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Clean Air for Your Engine: Engine Air Filters In Maumee

Every Maumee 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. Now, most air filters purchased in Maumee don't cost a lot to replace. It's just that OH people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. can often save enough on gas to pay for itself before your next oil change in Maumee. Think about a dirty furnace filter in your Maumee 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 Maumee roads. Your vehicle actually needs about 12,000 times more air t ... read more

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Air Conditioning Maintenance at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. in Maumee

Warm weather or cold, Maumee drivers still need to think about their vehicle's air conditioning. Most Maumee people don't service their air conditioning until after it fails. At Lange`s Auto Care, Inc., 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 Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. in Maumee.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 Maumee vehicle owners know that air conditioning repairs can ... read more

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Deciphering the Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. Menu Board

Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. Maumee, OH, service centers like Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know what these services really are unless they ask. Let's go down a typical list, in alphabetical order, starting with air conditioning service. Feel free at any time to give Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. a call at 419-897-9988 to learn of the many services we offer, or stop by our Maumee, OH auto center at 825 Ford St Suite A, 43537. First remember that all of these services are recommended by vehicle manufacturers. They set how often or at how many miles/kilometers the service should be done.Air conditioning service involves purging the old refrigerant and capturing it for proper disposal. Then fresh refrigerant is installed. The fresh refrigerant will lubricate the system and will also help it ... read more

Cooling System Components

Today we want to talk about a system in our vehicles – the cooling system. It's one of those things that Maumee auto owners don't give much thought to until it fails and then they're stranded by the side of a road in OH.Cooling systems fail more often than any other mechanical system – usually because of neglect. Don't you hate it when something breaks and you could have done something to prevent it?The good news is that if Maumee drivers take care of their cooling systems, they can keep working for the life of their car.Here at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. in Maumee, we emphasize preventive maintenance services like replacing your coolant according to the factory schedule. But the various parts that make up the cooling system need attention too. The major components of the cooling system are the water pump, freeze plugs, the thermostat, radiator, cooling fans, the heater core, the pressure cap, the overflow tank and the hoses.It ... read more

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Gas Savings in Maumee: Sharpen Your Pencil

High gas prices in Maumee increase the cost of living for OH drivers. You've probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, causing some Maumee vehicle owners to skimp in other areas – like scheduled maintenance.According to OH news reports and automotive industry studies, this is becoming increasingly more common. In fact, nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn't been done. Some of these items pose serious safety risks. Others are just more likely to make it more expensive to drive. In this area, we can take a lesson from professional Maumee vehicle owners. I'm talking about fleet owners and operators. You know, Maumee folks like the trucking companies and delivery services. Because their livelihood depends on it, they have gotten scheduled maint ... read more

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Severe Service Requirements

A lot of Maumee drivers have asked whether or not they should use their severe service maintenance schedule, which is listed in their vehicle's  owner's  manual. It can be somewhat confusing, so we decided to consult an expert. Cricket Killingsworth is from QMI/Heartland, a manufacturer of automotive products and fluids. She's been in the automotive business for over 30 years and is a speaker, a trainer and a writer. Cricket says there's so much confusion on this topic because, "Most owner's manuals actually have two maintenance schedules. Sometimes these are called 'regular service' and 'severe service.' Sometimes they're simply called Schedule 1 and Schedule 2. A severe service schedule recommends that things like an oil change, air filter replacement and transmission service be done more often: either in fewer miles or in less time." Foreign and domestic vehicle manufacturers create a specific schedule for each vehicle they manufacture. So ... read more

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Fuel Injectors

The last new American vehicles sold in Maumee with a carburetor rolled out of the OH dealerships in 1990. Since then, all new vehicles here in Maumee, and nationally, have had fuel injectors. In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much gas to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute. Fuel injectors deliver fuel far more precisely than carburetors. That translates into better fuel economy and more power for Maumee drivers. Virtually all fuel injectors for gas engines are known as port fuel injectors because they deliver the fuel to a port just outside the cylinder. Port fuel injectors operate at about 40 to 80 pounds per square inch of pressure.A few vehicle manufacturers have introduced gas direct injection systems on some engines recently. These systems inject the gas directly ... read more

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Exhaust Service at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. in Maumee

Whenever they hear the term "exhaust service," most Maumee residents think about exhaust pipes and mufflers. Well, actually, exhaust service at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. is a lot more comprehensive these days. For example, catalytic converters were mandated in 1976 and on-board emission control computers in 1990. Governmental emissions requirements have forced manufacturers to come up with much more sophisticated ways to comply with environmental regulations.Exhaust service has really become exhaust and emissions service. High-tech computer controlled emissions devices are now a big part of exhaust service. Because it is so sophisticated, your recommends you have your emission system checked out by a qualified Maumee exhaust technician regularly to make sure everything is working right - usually every 6 months or 10,000 miles/16,000 kilometers.If your Check Engine light comes on, especially if it's flashing, get your car looked at right away. Technicians at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. in Mau ... read more

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Differential Service

When you take a corner in your car, the outside wheels have a slightly longer distance to go than the inside wheels.  That means that the outside wheels must turn a bit faster than the inside.  The piece of mechanical wizardry that makes this possible is called the differential. The differential allows the drive wheels to rotate at different speeds in turns without the wheels binding or hopping.  If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the differential is on the rear axle.  You’ve seen that bulge in the middle of the axle when you’re behind a truck – that’s the differential. If you have a front-wheel drive vehicle, the differential function is handled by your transaxle.  Of course, all-wheel drive vehicles have differentials on both axles.  They also have a center differential or a transfer case between the front and rear axles to compensate for speed differences between the front and rear. Because all the power of the engine is tra ... read more

Cabin Air Filter From Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.

Here is a questions for Maumee drivers: What is a cabin air filter?Is it: A filter for a house in the middle of the woods? A fresh, piney scent? A filter for the passenger compartment of your car? Clever you, it's 3.A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment. It filters out dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, sparrows, exhaust gas and odors.These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.Now not all vehicles in the Maumee area have cabin filters. They are fairly new on the scene in OH. About 40 percent of new vehicles come with cabin air filters, but the number is growing every year.Cabin air filters can make for a very nice driving environment for Maumee. Your car can be a haven during OH allergy season with very little dust and pollen getting into the cabin. However, like all filters, your cabin air filter eventually gets clogge ... read more

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