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Monthly Archives: January 2020

WINDSOR LOCKS Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among WINDSOR LOCKS drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should WINDSOR LOCKS drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilometers around WINDSOR LOCKS?Are most of your trips less than 10 miles/16 kilometers in below-zero CT temps?Are most of your trips off-highway in CT?Do you drive often in dusty WINDSOR LOCKS areas?Do you regularly tow a trailer or carry heavy loads around WINDSOR LOCKS?Do you drive in very hot or very cold CT weather?Think about your typical week. Do you live by your nearest WINDSOR LOCKS on-ramp and enjoy a non-stop commute? Or, do you drive the neighborhood car pool in stop-and-go traffic on WINDSOR LOCKS surface streets? Let's suppose your owner's manual says the severe service oil change recommendation is 3,000 miles ... read more

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Maintenance

The Scata's Auto & Truck Repair Guide to Caring for Your Transmission

Most vehicles have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of WINDSOR LOCKS drivers only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in WINDSOR LOCKS. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down shift for hills, stuff like that. Think of your legs as the engine – there's an ideal speed you can pedal and you change gears to leverage the work you're doing.Lower gears for power on hills or for starting out. Higher gears for more speed. That's what the automatic transmission does – it automatically starts in lower gears and shifts up to higher gears to go faster on CT roads. And it automatically shifts back down to climb WINDSOR LOCKS hills, pass or start up again.Vehicle automatic transmissions have certainly gotten more sophisticated in recent years. They have more speeds than before: the base is four speeds, five is very common. At Scat ... read more

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Transmission

How Does Scata's Auto & Truck Repair Know What to Recommend?

When you drop your vehicle off at Scata's Auto & Truck Repair in WINDSOR LOCKS, they don't just poke around under your hood looking for stuff to do. Scata's Auto & Truck Repair professionals have lists and procedures they follow for different types of service. First of all, your WINDSOR LOCKS service center will note the mileage on your vehicle. They'll then check to see what inspections and services the vehicle manufacturer recommends for a vehicle of your make, model and mileage. If you are a regular customer, they will also check your vehicle's history.If the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations go beyond the services you've ordered, they'll let you know. They'll also indicate whether those services are urgent or if you can wait a while to take care of them. The Scata's Auto & Truck Repair pros won't do work that you don't agree to.They will, however, perform inspections while they're servicing your vehicle. They'll check belts, filters and fluids. They'll ch ... read more

Scata's Auto & Truck Repair Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Scata's Auto & Truck Repair Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the Scata's Auto & Truck Repair automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear. Let's focus on stopping in wet WINDSOR LOCKS conditions. In order for a tire to have good contact with the road, it has to move the water out of the way. If it can't move the water, the tire will actually ride on top of a thin film of water.That's called hydroplaning. If it's really bad, WINDSOR LOCKS drivers can actually spin out of control - endangering themselves and the other drivers around them. At best, you won't stop as fast. So how does a tire move water? It has channels for water to flow through. Look at your vehicle tire and you'll see channels: channels that run around the tire and channels that flow across the tire. They're designed to direct water away from the tire so it can contact the road better.And the deeper the channel, the more water it can move. A brand new Scata's Auto & Truck Repair tire has very deep channels and ca ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Save Fuel by Watching Your Weight

Most WINDSOR LOCKS drivers are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. CT folks want to save the environment and our pocketbooks.And we WINDSOR LOCKS drivers all know — or should know — that preventive maintenance will help maintain maximum fuel efficiency. But is there something more we can do? After all, some of us WINDSOR LOCKS road warriors can't cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get around WINDSOR LOCKS. And that means buying more gas and producing more emissions.Of course, your vehicle's weight isn't negotiable. And you can't do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn't an article about diet and exercise.But look around your car. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight while driving around WINDSOR LOCKS? Do you really need your golf ... read more

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Fuel Economy
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