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Benefits of Regular Vehicle Tune-Ups

Benefits of Regular Vehicle Tune-Ups

Among the many auto services we provide at Shadetree Automotive, one of the most vital for nearly all vehicle owners is the basic tune-up. Tune-ups are one of the largest factors in preserving your car’s value and operational capabilities as it ages, with significant benefits in numerous areas. What are some of these benefits you’ll see from getting tune-ups at the recommended times? Let’s take a look. Fewer Repairs Necessary The main value of a tune-up is in preventive areas, where it helps catch issues before they turn into more serious problems. A dirty filter may not seem like a large problem, and at first it isn’t, but if left unchecked it will reduce the air that reaches the engine, which can in turn waste fuel and cause the engine to run rougher than normal. This engine trouble could then spread to other areas. If regular tune-ups are undertaken, however, these kinds of issues are caught and snuffed out quickly. Costs Less Tha ... read more

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Basics of a Vehicle Diagnostic

Basics of a Vehicle Diagnostic

Nearly all vehicles on the road today have an interior computer that’s in contact with the sensors and electronic devices in the vehicle. When your check engine light comes on, as often as not it’s due to an issue identified by this computer. This whole system is generally known as “on-board diagnostics,” and running a “diagnostic” test by plugging this computer into a scanner is a common part of modern auto service. We provide diagnostics as part of our car service at Shadetree Automotive – let’s look at some basics on diagnostic codes and translations, plus what this information can do for you. Basics and Codes When you run a diagnostic, a scanner will be plugged into a port called the OBD-II port that’s standard in all vehicles sold in the United States after 1996. Vehicles from before this time may have had a diagnostic system, but it would have been very limited and would vary greatly between manufacturers ... read more

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Tricks to Maximize Summer AC Usage

Tricks to Maximize Summer AC Usage

We’re right in the thick of a hot Utah summer, and at Shadetree Automotive, some of the most common auto services we’re providing this time of year are for air conditioning units. These units get more run during these months than the rest of the year combined, and they’re a regular part of auto repairs during this period. Apart from regular maintenance through our trained technicians, what are some other little tricks to keep your AC healthy and pumping refreshing air all summer long? Here are a few tips to chew on. Shade and Cover The simplest way to lessen the load on your vehicle’s AC is simply to give it less work to do – or in other words, to lower the car’s temperature in advance of the unit turning on. The shade is the simplest method here: Always park in the shade when possible, and if you’re parking somewhere for a long period, try to anticipate where shade will be in a few hours. If there’s no shade available ... read more

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