Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

We’re living in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term “built to last” goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They’re still a very big investment and we want to make them last as long as possible – and we want to make keeping them as cheap as possible. When talking cars, it’s all about preventive maintenance. There is an old saying that says, “a stitch in time saves...

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Stewart Auto Repair: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Your browser does not support videoJust as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your vehicle engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let’s go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on Florida freeways, twenty pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce twenty pounds of carbon dioxide? The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen comes from the air. You see, it takes about twelve...

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Maintenance Free Myth

Sometimes we hear people say, “What’s up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don’t break down.” While it is true that today’s cars and trucks are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials than ever before. All that complexity demands higher tolerances for everything. For example, most folks don’t realize how high tech automotive fluids have become. Fluids like, engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid. Did you know that...

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I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement In Winter Haven

About 90% of our driving decisions in Lakeland are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important. Most Lakeland motorists have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it’s estimated that 46,000,000 auto owners across the nation are driving with wipers that can’t adequately clear their windshield in a storm. It seems like your wiper blades are always at their worst when you need...

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The Harm In Skipping An Oil Change For Winter Haven Drivers

People in Winter Haven have been hearing a lot about higher oil change intervals these days. Maybe you’re wondering: What are the key issues? Some new vehicle manufacturers in Winter Haven are now recommending much higher oil change intervals than they have in the past. As much as 5,000 to 8,000 miles or more. This practice came under scrutiny when four of the largest new car manufacturers announced that owners like those in Winter Haven were experiencing engine damage resulting from these higher oil change intervals. The...

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Keeping Your Car Young In Winter Haven

As Winter Haven consumers, we live in a disposable society. It’s amazing all the stuff we throw away. New stuff comes out so fast, and much of it is fairly cheap, so we just toss the old and move on. It seems like when we were kids in Lakeland, our parents were real sticklers about taking care of our stuff – especially parents who grew up in the Depression. You know, hang up your clothes, polish your shoes, put away your toys. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough, we had to do without. Winter Haven car owners...

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Economics of Maintenance For Winter Haven Auto Owners

Buying a new car in Winter Haven is always a big financial decision. The allure of that new car smell is powerful, to be sure. But what if your current car is still in good shape? How do you decide? People in Winter Haven who’ve been used to driving a new car every three to five years may be having second thoughts in this economy. For many, the question is, how does the certainty of a new car payment stack up against uncertain repairs for a car that may be out of warranty? For purposes of our discussion, let’s assume you live...

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Maintaining Your Older Car In Winter Haven Florida

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in Winter Haven Florida: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the Winter Haven Florida motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car. Because new cars are more expensive, people in the Lakeland area are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in Lakeland have more than 75,000 miles. As cars age, their...

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Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last At Stewart Auto Repair

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the news. Winter Haven people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better fuel economy and receive a government rebate. A lot of Winter Haven motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They’re good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they’re paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles or more – as long as it’s economical to do so. There are...

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Keys to Long Lasting Vehicle

New cars cost so much these days. Add financing and insurance and, well a new vehicle may not seem so attractive. A lot of Winter Haven, Florida people are hoping to make their cars last a lot longer. The good news is that with the current state of automotive engineering and manufacture, there’s no reason a modern vehicle can’t be made to last for a 150,000 miles or more. There is an old saying that says, ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ and that is really true when it comes to taking care of your car. A great example...

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