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Yearly Archives: 2017

Serpentine Belt Service at Auto & Fleet Mechanic in Modesto

Don't you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you're zipping down a busy Modesto road? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator - which charges the battery; the water pump - which cools the engine; the air conditioning and the power steering pump. All are pretty important parts. It is called a serpentine belt because it snakes around a bunch of engine components. Serpentine belts are amazingly tough. They can last for years and go long distances. Like all moving parts, however, they eventually wear out. If your belt breaks while you are driving around Modesto, everything will come to a halt within minutes. You need to stop the vehicle immediately or it will overheat, potentially causing engine damage. You can be sure that it won't happen at a convenient time or place. (As if there was a convenient time or place!) You might even need to get your veh ... read more

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Parts

Fuel Saving Tip: Car Weight and Your CA Driving

Weight is the enemy of fuel economy. Everyone from Modesto knows this makes sense.Some of us in the Modesto area carry a bunch of unnecessary weight, and I'm not talkin' what you see in the mirror.Guys: sports equipment and tools. Ladies: well, just take a look around the passenger compartment and trunk. I think my car has about 45 pounds of french fries on the floor.All that extra weight wastes gas as you drive between here and there, and everywhere else.Lose the junk and save some money....And you really only need one of those spare tires. Auto & Fleet Mechanic 5160 Pentecost Dr. #C Modesto, CA 95356 209-543-7575 http://autoandfleetmechanic.com

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Fuel System

Automotive Tips from Auto & Fleet Mechanic: Wiper Blade Options

Wiper blades are critically important to Modesto drivers for good driving visibility and safety. When it’s time to replace your wiper blades, there are a number of different wiper blade designs and grades. Modesto drivers should always use at least the design or grade that came with their vehicle. If you live in CA where there is a lot of wet weather, flying insects, or you do a lot of highway driving, you may want to upgrade to a more advanced design or premium quality wiper blade. Your friendly and professional Auto & Fleet Mechanic service advisor can share the options available for your vehicle and help you decide which wiper blades are optimal for you.Give us a call.Auto & Fleet Mechanic5160 Pentecost Dr. #CModesto, CA 95356209-543-7575http://autoandfleetmechanic.com

Serpentine Belt Service at Auto & Fleet Mechanic

Most Modesto folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my Modesto market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was proud of my wise use of time and money.What does this have to do with your car? Well, back in the day, each of your engine's accessories, like the alternator and air conditioner, were powered by separate belts. A vehicle might have five or six belts. These days, vehicles have a single belt to run all the accessories. It's called the serpentine belt. A pulley attached to the vehicle engine's crank provides the power to turn the serpentine belt. On the engine in the video, the first accessory in line is the ... read more

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Maintenance

Charge It in Modesto for Extended Battery Life

Here's an interesting statistic for our in Modesto, CA, drivers: Only 30 percent of car batteries make it to 48 months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from 51 months in extremely cold areas to just 30 months in extremely hot climates.Why is that? It turns out that it's our modern cars with all their electric accessories that are to blame. Things like, GPS, DVDs and entertainment computers are keeping vehicle batteries from maintaining a full charge. The longer a battery goes with a low charge, the sooner it'll die.It's clear that you Modesto drivers need to recharge your batteries. This is the job of the alternator. The problem comes when the car's demand for electricity is high and we are driving in stop and go conditions or short trips around Modesto. The alternator just can't keep up.The result is shortened battery life. So what can we do to improve our battery's health?We need to keep the battery as close to a full charge as possible ... read more

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Battery

Auto & Fleet Mechanic Service Tip: Why Synthetic Oil Is Good For Your Vehicles

Hello CA! Today's vehicle care topic is: Synthetic Oil vs. Petroleum Based Oil. Synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. If you aren't currently using it, why not? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecules. Which is slipperier, a pile of pencils or a pile of marbles?Synthetic motor oil lubricates better because there's less friction. This results in myriad benefits: better wear protection, cooler operating temperatures, more power and better fuel economy. And synthetic oil doesn't sludge up like conventional oil so it prevents those small oil passages from clogging up. (We see that too often at Auto & Fleet Mechanic in Modesto.)Some manufacturers are extending oil cha ... read more

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Fluids

What Modesto Automotive Service Consumers Should Know

There are some things drivers should know about Modesto car service and repair. First and foremost, Auto & Fleet Mechanic cares about you and your family's safety. And we really appreciate your business. Auto & Fleet Mechanic in Modesto wants to build a trusting relationship that becomes the foundation for a mutually beneficial experience for years to come.Building on that foundation, there are some things that would help you understand the auto service and repair business better. First, it can be really hard to fix vehicles. The days of shade tree mechanics are long gone. The majority of automotive systems are computerized. It takes a lot of training and very expensive equipment to diagnose and repair modern vehicles. The pros who work for Auto & Fleet Mechanic need extensive computer training – not just how to run the diagnostic systems, but also searching for the right parts, networking with other technicians to help them with a difficult proble ... read more

Tire Maintenance in Modesto

With the recent focus in the Modesto area on improving fuel economy, we've been told how important it is to maintain our tire pressure.Modesto drivers know that tires wear out, but we want to make them last as long as possible because they're not cheap to replace. In addition to saving gas, properly inflated tires last longer. Underinflated tires will wear out more quickly.Some people in Modesto wonder if they should add a few extra pounds of pressure when they fill up their tires. Bad idea. In fact, there are very good reasons not to overinflate your tires. For one, the middle of the tread will wear unevenly because the full tread is not contacting the road properly. That also adversely affects your handling. Stop by Auto & Fleet Mechanic to see about tire maintenance for your vehicle. Auto & Fleet Mechanic5160 Pentecost Dr. #CModesto, CA 95356209-543-7575http://autoandfleetmechanic.com ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Right or Left? Auto & Fleet Mechanic Power Steering Service

Have you ever driven a vehicle without power steering? If you have, then you probably appreciate how much easier it is to drive today's modern vehicles. Before power steering, all of the force to turn a vehicle had to come from the driver's arms. That's why old cars had such large steering wheels: they needed plenty of leverage to steer. There were some Modesto folks who had difficulty driving because they just weren't strong enough.Power steering is now standard on all vehicles, but there are several ways that power can be delivered. Most vehicles use a hydraulic power steering system system. In this system, a serpentine belt from the engine powers a pump that pressurizes the power steering fluid. The pressure activates hydraulics that provides steering power.Other vehicles use an electric pump to pressurize the power steering fluid rather than the belt-driven pump. Some newer vehicles actually have electric motors that provide steering power and don't use steering fl ... read more

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Steering

Clean Fuel Makes a Happy Engine in Modesto, CA

If the fuel system in your vehicle is dirty, you will be hurting your engine and losing performance as you drive around Modesto, CA.Unless they drive a vintage car, Modesto auto owners have fuel injectors which need to be properly maintained. That is why your vehicle owner's manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Auto & Fleet Mechanic in Modesto has the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Auto & Fleet Mechanic uses a process that gives your car a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. The particles, gum and varnish that build up in your fuel system are removed so that it can run cleanly and efficiently.After a professional fuel system cleaning atAuto & Fleet Mechanic, you'll notice more power, improved and reduced exhaust emissions. We strongly recommend you follow your fuel system cleaning service recommendations to keep ... read more

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Fuel System
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