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WINDSOR LOCKS Drivers: Is It Time to Replace Your PCV Valve?

WINDSOR LOCKS Drivers: Is It Time to Replace Your PCV Valve?

The crankcase is the lower part of the engine where the crankshaft is housed and where the engine oil lives. The crankshaft is connected to the pistons that power the engine. When you are diving around WINDSOR LOCKS, fuel is burned in your vehicle engine, it pushes the pistons down and the crankshaft rotates and sends power to the transmission. Some of the explosive gases from combustion squeeze past the pistons and down into the crankcase.Now this gas is about 70% unburned fuel. If it were allowed to remain in the crankcase, it would contaminate the oil and quickly turn it to sludge. Sludge is like Vaseline and clogs passages in the engine, leading to damage. Also, the pressure build up would blow out seals and gaskets. So in the old days, there was just a hose that vented the crankcase out into the air. Obviously, not good for our air quality in WINDSOR LOCKS, CT.Enter the PCV valve. It's a small, one-way valve that lets out the gases from the crankcase and routes them back ... read more

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Automotive Tips from Scata's Auto & Truck Repair: Signs of an Alignment Problem

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. WINDSOR LOCKS drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like an accident, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday WINDSOR LOCKS driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. In addition, your vehicle can lose alignment over time with just normal driving. When your wheels are out of alignment, Scata's Auto & Truck Repair in WINDSOR LOCKS can return your wheels to the vehicle manufacturer’s factory settings. Most owner's manuals suggest an alignment check every year or two.  Give us a call.Scata's Auto & Truck Repair535 SPRING STWINDSOR LOCKS, CT 060968606230449http://scatas.com  

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Alignment

Fuel Injector Cleaning at Scata's Auto & Truck Repair

In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your vehicle 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 vehicle driving down WINDSOR LOCKS roads.Most fuel injectors for gas engines are known in the WINDSOR LOCKS 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 have recently introduced gas direct injection systems on some engines. They are now available at some CT 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, d ... read more

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Fuel System

Water Everywhere (Clogged Drains)

It's bad enough when you mistakenly leave a window open in your vehicle on a rainy day and you find your carpet soaked.  But what in the world is going on when your windows are closed tight, not leaking and you STILL wind up with wet carpet? The answer could be something you might not even know your vehicle has. And the answer is? Drains. And those drains can get clogged.  Yes, your vehicle has several drains with tubes or hoses attached to them that you really never see.  There are some in and around the hood that channel rainwater down to the ground.  There are some that take condensation from the air conditioner and allow it to flow outside.  And if your vehicle has a retractable sunroof or moon roof, there are small drains at each corner that connect to tubes that go through the vehicle body down to an exit near the ground.  Considering all the leaves, dirt, dust and other debris your vehicle encounters on a daily basis, it's not surprising that these ... read more

Automotive Tips from Scata's Auto & Truck Repair: Brake Noise

Your brake pads are the important parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your car when driving in WINDSOR LOCKS. They eventually wear down.When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound. That’s when WINDSOR LOCKS drivers should replace their brake pads at Scata's Auto & Truck Repair. Not only will new pads restore your stopping power, but replacing them on time will prevent damage to the rotor.If your brakes are making noise, ask your Scata's Auto & Truck Repair service advisor to inspect your brakes. Addressing problems early will restore your safety and prevent expensive brake damage.Scata's Auto & Truck Repair535 SPRING STWINDSOR LOCKS, CT 060968606230449http://scatas.com

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Brakes

Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down in WINDSOR LOCKS

There’s not much WINDSOR LOCKS drivers can do about the price of gas in CT, but we can control - up to a point - how much we use. Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy.The first thing we can do is watch the go-pedal. Hard acceleration just sucks the gas. Gently leave stop lights and plan lane changes so you don’t need to floor it. That can save you hundreds of dollars a year in improved gas mileage.Go a little slower on CT expressways. WINDSOR LOCKS drivers who go more than 65 miles an hour (105 kilometers per hour) will see their gas mileage drop dramatically. Leave early so you don’t need to rush to be on time. And cruise control is your friend – steady speeds use less gas.Plan errands ahead. Make fewer trips by combining errands around WINDSOR LOCKS.Hey at current WINDSOR LOCKS gas prices, a lead-foot might as well be a gold foot. Give us a call Scata's Auto & Truck Repair535 SPRING STWINDSOR LOCKS, CT 06096 ... read more

On Board Diagnostics for Your Engine

Starting in 1996, Scata's Auto & Truck Repair service technicians have been able to use a standardized diagnostic system to help determine what is wrong with a vehicle. This diagnostic system works in tandem with the Engine Control Modules for each vehicle's engine. The Engine Control Module is a computer that monitors and controls many engine functions.Sensors throughout a vehicle send readings to the Engine Control Module. These readings help the computer make adjustments in various vehicle systems to allow for constantly changing driving conditions and even to compensate for minor problems. However, if the computer encounters a situation it can't adjust for, it turns on the Check Engine light. (The Check Engine light is called the “service engine soon” light on some vehicles.)If the Check Engine light is burning steadily, it indicates a problem that needs to be taken care of soon. If it is flashing, however, the vehicle ... read more

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Diagnostics

Finding Vehicle Recall Information in WINDSOR LOCKS, CT

No matter how well they're made, vehicles in WINDSOR LOCKS, CT, will have design or manufacturing problems. And when the government thinks a problem is really serious for people in WINDSOR LOCKS, CT, they require the manufacturer to issue a recall notice and fix the vehicle  free of charge. The manufacturer then tries to contact everyone in CT who owns that type of vehicle to get the recall work done. Perhaps you have received a postcard notifying you of a recall. The government has links on its websites, or just visit AutoNetTV for links. There are many websites with free recall information and searches. There's CarFax, AutoByTel and the DMV.Recalls are serious but not all that common. Sometimes there are fewer issues, and for these, manufacturers issue a Technical Service Bulletin, or TSB, that tells service centers like Scata's Auto & Truck Repair how to repair a frequent or difficult problem.The pros get updated ... read more

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Fuel System

Considering an Alternative Fuel Vehicle in WINDSOR LOCKS?

There is a clear and vocal demand in WINDSOR LOCKS and nationally for a reduction in air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. This is what is driving the CT market for alternative fuel vehicles. There are a number of these vehicles on WINDSOR LOCKS area roads today, and many more being developed. Yet each of these vehicles has its own advantages and disadvantages. WINDSOR LOCKS auto owners should learn what these advantages and disadvantages are before running out and purchasing one of these alternative fuel vehicles at your nearest WINDSOR LOCKS dealership.WINDSOR LOCKS drivers should carefully research the vehicle care before buying an alternative fuel vehicle, as it may or may not coincide with the standards for gasoline vehicles. You should look at costs as well; these vehicles may help save our environment here in WINDSOR LOCKS, but that might not represent a savings to your wallet. You'll need to decide what you can ... read more

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Automotive News

The Scata's Auto & Truck Repair Guide to Vehicle Diagnosis

Modern WINDSOR LOCKS vehicles have several computers on board that control all kinds of things like engine functions, transmission shifts, traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control, emissions – and on some vehicles, even steering, braking and the throttle.Think about that for a minute – things that used to be controlled by simple mechanical connections now have electronic controls that rely on computers, software and sensors. It's no wonder that when something goes wrong with their vehicle it can be pretty complicated for WINDSOR LOCKS drivers to track down the source of the problem.To help your service advisor at Scata's Auto & Truck Repair figure out what's wrong, your vehicle is equipped with on-board diagnostics. The Check Engine light comes on to tell you there's a problem and the engine management computer stores a trouble code. Your friendly and knowledg ... read more

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Diagnostics
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