Medford Automotive Service Center http://medfordautomotive.com Medford Automotive | Auto Repair Service Maintenance Diagnostic Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:29:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Budget For Maintenance in Medford http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/01/budget-for-maintenance-in-medford/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/01/budget-for-maintenance-in-medford/#respond Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:07:28 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/01/budget-for-maintenance-in-medford Sometimes busy Medford residents dream about going back to the “simpler” days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around Medford in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today’s automobiles have significantly reduced the amount of time Medford...

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Sometimes busy Medford residents dream about going back to the “simpler” days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around Medford in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today’s automobiles have significantly reduced the amount of time Medford drivers spend at the side of the road during breakdowns. With proper maintenance, today’s vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before.

Some of those improvements, however, have led to higher repair costs. For example, older cars often broke down from vapor lock. Gas vaporized while traveling from the gas tank to the fuel pump. No gas, no power. The car quits going. The solution was simple — you just sat by the road until the car would start up again. Today’s Medford auto owners would hardly tolerate that kind of inconvenience; and it’s likely that yesterday’s Medford motorists didn’t care much for it, either. So on today’s vehicles, the fuel pump is actually located inside the gas tank. Problem solved. No more vapor lock. The downside is that now it costs a lot more to repair or replace a fuel pump at Medford area auto service centers.

Medford car owners should certainly should be grateful for the improvements in auto design that keep us off the side of the road, but it comes at a price. Car care in Medford is simply more pricey than it used to be. So if you think about it, Oregon car owners can avoid many expensive Car repairs by preventive maintenance. If we plan for maintenance, we can avoid a lot of costly repairs.

Edmunds.com has a great calculator to help you estimate car repair costs. Medford motorists can enter the year, make and model for your vehicle, and the calculator will give you an estimate of what it will cost to service and repair your vehicle for the next five years. It also estimates the costs for depreciation, financing, insurance, taxes and fuel.

These estimates can be used to set up a reasonable budget to manage your car repair and maintenance expenses. Of course, they are just estimates. All Central Point motorists know that life hands out a lot of surprises — some good, some bad, so there’s no way to know exactly what your Car will need. But a good estimate helps you make a good budget, and a good budget is always helpful when it comes to car repairs.

Let’s look at one example. For a 2003 Toyota Camry, here is Edmunds’ estimate for the cost of repairs and maintenance for the next three years (as of the time of this writing):

Yr. 1 Yr. 2  
Yr. 3 
3-Yr. Total  
Maintenance 748    
225      
794     
1767  
Repairs 352      
409 476 1237  
                           Total 1,100 634 1,270 3,004  
Monthly Average 92 53 106 83  

According to this estimate, the owner needs to set aside about $83 a month to defray the costs of car care. That sounds like a lot until you compare it to the payment on a new automobile. And even if car repairs are more expensive than expected, that $83 is going to make the bills a lot less painful.

Just a bit of auto advice from Medford Automotive: If you like new cars and can afford them, then buy them. But if you are buying a new car every few years because you’re afraid of the higher repair costs for older vehicles, then you ought to take a second look at the numbers. You can save a lot of money on car payments and Oregon auto insurance with an older Medford vehicle, and preventive auto maintenance can help you avoid most car repair bills. And if you budget for critical preventive maintenance in Oregon, it can become as routine as a car payment — only a whole lot less pricey!

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Busting Automotive Myths In Medford Oregon http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/01/busting-automotive-myths-in-medford-oregon/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/01/busting-automotive-myths-in-medford-oregon/#respond Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:44:25 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/01/busting-automotive-myths-in-medford-oregon Myths passed around our Medford Oregon community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the Cars of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and...

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Myths passed around our Medford Oregon community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the Cars of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off.

To get the truth about auto myths you hear around the Medford area, come over to Medford Automotive.
You’ll find us at 4642 Table Rock Rd., Medford, Oregon 97502.
Give us a call at 541-664-3860 to make an appointment for your next auto service.

Let’s examine a couple of the more popular rants and look at the truth behind them.

The first one is that the chassis no longer needs lubrication for suspension, steering and the driveline. They declare that anyone who has charged you for lubrication is a charlatan.

The truth on which this myth is based is that many new cars come from the factory with sealed joints and cannot be greased. However, there are still some grease points on many cars around Medford. A grease fitting may have been installed in conjunction with a repair. And most trucks and truck-based SUVs driving in Medford still require chassis lubrication. This is because they are more heavy duty and proper greasing is still required to keep them going.

Another common rant you’ll hear around Medford is that modern cars don’t need tune-ups. That depends on your definition of a ‘tune-up’, which has changed as technology has progressed. Before engine control computers, electronic ignition and fuel injection, a tune up meant replacing mechanical parts that wore out. Medford Automotive would manually adjust fuel and air mix and timing. When these adjustments were off, spark plugs would foul and need to be replaced.

This definition just doesn’t apply to modern vehicles. Service centers like Medford Automotive generally consider a tune-up to be the major service visit, recommended by your manufacturer, every 30,000 miles or so.

Of course you can’t lubricate a sealed joint. Of course you can’t adjust a carburetor if your car doesn’t have one. You probably don’t need to change spark plugs every year if your manufacturer says they can go 30,000 miles. What are these bloggers getting so worked up about?

The danger with these modern-day myths, is that they prevent people in our local Medford community from taking care of the routine preventive auto maintenance that manufactures recommend. Check out this partial list of things you still need to do to take care of your car. How many of them are really any different today than they were 20 or 30 years ago?

Oil change, cooling system service, transmission service, tire balancing, tire rotation, wheel alignment, suspension service, power steering service, proper tire inflation, brake service, differential service, battery maintenance, engine air filer, PCV valve, breather element, fuel filter, belts, hoses, timing belt, windshield wipers . . .

You get the picture. Your Car is still a machine that needs to be maintained. And, hey, your service advisors at Medford Automotive have always adapted to keep pace with automotive technology. Next time you come across an angry voice about your car care, talk to your Medford service advisor at Medford Automotive, or do some research of your own.

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Recommended Medford Service Intervals http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/01/recommended-medford-service-intervals/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/01/recommended-medford-service-intervals/#respond Tue, 13 Jan 2015 20:06:55 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/01/recommended-medford-service-intervals Everyone in Medford, Oregon knows we are advised to go to our Medford dentist twice a year.  Oral-conscious Medford residents have a teeth-cleaning and examination. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can’t be seen with the naked eye. When our dentist is done, he/she tells us what was found –...

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Everyone in Medford, Oregon knows we are advised to go to our Medford dentist twice a year.  Oral-conscious Medford residents have a teeth-cleaning and examination. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can’t be seen with the naked eye. When our dentist is done, he/she tells us what was found – “Everything’s fine, see you in six months.” Or “You’ve got a small cavity starting, let’s schedule an appointment to take care of it.” By the time you leave, you have a plan for addressing any necessary issues.

This system works so much better than waiting for a painful problem before going into the dentist. Small problems are fixed before they turn into big costly problems. And you avoid those huge bills.

If Medford folks understand the wisdom of using this system for handling dental care, why do many resist when facing the same system for our important car maintenance?

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

Following the car maker’s recommended intervals can be confusing. First, there are recommendations for so many things: oil changes, transmission, coolant, air conditioning, power steering, brakes, fuel system, filters, belts, hoses, alignment, rotation, balancing …you get the point.

Every item has a recommended interval and it’s hard for Medford motorists to keep it all straight – even if you’re part of the 1% of the Oregon auto owners that read their owners’ manual.

And if you have more than one Car, the complexity is multiplied. You’d need a computer to keep track of everything. Well, that’s how your service center Medford does it. For example, Medford Automotive subscribes to automotive databases that have your vehicle’s recommended intervals. You may have wondered how they know what else to recommend when you take your car in for an oil change – it’s all in the database.

Well, it’s not all in the computer. There are other variables that can’t be accounted for in the schedule. Things like Medford weather conditions, altitude, and where and how you drive in Oregon. Talk about these things with your honest Medford Automotive technician and you may decide that the severe service schedule in your owner’s manual is more appropriate.

Since anything that’s not expressway driving in moderate Medford weather is considered severe, most of us do at least some of that around Medford, Oregon and it should be taken into account.

Let’s take your basic oil change as an example – what issues are involved? The oil you put in your Car is a blend of base oil and special additives. There are detergents to clean the inside of your Car engine and corrosion inhibitors. A good quality motor oil will not only lubricate your engine, it will help it stay clean inside and run cooler.

Now, these additives deplete with use and time. That’s why most car maker’s maintenance recommendations include both a time and mileage element – like 3 months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first.

It’s easy for Medford car owners to think, “Gee, I’ve only driven 2,000 miles in the last 3 months. I can wait on that oil change.” But you need to remember that the inside of your engine is a detrimental environment. The oil is contaminated with combustion by-products that starts degrading its effectiveness even when it’s just sitting there.

A lot of people in Medford don’t realize how harmful it is to skip an oil change. There are a lot of dangerous metal parts moving around in your engine. Small bits of metal wear off and are floating around in your oil. They can be carried to more delicate areas of the engine where they cause damage. Your oil filter is designed to trap metal particles and other dirt, but if it’s clogged up because you haven’t changed it, it can’t trap any more.

Oil sludge is another problem for Medford auto owners. Sludge is oil that has turned to a gunky jelly – think ‘Vaseline’. Obviously, sludge doesn’t lubricate. It can also clog small oil passages so that all the parts don’t get properly protected by the oil. That’ll lead to premature wear.

If you’ve missed some oil changes, don’t despair. Just talk with your honest Medford Automotive service specialist. Fess up – you’ll feel better. And he can help you get back on track. Following recommended intervals is the key to keeping your Car on the road and avoiding expensive repairs.

Take a look at the auto tips video in this post for more information.

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What To Do In Case Of An Accident in Medford http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/01/what-to-do-in-case-of-an-accident-in-medford/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/01/what-to-do-in-case-of-an-accident-in-medford/#respond Fri, 09 Jan 2015 22:08:55 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/01/what-to-do-in-case-of-an-accident-in-medford Screeching tires, crunching metal – it’s an accident! If you’ve ever been in a car accident in Medford, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It’s hard to think straight and know what to do. Let’s review what Medford car owners should do in case of an accident: When an accident...

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Screeching tires, crunching metal – it’s an accident! If you’ve ever been in a car accident in Medford, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It’s hard to think straight and know what to do.

Let’s review what Medford car owners should do in case of an accident:

When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Medford is considered a crime – even if it’s not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your Oregon driver’s license or even jail time.

Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other Jacksonville and Eagle Point motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Medford emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.

Medford motorists should always file a police report. It’s tempting for Medford drivers to skip this if everything seems to be ok. But without a police report, the other guy can say whatever he wants about the accident later, and you’ll not have an objective report to help defend yourself. Discuss the accident only with the police. Emotions are strong after an accident and we naturally want to talk about it – don’t. Never admit fault or guilt to anyone including the Medford police officer. Sometimes we may feel at fault, but in the eyes of the law, the other guy is responsible.

Truthfully give the officer the facts: such as “I was going thirty miles an hour” not “I wasn’t speeding”. Remember, anything you say to the officer or anyone else can be used against you. Also get the officer’s name and ID number and ask where you can get a copy of the accident report.

Get the facts on the driver and owner of the other vehicle:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s license number and expiration
  • Insurance information

Also take down a description of the other Medford vehicle, license plate and vehicle identification number. Most Oregon auto insurance companies don’t record license plate numbers, so the VIN number is the best way to track a vehicle in Oregon.

Ask witnesses, including passengers, to wait for the police. If they can’t wait, ask for contact information and request that they write a brief description of what they saw. If someone refuses to leave their name, write down their license plate number so the police can track them down later if necessary. Always call your insurance agent or your insurance company. Call or see a physician if you think you may have been injured. For vehicle repairs, call Medford Automotive at 541-664-3860

Contact Medford Automotive to learn more about what do do in case of an auto accident.
You can find us at:
4642 Table Rock Rd.
Medford, Oregon 97502
Or call us at 541-664-3860

Medford Automotive and AutoNetTV hope that you never have to use this information and wish you happy Medford travels.

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Higher Mileage Service Intervals For Medford http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/01/higher-mileage-service-intervals-for-medford/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/01/higher-mileage-service-intervals-for-medford/#respond Fri, 02 Jan 2015 20:47:03 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/01/higher-mileage-service-intervals-for-medford Medford car owners have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers; safety equipment like airbags; and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in Medford but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car in...

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

Because new cars are more expensive, Medford residents are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. 68% of vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles/120,000 kilometers. 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 going.

Some owner’s manuals don’t outline service requirements and schedules at higher mileage. Of course, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to be done. In fact, it’s more important than ever for Medford drivers to stay on top of routine auto maintenance for cars with more than 120,000 miles/190,000 kilometers. Just extend regular service intervals out: for instance a service that’s recommended every 24,000 miles/38,000 kilometers should be performed at 24,000 mi/38,000 km; 48,000 mi/77,000 km; 72,000mi/116,000 km, 96,000 mi/154,000 km; and on and on.

Because of the additional stress older engines experience, the severe service maintenance schedule may be more appropriate than the regular schedule. Watch for leaks – seals and gaskets dry out over time and do not hold the fluids as well as they used to. If you don’t already have one, it is more critical than ever to get a good technician, like any one of the automotive professionals on our team at Medford Automotive. There are some services and replacements that are scheduled after you put some clicks on the odometer, 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 for Medford drivers that trouble is brewing. Better to catch it early before it turns into an expensive repair. Regular wash and wax will help maintain your car’s appearance. One of the things Medford car owners can do to really help a high mileage vehicle is to begin using high mileage formulation fluids. There are special engine oils, coolants, transmission fluids and power steering fluids that are formulated for cars that have higher mileage.

High mileage oil is designed to condition seals and gaskets, reduce wear and avoid premature burn off. Older Car 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. Come into Medford Automotive in Medford for a checkup.

Studies have even shown that using high mileage fluids early will actually prevent some of the problems of high kilometer vehicles. So once you hit around 50,000 mi/80,000 km, consider stepping up to high mileage formulations. The fluids cost a bit more than standard fluids in Medford because of the additional additives, but they can be worth their weight in gold for Medford car owners in terms of preventing pricey repair costs down the road.

It does cost more for motorists to properly maintain a higher mileage vehicle in Medford – but it’s much cheaper than a new car payment!

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Considering an Alternative Fuel Vehicle In Medford? http://medfordautomotive.com/2014/12/considering-an-alternative-fuel-vehicle-in-medford/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2014/12/considering-an-alternative-fuel-vehicle-in-medford/#respond Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:33:55 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2014/12/considering-an-alternative-fuel-vehicle-in-medford There is a clear and vocal demand in Medford and nationally for a reduction in air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. This is what is driving the Oregon market for alternative fuel vehicles. There are a number of these vehicles on Medford area roads today, and many more being developed. Yet each of...

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There is a clear and vocal demand in Medford and nationally for a reduction in air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. This is what is driving the Oregon market for alternative fuel vehicles. There are a number of these vehicles on Medford area roads today, and many more being developed. Yet each of these vehicles has its own advantages and disadvantages. Medford drivers should learn what these advantages and disadvantages are before running out and purchasing one of these alternative fuel vehicles at your nearest Medford dealership.

Medford drivers should carefully research the car care before buying an alternative vehicle, as it may or may not coincide with the standards for gasoline vehicles. You should look at costs and MPG as well: these vehicles may help save our environment here in Medford, but that might not represent a savings to your wallet. You’ll need to decide what you can afford, and what will work for your lifestyle. Also, your choice of vehicle may be affected by what fuels are available in your Medford area. Switching to an alternative fuel vehicle is not a bad decision, but it should be a carefully considered one.

Flex Fuel Vehicles
Flex fuel vehicles can run on gasoline or on a combination of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. Because of the 85% ethanol content, this fuel is commonly called E85 in Oregon.

Ethanol is made from corn. So flex fuel vehicles lessen our dependency on fossil fuels. But they also raise the price of corn, which is a basic foodstuff in some areas of the world. Whether replacing fossil fuels with corn is a good idea is hotly contested right now.

Flex fuel vehicles do have lower harmful exhaust emissions than gasoline-powered vehicles. And in Medford, E85 is usually lower in cost than regular gasoline. When gasoline prices fall in Oregon, however, they can drop below the price of E85. This is to Medford car owners’ advantage, since the vehicle can run on either fuel, but it negates the benefits of lowered exhaust emissions and lower consumption of fossil fuels.

One piece of Medford Automotive auto advice before we move on: do not put E85 into your Car unless it has an engine designed for flex fuels. Because of the high ethanol content in E85, engines need special seals and gaskets to function properly on this fuel. Running an ordinary engine with E85 can lead to gas leaks and fires.

Diesel
Diesel engines are nothing new on Oregon freeways, and many get great fuel economy. Diesel fuel can now be made from vegetable oil and other renewable sources. A diesel fuel made from algae will soon be on the market in Medford.

Natural Gas

Natural gas is less expensive than gasoline in Medford and burns more cleanly. Also, gasoline engines can be adapted to run on compressed natural gas, and many natural gas vehicles are already on Eagle Point roads. You can even install a special pump in your home gas line to use to fuel your vehicle. If you are interested in converting your gasoline engine to run on CNG in Medford, ask your Medford Automotive technician about it.

On the other hand, an engine running on natural gas is not as powerful as one running on gasoline, and it will get lower gas mileage. Also, the tank you need to store natural gas is large—it takes up nearly the entire trunk of your car. Further, refueling stations are still few and far between in some Oregon areas, or even unavailable, in many parts of the country.

Hydrogen
Another alternative fuel that has enjoyed a lot of hype in Medford is the hydrogen cell. The natural appeal is that the only exhaust is water vapor. In other words, hydrogen represents a truly clean-burning fuel. But hydrogen vehicles won’t come into widespread use until refueling stations become widely available here in Medford and around the country.

Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles were all the rage in Oregon some years ago. But their limitations were quickly realized by Medford car owners. These vehicles won’t come into their own until we find ways to improve their batteries. Currently, the cars have a short range before their power runs out, and can only be realistically used close to home. However, they are easy to recharge, since they can be plugged in at home, and there are many researchers working on improving the battery technology in these vehicles. They may yet be the vehicles of the future.

Hybrids
Hybrids have been one of the most successful alternative fuel vehicles here in Medford and throughout the county. A hybrid gets its name because it has both a gas or diesel engine and an electric motor.

There are two types of hybrids. The full-hybrid relies on the electric motor for power, but the gas (or diesel) engine generates power for the battery. Thus, while still consuming fossil fuels, it uses less of them than a standard automobile, and also reduces harmful pollutants. Also, it overcomes the range problem of the strictly electric vehicle.

In a mild hybrid, the electric motor assists the gas or diesel engine in powering the car. Thus, it uses more gasoline or diesel than full hybrids and has higher emissions. But mild hybrids are available in larger body models like full-size pickups and SUV’s.

A Note of Caution about Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
One last note before we leave the subject of alternative fuel vehicles. The battery in an electric or hybrid vehicle is not as tame as the one in a standard vehicle. They carry enough voltage to kill you. These are not do-it-yourself vehicles when it comes to preventive maintenance or car care. Only a trained technician should work under their hoods.

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Medford Automotive Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln http://medfordautomotive.com/2014/12/medford-automotive-tire-safety-washington-vs-lincoln/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2014/12/medford-automotive-tire-safety-washington-vs-lincoln/#respond Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:49:23 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2014/12/medford-automotive-tire-safety-washington-vs-lincoln Welcome to the Medford Automotive automotive blog. Today, let’s talk about the effect of tire tread depth on braking. When talking about stopping power, most Medford and Eagle Point car owners tend to focus on our brakes. But our tires are where the rubber meets the road. So having good brakes isn’t enough. Safe Eagle...

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Welcome to the Medford Automotive automotive blog. Today, let’s talk about the effect of tire tread depth on braking. When talking about stopping power, most Medford and Eagle Point car owners tend to focus on our brakes. But our tires are where the rubber meets the road. So having good brakes isn’t enough. Safe Eagle Point drivers need to have tires with enough traction to translate braking power into stopping power.

Medford Automotive Tire Safety Washington vs. LincolnLet’s focus on stopping in wet Eagle Point conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can’t move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water.

That’s called hydroplaning. If it’s really bad, Eagle Point drivers can actually spin out of control – endangering themselves and the other drivers around them. At best, you won’t stop as fast.

So how does a tire move water? It has channels for water to flow through. Look at your Car tire and you’ll see channels: channels that run around the tire and channels that flow across the tire. They’re designed to direct water away from the tire so it can contact the road better.

And the deeper the channel, the more water it can move. A brand new Medford Automotive tire has very deep channels and can easily move a lot of water. As the tire wears down, the channels become shallower and can move less water. When it wears down enough, it can seriously affect your ability to stop your Car on wet Eagle Point roads.

So that’s why it’s so important for Oregon auto owners to replace their Car tires when they get worn. Consumer Reports and other advocate groups call for a standard of 3/32 of an inch and they have the studies to prove it.

By comparison, you’ve probably seen the wear indicator that’s molded into tires. When tires are worn 3/32 of an inch, the tread wear bar is visible. So the recommended standard has twice the tread depth as a completely bald Car tire.

At Medford Automotive, we want our customers to know that the deeper recommended tread depth makes a big difference. Stopping distances are cut dramatically on wet Eagle Point interstate. A safe stop from Oregon expressway speeds with 4/32 of an inch of tread would result in a crash with worn out tires.

There’s an easy way to tell when a tire’s worn to 4/32 of an inch. Just insert a quarter into the tread. Put it in upside down. If the tread doesn’t cover George Washington’s hairline, it’s time to replace your Car tires. With a Canadian quarter, the tread should cover the numbers in the year stamp.

Many Eagle Point motorists have heard of this technique using a penny and Abe Lincoln’s head – the old method. That measure gives you 2/32 of an inch – half the suggested amount. Of course, Car tires are a major purchase. Most of us in Eagle Point want to get as many miles out of them as we can. But there’s a real safety trade-off. It’s your choice.

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Cool Breeze: Air Conditioning Service At Medford Automotive In Medford http://medfordautomotive.com/2014/12/cool-breeze-air-conditioning-service-at-medford-automotive-in-medford/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2014/12/cool-breeze-air-conditioning-service-at-medford-automotive-in-medford/#respond Tue, 09 Dec 2014 14:11:42 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2014/12/cool-breeze-air-conditioning-service-at-medford-automotive-in-medford Your browser does not support video Most Oregon motorists know that their vehicles need regular preventive maintenance like changing the oil and filters, rotating the tires and refilling the washer fluid. But did you know that your air conditioning system needs routine maintenance as well? Taking care of your air conditioning system can extend its...

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Most Oregon motorists know that their vehicles need regular preventive maintenance like changing the oil and filters, rotating the tires and refilling the washer fluid. But did you know that your air conditioning system needs routine maintenance as well? Taking care of your air conditioning system can extend its life and prevent costly repair bills.

Why is it essential for Medford auto owners to get routine maintenance on their air conditioning system? First, the refrigerant contains an added lubricant. As the refrigerant circulates through the air conditioning system, its parts are lubricated. This constant lubrication keeps the parts functioning well. But over time, this lubricant is used up, and without it, the parts will eventually seize up and fail.

Medford folks should understand, however, that the air conditioner will continue to pump out cool air even without the lubricant, so you won’t know the system is sick until it actually dies. So good car care includes regularly checking the refrigerant and lubricant in your Car air conditioning system and replacing it if needed.

The second reason your air conditioning system needs preventive maintenance is that air and water can get into the system. Air, water and the contaminants they contain will reduce the efficiency of the air conditioning system and can cause corrosion of the system’s parts. Keeping the air conditioning system clean is an essential practice and will extend its life and keep you from losing your cool on hot Medford days.

How often should you get a routine car air conditioner inspection? It varies from vehicle to vehicle. Check your owner’s manual for the auto maker’s recommendation.

Here’s a good piece of auto advice for Oregon car owners that will extend the life of their air conditioning systems: You should run your air conditioner in the winter every once in a while. This circulates the refrigerant, which lubricates the seals. That way, they won’t dry out during cold Medford weather.

Your air conditioning system doesn’t just cool the air in your Car; it dries it out as well. So if you have trouble with a foggy windshield, flip on your air conditioning on the defrost setting. You may be surprised at how quickly it takes care of the problem. Of course, some vehicles can’t run the air conditioner and defroster at the same time; you should check your owner’s manual or with the automobile manufacturer if you are uncertain whether this feature works in your car or not.

So, after learning about preventive maintenance for your A/C, you might now be wondering if your air conditioner is in trouble. Two early warning signs of a failing air conditioner are (1) the air just isn’t getting as cold as it used to and (2) there’s a strange noise when the air conditioner turns on. If you notice either of these symptoms in your Car, you should bring it to Medford Automotive in Medford as soon as possible.

Just some good auto advice to keep you cool in Medford and keep you on the road!

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Drive Train – What You Need to Know In Medford http://medfordautomotive.com/2014/12/drive-train-what-you-need-to-know-in-medford/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2014/12/drive-train-what-you-need-to-know-in-medford/#respond Tue, 02 Dec 2014 17:07:20 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2014/12/drive-train-what-you-need-to-know-in-medford One Medford automotive service issue that doesn’t get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don’t get talked about very much around Medford, but they’re very important. First let’s define what the driveline is: Taking a small step back, the power plant is comprised of the engine and transmission. The driveline starts there and includes all of...

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One Medford automotive service issue that doesn’t get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don’t get talked about very much around Medford, but they’re very important. First let’s define what the driveline is:

Taking a small step back, the power plant is comprised of the engine and transmission. The driveline starts there and includes all of the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels.

That’s not really a lot of components, but they handle the full force of the engine. Without the driveline you’re not moving. So Medford auto owners need to take good care of it. The driveline components differ depending on whether your vehicle has front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, all wheel drive or four wheel drive. For purposes of our discussion, we’re going to have to oversimplify a bit.

If you are ready to have your drive train looked at, give us a call:
Medford Automotive
4642 Table Rock Rd.
Medford, Oregon 97502
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Let’s start with front wheel drive. The point where the transmission stops and the driveline begins is a little blurred with front wheel drive because the transaxle houses both the transmission function and the differential function. The half shafts that send power to each front wheel, come out of the transaxle. The shaft is connected to the wheel by a constant velocity, or CV, joint. The CV joint is protected from dirt and water by an airtight, flexible rubber boot.

So, Medford Automotive driveline service would include properly servicing the transaxle and inspecting the cv boot to see if it’s torn or loose. If it is, it needs to be replaced and the CV joint inspected for damage. Repairs may be in order. Besides visual damage to the airtight CV boot, you might hear a clicking noise when turning. Recommended maintenance for the transaxle and CV joints will be spelled out in your owner’s manual or check with your honest Medford Automotive service advisor.

On to rear wheel drive. The driveline for a rear wheel drive vehicle starts with the driveshaft – that long tube that connects the transmission with the differential on the rear axle. Some vehicles in Medford have a two piece drive shaft. The shafts are connected to the transmission and the differential with big universal joints. Most Medford drivers have probably heard the term ‘u-joints‘. These joints can wear out, just like the CV joints in front wheel drive vehicles. You may hear some clunking or feel a jolt when shifting into drive or reverse – if you do, get your driveline inspected at Medford Automotive in Medford.

The differential on the rear axle sends power out to each rear wheel through half shafts in the axle. The differential fluid needs to be drained periodically and replaced with clean fluid. When the seal on the end of the axle is damaged or leaks, the axle will need to be serviced. The routine maintenance item here is differential service. Be sure to check your owner’s manual or Medford service advisor for intervals.

Now let’s go on to all wheel drive. Remember that the difference between all wheel drive and four wheel drive is that an all wheel drive vehicle is essentially providing power to all of the wheels all of the time. The Car may be able to shift more of the power to the front or to the back depending on where you need traction. All wheel drive vehicles are designed to work well on dry pavement. Even some high-end sports cars from makers like Lamborghini and Porsche have all wheel drive.

Some all wheel drive vehicles are designed to work well off-road in Medford, but all hard-core rock crawlers are four wheel drive. These guys thrive in mud, sand, rocks and hills – but they don’t work well on dry pavement when they’re in four wheel drive. So they have the option to shift to rear wheel drive only on dry pavement.

Most all-wheel drive vehicles are very similar to front wheel drive when it comes to the front end. They also have a center differential that transfers power to the rear differential. Connecting it all is a shaft from the transaxle to the center differential and another from the center differential to the rear differential. So all of the normal front wheel drive service is vital as well as service to the center and rear differentials.

Four wheel drive can be thought of as a rear wheel drive vehicle that can also send power to the front axle. There’s a transfer case in the middle of the vehicle that can be shifted to send power through a drive shaft to a differential on the front axle. So Medford auto owners need differential service for the front and rear differentials and for the transfer case as well.

The bottom line for Medford motorists is that the maintenance schedules are in your owner’s manual. Your Medford service advisor can answer any questions you’ve got. If this is the first time you’ve heard some of this stuff – it’s time to ask someone at Medford Automotive if any of it needs to be done now.

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Can Car Scent Keep You Safe On Oregon Roads? http://medfordautomotive.com/2014/11/can-car-scent-keep-you-safe-on-oregon-roads/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2014/11/can-car-scent-keep-you-safe-on-oregon-roads/#respond Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:40:35 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2014/11/can-car-scent-keep-you-safe-on-oregon-roads Here’s a travel tip that’ll I’ll bet you didn’t know, and, it might keep you safer… The average American commuter in Oregon spends two and a half hours daily in their car. The government says a hundred thousand auto accidents yearly are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. (Aggressive driving is the...

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Here’s a travel tip that’ll I’ll bet you didn’t know, and, it might keep you safer…

The average American commuter in Oregon spends two and a half hours daily in their car.

The government says a hundred thousand auto accidents yearly are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. (Aggressive driving is the number one traffic safety concern.)

So what does this have to do with how your car smells while you’re driving around Oregon?

Well, which scent did you think makes drivers more alert?

Is it:

  • A. Strawberry
  • B. New Car
  • C. Pine
  • D. Warm Vanilla Breeze

It’s C. Drivers are more alert and have less fatigue with pine scent in the car, according to AroMetrics.

And, drivers were less angry with overall improved driving performance with strawberry and pine scents.

And you thought they just smelled nice.

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

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