As an Essential Business We Are Open! We Are Ready and Able to Help.

Need something? Give us a call! Stay safe and healthy!

Articles:

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

Categories:

Fluids

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 'specs'  t ... read more

Categories:

Brakes

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

Categories:

Maintenance

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

Categories:

Exhaust

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

Categories:

Maintenance

Clean Fuel Makes a Happy Engine in Maumee, OH

If the fuel system in your vehicle is dirty, you will be hurting your engine and losing performance as you drive around Maumee, OH.Unless they drive a vintage car, Maumee 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 Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. in Maumee has the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. 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 atLange`s Auto Care, Inc., you'll notice more power, improved and reduced exhaust emissions. We strongly recommend you follow your fuel system cleaning service recommendations to ke ... read more

Categories:

Fuel System

What to Do in Case of an Accident in Maumee

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in Maumee, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what Maumee drivers should do in case of an accident:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Maumee is considered a crime - even if it's not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your OH driver's license or even jail time.Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Maumee emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.You should always file a police report. It's tempting to skip this if everything seems to be ok. But ... read more

Categories:

Automotive News

Are Modern Vehicles Maintenance Free?

In our auto video today we'll be talking with Alan Peterson about myths surrounding automotive maintenance. You can lump these myths into the statement that "modern vehicles are so reliable, they are virtually maintenance free."Any good myth has some elements of truth. No offense to Maumee Bigfoot fans, but this maintenance-free myth has more evidence than most. If we look at some isolated areas of auto maintenance, we could conclude that maintenance isn't so important. But other areas would just as easily lead you to believe that maintenance is more important than ever.Here are some examples for our friends in Maumee. Some vehicles in Maumee no longer require chassis lubrication. They're made with self-lubricating materials and have sealed joints. There's literally no way to grease those joints. -Chalk one up for the myth.On the other side, some vehicles come with sophisticated variable valve timing. A lot of complicated parts are up in the valv ... read more

Categories:

Maintenance

Looking Down the Road - Headlamps

If you've ever been driving around Maumee and had a headlamp go out, you've probably just wanted to replace the bad bulb. If your car uses halogen headlamps, they dim over time. So if you just put in one, they won't have the same brightness, which can be distracting and will affect your field of vision.To have your headlights inspected, visit us at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.. We're at 825 Ford St Suite A in Maumee, OH 43537. Or give us a call at 419-897-9988.Experts at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. recommend replacing your halogen headlamps every year. It's easy to remember if you do it when Daylight Saving Time changes in the fall. That way you'll have bright headlamps for those long OH winter nights.There are other types of headlamps in addition to halogen. There are the old standard bulbs that have been around for decades. These are OK, but you can usually upgrade to halogen. They cost a little more but you can't believe the difference. If you do a lot of ni ... read more

Categories:

Maintenance

Coolant Service at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.

Maumee residents' vehicles have to operate in a wide range of OH temperatures which requires the engine coolant to be able to perform 'no matter what.' Think for a moment about the environment where the coolant does its thing. Very hot, high pressure, corrosive...And all the while, it has to protect the components of the cooling system from corrosion. These components are made from steel and aluminum, plastics and rubber. The coolant has to be formulated to protect against corrosion for all of these different materials. That's why vehicle manufacturer’s recommend different types of anti-freeze for our Maumee, OH, vehicles.There are several different 'families' of anti-freeze available to us here in Maumee. Your owner's manual will tell you what kind you should use. Of course, the automotive professionals at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. will know the right kind for your vehicle.It's important to stay on top of this because coolant system failure is the most common mecha ... read more

Categories:

Cooling System
If You Are Using A Screen Reader And Are Having Problems Using This Website, please call Lange's Auto Care (419) 897-9988 For Assistance.