Monthly Archives: July 2017

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

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 Automotive Service headlamp replacement: Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. It's usually good to change them every year or so.Cartec Automotive Service inspections: TULSA drivers get inspections for many reasons. Maybe they're going on a trip or just want to make sure their vehicle's ready for a OK summer or winter. Maybe they just bought a used vehicle and want to give it the once over. An inspection may reveal some things that are broken or are ge ... read more

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Blind Spot Safety for TULSA Driving

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 the driveway or parking space. Adjust your rearview mirror so that you see as much of the area behind you as possible. And, no, this doesn't include the passengers in the back seat. The rearview mirror isn't designed to be a baby monitor.Next, lean to the side until your head almost touches the driver's side window. Now adjust the driver's side mirror so that it just catches the side of the vehicle. Then, lean to the middle of the car and adjust the passenger's side mirror in the same way. These ... read more

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Safety

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in TULSA

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in TULSA

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 large percentage of new vehicles in TULSA have been leased. These folks plan on turning the vehicle in after two or three years, so they haven't focused on the maintenance that helps a vehicle last longer.Given all that, what's the benefit to keeping up with factory scheduled maintenance? Well, your vehicle will perform better and return better fuel economy.Those benefits pay for themselves as they go along. The big plus is that major repairs are prev ... read more

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Maintenance

Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at Cartec Automotive Service?

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: things like oil changes, transmission service and so on. They say you should change your oil after a certain distanced traveled or after so many months. TULSA drivers understand this very well. What they may not know is that there are actually two service schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. The mileage and time intervals are lower on the severe service schedule.Now when you hear 'severe service,' you may think it doesn't apply to you because y ... read more

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10 Services TULSA Drivers Often Overlook

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 very important and need appropriate attention. So here we go, in no particular order.1. Power Steering ServiceBe honest; have you ever thought of this on your own? Your power steering fluid gets dirty and builds-up moisture over time. Cleaning out your power steering system means that dirt and gum are removed and your power steering parts are protected from corrosion. Next time you're in for an oil change, ask your Cartec Automotive Service service advisor if it's time f ... read more

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Maintenance