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What to Do in Case of an Accident in Orlando

What to Do in Case of an Accident in Orlando

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in Orlando, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what Orlando drivers should do in case of an accident:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Orlando is considered a crime - even if it's not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your FL driver's license or even jail time.Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Orlando emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.You should always file a police report. It's tempting to skip this if everything seems to be ok. B ... read more

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Automotive News

Calderon Automotive Repair Services On Your Serpentine Belt

Calderon Automotive Repair Services On Your Serpentine Belt

  Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our Orlando, FL, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around FL in the summer.The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in most Orlando residents' vehicles. Those pumps provide pressure that assists your steering and braking.In many vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. The water pump is what circulates the coolant that protects your engine. In some cars around Orlando, FL, the water pump is driven by the timing belt.The radiator cooling fans on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. That's really a lot of work for one belt.But mo ... read more

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Maintenance

What Orlando Automotive Service Consumers Should Know

What Orlando Automotive Service Consumers Should Know

There are some things drivers should know about Orlando car service and repair. First and foremost, Calderon Automotive Repair Services cares about you and your family's safety. And we really appreciate your business. Calderon Automotive Repair Services in Orlando wants to build a trusting relationship that becomes the foundation for a mutually beneficial experience for years to come.Building on that foundation, there are some things that would help you understand the auto service and repair business better. First, it can be really hard to fix vehicles. The days of shade tree mechanics are long gone. The majority of automotive systems are computerized. It takes a lot of training and very expensive equipment to diagnose and repair modern vehicles. The pros who work for Calderon Automotive Repair Services need extensive computer training – not just how to run the diagnostic systems, but also searching for the right parts, networking with other techni ... read more

Tire Maintenance in Orlando

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

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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Maintenance

When Are Your Tires Worn Out?

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

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

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

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