Hello Auburndale! Did you know that the first federally-mandated emissions control device was introduced in the 1960's? The Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve, or PCV valve, has been installed in FL vehicles since 1964 and represents the first legislation by the United States government to regu...
Posted in Exhaust
on December 03, 2018
Bad air quality while you're driving around Auburndale is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don't know about them yet.These filters clean the air in the pass...
Posted in Suspension
on November 25, 2018
How do Auburndale drivers know if an odometer is telling the truth?Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect FL consumers against mileage fraud. It says a FL seller must certify the mileage reported is the actual mileage.To have your odometer checked in Aubu...
Posted in Older Vehicles
on November 18, 2018
Hello Auburndale drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in Auburndale, here's some auto advice to help you.There are two measurements to consider when purchas...
Posted in Fluids
on November 11, 2018
The last new American vehicles sold in Auburndale with a carburetor rolled out of the FL dealerships in 1990. Since then, all new vehicles here in Auburndale, and nationally, have had fuel injectors. In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. You...
Posted in Fuel System
on November 04, 2018
Okay. You went to your local Auburndale car wash, and while your vehicle was under the dryer, the Check Engine light started flashing. Panic! What did you just do? Something is seriously wrong with the vehicle! You head for the nearest Auburndale service center, but on the way, the Chec...
Posted in Diagnostics
on October 28, 2018
There's not much we can do about the price of gas in Auburndale, FL, but we do quite a bit about how much we use as we're driving on our Auburndale streets.Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy.The first thing we can do is watch the 'go-pedal.' Hard acceleration jus...
Posted in Fuel System
on October 22, 2018
Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of driving around Auburndale on underinflated tires. Admittedly, it's hard to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your vehicle manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your vehicle tires are consi...
Posted in Tires and Wheels
on October 14, 2018
Which item is most often stolen from vehicles in Auburndale?Is it:
Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft in FL – approximately 50,000 a year are stolen across the countr...
Posted in Maintenance
on October 07, 2018
One Auburndale automotive service issue that doesn't get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don't get talked about very much around Auburndale, but they're very important. First let's define what the driveline is:Taking a small step back, the power plant is comprised of the ...
Posted in Drive Train
on October 04, 2018