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Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

Bad air quality while you're driving around MEMPHIS is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don't know about them yet.These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment, or cabin, of your car or truck. They do the same job as the furnace filter you have at home. They can filter out particles as small as three microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.So your cabin air filter can clean out dust, pollution, pollen and spores to keep the air in your car nice and clean. And just like your furnace filter, they need to be replaced when they get dirty. Check your owner's manual or ask your service advisor at Central Automotive, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000-24,000 kilometers).The filter is usually either under the hood or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to, so you'l ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

ICE - In Case Of Emergency In MEMPHIS TN

When accidents occur in MEMPHIS, TN, the victims' emergency contacts are extremely important. Too often, those involved aren't able to provide rescuers with phone numbers and medical information.When TN police and rescue workers must sift through pockets, glove compartments, wallets, purses and cell phone directories, they waste precious time.In the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident, you have people in the MEMPHIS, TN, area who you'll want to be contacted to arrange help, give consent to treatment and inform MEMPHIS paramedics of medical conditions, allergies or medications.A brilliantly simple solution is now spreading through MEMPHIS and around the globe: ICE. ICE – standing for In Case of Emergency – is a way to identify emergency contacts in your cell phone directory.Simply put 'ICE' before a contact name in your cell phone, like 'ICE – Dad,' 'ICE – Nancy.' or 'ICE – Doct ... read more

Central Automotive Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Central Automotive Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the Central Automotive automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear. Let's focus on stopping in wet MEMPHIS conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can't move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water.That's called hydroplaning. If it's really bad, MEMPHIS drivers can actually spin out of control - endangering themselves and the other drivers around them. At best, you won't stop as fast. So how does a tire move water? It has channels for water to flow through. Look at your vehicle tire and you'll see channels: channels that run around the tire and channels that flow across the tire. They're designed to direct water away from the tire so it can contact the road better.And the deeper the channel, the more water it can move. A brand new Central Automotive tire has very deep channels and can easily move a lot of water. A ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Fuel System Cleaning at Central Automotive

Is your vehicle sometimes hard to start early in the morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your vehicle's fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, different parts of the system get dirty, which robs you of performance and hurts your fuel economy. Most MEMPHIS vehicles have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. Fuel injection systems have fewer problems and require less adjustment. But they still need to be properly maintained. This is why your owner's manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.Some MEMPHIS residents are interested in buying fuel system cleaners that they can pour into their gas tank. You can do that - and there are lots of great products available that can help maintain an already clean fuel system - but these products cannot do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see Central ... read more

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Fuel System

Engine Air Filter from Central Automotive

Many MEMPHIS drivers have found themselves in the following situation: They go to get their oil changed and their friendly service advisor at Central Automotive recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don't know what an air filter is or what it does.If this has happened to you, rest assured that you did the right thing by getting a new one. But you should never be too embarrassed to ask your Central Automotive service advisor for more information. It's your vehicle and you have a right to understand what you're paying for.Let's review: "What does an air filter do?"Air is the focus of this discussion. What is the air like outside in MEMPHIS right now? Can you see any smog? Is it full of pollen? How about dust? Anyone in TN with hay fever can tell you that there's plenty in the air that you can't see. Well, the engine air filter's job is to clean that air before it goes into your vehicle engine, to mix with the fuel and be burned. Without a ... read more

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Fuel System

The Right Automotive Fluids for MEMPHIS Drivers

All those automotive fluids can be confusing for MEMPHIS drivers. Recent years have brought new grades of engine oil, types of transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid. The right fluid protects your vehicle and helps it perform at its best. The wrong fluid won't work as well and could even cause damage.In addition to new grades of engine oil, many vehicles now leave the factory with synthetic oil. People in MEMPHIS should always use the grade recommended by their manufacturer. All coolant, also called antifreeze, used to be green. Now there are several other colors of coolant sold at Central Automotive in MEMPHIS. Each type is designed to protect the cooling system components that are particular to your vehicle. The wrong stuff can void your vehicle cooling system warranty and could even cause engine damage.Most passenger vehicles on MEMPHIS roads today use either DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5 brake fluid. Your vehi ... read more

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Fluids

All Lined Up: Wheel Alignment Service at Central Automotive

When all of your vehicle's wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Hitting a road hazard or even just the normal bumps and bounces of everyday driving in MEMPHIS can cause your vehicle's wheels to be out of alignment.Driving for an extended time around MEMPHIS when your wheels are out of alignment results in uneven tire wear. This is dangerous … and expensive. Worst case scenario, you have a blowout on a crowded TN highway. It can also cause premature wear to your suspension system, which can be really expensive to repair. At the very least, you may have to replace your tires years too early. The ideal alignment for your vehicle was designed by its engineers. Alignment service at Central Automotive starts with an inspection of the steering and suspension – to see if anything's bent or broken. Then your friendly and knowledgeable Central Automotive technician will look at tire condition.From there, the vehic ... read more

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Alignment

When Do My Shocks Need to Be Replaced?

A good suspension system gives a vehicle a smooth, even ride while providing MEMPHIS drivers with good handling and control. But like any system on your vehicle, parts of the suspension system can wear out, leading to a lower ride quality and safety concerns. So it's a good idea for drivers in MEMPHIS to remember their suspension system in their schedule of preventive maintenance. Springs do most of the work of the suspension system. The most common types of springs are coil and leaf, but air springs and torsion bars are becoming more common. The body of the vehicle is “suspended” by the springs.If springs were the only working component in your suspension system, however, you'd spend your travel time bouncing up and down like a bobblehead. That's where your shocks come in. They keep the rebound, or bounciness, of the springs under control. Shocks also keep your tires on the road, which keeps the driver in control of the vehicle. Some vehicles have struts in their suspensio ... read more

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Shocks & Struts

Battery Replacement for Your vehicle

Modern vehicles in and around MEMPHIS run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done for MEMPHIS drivers without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution. But today's vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks windows and sun roofs. And then us TN drivers have all the power outlets for our cell phones, computers and DVD players.We also have navigation systems and powerful stereos. Plus there are all the engine and transmission computers, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, sensors and on and on. Even the security system is running off the battery while the car is turned off.Fortunately, battery technology has given MEMPHIS drivers resilient batteries that are able to meet these strenuous requirements. But the fact is, batteries just wear out over t ... read more

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Parts

The Central Automotive Guide to Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle

The automotive professionals at Central Automotive would like to give MEMPHIS drivers an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, vehicles are becoming more sophisticated every day.  Fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.The MEMPHIS do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their vehicle with the wrong type of fluid. That is why so many TN ] owners rely on the advice of their friendly and knowledgeable Central Automotive service advisor to not only get the correct family of fluids, but to suggest the formulation that is best for their vehicle and their driving habits in the MEMPHIS area.Let's start with engine oil. MEMPHIS drivers who have been paying attention will have noticed a number of new oil weights on the TN scene in the last several years. Modern engines are built ... read more

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Fluids
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