Archive for December 25, 2013

Watching Your Check Engine Light

Did you know that most of the cars driving around Placentia California carry more computer power than the Apollo 121 Lunar Module that landed on the moon in 1969?

New cars sold in the Yorba Linda area have as many as twelve networked computers and over five miles (eight kilometers) of wiring. In fact, for the last decade or so, auto computers have been controlling about 85 percent of your vehicle’s functions.

Cars have sensors for manifold air temperature, coolant temperature, manifold air pressure, airflow, throttle position, vehicle speed and oxygen content. All of this electronic wizardry is pretty complicated. So how do you know when there is a problem?

It’s simple; the Check Engine light comes on. The computer monitors all the sensors and uses that information to decide what to adjust such as the fuel mix, spark timing and idle speed. In addition, the computer monitors its own circuits. When it finds a fault, it turns on the Check Engine light and stores a trouble code in the computer.

It can be pretty disturbing when the Check Engine light comes on. We wonder just how urgent it is. Generally speaking, it is not critical like a temperature or oil pressure light. When you get one of those it means STOP NOW! When the Check Engine light shows up, you should come in to our service center at Exclusive Motors to find out what the matter is as soon as possible.

Since 1996, there has been a strong emissions control component to the Check Engine diagnostic. But if your Check Engine light flashes on and off, you know that it is more urgent and you need to get it checked immediately to prevent damage. You should slow down and avoid towing or heavy loads until you can get it checked out.

Your technician at Exclusive Motors has special diagnostic equipment that will retrieve the trouble code from the computer and help him determine what is wrong. From there, we can fix it and get you back on the road.

Stop by if you’re check engine light is on.

Exclusive Motors
1961 E Miraloma Ave # A
Placentia, California 92870
(714) 795-3065

Steer Right In Yorba Linda

power steering service Yorba Linda

Virtually all vehicles come with power steering so many Placentia motorists have never driven a car or truck without it. Power steering assists you when you turn your Mercedes – Lexus steering wheel. Without it, it would be very hard to steer.

Now this power assist comes in a couple of forms. In recent years, a lot of Yorba Linda vehicles have an electric motor that reduces steering effort and helps improve gas mileage.

The other kind of power steering is hydraulic. This is the kind most older California vehicles, and a lot of newer ones, have. Power steering fluid is pressurized by a pump and is used to assist steering. Of course, Yorba Linda drivers need the right amount of fluid in the system. If it’s too low your steering is affected and you could damage your Mercedes – Lexus pump.

Also, power steering fluid can become corrosive over time and damage the pump, hoses and connectors; leading to leaks and repairs. Power steering service at Exclusive Motors in Placentia includes removing the contaminated fluid and replacing it with fresh fluid.

A word about power steering pumps: Some are powered by an electric motor. Others are driven by the serpentine belt. A worn serpentine belt stresses all of the Mercedes – Lexus components it drives, including the power steering pump, so replace the belt at Exclusive Motors as advised to avoid undue repairs.

Losing your power steering while driving in Placentia can be unsettling – just remember that you can still steer, it’ll just be harder. Check with your Friendly Exclusive Motors tech to see if it’s time to service your Mercedes – Lexus power steering system.

In addition to power steering service, at Exclusive Motors we offer comprehensive automotive services including Factory Scheduled Maintenance, Factory Scheduled Maintenance and Computerized Diagnostics.

Give us a call

Exclusive Motors
(714) 795-3065
1961 E Miraloma Ave # A
Placentia, California 92870

Serpentine Belt Service At Exclusive Motors In Placentia

Don’t you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you’re zipping down a busy Yorba Linda freeway? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator – which charges the battery; the water pump – which cools the engine; the air conditioning and the power steering pump. All pretty important parts. It is called a serpentine belt because it snakes around a bunch of engine components.

Exclusive Motors
1961 E Miraloma Ave # A
Placentia, California 92870
(714) 795-3065

Serpentine belts are amazingly tough. They can last for years and go for tens of thousands of miles. Like all moving parts, however, they eventually wear out. If your belt breaks while you are driving, everything will come to a halt within minutes. You need to stop the car immediately or it will overheat, potentially causing major engine damage. You can be sure that it won’t happen at a convenient time or place. (As if there was a convenient time or place!) You might even need to get your car towed to your nearest Placentia car repair shop. It’s no wonder that manufacturers recommend a belt replacement on schedule. It’s one of those “have-to’s.”

Placentia drivers who hear a squeal when accelerating or a slow, slapping sound at idle, should have their serpentine belt looked at. Your  service specialist at Exclusive Motors in Placentia will visually inspect your belt to see if it needs to be changed sooner than scheduled. If the belt has more than three or four cracks an inch, has deep cracks that penetrate half the depth of the belt, is frayed, is missing pieces or has a shiny glazed look, it needs to be replaced regardless of age or mileage.

Serpentine belt replacement is relatively inexpensive, especially compared with the cost and inconvenience of being stranded or getting a disabled vehicle back to Exclusive Motors for repairs.

You’re mom was right: an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

Fuel System Cleaning At Exclusive Motors

Is your car sometimes hard to start on an early Placentia morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your car’s fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, different parts of the system get dirty, which robs you of performance and hurts your fuel economy.

Exclusive Motors
1961 E Miraloma Ave # A
Placentia, California 92870
(714) 795-3065

Most of our Mercedes – Lexus in Placentia have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. Fuel injection systems have fewer problems and require less adjustment. But they still need to be properly maintained. This is why your owner’s manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.

Some people are interested in buying fuel system cleaners that you can pour into your gas tank. You can do that – and there are lots of great products available that can help maintain an already clean fuel system – but these products cannot do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see your service center at Exclusive Motors. Exclusive Motors has the professional tools and chemicals to really do a complete service.

Your service center at Exclusive Motors in Placentia California uses a process that gives your car a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. You need to remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently. After a professional fuel system cleaning, you’ll notice more power, better fuel economy and reduced exhaust emissions.

The cleaners also help prevent rust and corrosion in your fuel system and lubricate vital engine parts.

Fuel system cleaning is just one of those recommended service items that helps keep your vehicle running strong. As with all maintenance, it can help avoid costly repairs that often result from not taking the right preventive steps. And you will notice the difference in how well your car runs. Check with your service advisor at Exclusive Motors in Placentia California to see when your car is scheduled for a fuel system cleaning.

An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.