Medford Automotive Service Center http://medfordautomotive.com Medford Automotive | Auto Repair Service Maintenance Diagnostic Tue, 12 May 2015 13:13:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 On Board Diagnostics For Your Car http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/05/on-board-diagnostics-for-your-car/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/05/on-board-diagnostics-for-your-car/#respond Tue, 12 May 2015 13:13:45 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/?p=992 Make an appointment with Medford Automotive to have your on board diagnostics analyzed. 4642 Table Rock Rd. Medford, Oregon 97502 541-664-3860 Today we’re going to talk about on-board diagnostics and the questions we hear from folks around Medford Oregon who need answers about diagnostic services. They want to know what diagnostics are, what’s involved and...

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Make an appointment with Medford Automotive to have your on board diagnostics analyzed.
4642 Table Rock Rd.
Medford, Oregon 97502
541-664-3860

Today we’re going to talk about on-board diagnostics and the questions we hear from folks around Medford Oregon who need answers about diagnostic services. They want to know what diagnostics are, what’s involved and what the benefits are. They really want to understand the value of diagnostic scans by a trained technician in Medford Oregon.

These are valid concerns. If you don’t understand something it’s really hard to know its value. Let’s start with some history.

Since 1996, all cars and light trucks in Medford Oregon have been required to use a standardized diagnostic system to help repair technicians determine what’s wrong with your vehicle. The diagnostic system works with the vehicle’s Engine Control Module – the computer that controls many engine functions.

The computer monitors dozens of components and processes. Depending on what the sensors read, the computer will make adjustments to compensate for conditions and minor problems. When there is a condition that it can’t adjust for, the computer will turn on the check engine light.

It is also called the ‘service engine soon’ light on some vehicles. The warning light signals you to get into your Medford Oregon service center so that the trouble code can be read and the problem can be fixed. Your service center will have a scan tool and powerful software that will help the technician diagnose the problem.

If you’ve searched for check engine light on the internet, you may have seen that you can buy an inexpensive scanner or go to an auto parts store to have the trouble code read to tell you exactly what’s wrong.

That’s a common myth. The code itself doesn’t tell you what’s broken. It starts you looking in the right place. It tells you what engine parameter is out of range – but it won’t tell you what’s wrong or how to fix it.

Let’s say you think your daughter has a fever. You take her temperature and it reads one 102 degrees. You’ve confirmed a fever, but you don’t know what’s causing it. Is it a 24 hour flu, an infection, appendicitis or leukemia? A fever is a symptom of all of these medical problems, but it takes a skilled physician’s examination and additional diagnostic tests to find out what is actually causing the fever.

An example of a trouble code could be: P0133, which reads ‘Bank 1 sensor 1 circuit slow response’. This means that the front oxygen sensor has a slow response time to changes in the air-fuel mix. If that’s all you knew about cars, you would think your oxygen sensor was broken and would replace it. Now, it could be the oxygen sensor – but it could also be a bad or contaminated airflow sensor, exhaust leak, electrical problem, an intake manifold leak or any of a number of other things.

You can imagine a lot of oxygen sensors have been replaced because of that code. So the on-board diagnostics point the way to where the trouble lies, but it takes some skill and high-tech equipment to actually pinpoint the problem. The cheap scan tools that a consumer can buy do not have the ability to retrieve some of the operating history that’s stored in the engine control computer. That history’s very helpful in diagnosing the problem. Service centers like Medford Automotive invest a lot of money in high-end diagnostic tools to help solve the mystery and get you back on the road as soon as possible without replacing a lot of parts that don’t need replacing.

So, on-board diagnostics provide a powerful starting place for a highly-trained, well-equipped technician to get to the bottom of your problem. When your check engine light comes on, get it checked at Medford Automotive. If the light burns steady – don’t panic. Get in to Medford Automotive soon to have the engine scanned. A flashing check engine light means that there is a severe engine problem. Get in as soon as you can – waiting too long can lead to very expensive damage.

And try to not drive at high speed or tow or haul heavy loads with a flashing check engine light.

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Maintaining Your Diesel in Medford http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/05/maintaining-your-diesel-in-medford/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/05/maintaining-your-diesel-in-medford/#respond Tue, 05 May 2015 14:19:37 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/?p=991 Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven’t been as common in Medford because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur content and, as a result, we are going to see more Medford car owners driving diesel-fueled vehicles...

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Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven’t been as common in Medford because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur content and, as a result, we are going to see more Medford car owners driving diesel-fueled vehicles on the road, especially in passenger cars and SUV’s.

Diesels are popular in Medford because they get better gas mileage than gas-powered engines. They also last longer. Modern diesel engines are quiet and powerful. And if you associate diesel engines with black smoke, then you’re not up with the times. That smoke is a thing of the past.

Diesels don’t produce any more pollutants than gasoline engines. The pollution standards for diesel-powered vehicles are as strict in Oregon as for other vehicles.

Also, diesel engines can run on bio-diesel fuels as well as fossil fuels. Diesel fuel can be produced from vegetable oil or from cellulosic waste like wood chips and sawdust. In Medford, we may soon see bio-diesel produced from algae. These fuel sources will lessen Medford auto owners’ dependence on fossil fuels and may even become truly renewable and sustainable.

Diesel-powered vehicles perform as well as other passenger vehicles, also. Most Eagle Point people don’t notice a difference in driving one or the other. If you haul heavy loads or tow a trailer in Jacksonville, however, the diesel is a definite improvement.

So, you may be asking, if diesels are so great, why don’t all Medford motorists drive them? Surely there are disadvantages you haven’t told me about. That’s true. Diesel engines are heavier than gas engines, and they cost more in Oregon. The better fuel economy of the diesel engine is partially offset by the higher purchase price.

Because of higher fuel prices, diesel engines used to be more costly to drive in Medford. But now, with higher volatility in the prices of both gasoline and diesel fuel in Oregon, that cost difference is less definitive. Whether a diesel or gas engine is more expensive for Medford auto owners depends now on the current price of fuel in Oregon and how many miles you drive.

Consider also that diesel-powered vehicles have a high resale value in the Medford area, and the costs of owning and operating a diesel vs. a gas-powered vehicle in Oregon becomes a real toss-up.

Preventive auto maintenance for diesel vehicles has also become similar to that of gas-fueled vehicles in recent years. The major difference is that diesels require cleaner fuel, air and oil, so their filters are more expensive in Medford than those for gasoline engines. The engine air filter must be changed more frequently as well.

The costs for car care and repairs in Medford are similar. Wait, you may be thinking, but you just told me that filters are more pricey and have to be changed more regularly. True, but that is offset by the fact that diesel engines have a much longer lifetime than gasoline engines. So if you are the type of owner who prefers to hang on to a vehicle for a long time, you will be more than rewarded with a diesel engine.

So if you have been looking for Medford Automotive auto advice on whether to switch to a diesel vehicle or stay with a gas-powered one, then we hope this helps. The answer as to which type of vehicle is better is that it depends on the Medford driver and their driving habits. Now that you know the facts, you can make an informed choice based on your own priorities and needs.

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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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Medford Battery Service

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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