Archive for November 28, 2013

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement In Auburn

About 90% of our driving decisions in Sacramento are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.

Most Sacramento drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our Sedan windshield is just dirty. In fact, it’s estimated that 46,000,000 motorists 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 them the most. If that sounds like you, you’ve got plenty of company in the Sacramento area. 78% of car owners only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.

Us Auburn drivers need to change our thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as an important Sedan safety component. Then we’ll stay ahead of the storm.

You really ought to replace your wiper blades twice a year; in the spring and the fall. If you live in the colder parts of California, you may even want to get special winter blades in the fall.

Winter blades are made to resist freezing. Speaking of winter and freezing Sacramento conditions, if your Sedan has been sitting for a long time and the windshield becomes frozen, don’t use your wipers to clear off snow and ice. That can shred your blades and may even damage the wiper motor.

Your wiper blades live outside in the freezing cold and blistering Auburn sun. Over time, they become hard and brittle, and then tear. They also lose their flexibility and just don’t clear the Sedan windshield effectively. Worn wiper blades aren’t just a safety hazard; they can also scratch your windshield. That may require replacing the entire Sedan windshield – that’s a steep consequence for neglecting such a small part.

AutoNetTV and Euro Motors recommend you replace worn blades right away. Your Auburn service center can provide you with a quality replacement blade. At Euro Motors, they cost about the same as they would at the store – but installation is included.

Of course you also need washer fluid to help your blades do their work. Even though Euro Motors will top off the washer fluid with a full service oil change, it is a good idea to have some extra fluid at home. Bring it with you if you’re heading out on a road trip.

Always use windshield washer fluid. Plain water, even that fancy French bottled water, just doesn’t cut it. It can freeze in the fluid reservoir or on the windshield itself, making things worse. Besides, water won’t clean your windows as well.

So follow these tips to keep your windshield clear and your eye on the road.

Find us at:

Euro Motors
10068 Streeter Rd. #14
Auburn, California 95602
530-776-5343

Watching Your Check Engine Light

Did you know that most of the cars driving around Auburn California carry more computer power than the Apollo 121 Lunar Module that landed on the moon in 1969?

New cars sold in the Sacramento area have as many as twelve networked computers and over five miles (eight kilometers) of wiring. In fact, for the last decade or so, auto computers have been controlling about 85 percent of your vehicle’s functions.

Cars have sensors for manifold air temperature, coolant temperature, manifold air pressure, airflow, throttle position, vehicle speed and oxygen content. All of this electronic wizardry is pretty complicated. So how do you know when there is a problem?

It’s simple; the Check Engine light comes on. The computer monitors all the sensors and uses that information to decide what to adjust such as the fuel mix, spark timing and idle speed. In addition, the computer monitors its own circuits. When it finds a fault, it turns on the Check Engine light and stores a trouble code in the computer.

It can be pretty disturbing when the Check Engine light comes on. We wonder just how urgent it is. Generally speaking, it is not critical like a temperature or oil pressure light. When you get one of those it means STOP NOW! When the Check Engine light shows up, you should come in to our service center at Euro Motors to find out what the matter is as soon as possible.

Since 1996, there has been a strong emissions control component to the Check Engine diagnostic. But if your Check Engine light flashes on and off, you know that it is more urgent and you need to get it checked immediately to prevent damage. You should slow down and avoid towing or heavy loads until you can get it checked out.

Your technician at Euro Motors has special diagnostic equipment that will retrieve the trouble code from the computer and help him determine what is wrong. From there, we can fix it and get you back on the road.

Stop by if you’re check engine light is on.

Euro Motors
10068 Streeter Rd. #14
Auburn, California 95602
530-776-5343

Deciphering the Euro Motors Menu Board

Let’s talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. Auburn, California service centers like Euro Motors have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don’t know what these services really are unless they ask. Let’s go down a typical list, in alphabetical order, starting with air conditioning service.

Feel free at any time to give Euro Motors a call at 530-776-5343 to learn of the many services we offer, or stop by our Auburn, California auto center at 10068 Streeter Rd. #14 95602.

First remember that all of these services are recommended by vehicle manufacturers. They set how often or at how many miles the service should be done.

Air conditioning service involves purging the old refrigerant and capturing it for proper disposal. Then fresh refrigerant is installed. The fresh refrigerant will lubricate the system and will also help it cool better.

Alignment. Service centers like Euro Motors make sure all four wheels are lined up and track with each other. This reduces tire and suspension wear and improves safety and handling.

Battery service. Service centers like Euro Motors inspect the battery for corrosion, leaks or damage. Test the battery’s ability to hold a charge. If the battery’s still strong, clean it up. If not, replace it.

Brake service. This could be two things. A brake inspection to see if the brakes are working well mechanically and to see if the pads are still safe. If not, replace the pads and make any repairs that might be in order.

The other thing is to evacuate the brake fluid, clean out the system and replace it with fresh fluid. This is important, but often over looked.

Cabin air filter. The cabin air filter is the filter that cleans the air that comes into the passenger compartment. It works like the filter on your furnace at home. It gets dirty and needs to be changed often.

Cooling system. This is the cooling system for your engine. Replace the old coolant with fresh to protect your radiator and other cooling system components from corrosion.

Differential service. Every vehicle has at least one differential. They don’t require service very often, so people don’t think of them much. The differential transfers power from the drive train to your wheels. Drain the old fluid and add fresh lubricant.

Engine air filter. This filters the air that’s burned in the engine. It also gets dirty and needs to be replaced often.

Fuel filter. This filter cleans the fuel before it gets to the engine. Like the other filters, it too gets clogged and needs to be replaced in order to maintain good flow.

Contact Euro Motors, your Auburn, California auto repair center, by calling us at 530-776-5343.

Battery Replacement At Euro Motors In Auburn

Hello, welcome to Euro Motors. Today’s focus is batteries. It seems like everything in Auburn runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we’re most concerned with here at Euro Motors are those in our customer’s vehicles. Just like the batteries in our smoke detectors or TV remote, car batteries wear out and need to be replaced. There are a couple of things Auburn drivers should know when looking for a new battery.

Look for two measurements that come into play: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity.

Let’s start with cold cranking amps. Battery Replacement At Euro Motors This can be thought of as the power output used to start a cold Sedan engine. The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live in California, specifically how cold it is. (Many California drivers have first-hand experience trying to start their car on a cold winter morning.) The two factors are that the colder your Sedan’s engine is, the more power it takes to turn the engine over to get it started. It has all that cold, sluggish oil to contend with.

The other factor is that the chemical reaction in the battery that creates electrical energy is less efficient when the temperature dips. At Euro Motors, we consult the table shown below. Let’s say it’s eighty degrees Fahrenheit in Auburn. At that temperature, 100% of the battery’s power is available. At freezing, only 65% of battery power is available, but it requires 155% as much power to start the engine as it did at eighty degrees.

As you can see from the chart, the colder it gets, more power’s needed, but the available power drops.

Percent of Power Available Celsius Fahrenheit Power Required  
100 27 80 100  
65 0 32 155  
40 -22 0 210  
25 -32 20 350  

So if you live where it’s cold in California, you need a battery with more cold cranking amps than you do where it’s moderate or hot. The battery that originally came with your Sedan was based on averages. At Euro Motors, we like to remind Auburn drivers that they should always get at least as many cold cranking amps as their vehicle manufacturers recommend, but may want to upgrade if they live where it gets real cold.

And the type of engine you have will impact the battery you need: A six-cylinder engine requires more cold cranking amps than a four. An eight cylinder needs even more. And diesel Sedans require more than a gasoline engine with the same number of cylinders.

Now on to reserve capacity: It’s a measurement of the number of minutes of reserve power the battery has at a given load. The number is more important to Auburn motorists these days because of parasitic drain. Parasitic drain is the battery energy that’s used when the key is off in your Sedan. So, the power drawn by the security system, the remote start system, even the power the computers require to maintain their memory.

Reserves are also needed when you make very short trips around Auburn. You’re not driving long enough for the battery to recover the energy it used to start the engine. So go with the minimum recommended by your manufacturer or Euro Motors and upgrade if you need more.

Talk with us at Euro Motors about your options. If you need more from your battery, a larger, heavy-duty battery may be called for. At Euro Motors in Auburn, we remind our customers that it’s very important that the new battery fits your Sedan: the terminals can’t be touching other parts.

Batteries are a big ticket item for most California car owners, so the warranty gives piece of mind. There’re two kinds of car battery warranties: pro-rated and free replacement. With the pro-rated, you get a credit for a portion of the battery if it fails during the warranty period. With a free replacement warranty, you get just that, a free replacement. Be sure to ask us at Euro Motors about the warranty so you know what you’re getting.