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Yearly Archives: 2022

Your Vehicle’s Air Filters Need Changing

Your Vehicle’s Air Filters Need Changing

Every vehicle has a couple of air filters, one in the engine compartment and one in the passenger cabin. Read on to learn what they do and how often they should be changed. Engine Air Filter The engine air filter is located under the hood. Your engine has an air intake system to provide a balanced air and fuel mixture for the combustion process. And the quality of the air entering your engine is equally important as the fuel coming in. That is why your engine air filter is put in place to keep out the dust, dirt, debris, bugs, and other contaminants that can harm your engine parts.  How Often Should the Engine Air Filter Be Replaced? In short, you should simply exchange it when it looks dirty. If it gets too full or clogged, your engine may not get enough airflow. Moreover, your engine may be at risk of more wear and tear. The frequency of your air filter change can vary depending on the air quality of the environment you drive in. Most professional mechanics will recommend a ... read more

Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

In addition to saving you money, improving fuel economy also reduces emissions, thus helping the environment. The cost at the pumps indicates that inflation affects everyone, with every penny now counting. And since life must go on, you can't avoid being on the road. So what do you do? Ensure you get the most of every gallon you spend at the pumps using the following tested and proven techniques that we compiled. Ensure Your Tires are in Perfect Condition Have you inflated your tires correctly? Inflating your tires correctly is among the easiest ways to increase fuel efficiency. But surprisingly, statistics show that more than 25 percent of all automobiles move on improperly inflated tires. In addition to reducing your gas mileage, this scenario also causes premature tire wear. Reduce the Weight in Your Vehicle One of the easiest ways to reduce your car's weight is by getting the junk out of the trunk. Immediately you reduce your vehicle's weight, you instantly increas ... read more

Follow These Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Follow These Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Summertime means trips to the beach, taking a swim in the pool, and barbecuing with friends. However, you cannot do all these things without a working car. To avoid any breakdowns this summer, we recommend giving your car some TLC beforehand. Follow some of our summer car maintenance tips below: AC Check - Air conditioning is a must-have on your drives this summer. At Four Car Garage, we can test your car’s A/C and check for leaks. If you need any parts repaired or extra refrigerant, we’ve got you covered. Battery Test - The heat can be harmful to your car battery. That is why we suggest having it tested to see if it can hold a sufficient charge. Our team can also remove any corrosion and ensure all cables are properly tucked away. Coolant Flush - A cooling system inspection is necessary for the summertime. To prevent your car from overheating, we can top you off on coolant and check your radiator, hoses, and other components. Oil Change - If you’ve got a long tri ... read more

Let Your Engine Breathe

Let Your Engine Breathe

At every oil change, the technicians at Four Car Garage can help you inspect your engine air filter. If we recommend a replacement, it only means that it is necessary. You may be wondering, what is the engine air filter even for.   To understand what an engine air filter does, you should focus on the air that you drive in. What is the air quality outside in San Mateo, CA? Can you see smog? Is there a lot of pollen? What about dust? If you’re not prone to allergies, then you probably don’t notice those things. However, you should know the answer to those questions because the engine air filter is responsible for all those harmful pollutants from getting into the engine.    Your motor needs fresh, clean air for a smooth operation. If you want a well-balanced fuel and air mixture, you’re going to need an effective engine air filter. Without a clean filter, the inside of your engine can break down a lot sooner than you think.   For every gallon o ... read more

What Kind of Brake Pads are There?

What Kind of Brake Pads are There?

When it comes to the braking system of a car, brake pads are an essential component. The caliper, the brake pads, and the rotor all play a role in disc brakes' proper operation. The rotor is held in place by the caliper's brake pads, which are located within the caliper. To stop the wheel, friction on the rotor wears away at the brake pads over time. Brake pads are divided into four following categories: Semi-metallic Semi-metallic brake pads contain approximately 30% to 65% metal. Materials like steel wool, wire, and copper might be added. These components are then joined by an organic resin. They are then shaped and fired in a furnace to increase their durability. One of Semi-Metallic's great advantages is their toughness. They withstand heat better and are gentler on rotors than ceramic pads. They are cheaper, and when there is about 60% metal in them, they can handle hard braking for a long time. Semi-Metallic brake pads are ideally designed for high-performance vehi ... read more

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