How to Know When Your Vehicle Needs an Oil Change

Ideally, you know your vehicle needs an oil change when you’ve reached the date or mileage on the windshield sticker from your last oil change. But, stickers get smudged or removed, people get busy, and all of a sudden, your vehicle may be well overdue for an oil change. If you have no handy sticker or built-in maintenance light to prompt you to visit Quanz Auto Body for an oil change, there are other ways you can tell the time has come. Continue reading How to Know When Your Vehicle Needs an Oil Change

3 Engine Sounds You Should NEVER Ignore

mechanicalYou do not have to be a car expert to know that your engine is crucial and that engine repair is expensive. So, you don’t want to put off engine maintenance, especially if you are noticing a few characteristic engine sounds.

Transmission Slipping

Whether your vehicle is a standard or automatic, your transmission controls which gear your vehicle is in, and the gear your vehicle is in affects power, speed and fuel efficiency. If your transmission is slipping, your vehicle may Continue reading 3 Engine Sounds You Should NEVER Ignore

How Much Should You Pay for Routine Maintenance and Repair?

You’re not made of money, so you don’t want to have to pay more than you have to for routine vehicle maintenance and common repairs. At the same time, you do not want to set yourself up for trouble down the road because of sub-standard work or materials.

If you’re not in the industry, it can be hard to know what a fair price for any service is, especially because advertised specials or high-volume shops can create some big price differences.

Here’s a quick guide for fair market pricing for quality maintenance and repair services (most of which are available at Quanz Auto Body). Continue reading How Much Should You Pay for Routine Maintenance and Repair?

The Cost of an Oil Change Done Wrong

At Quanz Auto Body, we like to think that the importance of getting regular oil changes is common sense. Old oil that has accumulated contaminants does not provide the same quality of lubrication, increasing friction and heat that can damage your engine. But equally important as the regularity of oil changes is the quality of the oil change job. Doing a basic oil change wrong can have some nasty consequences.

Too Much Oil

A little too much oil may not be a noticeable problem. However, if you’re talking more than one quart above the recommended amount, you may be headed towards engine performance trouble. Here’s what happens: Continue reading The Cost of an Oil Change Done Wrong

What Happens If I Don’t Change My Oil?

Oil change

Everyone knows that regular oil changes are essential to your engine’s health. That’s actually a fact, not just a scheme to get you to get more oil changes. There are dire consequences if you do not get your oil changed at manufacturer-recommended intervals.

Engine Mechanics 101

Inside your engine there are a lot of moving parts—pistons go up and down, connecting rods and crankshafts turn, etc. Most of these components are made of metal. When metal parts move against other metal parts, they create friction, and friction causes heat. Heat, in turn, causes expansion of metal, and expanded metal parts just don’t fit in places where lubricated, cooled metal parts fit.

That’s why you need oil. Oil coats metal components to reduce Continue reading What Happens If I Don’t Change My Oil?

A New Driver’s Easy Car Care and Maintenance Guide

Whether it’s an old clunker or a brand new vehicle, getting your first car is an amazing experience. In all the excitement, you might overlook a few of the important maintenance steps you’ll need to perform to keep your new car in top shape. Here is a quick run-down of essential car care to help you along.  Continue reading A New Driver’s Easy Car Care and Maintenance Guide