Monthly Archives: January 2015

Maumee Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Maumee Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of driving around Maumee on underinflated tires. Admittedly, it's hard to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your vehicle manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your vehicle tires are considered significantly underinflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.New laws require all vehicles to include a tire pressure monitor system, or TPMS. This technology has been used by race car drivers for years. They are able to head off problems from underinflation by closely monitoring tire pressure on the track. It's up to your vehicle's manufacturer to determine which of many TPMS systems available they'll use to comply with the law.Obviously, all of this doesn't come free for Maumee drivers. Government studies have estimated the net costs. Of course, the TPMS system itself will cost something. Maintaining the system ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Selecting New Tires and Wheels

Some of us Maumee drivers just love tires. All those little rubber hairs on new tires and the smell is wonderful. We live in a great time for tires. No matter how you drive around OH, where you want to go or the look you're after; there is a tire for you.The same is true about wheels. The hardest part is choosing from the thousands of wheels available at OH tire shops.The team at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. can help you get some things in mind before you make a purchase. Let's start with function and think about how you drive.For example, maybe you have a large SUV but you don't drive off-road around OH, so an off-road tread isn't important. Also, because you are not out bouncing over rocks in the OH backcountry, you don't need a high profile tire to protect your rims. So that means you can probably go with the low-wide look.If you have a winter season with rain and snow or if you find you need better ice and snow performance, they make great, high-performance snow tires that won't ma ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Budget for Maintenance in Maumee

Sometimes busy Maumee residents dream about going back to the “simpler” days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around OH in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today's automobiles have significantly reduced the amount of time Maumee residents spend at the side of the road during breakdowns. With proper maintenance, today's vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before.Some of those improvements, however, have led to higher repair costs. For example, older cars often broke down from vapor lock. Gas vaporized while traveling from the gas tank to the fuel pump. No gas, no power. The car quits going. The solution was simple — you just sat by the road until the car would start up again. Today's Maumee drivers would hardly tolerate that kind of inconvenience, and it's likely that yesterday's Maumee drivers didn't care much for it, either. So on today's vehicles, the fuel pump is ... read more

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Maintenance

Diesel Maintenance for OH

At Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. we hear from a lot of people who are excited about the new diesel engines that will soon be available in passenger cars and SUV's. But our OH friends are often curious about the preventive maintenance requirements. People may not know that diesel engines have long been used extensively in Europe and Asia. In fact, in some markets, there're nearly as many diesel powered passenger cars as there are gasoline.Here's who's announced or is expected to announce new diesels for North America: BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai and Subaru. Of course, the US auto makers will be expanding their diesel offerings as well. Diesels will become a very big deal here in OH.You may ask, why has it taken so long getting to OH and North America? There are a bunch of reasons like fuel tax policies and such, but the biggest hurtle was that OH diesel fuel had a high sulfur content – too high for the latest generation of highly refined diesel engine ... read more

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Fuel System
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