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How Does a Car Thermostat Work?

How Does a Car Thermostat Work?

While you might not need a thermometer to determine it is hot outside, you will undoubtedly want access to one to know if your engine is overheating or not. The thermostat in your car will work a bit differently than your household thermometer. It responds to fluctuations in temperature by opening and closing to allow coolant to flow to the engine when necessary. How Does It Work? Your car's thermostat is filled with wax. This allows it to stay in close contact with the coolant that is moving through your engine. When the temperature in the engine begins to rise, the coolant will get hotter as well. This will melt the wax, which will, in turn, put the rod attached to the thermometer outward. This will enable the coolant to flow freely when necessary. When you start your car after it has been sitting for a long time, the thermometer will naturally be in its closed position. This is because you need the engine to warm up a bit in order to get started. The lack of coolant will allo ... read more

Here are 5 Things Every Car Owner Needs

Here are 5 Things Every Car Owner Needs

When you purchase a car, it's important to understand the value of regular maintenance and the responsibility that comes with ownership. From everyday scenarios to emergencies, there are some important things you need to have in your car, just in case you find yourself in a difficult or unsafe situation. First Aid Kit Anything can happen when you're on the road! In the event of an accident or sudden injury, a first aid kit is ideal for storing in your glove compartment or within reach just in case you need it. This kit will not treat a major incident involving severe injuries, as emergency personnel should be called immediately, though it can assist in less serious situations. A Set of Jumper Cables If your battery stops working, this usually happens when there's a sudden drop in temperature, and usually at the most inconvenient time. If you are close to another vehicle, and the owner is willing to help, a set of jumper cables is all you need to boost your battery. As l ... read more

How Long Do Tires Last?

How Long Do Tires Last?

The tire is the sole source of traction between the car and the ground. Being one of the most significant safety priorities, keeping it in tip-top shape should only come naturally. Unfortunately, most motorists depend on the thread depth to decide whether their vehicle tires need replacements. This is a grave mistake, considering how dangerous old tires can be on the road. Of course, there is no tentative way of telling how long car tires should last. All the same, most car experts recommend a period of five to six years after which car drivers should consider a replacement. Factors Affecting the Longevity of Your TiresMaintenance Routine One of the best ways to ensure that your tire lasts longer is by adhering to proper maintenance practices, including: Checking your Tire Pressure Be sure to check your vehicle's tire pressure at least once per month. Before anything else, check your tire's recommended air pressure from yo ... read more

Winter Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Winter Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

With winter upon us, we are but a short time away from cinnamon apple ciders and eggnog, but before we can dive into the beauty of winter, there are a few maintenance things you should really get done for your vehicle. Car Battery As you know, the battery is responsible for giving current to the engine so that the car can start. During the winter, when the temperatures are much lower, the current needed is much higher, which is why you need to perform a battery load test to ensure you won’t be left with a vehicle that won’t start this winter. While we’re on the subject, let us say that you really should also check for nooks and cracks in the cables and terminals of the battery. Tires Let us start off by saying that you should really consider getting and mounting winter tires. They are made of special softer rubber that performs much better in the cold due to the fact that it remains more flexible. They perform better in cold weath ... read more

What is a Brake Fluid Flush?

What is a Brake Fluid Flush?

Thinking about what maintenance your vehicle's brakes need, you probably immediately think of brake pads. These are components that need to be replaced periodically because they tend to wear down quickly over time. Being familiar with brake pad replacement is great - but are you familiar with brake fluid flush? It's another highly important service that ensures your brakes work at their best. So, what exactly is brake fluid? Your vehicle's brake system is a hydraulic system, which means that it utilizes fluid in a highly pressurized system in order to create the force that is needed to slow or stop your car. The brake fluid is an integral part of this system and without it, your vehicle's brakes wouldn't work. You may be wondering, does the brake fluid need to be serviced or replaced? The answer is yes! Most vehicle manufacturers will recommend a brake fluid flush at least once in your vehicle's lifetime, but having it inspected regularly is also key. This wil ... read more

How Often Should I Replace My Windshield Wipers?

How Often Should I Replace My Windshield Wipers?

When thinking about the fall season, you more than likely picture a bit of rainfall. When the rain suddenly hits, you expect your vehicle's windshield wipers to work properly to clear your windshield and allow you to see the road clearly. However, after a very hot and dry summer, you may find that your wipers don't work, and you might be stuck having to pull over to wait out the rain until you can see the road again.  The windshield wipers are one of the parts that are exposed to the air on our vehicles, and the rubber is thin which means that it simply wears out and dries out faster than other parts. This is why wipers are typically recommended to be replaced at least every 6 months to a year. It is especially important to have your wipers looked at and replaced after the summertime because the heat tends to make the wearing out process of our wipers happen quicker.  That is why the fall season is the perfect time to have your windshield wipers replaced and to ... read more

What is a Fuel Injection Service?

What is a Fuel Injection Service?

Your vehicle’s fuel system has the job of supplying fuel to the engine as well as storing fuel. With regular use of your vehicle, the fuel system will need to be cleaned along with a fuel injection service in order to ensure that your vehicle is working at its best and receiving the best fuel efficiency possible. Here at Oswald Service Inc. in Idaho Falls & Rexburg, ID, we can help with any of your fuel concerns and have the equipment necessary to perform a fuel injection service on your vehicle.  The fuel injectors are subject to carbon buildup which can decrease their effectiveness when it comes to injecting the right amount of fuel into the combustion chamber. This can affect how your vehicle performs and the overall health of your engine. A fuel injection service will flush out all of this build-up and ensure the best possible fuel system performance. Symptoms that can indicate your fuel system needs to be decarbonized and cleaned includes: Idling Accelerating ro ... read more

Does My Car Need a Lube Job?

Does My Car Need a Lube Job?

When it comes to metal vehicle components, lubrication is vital. Many parts that are a part of metal-to-metal contact need to be lubed in order to move and work properly. Today's vehicles actually come with a number of parts which are considered to be "lubed for life", which include components such as ball joints, tire rod ends, and U-joints. This just means that not all vehicles need these certain parts to be lubed often, however, chassis lubrication can still be needed or recommended.  Your vehicle's frame is referred to as the chassis. This chassis is what supports the weights of your vehicle and acts as a housing for your car's systems. With older vehicles, it was highly recommended to lubricate the grease fittings of the chassis periodically to prevent part damage and corrosion. However, today's vehicles don't necessarily require lube services, either due to the way that the parts are sealed or due to the "lubed for life" parts.  ... read more

At What Mileage Do Cars Start Having Issues?

At What Mileage Do Cars Start Having Issues?

Driving a high-mileage vehicle definitely comes with uncertainty. If you haven't been proactive about your vehicle's maintenance, you may be starting to notice some issues with your vehicle or fear that you'll need a major repair soon. The truth is, many modern vehicles actually last a lot longer than we think when taken care of properly. A high mileage vehicle is typically considered any car that is past 100,000 miles. However, many vehicles last well above 200,000 miles. So, at what mileage do vehicles start seeing the most problems?  The answer is, it truly depends on the make, model, and year of your vehicle. However, the following issues are typically seen with higher mileage vehicles:  Transmission failure which can happen around 100,000 miles Needing a new battery New brake pads A new set of tires Fuel pump failure which can happen if you often drive on a low tank of gas Water pump failure which typically occurs between 60,000 to 90,000 miles T ... read more

The Cause of a Mold or Mildew Smell When Car A/C is On

The Cause of a Mold or Mildew Smell When Car A/C is On

You get in your car after a long day in the summer sun and turn on your A/C - the air feels cool, but you immediately notice a moldy, mildew scent coming from the air vents. You begin to notice this every day you turn on your A/C moving forward, and wonder if there might be an issue with your vehicle's air conditioning system. Is something wrong, and what does it mean? One thing about the HVAC system is that it works with moisture and water, and it is in a dark confined place under your hood. This is definitely a condition in which certain bacteria and molds can grow and thrive, so a mold or mildew smell is definitely something to have checked out when you notice it. If you smell a mold or mildew scent when you turn on your vehicle's A/C, chances are you are smelling just that - mold or mildew. It is not uncommon for mold to grow in your vehicle's air vents. Unfortunately, this means you've been inhaling mold for a few days, but the quicker you get this taken care of ... read more

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