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Change Your Engine Air Filter at Calderon Automotive Repair Services

Many Orlando car owners have probably wondered: "What's the harm in putting off replacing an engine air filter? The answer is that not replacing it could cause your Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor to fail. This expensive sensor is situated between your engine air filter and your engine. Dirty air filters are a leading cause of mass air flow sensor failure – and these babies can cost several hundred dollars to replace in Orlando.Change your vehicle air filter at Calderon Automotive Repair Services when it's dirty. Your vehicle engine will thank you.Give us a call. Calderon Automotive Repair Services1468 N. Goldenrod RoadOrlando, FL 32807407-265-2277http://www. calderonauto.com    

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Maintenance

Beware of Cheap Tires in Orlando

Do you like to shop for shoes in Orlando?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pairs of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires? Orlando drivers should also think about the safety aspect of tires. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. You want to be sure they hold the road and provide good traction on FL freeways and surface streets. If you carry heavy loads or tow a trailer on FL highways, the tires need a high load rating.Ask your friendly and knowledgeable Orlando tire professional at Calderon Automotive Repair Services. I think it's important that Orlando residents understand the effect of price on a tire's quality, performance and durability. When I was a kid, my dad would say, “Pay twice as much an ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Winter Tires

What type of technology do you use? Do you prefer an 8-track tape or an iPod? When it comes to winter tires, much of Orlando driver's perception dates back to when 8-track was the best way to listen to the Bee Gees.Twenty years ago in FL, winter tires differed from highway tires only in their tread design. FL drivers called them snow tires back then, and they had big, knobby lugs that were designed to give good traction in deep snow. They had the same rubber compound as regular tires and they weren't very good on ice, packed snow or wet FL roads. They were not even very good on dry roads. They really helped in deep or loose snow, but they did a poor job the rest of the time. They were loud and rode hard. People couldn't wait to get them off in the spring.Then all-season tires started to appear in Orlando tire shops. All-season tires are really a compromise between summer and winter performance. They have acceptable hot weather ride and tread life and can get FL drivers through mild win ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Introduction to Diesels for Orlando, FL

Something you're going to be hearing a lot about around Orlando, FL, is diesel engines. We're not talking about semi-trucks and buses; we're talking about diesel engine cars, pick-ups and SUVs.Most people in FL are surprised to learn that around half the cars on the road in Europe have diesel engines. Nearly all import brands offer a range of diesel engines abroad – even the ultra-luxury brands like Mercedes and BMW. For the most part, these diesel engines haven't been available in Orlando, FL. But that's about to change.In the past, North American diesel fuel has had a much higher sulfur content than European fuel. Recent environmental laws have required changes in diesel formulation and emissions standards here in Orlando, FL, so we are now ready to start seeing more diesel options offered over the next few years.Why are so many Orlando drivers interested in diesel engines? Well first off, diesel fuel is more energy dense. There's more power in a barrel of dies ... read more

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Fuel System

Let Calderon Automotive Repair Services Help You Keep Your Vehicle Another Couple of Years

Orlando area residents may remember when the U.S. government's “Cash for Clunkers” program made a splash on the news scene. People were offered incentives to trade in old vehicles for new, in the interest of better and improved air quality from reduced emissions.But a lot of Orlando drivers want to hang onto their old clunkers. They're dependable and they're paid for. Owners would love to see the odometers on those vehicles turn past 200,000 miles (320,000 km), as long as the repair bills don't get too expensive.There are a lot of vehicles on FL roads that have run past the 200,000 mile (320,000 km) odometer reading. Is there something that their owners are doing that keeps these vehicles on the road? Or did they just win the “lemon lottery,” and luck out by getting a particularly good vehicle? Not surprisingly, most of these owners have something in common. They never skip an oil change. Can keeping a vehicle on the road for 200,000 miles ... read more

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Maintenance

Automotive Tips from Calderon Automotive Repair Services: Making a Battery Last Longer

One thing all Orlando drivers can do to extend the life of their battery is to keep it clean. A greasy, dirty battery holds in damaging heat. Same goes for removing corrosion from the terminals. Calderon Automotive Repair Services can help maintain your battery.Allowing your battery to be deeply depleted – like from using your headlights when the engine is off – is very harmful to your battery. Most automotive batteries can only take that about 10 times before they are ruined.Also, making sure you have a full charge every month or so extends battery life. Either an extended drive at freeway speeds around the Orlando are or using a battery charger will preserve your battery’s ability to hold a full charge.Give us a call.Calderon Automotive Repair Services1468 N. Goldenrod RoadOrlando, FL 32807407-265-2277http://www. calderonauto.com

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Battery

Brake Service at Calderon Automotive Repair Services in Orlando

Brakes really aren't optional equipment for Orlando drivers' vehicles. And taking care of them isn't optional either.A regular brake inspection is on every FL driver's vehicle maintenance schedule. At Calderon Automotive Repair Services, our team will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems. Of course, if you're having trouble with your brakes, get your car into your Orlando service center right away. And watch out for these problems: Low or spongy brake pedal Hard brake pedal A brake warning light that stays on Constantly squealing or grinding brakes Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that's attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle. Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Pads, called shoes, push against the inside of the drum to slow the vehicle.There are several things that need to be ser ... read more

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Brakes

Cooling System Components

Today we want to talk about a system in our vehicles – the cooling system. It's one of those things that Orlando auto owners don't give much thought to until it fails and then they're stranded by the side of a road in FL.Cooling systems fail more often than any other mechanical system – usually because of neglect. Don't you hate it when something breaks and you could have done something to prevent it?The good news is that if Orlando drivers take care of their cooling systems, they can keep working for the life of their car.Here at Calderon Automotive Repair Services in Orlando, we emphasize preventive maintenance services like replacing your coolant according to the factory schedule. But the various parts that make up the cooling system need attention too. The major components of the cooling system are the water pump, freeze plugs, the thermostat, radiator, cooling fans, the heater core, the pressure cap, the overflow tank an ... read more

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Cooling System

FL: What Is the Risk of High Oil Change Intervals?

FL residents may have heard that vehicles don't need their oil changed as often as they used to. That's true. But it's not the whole story.Owing to improved engine technology and higher oil quality, most newer vehicles can go longer between oil changes than their older counterparts.So what is a good time interval for oil changes? How do FL residents know when to change it? And why do we change it in the first place?Oil lubricates a vehicle's engine, which protects it from friction damage. Over time the oil can collect dirt and contaminants that inhibit its performance. But dirty oil isn't the only problem for FL residents. What you really want to avoid is called oil sludge.Oil sludge is caused by moisture in the oil and by hot spots in your engine that burn off oil. This sludge is a gooey gel that can clog engine passageways, which can block lubricants from reaching vital engine parts. The result can be engine wear or even engine failure.Sludge forms rapidly in an engine that is driven ... read more

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Fluids

Air Conditioning Service in Orlando

Hey Orlando! Let's talk about one of our FL summertime must-haves: your car A/C. It's real easy for Orlando drivers to take their car's air conditioner for granted. Just push the right buttons and out comes cool, dry, clean air. But your air conditioning system needs attention from time to time to help it keep its cool. Do you hear loud noises under the hood when you turn on your air conditioner? Do you only get cool air sporadically? If so, it is time to get your air conditioner checked at Calderon Automotive Repair Services in Orlando. When most Orlando folks hear the words "air conditioning problems." it sends a shiver up their spine. That is because the air conditioning system is fairly complex. It has a lot of parts and when it's broken, it's hard to repair.What things can Orlando drivers do to prevent air conditioning breakdowns?A common cause of air conditioning failure is leaks ... read more

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Air Conditioning
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