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Don’t top off – Believe it or not, this is more than just a silly recommendation. When you fill the tank past where it should be normally you are doing several things wrong. First, you are creating pollution that is harmful to you and those around you. Second, gas was designed to turn into vapor for combustion. When you top off the tank you fill a chamber that is used for vapor with liquid. This can cause the chamber to fail, your vehicle to run poorly, and could mean an expensive repair bill in your future.
Oil – Change your oil regularly according to your instruction manual. This will help to extend the life of your car as many times dirt, metal, and debris can often be found in used oil. If you change your own oil, take proper precautions; check the engine oil at every other gas up, don’t overfill your crankcase with oil, wipe the plug and washer to the oil pan
Washer fluid – People often run out of this essential fluid at the worst times. Snowstorms, rain storms, dusty roads…even just dirt collecting on the windshield can turn and everyday situation into a nightmare. Fill with the proper fluid as directed.
Coolant – Follow the directions given in your owner’s manual. Most engines need the water and coolant in a 50/50 ratio. Never use straight water in your radiator. Antifreeze prevents corrosion and freezing where the water allows for correct heat transfer from the coolant to the radiator. Some manufacturers offer coolant premixed, but just remember, you are trading convenience for water.
Transmission Fluid – Experts suggest checking and/or replacing transmission fluid at 5,000 miles and then every 25,000 or every two years after that. Consult your owner’s manual for confirmation. Don’t dismiss this suggestion. We may make certain recommendations, but each car is unique and your owner’s manual is the best place for the specific need for maintaining your vehicle.
Steering Fluid – Have you ever tried to steer a car that is out of power steering fluid? If you have you know you will never want to do that again. Low steering fluid can lead to the power steering pump going out. Yes, that’s bad. Use only the kind of fluid recommended by your owner’s manual.
Brake Fluid – If you change your own brake fluid, make sure to clean the master cylinder before opening it. Brake fluid can be easily contaminated and you want as little moisture and dirt in your fluid as possible. We know it goes without saying, but please don’t put other fluids in your brake fluid pump, even temporarily. Straight up brake fluid as instructed by your manual.
Be smart, be safe. Check your fluids regularly. Never guess or use the wrong fluids. When in doubt consult your manual or the knowledgeable folks at the Olympia Auto Mall. Happy driving!
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Headlamps 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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