever been driving around Medford and had a headlamp go out, you’ve probably just wanted to replace the bad bulb. If your car uses halogen headlamps, they dim over time. So if you just put in one, they won’t have the same brightness which can be distracting and will affect your field of...

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If you’ve ever been driving around Medford and had a headlamp go out, you’ve probably just wanted to replace the bad bulb. If your car uses halogen headlamps, they dim over time. So if you just put in one, they won’t have the same brightness which can be distracting and will affect your field of vision.

To have your headlights inspected, visit us at Medford Automotive. We’re at 4642 Table Rock Rd. in Medford, Oregon 97502. Or give us a call at 541-664-3860

Experts in Medford recommend replacing your halogen headlamps every year. It’s easy to remember if you do it when daylight savings time changes in the fall. That way you’ll have bright headlamps for those long Medford winter nights.

There are other types of headlamps in addition to halogen. There are the old standard bulbs that have been around for decades. These are OK, but you can usually upgrade to halogen. They cost a little more but you can’t believe the difference. If you do a lot of night driving you might want to use a premium halogen bulb that filters out the yellow hues and give a very white light that’s a lot like daylight.

You may have noticed those bluish headlights on luxury cars. They are high intensity discharge or, HID lamps. They really light up the road. You can upgrade to HID on some vehicles. These cost quite a bit, but they’ll last for the life of your car. If you want your Medford friends to think you have HIDs, you can get halogens with a bluish tint – no one needs to know.

Seriously, though, night driving is all about reaction time – time to stop – time to get out of the way. You can’t react to what you can’t see. You need headlamps that’ll give you a good view down the road and good peripheral vision as well. And your headlights need to be aimed correctly so you can see and also, to keep your lights from shining off into on-coming traffic.

You may have seen older vehicles with headlights that are awfully dim and maybe even yellow. That’s because the plastic headlight lenses have gotten cloudy and yellowed with age. They can be replaced, but many Medford service centers offer a service to restore the lens that’s a lot cheaper.

You can’t drive if you can’t see. AAA reports that nine out of ten vehicles have dirty or yellowed headlamps. So run the window squeegee over your headlights when you gas up to clear the dirt and bugs. Get your lenses restored if they need it and don’t forget to replace your standard or halogen bulbs every fall.

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Medford Automotive Engine Air Filter Replacement http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/medford-automotive-engine-air-filter-replacement/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/medford-automotive-engine-air-filter-replacement/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:48:24 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/medford-automotive-engine-air-filter-replacement When your experienced Medford Automotive tech technician changes your oil, he will also inspect your air filter. You shouldn’t need a new filter at every oil change, but you will need to change it regularly. Heed your service specialist’s auto advice if they tell you to change your filter. It’s not costly, and it makes...

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When your experienced Medford Automotive tech technician changes your oil, he will also inspect your air filter. You shouldn’t need a new filter at every oil change, but you will need to change it regularly. Heed your service specialist’s auto advice if they tell you to change your filter. It’s not costly, and it makes a big difference to your Car.

An air filter does what its name implies: it filters stuff out of the air. Air is drawn into your engine through the filter because your engine needs air to burn fuel. If the filter weren’t there, a lot of dust and debris would come into the Car engine with the air. That dust and debris would get hot, burn, and produce all kinds of ash and gumminess that would eventually clog up your engine.

Drop in an air filter and voilá! Problem solved.

But air filters themselves get clogged up with all the junk they clean out of the Medford air. This doesn’t allow the junk into the Car engine, but it does block up the airflow. A blocked airflow will reduce engine efficiency.

An engine needs about 12,000 gallons of air to burn just one gallon of gasoline. Think of a runner. If he is breathing well, he can run well. But if he has a lung condition, he won’t be able to generate the oxygen necessary to keep his cells powered up. He won’t be able to run at peak efficiency.

Or consider a vacuum cleaner. Even without the light, you can tell when the vacuum bag is full because the machine just doesn’t clean anymore. Change the bag and its efficiency immediately improves.

So keep your Car breathing well by keeping its air filter clean. That’s good car care.

Medford motorists who get a charge out of the feeling of power in their engine might consider upgrading their air filter. Talk to your honest Medford Automotive tech. Premium air filters have been proven to increase horsepower and torque. So with the cost of a premium air filter, you can increase the horsepower in your engine — there’s no cheaper way to do that!

It’s also one of the least expensive and simplest elements of vital routine preventive maintenance – and protects against damage to expensive Car electronic systems. No Medford resident should have an excuse to drive around Medford roads and freeways with a dirty air filter.

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Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth In Central Point http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/busted-the-maintenance-free-myth-in-central-point/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/busted-the-maintenance-free-myth-in-central-point/#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:36:08 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/busted-the-maintenance-free-myth-in-central-point There’s a segment of the Central Point population that’s not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Mistaken perceptions have crept into the Oregon area over time. Many Central Point 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...

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There’s a segment of the Central Point population that’s not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Mistaken perceptions have crept into the Oregon area over time. Many Central Point 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, Central Point 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.

Eagle Point The Maintenance-Free MythNow, the ignition system in your Car is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as a hundred thousand miles. So tune-ups used to force you in to Medford Automotive for service and while you were there you just took care of whatever else was on the list.

Also, in recent years, a large percentage of new cars in Central Point have been leased. These folks plan on turning the car in after two or three years, so they haven’t focused on the maintenance that helps your car last longer.

Given all that, what’s the benefit to keeping up with factory scheduled maintenance? Well, your Car will perform better and return better fuel economy.

Those benefits pay for themselves as they go along. The big plus is that major repairs are prevented. And these aren’t just repairs that are a long ways off. Modern Car engines are far more sophisticated and have many parts that are in critical need of proper lubrication. Missing just one oil change can allow oil sludge to start forming. Sludge clogs small engine passages, robbing parts of the lubrication they need. An expensive failure could easily occur within two or three years.

And modern engines require more sophisticated fluids. Because of the different types of materials that are used to make auto parts, things like aluminum, plastics and steel, different types of additives are required to protect automotive components from corrosion. These additives deplete with time as well as with use.

For example, your Car engine coolant could actually become so corrosive that it eats holes in your radiator or other cooling system parts. Of course, that could lead to massive engine damage, all for the want of replacing the coolant on schedule.

Taking care of the little things now prevents big problems later. At Medford Automotive, we have been taking care of all those little things for 7 years. Your Car still needs to be taken care of – it’s just that some of those points of care have changed with automotive advancements. The need for proper maintenance in Central Point did not go away.

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Timing Belt http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/timing-belt/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/timing-belt/#respond Tue, 10 Mar 2015 23:40:08 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/timing-belt Ever heard the sad tale of a staggeringly costly repair bill from a broken timing belt? Bad news. Let’s Medford auto owners take a lesson from their woes and remember to think about our essential timing belt. First, let’s review what a timing belt does. The top part of the engine, over the cylinders is...

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Ever heard the sad tale of a staggeringly costly repair bill from a broken timing belt? Bad news. Let’s Medford auto owners take a lesson from their woes and remember to think about our essential timing belt.

First, let’s review what a timing belt does. The top part of the engine, over the cylinders is called the cylinder head. The head contains the valves. There’s at least one valve that lets the fresh air into the cylinder. This air, mixed with fuel, burns to create power. Then another valve or two open to allow the exhaust out of the engine. Each cylinder has 2 to 4 valves – that’s 12 to 24 valves for a V-6, up to 32 values on a V-8. The opening and closing of the valves is done by a camshaft. The timing belt uses the rotation of the engine to drive the camshaft which opens and close the valves. It’s called a timing belt because it has to be adjusted to rotate the camshaft to keep proper time with the engine so that everything’s in sync.

The timing belt is a toothed rubber belt . But some cars use a timing chain or timing gears instead of a belt. Timing chains and gears are much more durable, but car makers are using belts more because they are quieter – and cheaper. If you have a small or mid-sized passenger car, crossover or mini-van, chances are you have a timing belt.

Unfortunately, timing belts fail without any warning. That shuts Medford auto owners down right away. Your Medford Automotive service advisor can inspect your timing belt and look for cracks and looseness. But getting to the belt to take a look can be almost as much work as changing it on some cars. That’s why auto makers recommend replacing the belt from time to time. For most vehicles it’s from 60,000 to 90,000 miles or 95,000 to a 145,000 kilometers. If your owners’ manual doesn’t specify an interval ask your honest Medford Automotive service advisor.

One AutoNetTV producer has had two timing belts fail. The first was while he was waiting at a stop light – that costly repair cost several thousand dollars. The second was while driving on the highway – that one cost more than twice as much. Both had the cars out in the shop for three weeks. His cars had what we call “interference engines”, meaning that the valves and pistons are very close to each other. If the timing belt slips even one notch, the pistons will slam into the open valves. That’s why our friend’s highway failure was so much more costly – his engine was traveling so fast that the valves were smashed and they chewed up the cylinder head.

A non-interference engine will just shut down if the timing belt breaks. You’re stranded, but the engine doesn’t suffer permanent damage. In both cases, our hapless friend was just a couple oil changes past the recommended interval for changing the timing belt. This is one of those things that Medford motorists just cannot put off. Now replacing a timing belt is not cheap – but repairs for a broken belt can be far more pricey.

The team at Medford Automotive recommends Medford auto owners check their owners’ manual ASAP – especially if you have more than a 60,000 miles or 95,000 kilometers. You may need to get that belt replaced right away. And on many cars, the timing belt drives the water pump. So, it may be a good idea to replace the water pump while you’re at it because 90% of the work required for the new pump is already done with the belt change. Doing both at the same time saves you a lot of money because as they say, “timing’s everything”.

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It’s About Time: Following Service Intervals at Medford Automotive http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/its-about-time-following-service-intervals-at-medford-automotive/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/its-about-time-following-service-intervals-at-medford-automotive/#respond Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:28:06 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/its-about-time-following-service-intervals-at-medford-automotive There are a lot of things in life that Medford residents have to do on a regular basis. We wash dishes every day, do our laundry and mow our lawns every week, and pay the bills every month. We should go to our Medford dentist twice a year and see our doctor for a check-up...

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There are a lot of things in life that Medford residents have to do on a regular basis. We wash dishes every day, do our laundry and mow our lawns every week, and pay the bills every month. We should go to our Medford dentist twice a year and see our doctor for a check-up once a year. When we don’t stay on schedule with these routines, it can lead to embarrassing, painful or expensive consequences.

Scheduled maintenance is also part of good car care. Medford drivers should take their Cars in regularly for a good check-up. But many Medford folks struggle to remember, or actually even ignore, this auto advice. When it comes to our cars, we’re more likely to listen to “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” than “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Yet it is the second adage that is the more applicable one.

Regular brushing treatments prevent cavities. Filling a cavity prevents a more painful and more expensive root canal. In the same way, replacing coolant/antifreeze, for example, vehicle can prevent cooling system leaks. Repairing leaks can prevent engine failure. So why do we procrastinate?

One reason might be that “ignorance is bliss.” We can see dirty dishes on the counter and how long our grass is getting; we can smell how dirty our clothes are; but we don’t notice how dirty our transmission fluid is getting. However, trouble in our Cars is like trouble in our bodies—ignorance is not bliss. High blood pressure can lead to heart damage, and inadequate coolant can lead to engine damage. However, we can’t know about either one unless we take the time for a diagnostic check-up at Medford Automotive in Medford.

Another reason us Medford motorists put off scheduled maintenance for our vehicles may be that we are simply intimidated by automotive care. After all, we understand how to take care of clothing, dishes, lawns, etc. Most of us have a basic working knowledge of our bodies and feel qualified to explain how we feel. But our vehicles? What exactly does routine, preventive maintenance involve? Most Medford drivers don’t know.

Of course, our Cars come with owner’s manuals that do a good job of explaining what routine maintenance is and how often our vehicles need it. But how many Medford drivers actually read them?

The good news is that all Medford drivers have to do is remember to take our vehicles to a reputable, service center like Medford Automotive in Medford. Like a good doctor, your honest Medford Automotive tech will be able to tell you what maintenance and service your car needs and when. The service center can track your car’s maintenance records—just as a doctor maintains your health records—so that your vehicle is getting the service it needs in a timely manner.

Here are some guidelines to help Medford drivers understand the basics of preventive maintenance: Fluids. If it’s a liquid, it has to be replaced regularly. Your owner’s manual will tell you how often. Liquids include oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid and differential fluid. There may be others. Check with your owner’s manual or your service center for specifics on your vehicle.

Tires. They need routine, scheduled care to wear well. Primarily, they need air. But they also need to be rotated, balanced and aligned.

Brakes. Brakes and shock absorbers wear out. There’s no way to avoid it. Worn parts need to be replaced.

Fuel. Obviously your Car needs gas on a regular basis. But the fuel system also needs periodic maintenance. Air filters and fuel filters get dirty and need to be replaced. The fuel system needs to be kept clean.

These are the basics of car maintenance. Of course, there are other parts of your car that need to be inspected regularly, such as the battery, exhaust system, belts, etc. These parts have longer life cycles than your fluids, tires, brakes and filters, and so don’t need to be replaced as often.

If you are taking your Car in for the basics, then your Medford service center will let you know when it is time for an inspection of these other things. Or they may notice a problem when doing routine maintenance and let you know. Either way, you’ll get a heads-up when your vehicle needs more attention.

If you’re not convinced yet that your Car needs regular service, consider this: not doing so will cost you in decreased MPG, lower performance and compromised safety. These could lead to costly repair bills and costly accidents.

Just like a good dental check-up, a good auto check-up at Medford Automotive in Medford can save you from experiencing embarrassing, costly and painful situations.

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Engine Air Filter From Medford Automotive http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/02/engine-air-filter-from-medford-automotive/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/02/engine-air-filter-from-medford-automotive/#respond Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:20:24 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/02/engine-air-filter-from-medford-automotive Many Medford drivers have found themselves in the following situation: they go to get their oil changed and their honest Medford Automotive tech recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don’t know what an air filter is or what it does. If this has happened to you, rest assured that you did...

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Many Medford drivers have found themselves in the following situation: they go to get their oil changed and their honest Medford Automotive tech recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don’t know what an air filter is or what it does.

If this has happened to you, rest assured that you did the right thing by getting a new one. But you should never be too embarrassed to ask your Medford Automotive service specialist for more information. It’s your bucks and you have a right to understand what you’re paying for.

Let’s review: “What does an air filter do??”:

Air is the focus of this discussion. What is the air like outside in Medford right now? Can you see any smog? Is it full of pollen? How about dust? Anyone in Oregon with hay fever can tell you that there’s plenty in the air that you can’t see. Well, the engine air filter’s important job is to clean that air before it goes into your Car engine, to mix with the fuel and be burned. Without an engine air filter, the inside of your Car engine would be extremely dirty from all the gunk that was burned in the cylinders.

In fact, for every gallon of gas you burn, your Car engine needs 12,000 gallons of air. That little filter does a very big job. It’s no wonder that the air filter gets dirty and needs to be replaced. Think about a vacuum cleaner. When the bag gets full of dust and dirt, the vacuum doesn’t clean as well. It can’t move enough air to create good suction. A clogged engine air filter is the same way – the Car engine can’t get enough air to burn the fuel efficiently. That means less power and reduced fuel economy.

That’s why your vehicle manufacturer has recommended that you change your filter at regular intervals. Of course the Medford conditions you drive in will affect how quickly the filter gets dirty. If you drive in Oregon where it’s very dusty or where there’s lots of pollen or pollution, you may need to change the filter sooner. The filter is easy to check visually, so your honest Medford Automotive service advisor can quickly make the call. He might recommend immediate replacement, or simply let you know that it is getting close and that you’ll need to replace it soon – like at your next oil change.

Because a severely dirty Car air filter hurts your gas mileage, many Medford car owners find that a new air filter pays for itself in better gas mileage before the next oil change. They also make premium air filters that have been proven to increase your horsepower and torque. If more power is important to you, a high performance air filter is some of the cheapest horsepower you can buy.

The better your car breathes, the better it runs – kind of like Medford people. And don’t worry – if you have a question or don’t understand a recommendation just ask your Medford Automotive technician.

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Medford, Oregon 97502
541-664-3860

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