The Road to a Long-Lasting Automobile

Posted on May 21st, 2010 by admin0 under News.

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Auto technicians say the key to keeping vehicles running well-today and down the road- is routine maintenance.  Yet many drivers tend to stall when it comes to keeping up with some everyday auto-basics.

A recent survey by the Car Care Council found:

54 % had low tire pressure

38 % has low or dirty engine oil

28 % had inadequate cooling protection

19 % had dirty air filters

10% had low or contaminated brake fluid

The inspections included volunteers checking fluids levels, tires, lights and other system components.  After the inspections are complete, volunteers and motorists review any problems that may have been found and motorists receive information about proper vehicle maintenance and repair.

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Connecting Jumper Cables

Posted on May 21st, 2010 by admin0 under Tech Tips.

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In the world of automotive emergencies, motorists need to learn certain procedures for “safety’s sake.”  Two of the most valuable lessons, changing a tire and hooking up jumper cables are best learned before an emergency arises, according to the Car Care Council.

The process of boosting a battery is especially important in cold weather.  Jumper cables or cables on a portable battery maintainer/charger should be connected properly to avoid sparks, which can cause an explosion of the hydrogen gas emitting from the battery.  Beyond this, an incorrect hookup can damage critical, and expensive, electronic components.

The procedure is simple:

Connect the positive (+, red) clamp to the positive terminal of the healthy battery and the other positive clamp to the corresponding terminal of the dead battery.

Next, connect the negative (-, black) or ground clamp to the terminal on the good battery and finally, the negative clamp to the negative terminal on the dead battery, engine block, frame or the other grounded metal. 

When using a portable battery maintainer/charger, the process is much the same.

Connect the positive clamp of the battery maintainer/charger cable clamp to the positive terminal of the dead battery.  Then connect the negative cable clamp to the negative battery terminal, engine block or other grounded metal.

The Council offers an additional suggestion: if you are buying jumper cables or a maintainer/charger, buy the best quality you can afford.  Look for well-insulated clamps and 8-gauge wire.  (Note the lower the wire gauge number, the heavier the gauge).  Under the heavy electrical load of good starting, lightweight cables may not be able to deliver enough current to start some engines.  In fact, they have been known to melt in the user’s hand.

If your battery is three-years old or older and you haven’t had it checked, it’s a good preventive measure to do so, suggests the Council.  A battery’s power is reduced as the temperature drops and that’s when the engine’s starting demands are greatest.

You can always contact Marque Motors and one of our technicians can talk you through the hook-up process or please stop by the shop and we can demonstrate proper battery safety on your specific vehicle.

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