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Oil change intervals and the need for you to do them more often

Oil change intervals and the need for you to do them more often

Ok let’s set the base ground of the fact I am not a scientist, a chemist, engineer, or all that smart. But what I am is a guy with a lot of experience and see a lot of stupid mistakes made by manufacturers, and other powers that be. Relying on a manufacturer to tell you that it’s time to change your oil at 7500 miles, 10000 miles, 15000 miles is about as ignorant as it gets. Especially when the weight of oil keeps going down. Essentially most of these new oils are slightly thicker then baby oil. That is NOT going to protect a combustion engine that runs at 220 degrees Fahrenheit for that long. It breaks down. The filter breaks down. The filter clogs from the wear of all the metal parts that are not getting sufficient protection. This goes with any mechanical oil including transmission fluids, and power steering fluids but I will save those for another day. They are thinning oils out to improve fuel economy. Less resistance on the pressurized oil system means its easier for ... read more

Should you drop it like its hot? To lower or not to lower that is the question.

Should you drop it like its hot? To lower or not to lower that is the question.

So, you’ve decided to, “drop it like its hot”. What next? Lowering your car can be done on just about any vehicle. You know this already because the barista at your local caffeine dealer, drives the same civic and he told you all about how easy it is. What that dipshit isn’t telling you is that it has horrible tire wear, it rides like a lawn mower, and people in the know are questioning his judgement. To lower a car, it is not as simple as changing a set of factory springs to lowered. When you lower a car, you change ALL the angles of the suspension. There is a lot of science that goes into suspension. You can change corner weight which can change handling and ride. Also think about things like; Do you often load it down with luggage, a bike and bike rack, kids etc. this can greatly change how the vehicle will drive lowered. That doesn’t mean you can’t you just may need to compensate for weight changes. Also don’t think that I am bashing a lowe ... read more

Lift or not

To lift or not to lift...Ok, you have a shinney new whatever vehicle that has the potential to go up! Should you lift it to the moon? Maybe level it out? Just leave it alone? Let's start with a few basic questions I think you should be asking yourself. Can you afford to do it? I mean sure you can afford a leveling kit for $99 but can you afford the alignment and the install. Are you going to save some bucks and you, a buddy, and a 12 pack of suds going to get it done on a Saturday afternoon and hope he knows what he’s doing? Don’t forget what goes up needs to go wide. You must compensate for raising the center of gravity by making the footprint wider. Imagine you are climbing up on stilts. You got to widen that stance to stay up. Are you going to be towing? Throw a backpack of bricks on while you're on the stilts, how does that feel? Well, that’s what it's going to do when you hook that camper up with it full of fishing gear, beer and food when you load up ... read more

alignment

alignment

What is an alignment? Merriam-Webster says, “the proper positioning or state of adjustment of parts in relation to each other”. In the automotive world, proper position is what we are talking about. The main points we are going to explain is camber, caster, and toe. There are other points to consider such as total toe, steering angle, and included angle but for our purposes that isn't necessary. We are also going to try and help you understand what to look for as possible signs you need an alignment. So, let's try to use your legs and feet to try and understand camber, caster, and toe. Imagine you are standing on a hardwood floor in some socks. If you twist on your heels pointing both feet outward away from each other that is toed out, if your feet are straight ahead that is neutral toe, and turned in pointed at each other toed in.  Now bow your knees outward, that would be positive camber, bowed inward would-be negative camber, and yep you guessed it, straigh ... read more

What Does the Power Steering Warning Light Mean?

What Does the Power Steering Warning Light Mean?

There are many different types of warning lights that can show up on your dashboard, and one of them is the power steering warning light. This light is particularly illustrated with a steering wheel shape, and it indicates that something is wrong with your car's power steering.  Power Steering Basics All cars from the last couple of decades are built with power steering. Manual steering takes a lot of effort, and the implementation of power steering relieves the stress that it would take to turn or steer your car. Power steering systems could be either hydraulic or electric, with electric becoming more common nowadays. If there's an issue with the collection of parts related to power steering, you could be in grave danger. Power Steering Warning Light Causes Hydraulic Systems - For vehicles with hydraulic power steering, the warning light is most likely warning you that you're low on power steering fluid. Feel free to bring your car to Dalton Automotive, so our tec ... read more

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