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It seems like everywhere you go, you see custom wheels. Big trucks, little cars, mini-vans – it doesn’t matter, car owners are expressing themselves with custom wheels. Some local motorists want smaller tires and wheels, some want larger, and some want them enormous. So where do you start if you want new wheels? We suggest you start with your budget. We know, that sounds so practical, but if the look you’re after goes beyond just new tires and wheels and enters into the world of suspension modifications, you need to be prepared for the additional cost.

Let’s start with something easy – you want to give your ride a unique look, and the stock wheel size is just right for you. One of the concerns you may have is whether the new wheels have the same offset as your SUV factory wheels.

First, what is offset? It’s the distance from the inside edge of the wheel to the point at which it bolts on. If the new wheel has a different offset from the factory, the tires may rub on the inside or outside of the wheel well. That could lead to catastrophic tire failure.

Your tire and wheel professional at Central Avenue Automotive in Kent can help you find the right sized wheel or install adapters to make your new wheels fit. All you have to do is pick from the hundreds of styles available.

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So, what if you want to upsize? Well, you want bigger wheels but you want to keep the same overall tire diameter, that’s pretty easy. The same offset concerns apply. You need to know that the tires will likely be a little bit wider than the originals and could rub when you make sharp turns. Your tire professional at Central Avenue Automotive will help you avoid this.

It is also important to keep the same overall tire diameter because changing the rolling diameter can mess with your SUV’s anti-lock brakes and stability control systems. Are you starting to see why you want to consult with a tire and wheel expert before making modifications? Is “super-size me” your motto? If it is, you are going to have to lift your vehicle to make room for those huge tires. A mild lift doesn’t require extensive modifications. An extreme lift means a lot of new hardware under the vehicle. It also means a lot of stock electronic systems need to be recalibrated to the new tire size. For example, your speedometer and odometer will give false readings if they aren’t recalibrated. You don’t want to risk getting speeding tickets on WA expressways because your speedometer shows a lower-than-actual speed.

You should also be aware of possible performance issues. Bigger tires and custom wheels weigh more. WA automotive experts refer to this as “unsprung weight” because it isn’t held up by your SUV’s suspension system. Increased unsprung weight affects performance in different ways than an equivalent amount of groceries or little soccer players in the SUV passenger compartment. Acceleration is negatively affected. Stopping distances may also be increased, sometimes significantly. If you want really big tires and wheels, you might need to upgrade your brakes to compensate.

Heading the other direction, some car owners like to run smaller than standard wheels and lower the suspension. All of the same fitment issues still apply, as well as calibration issues. Don’t think that SUV suspension modifications are a bad thing. Many systems actually improve ride, function, and performance over the stock set-up.

Regardless of your budget, you want your SUV to continue to do all the things you need it to do. Some of those show cars and trucks you see on TV look fantastic, but have been modified in ways that may not suit your needs. For example, if you put large rims on your SUV with low profile tires, you may be in for busted rims if you go off-roading a lot. There just isn’t enough sidewall to absorb the impact of thumping over rocks.

Some car owners stuff the largest possible tires and custom wheels on their vehicles but have to severely restrict suspension travel so that the tires aren’t rubbing all day. That can lead to a very harsh ride. Again, talk with your Central Avenue Automotive wheel professional about all of these things: how you drive in Kent, what look you are going for, your budget, and what compromises you are willing to make.

At the end of the day, you’re going to be rollin’ out of there with one sweet ride.

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Part of the engineering that goes into designing a vehicle is testing the components to ensure that they meet durability and safety standards. Because of this, manufacturers have a good idea as to how long the parts in your vehicle will last under normal driving conditions. For this reason, they give us guidelines to follow regarding how often to inspect the various parts and systems on our SUVs.

Vehicular components are required to meet certain standards. The government mandates some of these standards. Others are set by the auto industry. Recommended car maintenance schedules are designed to help Kent auto owners maintain these standards. Disregarding routine maintenance or procrastinating preventive maintenance will result in lowered performance and reduced safety for a vehicle.

Maintenance schedules are designed to ensure three areas of vital automotive performance for Kent auto owners: protection of the vehicle itself, fuel economy, and safety.

Protection

Your vehicle’s components need protection from dirt, road damage, rust, corrosion and fuel and combustion by products. Protective components include filters and fluids.

Most of the fluids in your SUV are there to keep the vehicle running smoothly and to protect the vehicle from corrosion, damage or harmful contaminants. These fluids need to be changed regularly in order to continue protecting your SUV.

For example, motor oil lubricates your engine, when keeps it running well, but it also contains detergents and other additives that clean your engine and protect it from corrosion. Your vehicle’s engine was engineered for best performance with a specific weight and type of motor oil. Kent drivers should always be careful to use the right motor oil for their engine.

Over time, the vital additives in motor oil are depleted, and the oil becomes contaminated by dirt, water and waste gases from combustion. So in order to keep your engine clean and to continue to protect it from corrosion, the oil has to be changed periodically.

Efficiency

Over time, your vehicle’s systems will get dirty and parts will wear down. Cleaning dirty systems and replacing worn parts will improve the efficiency of your vehicle, which is usually measured in terms of fuel efficiency and power output.

For example, your fuel system components gradually get clogged up with gum and varnish from gasoline. This restricts fuel flow, which lowers your engine’s efficiency. Gas mileage drops as a result. Cleaning your fuel system will restore MPG and improve gas mileage.

Safety

Some of your SUV’s systems must be maintained for safety reasons. Your brakes are a prime example of this. Brake pads and brake fluid need to be replaced in order to ensure good braking power. Poorly maintained brakes lead to accidents for Kent car owners.

Your owner’s manual is your first resource when it comes to knowing when and how to maintain your SUV. Of course, you can consult with a your Central Avenue Automotive service advisor. He can give you good auto advice on how to adjust your service schedule to account for climate, local road conditions and your driving distances.

Beyond routine maintenance, your vehicle also requires regular inspections. These inspections are usually recommended at specific mileage intervals, like fifteen or twenty thousand miles. The interval is based on the known life expectancy for particular components in your SUV. Regular inspections will identify vehicular components that need to be repaired or replaced before damage is done to the vehicle or safety is compromised. They are also designed to safeguard the efficiency and performance of your vehicle.

The multi-point inspection that comes with a full-service oil change does not cover all of the regular inspections your vehicle needs for peak performance and safety. Check with the automotive professionals at Central Avenue Automotive in Kent to find out what additional inspections your vehicle needs and how often. Good car care requires regular and consistent maintenance. But good maintenance pays for itself in better MPG and fewer costly repairs. It may even save your life.

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Your cooling system is very important. It circulates coolant through the radiator and your engine to protect your car from overheating. There are five main components to the cooling system:

  • the radiator
  • the radiator cap
  • the hoses
  • the thermostat
  • the water pump

The water pump’s like the heart of your cooling system, circulating the fluid throughout. It’s a small pump that’s driven by the engine — usually by belt, but sometimes by a chain or gear.

water pump

Your car’s pump doesn’t actually look like this, but hey… pretty flowers!

The pump only operates when the engine’s running. Water pump failure is pretty common because they’re used so frequently. Some start failing at around 40,000 miles, but most fail by 100,000 miles. Consult your owners’ manual or service technician to see what’s recommended.

Since a water pump either works or it doesn’t, you need to change it when it fails. These pumps fail in one of two ways: the bearings fail or they begin to leak. It’s possible to have a leak from a cracked pump, but it usually leaks at the gasket where it attaches to the engine.

So how can you tell when the water pump is failing? If you can hear a low-pitched grinding sound coming from the part, it’s got a problem. If you can see coolant in that area, you’ve got a leak.

Some water pumps are driven off the timing belt. They might be under a plastic cover so you can’t see them clearly. Look for coolant on the driveway. If you see some, have your service center check it out.

Most timing belts need to be changed at 60,000 miles, some last longer. It’s a good idea to change your water pump at the same time if it’s the sort that’s driven off the timing belt. To start with, 90% of the work’s already done with the timing belt change. Plus, if you don’t change it and develop a leak later, you’ll have to change the belt again along with the water pump because the belt will have been contaminated by the leaking coolant.

You can replace your water pump with a brand spankin’ new one or with a rebuilt pump. Rebuilt will save you some money, but ask your technician what he thinks. Don’t feel too bad if your pump gives out — they will all wear out eventually. Your service technician can get you back on the road and on with your life.

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When I was a kid in Kent, my dad always made sure he took the cars in for a Spring and Fall tuneup. I was telling a friend that it’s about time to go in for my checkup and he said that he read on the internet that modern cars don’t need seasonal service.

My friend is (technically) right about some things, but from a practical standpoint, a seasonal check up still makes sense.

Back when my dad was teaching me about how to take care of the family SUV, most cars used a different weight of oil in the winter and in the summer. However, most of today’s modern engines run the same oil year round. High-tech engines and high-tech motor oils are better able to handle the seasonal changes.

Spring and Fall Tuneup

Your owner’s manual or service adviser at Central Avenue Automotive can tell you the right oil to use.

Of course, you may be concerned about the coolant or antifreeze. You don’t want to overheat in the summer or freeze up in the winter. Your engine cooling system protects against both of these things. Modern coolant or, as it’s sometimes called, antifreeze, is up to doing both very well. It’s designed to last for more miles than most people drive in a year or two.

So how does a Spring and Fall tuneup fit in? Let’s start with Spring. Summer is coming. That means heat, more miles driven, and road trips. It just makes sense to check your fluid levels and do a visual inspection to see that everything is up to snuff.

You may not be scheduled to drain and replace the coolant for some time, but you need to make sure you have enough and that you don’t have any leaks or hoses that are about to fail. That’s all pretty practical — a check-up to see if there are any problems or emerging conditions that could later become a problem, like a cracked belt.

The same principle applies for getting ready for winter. Cold weather means lots of failed batteries. It takes more power to crank up a cold engine, and cold also decreases the available cranking power the battery has available.

A battery test in the Fall could tell you if you’ve got a battery that is running on its last legs. Of course, if you live where winter temperatures get below 45 degrees or you have ice and snow, you’ll want to consider changing to winter tires.

So Spring and Fall auto checkups at Central Avenue Automotive are practical reminders to get ready for the demands of the hot and cold seasons to come.

Odds are good that you have one or more routine services that are due anyway. Like a transmission service, brake or power steering fluid, differential service – stuff like that. Are your wiper blades still good? Are your headlamps starting to dim?

So Spring and Fall: change your clocks, replace the batteries in your smoke detectors – and get a check-up for your cars.

See, dad was right again.

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Wheel alignment is often overlooked by busy Burton and Kent auto owners until serious tire damage has been done. One wheel can be knocked out of alignment by hitting a curb or pothole on a Auburn interstate or surface street.

When a vehicle’s out of alignment, one or more of the wheels does not track true and pulls against the others. This causes several serious problems. First off, the tires will wear out faster and will need to be replaced prematurely. It could also lead to expensive SUV suspension problems.

Tracking True In WA: Wheel Alignment In Burton

But the big issue for Burton, Kent, and Kent motorists is safety. When your SUV wheels are out of alignment, the vehicle will pull to one side, which could lead to an accident. When you’re out of alignment, you should have it taken care of right away at Central Avenue Automotive in Kent.

When undergoing an alignment service at Central Avenue Automotive, your SUV is put on an alignment rack where the tires, steering and suspension parts are checked for damage. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the factory settings.

Precision adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels going in exactly the same direction.

Kent motorists should be aware of the signs of alignment problems. These include the car pulling to one side. Also, the steering wheel may not be centered when you’re going straight. If you see the edges of one or more tires rapidly wearing down, you should have your Auburn service center look it over. If you’ve been in an auto accident in WA that involved a wheel, you should get your alignment checked.

Obviously, a big jolt can seriously knock things out of alignment, but Burton drivers also need to understand that a series of smaller ones can add up.

That’s why manufacturers recommend periodic alignment checks. If your SUV owner’s manual doesn’t specify, once a year might be appropriate. Or check with Blake Walker or your service advisor at Central Avenue Automotive in Kent.

One thing’s for sure: the cost of the alignment at Central Avenue Automotive is cheaper for Burton auto owners than having to buy a couple of new tires because of neglect.

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A vehicle’s suspension system is tough. It can last for years and tens of thousands of miles for Kent auto owners. But it can be damaged quickly by hitting a pothole, curb or rock, and it can wear more quickly if you frequently drive off-road or on bumpy roads. A workhorse vehicle — one that hauls heavy loads — is also going to be hard on its suspension system.

Because the useful life of your suspension system contains these elements of unpredictability, it is important for Kent car owners to have them inspected periodically. Worn, broken and missing parts can be identified during an automotive analysis. An ineffective suspension system will curtail the driver’s control over a vehicle, so when it is damaged it frequently leads to the worst kind of vehicular damage — dangerous and costly accidents.

The suspension system is composed of springs and shock absorbers (or shocks). Springs suspend the weight of the vehicle above its axles. They allow the vehicle to “bounce” over bumps, which reduces the force of the impact on the vehicle. Shocks cut down the rebound of the “bounce,” smoothing out the ride of the vehicle. They also force the tires to retain constant contact with the road. Shocks are responsible for “handling performance,” or the ease with which the driver controls the vehicle.

The springs in the suspension system are heavy-duty and rarely break or wear out. Shock absorbers are tough, too, but they will wear out.

Your SUV might be equipped with struts. Struts are a combination spring and shock absorber. Struts, like shocks, have a limited life span.

Inspecting shocks or struts for damage and wear should be part of your preventive maintenance routine. Since a good suspension system is ultimately a key safety feature of your vehicle, it’s always better to be proactive about its care. In this case, good car care can prevent accidents.

There are some signs that will warn you that your suspension system may be in need of critical attention. One of the signs might be a cupped wear pattern on your tires. This is caused by the shocks bouncing unevenly. Other important signs of bad shocks manifest themselves in the handling performance of your vehicle. You may notice a drifting sensation when cornering, often referred to as a “floaty” feeling. If the front of your vehicle dips significantly when you brake or if it rocks back and forth after stopping, it’s time for new shocks. Your considerate Central Avenue Automotive tech will check your shocks visually. If they’re leaking, they need to be replaced.

Any of these symptoms warrants an automotive analysis of the suspension system. You should also get your suspension system inspected if you are involved in an accident involving one of your wheels. Kent motorists should never put off suspension repairs. If you actually experience suspension system failure, it can cause a serious accident. If one of your shocks needs to be replaced, then replace all four of them. This allows for even handling of the vehicle. Replacing just one of the shocks is rarely good auto advice.

When you replace your shocks or struts, use parts that are equivalent to or better than the original shocks on the SUV. The original equipment was designed for the weight and expected use of the vehicle, and Kent auto owners should never downgrade.

Upgrading, however, is another matter for Kent motorists. If your suspension system gets a workout or you just want to improve your SUV’s handling performance, then you should consider upgrading to a better shock. If you haul heavy loads around Kent or tow a trailer, then you should definitely reflect on getting heavy-duty shocks.

Most Kent motorists are not likely to show off their suspension system to anyone admiring their SUV, but it’s essential just the same. In the end, it’s something all of us Kent drivers can be dedicated to.

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All pilots have checklists for every aspect of flying. They always use their checklists, even if they only have two steps on them. They do this simply because a checklist is a great way to not forget important steps. It is also how you can assure a predictable outcome.

That is why automotive shops have procedural service center standards for each service they perform. Technicians are trained step by step, and they perform the procedures the same way each time. By training to procedural standards, centers can assure a quality outcome. The job is done right every time, and you are happy with how your car performs.

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Each company trains its technicians to service center standards. The industry as a whole is very committed to standards of excellence and encourages individual service center operators to apply them to every vehicle they service.

An example is in the way service technicians grade problems and communicate their recommendations. If a technician tells you that a repair or replacement is required, it must meet the following criteria:

  1. The part no longer performs its intended purpose
  2. The part does not meet a design specification
  3. The part is missing

The technician may suggest repair or replacement if:

  1. The part is close to the end of its useful life – just above discard specifications or likely to fail soon
  2. They are addressing a customer need or request – like for better ride or increased performance
  3. They are complying with maintenance recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer
  4. It’s advisable based on the technician’s informed experience

Here are some examples:

An exhaust pipe has rusted through and is leaking. Replacement is required because the part has failed. If the pipe were rusted, corroded, or weak, but not leaking, the technician may suggest it be replaced because it is near the end of its useful life and replacing it now may be more convenient for the customer.

Suppose a customer wants to improve his car’s handling, but his shocks haven’t failed. The technician may suggest replacement of the shocks to satisfy the customer’s wishes.

Under these guidelines, the service center must refuse partial service of a required repair if the repair creates or continues an unsafe condition. Let’s say a customer has a cracked brake rotor. This is a dangerous condition that must be repaired. If the customer does not want to replace the rotor, but instead just wants new brake pads installed, the shop must ethically refuse the partial repair. That can be an upsetting conversation, but understanding that service centers operate under service center standards and procedures is comforting. You want your service to be done right and to have confidence in your technician’s recommendations.

The automotive service industry and Central Avenue Automotive want the best for you and for you to keep coming back. AutoNetTV is committed to providing automotive maintenance information to help you be confident in your service decisions. For repairs and recommendations, make an appointment online or call Central Ave Auto at (253) 854-6762.

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WHY DO I NEED TO REPLACE ROTORS AND CALIPERS WITH MY BRAKES AND BRAKE PAD REPLACEMENT?

Many of our customers assume that when the bring their vehicle in to Central Avenue Automotive for brake service and brake pad replacement that you can just resurface the rotors and install new pads. In some cases, this is what happens, but in other cases, you may have to replace the pads and the rotors. Other times, you may have to address the hydraulic system and replace the brake hoses and calipers. That’s why it’s important to have your brakes, rotors, brake pads, and calipers regularly inspected.

Replace Rotors With Brake Pads

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Here are several reasons why you should replace the rotors and calipers during your vehicle’s brake and brake pad replacement:

  1. On most new vehicles, the brake pads are made out of a ceramic material. These ceramic brake pads are almost as hard as the metal brake rotors, which wears them down at the same time as the brake pad.
  2. Brake rotors are much smaller than they used to be thanks to the gas mileage goals set by the government for the vehicle manufacturers. The lighter a car is, the better gas mileage it gets, so the brake rotors are smaller. Smaller rotors have less material, which does not allow it to dissipate heat as quickly as a larger rotor would. The heat can warp a rotor much more quickly, which can rattle the steering wheel or make the car shake when the brakes are applied. This is very common in Western Washington due to the number of hills and mountains that we drive down, and that tends to make the brakes hotter. The hotter a brake rotor gets, the more likely it is to warp. The thinner a brake rotor gets, thanks to the brake pads wearing them down, the less the rotor is able to dissipate heat. Over time, warped rotors seem to be inevitable in today’s vehicles.
  3. Calipers need to be replaced, too. Calipers are like big clamps that are used to apply pressure to the brake pad with the use of hydraulics. The brake pads grip the rotors and this action slows the vehicle down. However, this process creates a tremendous amount of heat — over 300 degrees Fahrenheit — and the brake calipers absorb this heat. As calipers heat up and cool down, over time there will be internal and external corrosion that builds up on the caliper, making them sticky. Sticking calipers can cause issues ranging from premature brake pad wear and tear to the vehicle pulling to the left or to the right when the brakes are applied.
  4. Brake fluid leaks can also cause problems with the calipers. Brake fluid absorbs about 10% of moisture per year by volume in the wet Northwestern weather. The brake water boils at about 220 degrees Fahrenheit, which means that the water boils in the caliper, too, turning to steam and water, and back to steam again as they are being used. This constant exposure to moisture allows the inside of the calipers to rust, which can cause problems. This is another reason to replace the calipers at the same time we replace the the brake pads.

Of course, there are exceptions to the caliper and the rotor replacement rule — vehicle type, year, make and model — just ask your service adviser. The next time you bring your vehicle into Central Avenue Automotive for brake service, chances are very high that our service advisers will recommend replacing your brake pads, your rotors and calipers. Now you know why!

If you want to know more about your vehicle’s brake service requirements, contact Central Avenue Automotive with questions, request an appointment online, or give us a call at (253) 854-6762.

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Today we’re going to talk about power steering service in Kent. If you took an informal poll around Kent you’d probably find that most have never heard of power steering service. That’s not surprising. Even though power steering is standard on every vehicle, most people in Kent aren’t aware that it needs periodic service.

If you’re younger than a certain age, you’ve probably never driven a car or truck without power steering. To get an idea of the difference; if you’ve ever cut a board with a hand saw, you know it’s a lot of work. Using a power saw is easy-peasy by comparison.

Without power steering, your arms have to do all the work to steer the wheels, and that’s hard, especially around downtown Kent. That’s why old cars had such big steering wheels; to get enough leverage to steer.

Steering Most vehicles in Kent have a hydraulic power steering system. The serpentine belt from the engine powers a pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid. This actuates a hydraulic cylinder that provides power to help steer.

Some vehicles in Kent use an electric pump to pressurize the fluid rather than a belt driven pump. We’re also seeing vehicles with electric motors providing the power assist, not using power steering fluid at all. We’ll see a lot more electric systems as more hybrids and electric vehicles hit the market.

At least for now, the vast majority of power steering systems use power steering fluid that needs to be serviced. The fluid needs to be changed for a couple of reasons. For one, it attracts moisture. Water has different hydraulic qualities than power steering fluid, and that makes a difference in steering performance. Water is also corrosive and can damage power steering components. The fluid also just gets dirty and needs to be changed. Removing the old fluid and flushing out the system gets rid of dirt and deposits. The clean, fresh fluid lubricates and provides better corrosion protection.

So ask your Kent service advisor at Central Avenue Automotive or check your owner’s manual to see when power steering service is recommended. It’ll extend the life of your power steering components.

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Why Does My Car Use Special Oil?

Most people know that they should use specific oil to lubricate the engine in their vehicles, but not many know why each car can use different types of oil. Though most of us use our vehicles to get to and from work, around town, and on extended road trips, not all cars are made the same, and neither is the oil. That is why each car manufacturer recommends a special oil type depending on your engine, the frequency with which you drive your vehicle, and the climate you live in.

Basically, there are several types of oil categories:

  • Ultra class full synthetic oil
  • Advanced full synthetic oil
  • Synthetic blend oil
  • High mileage oil
  • Conventional oil that comes in varying thicknesses

There are several differences between synthetic oils and conventional oils. Synthetic oils are designed for fuel economy, are chemically structured to lubricate the tiniest of spaces, and endure extreme temperatures better. Conventional oil is what we get from Mother Earth. It lubricates engines very well and is often more affordable. Conventional oil can come in different viscosities or thicknesses. An example is a 10W-40 oil, which acts like a 10-weight (thinner) oil when the outside temperature is low, and a 40-weight (thicker) oil when the outside temperature is high.

special oil

Regardless of whether you are using synthetic or conventional oil in your vehicle, it is important that the oil flow easily throughout the engine so it covers and protects everything in its path. Oil changes are required on a regular basis because dirty oil, or oil that has become too thick, breaks down and no longer protects your engine like fresh oil does.

Each vehicle make and model requires a special oil, and Central Avenue Automotive has several oil brands and types on-hand to service the unique needs of each engine. Here are some descriptions of how these special oil types lubricate and protect the vehicles we service and repair at Central Avenue Automotive:

Ultra class full synthetic oil — This special oil is designed for high performance vehicles, like race cars and exotic sports cars. A synthetic oil of this type keeps the engine super clean, helps engines perform well in hot or cold weather, and is the best oil for harsh driving conditions — like stop-and-go traffic, short drives, heavy loads, and unpaved roads.

Advanced full synthetic oil — This special oil is designed for high compression engines and helps to prevent oil burn-off and high oil consumption. A full synthetic oil also keeps the engine cleaner longer and can handle all types of climates. This oil is also great for harsh driving conditions, similar to the ultra class oil.

Synthetic blend oil — Bringing the best of both oils to your vehicle is a synthetic blend. With the synthetic blend, the engine remains cleaner a little longer, and it is also more affordable than full synthetic oils.

High mileage oil — High mileage oil is best used in older cars because it is designed to stop leaks and and reduce oil consumption.

Conventional oil — This oil is what most people use in their vehicles because it is affordable and keeps the engine working well. However, conventional oil will break down faster, so conventional oil needs to be changed more often than synthetic oils. Based on your vehicle’s needs, we could put conventional oils such as 10W-40, 5W-20, or 0W-20 into your vehicle.

According to the “Click and Clack Guys,” Tom and Ray Magliozzi, conventional oils with varying viscosities can be used in different situations. For example, “…most vehicles have ‘severe duty’ recommendations in the owner’s manual. They’ll tell you that if you’re planning to climb Pike’s Peak with a trailer, if you’re using your car as a taxi, or if you live where it’s regularly above 100 degrees out, you qualify for special maintenance procedures. Those can include more frequent oil changes and/or use of a different oil.”

If you’re uncertain as to which oil your vehicle needs, look to the experts at Central Avenue Automotive. Our team will verify factory recommendations and assess which oil should be used based on your driving habits and the condition of your vehicle.

The next time you need an oil change, contact Central Avenue Automotive with questions, request an appointment online, or give us a call at (253) 854-6762. We look forward to serving you with the best oil that meets your vehicle’s unique requirements.

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