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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Should I be doing regular tune-ups on my newer vehicle?

Today's automobiles do not require tune ups in the same way as older vehicles. Automobile manufacturers have set forth, in their recommended maintenance schedules, intervals for replacing spark plugs, PCV valves, fuel filters etc., while recommending that other items related to engine operation be inspected for proper operation and/or adjustment, such as ignition timing, idle speed and other emission control related devices. Therefore, the term "tune up" indicates the need for routine maintenance and should not be associated with poor performance. If your vehicle experiences any operation or performance problems between maintenance intervals, that specific problem should be addressed by performing an engine analysis to isolate that particular problem



Should you use synthetic oil?

Synthetic oil is a great way to go and can save you time, money and gas. It’s a good choice for high output, turbocharged or supercharged engines, vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot weather), and vehicles that are operated in extremely cold or hot climates. Though more expensive than mineral-based motor oils, synthetic oil can improve fuel economy. You also have longer intervals between changes which saves on time and ultimately will actually cost you less that mineral-based oil changes


Oil Change

My Car Is Making A Pinging Sound. What Does It Mean?

A pinging sound coming from the engine indicates timing problems and will cause internal engine damage. Sometimes it is caused by poor quality or low octane fuel. We strongly advise you have your vehicle checked out by a professional to determine the cause and whether it’s causing damage

How Often Should Belts and Hoses Be Replaced?

Most hose manufacturers recommend replacing hoses every four years and V-belts, every three years or 36,000 miles. The incidence of failure rises sharply after the forth year for hoses and third year for belts. A typical serpentine belt lifespan is about five years or 50,000 miles. Serpentine belts are thinner and more flexible than V-belts. They run cooler and last longer, but they cost about twice as much to replace



Do I have to go to the dealership for regularly scheduled maintenance?

No, we can take care of all regular scheduled maintenance and service, keeping your factory warranty intact. Warranties are there to protect the consumer, but you must follow the requirements. At Quality Automotive Servicing we can perform 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 mile services and often charge less than the manufacturer