Archive for October 29, 2014

A Cool and Smooth Transmission in Placentia

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When it comes to preventive maintenance on our vehicles, most of us Placentia auto owners remember to get our oil changed. But Exclusive Motors services that occur at longer intervals — like transmission service — sometimes get overlooked. Yet transmission service is a key part of car care for Placentia car owners. A poorly maintained transmission will cut down fuel economy and lead to pricey repairs.

The transmission transfers power from the engine to the drive wheels. When it’s clean and well – lubricated, it gives maximum fuel efficiency. But when it gets dirty or worn down, your fuel economy will suffer. Your transmission relies on transmission fluid to keep everything running well.

Transmission fluid has two jobs: to cool and lubricate the transmission. The transmission operates at high temperatures. It can get 100-150°F degrees hotter inside your transmission than inside your engine. Transmission fluid transfers some of the heat away from the transmission. Transmissions work hard. Their parts need constant lubrication to prevent excessive wear and keep them running smoothly for Placentia drivers.

The constant shifting and movement of gears inside the transmission cause bits of the gears and clutch material to wear off. These bits of detrimental grit get into the transmission fluid. This grit increases friction inside the transmission and causes even more wear – it’s like liquid sandpaper. Also, the high temperatures inside the transmission cause the transmission fluid to break down over time, making it a less effective lubricant. The fluid can actually become sludgy, which can gradually plug up the maze of passages inside the transmission. Gradually, the transmission loses efficiency and stops operating smoothly. Eventually, the transmission will be damaged or fail altogether.

This is why the transmission fluid must be changed periodically. Your owner’s manual will give you a recommended time schedule for this critical service. Or, you can talk to your Friendly Exclusive Motors service specialist. Generally, the interval is around 35,000 miles (55,000 km) or every two years. But the interval for your Mercedes – Lexus may be shorter or longer.

Of course, if you give your transmission a real workout, you’re going to have to change the fluid more often than the automobile manufacturer recommends. If you drive in hot, dusty California conditions, if you tow a trailer around Placentia, if you haul heavy loads or if you do a lot of stop-and-go Yorba Linda driving, then you need to change transmission fluid more often. Also, if you demand frequent bursts of speed from your engine — especially shooting away from stops — your transmission is working harder and will need more frequent care. Check your owner’s manual for the “severe conditions” service interval.

Transmission fluids vary from vehicle to vehicle, so you’ll also need to check your owner’s manual to know what kind your Mercedes – Lexus needs, or talk to your Friendly Exclusive Motors tech.

At Exclusive Motors in Placentia, transmission fluid can usually be changed while you wait and is simple and not particularly pricey. Compared to the cost of pricey transmission repairs or a new transmission, it’s downright cheap! So take some good auto advice from the team at Exclusive Motors and take care of your transmission. It will pay you back in improved fuel efficiency and a longer, smoother ride.

What is That? Check Engine Light Service At Exclusive Motors

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Okay. You went to your local Placentia car wash and while your Mercedes – Lexus was under the dryer, the check engine light started flashing. Panic! What did you just do? Something is seriously wrong with the Mercedes – Lexus! You head for the nearest Placentia service station, but on the way, the check engine light stops flashing, and just glows red. Hmm. Maybe things aren’t as bad as they seem. You decide to wait until payday to take your Mercedes – Lexus in to get serviced. In the meantime, the check engine light goes off. What? You decide the light must be faulty, or that when it comes on it doesn’t mean anything, or that it’s just in your Mercedes – Lexus as some sort of scam to get you to pay for unnecessary pricey repairs. You’re glad you didn’t take your car to the Placentia repair shop and resolve to ignore that engine light in the future.

Whoa! Let’s look at what really happened. Your Mercedes – Lexus was under an air dryer. Your air intake sensor measured too much air running through the engine. It sent its report to the engine computer, where a warning was triggered: there shouldn’t be that much airflow when the Mercedes – Lexus engine is idling. This is a serious problem that could cause permanent engine damage. Warning! The check engine light starts flashing, letting you know you need to take immediate action to prevent that damage.

You drive out from under the dryer, and the air intake sensor sends a new message to the computer. The computer realizes that everything is normal and tells the check engine light to stop flashing. The Mercedes – Lexus doesn’t need immediate attention; but there was a problem, and it should be checked out by your service professional. After a few days the computer senses that the problem is gone, so it turns off the warning light.

You may think this story illustrates the uselessness of a check engine light, but you should remember that a computer can’t think for itself, it can only follow its programming. It doesn’t know the difference between a car wash air dryer and a serious malfunction in your Mercedes – Lexus engine. That doesn’t make it useless. It just means you have to be the smart one.

Being smart doesn’t mean ignoring your Mercedes – Lexus check engine light. It lets you know when something is wrong, and you can prevent a lot of damage to your vehicle by paying proper attention to it.

Your engine computer is constantly collecting data about what is going on inside your Mercedes – Lexus engine. It knows what parameters are normal, and when a reading may indicate a problem. It uses the check engine light to let you know when something isn’t right. It then stores a code in its memory that a service specialist can retrieve that indicates which reading was abnormal.

The service advisor uses this code as a starting place to find out what’s wrong with your Mercedes – Lexus. It’s like going to the doctor with a fever. The fever is the reading that is abnormal — your temperature is too high — but the doctor still has to figure out what’s causing it. It’s probably an infection, but what kind? Sinus infection? Appendicitis? Flu? The problems and their solutions are quite different. But a fever also tells a doctor what’s NOT wrong with you. Fevers don’t accompany stress headaches, ulcers or arthritis, so there’s no sense in testing for those conditions.

Your Placentia service advisor responds to a trouble code in your Mercedes – Lexus’s computer in the same way. The code doesn’t say exactly what’s wrong, but it does give the technician a good indication of where to start looking —and where he/she doesn’t need to look.

Now, you wouldn’t consider diagnosing yourself with a serious medical problem; good medical advice — unless you’re a doctor. So you shouldn’t consider trying to diagnose your vehicle’s troubles by yourself; good auto advice — unless you’re a trained mechanic.

There are cheap scanners available on the market and some Placentia auto parts stores offer to read trouble codes from your Mercedes – Lexus engine computer for you, but these are really not good alternatives to taking your vehicle to a qualified service center such as Exclusive Motors in Placentia. Your engine’s computer has both short-term and long-term memory, and there are some codes that are specific to a particular make of vehicle. Cheap scanners can’t read an engine computer’s long-term memory nor can they interpret manufacturer – specific codes. That’s why manager Ron Erickson at Exclusive Motors spends a lot of money on high-end diagnostic tools.

It’s as if you had a choice between a doctor who had a tongue depressor and a thermometer and one who had all the latest medical diagnostic equipment on hand. Honestly, which would you choose?

Getting your codes read at your Yorba Linda auto parts store isn’t really a money-saver, either, unless you’re a trained mechanic. You’ll end up with a code that tells you a symptom. What usually happens next is that the Yorba Linda parts store sells you something that directly relates to the symptom. It may or may not fix the problem. It’s actually cheaper to just go to the Exclusive Motors in Placentia and get things fixed right the first time.

Remember, a fever can indicate a sinus infection or appendicitis. An antibiotic may be okay for that sinus infection, but it won’t help your appendicitis. Is it really wise to wait around to see if the antibiotic helps when you might have appendicitis?

Part of good car care is knowing where you can get a problem fixed, and fixed right. Preventive maintenance goes a long way to keeping you out of the repair shop, but eventually, we will all have a problem that needs fixing. Let’s do it right the first time at Exclusive Motors. In the long run, it’s actually the less costly choice.

Are There Blind Spots In Placentia California?


All Placentia auto owners have blind spots – and no, I’m not talking about the fact that you really don’t sing like Adele. I mean the areas of the road that you can’t see when you’re driving around Placentia.

First let’s talk about our own blinds spots, and then we can talk about others…

To begin, we can greatly reduce blind spots by properly adjusting our mirrors to give the widest coverage possible. Make the adjustments in your Mercedes – Lexus before you start to drive.

First, Placentia drivers should adjust their rear view mirrors to give the best possible view directly to the rear of their Mercedes – Lexus. Yorba Linda folks don’t need it to get a better view of either side of the car, the kids in the back seat or their dazzling smile. It’s pretty straightforward, the rear view mirror should reflect the rear.

Next, lean your head until it almost touches the driver’s side window. Adjust your side mirror so that you can just barely see the side of your car. Now, lean your head to the middle of the car and adjust the outside mirror so that you can barely see the right side of the car.

When Placentia drivers adjust their mirrors this way, they’ll have maximum coverage. Of course driving is a dynamic process – things change every second on Yorba Linda roads and busy expressways. So it’s wise to take a quick look to the side when passing to make sure that another Mercedes – Lexus hasn’t moved into an area you couldn’t see in your mirrors.

Depending on the kind of vehicle you drive (Mercedes – Lexus?), you may still have some blind spots. All vehicles have an area behind them that’s blind when backing up. The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the blind spot. A pick-up or SUV can hide a small child – an RV, bus or tractor-trailer can hide an entire vehicle. So be careful out there on our Yorba Linda streets and in your driveway at your Placentia home!

As you drive around the Yorba Linda area, avoid staying in other auto owners’ blind spots. You can’t count on them to be watching their mirrors and looking out for you.

Let’s talk about safely sharing our California roads with heavy trucks and buses. In crashes involving a truck and car, the driver of the car is to blame for about 40 percent of the accidents. But 78 percent of the fatalities are with the car. The laws of physics are against the smaller vehicle, so it is essential for Placentia auto owners to take extra precautions around trucks and buses.

Heavy vehicles have huge blind spots: to the rear, on both sides and up front. They also can’t maneuver like a car. They take twice as long to stop and need twice as much space as you do in your Mercedes – Lexus or other type of car. You need to keep wide margins when driving around one of these big rigs on Yorba Linda area expressways.

Here are some tips for passing a heavy vehicle in the Yorba Linda area:

Avoid the blind spots. If you can’t see the Placentia drivers’s face in one of his mirrors or in a window, he cannot see you!

Don’t follow too close. If you can’t see one of the truck’s mirrors, you’re too close.

Make sure there is plenty of room to pass. Trucks are long and take time to get around. If you’re on one of our local Placentia, California two-lane highways, wait for a passing zone.

Don’t linger when passing. Because the blind spots are so big on the sides, you want to get through them quickly. If you can’t pass quickly, drop back.

Pass on the left whenever possible. A trucks’ blind spot is much larger on the right.

Be attentive and wear your seat belt while driving anywhere around Placentia, even for short drives. Don’t be aggressive when driving around trucks. Because of their size, they appear to be going slower than they really are. Cutting it short around a truck could be disastrous.

Use your turn signals when starting to pass. Once you can see the full truck in your rear view mirror, it’s safe to signal and move over. It’s critical not to cut it short or slow quickly when you pull in front of a truck.

Be careful passing a truck at an intersection in Placentia. Trucks need to turn wide to maneuver through Placentia streets. Squeezing between a truck and the curb could put your car in your Placentia body shop or Exclusive Motors. Look for the truck’s turn signals.

The team of automotive professionals at Exclusive Motors want you to watch those blind spots – but feel free to sing in the shower all you want.

Exclusive Motors
We’re on 1961 E Miraloma Ave # A in Placentia, California (92870)
Call us to make an appointment at (714) 795-3065.

Clean Air for Your Engine: Engine Air Filters In Placentia

Every Placentia car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter’s dirty.

Here’s what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your Mercedes – Lexus owner’s manual will have a recommendation of when to change the filter. Second, a visual inspection by your Placentia technician may determine that your filter it is visibly dirty and needs to be changed.

Clean Air for Your Engine Placentia Engine Air Filter

So between your owner’s manual and your Yorba Linda technician’s inspection there’s really no guesswork involved for Placentia car owners.

Now, most air filters purchased in Placentia, Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, or Villa Park don’t cost a lot to replace. It’s just that California people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter at Exclusive Motors can often save enough on gas to pay for itself before your next oil change in Placentia.

Think about a dirty furnace filter in your Placentia home. When it’s all clogged up, enough clean air can’t get through. In your Mercedes – Lexus, that means that your engine can’t get as much air as it needs to burn the fuel efficiently. So it makes do with less air and has to use more costly California gas to move your vehicle around Yorba Linda roads.

Your Mercedes – Lexus actually needs about 12,000 gallons of air for every gallon of gas it burns. Engine air filters don’t cost much in Placentia at Exclusive Motors. When it’s time to change yours, just get it done. You’ll get better fuel efficiency, have better performance and protect your Mercedes – Lexus engine.

The Exclusive Motors Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

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The team at Exclusive Motors in Placentia and California car owners are all talking fuel economy right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Placentia motorists want to save the environment and their pocketbooks.

And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize MPG. But is there something more Placentia drivers can do? After all, some of us Placentia folks can’t cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.

Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get from Placentia to Anaheim Hills. And that means buying more gas in Placentia and producing more emissions.

Of course, your Mercedes – Lexus’s weight isn’t negotiable. And you can’t do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn’t an article about diet and exercise.

But look around your Mercedes – Lexus. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight around California? Do you really need your golf clubs every time you leave your Placentia home? Store sports equipment in the garage. Load it when you need it and store it when you don’t. Who knows? The extra exercise just might reduce the other type of weight in your vehicle.

The same goes for anything else in your car: make-up kits, music collections, extra electronics, spare clothing; whatever your particular extras may be. Pack it when you need it; store it when you don’t.

Clean out your Placentia. You’d be surprised how much weight you’re lugging around Placentia in plain old junk. Toss old papers, leftover food, and regular old dirt. Even if it’s not a lot of weight, you’ll feel better when you get into your car. A good cleaning is also part of good car care.

Now, don’t toss stuff you really do need. You do need that spare tire—the one in your trunk. And a kit of emergency essentials is not a bad idea. But just carry around the day-to-day essentials. You can pack a more extensive kit and store it in your garage, then toss it in your Placentia when you go on a longer trip, but you don’t have to lug it around all the time. After all, are you a driver? Or are you a junk chauffeur?

Lose the junk and save some money in Placentia
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