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Tire Rotation and Balancing at Bayville Auto Care in Bayville
Tires do a lot of vital work for Bayville motorists. They transfer engine power and braking forces to the road; they handle steering control; and they cushion all those bumps and jolts while driving around Bayville. They also support the entire weight of the vehicle, including you and your passengers. With such important work to do, you want your tires to do their job well. And since replacing tires is fairly pricey, you want them to last as long as possible.
There are three keys to long, even tire wear for Bayville auto owners:
Proper tire inflation
Proper wheel alignment
Regular tire rotation and balancing
The front tires on a car take the brunt of the steering forces. As they push through turns, the shoulders of the front tires wear down more quickly than the rear tires. Rotating front and rear tires allows them to all wear at about the same rate. That’s especially true of front wheel drive vehicles whose front tires steer, and put the power to the road.
SUVs and pick-ups, especially four wheel drives, also tend to wear their tires more unevenly than cars because of their suspension and drivetrain set-up. Your owner’s manual will likely contain a schedule for tire rotation. It’s usually every 5,000 miles or so.
Also, there are different rotation patterns for different vehicles. Bayville Auto Care will know which is right for your vehicle. That brings us to wheel balancing. When wheels are balanced, they spin on the axle evenly. When they are out of balance, they wobble a bit. That makes the tires wear unevenly and may transmit a vibration to the car. Your personal Bayville Auto Care service professional puts weights on your wheels to balance them out so that they turn true and smooth.
Tires are a big investment for Bayville car owners. They’re critical for keeping you safely on the road in Bayville. The cost for regular rotation and balancing is more than made up in extended tire life. And, can you really put a price on your safety and that of your passengers?
Fuel System Cleaning at Bayville Auto Care in Bayville for Better Performance
A fuel injector is a valve that delivers fuel to a vehicle’s engine. It has to deliver the precise amount of fuel, to precisely the right place, precisely when the engine needs it. The fuel also has to be mixed with air before it can burn in the engine.
Fuel injectors are engineered to spray fuel in a specific pattern into the engine. (The pattern varies by engine type and design.) In order to achieve these spray patterns, the fuel must be pressurized.
The pressure in a fuel injection system varies depending on its type. Many gasoline engines use port injection systems, which operate with a pressure of 60 pounds per square inch. Newer direct injection systems operate at 10 to 30 times that pressure. Some diesel passenger vehicles have fuel injectors that operate at 30,000 pounds or more per square inch.
Vehicles have one fuel injector for each cylinder in the engine. Your vehicle’s control computer constantly monitors the engine and various sensors in the vehicle and adjusts the fuel injectors accordingly so that they can deliver the proper amount of fuel to the engine. As you can see, fuel injectors are a sophisticated and vital part of your vehicle’s engine.
Because fuel injectors are such precision instruments, dirt and contaminants are a serious detriment to their performance. When an injector gets gummed up, it affects the pressure, pattern and timing of the fuel delivery. The result is a decrease in fuel economy and loss of engine performance.
So it’s vital to keep your fuel injectors clean. That starts with keeping the fuel in your tank clean. High-quality fuel contains detergents and additives that help clean your engine. Brand-name New Jersey fuel companies also deliver a more consistent quality of fuel than do bargain stations in the Bayville area.
The second way to keep your injectors clean is to keep your fuel filter clean. This filter screens dirt and rust out of the fuel as it travels from the tank to the engine. If the filter clogs up, fuel will bypass it and carry its load of dirt into the engine.
Check your owner’s manual or Bayville Auto Care in Bayville to find out how often you should change your fuel filter. This should be part of your regular preventive maintenance. Also, remember that if you use bargain-brand or low-grade fuels, or if you drive an older vehicle, your filter will need to be changed more often.
You can also purchase cleaners that will protect your fuel injectors. These cleaners are added to the fuel tank. They work best at preventing build-up in your fuel injectors and can clean up small amounts of carbon, gum and varnish. But they won’t be able to clean a fully gummed-up injector. Read the labels before using any of these products for full directions on their use.
If your fuel injectors are gummed up, you can get a professional deep cleaning service at Bayville Auto Care in Bayville that will result in better gas mileage and improved vehicle performance.
Good car care will prevent serious damage to your fuel injector system. And this is one system that you want to keep in perfect condition.
Battery Basics For Bayville
It’s important for Bayville auto owners to know battery basics. First, let’s talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold New Jersey weather. Most Bayville drivers think it’s cold weather because that’s when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold sedan engine.
However, heat does more damage to a battery than cold. Truth is, our batteries start to die a little from day one. Keeping a full charge slows the process, which is hard with short Bayville trips because the alternator doesn’t have time to fully recharge the battery from starting the engine. Bayville motorists can top off the charge with a computer controlled battery charger – say, once a month in the New Jersey summer and every three months during the winter.
As far as how long a battery will last, statistics show that 70% have given up the ghost within four years. By that time, they aren’t capable of taking a full charge like they used to, and your sedan alternator has to work overtime to keep up. This causes your alternator to wear out early.
If you’re pushing 4 to 5 years on your battery, see your personal Bayville Auto Care tech for a battery test to see if it’s recommended to replace it. Not only can you avoid getting stranded with a dead battery, but you’ll save unnecessary wear and tear on your sedan alternator.
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Bayville Auto Care 732.269.9893 912 Route 9 Bayville, New Jersey 08721
Check Engine Light Diagnosis At Bayville Auto Care
Hello Bayville car owners. Have you ever had your check engine light come on? Did you panic? Or just scowl and ignore it? What should you do? Pull to the side of the road and call a tow truck? Or just keep driving? What does that little light really mean for Bayville motorists?
First of all, the Check Engine or Service Engine light does indicate that something is wrong. That’s why it is called a warning light. But the something that is wrong might be a loose gas cap, or it might be serious sedan engine trouble. That’s why Bayville drivers often don’t know how to respond to it.
The check engine light has two modes: it flashes or it stays on. A flashing light is serious. You need to get your vehicle to Bayville Auto Care in Bayville ASAP. No, you don’t need to call a tow truck, but, yes, you can’t wait to get your car serviced. If your check engine light is on and flashing, you should not tow trailers, haul heavy loads or drive at New Jersey expressway speeds. Any of these could lead to serious damage that could result expensive repair bills for Bayville motorists who ignore it.
A steady check engine light is less serious, but that doesn’t mean it can be ignored by Forked River drivers. You should plan to get your vehicle inspected at your local Bayville automotive service center the first realistic opportunity. Not the first convenient opportunity, but the first realistic one.
Before you take your sedan in, however, check the gas cap. A loose gas cap can trigger the check engine light. If it is loose, twist it until it clicks three times. If that was the problem, your Bayville engine light will reset after several days. However, if it stays on, then you need to schedule an inspection at your Bayville auto repair center center or Bayville Auto Care.
Modern automobiles have a computer in the engine that monitors and controls many of the engine functions. When the computer senses something wrong, it first tries to fix the problem itself by adjusting the sedan engine. If the problem persists, the computer signals the check engine light to come on.
This process stores a trouble code inside the sedan engine’s computer. Your service professional scans the computer and reads the code. This does not tell the service specialist exactly what is wrong with the car, but it gives him a good idea as to where to start looking.
It is NOT good auto advice to deal with a check engine light by disconnecting the battery. Yes, this makes the light go off, but it doesn’t solve the problem. It’s rather like trying to put out a fire by disconnecting the smoke detector. Also, disconnecting the battery will erase your sedan’s computer memory. An engine’s computer, over time, learns to adjust for peculiarities of the specific sedan engine, for driving conditions in your Beachwood area, and for your driving habits. Losing its memory means it has to learn and adjust for these things all over again.
Also, don’t buy a cheap consumer scanner or get a trouble code read at your nearest Bayville auto parts store, then try to fix a problem yourself — unless, of course, you are a trained Bayville mechanic. Today’s auto repair equipment is fairly high-tech and knowing a code is only an indication of where a problem might be, not the answer to what is wrong. Trying to save a little money by doing it yourself may end up costing you big in the long run.
Of course, the best thing to do is to keep that pesky check engine light from coming on in the first place. Good car care and routine preventive maintenance go a long way to keeping your sedan out of your Bayville auto repair shop. But, if that light does come on, be smart. Take care of the problem early, and take care of it professionally.
Bayville Auto Care Auto Maintenance Videos: When to Replace a Damaged Tire
Repair or Replace? That’s a question Bayville car owners ask when they have tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch are considered too large to be safely corrected. Punctures in the sidewall or near the shoulders may not be able to be repaired. And sometimes there is internal damage revealed on inspection that indicates the tire should not be repaired.
Run flat tires should not be fixed. Repairing high performance tires may make them unsuitable for motorsports. Your personal Bayville Auto Care service specialist can survey your damaged tire and tell you if it can be safely repaired or if it should be replaced – and then help you get back on the road.
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Bayville Auto Care 732.269.9893 912 Route 9 Bayville, New Jersey 08721
We are a NAPA AutoCare Center in Bayville New Jersey, providing the following services:
24 Hour Towing
Tire Sales & Service
Replacement Car Battery
Oil Change & Lube
Belt & Hose Replacement
Vehicle Factory Maintenance
Air Conditioning System
Vehicle Preventative Maintenance
Diesel Service and Repair
Smog & Emissions Testing
Air Filter Replacement
Computer Diagnostic Testing
Brakes/Anti-lock Brake System
Manufacturer’s Scheduled Maintenance Service
NJ State Emission Inspection & Emission Repair Facility
Suspension and Shock Repair
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