Yearly Archives: 2015

Smart Maumee Drivers Protect Against Overheating

Engines get hot when they run. This heat can build up and damage vital engine parts, so engines need a cooling system to keep them running. Cooling system failure is the most common mechanical failure in vehicles. This is unfortunate, because these failures are usually easy for Maumee drivers to prevent. The radiator is the best-known and most recognizable part of the cooling system. Hoses filled with coolant (also known as antifreeze) connect the radiator to the engine. The coolant draws heat from the engine and then flows to the radiator. Air passing through cooling fans on the radiator cools the coolant. The coolant then cycles back into the engine to start the process over again. The most critical component of the cooling system, however, is the coolant itself. A mixture of water and coolant/antifreeze helps keep it both from freezing and from boiling away. Either can result in serious engine damage. Different engines require different types of coolant/antifreeze. The owner's ma ... read more

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Cooling System

Maumee, OH Winter Prep Service for Your Auto

When winter approaches in OH, Maumee residents break out the sweaters, coats, boots and mittens. We want to be ready for OH winter conditions. Your vehicle needs to be ready for winter as well. The last thing Maumee residents want is to get stranded out in the cold. You need your vehicle to be safe and reliable. It's a good idea to get caught up on any neglected maintenance items anytime - but the stakes are higher in cold OH winters.There are some specific things Maumee drivers need to do to have their vehicle ready for winter. The most obvious is having the antifreeze checked. If the antifreeze level is too low, it can't properly protect your engine, radiator and hoses from freezing. If your car does not seem to be making enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze level may be low or you could have a thermostat problem. Get it checked out at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. in Maumee. If you are due for a cooling system service, now is a perfect time to have it done.In the cold months arou ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Odometer Rollback on Your Maumee, OH Vehicle

How do Maumee drivers know if an odometer is telling the truth?Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect OH consumers against mileage fraud. It says a OH seller must certify the mileage reported is the actual mileage.To have your odometer checked in Maumee, OH, stop by Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.: Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. 825 Ford St Suite A Maumee, OH 43537   If it isn't, the seller must say why; for example, maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced.If the seller tells you the mileage isn't accurate, there's not much chance of putting a good number to it. And there's the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it isn't. What can Maumee vehicle owners do?You can go to www.CarFax.com, where, for a small fee, they'll give you a comprehensive vehicle h ... read more

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Older Vehicles

Exhaust Service at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.: Passing the Smell Test

The exhaust system on a vehicle is more complex than most Maumee residents realize. It contains everything from old-fashioned pipes and clamps to sophisticated computers and sensors. All OH folks know a properly functioning exhaust system is good for the environment, but sometimes we forget that a damaged exhaust system can be deadly. That's why preventive maintenance on your exhaust system is so important. We can help you with that at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. in Maumee.The exhaust manifold is the first component in your exhaust system. The manifold is attached to the engine. It collects the gases that are produced by the engine and directs them into the exhaust pipes. At this point, these gases are both hot and chemically dangerous.One of the gases produced in your engine is carbon monoxide. This gas is colorless and odorless. Breathing it can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and drowsiness. Continue breathing it and you will die.To keep this gas and ... read more

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Exhaust

Check Engine Light Diagnosis at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.

Hello Maumee . Have you ever had your Check Engine light come on? Did you panic? Or just scowl and ignore it? What should you do? Pull to the side of the road and call a tow truck? Or just keep driving? What does that little light really mean for Maumee drivers?First of all, the Check Engine or Service Engine light does indicate that something is wrong. That's why it is called a warning light. But the something that is wrong might be a loose gas cap, or it might be serious vehicle engine trouble. That's why Maumee residents often don't know how to respond to it.The Check Engine light has two modes: it flashes or it stays on. A flashing light is serious. You need to get your vehicle to Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. in Maumee ASAP. No, you don't need to call a tow truck, but, yes, you can't wait to get your car serviced. If your Check Engine light is on and flashing, you should not tow traile ... read more

Problems with Suspension Solved at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. in Maumee

A vehicle's suspension system is tough. It can last for years and after lots of driving for Maumee drivers. But it can be damaged quickly by hitting a pothole, curb or rock, and it can wear more quickly if you frequently drive off-road or on bumpy roads. A workhorse vehicle — one that hauls heavy loads — is also going to be hard on its suspension system.Because the useful life of your suspension system contains these elements of unpredictability, it is important for Maumee drivers to have them inspected periodically. Worn, broken and missing parts can be identified during an inspection at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. . An ineffective suspension system will decrease the driver's control over a vehicle, so when it is damaged it frequently leads to the worst kind of vehicular damage — dangerous accidents.The suspension system is composed of springs and shock absorbers (or shocks). Springs suspend the weight of the vehicle above its axles. They allow the vehicle to &ldquo ... read more

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Suspension

Hey Maumee Drivers, How Many Miles Are on Your Car?

Nowadays, Maumee drivers are paying more at OH gas pumps. For some families it adds up to several hundred dollars every month. That's got to come out of the budget somewhere. This is one of the reasons many OH drivers are putting off buying a new car. They plan on keeping their old vehicle for a year or two longer than before.Even now, 2/3 of the personal vehicles on our local Maumee, OH, roads have over 75,000 miles (120,000 kilometers) on them. The average age of vehicles is over nine years. And most people in the Maumee area can't afford to be stranded or inconvenienced by a breakdown. So following a regular maintenance schedule, like personal diet and exercise plans, is actually critical to preserving your investment.Determining what to do for a higher-mileage vehicle can be challenging because many owner's manuals don't publish service intervals after 60,000 miles (100,000 kilometers). Thus, Maumee drivers need to be better at keeping records and planning for preventive maint ... read more

Introduction to Diesels for Maumee, OH

Something you're going to be hearing a lot about around Maumee, OH, is diesel engines. We're not talking about semi-trucks and buses; we're talking about diesel engine cars, pick-ups and SUVs.Most people in OH are surprised to learn that around half the cars on the road in Europe have diesel engines. Nearly all import brands offer a range of diesel engines abroad – even the ultra-luxury brands like Mercedes and BMW. For the most part, these diesel engines haven't been available in Maumee, OH. But that's about to change.In the past, North American diesel fuel has had a much higher sulfur content than European fuel. Recent environmental laws have required changes in diesel formulation and emissions standards here in Maumee, OH, so we are now ready to start seeing more diesel options offered over the next few years.Why are so many Maumee drivers interested in diesel engines? Well first off, diesel fuel is more energy dense. There's more power in a barrel of diesel f ... read more

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Fuel System

The Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

The team at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. in Maumee, and OH car owners are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Maumee drivers want to save the environment and their pocketbooks.And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize fuel economy. But is there something more people in Maumee can do? After all, some of us folks can't cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get from point A to point B. And that means buying more gas in Maumee and producing more emissions.Of course, your vehicle's weight isn't negotiable. And you can't do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn't an article about diet and exercise.But look around your vehicle. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight around? Do you really need your golf clubs every time you leave ... read more

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Fuel System

Defensive Driving in Maumee, OH

  There was a man in the Maumee area who learned that most car accidents occur within a mile of home – so he moved. (Just kidding!)When we think of defensive driving, we often focus on our local OH highway situations. The fact of the matter is we need to be just as careful close to home in Maumee, because that's where we do most of our driving. We can't let our familiar surroundings keep us from driving defensively.Defensive driving begins with the proper attitude. Have in mind that you won't let anyone take your safety away from you. You'll be aware of your surroundings, road conditions, other vehicles and hazards. And the first person to be concerned with is you: start with your own environment.Don't leave without securing all occupants including children and pets. Watch for loose items that can become projectiles during evasive maneuvers.Driving too fast or too slow increases the chance of an accident.Never drive impaired: Alcohol is a factor in half ... read more

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Steering
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