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Maintaining Your Older Car in WINDSOR LOCKS, CT

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars in WINDSOR LOCKS, CT: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the WINDSOR LOCKS motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new vehicle.Because new vehicles are more expensive, people in the WINDSOR LOCKS area are driving their old vehicles longer. The average vehicle is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road in CT have more than 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. 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 goin'.Give Scata's Auto & Truck Repair a call at 8606230449 to schedule your next maintenance.Some owner's manuals don't specify service requirements at higher mileage. That doesn't mean it doesn't ... read more

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Trickle Down Technology

Recently, Nissan introduced the latest version of its Leaf, the company's electric car. It has many new features, including something called e-Pedal. It allows the driver to let up on the accelerator and, unlike a gasoline engine car, the Leaf doesn't just slowly lose speed; letting off the throttle pedal brakes the car in a very controlled way, using regenerative and sometimes friction brakes. With practice, a driver can go for a fairly long time without touching the brake pedal. Another system, similar to those found in self-driving vehicles, can steer the car to keep it in the center of the lane using a camera and radar. It literally watches the lane markers and, of course, doesn't work well in snow that obliterates those markers. But the technology is impressive and can greatly reduce fatigue on long trips. In fact, much of this technology has "trickled down" from research on autonomous vehicles, such as adaptive cruise control that slows down your vehicle (even to a stop) if the v ... read more

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Serpentine Belt Service at Scata's Auto & Truck Repair

Most WINDSOR LOCKS folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my WINDSOR LOCKS market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was proud of my wise use of time and money.What does this have to do with your car? Well, back in the day, each of your engine's accessories, like the alternator and air conditioner, were powered by separate belts. A vehicle might have five or six belts. These days, vehicles have a single belt to run all the accessories. It's called the serpentine belt. A pulley attached to the vehicle engine's crank provides the power to turn the serpentine belt. On the engine in the video, the first accessory i ... read more

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Scata's Auto & Truck Repair Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

Scata's Auto & Truck Repair Maintenance Tips: The Belt Goes On

All WINDSOR LOCKS service advisors know that without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles. The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. And on many vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within normal operating temperatures. (On some vehicles, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.) So you can see the serpentine belt does a lot of work. And it if breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That's why your vehicle manufacturer and your service advisor at Scata's Auto & Truck Repair have recommended that it be changed every so often so that it doesn't fail.Your friendly and knowledgeable Scata's Auto & Truck Repair service advisor can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that signal the belt could fail s ... read more

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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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Scata's Auto & Truck Repair On Your Serpentine Belt

  Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our WINDSOR LOCKS, CT, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around CT in the summer.The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in most WINDSOR LOCKS residents' vehicles. Those pumps provide pressure that assists your steering and braking.In many vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. The water pump is what circulates the coolant that protects your engine. In some cars around WINDSOR LOCKS, CT, the water pump is driven by the timing belt.The radiator cooling fans on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. That's really a lot of work f ... read more

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Keep Your WINDSOR LOCKS Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Hey WINDSOR LOCKS - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your vehicle in CT affects when your filter needs to be changed.Dusty conditions around WINDSOR LOCKS or polluted city driving means you'll need to change your filter more often. Our trained professionals at Scata's Auto & Truck Repair can check your filter for you. In fact, it's often a routine part of an oil change.When you think about it, a cl ... read more

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Scata's Auto & Truck Repair: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Scata's Auto & Truck Repair: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your vehicle engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let's go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on WINDSOR LOCKS streets, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce 20 pounds of carbon dioxide?The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen comes from the air. You see, it takes about 12,000 gallons of air to burn a gallon of gas in your engine. Clearly, your vehicle needs a lot of air to keep going in WINDSOR LOCKS. A lot of clean air is best. You've seen the pictures of people in Japan wearing face masks. They want some kind of filter to keep unwanted pollution and germs out of their lungs. Well, your vehicle also works better when its internals are clean. When your vehicle air fi ... read more

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