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Omaha Auto Service News

Why did your “check engine” light just come on?

The light just popped up on your dash: the dreaded one, the one that looks like an engine. But your car seems to be running fine. So why did it come on? Well, it could be a lot of things – but the most common reason is your oxygen sensor.

Your what?

You may ask, “What does that do anyway?” Well, it senses what kind of fuel/air mixture is flowing through your exhaust system and sends a signal back to your car’s computer so that it can adjust the mix. Too much fuel going through your exhaust uncorrected will result in the ruination of your VERY expensive catalytic converter. Plus, your car will be sucking more gas than it needs – and that costs you at the pump. Continue reading

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What Your Oil Indicator Isn’t Telling You

Most new cars have an indicator on the dash that tells you when you should have your oil changed.  Many people think that there’s some sensor inside the engine that is measuring and testing the oil to tell you when its dirty or losing its ability to lubricate. But that is certainly not the case.

Those indicators are basically countdown clocks. They figure that oil is good for ‘X’ amount of engine revolutions and then they count that down to zero. They don’t know how much oil is in the crankcase and they certainly don’t know the condition of the oil. Continue reading

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Are You Taking Care of Your Vehicle for the Future?

Proper maintenance on your vehicle means much more than just changing your oil.  Every vehicle has a maintenance schedule.  You can find it in your owner’s manual.  We also can tell you what your vehicle manufacturer recommends for your specific car.

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Simple Tips That Can Extend Your Car’s Life

Hello, and welcome back to part 2 of our series about how to keep your car running longer. Let’s keep things going with some more useful tips you can use to extend the life of your vehicle.

On your dash, there are a lot of different gauges and lights, but some are more important than others. There are three things on your dash that you always need to pay attention to: the engine temperature gauge, the oil pressure light, and the brake light. Continue reading

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Here’s How to Keep Your Car Running Longer

The best ways to keep your car running longer:

Drive Gently

That means accelerating slowlyAnticipate your braking so you can do so gradually.  Don’t rev your engine in the driveway when it’s cold, before the oil has a chance to warm up and freely circulate throughout your engine.

Make Fewer Short Trips

The most wear to your engine is done right after start-up.  On a short trip, your engine never has a chance to get up to operating temperature.  That means that water in your engine and exhaust never has a chance to heat up and vaporize.  That water, combined with metal and oxygen, makes rust.  And, according to Neil Young, rust never sleeps. (look it up)

Stay tuned next month for more tips on how to keep your car running longer.

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Save a Lot of Unnecessary “Hot Air”; Get Your Tires Inflated Properly

It’s very easy to forget to check the air pressure of your tires – but if you keep your tires inflated to the manufacturer’s specs, then chances are your vehicle’s ride and handling are at optimum levels and you’re enjoying excellent fuel efficiency. Continue reading

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No Tricks, but a Few Treats, from Your Pals at House of Mufflers and Brakes!

We have plenty of treats for all of our fantastic customers this holiday season, but we don’t recommend eating them. We’re talking about some very special Halloween deals to help you get your car ready for the winter. Continue reading

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Keep Your Car Running Well – Know Your Oil!

It’s vitally important that you know some of the basics about your vehicle – it can make the difference between a long-lasting car and a junker. Today, we discuss the different types of oil out there and why it’s important to know what’s best for your vehicle. Continue reading

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Fuel Filters – What do they do?

Whether you know it or not, all cars, new and old, have a fuel filter.  It keeps fuel running smoothly to the engine by trapping particles and preventing them from getting to the engine. With the intense force behind the up-and-down motion of the engine’s pistons, which compress the air-fuel mixture so that it will burn more efficiently, any large particles in the fuel could cause serious damage to the engine. Continue reading

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The importance of power-steering fluid

Power-steering fluid is a term you’ve most likely heard – possibly from your mechanic. But what is it? And why does it need to be serviced by your Omaha auto service technician?

Power-steering fluid is the fluid that transmits power in power-steering – which allows a vehicle to steer easier. It’s a hydraulic fluid – meaning power is transferred. When your Omaha auto repair shop tells you it needs to be serviced, they are recommending the old fluid be drained and flushed out and replaced with new fluid. Continue reading

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