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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

Automotive Tips from Cartec Automotive Service: When to Replace Your Wiper Blades

Tuesday 06 June 2017

There are several important factors that go into how often TULSA drivers should replace their wiper blades. Of course, the more you use your wipers, the faster the blades will wear out – especially if you use them on an icy windshield. Whether it’s a lot of bugs and road grime from OK freeway driving or lots of wet weather – your blades get a work out and start to wear. But your wiper blades break down even when they aren’t used frequently. They are damaged by s... read more

Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel in TULSA

Thursday 01 June 2017

Underinflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the TULSA area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in them, their rolling resistance is dramatically increased and it simply takes more gas to get from here to there.Always check your tire pressure when you gas up at one of our local TULSA service stations. If they're low – even just a little bit – bring them... read more

Defensive Driving in TULSA, OK

Monday 22 May 2017

  There was a man in the TULSA area who learned that most car accidents occur within a mile of home – so he moved. (Just kidding!)When we think of defensive driving, we often focus on our local OK highway situations. The fact of the matter is we need to be just as careful close to home in TULSA, because that's where we do most of our driving. We can't let our familiar surroundings keep us from driving defensively.Defensive driving begins with the proper attitude. ... read more

Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down Around TULSA

Sunday 14 May 2017

There's not much we can do about the price of gas in TULSA, OK, but we do quite a bit about how much we use as we're driving on our TULSA streets.Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy.The first thing we can do is watch the 'go-pedal.' Hard acceleration just sucks the gas. Gently leave stop lights and plan lane changes so you don't need to floor it. That can save you hundreds of dollars a year.Go a little slower on the freeway. Once you're going more than... read more

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