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Some advanced turbocharged four-cylinder engines are delivering more horsepower than big V-8s did just a few years ago – and they get great gas mileage. But these benefits come with the cost of strictly adhering to recommended maintenance schedules – especially oil changes. At The Village Garage Inc in Odessa we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Call us at 813.852.2234. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.
As vehicle manufactures are required to improve corporate average fuel economy, they are looking to a host of technologies to meet government mandated targets and make enough power.
One of those technologies is forced air induction. In familiar terms, this means using turbochargers and superchargers to force more air into the engine. More air means more power from a relatively small engine which delivers good fuel economy.
That’s why you’re seeing more and more turbo- and super-charged engines available. Turbochargers use exhaust from the engine to spin an impeller that compresses the air sent to the engine. Superchargers are driven by a belt connected to the engine’s crankshaft. Chargers that are powered by an electric motor are on the near horizon.
These turbos and superchargers spin at very high RPMs. Their bearings require a steady supply of clean oil for lubrication and protection. A bit of oil sludge blocking that passage could burnout the bearings. The best thing you can do for your turbocharger or supercharger is to change your oil on schedule.
In addition to strictly following the oil change schedule, you should always use a high-quality oil of the type recommended by the manufacturer. Use the correct weight – and if the owner’s manual says to use synthetic oil – use synthetic oil.
In a turbo or supercharged engine, the air induction system will have a lot of air passing through it. Have an air induction cleaning service performed as recommended. And remember to change your air filter when needed.
Another important factor is the proper grade of fuel. These engines experience extra pressure in the engine as the fuel and air is compressed. Using fuel with too low of an octane rating could cause premature detonation which can lead to expensive damage.
Servicing turbos and supercharged engines requires a well-qualified shop. We are honored to help you take care of your family’s vehicles.
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In many vehicles, the fuel filter is inside the fuel tank. These filters are not serviceable. For those vehicles with fuel filters outside the tank on the fuel line, the filter needs to be changed at regular intervals. At The Village Garage Inc in Odessa we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Call us at 813.852.2234. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.
Your fuel pump sends fuel from your fuel tank to your engine. Sometimes fuel pumps fail – usually with little or no warning – and they need to be replaced.
The majority of fuel pumps are inside the fuel tank, so getting to them can be a big deal. In some vehicles the fuel tank must be removed to access the pump. Depending on the design of the vehicle and the condition of the fuel tank, it may need to be replaced along with the pump.
As you can imagine, that is pretty labor intensive. It’s also dangerous because that flammable fuel must be properly handled; so don’t try it at home.
There are some best practices your service technician follows that you should know about. First, it’s recommended that the entire fuel pump assembly, including the electrical relay, be replaced. When one component has failed, another one is probably close to failure. With all of the labor involved, replacing the entire assembly is a long term cost saver.
Another best practice is to always use a quality replacement pump that matches your original equipment specifications. So-called universal replacement pumps may spin at a different speed than the engine management computer is calibrated for. The mis-match could cause performance and longevity issues.
There are some things you can do to help your fuel pump last longer. First, don’t let your fuel tank run too low. When fuel is low, the pump has to work very hard to suck up enough fuel from the bottom. Also, the pump is submerged in fuel which cools and lubricates it. Re-fueling at a quarter tank or so will extend fuel pump life.
Also, E85 gasoline can damage your fuel pump if you do not have a Flex-Fuel vehicle. The high level of ethanol can damage seals in your fuel system creating a fire hazard.
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A recent study showed that 9 out of 10 vehicles have dirty or yellowed headlights. This can decrease nighttime visibility by as much as 90 percent. When you gas up, wipe down your headlights to keep them clean. A headlamp restoration can economically clear up cloudy or yellowed headlight lenses. At The Village Garage Inc in Odessa we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 813.852.2234 and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road.
You may be surprised to learn that 40 percent of traffic fatalities in FL take place at night even though there's 60 percent less traffic. It goes to show how important proper visibility is to nighttime driving in our Odessa community.
Obviously, a clean windshield is important – so are good wiper blades. Your headlights play a big role as well. There are two main concerns. One is with the headlamp, or bulb. The other is with the lens.
The fact of the matter is that headlamps go dim over time on your vehicle. You just need to replace them. Some vehicles come with a standard bulb which you can replace or you can upgrade to a halogen bulb that's much brighter. Halogen costs a little more but you'd be amazed at the difference.
It's a good idea to replace your headlamps once a year. The idea is that your lamps never dim to the point that they become a safety issue. Just take care of it at a fall oil change so that your lights will be bright for the coming long winter nights.
The other big issue is the headlamp lens. For the last couple of decades, most lenses are made of plastic which can get cloudy or yellow. That blocks a lot of light. You can replace the lens, but each lens assembly can cost as much as $350 to $400. It's much less expensive to restore the lens if it isn't broken.
We use a process of special cleaners and polishes to remove the yellowed and hazy layer of the lens. We then apply a hard protective finish. When we're done, your lenses really are as good as new.
The price depends on the size of the lens and how yellowed or cloudy it is. You can even restore taillights and turn signals.
So combining a headlamp restoration with new bulbs will light up the road like a new car. Can you clearly see the advantage?
At The Village Garage Inc in Odessa FL we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 813.852.2234.