Monthly Archives: November 2017

Can Your Car Last Another Year?

Have you checked out the price of new vehicles at TULSA car dealers? Ouch! Add financing and insurance and a new ride may not seem so attractive. A lot of TULSA, OK, folks are hoping to make their cars last a lot longer.Fortunately, with the current state of automotive engineering and manufacturing, there's no reason a modern vehicle can't be made to last for a 150,000 miles (250,000 kilometers) or more for smart TULSA drivers.The old adage: 'a stitch in time saves nine' is really true for TULSA residents when it comes to car maintenance. A great example is coolant service.Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. Smart TULSA drivers have their cooling system service taken care of right on schedule at Cartec Automotive Service.Ditto for your power steering system, brake fluid, air conditioning system, differential and transmission. Of course, oil changes should be done right on schedule to avoid the build-up of harmful ... read more

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Maintenance

Keep Your Tires Well Rounded in TULSA: Tire Rotation and Wheel Balancing at Cartec Automotive Service

Taking care of our tires is part of vehicle care for TULSA drivers. We know they have to be replaced when they wear out, but tires also require some preventive maintenance. This maintenance will improve and extend the life of the tires, so it's well worth the effort and expense for TULSA drivers to get it done. Tire maintenance includes keeping tires properly inflated, rotating tires and balancing wheels.The recommended tire pressure for a vehicle's tires is printed on a sticker on the inside of the driver's side doorjamb. A lot of engineering goes into calculating the correct pressure, so it's an important number for TULSA vehicle owners to know. Not following this recommendation can throw off the suspension system and can lead to tire damage. Underinflated tires wear out more quickly than properly inflated tires. Vehicles also get better traction and handling on properly inflated tires. Check your tire pressure at least once a week and add air if necessary.Don't be tempted ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Used Cars: Cartec Automotive Service Advice on What to Do After You Buy

Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious TULSA drivers. But how can we know we're getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else's problems?There are good used vehicles for sale in the TULSA area. Vehicles are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when someone just wants a new ride. So the used vehicle may be just fine. But some TULSA used vehicle owners sell them because they don't want to deal with developing or existing problems.When you're considering buying a used vehicle in TULSA, ask for service records. Check to see if the recommended schedules for preventive maintenance have been followed. If so, you probably have a great used vehicle on your hands. If there aren't any service records, then assume the worst.Check the vehicle for obvious signs of problems. Kick the tires if you want to but definitely check them for uneven tread wear. This can indicate alignment problems, worn shoc ... read more

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Older Vehicles

Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in TULSA

Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do with the combustion cycle.Your vehicle engine has cylinders in which a piston travels up and down. At the top of the cylinders are valves that open to bring in the air and fuel. And there are valves that open to let out the exhaust after the fuel has been burned. Call Cartec Automotive Service at 918.771.4210 for answers about your timing belt, or drop by our TULSA, OK, service center on 5609 East 41st Street. It's critical that the values be timed to open and close at precisely the right time in the combustion cycle, or the engine will run poorly or not at all.The timing belt is responsible for rotating the ... read more

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Timing Belt