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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

10 Services TULSA Drivers Often Overlook

Sunday 02 July 2017

We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids all over TULSA. Some days it's all we can do to keep track of everywhere we need to be. That's why you've gotta be organized. Smartphones, calendar apps - we have to keep track of it all.So let's talk about schedules. Specifically, automotive service schedules. And particularly, the scheduled services that are sometimes forgotten.Here is a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked by TULSA residents. They're all ver... read more

How Much is Enough for TULSA Auto Owners? Tire Tread Depth

Sunday 25 June 2017

Most TULSA drivers know that tires wear out and that the wear has to do with tread depth. Most of us have heard that “bald” tires are dangerous, but most of us picture a tire with no tread at all when we think of a bald tire. And when we take our vehicles in for preventive maintenance, the technician tells us they're need to be replaced long before all the tread is worn off. Just how much tire tread wear is too much? And h... read more

Your Vehicle Is NOT Maintenance Free, TULSA Car Owners

Tuesday 20 June 2017

A generation ago, TULSA drivers seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle's preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Taking your vehicle in to your TULSA shop every year or two for repairs seemed to be a good reminder to keep the oil changed.For example, almost everyone in TULSA used to take their vehicles in for regular tune-ups. Vehicles had mechanical ignition systems... read more

TULSA Car Owners Ask: Why Do I Need to Change My Serpentine Belt?

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Any TULSA driver who understands preventive maintenance knows that “if it ain't broke, don't fix it” is bad auto advice. Replacing a part before it breaks is much less costly for TULSA residents than repairing the engine damage that comes after a part breaks or fails. A good example of this is the serpentine belt.The serpentine belt gets its name because of its circuitous path around the engine. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine and powers a number of systems, as follows... read more

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