The rain is coming!

So here we are the rain is coming! Soon it will also be ice and if I get my wish snow, so if you only change your oil once a year or twice now is a good time to do it and have your belts checked your antifreeze to see if it actually will not freeze and wipers, washer fluid is a nice treat this time of year as well. If you can afford it have a shop at least look at your car even a oil change place if your not able to check these things yourself. also if you cant drive well in the rain you most likely will not be able to drive in the snow so have those tires checked to see if they need replacing.

Have a great winter! Tthank you for your support.

My oil change thinking has changed a bit!

It used to be the 3000 or 3 months but oil technology has improved cars also burn fuel more efficiently and fuel is cleaner. I now go 5000 miles or 5 months or 2 times a year. I even go once a year on my farm truck but it only gets 500 miles a year on it.

You have to remember when your car or truck is running, fuel vapor mixes with the oil vapor and it causes the oil to break down, that’s the purpose of the oil change, it also cleans the engine. if you don’t change the oil it gets fuel soaked, and when you shut off the engine that layer of oil that is touching the metal in the engine it stick to it, eventually growing a thick layer of sludge.

I know oil changes seem like a pain in the a## but so is an expensive engine repair, like stuck rings, you can’t clean those easily and you might as well put an engine in. So you decide oil change or engine change.

Happy motoring diesel engine oil changes 5-7000 but, again new oil technology. And for those who know a thing or two about diesel fuel you know that they are pretty much removing the lubricity (that’s what is in diesel fuel to make it lubricate the injectors) so now you need the oil change to rejuvenate the oil that operates the injectors, especially fords, that oil gets compressed to thousands of pounds so it breaks down from being compressed rather than fuel contamination.

A/C repair in a can – DON”T DO IT!

So I have talked about this before. PLEASE DO NOT USE THE A/C IN A CAN REPAIR! Except as a last resort. It has sealant in it and when you use it, it will eventually plug up your system. Then what could have been a small or inexpensive repair, turns ugly, like a crack in the condenser, which could cost 400. Put in the A/C sealer, now it’s more like $1500 because I have to replace the dryer, flush the system and the sealer is in the oil so it has to be changed and it could be in the evaporator as well, now it could re-plug the dryer.

I’ve even found the A/C cycling switch which is 30 bucks to be bad and if you use the parts store A/C system charge with sealant, done.

Sorry, I know it seems unfair but get it checked out first. I do what I call a dye and charge, pull the system down, if it holds a vacuum, I put dye in it and charge it for $140.00. When it stops working, if it does, I find where the dye is coming out. At that time it could be an inexpensive repair or you could say I’m doing the sealant but at least you can make the correct decision, stay cool.