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Clean Air for Your Engine: Engine Air Filters In Lancaster

Nov 29, 2012

Every Lancaster car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter's dirty.

Here's what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your vehicle owner's manual will have a recommendation of when the filter should be replaced.

So between your owner's manual and your Lancaster technician's inspection there's really no guesswork involved for Lancaster drivers.

Now, most air filters purchased in Lancaster don't cost a lot to replace. It's just that California people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter at The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley can often save enough on gas to pay for itself before your next oil change in Lancaster.

Think about a dirty furnace filter in your Lancaster home. When it's all clogged up, enough clean air can't get through. In your vehicle, that means that your engine can't get as much air as it needs to burn the fuel efficiently. So it makes do with less air and has to use more gas to move your vehicle around Lancaster roads.

Your vehicle actually needs about 12,000 times more air than fuel to run. Engine air filters don't cost much in Lancaster at The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley. When it's time to change yours, just get it done. You'll get better fuel economy, have better performance and protect your vehicle engine.

The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley
226 West Avenue I
Lancaster, California 93534
661-949-8484
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Air Conditioning Maintenance at The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley in Lancaster

Nov 22, 2012


Warm weather or cold, Lancaster drivers still need to think about their vehicle's air conditioning. Most Lancaster people don't service their air conditioning until after it fails. At The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley, we can advise you on your vehicle manufacturers preventive maintenance schedules for air conditioning service, just as we do for transmission service, oil changes and so on.

Maintaining your air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the vehicle's air conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system can't cool the air as well. We see that a lot at The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley in Lancaster.

The refrigerant also contains oil that lubricates air conditioning components and keeps the seals resilient. Low refrigerant and lubricating oil means that the air conditioning parts will wear out prematurely, and all Lancaster vehicle owners know that air conditioning repairs can be costly. At The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley, we recommended that the air conditioner be run regularly, even during winter months, to keep the parts and seals lubricated.

Lancaster drivers need to be aware that there's one more thing that isn't directly related to air conditioning service but does impact the quality of the air in your vehicle. And that's your cabin air filter. This filter cleans dust, pollen, pollution and other impurities in the air that come from the heater and air conditioner. The cabin air filter needs to be replaced when it's dirty. If you don't, it'll start to smell. Not all vehicles have one, so ask your The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley service advisor to check your cabin air filter at the same time they're doing your air conditioning service.

The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley
226 West Avenue I
Lancaster, California 93534
661-949-8484
http://cardoctorsav.autovideotipsblog.com



Tire Replacement: What Lancaster Drivers Need to Know

Nov 13, 2012

Looking at getting some new tires? Maybe the real reason for wanting those off-highway tires is that they look cool. Well there's nothing wrong with that. If you make sure that you've got your functional needs covered with your selection, then you can have some fun with where you go from there.

Let's suppose you zip around Lancaster in a sporty car. You may like to run a high-performance summer tire when the weather's good. When California weather turns cold, you can put on high-performance winter tires. For the kind of driving you like to do, you want full-on performance tires. All-season tires are naturally a compromise that works well for most Lancaster drivers, but since you have a choice, go for dedicated summer and winter tires.

When it's time for new tires, visit with a knowledgeable The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley tire professional. Describe your needs and wants. He'll come up with some selections for you to discuss. And once you settle on a type of tire, there are options for special needs: like pulling a trailer or carrying heavy loads.

Tires are one of the biggest purchases for Lancaster drivers. With so many choices, you'll be able to get what's best for you. Take your time. And don't worry about what's in stock. If you want something that isn't here at The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley, we can order it. Chances are you'll be rolling on your new tires in a couple of days.

Let us know if you have any other questions!

 The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley
226 West Avenue I
Lancaster, California 93534
661-949-8484
http://cardoctorsav.autovideotipsblog.com

 



Lancaster Drivers: Get Fresh Air Inside Your Car

Nov 07, 2012

Let's talk about air quality in Lancaster. It's a global issue, but affects us wherever we are. Many decades ago, Lancaster drivers began to become aware of how air pollution negatively affects health. But what about the air inside your vehicle?

Now, it's only been in the last few years that cabin air filters have become common in Lancaster. You can look in your owner's manual to see if you have one. If you do, there'll be a recommendation for replacing it when it gets dirty. If you live in an area of California where there's a lot of dust, pollen or pollution, you may need to change it more often.

You can also ask your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley in Lancaster. How hard is it to change an air filter on a car? It depends on your vehicle. Some are quite accessible; others take some doing to get to them. They're usually in the engine compartment or under the dashboard.

Because cabin air filters are so new on the scene, some people haven't heard of them – even those who have cabin air filters in their vehicle. The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley service advisors have discovered that many Lancaster customers who complained about an unpleasant odor in their vehicle simply had a dirty cabin air filter. 

The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley
226 West Avenue I
Lancaster, California 93534
661-949-8484
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The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Nov 01, 2012

Welcome to the The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear.

Let's focus on stopping in wet Lancaster conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can't move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water.

That's called hydroplaning. If it's really bad, Lancaster drivers can actually spin out of control - endangering themselves and the other drivers around them. At best, you won't stop as fast.

So how does a tire move water? It has channels for water to flow through. Look at your vehicle tire and you'll see channels: channels that run around the tire and channels that flow across the tire. They're designed to direct water away from the tire so it can contact the road better.

And the deeper the channel, the more water it can move. A brand new The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley tire has very deep channels and can easily move a lot of water. As the tire wears down, the channels become shallower and can move less water. When it wears down enough, it can seriously affect your ability to stop your vehicle on wet Lancaster roads.

So that's why it's so important for Lancaster drivers to replace their vehicle tires when they get worn. Consumer Reports and other advocate groups call for a standard of 3/32 of an inch and they have the studies to prove it.

At The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley, we want our customers to know that the deeper recommended tread depth makes a big difference. Stopping distances are cut dramatically on wet Lancaster streets. A safe stop from California speeds with 4/32 of an inch of tread would result in a crash with worn out tires.

There's an easy way to tell when a tire's worn to 4/32 of an inch.

Just insert a quarter into the tread. Put it in upside down. If the tread doesn't cover George Washington's hairline, it's time to replace your vehicle tires. With a Canadian quarter, the tread should cover the numbers in the year stamp.

Many Lancaster residents have heard of this technique using a penny and Abe Lincoln's head - the old method. That measure gives you 2/32 of an inch – half the suggested amount. Of course, vehicle tires are a major purchase. Most of us in Lancaster want to get as many miles out of them as we can. But there's a real safety trade-off. It's your choice.

The Car Doctors of the Antelope Valley
226 West Avenue I
Lancaster, California 93534
661-949-8484
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