Archive for May 29, 2014

Exclusive Motors Fuel Saving Tip for Placentia: Check Engine Light

Here’s a question for Placentia, California drivers: How long have you been enjoying the romantic glow of your check engine light?

Hey, it’s not there to create ambiance; it’s a warning that something’s wrong. (And, by the way, Homer Simpson’s fix of covering it with tape is not a good idea.)

If your check engine light comes on, check your gas cap. A loose gas cap can cause a false sensor reading that’ll make the check engine light turn on.

Check Engine Light Many conditions that trigger the check engine light can hurt your fuel economy. A lot.

If your date’s eyes are smoldering in the soft glow of the check engine light, try to think of all the gas money you’ll save by getting it fixed. Give Exclusive Motors a call when you are ready: (714) 795-3065

Why A Trip Inspection Is A Good Idea

At Exclusive Motors we get a lot of Placentia drivers asking about car trip preparation. That’s a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas outside of Placentia so it’s important to know that the car is up to the task and won’t leave you stranded.

Smart Yorba Linda drivers plan ahead for a major road trip – there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive around Placentia to see if you can feel any vibrations: are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok? Come to Exclusive Motors for a peace-of-mind trip inspection.

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

The next thing is a full service oil change to make sure all of your essential fluids are topped off and you have fresh oil for the trip. And if your car has over 75,000 miles, you may consider putting in the high-mileage formulation to clean harmful sludge deposits in the engine. You may also need a new PCV valve and an engine air filter.

How about your transmission and brakes? Have you had your transmission and brakes inspected in the last six months?

How are your wiper blades? There’s nothing like not being able to get rid of the bug juice on a long road trip away from Placentia.

Check your owners’ manual for any other essential recommended service and have Exclusive Motors in Placentia do the multi-point inspection before you head out in California.

Consider also having the coolant system serviced at Exclusive Motors – you want to stay within the automobile manufacturer’s recommendations. If you’re towing a trailer in Placentia you’ll want to be keep in mind that you’ll be going a long way under severe conditions.

A lot of Placentia folks overlook severe conditions like towing, or Placentia summer heat, or driving on dirt roads in California. Plan ahead for your next road trip – Exclusive Motors wants you to get there and back.

The Right Fluids for Your Vehicle

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Placentia motorists’ current vehicles have over a century of engineering behind them. They have evolved into complex and powerful machines. Developments in their engines, however, have coincided with advances in many other vehicle components, including the fluids.

It’s critical for Placentia car owners to always use the right type of fluid for their Mercedes – Lexus. Your service advisor and your owner’s manual are resources for auto advice on exactly what types of fluid your vehicle needs. Improper fluids can damage your vehicle and void your warranty.

Some of the fluids that have changed significantly in recent years are cooling system fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid and motor oil. Each of these comes in many varieties now, and it’s vital to know exactly which one your Mercedes – Lexus needs.

Cooling systems were once made of iron, steel and rubber. One coolant could be used to protect all of these materials. But new cooling systems have components made from a variety of metal alloys and several kinds of plastic, and coolants now contain additives that protect these various materials from corrosion. Since the materials vary among auto makers, they require different additives, which means there are now a number of coolants on the market. The type of coolant your Mercedes – Lexus needs depends on the materials used in its cooling system.

Most vehicles used to require Dot 3 brake fluid. But now many vehicles need Dot 4 or Dot 5. Some Placentia drivers mistakenly think the higher numbers reflect an increase in grade—that Dot 4 is somehow better than Dot 3. But the truth is, the numbers represent variations in formulation. The different formulas have evolved to meet the demands of newer and better brake systems. For a long time, transmission fluid came in two varieties: regular and friction-modified. But transmissions have come a long way recently, and so have the fluids that protect and lubricate them. There are several new types of fluid on the market, but your Mercedes – Lexus is designed for just one of them.

Of all the automotive fluids, motor oils have experienced perhaps the greatest advances in engineering and technology. A number of new weights and formulations have recently been developed to meet the needs of modern engines, which have more parts and tighter tolerances than ever before. Engines have become more sophisticated and complicated, but they have also increased in power and fuel efficiency. Despite these changes, Placentia motorists still need them to be highly durable.

That’s the job of motor oil. Motor oil still has to perform its original, critical function—lubricating and protecting the engine. It is formulated to help clean the engine as well. Modern motor oil also has to be thin enough to penetrate small engine passages yet still be resistant to vaporization.

Specialized motor oils have also been developed for high-mileage vehicles. If your Mercedes – Lexus has 75,000 miles or more on it, you might consider switching to one of these motor oils. They contain extra detergents that help clean older engines and vital additives that condition seals and gaskets that can become brittle with age. High-mileage motor oils come in weights and types just like regular motor oils, and Placentia car owners should match the proper weight and type of high-mileage oil to their vehicle in the same way you would regular motor oil.

Over time, vehicles have developed in complexity and variety, and their fluids have developed as well. Each vehicle is matched to a set of fluids that meet its specific requirements. California vehicle owners should take care to learn their Mercedes – Lexus’s fluid requirements before topping off at home. A large part of preventive maintenance for Placentia motorists is making sure your vehicle’s fluids are clean and adequate, but they must be the proper type as well. As our Mercedes – Lexuss become more sophisticated, car care becomes more sophisticated as well.

Learning about proper fluids for your vehicle will help you maintain its performance and prolong its life. Talk to us at Exclusive Motors in Placentia.

The Right Automotive Fluids For Yorba Linda Drivers

What grade of oil should I use?

All those automotive fluids can be confusing for Yorba Linda auto owners. Recent years have brought new grades of engine oil, types of transmission fluid, coolant, and brake fluid. The right fluid protects your vehicle and helps it perform at its best. The wrong fluid won’t work as well for Placentia car owners and could even cause damage.

In addition to new grades of engine oil, many Mercedes – Lexuss now leave the factory with synthetic oil. Placentia drivers should always use the grade recommended by their auto manufacturer  and type of oil in their engine.

All coolant, also called antifreeze, used to be green. Now there are several other colors of coolant sold at Exclusive Motors in Placentia. Each type is designed to protect the cooling system components that are particular to your vehicle. The wrong stuff can void your Mercedes – Lexus cooling system warranty and could even cause engine damage.

Most passenger vehicles on Placentia roads today use either DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5 brake fluid. Your Mercedes – Lexus power brake system is specifically designed to use ONE of these types – you need the right one. Higher numbers do not necessarily mean a higher, upgraded fluid.

Now, the essential thing is knowing that your vehicle requires specific grades and types of fluids and that using the right fluids is good and using the wrong ones is bad. Once you’ve got that down, it’s easy to remember to check with your Friendly Exclusive Motors service advisor or Mercedes – Lexus owner’s manual to find out which automotive fluids to use.

Give us a call

Exclusive Motors
(714) 795-3065
1961 E Miraloma Ave # A
Placentia, California 92870
http://www.exclusivebenzlex.com/