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Finding Vehicle Recall Information From Maumee

No matter how well they’re made, cars are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the manufacturer to issue a recall notice to Maumee residents and to fix the car free of charge. The manufacturer then tries to contact everyone who owns that type of car in Maumee and elsewhere until the work is done. These recalls always affect safety, so you need to take them seriously. It’s really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website. Other website include: carfax.com; autobytel.com; and dmv.org. All of these sites have free recall searches. Recalls are pretty seri ... read more

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Maintenance

Keep It Flowing with a Fuel Filter Replacement at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.

The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles around Maumee use fuel filters. For more information about your fuel filter, visit Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. at 825 Ford St Suite A in Maumee, OH 43537.Please call 419-897-9988 to make an appointment. Generally speaking there's not a lot of dirt in our Maumee area auto fuel supply, but there is enough that you want to screen it out. The problem actually gets worse the older your vehicle becomes. That's because dirt, rust and other contaminants will settle out of the fuel and onto the bottom of the fuel tank. After your vehicle is five years or older, it can actually have a fair amount of sediment built up.That just means that the fuel filter has to work harder as your vehicle ages. It'll get clogged sooner and need to be replaced more oft ... read more

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Fuel System

Deep Clean Your Fuel System at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.

Having trouble with your fuel system? Bring your vehicle into Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. for a check up.In today's Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. auto post,we're talking about fuel system cleaning. The first thing to know is how important it is to have a clean fuel system. Maumee residents need fuel to go, and the cleaner the fuel system, the more efficiently the fuel will burn. That means more power and better mileage .A clean fuel system saves money for Maumee drivers at OH gas stations. We guess you could say it all starts and ends at the pump. One of the most important things Maumee residents can do to keep their vehicle fuel system clean is to buy good quality gas. Major brands have detergents that keep gum and varnish from rapidly building up in the fuel system.So buying cheaper gas in OH can actually be more expensive for Maumee drivers in the long run. Now, most cars on OH roads are more than five or six years old. That means they've had time for some dirt and rust ... read more

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Fuel System

Economics of Maintenance for Maumee Auto Owners

Buying a new car in Maumee is always a big financial decision. The allure of that new car smell is powerful, to be sure. But what if your current car is still in good shape? How do you decide?People in Maumee who've been used to driving a new car every three to five years may be having second thoughts in this economy. For many, the question is, how does the certainty of a new car payment stack up against uncertain repairs for a car that may be out of warranty?For purposes of our discussion, let's assume you live right here in Maumee and have a five year old vehicle. It's now paid off. If you keep it, you fear that there'll be some repairs over the next five years, but you really don't know what to expect. For help we turned to maintenance and repair information for cars and trucks. With this data, they project likely service and repair costs for a particular make and model. They're able to use manufacturer's maintenance sch ... read more

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Maintenance

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in Maumee

About 90% of our driving decisions in the Maumee area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.Most Maumee drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you've got plenty of company in the Maumee area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.Maumee drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component. Then we'll stay ahead of the storm.Maumee ve ... read more

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Maintenance

Road Trip Preparation

People from Maumee OH love their cars. And nothing goes with cars better than a road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it's great! But there's nothing like car trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt. Now you can't always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip. Let's look at some of the auto maintenance related problems you might encounter on a road trip and what you might do to avoid them. It all starts with a thorough trip inspection by your service professionals at Lange's Auto Care, Inc.. Let's talk about some of the items on the trip inspection checklist. The most common vehicle component to fail is the tires. Of course, you can't always avoid a road hazard that leads to a flat, but you may be able to head off some maintenance-connected tire problems. A good ... read more

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Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil in Your Maumee Vehicle

If you're a quart low in your vehicle, there isn't enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you're driving around the Maumee area.The same goes for dirty oil; it doesn't reduce friction properly. The result is you get to watch those numbers at your local Maumee gas pump rolling higher and higher.The transmission also needs the proper amount of clean fluid to do its work. When it's in need of service, the transmission drags your fuel economy down.So keep it clean at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.  and give yourself a fighting chance. Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. 825 Ford St Suite A Maumee, OH 43537 419-897-9988 http://www.langesauto.com

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Fuel System

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in Maumee

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in Maumee

There's a segment of the Maumee area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers). So tune-ups used to force you in to Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. for service, and while you were there you just took care of whatever else was on the list.Also, in recent years, a large percentage of new vehicles in Maumee have been leased. These folks plan on turning the vehicle in after two or three years, so they haven't focused on the maintenance that helps a vehicle last longer.Given all that, what's the benefit to keeping up with factory scheduled maintenance? Well, your vehicle will perform better and return better fuel economy.Those benefits pay for themselves as they go along. The big plus is that major repairs are prev ... read more

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Maintenance

When Are Your Tires Worn Out?

  Hey Maumee area drivers, are your tires worn out? What is the standard for our OH streets? How can you tell on your vehicle?While there may be legal requirements for the Maumee area, there are safety concerns that go beyond meeting minimum replacement mandates.Two-thirty-seconds of an inch is the depth of the tire tread wear indicator bars that US law has required to be molded across all tires since August 1, 1968. When tires are worn so that this bar is visible, there's just 2/32 of an inch – 1.6 millimeters – of tread left. It's that level of wear that's been called into question recently.We're referring to the tread depth on a tire, it can't move surface water out of the way and you start to hydroplane.In a safety study, a section of a test track was flooded with a thin layer of water. If you laid a dime on the track, the water would be deep enough to surround the coin, but not enough to cover it.A car and a full-sized pick-up accelerated to 70 mile ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Go Straight: Wheel Alignment for Maumee Automobiles

Maumee drivers may have an alignment problem if their car drifts or pulls to one side, the steering wheel's off center, they notice uneven tire wear or the car doesn't feel like it handles right as they drive down Maumee, OH, streets and roads.When all of a vehicle's wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes, smacking a curb or other objects around Maumee are great ways to knock a car out of alignment. Then one or more of your wheels start pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin.The team at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. in Maumee wants you to know that driving for an extended time when your car is out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and excessively. Sometimes the tire can be worn so badly that it will fail.At the very least, those who drive with wheels out of alignment will have to replace their tires sooner. You could end up with premature wear to your suspension system, which can be expensi ... read more

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