How often should I change my oil?
With the mixture of modern technology and competitive marketing, it can be confusing when trying to maintain your vehicle these days. It seems every manufacturer is either improving their product or trying to one-up the competition by extended their recommended maintenance intervals. So how does one know what is right for their car? The answer is easier than you would think, with all of the conflicting information out there. Continue to trust your car care professional.
If you have had the level of service that keeps you coming back to your service facility then continue to trust them on recommended maintenance schedules. The people that take care of your car…investment…know what’s best for your vehicle with all that factors in, like driving habits, climate, conditions, etc. Factory recommendations are a minimum standard that the manufacturer recommends, not a bible of what’s best for your car. Stop by today and ask our knowledgeable staff on what’s best for your car and schedule your next round of preventative maintenance!
Are all oils made the same?
When walking down the engine oil isle in your local parts store, one can get lost in all the selections. Does it really matter which one you choose? The answer is a definitive YES! Using the proper engine oil is of utmost importance to maintaining your vehicle, ensuring years of trouble-free service. When in doubt, consult your owner’s manual or come in and have your vehicle maintained by our professional staff. With all of the different powertrain types in today’s vehicles (gas, hybrid, diesel, etc.) there are too many selections available and choosing the wrong type of oil can do as much or more damage than not changing your oil at all! Rely on us to properly select the type of oil your car requires as well as all of your maintenance needs.
The perils of the “code reader”
These days it’s very easy to over-investigate a Check Engine light on your vehicle. Many customers come in stating they went to their local parts store, had their codes read and installed the part suggested by the clerk only to still have a light on and/or a symptom present. Proper diagnosis by a qualified technician is more important than ever these days due to the complexities of modern vehicles. There can be multiple causes for the same DTC, or code, and hundreds of codes in any one vehicle. Sometimes the thought of paying a diagnostic fee seems expensive but replacing a good part or parts can be just as expensive yet leave one with a still-troubled vehicle and wasted time. Give us a call if your check engine light is on in your car and set up an appointment to have it diagnosed properly!
How important is a coolant filter on my Powerstroke truck?
One affordable way to treat your Powerstroke diesel engine equipped truck is the addition of a coolant filter kit. The coolant in a modern diesel engine pickup truck is abused much worse with the addition of pollution control devices such as EGR valves, catalytic converters, diesel particulate filters and more. As the coolant does it’s job the corrosion protection in the coolant breaks down. If it’s not tested and replenished or serviced regularly corrosion builds up in the coolant passages on a molecular level causing the silicants to drop out of the coolant. These silicants, similar looking to fine sand, can build up in the small passages in the oil cooler causing restricted coolant flow, cooler failure and possible engine damage.
The simple addition of a coolant filter kit allows fine filtration of the coolant, in a bypass circuit, without changing the cooling capabilities or altering the coolant flow path to the engine and radiator. The filter is a simple spin-on design that can be serviced easily and it will prevent the build up of silicants or any other debris that may be floating in the cooling system which can clog radiators and damage water pump seals. Contact us today to see about having a coolant filter kit added to your Powerstroke truck!
Holmes Automotive & Performance Launches NEW Website!
We got a new look! Holmes Automotive & Performance of Franklin, VA, has launched a new website. We understand that the web is taking over how our customers are looking for businesses and services. Our goal is to make sure that our quality auto repair services can be easily found on the web!
Feel free to browse around our new website and let us know what you think. Please come back frequently to check out the latest news, photos, advice & promotions.
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