I get lots of synthetic oil questions like, can I put synthetic in an older car? Yes, Absolutely. Most cars can be changed over to synthetic at any time. A.J says, I read on the internet that synthetic oil will keep my new car from breaking in properly. FALSE. If that were true, there would be thousands of new cars that were factory filled with synthetic oil that never broke in properly. Sue asks, can I use synthetic oil in a high mileage car? Sure can! Pete says, I’ve heard that synthetic oil causes cars to leak? That’s bull, use common sense. If synthetic oil caused leaks it wouldn’t be put in new cars and wouldn’t be sold. But sadly, common sense is rapidly becoming extinct. There are three basic oil types, Conventional, Synthetic blend, and full synthetic…or good, better, and best.
Conventional oil provides adequate protection, blends offer better protection and full synthetic provides the best protection. How many miles you want out of your engine determines which oil to use. If you only want warranty protection, use conventional. But, for longer engine life use a synthetic blend and for longest engine life, use full synthetic. Using full synthetic oil and changing at vehicle manufacturer intervals can double…triple…or even quadruple engine life. Also, if your car requires full synthetic…never user a lesser type, and never leave any oil in your engine longer than your owners manual allows.
Drive Gently! – Pat Goss
Don’t let this sudden warm weather fool you! It won’t last forever and if you’ve put off prepping your car do it now, because this time of year it can get very cold very quickly. That could mean frozen parts on your car and hundreds to thousands of dollars in damage. If your radiator has been topped off with plain water or antifreeze, a serious cold snap could cause the engine and cooling system to freeze. This would be killing the engine, radiator or other expensive parts.
It is also important to never add pure water or pure antifreeze to your car. Water freezes at thirty-two degrees and plain antifreeze freezes at eleven degrees both above zero. Another system you may not think could freeze is breaks. But, it can happen and lead to a very scary situation. Break fluid attracts and absorbs water, and it is possible for it to get so water logged it freezes, causing very limited braking. Brake fluid should be flushed out and renewed every two years. Also, if you haven’t been using dry gas in your gas tank there could be enough water in it to freeze your fuel lines and stop the car from running. Use isopropyl dry gas once every month year round to prevent water damaged fuel system parts.
Just installed a spoiler in the shop today, and wanted to show you guys how it was done. Check out some of the pictures below! First we cleaned the surface of dirt and spots, to make sure it is clean before we start. Then we whipped it down with rubbing alcohol (shown with yellow shammy), to clear the surface again of any leftovers. After that, the spoiler can be measured and fitted into place. This is done with the special tape underneath the spoiler, by only peeling part of the tape. Then when the one side is stuck, you can pull off the rest of the tape in a zipper fashion. It just shows, put the time and effort into a job and it pays off.
Uh…oh, Cold weather is here again, and lots of you will be damaging your engines! One of the worst, yet most enduring, car myths ever is that you need to let your car’s engine idle for ten or more minutes before you drive the car. The theory is, this warms the engine and makes it last longer. NOT TRUE…never was true. Warming up an engine is not good for it and in fact, it is bad for the engine.
The myth started nearly a century ago, when engines didn’t run well until they were hot. So, to prevent stalling in traffic, you had to warm your engine up to a point where it would run without stalling or hesitating. It wasn’t good for engines then and it still isn’t now. When you let an engine idle, you are only warming up the coolant in the radiator which will feel good on your keister, but wont do a bit of good for your car. When the car is idling, it is not heating the engine’s oil, transmission, power steering, tires, and all the other things that heat up as you drive. So, by letting the engine heat up, you drive off with a warm radiator and a toasty heater. But, with everything else nearly stone cold which taxes and wears cold parts. The proper method is to warm the car about sixty seconds, and then drive gently until everything reaches normal temperature. This will generally take only five to seven miles. The exception is when you need to warm the car to melt ice or snow to make it safe to drive. Cold keisters make cars last longer!
Hello again Goss’ Garage faithful. We had a vehicle come in for a check engine light after failed attempts to fix elsewhere. Our testing found bare wires shorted to each other due to excessive items in trunk. The excessive weight and ease of movement from a missing trunk liner, cut the wires in half allowing them to short to each other.
Do you use your parking brake and yes, it is a parking brake. No, it is not an emergency brake because using it in an emergency would likely leave you skidding wildly out of control. You should use your parking brake every time you park. Primarily for safety, as you never know for sure if your transmission is fully into the park position. If it isn’t fully engaged, your car could literally roll over you!
Another reason to use your parking brake is if your car gets bumped by another vehicle when it’s parked.If the parking brake isn’t set, the force of that bump will be absorbed by a small pin or plate inside the transmission called a pawl…which the jolt may actually damage. Once damaged, the car could slip out of park at any time and cause damage or injury. With the parking brake set, the force of any impact is absorbed by the tires, which are much stronger than the parking pawl.
Although, safety is the key reason for using the parking brake, don’t forget the financial impact of not using it. Most parking brakes use cables mounted inside a tightly fitted housing. Without use, the cable seize in the housings and then if you do use the parking brake it cant fully release. So, now you’re driving with your parking brake partially applied which burns up expensive brake parts. The fix? New cables and new brakes…OWTCH! Please learn to use your parking brake, and as always…
-Please Drive Gently!
General Motors is going to aim to have over 300 of their facilities using 100% reusable energy by 2050 in over 50 countries worldwide! They as of right now save over $5 million with reusable energy. Check out the images below, and being a green garage ourselves…we approve!
Read more about their announcement here.
Car sale leads to family fight! The dealer wanted to give you next to nothing on trade, so you said NO-WAY. “My car has been amazingly reliable and has lots of good miles left”. Besides, several friends and relatives have said they would love to buy it…so why not? Why not indeed.
What a wonderful way to start a family feud or alienate a friend without even trying. Never sell a car to a friend or relative, because invariably it leads to problems. Remember, no matter how reliable the car has been for you, every day any car goes without a problem is one day closer to when it will have a problem. So, if the car is…lets say ten years old and has never had a problem. It is likely to be very close to needing a major repair. Sell or give the car to a friend or family member, and predictably something will happen. But, will it be considered normal by your friend? NOPE!
Usually they think you knew there was a problem all along and ripped them off. So, by trying to do a favor you accidentally create an enemy..a family fight or ticked off a neighbor. Even giving the car to a young family member can lead to problems when the car breaks down and every car will break down. When it comes to getting rid of an older car, it is always best to deal with a complete stranger than friends or family.
-As always, drive gently
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Do bigger wheels make a car ride better or get better gas mileage? NO-WAY! However,if all you want is the look, go for it because if done right they do look awsome! But, other than looks, you may hate the results.
Remember,larger wheels and tires usually weigh more than smaller ones which affects various things on your car including the ride. Heavier wheels and tires make a car ride harder and mean more stress on suspension parts and bearings, so their life may also be shorter. Of course, bigger might mean better cornering, but the biggest problem is what’s called plus sizing. As you increase the diameter of your wheels, you have to change the tire’s profile to match the new wheels. Plus-Sizing reduces the amount of tire sidewall, which means less tire between the edge of a pothole and the wheel. And that, means more chance of bending or breaking a wheel on potholes.
The bigger the new wheel, the lower the profile of the tire and the lower the tire’s profile, the more chance of wheel damage. So, really big wheels with really low profile tires can mean multiple damaged wheels every year. If the look is worth that to you, then bigger wheels are for you. But, if your lifestyle and checkbook don’t match the extra cost, you may want to look at other ways to make your car stand out!
As always, drive gently!
© 2016 Pat Goss All rights reserved
Last year, American Honda released a poster designed to help keep your customers safe. That poster identified certain Honda and Acura vehicles that may have been affected by the Takata airbag inflator recalls affecting customers at that time. Since then, the inflator recalls have expanded, so we have provided an updated poster below that includes additional Honda and Acura vehicles that were not part of the earlier recalls. Please expect the physical copy of the poster inside the following publications in the second week of September: Brake &Front End, ImportCar, Underhood Service, Tire Review, BodyShop Business, and Counterman. It includes a toll free phone number and web addresses where you or your customers can check a vehicle’s recall completion status. Please replace your existing posters with this latest version, and if you do not already have a poster on display, please share this information with your employees and customers right away by placing this poster in a visible location.
Please note that the new poster also distinguishes those vehicles considered to be of highest risk of rupture. This determination was made by the federal government based on scientific analysis by Takata of PSDI front driver airbag inflators – so-called “Alpha” inflators – removed from recalled 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles in the state of Florida revealed a very high rupture rate in laboratory testing. Based on this analysis, Honda concurs with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation’s recommendation that this particular sub-group of 313,000 “Alpha” vehicles should only be driven to a dealer in order to have their Takata airbag inflators replaced as rapidly as possible. There is an abundant supply of replacement inflators and the repair is free of charge and can be completed quickly.
With your help, we can help ensure that our shared customers are driving a vehicle that is safe. Please check VINs at recalls.honda.com for Honda vehicles and recalls.acura.com for Acura vehicles or call 1(888) 234-2138 for open recalls. If a vehicle needs a recall repair, please advise the vehicle’s owner to contact their local dealer immediately to arrange the free repair.
Again, please keep this poster in a convenient location for your staff and customers to see.
American Honda Motor, Co., Inc. appreciates your support and cooperation in this effort to help keep our shared customers safe.