Category Archives: Fuel System
Mount Juliet motorists have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers; safety equipment like airbags; and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in Nashville but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car in Tennessee.
Because new cars are more expensive, Mount Juliet residents are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. 68% of vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles/120,000 kilometers. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today’s cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on going.
Some owner’s manuals don’t outline service requirements and schedules at higher mileage. Of course, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to be done. In fact, it’s more important than ever for Mount Juliet auto owners to stay on top of routine auto maintenance for cars with more than 120,000 miles/190,000 kilometers. Just extend regular service intervals out: for instance a service that’s recommended every 24,000 miles/38,000 kilometers should be performed at 24,000 mi/38,000 km; 48,000 mi/77,000 km; 72,000mi/116,000 km, 96,000 mi/154,000 km; and on and on.
Because of the additional stress older engines experience, the severe service maintenance schedule may be more appropriate than the regular schedule. Watch for leaks – seals and gaskets dry out over time and do not hold the fluids as well as they used to. If you don’t already have one, it is more key than ever to get a good service specialist, like any one of the automotive professionals on our team at Conder’s Automotive. There are some services and replacements that are scheduled after you put some clicks on the odometer, like timing belts, valve train adjustments, suspension, anti-lock brake service, air bags, etc. And unexpected repairs down the road are just par for the course.
Check for unusual sounds, smells or the way your car feels. These could be hints for Mount Juliet motorists that trouble is brewing. Better to catch it early before it turns into a significant repair. Regular wash and wax will help maintain your car’s appearance. One of the things Mount Juliet car owners can do to really help a high mileage vehicle is to begin using high mileage formulation fluids. There are special engine oils, coolants, transmission fluids and power steering fluids that are formulated for cars that have higher mileage.
High mileage oil is designed to condition seals and gaskets, reduce wear and avoid premature burn off. Older sedan engines are dirtier inside – and dirty engines contaminate their oil faster. High mileage oil has special additives that clean the engine, removing sludge deposits over time. The result is less stress on the engine, better gas mileage and excellent wear protection. Come into Conder’s Automotive in Mount Juliet for a checkup.
Studies have even shown that using high mileage fluids early will actually prevent some of the problems of high kilometer vehicles. So once you hit around 50,000 mi/80,000 km, consider stepping up to high mileage formulations. The fluids cost a bit more than standard fluids in Mount Juliet because of the additional additives, but they can be worth their weight in gold for Mount Juliet auto owners in terms of preventing expensive repair costs down the road.
It does cost more for motorists to properly maintain a higher mileage vehicle in Mount Juliet – but it’s much cheaper than a new car payment!
Having trouble with your fuel system? Bring your sedan into Conder’s Automotive for a check up.
441 East Division Street
Mount Juliet, Tennessee 37209
In today’s Conder’s Automotive auto post, we’re talking about fuel system cleaning. The first thing to know is how critical it is to have a clean fuel system. Mount Juliet car owners need fuel to go, and the cleaner the fuel system, the more efficiently the fuel will burn. That means more power and better fuel efficiency.
A clean fuel system saves money for Mount Juliet car owners at Tennessee gas stations. We guess you could say, it all starts and ends at the pump. One of the most important things Mount Juliet car owners can do to keep their sedan fuel system clean is to buy good quality gas. Major brands have detergents that keep gum and varnish from rapidly building up in the fuel system.
So buying cheaper gas in Tennessee can actually be more expensive for Mount Juliet drivers in the long run. Now, most cars on Tennessee freeways are more than five or six years old. That means they’ve had time for some dirt and rust to start accumulating in the fuel tank. This junk needs to be filtered out of the fuel before it hits your sedan engine. That’s the fuel filter’s job.
When the fuel filter is clogged, the dirty fuel will bypass the filter and go on up to the engine where it can clog fuel injectors and get into the cylinders. That could be harmful. So Mount Juliet drivers should have their fuel filter changed when recommended. Check your owner’s manual or ask your friendly Conder’s Automotive service specialist if your fuel filter is due for replacement.
The fuel then goes up into the throttle body. This is another area where varnish and gum can accumulate. A professional fuel system cleaning at Conder’s Automotive in Mount Juliet will use a combination of special cleaning chemicals and old fashioned swabbing to clean out the throttle body. Now, the fuel injectors are the last stop in the fuel delivery system.
It’s vital for Mount Juliet auto owners to keep those fuel injectors clean. The fuel injectors need to deliver a precise amount of fuel, at exactly the right time, in a particular spray pattern. They just can’t do that if they’re dirty. Dirty fuel injectors really rob power and hurt fuel efficiency.
It is important for the fuel system proper, but there are a couple other things that will help keep your sedan engine clean as well. Of course, air is mixed with the fuel before it’s burned. Dirty air means dirt gets into your engine, so you need to replace your engine air filter when it’s dirty.
The PCV value routes unburned fuel that escapes into the lower engine back up into the intake system to be burned. A sticky PCV valve needs to be replaced at Conder’s Automotive to make sure that system is working properly for Mount Juliet car owners and the breather filter needs to be replaced if it’s dirty as well.
Do all these things and your sedan engine’s air and fuel will be as clean as possible. You’ll get much better gas mileage and better power.
No matter how well they’re made, vehicles in Mount Juliet, Tennessee will have design or manufacturing problems.
And when the government thinks a problem is really serious for people in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, they require the auto manufacturer to issue a recall notice and fix the car free of charge. The auto maker then tries to contact everyone in Mount Juliet, Tennessee who owns that type of car to get the recall work done. Perhaps you have received a postcard notifying you of a recall issue on your car. Because these recalls always affect safety, Mount Juliet auto owners should take them seriously. This isn’t difficult to do because it’s easy to see if a vehicle’s being recalled.
Recalls are serious, but not all that common. But sometimes there are less important issues, and for these, auto manufacturers issue a Technical Service Bulletin, or TSB, that tells service centers like Conder’s Automotive how to repair a frequent or difficult problem.
The pros get updated information through subscription plans, also available in consumer versions for a reasonable cost. So when car makers recalls occur, get the work done, and keep you and yours safe.
In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your sedan engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much fuel to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute in every single fuel-injected car driving down Mount Juliet, Nolensville, and Hermitage interstates.
Most fuel injectors for gas engines are known in the Nashville automotive community as port fuel injectors because they deliver the fuel to a port just outside the cylinder. The fuel pump provides pressure needed to squirt the right amount of fuel into the engine.
A few vehicle manufacturers have recently introduced gas direct injection systems on some engines. They are now available at some Nashville dealerships. These systems inject the gas directly into the cylinders under very high pressure – many times the pressure of port injection systems.
Although more complicated, direct injection technology promises greater power with improved fuel economy for gas-poor Mount Juliet, Nolensville, and Hermitage drivers. Tennessee motorists can expect to see more of it in the future.
High temperatures under your sedan hood and variations in Nashville gas quality cause fuel injectors to be fouled with wax, dirt, water, additives and carbon. Injectors can become partially clogged, preventing them from delivering the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure.
When injectors are dirty, the fuel doesn’t burn as efficiently resulting in poor fuel economy and loss of power. So it’s important for Mount Juliet auto owners keep their fuel injectors clean.
Conder’s Automotive service center can perform a fuel system service for you in which the fuel injectors are cleaned so that they operate properly and deliver the right amount of fuel at the right time.
Proper maintenance of your sedan fuel system means that you will spend less on gas, enjoy strong performance and prevent costly Nashville repair bills down the road.
Have you ever gone to Nashville to listen to an orchestra? The musicians take the stage early and tune their instruments. Each individual instrument must be in tune, but the critical thing is for the entire orchestra to be in tune with each other. That’s why they tune up together.
Now this is no surprise; I’m going to relate the orchestra to your car. Your engine has many component systems that each need to be working properly. And the components need to be working in sync, all timed up together in order for the engine to work efficiently.
We call this, (ta-da) a tune-up. When an orchestra’s out of tune you get a bad concert. When your vehicle’s out of tune you get bad performance and bad fuel economy.
So check your owner’s manual for recommended tune-up intervals. Or ask your Mount Juliet service advisor at Conder’s Automotive what he thinks.
…Just be careful not to say you want to make beautiful music together – that kinda makes us uncomfortable.
If you’re a quart low in your sedan, there isn’t enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you’re driving around the Nashville area.
The transmission also needs the proper amount of clean fluid to do its work. When it’s in need of service, the transmission drags your fuel economy down.
So keep it clean and give yourself a fighting chance.
441 East Division Street
Mount Juliet, Tennessee 37209
You may have found yourself in the following situation: You go to get your oil changed and the service adviser at Conder’s Automotive recommends you get a new engine air filter. You say yes, but because you didn’t know what an air filter is or what it does, but you were too embarrassed to ask.
First of all, you did the right thing by getting a new one. And, you should never be too embarrassed to ask for more information from any of our Conder’s Automotive staff. It’s your money and you have a right to understand what you’re paying for.
Let’s review what an air filter does:
Air is the focus of this discussion. What is the air like outside in Mount Juliet right now? Can you see any smog? Is it full of pollen? How about dust? Anyone in Tennessee with hay fever can tell you that there’s plenty in the air that you can’t see. Well, it’s the engine air filter’s job to clean that air before it goes into your engine, to mix with the fuel and be burned. Without an engine air filter, the inside of your engine would be extremely dirty from all the gunk that was burned in the cylinders.
441 East Division Street
Mount Juliet, Tennessee 37209
In fact, for every gallon of gas you burn, your engine needs 12,000 gallons of air. That little filter does a very big job. It’s no wonder that the air filter gets dirty and needs to be replaced. Think about a vacuum cleaner. When the bag gets full of dust and dirt, the vacuum doesn’t clean as well. It can’t move enough air to create good suction. A clogged engine air filter is the same way – the engine can’t get enough air to burn the fuel efficiently. That means less power and wasted gas.
That’s why your manufacturer has recommended that you change your filter at regular intervals. Of course the conditions you drive in will affect how quickly the filter gets dirty. If you drive where it’s very dusty or where there’s lots of pollen or pollution, you may need to change the filter sooner. The filter is easy to check visually, so your service technician can quickly make the call. He might recommend immediate replacement, or simply let you know that it is getting close and that you’ll need to replace it soon – like at your next oil change.
Because a severely dirty air filter hurts your fuel economy, many people find that a new air filter pays for itself in gas savings before the next oil change. They also make premium air filters that have been proven to increase your horsepower and torque. If more power is important to you, a high performance air filter is some of the cheapest horsepower you can buy.
The better your car breathes, the better it runs – kind of like people. And don’t worry – if you have a question or don’t understand a recommendation just ask.
The last new American car sold in Mount Juliet with a carburetor rolled out of the Tennessee dealership in 1990. Since then, all new vehicles here in Mount Juliet and nationally have had fuel injectors. In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much gas to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute. Fuel injectors deliver fuel far more precisely than carburetors. That translates into better gas mileage and more power. Virtually all fuel injectors for gas engines are known as port fuel injectors because they deliver the fuel to a port just outside the cylinder. Port fuel injectors operate at about 40 to 80 pounds per square inch of pressure.
A few auto makers have introduced gas direct injection systems on some engines recently. These systems inject the gas directly into the cylinders under very high pressure – hundreds of times the pressure of port injection systems. Although more complicated, direct injection technology promises greater power with improved fuel economy, so Nashville car owners can expect to see more of it in the future.
As you can see, the level of precision required of your fuel injectors is very high. They need to be operating properly in order for your car to run right.
High temperatures under your hood and variations in Mount Juliet gas quality cause fuel injectors to become fouled with wax, dirt, and carbon. Injectors can become partially clogged, preventing them from delivering the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure. The design of each engine requires a specific spray pattern from the fuel injector that might be altered when the injector is dirty. When injectors are dirty, the fuel doesn’t burn as efficiently resulting in poor gas mileage and loss of power. So it is important to keep your sedan fuel injectors clean.
Skilled service technicians at Conder’s Automotive in Mount Juliet can perform a fuel system service for you. (Visit http://nashvilleautocare.net/contact-us/.) That is a fuel system service – not just fuel injector cleaning. That is because the fuel has a lot of ways to become dirty or contaminated between the Mount Juliet gas pump and your fuel injectors. A fuel system service starts with a fuel filter replacement. This filter cleans the gas as it leaves the tank. The various parts of the fuel intake system need to be cleaned from time to time to remove harmful gum, deposits and varnish. Finally, the fuel injectors are cleaned so that they operate properly and deliver the right amount of fuel at the right time.
Your friendly Conder’s Automotive technician uses a process for cleaning your sedan fuel system that includes state-of-the-art cleaning chemicals as well as some old fashioned scrubbing. Proper maintenance of your fuel system means that you will enjoyed improved gas mileage, enjoy strong performance and prevent expensive repairs down the road.