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ROSEVILLE Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among ROSEVILLE drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should ROSEVILLE drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around ROSEVILLE?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero MI temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in MI?Do you drive often in dusty ROSEVILLE areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around ROSEVILLE?Do you drive in very hot or very cold MI weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest ROSEVILLE on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on ROSEVILLE surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles/5,000 kilometers and the stan ... read more

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The Easy Way to Save Cash in ROSEVILLE

The hottest MI news story may be different every day, but there's one topic that seems to come up over and over again – the price of gas in ROSEVILLE. If you feel like most of your paycheck goes into your gas tank, this post is for you. Here are several basic things people in ROSEVILLE can do to greatly reduce their gas consumption, save money, and help the environment. You can really improve your fuel economy by how you drive – but first, here's a review of things you can do for your vehicle that'll save gas no matter how you drive.The first one for ROSEVILLE drivers is keeping tires properly inflated. That can save 2 miles per gallon/.85 km per liter. Driving on low tires is like driving through sand – your car just has to work harder. Most ROSEVILLE service centers will fill up your tires for free, so just ask Gordie's Garage Inc. Also, make a habit of checking your tire pressure whenever you fill up. Many ROSEVILLE gas stations have an air hos ... read more

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The Importance of ROSEVILLE Drivers Following Service Intervals

Today in our Gordie's Garage Inc blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life in ROSEVILLE with recommended intervals: Let's start with twice yearly dental check-ups and regular physical exams. How about laundry, watering the lawn and paying the bills?Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals? Well, you'd get more cavities. You may not discover health conditions that could be more effectively treated with early detection. And you'd have to wear dirty clothes, be embarrassed by your brown lawn and have your utilities shut off.Clearly, there are some things in life that we have to take care of regularly. If we don't, there are negative consequences. Our quality of life in ROSEVILLE takes a hit and it inevitably costs more money.So why is it so hard to remember to follow regular preventive maintenance on our vehicles?Probably a couple ... read more

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Gordie's Garage Inc: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Gordie's Garage Inc: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your vehicle engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let's go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on ROSEVILLE streets, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce 20 pounds of carbon dioxide?The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen comes from the air. You see, it takes about 12,000 gallons of air to burn a gallon of gas in your engine. Clearly, your vehicle needs a lot of air to keep going in ROSEVILLE. A lot of clean air is best. You've seen the pictures of people in Japan wearing face masks. They want some kind of filter to keep unwanted pollution and germs out of their lungs. Well, your vehicle also works better when its internals are clean. When your vehicle air filter is ... read more

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The Harm in Skipping an Oil Change for ROSEVILLE Drivers

People in ROSEVILLE have been hearing a lot about higher oil change intervals these days. Maybe you're wondering: What are the key issues?Some new vehicle manufacturers are now recommending much higher oil change intervals than they have in the past. As much as 5,000 to 8,000 miles (8,000 km to 13,000 km) or more. This practice came under scrutiny when four of the largest new vehicle manufacturers announced that owners like those in ROSEVILLE were experiencing engine damage resulting from these higher oil change intervals.The manufacturers' standard oil drain service for particular vehicles was scheduled at around 7,500 miles/12,000 km. People following these recommendations were experiencing engine damage. It turns out that oil sludge was building up. This caused small oil passages to clog and engine parts to fail.What causes oil sludge? It's a factor of time and mileage. There are hot spots in every engine that cause oil burn off that leads to sludge ... read more

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I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in ROSEVILLE

About 90% of our driving decisions in the ROSEVILLE area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.Most ROSEVILLE drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you've got plenty of company in the ROSEVILLE area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.ROSEVILLE drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component. Then we'll stay ahead of the sto ... read more

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Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

If you're reading this article in ROSEVILLE, MI, then you probably care about your vehicle and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional service advisor at Gordie's Garage Inc tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say "no," you might be harming your vehicle or risking your family's safety. At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner's manual. But it is not like you want to keep your vehicle auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.Vehicles are complicated machines and it takes some effort for ROSEVILLE residents to keep them running well. That is why they have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your vehicle performing efficien ... read more

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Keeping Your Car Young in ROSEVILLE

As ROSEVILLE consumers, we live in a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away.New stuff comes out so fast in MI, and much of it is fairly cheap, so we just toss the old and move on. It seems like when we were kids our parents were real sticklers about taking care of our stuff - especially parents who grew up in the Depression. You know, hang up your clothes, polish your shoes, put away your toys. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough; we had to do without.  We couldn't afford new cars very often, so we tried to make them last as long as we could. It's a good thing that cars are more reliable these days. They just don't break down as often. And the good news for us ROSEVILLE penny pinchers is that a modern car can easily go 200,000 miles (320,000 km) with proper care. The engineering's there and so is the manufacturing quality. The missing ingredient is us making sure we follow the vehicle manufacturer's maintenance schedules.Is it really that bad fo ... read more

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Keeping Your 'Old Faithful' Auto Running

At Gordie's Garage Inc we've had a lot of ROSEVILLE customers asking how they can make their vehicles last longer. These questions are actually a reflection of a trend that's been building for several years in MI. The median age of personal vehicles is now over nine years. And 33 percent of all vehicles on the road have over 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. It looks like it's going to keep heading in that direction for a while. With high fuel prices, a lot of MI folks are putting off buying a new car. So let's say you're one of the average in the ROSEVILLE area; you've got a nine-year-old car with 80,000 miles (130,000 km) on the odometer. What can you do to make it last another year or two?Let's start with the premise that there's no reason that a modern car can't run for 200,000 miles (320,000 km) with proper care in ROSEVILLE. The engineering and manufacturing quality is there.Of course, some parts will wear out along the way, but there's no reason for a ... read more

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Severe Service Requirements

A lot of ROSEVILLE drivers have asked whether or not they should use their severe service maintenance schedule, which is listed in their vehicle's  owner's  manual. It can be somewhat confusing, so we decided to consult an expert. Cricket Killingsworth is from QMI/Heartland, a manufacturer of automotive products and fluids. She's been in the automotive business for over 30 years and is a speaker, a trainer and a writer. Cricket says there's so much confusion on this topic because, "Most owner's manuals actually have two maintenance schedules. Sometimes these are called 'regular service' and 'severe service.' Sometimes they're simply called Schedule 1 and Schedule 2. A severe service schedule recommends that things like an oil change, air filter replacement and transmission service be done more often: either in fewer miles or in less time." Foreign and domestic vehicle manufacturers create a specific schedule for each vehicle they manufacture ... read more

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