Archive for June 26, 2014

Keep it Flowing With A Fuel Filter Replacement At Exclusive Motors

The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles around Placentia California use fuel filters.

For more information about your fuel filter, visit Exclusive Motors or come by our shop located at 1961 E Miraloma Ave # A in Placentia, California 92870.
Please call (714) 795-3065 to make an appointment.

Generally speaking there’s not a lot of dirt in our Placentia California auto fuel supply, but there is enough that you want to screen it out. The problem actually gets worse the older your vehicle becomes. That’s because dirt, rust and other contaminants will settle out of the fuel and onto the bottom of the fuel tank. After your Mercedes – Lexus is five years or older, it can actually have a fair amount of sediment built up.

That just means that the fuel filter has to work harder as your Mercedes – Lexus ages. It’ll get clogged sooner and need to be replaced more often.

A symptom of a clogged fuel filter is that the engine sputters at highway speeds or under hard acceleration. That’s because enough fuel is getting through around town, but when you need more fuel for speed, enough just can’t get through the filter. Obviously, that could be dangerous if your car or truck can’t get enough power to get you out of harm’s way.

For just that reason, fuel filters have a bypass valve. When the filter is severely clogged, some fuel can bypass the filter all together. Of course that means that dirty, unfiltered fuel is getting through to be burned in the engine.

This dirt can then clog and damage your fuel injectors. Now injectors are not cheap to replace, so you don’t want to cause them damage just because you didn’t spend a few bucks to replace a fuel filter.

You know, in a way, the fuel filter can be the poster child for preventive maintenance. It’s a little part, it’s simple and it’s cheap to take care of. But if it’s neglected, it could lead to thousands of dollars of repair bills.

Those auto service schedules in your owner’s manual are there for a reason. If ever you don’t understand a recommended service, just ask your Placentia service advisor at Exclusive Motors. We’ll be happy to explain.

Exclusive Motors Helps You Decipher The Menu Board: Part 2

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Placentia service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some Placentia drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed.

Exclusive Motors fuel system cleaning: Over time, the Mercedes – Lexus fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way.

Exclusive Motors headlamp replacement: Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. It’s usually good to change them every year or so.

Exclusive Motors inspections: Placentia drivers get inspections for many reasons. Maybe they’re going on a trip or just want to make sure their vehicle’s ready for California summer or winter. Maybe they just bought a used Mercedes – Lexus and want to give it the once over. An inspection may reveal some things that are broken or are getting close to having a problem.

Exclusive Motors oil change: – there are several options: Some Placentia centers offer just an oil change and new filter as an option. Most will also check and top off all of your other fluids and do a quick visual inspection with a full service oil change. In my way of thinking, the full service option is best because it makes sure you have adequate fluids and may uncover an emerging problem. There may also be options for higher mileage fluids or an upgrade to synthetic oil.

Exclusive Motors PCV valve replacement in Placentia:
PCV stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve. It’s a little part that releases pressure from the engine. It can get gummed up and that can lead to engine damage. Just needs to be changed now and then.

Exclusive Motors power steering service: Often overlooked. Your Friendly Exclusive Motors technician will evacuate the old fluid, clean out the system and replace it with clean fluid. Keeps the Mercedes – Lexus system running well for a long time.

Exclusive Motors serpentine belt service:
That’s the belt that powers the Mercedes – Lexus engine’s accessories like the alternator, air conditioner, power steering and brakes. You’ll want to replace the serpentine belt before it breaks, because that’ll shut you down.

Exclusive Motors shocks and struts: This starts with an inspection of the suspension components. Shocks last a long time and wear out slowly, so many Placentia people don’t notice when it’s time to change them. If they’re worn or leaking, they need to be replaced.

Exclusive Motors transmission service:
This involves removing the transmission fluid and replacing it with clean fluid. It’s like an oil change for your transmission.

Exclusive Motors tire rotation and wheel balancing: The tires are rotated from front to back using the recommended rotation pattern. This helps tires wear more evenly. Wheels need to be balanced from time to time to keep them turning without any wobble or bounce. Helps the ride and saves tire wear.

Wheel Balancing at Exclusive Motors

So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? Placentia motorists can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on California highways. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibration in the steering wheel. If it’s a back tire, you’ll feel the vibration in your seat.

Tires and wheels are pretty heavy. When a tire is mounted on a wheel at Exclusive Motors, it is usually not perfectly balanced. So the service professional will spin the tire on a machine to determine where it’s too heavy. He will then place weights on the wheels in strategic locations to balance it out. When a tire is out of balance, it actually bounces down the road instead of rolling smoothly. Since the average size tire rotates at about 850 revolutions per minute at 60 MPH, it is actually slamming into the pavement 14 times a second. That’s where you get your vibration.

Most Placentia auto owners are surprised at how smoothly their car rides after balancing all four wheels.

Most high-quality tires sold in Placentia hold their balance pretty well for auto owners. They just get out of balance gradually with normal wear and tear. If you suddenly feel a vibration, it is probably because you lost a wheel balancing weight along the way. Definitely get a balance at Exclusive Motors in Placentia if you feel a vibration, change your rims or have a flat repaired. Putting off a needed balance job leads to excessive and dangerous tire wear, wear to your shocks, struts, steering and suspension parts. Wheel balancing not only improves your ride and handling, but also can save you some expensive repair bills and possibly an accident. Additionally, you will get better gas mileage.

Some Yorba Linda car owners have their tires balanced at every rotation. Others do it every other time. Check your owners’ manual for your requirements, or ask your Friendly Exclusive Motors service professional. Doing this will put you on the path to mechanical wheel balance.

Fuel Injection: It Keeps Getting Better for Placentia Drivers

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Placentia auto owners know that engines need to burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your Mercedes – Lexus engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine’s cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors.

There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so in the first method, fuel is injected into a port and allowed to mix with air and before it is drawn into the cylinders. In the second method, fuel is injected directly into the cylinders and mixes with air after it enters the Mercedes – Lexus engine.

Direct injection engines burn fuel more efficiently than conventional Mercedes – Lexus engines. Some models can deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.

For example, in one family of engines, the conventional version (a V6) delivers about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version delivers over 300 horsepower and gets about the same gas mileage. The turbocharged version delivers 350 horsepower.

Fuel Injection: It Keeps Getting Better for Placentia DriversWhy the big difference in power? Direct injection systems allow fuel to be squirted into the Mercedes – Lexus engine at hundreds of times the pressure of a conventional engine. This atomizes the fuel better (breaks it down into tinier droplets), which means more of it gets burned, which translates to more power for your engine. It also results in cleaner emissions.

Fuel injectors are precision instruments. They have to deliver the right amount of fuel at exactly the time the Mercedes – Lexus engine needs it. They are also engineered to inject fuel with a specific spray pattern. This spray pattern allows for maximum fuel efficiency and proper atomization. Direct injection engines require a much higher degree of precision than conventional engines. For this reason, they are equipped with more sophisticated computers.

When fuel injectors get dirty, their precision drops off. The spray pattern won’t be precise, and the timing of fuel delivery may be off. This decreases fuel efficiency and gas mileage as well as delivering less power to the engine.

Placentia motorists should understand that fuel injectors are not cheap to replace. Direct injection fuel injectors are even more costly. And we’re talking a mortgage payment to buy a set of new fuel injectors for a diesel engine.

So keeping your fuel injectors clean is just good auto advice. The best way to do this is to change your air and fuel filters regularly and practice other habits of good car care and preventive maintenance. Cleaning additives in your fuel can also help.

If you do end up with gum or varnish in your fuel system, you’ll need a professional fuel system cleaning. This will clean out your whole system, including the injectors. The good news is that with proper maintenance, Placentia auto owners will enjoy better gas mileage and their fuel injectors will last for a long time.