We’ve all done it. You pull into the gas station, unscrew the gas cap and place it on top of the car. Then slide your credit card in the machine, put gas in the car, replace the pump’s handle into the slot and then jump in the car and go.
Your car will run a little weird for the next 400 miles or so, but you figure you’ll take it to the mechanic when its convenient. Eventually, you’ll need fuel again and you see you do not have a gas cap any longer. You drove off without putting it back on at the last fueling. Ugh. Now what?
Gas Cap Heaven
There is a place where all gas caps run free. They all live together in a gas smelling, dirty, oil stained cardboard box – at the gas station. You find most makes of cars represented in the box. Think of that box as a public service gas cap swap.
Go to any gas station and ask for the gas cap box. They’ll hand you a box full of them. Just start twisting them on and off until you find one that fits like your old one did, until you abandoned it, left it crushed in the middle of the parking lot. Or worse yet, you let it slide off the car into oncoming traffic to be pummeled into dust. Pity.
Sure, you could go to the dealer and order a new one or find a replica of your old one on the Internet, but why? You can just go down to the gas station near your house and get one for free. Without the wait.
Hopefully in the future you’ll have a gas cap with a little safety cord on it that connects it to the car. You’ll find that it is a lot harder to loose, unless you drive off with it bouncing around by the cord for days until it breaks free. Those can join the others in the box, too. If you need help finding just the right one, we’ll get you a new one at A1 Performance Auto Repair. Stop by.
It can be rather important to know how much tire pressure to reach before the tire explodes. It doesn’t come up a lot, but it could. And in a big way. Oddly enough, that magical number might be right in front of you when you’re putting air in your tires.
How Much Tire Pressure Before Boom!
That number that is too much is right in front of you while you add air to the tire. On the sidewall of the tire you’ll see some very fine print. One of those things on there is the Maximum PSI. Go past that number at your own risk, because the maximum PSI is the pound per square inch that the tire is meant to withstand. Maybe it’ll blow if there’s a defect, but probably not. Probably. Seriously though, you’d have to go to 200 PSI to get it to explode.
So, if your tire looks low or the dashboard says there is a problem with your tire, you put the maximum PSI into it? No. Never. If you put the maximum PSI in your tire it will bulge.
A bulging tire will wear incorrectly. You’ll end up with bald tread down the middle of your tire and unused tread on the outside of the bald row. This is called cupping. Cupping is a problem. Don’t cup.
The tire pressure you want to reach is the recommended tire pressure. If your car is new then you’ll find it in the door jamb. If your tires were replaced then the shop might have or might not have updated the door jamb sticker. For most cars you want between 32 – 34 PSI. To find out exactly what it should be, call the shop that sold the tires to you or go to the manufacturer’s website.
When you test the tire pressure with your little tire pressure device, do it while the car is cold and has been sitting around for a while. You’ll get an accurate number then. If your tire is very low, put air in it to reach the minimum amount. The next morning check it again to see if it needs more.
Happy driving, now that you know how much tire pressure will reach that exploding sweet spot.
Hey, would you like to make a quick $50? You can by referring your buddies to the A1 Performance Auto Repair mailing list. Here is how you and your friend can get that $50 Amazon gift card.
Auto Service Company Issuing $50 Amazon Gift Cards
A1 Performance Auto Repair in Sunnyvale, CA, is running a promotion. They give away a $50 Amazon Gift Card about once a month, although there is no set date. Sometimes they skip a month here and there.
But here is how you can win that gift card. You sign up for the A1 Performance Auto Repair mailing list. You’ll receive the monthly newsletter about auto repair specials and cool blog posts that are on the website.
Encourage your buddies to sign up, too. You can share the link on social media and email your friends that live in and around Sunnyvale, CA.
Every month or so, the owner of the auto shop will pick a person from the mailing list to win the $50 Amazon Gift Card. That person is called and told to come down to the shop to have their picture taken for the website and pick up their $50 Amazon Gift Card.
That’s it! Easy, isn’t it? Plus, every month you’ll receive one email from the newsletter mailing list. You’ll see all the current specials that will help you save some cash on those oil changes and auto repairs.
First, sign up for the A1 Performance newsletter today using this link to our newsletter sign-up.
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There was a recall in 2015 of certain cars that contain an engine named Theta II. The problem was that this engine had manufacturing debris inside it that could cause it to suddenly burst into flames. The recall wasn’t handled as well as it should have been, according to the US Department of Justice. You might own one of these cars today.
Cars with the Theta II
This recall was for car makes Hyundai and Kia that had the Theta II engine. There were over 1,000,000 cars recalled in the USA. These models were Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe sport utility vehicles. And Kia recalled models Optima, Sorento and Sportage cars.
A former engineer for Hyundai had said they should have recalled more cars than they did over this problem.
Depending on the results of the DOJ investigation, Hyundai and Kia could be forced to pay huge fines for this engine problem. In the recent past both Toyota and VW were forced to pay billions for the problems and/or misrepresentations of their vehicles.
If you own one of the Kia car models listed below, you might check with your dealer to have your engine checked for debris damage.
- 2011-2013 Optima
- 2014 Optima
- 2012-2014 Sorento
- 2011-2013 Sportage
Here are the Hyundai models:
- 2011-2012 Sonatas
- 2013-2014 Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe Sport
Lawsuits started after the car maker Hyundai refused to pay for the thousands of dollars it took to repair the damaged engine. Kia was also sued over their handling of their recall.
The recall problems are an ongoing investigation by the USA Department of Justice. They will ultimately determine if Hyundai and Kia did enough to take care of this problem with the manufacturer debris and slush left in the engines of these automobiles.
At A1 Performance Auto Repair European Specialist, we post occasional recall information at a courtesy to help keep our customers informed.
If your tire is no longer holding air the way it should, it might need a tire repair. If it is flat, it likely needs to be replaced. But, how do you know where to go to get a repair, if that’s what the tire needs?
You might not be able to tell the difference between needing a tire repair and needing a replacement. Without being an expert, it is hard to tell. The tire might need to be removed to see how badly it’s damaged and what it will take to fix it. At a certain point, the repair could cost more than the tire. So, where to go?
You’ll need to take the tire to an honest shop that will check the tire and give you a straight and truthful answer about the condition of your tire. Sometimes it could need a little patch and you’ll be good to go. Sometimes, if you ran over something that shredded a portion of the tire it won’t be patchable. And if that tire has very worn tread, then there is no point in fixing it. You need a new tire.
But there is a situation where a tire keeps losing air and it has nothing to do with the tire. When roads get into rough shape, potholes are unavoidable. Hitting a big pothole hard can bend the tire’s rim. A bent rim prevents a good seal with the tire resulting in air leaking out. You can replace your tire and you’ll find it still loses air. This is why you need to visit an honest shop. But where to go?
You can find honest mechanics that will give it to you straight at A1 Performance Auto Repair. We can check your tire to find out what the problem is and give you a cost effective solution. Give us a call for an appointment to bring in your tire.
Let’s face it, it can cost a lot maintaining a car and getting an oil change in Sunnyvale. A1 Performance Auto Repair knows that and likes to help customers keep those costs down.
Oil Change in Sunnyvale
Getting an oil change in Sunnyvale doesn’t have to cost and arm and a leg. A1 Performance Auto Repair usually has a money saving deal every month to help keep your car maintenance costs down. And these deals aren’t just oil change deals, they are for numerous ordinary services. So, how do you get to find out about these great deals?
Repair and Maintenance Deals
To take advantage of the vehicle repair and maintenance money-saving deals, you have to know about them! The best way to hear about these deals is to subscribe to our newsletter. We let you know in every newsletter which discounts are current.
But don’t worry, we won’t send you emails every day and wear out our welcome. We issue only one email per month. That one email is for our newsletter which is a compilation of recent blog posts, maybe a note from our owner, announcement of who won the latest $50 Amazon Gift Card giveaway and the coupons and savings for the current month.
To sign up for our newsletter all you need to do is fill out that little form to the right of this blog post. You’ll give your name and your email address then push the submit button. You will receive an email that will confirm your subscription, so be sure to look for that right away. It might ask you to reply to confirm.
That’s all you need to do. From then on, you’ll be notified about the savings on an oil change in Sunnyvale for your car or truck when it happens at A1 Performance Auto Repair. We hope to see you soon.