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Recommended Orlando Service Intervals

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

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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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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Maintenance

Keeping Your 'Old Faithful' Auto Running

At Calderon Automotive Repair Services we've had a lot of Orlando 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 FL. 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 FL folks are putting off buying a new car. So let's say you're one of the average in the Orlando 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 Orlando. The engineering and manufacturing quality is there.Of course, some parts will wear out along the way, but there's no re ... read more

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I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in Orlando

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in Orlando

About 90% of our driving decisions in the Orlando area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.Most Orlando drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you've got plenty of company in the Orlando area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.Orlando drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component. Then we'll stay ahead of the storm.Orlan ... read more

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Maintenance

Keeping Your Car Young in Orlando

Keeping Your Car Young in Orlando

As Orlando consumers, we live in a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away.New stuff comes out so fast in FL, and much of it is fairly cheap, so we just toss the old and move on. It seems like when we were kids our parents were real sticklers about taking care of our stuff - especially parents who grew up in the Depression. You know, hang up your clothes, polish your shoes, put away your toys. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough; we had to do without.  We couldn't afford new cars very often, so we tried to make them last as long as we could. It's a good thing that cars are more reliable these days. They just don't break down as often. And the good news for us Orlando penny pinchers is that a modern car can easily go 200,000 miles (320,000 km) with proper care. The engineering's there and so is the manufacturing quality. The missing ingredient is us making sure we follow the vehicle manufacturer's maintenance schedules.Is it really that bad for Or ... read more

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Fuel Injection Basics for Orlando

Fuel Injection Basics for Orlando

All modern Orlando vehicles come with fuel injection systems, so it's a topic Orlando drivers need to know something about. The mighty fuel injector is a valve that delivers the gas or diesel fuel to the right place, in the right amount at the right timeto be mixed with air and burned in the engine.So how many fuel injectors does your vehicle have? There's one for each cylinder. So four, six or eight for most folks in Orlando, FL. Some vehicles have 10 or 12 cylinders. The engine control computer makes adjustments to the fuel injector as it monitors the engine and other sensors. Fuel injectors are a pretty high-tech.Calderon Automotive Repair Services can help Orlando drivers with a fuel injector cleaning service. What's the benefit? In order to work right, the fuel injectors have to deliver the fuel at a precise pressure at a very precise time. It's important that the fuel is sprayed in a particular pattern as determined by the engine design.Over time, var ... read more

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Fuel System