Archive for December 29, 2015

To Save Gas Around Placentia: Keep Up with Your Scheduled Service

One topic that hits the news in Placentia on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some California auto owners is to buy a vehicle that gets better gas mileage. For those of us Placentia drivers who don’t want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can.

Following recommended service intervals by coming into Exclusive Motors is one of the best ways Placentia motorists can keep their truck running efficiently. That means better fuel economy. When you give it some thought, it only makes sense. Dirty oil or transmission fluid can’t lubricate or clean. That means more drag which reduces fuel efficiency.

Keeping up with scheduled oil changes and transmission services will save gas for California drivers.

Dirty engine air filters are another efficiency pirate. They rob your SUV engine of enough air to effectively burn the fuel, so you need more gas to get the job done. Replacing a dirty air filter can pay for itself in fuel savings before the next oil change.

You can imagine what dirty fuel injectors can do to your Mercedes – Lexus as you drive around Placentia. If your truck owner’s manual recommends a fuel system cleaning, come into Exclusive Motors and ask us to get it done for you.

A simple, but very effective way for Placentia motorists to save gas is to keep their tires properly inflated. Low tires can cost you up to a mile per gallon. Check your tire pressure when you gas up – or at least once a month.

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

Exclusive Motors Auto Tips and Car Care: Alignment Inspection

Uneven tire wear, the car pulling to one side or a steering wheel that is off-center are signs for Placentia car owners that their wheels may be out of alignment.

When doing an alignment inspection, the service professional will review your tires for uneven wear as well as suspension and steering parts for signs of wear or damage. He’ll also compare your current alignment with the auto maker’s settings.

Your vehicle owner’s manual will have a recommendation for when to check alignment. Of course, this recommendation is based on normal driving. If you have been in accident, hit a curb/pothole, frequently drive off-road around Placentia, or notice any symptoms of misalignment, have your Exclusive Motors service professional complete an essential alignment check.

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

Automotive Tips from Exclusive Motors: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining ideal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. The service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together. A worn tensioner prohibits the accessories from spinning properly, leading to premature wear and noise.

Your auto maker has a recommended mileage interval for serpentine belt replacement. A complete accessory drive system service replaces the serpentine belt, the belt tensioner and any idler pulleys your auto might have. Your Friendly Exclusive Motors service advisor can inspect your system and let you know if it’s time for a replacement.

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

Super Slick at Exclusive Motors in Placentia: Synthetic Oil

When you get an oil change, it’s always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the vehicle manufacturer recommends. But sometimes we’re asked if we’d like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We glance at the price tags on the two options and choose the cheaper one. But in this case, the more expensive oil might be the better bargain for Placentia motorists.

Conventional oil is made from petroleum. Its molecules form long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil is either more highly refined petroleum or completely man-made. Its molecules are more uniform. This provides vital advantages over conventional motor oil.

First of all, the molecular structure of synthetic motor oil makes it more slippery than conventional oil so it lubricates better. This translates to better wear protection for Placentia car owners, cooler operating temperatures, more engine power and increased fuel economy.

Further, synthetic oil is more heat-resistant than conventional oil, and it doesn’t vaporize as easily. It provides better protection for severe conditions like stop-and-go driving around Placentia and very hot or freezing California temperatures.

Also, synthetic oil doesn’t generate dangerous oil sludge like conventional oil. This prevents small engine passageways from becoming clogged, which can significantly extend the working life of your Mercedes – Lexus engine.

Manufacturers are aware of the advantages of synthetic oil, and many of them are using it to fill their Mercedes – Lexuss before delivering them to be sold. Many automobile manufacturer’s owner’s manuals now come with the recommendation to use only synthetic oil. Because synthetic oil wears better and protects better than conventional motor oil, it can be changed less often. If your Mercedes – Lexus came with a recommendation for synthetic oil, you may have noticed that the recommended period between oil changes is longer than what you’re used to. However, if you switch to conventional oil, you need to be aware that you can’t follow this longer service interval. You’ll have to change your oil more often.

On the other hand, if you are using conventional oil and you switch to synthetic oil, you may be able to lengthen the time between oil changes. You can speak with your Friendly Exclusive Motors service professional. He can offer you good auto advice about oils and service intervals based on your driving habits and requirements.

Oil changes are the hallmark of critical preventive maintenance at Exclusive Motors. All Placentia drivers need them. So we should get excited about a product that reduces how often we need them. Synthetic oil is more pricey, yes, but it can pay for itself by lasting longer than conventional oil. And when you add in the hidden savings of an extended engine life and improved fuel economy, not to mention increased engine power, there’s a good chance that synthetic oil actually saves in the long run. All Placentia drivers pay for car care. But understanding what we’re paying for can make us more savvy shoppers.

Exclusive Motors Engine Air Filter Replacement

When your experienced Exclusive Motors service specialist technician changes your oil, he will also inspect your air filter. You shouldn’t need a new filter at every oil change, but you will need to change it regularly. Heed your service advisor’s auto advice if they tell you to change your filter. It’s not expensive, and it makes a big difference to your Mercedes – Lexus.

An air filter does what its name implies: it filters stuff out of the air. Air is drawn into your engine through the filter because your engine needs air to burn fuel. If the filter weren’t there, a lot of dust and debris would come into the Mercedes – Lexus engine with the air. That dust and debris would get hot, burn, and produce all kinds of ash and gumminess that would eventually clog up your engine.

Drop in an air filter and voilá! Problem solved.

But air filters themselves get clogged up with all the junk they clean out of the Yorba Linda air. This doesn’t allow the junk into the Mercedes – Lexus engine, but it does block up the airflow. A blocked airflow will reduce engine efficiency.

An engine needs about 12,000 gallons of air to burn just one gallon of gasoline. Think of a runner. If he is breathing well, he can run well. But if he has a lung condition, he won’t be able to generate the oxygen necessary to keep his cells powered up. He won’t be able to run at peak efficiency.

Or consider a vacuum cleaner. Even without the light, you can tell when the vacuum bag is full because the machine just doesn’t clean anymore. Change the bag and its efficiency immediately improves.

So keep your Mercedes – Lexus breathing well by keeping its air filter clean. That’s good car care.

Placentia car owners who get a charge out of the feeling of power in their engine might consider upgrading their air filter. Talk to your Friendly Exclusive Motors service advisor. Premium air filters have been proven to increase horsepower and torque. So with the cost of a premium air filter, you can increase the horsepower in your engine — there’s no cheaper way to do that!

It’s also one of the least pricey and simplest elements of critical routine preventive maintenance – and protects against damage to expensive Mercedes – Lexus electronic systems. No Placentia resident should have an excuse to drive around Yorba Linda roads and interstates with a dirty air filter.