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Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

If you're reading this article in MEMPHIS, TN, then you probably care about your vehicle and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional service advisor at Central Automotive tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say "no," you might be harming your vehicle or risking your family's safety. At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner's manual. But it is not like you want to keep your vehicle auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.Vehicles are complicated machines and it takes some effort for MEMPHIS residents to keep them running well. That is why they have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your vehicle performing efficiently an ... read more

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Keeping Your 'Old Faithful' Auto Running

At Central Automotive we've had a lot of MEMPHIS customers asking how they can make their vehicles last longer. These questions are actually a reflection of a trend that's been building for several years in TN. The median age of personal vehicles is now over nine years. And 33 percent of all vehicles on the road have over 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. It looks like it's going to keep heading in that direction for a while. With high fuel prices, a lot of TN folks are putting off buying a new car. So let's say you're one of the average in the MEMPHIS area; you've got a nine-year-old car with 80,000 miles (130,000 km) on the odometer. What can you do to make it last another year or two?Let's start with the premise that there's no reason that a modern car can't run for 200,000 miles (320,000 km) with proper care in MEMPHIS. The engineering and manufacturing quality is there.Of course, some parts will wear out along the way, but there's no reason for a catast ... read more

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Commitment to Make Your vehicle Last at Central Automotive

These days many people in the MEMPHIS area are really committed to making their cars last a long time. First thing: you've got to start with what you've got. It'd be ideal if people started with a brand new car, never missed a scheduled service item, paid attention to the severe service maintenance schedule and had regular inspections. But if you've had the vehicle for a while or bought it used, its maintenance history is what it is; and that's where you start.Go through the maintenance schedule for your vehicle and see what's been done and when. Have your MEMPHIS service advisor at Central Automotive do an inspection and come up with a list of stuff that needs to be done. Review the list and prioritize the work, talk about budget and make a plan to get caught up.Making a plan is so important. Suppose you go in for an oil change and learn you need your cooling system serviced, a transmission service and are coming up on a timing belt replacement in the next ... read more

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Central Automotive: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Central Automotive: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Just 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 MEMPHIS streets, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce 20 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 12,000 gallons of air to burn a gallon of gas in your engine. Clearly, your vehicle needs a lot of air to keep going in MEMPHIS. A lot of clean air is best. You've seen the pictures of people in Japan wearing face masks. They want some kind of filter to keep unwanted pollution and germs out of their lungs. Well, your vehicle also works better when its internals are clean. When your vehicle air filter is dirty ... read more

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Synthetic Oil for MEMPHIS Autos

If you are a driver in MEMPHIS and you aren't currently using synthetic motor oil in your vehicle, maybe now's the time to consider it. Need more information? Well, synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. Synthetic oil doesn't gel or gum-up like petroleum based oil and it doesn't vaporize as easily. It protects better in severe driving conditions like stop and go driving around MEMPHIS, as well as in very hot or very cold conditions. More and more new vehicles are being delivered with full synthetic motor oil, with the recommendation to use synthetic for the life of the vehicle. Why is this? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecules. Which is more slippery, a pile of pencils or a ... read more

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Central Automotive Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

TN service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some MEMPHIS drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed.Central Automotive fuel system cleaning: Over time, the vehicle fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way.Central Automotive headlamp replacement: Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. It's usually good to change them every year or so.Central Automotive inspections: MEMPHIS drivers get inspections for many reasons. Maybe they're going on a trip or just want to make sure their vehicle's ready for a TN summer or winter. Maybe they just bought a used vehicle and want to give it the once over. An inspection may reveal some things that are broken or are getting close to hav ... read more

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