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TULSA Road Trip Preparation

Monday 24 April 2017

People from TULSA, OK, love their cars. And nothing goes with cars better than a OK road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it's great! But there's nothing like car trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt.You can't always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip. Heading out on a OK road trip? Stop by Cartec Automotive Service... read more

Below 45 Degrees in TULSA: Consider Winter Tires

Sunday 16 April 2017

Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and TULSA drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for “all-season” radials. OK drivers ran out and bought some and we thought we were done with snow tires forever.Tires have come a long way since then. Modern winter tires sold in the TULSA area are much better designed for the wide range of con... read more

Commitment to Make Your vehicle Last at Cartec Automotive Service

Sunday 09 April 2017

These days many people in the TULSA area are really committed to making their cars last a long time. First thing: you've got to start with what you've got. It'd be ideal if people started with a brand new car, never missed a scheduled service item, paid attention to the severe service maintenance schedule and had regular inspections. But if you've had the vehicle for a while or bought it used, its maintenance history is what it is; and that's where you start.Go through the maintenance schedule f... read more

Automotive Tips from Cartec Automotive Service: Wiper Blades – Signs of Wear

Sunday 02 April 2017

90% of our driving decisions are based on vision. Anything that impedes your vision can affect your driving safety – including a dirty windshield. In that sense, your wiper blades are an important safety system. Most TULSA drivers will wait until their wipers have failed before they replace them. Then they find themselves in a driving situation around OK when they really need forward visibility only to discover that their wipers are worn or maybe even torn and can’t clear s... read more

Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for TULSA Drivers

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Knowing how their engine works can help TULSA drivers make informed decisions about auto care and prevent repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts.An engine's power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while the engine is running. Power is generated in a cycle that includes four strokes of the piston. First, the piston drops and a valve at the top of the cylinder opens to let in fuel an... read more

Fuel Saving Tip: Fuel System Cleaning Near TULSA, OK

Wednesday 22 March 2017

A lot of fuel is wasted in the TULSA area by dirty fuel delivery systems in vehicles.Let's start at the tank. The gas tank gathers dirt, rust and sediment over the years. That's why there's a fuel filter to clean the fuel after it leaves the tank. A dirty filter will rob the engine of the clean gas it needs to run efficiently.The fuel intake components get coated with gum and varnish over time. This results in fuel being delivered inefficiently and some of that gunk getting into... read more

Combustion Choreography: Timing Belt Replacement at Cartec Automotive Service in TULSA

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Have you ever seen a ballet performance? Have you wondered how all of those dancers manage to travel all over the stage jumping and twirling and never crash into each other? That's the job of a choreographer.Our auto engines are also highly choreographed. Pistons travel up and down inside cylinders. Valves at the tops of the cylinders open to let air and fuel in or exhaust out. These valves have to open and close at precisely the right time or the engine will run poorly if at all. The movement o... read more

Maintenance on My Mind

Monday 06 March 2017

Ask any TULSA man or woman if they've taken their vehicle in for preventive maintenance lately, and the answer may well be “no.” Surveys indicate that over 80% of vehicles on the road today are in need of some kind of repair or maintenance. Now, ask that same person why he hasn't taken his car in for care. The answer will probably be that he forgot or that he just didn't think about it. Most TULSA residents seem to have a hard time remembering about scheduled mainten... read more

PCV Valve Service at Cartec Automotive Service in TULSA

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Today, we are talking about your PCV valve. Unburnt fuel is forced into the crankcase as your engine runs.  The PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve vents this unburnt fuel and oil vapors from the crankcase and sends it back into the air intake system to be burned in the engine.  A clogged PCV will not allow these vapors to escape. This can dilute and contaminate the oil, leading to damaging engine oil sludge. It can also cause vehicle engine corrosion, something we see occasiona... read more

The Cartec Automotive Service Guide to Custom Wheels

Sunday 19 February 2017

If you're interested in customizing the wheels and tires on your vehicle, there are a few things you should know first.Most importantly, the wheels you buy need to fit your vehicle. Not all wheels are created equal. Too many TULSA drivers have bought a set of wheels that caught their eye, then, after going to the work of mounting them, have found that the wheels don't fit right and the tires rub against the vehicle when they turn or go over a bump.To ensure a ... read more

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