Medford Automotive Service Center http://medfordautomotive.com Medford Automotive | Auto Repair Service Maintenance Diagnostic Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:48:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Medford Automotive Engine Air Filter Replacement http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/medford-automotive-engine-air-filter-replacement/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/medford-automotive-engine-air-filter-replacement/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:48:24 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/medford-automotive-engine-air-filter-replacement When your experienced Medford Automotive tech technician changes your oil, he will also inspect your air filter. You shouldn’t need a new filter at every oil change, but you will need to change it regularly. Heed your service specialist’s auto advice if they tell you to change your filter. It’s not costly, and it makes...

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

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

Drop in an air filter and voilá! Problem solved.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth In Central Point http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/busted-the-maintenance-free-myth-in-central-point/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/busted-the-maintenance-free-myth-in-central-point/#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:36:08 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/03/busted-the-maintenance-free-myth-in-central-point There’s a segment of the Central Point population that’s not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Mistaken perceptions have crept into the Oregon area over time. Many Central Point motorists think the root lies in the fact that modern cars are so reliable. Reliability has improved dramatically in recent years. Quality surveys report fewer problems with...

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There’s a segment of the Central Point population that’s not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Mistaken perceptions have crept into the Oregon area over time. Many Central Point motorists think the root lies in the fact that modern cars are so reliable. Reliability has improved dramatically in recent years. Quality surveys report fewer problems with new cars than ever before.

Back when cars spent more time in the repair shop, Central Point drivers were more mindful of routine service. Now, it’s much easier to put it off.

Take tune-ups for example. In the days of mechanical ignition systems, an engine needed to be tuned-up every couple of years. The ignition points had to be replaced, spark plugs and coils replaced and the timing adjusted. If your engine was out of tune, you knew it. It ran poorly and got bad fuel economy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Medford, Oregon 97502
541-664-3860

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When Do My Shocks Need to be Replaced? http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/02/when-do-my-shocks-need-to-be-replaced/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/02/when-do-my-shocks-need-to-be-replaced/#respond Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:14:55 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/02/when-do-my-shocks-need-to-be-replaced A good suspension system gives a vehicle a smooth, even ride while providing Medford drivers with good handling and control. But like any system on your Car, vital parts of the suspension system can wear out, leading to a lower ride quality and safety concerns. So it’s a good idea for Medford motorists to remember...

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A good suspension system gives a vehicle a smooth, even ride while providing Medford drivers with good handling and control. But like any system on your Car, vital parts of the suspension system can wear out, leading to a lower ride quality and safety concerns. So it’s a good idea for Medford motorists to remember an automotive analysis of their suspension system in their schedule of a critical preventive maintenance. Springs do most of the work of the suspension system. The most common types of springs are coil and leaf, but air springs and torsion bars are becoming more common. The body of the vehicle is “suspended” by the springs.

If springs were the only working component in your suspension system, however, you’d spend your travel time bouncing up and down like a bobblehead. That’s where your shocks come in. They keep the rebound, or bounciness, of the springs under control. Shocks also keep your tires on the road, which keeps the driver in control of the Car. Some vehicles have struts in their suspension system. Struts are a compact combination of springs and shocks. They do the same vital job but in a single package.

Shocks wear out gradually, so it can be difficult for Medford auto owners to notice when they need to be replaced. There’s no definitive point when a vehicle’s ride goes from smooth and controlled to a bit imprecise. To check if your shocks or struts are worn, you should first do a visual inspection on them. If they are leaking fluid, they need to be replaced.

There are other less obvious signs that your suspension system needs vital attention. For example, an uneven, cupping wear on your tires may indicate that your shocks are worn. If your vehicle feels “floaty” when you turn, or, in other words, you don’t feel that you have full control of the vehicle, you should check your shocks. Also, if the front end of your vehicle dips noticeably when you stop, it’s time for new shocks.

Your owner’s manual gives recommendations on how often the shocks should be checked, usually between 15,000 and 30,000 miles (24,000-50,000 km). If one of your shocks does need to be replaced, you should replace all four. This will keep your suspension even and ensure good handling of your vehicle. If you carry heavy loads, tow a trailer or drive on uneven Medford area terrain, you might also consider upgrading to a heavy-duty shock.

Regular shocks contain hydraulic fluid. The critical fluid helps them absorb the bumps or “shocks” of the road so the impact doesn’t transfer to the Car’s body. Premium shocks are filled with compressed nitrogen gas, which costs more but does a better job of controlling body motions. Regular shocks can develop air bubbles that reduce their effectiveness; the premium shocks don’t have this problem. So if you want higher handling performance, if you drive off-road around Oregon or if you just want added comfort, you should examine upgrading to premium shocks or struts.

Replacing struts can put your Car out of alignment, so an alignment check should always follow this type of repair. Talk to your honest service specialist at Medford Automotive in Medford.

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Stop It! You Need Good Brakes http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/02/stop-it-you-need-good-brakes/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/02/stop-it-you-need-good-brakes/#respond Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:28:58 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/02/stop-it-you-need-good-brakes Good brakes are obviously very important. If you’ve ever had your brakes go out while you’re driving around the Medford area, you’ll know how terrifying it can be. Today we’ll focus on how to tell when you have a brake problem, and how to make good repair choices. Often, the first indication that something’s wrong...

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Good brakes are obviously very important. If you’ve ever had your brakes go out while you’re driving around the Medford area, you’ll know how terrifying it can be. Today we’ll focus on how to tell when you have a brake problem, and how to make good repair choices.

Often, the first indication that something’s wrong with the brakes is an unusual sound. It could be a squeal, chatter or grinding sound.

Some brake pads have a little piece of metal embedded in them that will make a squeal or chirping sound when the brake pads have been worn down to the point that they need to be replaced. It’s an early warning indicator.

When you hear that sound, schedule an appointment at Medford Automotive soon.

Now a chattering sound is more urgent. That usually indicates that something is loose. It could be a brake pad or even the brake calipers. If one of those parts falls off, you could have some serious trouble stopping the vehicle. It would be a good idea to park it until you can get into the shop.

A grinding noise usually means that the brake pad is completely worn away and the metal parts of the brake are rubbing directly on the metal brake rotor. That means the rotor is being damaged and will need some work. More on that later.

Another warning sign is that your brake pedal may feel soft and spongy – or it may even feel very hard to push in. Both could mean trouble. And of course, you may get a dashboard brake warning light.

Now when it comes time to replace your brake pads, you have a choice to make. You can get the same pads that came standard on your vehicle. You can expect the same performance and durability as with the pads that came on the car from the factory.

Now you can also get a budget brake pad. Sometimes drivers insist on lower cost pads. That’s OK if the budget demands it, but you need to be aware of the trade offs. Lower grade pads are usually noisier, so you’ll have to live with more noise when you apply the brakes. They also tend to generate a lot more brake dust, you know, that black dust that accumulates on your wheels. And they probably won’t last as long either. In our opinion, that’s a lot of compromise for just a few dollars in savings.

You can also choose to buy premium brakes pads. These perform at higher specifications than the factory pads. You can expect quieter operation, less brake dust and better stopping power.

Now, getting back to the rotors. The rotors are the discs that the brake pads clamp down on to stop the vehicle. If you’ve been driving with completely worn brake pads, you’ve scratched grooves into the rotors. If the grooves aren’t too deep, the rotor can be resurfaced. A thin layer of metal is cut off the surface of the rotor to make it smooth again.

Now, if the grooves are too deep or if the rotor has already be resurfaced before, there may not be enough material to resurface and still have a rotor that’s thick enough to safely stop the vehicle. In that case, the rotor will have to be replaced.

Something that’s often overlooked is the brake fluid. Your manufacturer has a recommended schedule for evacuating the old brake fluid, cleaning the system and refilling it with fresh brake fluid. This is really important to brake performance.

So here’s the bottom line: if you suspect, inspect. If you notice any of these warning signs, have your brakes inspected. Your advisor can help you make the repair decision that’s right for you.

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Medford Alignment Service http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/02/medford-alignment-service/ http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/02/medford-alignment-service/#respond Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:11:01 +0000 http://medfordautomotive.com/2015/02/medford-alignment-service Your car might have an alignment problem if: it drifts or pulls to one side, your steering wheel is off center, you have uneven tire wear or your car doesn’t feel like it handles right. When all of a vehicle’s wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into...

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Your car might have an alignment problem if: it drifts or pulls to one side, your steering wheel is off center, you have uneven tire wear or your car doesn’t feel like it handles right. When all of a vehicle’s wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes, smacking a curb or other object are great ways to knock your car out of alignment. Then one or more of your wheels starts pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin.

Driving for an extended time when you’re out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and excessively. This can be dangerous and expensive. You’ll have to replace your tires sooner, but even worse – you may cause premature wear to your suspension system, which can be really expensive.

The front wheel alignment is adjustable on all vehicles, and the back wheels are also adjustable on some cars. The adjustment can go three different ways. The first adjustment is called toe. The next adjustment is called camber. And finally, there is castor. The engineers who designed your vehicle determined the alignment settings that will give you the best handling and safety.

There are several things involved in an alignment check. First, there’s an inspection of the steering and suspension – it should be checked to see if anything’s bent or broken. Then the tire condition needs to be inspected. From there, the vehicle is put on an alignment rack and an initial alignment reading is taken. If all four wheels are adjustable, they are lined up perfectly parallel with the vehicle’s center line. If the back wheels aren’t adjustable, a technician at Medford Automotive can determine the direction they push and then aligns the front wheels to match.

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Medford, Oregon 97502
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Like most things, your manufacturer has suggested a mileage interval for having your alignment checked. But if you run into a curb, pothole or something else that’s given you a big jolt, pay attention to whether your vehicle is pulling to one side when you drive. It’s better to have your alignment checked before waiting to see if there is uneven tire tread wear – by then, the damage is done.

Getting your alignment checked when needed is a great way to extend the life of your tires and suspension parts. It also makes sure that your tire meets the road properly for maximum performance and safety.

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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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