Archive for March 28, 2014

Automobile Fluids For Your sedan

If you’ve walked through the automotive fluids of an auto parts store in Laguna Niguel, you’ll know how overwhelming the sheer number of products available can be. How do you know what’s right for your vehicle?

As you know, these fluids all serve a function in making your car run as you drive around the Laguna Niguel area. Your vehicle manufacturer has specified a particular type of fluid for every system from the motor, to the cooling system, brake fluid and so on. When you realize that not every variation is applicable to your vehicle, the task becomes more manageable.

First let’s talk about why there are so many varieties. Starting with motor oil, we see that manufacturers match the properties of a particular weight or type of oil with the design needs of the engine. For example, engines with sophisticated valve trains often require a thinner weight of oil.

Some vehicles around Laguna Niguel come from the factory filled with synthetic oil and the recommendation to use it for life. The safe bet is to always use what the factory recommends. The recommendation is what’s been proven to work in function and durability tests. The recommended oil is also a factor in determining oil change interval schedules.

Mission Viejo California Auto Fluids A good quality oil has more additives that are engineered to clean and protect the engine. They cost a bit more, but are worth the extra protection. If you buy budget oil, you might want to consider shortening your oil change interval.

Sometimes fluids are developed specifically to meet the needs of a particular family of engines. An example would be coolant. Because of the different materials used to build the cooling system, the coolant has to be formulated to protect those parts, which vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, from corrosion. We’ve seen special coolant in Laguna Niguel for General Motors, Volkswagen, Chrysler and others.

The same is true of transmission fluid and brake fluid in recent years.

The really good news is that your Laguna Niguel service center has databases that tell them the recommended fluids for your vehicle. This takes all the guess work out. If you have some special needs, like a higher mileage engine or want enhanced performance, ask your service advisor for upgrades or additives that’ll meet your needs while being consistent with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Of course, your full-service oil change will top off your fluids. But it’s a good idea to have some of everything at home in case you need to top something off yourself or to take on a trip. Ask your Laguna Niguel service advisor at Elite Motors or check your owner’s manual for fluid specifications.

It’s important to know that there are national warranty laws that say that a manufacturer cannot require you to use their brand of fluid to maintain your warranty. That said, there are two things that may affect your warranty.

Using the wrong type of fluid may void the warranty. Going back to radiator coolant, the correct type protects against corrosion and the wrong type will not. So it’s important to be right.

Also some warranty protections are conditioned on taking care of scheduled preventive maintenance. Please review your warranty if you have questions.

Power Steering Service At Elite Motors In Mission Viejo

Many Mission Viejo car owners have been hearing about technological advances in power steering, specifically, electric power steering. Some very high-end cars have been featuring electric power steering for a few years now. An electric motor directly provides the power assist to make steering easier. Undoubtedly we’ll see much more of this in Mission Viejo as full electric cars and electric hybrids become more common.

The vast majority of cars and trucks serviced at Elite Motors in Mission Viejo use a hydraulic power boost system. With hydraulics, fluid is pressurized by a pump which actuates a hydraulic cylinder to reduce steering effort. Some of these pumps are powered by an electric motor. Most pumps are powered by the serpentine belt driven by the engine.

Power Steering Service At Elite Motors In Mission ViejoPower steering fluid has the necessary hydraulic properties and the ability to lubricate the internal parts. The power steering fluid also protects sedan components from rust and corrosion.

Mission Viejo car owners should be aware that car makers recommend that the fluid be replaced on schedule.
At Elite Motors, the old fluid is drained and the system cleaned thoroughly. Fresh fluid is then installed.

Unfortunately, many Mission Viejo car owners don’t realize how vital it is to service their power steering, and some may not even know that it’s necessary in the first place. A neglected power steering system can develop leaks that will shorten the life of the pump.

Mission Viejo car owners should be aware of warnings that indicate possible power steering problems: the need to constantly add power steering fluid, a loud whining from the pump, erratic power assist or high steering effort. If you’re experiencing any of these problems, have your power steering checked out at Elite Motors in Mission Viejo.

In addition to the pump and hydraulic system, there are key mechanical parts in the steering system. The rods, arms, joints and knuckles that actually turn the wheels can become worn or damaged. A standard alignment service at Elite Motors includes an inspection of steering components.

If you notice any play in the steering wheel, that the steering wheel is off center, or a noise coming from your front wheels, especially when turning, have your friendly Elite Motors technician do an inspection so the problem can be corrected. Waiting too long could cause uneven tire wear and may even lead to steering failure. Call Elite Motors today at (949) 243-7956.

Can Your Car Last Another Year?

Have you checked out the price of new vehicles at Mission Viejo car dealers? Ouch! Add financing and insurance and – well a new ride may not seem so attractive. A lot of Mission Viejo, California 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 or more for smart Mission Viejo car owners.

The old adage: ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ is really true for Mission Viejo car owners 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 Mission Viejo motorists have their cooling system service taken care of right on schedule.

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 oil sludge.

Don’t let your brake pads go too long before they are worn to the point that your rotors are at risk. Preventative auto maintenance at Elite Motors is a great way to keep your operating costs down in Mission Viejo.

Replacing belts and hoses is much cheaper than repairing the expensive damage that can be caused by failure.

We know that this is a lot for busy Laguna Niguel area drivers to remember. Let the team of automotive professionals at Elite Motors keep on top of this stuff for you. We can tell you what your automobile manufacturer recommends and help you develop an affordable plan to take care of it.

Bottom line – do routine maintenance on schedule and you will reduce operating costs, prevent costly repairs and maintain your warranty coverage. Call Elite Motors today for an appointment; you can reach us at (949) 243-7956.

Let us take good care of your car at Elite Motors in Mission Viejo, and it’ll take good care of you.

Elite Motors
Give us a call today at (949) 243-7956.
Or stop by at 23725 Via Fabricante # F, Mission Viejo, California 92691

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement In Mission Viejo

About 90% of our driving decisions in Laguna Niguel are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely key.

Most Mission Viejo auto owners have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our sedan windshield is just dirty. In fact, it’s estimated that 46,000,000 car owners 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 Mission Viejo drivers need them the most. If that sounds like you, you’ve got plenty of company in the Laguna Niguel area. 78% of motorists only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.

Mission Viejo motorists need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as a key sedan safety component. Then we’ll stay ahead of the storm.

Mission Viejo motorists really ought to replace wiper blades twice a year; in the spring and the fall. If you live in the colder parts of California, you may even want to get special winter blades in the fall.

Winter blades are made to resist freezing. Speaking of winter and freezing Laguna Niguel conditions, if your sedan has been sitting for a long time and the windshield becomes frozen, don’t use your wipers to clear off snow and ice. That can shred your blades and may even damage the wiper motor.

Your wiper blades live outside in the freezing cold and blistering Mission Viejo sun. Over time, they become hard and brittle, and then tear. They also lose their flexibility and just don’t clear the sedan windshield effectively. Worn wiper blades aren’t just a safety hazard for Mission Viejo car owners; they can also scratch their windshield. That may require replacing the entire sedan windshield – that’s a costly consequence for neglecting such a small part.

AutoNetTV and Elite Motors recommend Mission Viejo car owners replace worn blades right away. Your Mission Viejo service center can provide you with a quality replacement blade. At Elite Motors, they cost about the same as they would at the store – but installation is included.

Of course you also need washer fluid to help your blades do their essential work. Even though Elite Motors will top off the washer fluid with a full service oil change, it is a good idea to have some extra fluid at home. Bring it with you if you’re heading out on a road trip.

Always use windshield washer fluid. Plain water, even that fancy French bottled water, just doesn’t cut it. It can freeze in the fluid reservoir or on the windshield itself, making things worse. Besides, water won’t clean your windows as well.

So follow these tips to keep your windshield clear and your eye on the road.

Find us at:

Elite Motors
23725 Via Fabricante # F
Mission Viejo, California 92691
(949) 243-7956