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Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

We live in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term "built to last" goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They're still a very big investment and Maumee drivers want to make them last as long as possible.  We also want to make keeping them running as cheap as possible. When talking vehicles, it's all about preventive maintenance. There is an old saying that says, "A stitch in time saves nine," and that is really true when it comes to taking care of your vehicle. A great example is coolant service in Maumee.Your coolant not only protects your engine from overheating and freezing, it must also protect cooling system components from corrosion. Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. That's why you need to have your cooling system serviced on a regular schedule.The same is true for your power st ... read more

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Tire Pressure Monitoring System

All new cars and light trucks in Maumee, OH, since 2008 have come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, or 'TPMS'. The TPMS system detects when a tire becomes under-inflated and lights up a warning light on the dash.So what's the big deal for Maumee drivers? Well, underinflated tires can be a real safety concern for in OH. First of all, they don't handle properly and that can lead to an accident. Second, underinflated tires can overheat and cause the tire to come apart, which can also lead to an accident.Government regulations requiring TPMS systems aim to reduce accidents in OH and save lives, a very worthy goal. There are also positive environmental effects because underinflated tires are fuel wasters – lose 1 percent of their fuel economy for every 3 pounds of pressure below ideal. So proper tire inflation can save you a tank of gas a year. And your tires last longer so you won't have to replace them as often.There a ... read more

Transmission Care in Maumee, OH

Do you have any plans around Maumee, OH, for the weekend? Maybe you and some friends are taking the boat up to the lake. Maybe you'll be having a lot of fun water skiing and doing a little fishing.You got the boat all ready. It's all gassed up. You packed lots of snacks and the cooler's stocked – ready to go.How about your tow vehicle? It has plenty of gas and you've even vacuumed it out, but is your auto maintenance up to date?Stop and think. You'll have some heavy traffic on your way out of town. Hilly terrain as you get to the lake. Some dirt roads – and you may have hot weather. And all the time you're going to be towing around a lot of extra weight.That all adds up a lot of severe strain on your engine, brakes and transmission. Your transmission's going to be working overtime, spending more time in lower gears. The internal transmission temperature is going to be much higher than normal. What's a fun little blast to the lake for you is reall ... read more

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Direct Fuel Injection Update from Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.

For those of you in Maumee, OH who pay attention to these things, you may have been hearing about the new direct injection engines and want to learn more about them. Some deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.For example, in one family of engines the conventional V6 makes about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version of the same engine makes over 300 horsepower and gets essentially the same fuel economy. The turbocharged version makes over 350 horsepower.So what are the differences from a conventional engine?The core difference is in the fuel injection system. The system most vehicles use now is called a port injection system. The fuel injector squirts fuel into a port just outside the cylinder where it's then drawn into the engine with the air.With a direct injection system, the injector squirts the fuel directly into the cylinder. The gain in power and economy come because fuel injected directly into the cylinder dur ... read more

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Fall and Spring Checkup in Maumee

When I was a kid, my dad always made sure he took the cars in for Spring and Fall checkups. I was telling a friend that it's about time to get into Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. for a checkup and he said that he read on the internet that modern cars don't need seasonal service.My friend is (technically) right about some things, but from a practical standpoint, a seasonal check up still makes sense.Back when my dad was teaching me about how to take care of the family vehicle, most of them used a different weight of oil in the winter and in the summer. But most of today's modern engines run the same oil year round. High-tech engines and high-tech motor oils are better able to handle the seasonal changes.Your owner's manual or Maumee service advisor at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. can tell you the right oil to use.Of course, you're concerned about the coolant or antifreeze. You don't want to overheat in the OH summer or freeze ... read more

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Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. Guide to Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle

Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. Guide to Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle

Today's Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. post focuses on using coolant. If you pour in the wrong kind, it won't protect the cooling system and may even void the warranty. Check your vehicle owner's manual. Of course, your Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. service advisor will know the proper coolant for your vehicle.Brake fluid is confusing for some Maumee drivers. Back when we opened Lange`s Auto Care, Inc., most vehicles used Dot 3 brake fluid. Now we have Dot 4 and Dot 5. Some Maumee residents mistakenly think the higher numbers are an upgrade. You know, if 3 is good then 4 must be better. That's not how it works. They are different formulations to meet the demands of differences in brake systems. Only one of them is designed for your vehicle.Ditto for transmission fluid. For decades there were two basic types of tranny fluid used at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.: friction modified or not. With the tremendous engineering advances in vehicle automatic transmissions, there have been several new types o ... read more

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Hitting The Brakes In Maumee / Monclova

Hitting The Brakes In Maumee / Monclova

Hello Maumee, let's talk about brakes. But the mechanical aspects of the brakes themselves are just one issue. There's also the power brake pump and brake fluid. And then there are the tires, which are critical to the effectiveness of the brakes.Let's step back. A new vehicle or truck rolls off a local Maumee showroom floor. It has brand new brakes with brand new brake pads. The brake lines and pump are filled with fresh fluid and are completely clean inside. And the tires are brand new, with full tread. It is ready to go.Naturally, braking power is at its peak performance. Now the miles/kilometers start to add up on the vehicle. Maumee drivers tend to focus on the brake pads. In the automotive business, the pads and shoes on drum brakes are called the friction material. That's because they provide the friction used to stop the vehicle. The pads are designed to be effective throughout their useful life – it's not until they are worn so thin as to be out of 'spe ... read more

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Maumee Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among Maumee drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should Maumee drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around Maumee?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero OH temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in OH?Do you drive often in dusty Maumee areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around Maumee?Do you drive in very hot or very cold OH weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest Maumee on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on Maumee surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles/5,000 kilometers and the standard recommendation i ... read more

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Maumee Exhaust and Emissions Service

Many Maumee residents don't realize that there is more to exhaust system maintenance than just tailpipes and mufflers, if you can see smoke or if it's too loud. Exhaust service at a full-service automotive center like Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. is really a lot more comprehensive these days.For example, in the U.S., the federal government required catalytic converters for all cars in 1976 and on-board emission control computers in 1990. OH and federal emissions requirements have forced manufacturers to come up with much more sophisticated ways to comply with environmental laws. This also goes for cars sold in Canada.So, exhaust service has really become exhaust and emissions service. High-tech computer-controlled emissions devices are now necessary. And because it's so sophisticated, we recommend having your emission system checked out by a qualified technician, like the ones we have at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc., regularly to make sure everything's working right – which is usually eve ... read more

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Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles in Maumee, OH

The median age for cars in the Maumee, OH area was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise. If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the Maumee area, bring it into Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. for high-mileage maintenance.825 Ford St Suite AMaumee, OH 43537419-897-9988 Many people in OH are keeping their vehicles longer. The economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern vehicles are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle doesn't have to be a painful experience.Local car owners in Maumee with over 100,000 miles on their vehicles often ask which service intervals they should follow. Let's start with the special needs of the older vehicle...The reality is that time and mileage will take its toll. The engine and transmission will have more sludge. The fuel, steering and brake systems will have gum and varnish built up. There'll be more ... read more

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