What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

Monday 11 September 2017

With front-wheel drive being so common these days in TULSA, OK, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most TULSA drivers don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of TULSA customers' minds. It's not uncommon for drivers to not know they have a differential let alone know that it needs service. Call Cartec Automotive Service... read more

Higher Mileage Service Intervals for TULSA

Tuesday 05 September 2017

TULSA drivers have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in the TULSA area, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car.Because new cars are more expensive, TULSA residents are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. 68% of vehicles on the road have mo... read more

It's About Time: Following Service Intervals at Cartec Automotive Service

Tuesday 29 August 2017

There are a lot of things in life that TULSA residents have to do on a regular basis. We wash dishes every day, do our laundry and mow our lawns every week, and pay the bills every month. We should go to our TULSA dentist twice a year and see our doctor for a check-up once a year. When we don't stay on schedule with these routines, it can lead to embarrassing, painful or expensive consequences. Scheduled maintenance is also part of good vehicle care. TULSA drivers should take their vehicles... read more

Cartec Automotive Service Advice on What to Pour into Your Vehicle

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Changes in vehicle design and manufacture have resulted in changed fluid requirements for our vehicles. With the sophistication of engines, transmissions, differentials, etc., it's best for TULSA residents to always use the proper type of fluid for their vehicle. Using incorrect fluids can actually damage your engine.As engines have become more sophisticated, new weights (or grades) of engine oil have been introduced. Today, there is a much wider range of weights for engine oil as well as a vari... read more

The Cartec Automotive Service Guide to Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle

Friday 18 August 2017

The automotive professionals at Cartec Automotive Service would like to give TULSA drivers an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, vehicles are becoming more sophisticated every day.  Fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more specialized at about the same pace.The TULSA do-it-yourselfer has to be pretty careful so that they do not actually harm their vehicle with the wrong type of... read more

Why Synthetic Oil Is Best for TULSA Drivers

Sunday 06 August 2017

Hello TULSA! Today's Cartec Automotive Service vehicle care topic is: Synthetic Oil vs. Petroleum Based Oil. Synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. If you aren't currently using it, why not? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why, we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the othe... read more

Cartec Automotive Service Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

Monday 31 July 2017

OK service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some TULSA drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed.Cartec Automotive Service fuel system cleaning: Over time, the vehicle fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way.Cartec Au... read more

Blind Spot Safety for TULSA Driving

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Blind spots may be a good thing when it comes to a spouse's annoying habits, but when driving an automobile in TULSA, they are definitely to be avoided. So, while it's not good marital advice, it's good auto advice to minimize your own blind spots and stay out of other TULSA drivers' blind spots, especially when it comes to large, heavy vehicles like trucks and buses.First, minimize your own blind spots. Do this before you pull out of th... read more

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in TULSA

Monday 17 July 2017

There's a segment of the TULSA area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers). So tune-ups used to force you in to Cartec Automotive Service for service, and while you were there you just took care of whatever else was on the list.Also, in recent years, a l... read more

Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at Cartec Automotive Service?

Tuesday 11 July 2017

Today's Cartec Automotive Service article focuses on severe service maintenance. Many TULSA drivers are not aware of them and yet there are also very vocal advocates in OK who think that severe service schedules apply to everyone. Somewhere between a complete lack of awareness and the dire blanket statements lies a reasonable approach to severe service maintenance at Cartec Automotive Service.To back up a little, vehicle owner's manuals have schedules for preventive maintenance... read more

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