Monthly Archives: March 2016

Beware of Cheap Tires in Maumee

Do you like to shop for shoes in Maumee?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pairs of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires? Maumee drivers should also think about the safety aspect of tires. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. You want to be sure they hold the road and provide good traction on OH freeways and surface streets. If you carry heavy loads or tow a trailer on OH highways, the tires need a high load rating.Ask your friendly and knowledgeable Maumee tire professional at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.. I think it's important that Maumee residents understand the effect of price on a tire's quality, performance and durability. When I was a kid, my dad would say, “Pay twice as much and buy half as ma ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

All About Your TPMS in Maumee

Maumee drivers know that underinflated tires wear out more quickly. Underinflation is also a major cause of tire failure for OH auto owners. More flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances are all results of underinflated tires.It's hard for many Maumee drivers to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your owner’s manual recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your tire is considered significantly under-inflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.Uncle Sam to the rescue! A recent U.S. federal law required vehicle manufacturer’s to include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System - or TPMS system - in all vehicles. Many Canadian vehicles have them as well.  The system is a dashboard mounted warning light that goes off if one or more of the tires falls 25% below its pressure recommendations.Obviously, all of this doesn't come free for Maumee car owners. Government stud ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Breathe Deep in Maumee With a New Cabin Air Filter

Poor interior air quality is nothing to sneeze at, and Maumee auto owners might be interested to know that more and more new cars are coming equipped with a cabin air filter. Check your vehicle owner's manual, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000 to 24,000 kilometers).The filter is usually under the vehicle hood or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to, so you'll want to have your friendly and knowledgeable Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. service advisor take care of replacing them.As we said, many Maumee people don't realize they have a cabin air filter and come to Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. saying "my vents are smelling bad." It usually turns out to be a dirty cabin air filter. A switch out and they're on their way, smelling sweet.Maumee residents who suffer from allergies can really benefit from a cabin air filter as it keeps irritants to a minimum.If you're one of them, you'll want to replace y ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

Serpentine Belt Service at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.

Most Maumee folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my Maumee market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was proud of my wise use of time and money.What does this have to do with your car? Well, back in the day, each of your engine's accessories, like the alternator and air conditioner, were powered by separate belts. A vehicle might have five or six belts. These days, vehicles have a single belt to run all the accessories. It's called the serpentine belt. A pulley attached to the vehicle engine's crank provides the power to turn the serpentine belt. On the engine in the video, the first accessory in line is the p ... read more

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Maintenance
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