Thursday, October 20, 2011
If your battery, alternator or generator fails it can be a serious problem that can leave you stranded, without warning. This system is crucial because it keeps your battery charged. It also provides power to run your lights, air conditioning, radio and other electric accessories on your car while it is running. A failed or malfunctioning charging system can ruin a battery by over or under charging it.
If your battery is dead, keeps running down or cranks your engine slowly, you may have a charging system problem. Please call 60 Minute Tune today and take preventive measures to avoid being stranded. Stop by for a complimentary charging/starting system analysis.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
A decrease in fuel economy does not automatically mean your O2 sensor is bad, it's just a symptom. Before replacing an O2 sensor, your vacuum hoses, spark plugs, and ignition system should be checked. A vacuum hose could be leaking which can also cause a bad oxygen sensor symptom even though the sensor is functioning correctly.
A professional shop will use a diagnostic tree to eliminate all other issues to ensure the suggested repair is the right repair for your vehicle. This will save you time and money. Oxygen sensors work by constantly measuring the oxygen content inside the exhaust manifold and comparing it to the air outside the engine.
A bad O2 sensor will usually cause the check engine light to illuminate. Remember a bad O2 sensor diagnostic code is not always the root of the problem. A check engine light may also illuminate due to a fouled plug, bad ignition switch, or a vacuum leak among other problems. All of these symptoms can return a bad O2 sensor diagnostic code. Be safe have it checked at a professional shop before you spend a fortune on home repair.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Putting together an Emergency Road Kit is essential because you never know when an emergency will arise. The team at 60 Minute Tune cares about your safety; which is why we suggest carrying the following items in your vehicle at all times:
- Jumper cables
- Flares or reflective devices
- First-aid kit
- Tire pressure gauge
- Bottled drinking water
- Change of clothes
- Automobile registration
- Proof of insurance
- Cell phone
- Copy of your health insurance card
- Marker and message pad
- Emergency contacts
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Copy of your motor club membership card
- Window scraper/brush
- Window washer fluid
- Sand or rock salt
- Thermal packs
- Energy bars
- Hat and gloves
- Paper towels
- Disposable camera
- Road maps
Monday, September 19, 2011
Some brake noises are normal, while others indicate problems requiring service. This is what the noises could mean:
- Grinding When caused by rust building up on the rotors, it's of little concern. The buildup can usually be removed, or sometimes it disappears after a few stops. If grinding persists, the problem could be more serious and should be addressed immediately.
- Loud squeals Disc brakes with wear indicators may produce a squeal,
indicating it's time to change the pads.
- Trace squeaks or squeals Semi-metallic brake linings can emit sound. Rain, humidity or cold brakes could be the source. If the problem persists, have the brakes checked.
- Clicking Sometimes accompanied by a slight pulsing in the brake pedal at low speeds, it's most likely the Anti-lock Braking System performing a harmless self-check.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Brakes are a normal wear item for any car. Eventually, they're going to need to be replaced for both performance and safety reasons. Planning can also save you money —your brakes won't get to the "metal-to-metal" point, which usually means accelerating expensive rotor or drum replacement.
In between replacements we recommend the BG Brake Service.
Brake fluid becomes oxidized and contaminated over time and use. Heat and moisture cause corrosion on parts and brake fluid failure. This causes a spongy brake pedal and shows up in discolored brake fluid.
The entire brake system is inspected for leaks, master cylinder corrosion, worn pneumatic parts, harmful varnish build-up, broken or rusted bleeder valves, worn rotors and drums and air in the brake lines. All old brake fluid is replaced with BG Heavy Duty DOT 3 or DOT 4 Brake Fluid. The result will be a longer lasting, more efficient and safer braking system.
Your Brake System:
The brake system is your car's most important safety system. Never put off routine brake inspections or any needed repair so that your car can continue to operate as designed. Brakes often have wear indicators that produce noise when it's time to change the pads. Brake noise may sound like high pitch squealing or a grinding noise. Or your brakes may feel different when you press on them. If you think there may be a problem with your vehicle's brakes, have them inspected at 60 Minute Tune in Granada Hills. Our automotive shop features quality ACDelco parts, with a safety rating you can depend on.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Due to constant exposure to heat, hard driving conditions, and changes in temperatures, these components crack, leak, fray, and peel. Worn belts and hoses are much more affordable to replace than an engine which can be destroyed if a belt or hose breaks. At 60 Minute Tune we recommend having a visual inspection done on your belts and hoses annually.
A visual inspection of belts includes:
- Search for clear indications of damage (cracking, glazing, softening, or peeling)
- Test for correct tension
- Test for correct alignment
- Record belt condition for future reference
- Search for clear indications of damage (leaks, cracks, hardening, or softening)
- Test cooling system for leaks using state-of-the-art pressure technology
- Record hose condition for future reference
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Depending on the depth of a pothole, your shock and strut could actually bottom out. Braking while hitting a pothole can cause even more problems. We suggest braking before a pothole and after if necessary but not during.
Besides the suspension components, other parts such as control arms, ball joints and axle shafts are also prone to pothole damage. Your rims can bend or even crack causing poor tire inflation which can also lead to premature tire replacement.
Potholes are the number one cause for premature tire wear, alignment problems and poor vehicle drivability. Our advice is to avoid potholes whenever it is safe to do so. We want to help prevent this damage to your car, and keep you safe. The following resources came up when we searched for information regarding reporting potholes. Have your brakes and suspension checked to prevent premature replacement.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
The thermal expansion valve allows you to decide just how much cool air you want in your car, so you are not always freezing. Lastly the drier or accumulator is a safety catch for your AC system. It protects your compressor from fluids that could damage or even ruin your compressor.
Even though your AC may work perfectly when you buy your car over time the bumps and jolts in the road can cause your AC seals to loosen which will cause leaks to occur. If your Freon leaks out your AC will simply blow hot air, and let's face it, none of us like to be hot and sweaty!
Having your AC serviced once a year can help you avoid costly repairs like replacing your AC system. As your vehicle ages, adjustments need to be made to assure proper, efficient and maximum use of your AC system. With all this summertime heat it's important to remember, you don't have to be hot all the time, Call 60 Minute Tune today and find out how we can make your AC system work like new again.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
With 60 Minute Tune's BG battery service, our tech's will clean your battery and detect a leak if there is one present. Leaks, evaporation and overcharging are all contributors to send your battery to an early grave.
With 60 Minute Tune's BG service, our techs install anti corrosion terminal protectors once the battery has been tested and cleaned. Lastly the battery posts, terminals and case are sealed to continue to maintain and extend the life of your battery. We recommend replacing your battery every three to five years for trouble free starting!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
- Fuel additives purchased from a retail automotive store are just as effective as a fuel additive like BG’s 44K only available at professional automotive shops. (44k was tested against a variety of other products and was the only one proven to work effectively.)
- Buying more expensive fuel regardless of grade will reduce nasty build up in your vehicle. (The grade of fuel can make a marginal difference, but the dollar amount has no effect on your fuel effectiveness)
- Cutting out preventative maintenance will help balance the additional pennies spent on fuel because preventative maintenance is only suggestive. (This is the worst misconception, without proper preventative maintenance, your fuel economy may decline, and your vehicle will need additional repairs.
The average driver drives 120,000 miles during the life of their vehicle, this driver will save an average of $500 to $800 in fuel expense over the life of their vehicle just by using BG. Call 60 Minute Tune for details.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Here are some signs your battery may be headed for the graveyard:
- Slow starting
- Long cranking
- Dim lights
- Failure to start
Your battery should be tested once a year. 60 Minute Tune can perform this test for you at anytime. Batteries last anywhere between 2-5 years. Many times the median age of a battery is 3 years. Batteries range between $95 and $160 depending on the year make and model of your vehicle. Be prepared always have jumper cables in your car, or better yet have your battery tested so you are not left stranded.
You can extend the life of your battery by:
- Allowing your car to run longer than twenty minutes at a time
- Avoiding extreme heat
- Keeping your battery posts clear of corrosion
- Avoid short trips
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Here are a few symptoms to look for, poor fuel economy, sputtering, slow start, miss fire. Over the counter injection cleaners can cause even more problems. Call your repair shop and always ask for BG. Increase your return on your car by preforming proper maintenance according to your manufacturer's recommendations. Why BG? We recommend BG products because of their effectiveness, warranty, and the results they deliver. Depending on your current mileage, BG offers a lifetime warranty just for doing what you should be for your car.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Synthetic oil is highly resistant to viscosity breakdown caused by heat, friction, and/or chemical contaminants. If you are busy and most of us are, synthetic oil changes make your life more convenient because it allows you to go farther on an oil change up to 2,000 or 3,000 miles more! Talk to your service advisor about synthetic oil, this can extend the life of your car and save you valuable time. Make an appointment today to extend the life of your car.
- Synthetic oil provides better lubrication for all of your engine's moving parts
- You can drive more miles between your synthetic oil changes
Monday, March 14, 2011
Preventative maintenance, such as coolant flushes, can extend the life of your vehicle, and reduce your expense of radiator replacement or even an engine overhaul. Yes, it's really that important! A simple service that could cost as little as $60, could save you $1000 or more in major engine repairs.
In the weeks to come we will continue to educate our customers about preventative maintenance, because we want your vehicles to last as long as you want them to last. A vehicle purchase is considered one of the largest purchases you will ever make. Let us help you protect your investment.