Yearly Archives: 2020

4 Signs it’s Time for a Fuel Induction Service

4 Signs it’s Time for a Fuel Induction Service

Does it seem like once you fill up your gas tank, you have to refill your vehicle in a matter of days? Chances are your car isn't getting good gas mileage. Your engine works hard, and over time fuel deposits can accumulate on the inside. These fuel deposits prevent your engine from performing its best. And over time, they can significantly reduce fuel efficiency. A fuel induction clears out carbon deposits and other harmful builds, preventing them from entering the engine. It is the most effective solution for enhancing drivability and fuel efficiency. Below are four signs it's time for a fuel induction service. Your vehicle takes a long time to accelerate.  The drive feels rougher over time. Your car shakes while idling.  Your vehicle is becoming a gas guzzler.  Your vehicle hesitates when accelerating. Only top-of-the-line ASE Certified Specialists perform fuel induction services at Mancinelli's Auto Repair Center. The fuel induction service includes a ... read more

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Car Fires – A Brief Safety Guide

 Car Fires – A Brief Safety Guide

Car fires aren’t common, but even a small risk is still a risk. With such a deadly circumstance, it’s important to know what to do if you encounter one. Vehicles are robust machines with flammable fuel, electrical wiring, and hot engine components. Your best line of defense is staying informed and prepared for the worst. According to the National Fire Data Center:  45% of fires are caused by mechanical failure.  21% are caused by electrical failure or leaks.  13% are caused by the misuse of flammable products or materials.  What are some warning signs that can lead to a vehicle fire?  Spilled oil under the hood.  Crack or loose wire that’s exposed to metal components  Usually loud sounds coming from the exhaust.  Fuses that continuously blow.  High engine temperature  Extreme changes in fluid levels  Broken hoses   Vehicle fires don’t just start under the hood ... read more

Tips To Secure The Best Car Loan

Tips To Secure The Best Car Loan

So it’s time to purchase a new vehicle, and there’s nothing more pleasing than that new car smell. With air travel still in such a precarious state, some drivers are excited to trade in their old ride for something new and exotic. You may not have cash on hand, and that’s completely fine. Financing is a great alternative to help offset that crazy price tag into smaller manageable payments. Car shopping is stressful, and to help make the financing process less of a hassle - below are few tips to secure the best loan possible. Check your credit report in advance. Check all three major credit reporting agencies to plan in advance. If you need to dispute any mistakes or build your credit, checking in advance will help you properly do that. It’s also important to remember that your credit will be dinged with a hard check each time. Make sure you do thorough research to select the best dealer and lender for your vehicle needs. Know what you ... read more

Summer Road Trip Tips

Summer road trip travel is expected to increase this year. Expedia recently conducted a study that showed over 70% of their research respondents feel safer road-tripping rather than traveling by air this summer. Every place seems like an exotic location when you’ve been restricted to your home for months. While national parks and major tourist attractions are still popular locations, most drivers plan to stay somewhat close to home. Below are some popular tips to consider before making your summer journey:   Make sure to make time to have your car inspected and serviced before you head out. Don’t be afraid to mention that you’re planning a road trip. We can provide an inspection specific to your road trip needs. Our team can make sure your wheels are balanced and aligned, your fluids are topped off, and your tires are ready to take on the journey.    Thoroughly clean the outside and inside of your vehicle. Make sure you take a moment to sanitize ... read more

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Your Vehicle During the Recession

Covid-19 took the world by storm. After 128 months of record economic expansion, it has been announced that the U.S. is officially in a recession. In its simplest explanation, a recession is a stall in economic growth for two or more consecutive quarters. With the country in a dreaded doom and gloom, it’s hard to remain calm in such volatile times. It’s easy to focus on the day to day calamities that are surrounding the news, but your strategic approach today is one step closer to lightening the burdens of tomorrow. When not sheltering in place, some people are on the road to minimize any current health risks associated with air travel. While other people are home, adjusting to the new world of communication through Zoom and Skype. So many balls are in the air and two more to still juggle, where does your vehicle fall on the list of major priorities? Below are few tips to recession-proof your life and your car during a time of uncertainty. Stay calm. The ... read more

What Causes a Blown Head Gasket?

What Causes a Blown Head Gasket?

Why do head gaskets fail? Many vehicle owners who have had their vehicles for years may wonder why they are suddenly experiencing head gasket failure. Head gasket failure can be worrisome because it means that coolant is more than likely leaking into the crankcase. If the coolant is leaking, it means that your vehicle's engine isn't being properly cooled and lubricated, which can quickly lead to engine overheating - something you definitely want to avoid!  Engine overheating can significantly hurt your engine. It can corrode engine components, cause metal to metal contact of components, and lead to damaged parts. This is why it is so important to have your head gasket repaired as soon as it is discovered as failing. Symptoms that can indicate that your head gasket may be failing include the following:  Engine overheating Leaking underneath vehicle Engine misfiring Decreased fuel efficiency  Loss of power As soon as you notice any of these engine issues ... read more

Ways to Increase the Lifespan of Your Vehicle

Cars are a huge investment, and one of the most important things we can do as vehicle owners to protect that investment is to take care of our cars. Whether you own an older vehicle or a newer car, there are certain steps that you can take in order to increase the lifespan of your car and keep it running at its best throughout the years.  Make sure to always be on time for maintenance, especially oil and filter changes. This will ensure that your car is always taken care of and will help you avoid major repairs along the way.    Be sure that your fluids are always in good condition. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the correct intervals regarding how often your different fluids need to be flushed out and replaced.    Drive safely and follow the speed limit. Try to avoid pressing down hard on the brakes and gas when driving. Driving safe will also help you avoid car collisions.    Keep your car clean and washed. Having a clean ... read more

Check Engine Light?!

Check Engine Light?!

Your health and safety is important to us, which is why we would like to share with you what preventive measures we are taking to keep us all safe and healthy. Did you know we offer concierge service? If you are homebound, give us a call and we will arrange to pick up and deliver your car. April is a prime time for adventures and car care. When you are thinking of spring car maintenance, you most likely remember to have your tires and brakes checked, but what about your pesky check engine light that is on? Is that amber light shining at you, making you feel nervous? Maybe it is time to get it checked out. If you are ready to know what is going on with your car, there are a few ways to go about it, since a piece of tape covering the light won't solve the problem. If you have a dash light on in your car, it may not be a check engine light. You will want to consult your owners manual to become familiar with your dash lights. Some lights indicate that maintenance is needed, lights ar ... read more

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Brakes 101

Brakes 101

As much as we all love our cars and enjoy hearing the engine, brakes are a less glamorous necessity that no one wants to think about. Truthfully, brakes are one of the most important parts of your car for safety. It is commonly believed that brakes stop your car. However, it is the friction and pressure of the brake pad material to the brake disc that slow down your vehicle; that is how your wheels stop spinning.  Modern cars all have disc brakes, so this is what we will talk about here, let’s set aside anti-lock features for another time. Disc brakes have five major components: Brake discs (or rotors) Calipers Brake pads Brake lines Master cylinder Rotors are attached to the wheel. This plate type of disc is what your brake pads rub up against to slow your car. Brake pads have a couple of layers. The pad itself is much like an incredibly tough, well-engineered eraser; the second part is a metal backplate that holds the "eraser" in place. The metal backplate ... read more

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Preventive Maintenance Matters!

Preventive Maintenance Matters!

When it comes to your BMW, we already know just how much you love your car. A BMW is special; not like other vehicles. It moves in ways that make running errands fun. You no longer want to send your spouse to the market for that unforgotten item off of the grocery list. You now seek out roads with twists and turns galore. A vacation no longer has to include a plane ride and in fact. This time of year gives you an opportunity to show your love to your special person, but it’s also a time to show your love for your BMW.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your BMW feel loved. Start with a good vacuuming. Throw away all the built up trash such as receipts or empty snack bags. Wipe down the dash and steering wheel. Use a window cleaner on the inside windows. Install a trash bin or bag to help you keep down the clutter. Buy an organizational item or two to help keep things nice and tidy.  If you do want to spend a little bit of money to show your love, pr ... read more

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