Medford Automotive Service Center http://medfordautomotive.com Medford Automotive | Auto Repair Service Maintenance Diagnostic Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:38:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Shake It Up in Medford!: Why Wheel Balancing http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/07/shake-it-up-in-medford-why-wheel-balancing/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/07/shake-it-up-in-medford-why-wheel-balancing/#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:38:36 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/?p=1005 Our vehicles are not massage chairs. While we may enjoy a good vibration in an overstuffed recliner, us Medford drivers generally want as smooth a ride as possible in our vehicles. One way to achieve this is to keep a vehicle’s wheels in balance. When a tire is mounted onto a wheel, it is usually...

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Our vehicles are not massage chairs. While we may enjoy a good vibration in an overstuffed recliner, us Medford drivers generally want as smooth a ride as possible in our vehicles. One way to achieve this is to keep a vehicle’s wheels in balance.

When a tire is mounted onto a wheel, it is usually out of balance. This means that as the wheel spins, there is a slight wobble to the path of the tire. For best handling performance and safety on the road, Medford drivers want to minimize this wobble as much as possible. So we balance our tires. To balance a tire, your honest Medford Automotive service specialist spins it on a machine or drum to determine where it is off-balance. He then attaches weights that counter-balance the uneven weight. Most Medford motorists are surprised at how much balancing improves the smoothness of their ride.

High-quality tires generally hold their balance well. But over time, wear and tear take their toll and tires can become unbalanced. Medford motorists can tell when a front tire is unbalanced if they feel a vibration in the steering wheel. If a back tire is unbalanced, you’ll feel a vibration in your seat. You may not notice these vibrations until they get fairly serious — or until someone else drives your Car — because they usually develop slowly. If a vibration starts abruptly, it usually means you’ve lost a balancing weight.

The average tire rotates at about 850 revolutions per minute at 60 mph. When a tire is out of balance, it actually hops down the expressway, rather than rolling. So at 60 mph it is slamming into the pavement 14 times a second. That’s what creates the harmful vibration. When Medford auto owners’ tires are out of balance, they wear out more quickly. The lack of balance also causes extra wear on shocks, struts, steering components and critical suspension parts.

Getting a balance job at Medford Automotive in Medford can prevent pricey repair bills and even an accident. It will improve the safety of your Car as well as its handling performance, and it will improve your fuel efficiency. When you change your rims or get a flat repaired at Medford Automotive, you’ll need to get your tires balanced as well. When you rotate your tires, you may want to have them balanced as well.

Some Medford vehicle owners, however, only balance their wheels every other rotation. You can check your owner’s manual to see what the recommends for your Car. Balancing your tires is part of important preventive maintenance. It keeps your vehicle in good repair and prevents damage to many of its components, including some costly ones. So practice good car care and make it a point to keep your tires balanced. It’s quality auto advice from Medford Automotive. Massages chairs may vibrate away our worries, but unbalanced tires will just rattle Medford drivers’ nerves.

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Custom Wheels and Tires For Your Medford Ride http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/07/custom-wheels-and-tires-for-your-medford-ride/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/07/custom-wheels-and-tires-for-your-medford-ride/#respond Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:36:50 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/?p=1004 It seems like everywhere you go in the Medford area you see custom wheels. Big trucks, little cars, mini-vans – it doesn’t matter, motorists are expressing themselves with custom wheels. Some Oregon motorists want smaller tires and wheels – some want larger – and some want them enormous. So where do you start if you...

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It seems like everywhere you go in the Medford area you see custom wheels. Big trucks, little cars, mini-vans – it doesn’t matter, motorists are expressing themselves with custom wheels. Some Oregon motorists want smaller tires and wheels – some want larger – and some want them enormous. So where do you start if you want new wheels? At Medford Automotive, we suggest you start with your budget. We know, that sounds so practical. But if the look you’re after goes beyond just new tires and wheels and enters into the world of suspension modifications, you need to be prepared for the additional cost.

Let’s start with something easy – you want to give your ride a unique look and the stock wheel size is just right for you. One of the concerns you will have is that the new wheels have the same offset as your Car factory wheels.

First, what is offset? The wheel bolts onto the hub on the Car’s axle. The distance from the inside edge of the wheel to the point at which it bolts on, is the offset. If the new wheel has a different offset from the factory, the tires may rub on the inside or outside of the wheel well. That could lead to catastrophic and (pricey)  tire failure.

Your tire and wheel professional at Medford Automotive in Medford can help you find the right size wheel – or install adapters to make your new wheels fit. All you have to do is pick from the hundreds of styles available.

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

So, what about Medford auto owners who want to upsize? Well, if you choose bigger wheels, but you want to keep the same overall tire diameter, that’s pretty easy for the team at Medford Automotive. The same offset concerns apply. You need to know that the tires will likely be a little bit wider than the originals and you don’t want them to rub when you make sharp turns. Your tire professional at Medford Automotive in Medford will help you avoid this.

It is also vital to keep the same overall tire diameter because changing the rolling diameter can mess with your Car anti-lock brakes and stability control systems. Are you starting to see why you want to meet with your honest Medford Automotive tire and wheel expert at Medford Automotive in Medford? Is “super-size me” your motto? If it is, you are going to have to lift your vehicle to make room for those huge tires. A mild lift doesn’t require extensive modifications. An extreme lift means a lot of new hardware under the vehicle. It also means a lot of stock electronic systems need to be recalibrated to the new tire size. For example, your speedometer and odometer will give false readings if they aren’t recalibrated. (You don’t want to risk getting speeding tickets on Oregon interstates because your speedometer shows a lower-than-actual speed.)

Medford motorists who want to upsize should also be aware of possible performance issues. Bigger tires and wheels weigh more. Oregon automotive experts refer to this as unsprung weight because it isn’t held up by your Car suspension system. Increased unsprung weight affects performance in different ways than an equivalent amount of groceries or little soccer players in the Car passenger compartment. Acceleration is negatively affected. Stopping distances may also be increased – sometimes significantly. Medford motorists who want really big tires and wheels, might need to upgrade their brakes to compensate.

Heading the other direction, some drivers in the Medford area like to run smaller than standard wheels and lower the suspension. All of the same fitment issues still apply as well as calibration issues. Don’t think that Car suspension modifications are a bad thing. Many systems actually improve ride, function and performance over the stock set-up.

Regardless of your budget, you want your Car to continue to do all the things you need it to do. Some of those show cars and trucks you see on TV and Medford showrooms  look fantastic, but have been modified in ways that may not suit your needs. For example, if you put large rims on your SUV with low profile tires, you may be in for busted rims if you go off-roading a lot around Medford. There just isn’t enough sidewall to absorb the impact of thumping over rocks.

Some auto owners stuff the largest tires and wheels possible in their vehicles but have to severely restrict suspension travel so that the tires aren’t rubbing all day. That can lead to a very harsh ride around Oregon. Again, talk with your Medford Automotive wheel professional about all of these things: how you drive in Medford, what look you are going for, your budget and what compromises you are willing to make.

At the end of the day, you’re going to be rollin’ out of Medford Automotive with one sweet ride.

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Medford Customer Detective Work http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/07/medford-customer-detective-work/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/07/medford-customer-detective-work/#respond Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:44:03 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/?p=1003 One might say the most challenging part of being an automotive service technician at Medford Automotive in Medford Oregon is diagnosing a problem before it can be fixed. Cars are made up of a bunch of complex systems. There usually could be a number of reasons for any given symptom. So it’s challenging to track...

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One might say the most challenging part of being an automotive service technician at Medford Automotive in Medford Oregon is diagnosing a problem before it can be fixed.

Cars are made up of a bunch of complex systems. There usually could be a number of reasons for any given symptom. So it’s challenging to track down the actual cause of the problem. And it can be frustrating for the vehicle owner because it can take time and money to get to the bottom of a problem. If it’s not something obvious, it’s easy for the customer to focus on the fixing and not the diagnosing.

Let us introduce you to something we’ll call Customer Detective Work – that is helping your Medford Oregon technician find clues to what’s wrong.

We start with the detective basics: What, Where and When. Play along with me. You come in to Medford Automotive and your car is making a funny sound.

  • Q: Where’s the sound?
  • A: Around the right front wheel.
  • Q: What kind of sound?
  • A: Kind of a clunk, clunk sound.
  • Q: When do you hear the sound?
  • A: When I turn and accelerate.
  • Q: Right and left? Forwards and back?…

Do you see where we’re going? You’re gathering additional information to help your Medford Oregon technician know where to start. Based on your car and the tech’s experience, he’ll know where to look and can start with the obvious suspects.

You can see how that would be more helpful than dropping the car off with a note that says “making a funny noise”.

When you think you need to bring a vehicle in, make some notes about the problem. Rather than just saying “it’s leaking”, tell the tech the color of the fluid, and approximately where under the car you see the puddle.

Things like ‘the car is stalling or sputtering’ are often very hard to diagnose because they’re intermittent. They may not happen every time you drive and usually aren’t happening when you actually bring the car in. So, it is a big help for you to describe what’s happening in as much detail as possible.

Your Medford Oregon technician at Medford Automotive will need to be able to duplicate the problem if possible so he needs to know details, like ‘it stalls after it’s been driven for about 20 minutes and I go over 50 miles an hour’.

If the tech can experience the problem personally, he’s better able to make a diagnosis and repair. And, then test to see if the repair solved the problem.

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Fuel Injection: It Keeps Getting Better for Medford Drivers http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/07/fuel-injection-it-keeps-getting-better-for-medford-drivers/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/07/fuel-injection-it-keeps-getting-better-for-medford-drivers/#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2015 23:46:45 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/?p=1002 Medford auto owners know that engines need to burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your Car engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine’s cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors. There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so...

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Medford auto owners know that engines need to burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your Car engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine’s cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors.

There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so in the first method, fuel is injected into a port and allowed to mix with air and before it is drawn into the cylinders. In the second method, fuel is injected directly into the cylinders and mixes with air after it enters the Car engine.

Direct injection engines burn fuel more efficiently than conventional Car engines. Some models can deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.

For example, in one family of engines, the conventional version (a V6) delivers about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version delivers over 300 horsepower and gets about the same gas mileage. The turbocharged version delivers 350 horsepower.

Fuel Injection: It Keeps Getting Better for Medford DriversWhy the big difference in power? Direct injection systems allow fuel to be squirted into the Car engine at hundreds of times the pressure of a conventional engine. This atomizes the fuel better (breaks it down into tinier droplets), which means more of it gets burned, which translates to more power for your engine. It also results in cleaner emissions.

Fuel injectors are precision instruments. They have to deliver the right amount of fuel at exactly the time the Car engine needs it. They are also engineered to inject fuel with a specific spray pattern. This spray pattern allows for maximum fuel efficiency and proper atomization. Direct injection engines require a much higher degree of precision than conventional engines. For this reason, they are equipped with more sophisticated computers.

When fuel injectors get dirty, their precision drops off. The spray pattern won’t be precise, and the timing of fuel delivery may be off. This decreases fuel efficiency and gas mileage as well as delivering less power to the engine.

Medford motorists should understand that fuel injectors are not cheap to replace. Direct injection fuel injectors are even more costly. And we’re talking a mortgage payment to buy a set of new fuel injectors for a diesel engine.

So keeping your fuel injectors clean is just good auto advice. The best way to do this is to change your air and fuel filters regularly and practice other habits of good car care and preventive maintenance. Cleaning additives in your fuel can also help.

If you do end up with gum or varnish in your fuel system, you’ll need a professional fuel system cleaning. This will clean out your whole system, including the injectors. The good news is that with proper maintenance, Medford auto owners will enjoy better gas mileage and their fuel injectors will last for a long time.

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Medford Automotive: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter? http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/07/medford-automotive-why-replace-your-engine-air-filter/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/07/medford-automotive-why-replace-your-engine-air-filter/#respond Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:14:41 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/?p=1001 Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your Car engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let’s go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on Oregon freeways, twenty pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a...

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Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your Car engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let’s go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on Oregon freeways, twenty pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce twenty pounds of carbon dioxide?

The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen comes from the air. You see, it takes about twelve thousand gallons of air to burn a gallon of gas in your engine. Clearly, your Car needs a lot of air to keep going in Central Point. A lot of clean air is best.

Medford Automotive: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?You’ve seen the pictures of people in Japan wearing face masks. They want some kind of filter to keep unwanted pollution and germs out of their lungs. Well, your Car also works better when its internals are clean. When your Car air filter’s dirty, it simply can’t trap any more dirt, so the pollutants just pass through into your air intake system. From there it can clog your fuel injectors and even get into the motor itself. Not surprisingly, burning dust and pollen in your Car engine does you no good.

So, we’re talking potential damage for Medford drivers. But another big thing is wasted fuel. Your Car engine management computer tries to mix the correct amount of air in with the fuel. If the filter’s clogged, there isn’t enough air for the optimal fuel to air mix and that really messes with fuel efficiency.

In fact, replacing a dirty air filter at Medford Automotive in Medford can improve your fuel economy by up to ten percent. At today’s Central Point fuel prices, you should be able to pay for a new air filter before your next oil change.

The verdict: When your Car engine air filter needs to be replaced; it needs to be replaced. How often depends entirely on the level of air pollution where you drive in Oregon. A simple visual inspection at Medford Automotive will tell you when you need a new engine air filter.

When you look at the air filter on your furnace at home and see it’s all clogged up with dust and dirt, you don’t hesitate to replace it. When your Medford Automotive service advisor shows you your nasty engine air filter, you now know why you should go ahead and replace it.

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Medford Automotive Service For Your Exhaust System http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/06/medford-automotive-service-for-your-exhaust-system/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/06/medford-automotive-service-for-your-exhaust-system/#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:06:15 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/?p=1000 Your Car’s exhaust system is more than just a tailpipe and a muffler. In fact, it is one of the most complex systems on your Car. Maintaining it is good Medford Automotive auto advice for Medford car owners, but it’s also good health advice and good environmental advice. The exhaust system includes your emissions system....

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Your Car’s exhaust system is more than just a tailpipe and a muffler. In fact, it is one of the most complex systems on your Car. Maintaining it is good Medford Automotive auto advice for Medford car owners, but it’s also good health advice and good environmental advice.

The exhaust system includes your emissions system. Because this system may affect your health and the health of our Medford area environment, it is subject to strict government regulations. Satisfying these regulations demands some high-tech, computer-controlled equipment, which means that the emissions system is a lot more sophisticated than it was thirty years ago. Most manufacturers recommend that you have your Car exhaust and emissions systems checked by a qualified service specialist at regular intervals.

The exhaust system starts with the exhaust manifold. Medford Automotive Service For Your Exhaust SystemThe manifold is attached to the Car engine. It collects exhaust from the cylinders and directs it into the exhaust pipe. Gaskets seal the connection of the manifold to the engine and to other joints. A cracked or loose manifold or a leaking or damaged gasket can allow dangerous gases to enter the passenger compartment of a vehicle. One of these gases is carbon monoxide, which is colorless, odorless and deadly. For this reason, it is essential that Medford auto owners keep their exhaust system in good repair.

The pipes that connect the various parts of the exhaust system can rust or be damaged by rocks or other road debris. Such damage can cause dangerous gases to leak into the air. So it is vital that exhaust pipes get a diagnostic examination regularly.

The catalytic converter is the next essential component of your Car exhaust system. It sort of looks like a muffler. Its job is to change dangerous gases into harmless carbon dioxide and water. The catalytic converter doesn’t require any regular maintenance, but it can wear out. If it fails, you will need a new catalytic converter to pass an emissions test in Oregon. Call Medford Automotive at 541-664-3860 if you suspect a problem with your catalytic converter.

Oxygen sensors in the exhaust pipe monitor the oxygen content of the exhaust. This helps the Car engine’s computer keep the fuel-to-air mixture at optimal levels.

The muffler is also part of your Car exhaust system, but it deals with a different kind of emission. It keeps your Car from emitting bad sounds. Mufflers act like finely tuned musical instruments. They create a feedback of sound waves to absorb or decrease the noises made by your engine. Different mufflers can create different sound waves, so you can actually “tune” your car to produce a particular sound, anything from whisper to rumble.

It is essential for damaged mufflers be replaced immediately at your Medford automotive service center, especially if they are leaking. Not only will the extra noise annoy your Medford neighbors, a leaky muffler could be serious.

The entire exhaust system is attached to your Car by hangers and clamps. These fasteners can rust, come loose or break. The essential components of the exhaust system can get very hot, so when the hangers or clamps fail, these hot components can come into contact with other parts such as wires and hoses. These can melt, causing serious and expensive damage to your vehicle. Good car care requires that you have your exhaust system inspected regularly.

Let’s not forget the tailpipe. It’s the last important piece in the exhaust system — and of your Car, for that matter. Exhaust fumes exit your Car through the tailpipe.

If your Car has any of the following symptoms, it may have a problem with the exhaust system: it’s hard to start, it runs rough, it’s noisy, it’s smoking. Also, if your “check engine” light comes on, especially if it’s flashing, it is important to get your Car to Medford Automotive in Medford right away. Often, the “check engine” light indicates a problem with the emissions system.

Caring for your Car exhaust system yields cosmetic benefits like quieting your engine sounds, but also may impact your health and safety. Your life, or the life of a loved one, may actually be on the line.

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Straight And True In Medford: Wheel Alignment http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/06/straight-and-true-in-medford-wheel-alignment/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/06/straight-and-true-in-medford-wheel-alignment/#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:21:17 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/?p=999 Most Medford folks worry about running out of gas or having a breakdown on the side of the road. That is why we practice preventive maintenance on our vehicles — that and to keep our repair bills down. But one important part of preventive maintenance that may get overlooked by Medford car owners is a...

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Most Medford folks worry about running out of gas or having a breakdown on the side of the road. That is why we practice preventive maintenance on our vehicles — that and to keep our repair bills down. But one important part of preventive maintenance that may get overlooked by Medford car owners is a periodic alignment inspection.

Poor alignment causes tires to wear rapidly, unevenly or both. This means they will have to be replaced early, and new tires are more pricey than an alignment check in Medford. Bad alignment can also cause damage to suspension and steering systems, which can be expensive to repair in Medford.

Tire wear on misaligned wheels can also lead to blowouts, which are dangerous, can lead to serious accidents, and can seriously damage your Car. Also, poor alignment itself can be the cause of an accident, since the Car may not steer properly.

One or more wheels on your Car can be knocked out of alignment by running over a curb or a pothole on a bumpy Medford street. An accident, even a minor one, that involves a wheel on your car can lead to misalignment. The small bumps and bangs of everyday Eagle Point driving can also gradually put your wheels out of alignment.

If you have had wheel damage to your Car, or if you suspect that your wheels are out of alignment, you should get your alignment checked NOW. Any Medford Automotive service specialist will give you that piece of auto advice. But good car care suggests that you also get your alignment inspected on a regular basis. At Medford Automotive in Medford, we can take care of that for you.

Your owner’s manual or Medford Automotive tech can give you a suggestion on how often your alignment should be checked. If it doesn’t, then once a year is a good rule of thumb. However, if you drive a lot and especially if you drive on rough surfaces a lot, then you may want to consider a diagnostic examination more often. Ask your honest service specialist for a recommendation.

If your Car is out of alignment, one or more of the wheels is not tracking correctly and will “pull” against the others. Thus, one sign of poor alignment is that your Car pulls to one side when you drive around Medford. Also, if you are driving a straight path and your steering wheel is off-center, that usually indicates an alignment problem.

Medford car owners should also check the wear on their tires. If they seem to be wearing out too quickly, or if you notice that a tire is wearing on one side more than the other, you should get your alignment checked.

When you get a diagnostic examination, your vehicle will be put on a rack and all the parts of the steering and suspension systems will be inspected for wear or damage. The alignment of the tires will be charted and compared to the original factory settings. If no repairs are needed on the steering or suspension systems, the wheels will then be adjusted to bring them back into alignment.

This may seem like a lot of bother for Jacksonville car owners, but it’s a lot less trouble than a blowout or an accident. The old adage is good auto advice for all Medford residents: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

So keep on driving, and keep all four tires on the road.

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The Easy Way To Save Cash In Medford http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/06/the-easy-way-to-save-cash-in-medford/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/06/the-easy-way-to-save-cash-in-medford/#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:48:26 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/?p=998 The hottest Oregon news story may be different everyday, but there’s one topic that seems to come up over and over again – the price of gas in Medford. If you feel like most of your paycheck goes into your gas tank, this post is for you. Here are several basic things  Medford motorists can...

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The hottest Oregon news story may be different everyday, but there’s one topic that seems to come up over and over again – the price of gas in Medford. If you feel like most of your paycheck goes into your gas tank, this post is for you. Here are several basic things  Medford motorists can do to greatly reduce their gas consumption, save money, and help the Medford environment. You can really improve your gas mileage by how you drive – but first, here’s a review of things you can do for your car that’ll save gas no matter how you drive.

The first one for Medford motorists is keeping tires properly inflated. That can save two miles per gallon. Driving on low tires is like driving through sand – your car just has to work harder. Most Medford service centers will fill up your tires for free, so just ask your Medford Automotiveservice professional. Also, make a habit of checking your tire pressure whenever you fill up. Many Medford gas stations have an air hose you can use for free.

Another important item is to keep your air filter clean. An air filter all clogged up with dirt and bugs doesn’t let enough clean air through to efficiently burn fuel. Using a dirty air filter will cost you almost two miles per gallon in reduced gas mileage. And worn spark plugs can cost another two. A spark plug can fire as many as 3,000,000 times for every thousand miles driven. Check the Car owner’s manual for replacement recommendations.

The biggest item is the oxygen sensor. This device provides the engine management computer with essential information it needs to fine-tune the fuel/air mix. When that’s messed up it can cost Medford car owners up to three miles per gallon. And of course, there’s detrimental dirty or substandard oil. Dirty oil causes extra drag. The wrong grade may be too thick. That’s another .4 miles per gallon right there.

One item Medford residents seldom think about is their gas cap. A worn, loose or missing gas cap can cost another two miles per gallon. Adding up all of these worn, missing or sub-par items leads to a total of almost 11.4 miles per gallon in reduced fuel efficiency! And with current gas prices in the Medford area, the cost really adds up. Taking care of these simple maintenance items will save Medford motorists cash at the pump. 

Now most Medford drivers aren’t missing on all of these items, but think about which ones might affect you right now! And don’t forget tune-ups, dragging brakes, low transmission fluid, fuel system cleaning, wheels out of alignment, PCV valve, fuel filter and other essential services spelled out in your owners’ manual.

Medford Automotive knows all this stuff and can tell you when you’re scheduled to take care of each item. Create a system of your own to track your service schedules, or just use the computer system at Medford Automotive – which may also be updated with recall notices and vital maintenance schedule items from your vehicle manufacturer.

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Clean Air for Your Engine: A New Engine Air Filter at Medford Automotive http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/06/clean-air-for-your-engine-a-new-engine-air-filter-at-medford-automotive/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/06/clean-air-for-your-engine-a-new-engine-air-filter-at-medford-automotive/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2015 23:28:43 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/?p=997 All of us Medford car owners know we have to get the oil changed in our Cars periodically. That’s just part of good car care. But when Medford service advisors change your oil, they also usually inspect your air filter. That’s why they sometimes let you know that your air filter needs to be changed...

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All of us Medford car owners know we have to get the oil changed in our Cars periodically. That’s just part of good car care. But when Medford service advisors change your oil, they also usually inspect your air filter. That’s why they sometimes let you know that your air filter needs to be changed before releasing your Car.

Don’t just chock this up to trying to sell you something else. Eagle Point auto owners really do need to change their air filter when it gets dirty. You can check your owner’s manual to see how often your air filter should need to be changed, but remember, if you live in an area in Oregon with poor air quality, or if you drive a lot or drive under harsh conditions in the Medford area, you may need to change that filter more often than is recommended.

Changing an air filter isn’t guesswork. If a filter’s dirty, it needs to be replaced. Air filters aren’t very pricey at Medford Automotive in Medford. But the problems they cause if Medford drivers don’t change them can get to be costly.

For every gallon of gas your Car burns, it needs 12,000 gallons of air. Clean filters allow better airflow into your engine, which means that your engine will get more air more quickly. That means your Car engine runs more efficiently.

Dirty air filters cut airflow to your engine. All the debris in the filter clogs up the spaces the air needs to pass through to get to the engine. This dirty air can damage costly electronic components.

If you are in tune with your Car, you’ll notice a difference when you change a really dirty air filter for a clean one. Your Car may actually purr for you again. Its performance improves when it has a new, clean filter. So remember, changing your air filter is one of the most important elements of preventive maintenance. At Medford Automotive, it’s inexpensive, it’s effective, and it’s essential.

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Go Big or Go Home: Upsize Your Wheels at Medford Automotive http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/06/go-big-or-go-home-upsize-your-wheels-at-medford-automotive/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/06/go-big-or-go-home-upsize-your-wheels-at-medford-automotive/#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2015 15:11:33 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/?p=993 A lot of us Medford drivers like our vehicles to reflect our personalities. We’re picky about color and body style. We’ll customize anything from floor mats to window tints to license plates. One popular way for Oregon auto owners to customize a vehicle is to get new wheels. Wheels come in thousands of designs. Custom...

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A lot of us Medford drivers like our vehicles to reflect our personalities. We’re picky about color and body style. We’ll customize anything from floor mats to window tints to license plates. One popular way for Oregon auto owners to customize a vehicle is to get new wheels.

Wheels come in thousands of designs. Custom wheels can add personality, style or sass to a vehicle. Many of these customizations involve getting a bigger wheel.

Fifteen or sixteen-inch wheels used to be the factory standard, But today, because a lot of Medford drivers like the look of larger wheels, many vehicles are available with seventeen or eighteen-inch wheels. Optional wheel packages of twenty inches or more are also available in Medford.

If you want to upsize the wheels on your current vehicle, however, you should know it’s not a do-it-yourself project. There are critical factors involved in ensuring your wheel change doesn’t jeopardize the safety of your vehicle.

First of all, it’s vital for Oregon auto owners to understand rolling diameter. The rolling diameter is the overall height of a tire. If you increase the rolling diameter of your tires when you upsize your wheels, you may have to modify your suspension to make sure the larger tires fit in the space and don’t rub in turns or over bumps. If that’s more work than you’re willing to do or pay for, then you need to maintain rolling diameter when you change your wheels.

It’s not as hard for Medford car owners as it sounds. Imagine a doughnut. That doughnut represents rolling diameter, so you can’t make the doughnut bigger. However, you can increase the size of the doughnut hole. That gives you a bigger wheel. Tires with reduced sidewall on larger wheels will preserve your rolling diameter.

Rolling diameter is essential because your wheels and tires still need to fit inside the wheel well. Also, your speedometer, odometer and anti-lock brakes are all programmed to work with a specific rolling diameter. You’ll throw off the readings on your speedometer and odometer if you change your rolling diameter. And for your anti-lock brakes to work properly, your rolling diameter has to be within 3% of factory recommendations. While some Medford motorists who upsize may not be concerned about meter readings, throwing off the brake system is a serious safety hazard.

Further, many vehicles in Medford are now equipped with electronically controlled suspensions. Changing the rolling diameter will negatively affect this system as well, which can lead to a less smooth ride and lower handling performance as well as dangerous safety concerns.

Your honest Medford Automotive tire professional may be able to reprogram your vehicle’s computer to adjust for a larger (or smaller) rolling diameter.

So to maintain rolling diameter, you’ll need tires with a shorter sidewall. These tires will be designed to give the sidewalls the strength they need to maintain ride quality. Consider that doughnut again. As the wheel (the doughnut hole) gets bigger, the sidewall of the tire (the width of remaining doughnut) gets shorter. That means the tire holds less air. The sidewalls have to be made stiffer to compensate for the decreased air capacity.

To improve their strength, the shorter tires will also be slightly wider than your previous tires. But this means you’ll have a larger contact patch, or, in other words, a larger area of tire making contact with the road. This can actually increase your handling performance and decrease braking distances. Many Oregon auto buffs customize their wheels just for this reason—they want the improved performance rather than looks or style. If you drive a truck or an SUV around Medford, you might be interested in the extra control an upsized wheel can provide.

Now, that larger contact patch still has to fit inside your wheel well without rubbing when cornering or when bouncing over bumps or potholes on Medford roads. This is termed fitment, and you may need a few critical adjustments so your new wheels will fit properly. You may need spacers so that your brakes will fit inside the new wheels, as well.

Medford Automotive tire professionals are experts at mounting, adjusting and customizing wheels. They can give you a lot of good auto advice about wheels and tires and how they affect driving performance and car care. They can help Medford drivers select wheels and tires that will suit their driving needs and habits.

For example, if you drive off-road around Medford, you should consider a higher profile tire. This type of tire will protect your rims from costly damage while you’re bouncing over rocks. Or, if you tow a trailer or haul heavy loads around Oregon, you’ll want a tire with a load rating equal to your demands. Your honest Medford Automotive tire professional can help you with these types of concerns.

Once you’ve got your new wheels, have your honest Medford Automotive technician review to see if you need an alignment. You don’t want those new wheels and your higher performance compromised by poor alignment. Get the most out of your investment by getting the work done right at Medford Automotive in Medford.

Last but not least, remember tire pressure. With larger wheels, your new tires will hold less air and they’ll need slightly higher pressure. You’ll need to stay on top of critical preventive maintenance and keep them properly inflated. Be sure to inspect their pressure at least once a week. If you don’t keep your tires at their correct pressure, they will wear out really fast. It will also lessen your braking and handling performance.

So smile and show off your vehicle around Medford. Make it all yours. Bumper stickers, vanity license plates, custom wheels — strut your stuff!

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