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What is the importance of coolant?
Automotive coolant guarantees that the fluid inside your system doesn't turn into solid ice under harsh winter conditions. On the other hand, it also prevents the coolant from reaching the boiling point in Death Valley heat; it keeps engine temperatures stable, prevents corrosion, and lubricates.
Automotive Coolant Services Tucson, AZ
Maintenance for Arizona’s severe heat is a little different than maintenance for the rest of the country. It is recommended that you change your engine coolant every 24 months or when your manufacture recommends. It is important to your vehicle’s cooling system’s health and helps to prolong your engine’s life.
What’s included in our Cooling Service
Inspect cooling system & pressure test for leaks, Remove old coolant & re-fill with correct amount of anti-freeze, Special flush chemical and special fluids available at additional cost
Your vehicle overheats, Your temperature gauges reads higher or lower than normal, Your heater does not work, Your engine runs poorly or uses excess fuel
Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle
Posted May 8, 2012 10:05 AM
Today's post focuses on using the proper fluids for your vehicle. Big advances in automotive technology have lead to the development of high-tech fluids to keep pace. Some because of engineering advances and others are advances in the materials used to build vehicle's automotive systems.
A simple example of this is the cooling system. For decades it was primarily made out of iron, steel, and rubber hoses. There was one kind of coolant that protected these components from corrosion.
Now cooling system components are made with various metal alloys and plastics. These materials require different additives to protect them from corrosion. Since the materials used vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, we now have a number of different kinds of coolant.
And it’s important that Tucson car owners use the right coolant. If you pour in the wrong kind, it won’t protect the cooling system and may even void the warranty. Check your owner’s manual for the correct fluid for your vehicle. Of course, your BRAKEmax Car Car Centers advisor will know the proper coolant to use as well.
Brake fluid is confusing for some drivers. Back when we opened shop in 1997, most vehicles used Dot 3 brake fluid. Now we have Dot 4 and Dot 5. Some Tuconans mistakenly think the higher numbers are an upgrade. You know, if 3 is good then 4 must be better. That’s not how it works. They are different formulations to meet the demands of differences in brake systems. Only one of them is recommended for your vehicle and normally cannot be interchanged.
Transmission fluid is the same thing. For decades there were two basic types of tranny fluid used at BRAKEmax Car Car Centers: friction modified or not. With the tremendous engineering advances in automatic transmissions, there have been several new types of fluids developed to protect and lubricate them.
Nowhere are the advances in automotive fluids more evident to motorists and BRAKEmax Car Car Centers professionals than in motor oil. Many new weights and formulations have been created to meet the demands of today’s modern engine design. Modern engines have more parts and much tighter tolerances. Every year, engines make more power and get better fuel economy. And with all the complication and sophistication, they still have to be durable.
That’s where the new grades of engine oil come in. They have to be formulated to lubricate, protect and clean all of those engine parts, big and little. The oil has to be thin enough to get into little passages, yet resistant to vaporization.
At BRAKEmax Car Car Centers, we believe that in some ways modern automotive fluids are just as great feats of engineering as the new engines. Because weights of oil and types of coolant and transmission fluid are so carefully matched to the vehicle, take care to always use the proper fluid if you are topping off at home.
Check your owner’s manual or ask your service advisor. The wrong fluid can cause damage. If you drive a car or truck with 75,000 miles or more, consider high mileage formulations. These fluids contain extra detergent to clean dirtier older engines as well as additives to condition seals and gaskets. That’ll help prevent leaks. Always be sure that the high mileage fluid is the same weight or type of fluid recommended for your vehicle.
Mileage Maintenance Packages For most people, a vehicle is a major investment, second only to buying a house. A National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) study found that at least half of consumers neglect routine maintenance, with young people being the least likely to keep up with service schedules. Vehicle maintenance means keeping all […]
Air Conditioning Services Tucson, AZ There are several components that make up your A/C system. These components are connected by tubes and hoses to form a continuous path with two distinct sections: a high-pressure side and a low-pressure side. In order to transfer heat from the vehicle’s interior to the outside air, a chemical refrigerant […]
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Most hoses fail from the inside out. Rubber hose deteriorates with age and exposure to heat. The hose material can become hard and brittle. Tiny cracks develop in the rubber which eventually cause the hose to split, blister or leak. Oil on the outside of coolant hose can also accelerate the breakdown of the hose […]
Clutch Services Tucson, AZ The most common problem with clutches is that the friction material on the disc wears out. The friction material on a clutch disc is very similar to the friction material on the pads of a disc brake, or the shoes of a drum brake — after a while, it wears away. […]
CV Boot and Axle Replacement Services Tucson, AZ CV Boot The CV boots are protective rubber boots that cover the flexible ends of the drive axles. The boot has a large end and a small end and looks sort of like an “accordion funnel”. Each boot is attached to the axle with a metal band […]
The typical brake system consists of disc brakes in front and either disc or drum brakes in the rear connected by a system of tubes and hoses that link the brake at each wheel to the master cylinder. Other systems that are connected with the brake system include the parking brakes, power brake booster and […]
Since the earliest days of full-blown computerized engine-control systems, there has always been some type of built-in self-diagnostic capability to detect faults. A computerized engine control system uses inputs from a wide variety of sensors and switches to regulate spark timing, fuel delivery and other emission functions. If a sensor fails, reads outside its normal […]
Differential A differential typically serves two functions: redirect power flow to an axis in line with the drive wheels, and to allow a speed differential or difference between two drive axles to ease turning the vehicle. The amount of speed differential allowed between sides varies with the design of the differential used. Transfer Case A […]
Fuel Injection Repair Services Tucson, AZ Fuel Injection Your fuel injector is what supplies fuel to your engine so that you can drive your vehicle. The function of a clean fuel injector is that they spray a fine continuous mist of gasoline to supply your engine with the fuel it needs to operate efficiently. This […]
Car Alternator Replacement Services Tucson, AZ An alternator is part of the charging system of your car that produces electricity for many devices. A type of generator, the alternator transforms mechanical energy into electrical energy. Although your car’s battery supplies some electricity, most of the electrical mechanisms within the vehicle, require the alternator’s steady stream […]
In addition to complete auto repair and maintenance, BRAKEmax also offers Auto Glass Replacement in Tucson, AZ through Max Auto Glass - the newest division of BRAKEmax. Our expert technicians have training in all types of auto glass repair and replacement. Often, we can provide windshield repairs to seal cracks in your windshield. If the damage is too […]
Headlight Restoration will improve the look of your car plus increase the safety. We will restore those same ugly looking yellow headlights crystal clear – your friends will think you bought new headlights!
Many drivers are switching to hybrid cars – in fact, JD Power and Associates reports that 10% of cars on the road in 2015 will be hybrids. A lot of hybrids require specialty services that conventional vehicles do not – fortunately, BRAKEmax has Hybrid Specialists who have been trained to service, diagnose, and repair most […]
Having your oil changed on a regular basis is one of the most important things you can do to keep your car in proper running order. Literally speaking, there is no better way to keep your car in tip top performance and have it run for hundreds of thousands of miles than to keep your […]
Power Steering Services Tucson, AZ At one time or another, most drivers encounter a power steering problem with their car. Things like fluid leaks, noise, stiff steering, or hard turning, after first starting the car. Normal driving eventually causes your power steering fluid to suffer from heat, friction and electrochemical degradation. The high pressure created […]
Automotive Coolant Services Tucson, AZ Maintenance for Arizona’s severe heat is a little different than maintenance for the rest of the country. It is recommended that you change your engine coolant every 24 months or when your manufacture recommends. It is important to your vehicle’s cooling system’s health and helps to prolong your engine’s life. […]
Every vehicle owner should know the importance of their radiator. The radiator is beyond doubt an essential part of your vehicle. Fulfilling a crucial part in the cooling process of the automotive system, the auto radiator is something your vehicle can never afford to lose. A properly functioning radiator is vital to a vehicle’s performance. […]
Shocks and Struts Unlike a tire, which rotates a specific number of times per mile, a shock absorber or strut may compress and extend several times per mile on a smooth road, or several hundred times per mile on a very rough road. There are other factors that affect the life of a shock or […]
Car Starter Services Tucson, AZ A car starter is responsible for turning over, or starting, a vehicle engine. Located on the underside of most cars, the starter is controlled by the solenoid, which is a small attachment directly on top of the starter itself. The solenoid, which receives electricity from the car battery, is responsible […]
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Auto Tune Up Services Tucson, AZ
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Wiper Blades Installation Services Tucson, AZ Wiper blades are like squeegees. The arms of the wiper drag a thin rubber strip across the windshield to clear away the water. When the blade is new, the rubber is clean and has no nicks or cracks. It wipes the water away without leaving streaks. When the wiper […]