Monthly Archives: March 2020

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

The Check Engine Light strikes fear into the hearts of some TULSA drivers, and is totally ignored by just as many. Just what it means is a mystery to most people. Let's get the urgency issues out of the way first. If your Check Engine light is flashing, that means that something is wrong that could cause engine damage. Naturally, you need to get that taken care of right away. If your check engine light is flashing, you shouldn't drive at high speeds, tow or haul heavy loads. Take it easy all the way to your TULSA service center. If the light is glowing steadily, you should keep an eye on it for a day or two. If the light doesn't go off, schedule an appointment with your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Cartec Automotive Service to get it checked out.Some more information on how the Check Engine light works may be helpful for TULSA drivers. Most of your engine functions are controlled by a computer, not surprisingly, called a ... read more

Battery Replacement at Cartec Automotive Service in TULSA

Battery Replacement at Cartec Automotive Service in TULSA

Hello, welcome to Cartec Automotive Service. Today's focus is batteries. It seems like everything in TULSA runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we're most concerned with here at Cartec Automotive Service are those in our customer's vehicles. Just like the batteries in our smoke detectors or TV remote, they wear out and need to be replaced . This can be thought of as the power output used to start a cold vehicle engine. The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live in OK, specifically how cold it is. (Many TULSA drivers have first-hand experience trying to start their car on a cold winter morning.) The two factors are that the colder your vehicle's engine is, the more power it takes to turn the engine over to get it started. It has all that cold, sluggish oil to contend with.The other factor is that the chemical reaction in the battery that creates electrical energy is less efficient when the temperature dips. Le ... read more

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Battery

Tire Maintenance in TULSA

With the recent focus in the TULSA area on improving fuel economy, we've been told how important it is to maintain our tire pressure.TULSA drivers know that tires wear out, but we want to make them last as long as possible because they're not cheap to replace. In addition to saving gas, properly inflated tires last longer. Underinflated tires will wear out more quickly.Some people in TULSA wonder if they should add a few extra pounds of pressure when they fill up their tires. Bad idea. In fact, there are very good reasons not to overinflate your tires. For one, the middle of the tread will wear unevenly because the full tread is not contacting the road properly. That also adversely affects your handling. Stop by Cartec Automotive Service to see about tire maintenance for your vehicle. Cartec Automotive Service5609 East 41st StreetTULSA, OK 74135918.771.4210 Every vehicle in the TULSA area has a sticker on the driver's side door jamb that tells yo ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Your Biggest Fan (Radiator Fan Problems)

Your vehicle's engine makes a lot of heat when it's powering you down the road, so it needs a way to get rid of that energy.  That's why your vehicle has a cooling system, complete with a radiator and one or two radiator fans, also called cooling fans.  Those fans make sure air keeps moving across the radiator so that the heat stored in the coolant can be dissipated outside when the vehicle is stopped or not traveling fast. Radiator fans can develop problems and can stop working properly or stop working altogether.  Some signs to look for? If you're driving slowly and idling and you see your temperature gauge moving toward the red or hot zone, that could spell trouble.  Another thing you may notice when a radiator fan is failing is that there may be a loud noise coming from the engine compartment. There are two types of radiator fans.  One is mechanically connected to the engine and uses the engine's rotational energy to turn it.  The other is an electric ... read more

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Cooling System