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Tire Maintenance in Orlando

With the recent focus in the Orlando area on improving fuel economy, we've been told how important it is to maintain our tire pressure.Orlando drivers know that tires wear out, but we want to make them last as long as possible because they're not cheap to replace. In addition to saving gas, properly inflated tires last longer. Underinflated tires will wear out more quickly.Some people in Orlando wonder if they should add a few extra pounds of pressure when they fill up their tires. Bad idea. In fact, there are very good reasons not to overinflate your tires. For one, the middle of the tread will wear unevenly because the full tread is not contacting the road properly. That also adversely affects your handling. Stop by Calderon Automotive Repair Services to see about tire maintenance for your vehicle. Calderon Automotive Repair Services1468 N. Goldenrod RoadOrlando, FL 32807407-265-2277http://www. calde ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Maintaining Your Older Car in Orlando, FL

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in Orlando, FL: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the Orlando motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new vehicle.Because new vehicles are more expensive, people in the Orlando area are driving their old vehicles longer. The average vehicle is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in FL have more than 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on goin'.Give Calderon Automotive Repair Services a call at 407-265-2277 to schedule your next maintenance.Some owner's manuals don't specify service requirements at higher mileage. That doesn't mean it doesn't have to ... read more

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When Are Your Tires Worn Out?

  Hey Orlando area drivers, are your tires worn out? What is the standard for our FL streets? How can you tell on your vehicle?While there may be legal requirements for the Orlando area, there are safety concerns that go beyond meeting minimum replacement mandates.Two-thirty-seconds of an inch is the depth of the tire tread wear indicator bars that US law has required to be molded across all tires since August 1, 1968. When tires are worn so that this bar is visible, there's just 2/32 of an inch – 1.6 millimeters – of tread left. It's that level of wear that's been called into question recently.We're referring to the tread depth on a tire, it can't move surface water out of the way and you start to hydroplane.In a safety study, a section of a test track was flooded with a thin layer of water. If you laid a dime on the track, the water would be deep enough to surround the coin, but not enough to cover it.A car and a full-sized pick-up accelerated to 70 mi ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Transmission Care in Orlando, FL

Do you have any plans around Orlando, FL, for the weekend? Maybe you and some friends are taking the boat up to the lake. Maybe you'll be having a lot of fun water skiing and doing a little fishing.You got the boat all ready. It's all gassed up. You packed lots of snacks and the cooler's stocked – ready to go.How about your tow vehicle? It has plenty of gas and you've even vacuumed it out, but is your auto maintenance up to date?Stop and think. You'll have some heavy traffic on your way out of town. Hilly terrain as you get to the lake. Some dirt roads – and you may have hot weather. And all the time you're going to be towing around a lot of extra weight.That all adds up a lot of severe strain on your engine, brakes and transmission. Your transmission's going to be working overtime, spending more time in lower gears. The internal transmission temperature is going to be much higher than normal. What's a fun little blast to the lake for you is reall ... read more

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Transmission

The Harm in Skipping an Oil Change for Orlando Drivers

People in Orlando have been hearing a lot about higher oil change intervals these days. Maybe you're wondering: What are the key issues?Some new vehicle manufacturers are now recommending much higher oil change intervals than they have in the past. As much as 5,000 to 8,000 miles (8,000 km to 13,000 km) or more. This practice came under scrutiny when four of the largest new vehicle manufacturers announced that owners like those in Orlando were experiencing engine damage resulting from these higher oil change intervals.The manufacturers' standard oil drain service for particular vehicles was scheduled at around 7,500 miles/12,000 km. People following these recommendations were experiencing engine damage. It turns out that oil sludge was building up. This caused small oil passages to clog and engine parts to fail.What causes oil sludge? It's a factor of time and mileage. There are hot spots in every engine that cause oil burn off that leads to sludge. Also ... read more

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Maintenance

Deep Clean Your Fuel System at Calderon Automotive Repair Services

Having trouble with your fuel system? Bring your vehicle into Calderon Automotive Repair Services for a check up.In today's Calderon Automotive Repair Services auto post,we're talking about fuel system cleaning. The first thing to know is how important it is to have a clean fuel system. Orlando residents need fuel to go, and the cleaner the fuel system, the more efficiently the fuel will burn. That means more power and better mileage .A clean fuel system saves money for Orlando drivers at FL gas stations. We guess you could say it all starts and ends at the pump. One of the most important things Orlando residents can do to keep their vehicle fuel system clean is to buy good quality gas. Major brands have detergents that keep gum and varnish from rapidly building up in the fuel system.So buying cheaper gas in FL can actually be more expensive for Orlando drivers in the long run. Now, most cars on FL roads are more than five or six years old. That means they've had ... read more

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Fuel System

Diesel Maintenance for FL

At Calderon Automotive Repair Services we hear from a lot of people who are excited about the new diesel engines that will soon be available in passenger cars and SUV's. But our FL friends are often curious about the preventive maintenance requirements. People may not know that diesel engines have long been used extensively in Europe and Asia. In fact, in some markets, there're nearly as many diesel powered passenger cars as there are gasoline.Here's who's announced or is expected to announce new diesels for North America: BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai and Subaru. Of course, the US auto makers will be expanding their diesel offerings as well. Diesels will become a very big deal here in FL.You may ask, why has it taken so long getting to FL and North America? There are a bunch of reasons like fuel tax policies and such, but the biggest hurtle was that FL diesel fuel had a high sulfur content – too high for the latest generation of highly refined d ... read more

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Fuel System

Recommended Orlando Service Intervals

Everyone in Orlando, FL, knows we are advised to go to our Orlando dentist twice a year.  Oral-conscious Orlando residents have a teeth-cleaning and examination. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can't be seen with the naked eye. When our dentist is done, he/she tells us what was found – "Everything's fine, see you in six months." Or "You've got a small cavity starting, let's schedule an appointment to take care of it." By the time you leave, you have a plan for addressing any necessary issues.This system works so much better than waiting for a painful problem before going into the dentist. Small problems are fixed before they turn into big problems. And you avoid those huge bills.If Orlando folks understand the wisdom of using this system for handling dental care, why do many resist when facing the same system for our vehicle maintenance? Following the vehicle manufacturer's recommended intervals can be confusing. First, there a ... read more

Timing Belt Replacement in Orlando

Today we want to talk to Orlando drivers about timing belts. They're something that many drivers don't know much about and yet your vehicle won't run if it's broken – and it could cause many thousands of dollars damage if it does break. A broken timing belt is usually a tale of woe. Even though timing belt replacement is scheduled in the owner's manual, it's not the kind of thing that most Orlando area auto owners remember because it's not well understood.Let's review what a timing belt does. As most know, the engine's power is generated in the cylinders. A piston rides up and down in the cylinder. During the first down stroke, an intake valve at the top of the cylinder opens and air and fuel is drawn into the cylinder. Then the piston returns to the top, compressing the fuel and air mix. At the top, the spark plug fires, igniting the fuel, pushing the piston down in the power stroke. As the piston once again returns up in the final stroke of the cycle, an exhaust valve opens at ... read more

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Parts

Orlando Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among Orlando drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should Orlando drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around Orlando?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero FL temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in FL?Do you drive often in dusty Orlando areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around Orlando?Do you drive in very hot or very cold FL weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest Orlando on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on Orlando surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles/5,000 kilometers and the standard recommend ... read more

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