Back in the day, you took your car in every 20-30,000 miles to have her “tuned up.” That meant Goober at the local filling station changed your oil and filter, air filter, fuel filter, spark plugs and wires, distributor cap and rotor button, replaced/adjusted/filed your ignition points, and maybe replaced the condenser. That was considered … Continue reading Tech Tip Tuesday: What is a “Tune Up”?
"But you dedicated an entire post on how to change your own oil. What gives?" You know WHY to change your oil (right?) and probably when (check your owners manual to be sure), but let's delve into the whys and why-nots of the DIY oil change. I'm not saying you should never change your own … Continue reading Why You SHOULDN’T change your own oil
Most people know they need to change their oil and filter and perhaps even their air filter, but there are a number of "forgotten filters" on cars and trucks these days that are often neglected. We'll be focusing on the fuel filter today. Fuel filters should be replaced every few years or about 40-50k miles … Continue reading Fuel Filter Replacement – 2005 Mercury Mountaineer
In this installment of Tech Tip Tuesday (which has been carelessly forgotten a few Tuesdays recently) we'll examine the importance of dielectric grease when installing spark plug wires. This particular example is on a 2005 Mercury Mountaineer 4.0 V6. The customer said he had a misfire, usually under load, but not all the time and said … Continue reading Tech Tip Tuesday: Spark Plug Wires
As a customer you may have had a shop tell you a certain component on your vehicle was worn out or defective and then had them suggest that you replace that same component on the other side as well. This is particularly common on steering and suspension components and brake components. Why should you replace … Continue reading Tech Tip Tuesday: Why Replace in Pairs?
Air Filters. How complicated can they be? Honestly, not too complicated, but you need to know what to look for in an air filter and know when it should be replaced. There are certain quick lube places and other shops that try to sell you an air filter nearly every time you go there (usually … Continue reading Basics: Air Filter Inspection