Monthly Archives: June 2014

Passing the Test – the Emissions Test

Emissions - used cars olympia waIf you’re worried about passing your next emissions test, here are some helpful recommendations from the Olympia Auto Mall, your best source for new and used cars in Olympia, WA.

The best way to keep your car passing those annoying emissions tests is to keep the vehicle well maintained. Don’t wait until last minute or until you actually fail the test to do something to improve your car.

Change your oil regularly.  Not only is this good for the overall life of your car, but extra dirt in the crankcase could release additional pollutants making it more difficult to stay below the defined levels to pass the emissions test.

Perform regular tune-ups and schedule one 2 weeks before your next emissions test.  If your mechanic disconnects the battery during your tune-up, it will give the onboard computer two weeks of driving to run all the diagnostics necessary to pass the test.  Regular tune-ups can also improve the efficiency of your car and improve your gas mileage.

Top off the coolant before your test. The emissions test runs the engine at high speed so efficient cooling is important.

Fill up your gas tank. If the gas level is low in your tank, this could expose the fuel pump and put vapor in the fuel line, emitting additional unnecessary pollutants.

Drive the car at highway speeds.  If most of your commuting is local, consider some highway driving for two weeks prior to your emissions test. Your catalytic converter is responsible for converting harmful pollutants into less harmful emissions before they leave your exhaust system. Short trips don’t get the catalytic converter hot enough to do its job.  Highway driving is the best way to get that catalytic converter hot enough to burn off any gas and oil residue.

If you have any concerns about the condition of your car and it’s ability to pass the state emissions testing, bring it in to the Olympia Auto Mall.  Our helpful service centers will be happy to assist you.  We have the largest selection of new and used cars in Olympia if you decide it’s time to upgrade. Happy Trails!

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The 2014 Rutledge Corn Maze

Rutledge Corn Maze - used cars olympia waBe among the first visitors through the 2014 Rutledge Corn Maze featuring “Super” special guest stars! Saturday, July 19th, help welcome our very own Seattle Seahawk’s Super Bowl champions Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice.

Tickets are only $20.00 and include a packet of green or blue cornstarch paint to throw in the air to welcome Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice when they land by helicopter at the Rutledge Corn Maze!

The Olympia Auto Mall – Proud Sponsor

Shedding Some Light on Headlamps

headlights - used cars tacoma waHeadlamps or headlights are an important part of your car especially if you drive at night.  One burned out bulb can mean the difference between good night vision and a dimly lit road.  The experts at the Olympia Auto Mall, where you can get the best used cars Tacoma, WA has to offer, would like to share some information about the types of headlights available and the pros and cons of each:

Halogen Headlights are very popular and most widely found in cars today.  Halogens or the halogen elements are a group of 5 chemically related and toxic elements.  They consist of Fluorine (F), Chlorine (Cl), Bromine (Br), Iodine (I), and Astatine (At), all highly reactive elements.  Each halogen bulb has a thin tungsten filament encased in a glass capsule filled with halogen gas which regenerates the filament each time the headlight is turned on.  Halogen headlamps emit a bright, white light have a relatively long lifespan and a fairly low replacement cost, making them a popular choice of headlight for your car.

Xenon Headlights, often referred to as HID (high intensity discharge) are found in some of the newer models of vehicles today.  Xenon is a colorless, odorless gas that, unlike halogen, is unreactive.  The xenon bulb emits a clean, bright white light that provides excellent illumination.  It is more efficient compared to halogen in that it uses less power and has a longer life span.  HID headlights are more expensive and may cause a harsh glare to oncoming drivers due to its bright intensity.

LED Headlights, or Light Emitting Diodes, are another efficient lighting choice.  This semiconductor diode gives off light when voltage is applied.  LED lights require little power to illuminate and overall consume very little energy.  They do generate heat and require more cooling than do HID or Halogen lamps.  However, due to their efficient energy consumption they are becoming a popular choice in many types of lighting beside headlights.

If you have any questions about the best headlights for your car, consult the knowledgeable staff at the Olympia Auto Mall.  Located just off Highway 101 at the Cooper Point Road-Auto Mall Drive Exit, they are your source for new and used cars in Tacoma, Olympia, and Puyallup.

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I Can See Clearly Now – Streak-free windows

clean windshield - used cars puyallup waNothing is worse than the sun in your eyes and streaks in your windshield. How to you get a streak-free windshield and clear, beautiful windows when you clean?

Start with a couple basics…

First make a solution of ammonia and water (1 part ammonia to 10 parts water). Fill a spray bottle with the mixture.

Next purchase a couple medical rags for cleaning and microfiber towels for drying.  [The medical rags can be purchased at any auto detail supply store.  Microfiber towels are available most anywhere.]

Spray the cleaning solution on the window and wipe first with the medical rag in one direction (horizontal or vertical) then with the microfiber towel in the opposite direction. Be sure to open the window slightly to get the dirt trapped along the top.

Remember also to clean the mirrors, headlights, and wipers for a perfectly clear view of the road, even at night.

For helpful advice on new or used cars in the Puyallup, WA area, turn to the experts at the Olympia Auto Mall, your source for all things automotive.

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