Category: MAINTENANCE

Car and Truck Paint Chips

Over time our vehicles will receive small chips in the paint. Then when we wax our ride, the chips show up as white dots and are even more visible than before; UGH! So what is a person to do? The little “paint touch-up bottles” are not readily available as they had once had been. Believe… Read more »

Drive Belt Replacement

Our cars previously had multiple fan belts to drive devices such as an alternator and power steering pump. The fan belts were replaced with a single serpentine belt in most cases. Cool, fewer parts to fail! But how do you know if it’s time to replace this all-important belt? Actually, it’s not too difficult. After… Read more »

Is Gasoline Octane Level Important?

First, let’s clear a few myths about “Better Grades of Gasoline.”  1. 93 Octane gas does not produce more energy than 87 Octane  2. 93 Octane gas does not help fuel mileage.  The exception to the two myths above, if you were to use lower-rated octane gasoline in an engine requiring 93 Octane.  3. 93… Read more »

Egg On Your Car?

I found it somewhat amusing  someone would egg your car. Like “Who does that?” However, the “egging” reminded me how easily car paint is damaged. In this case, the egg needs to be washed off as soon as possible or permanent damage occurs to the “Clear Coat.” What is “Clear Coat,” you ask? A basic… Read more »

Strange Rumble Noise?

As your car ages, unfamiliar noises begin to occur. A “rumble-like noise” is one of the more common noises we hear on a road test at our Service center, particularly on older vehicles. The sound is very distinguishable. The rumble typically gets louder as you speed up and slows as you slow down. One can… Read more »

Oil Service Required

Most of today’s vehicles come with an “Engine Oil Life Monitor.” Great, one less thing to track! Without going into all the details “how is that accomplished”; the computer tracks all your driving conditions. These driving conditions allow for a “scientific guess” according to known factors. For example, mileage, time, different engine demands on the… Read more »

Slippery Roads Yikes!

When winter snow storms surprise us, we remember that the roads are slippery as the tires slide approaching a stop sign. The addition of anti-lock brakes usually help and can save us from an accident. On the other hand, we know slowing down and having good tires on our vehicles are the best bet. But… Read more »

Diesel Emissions Maintenance

You’ve probably noticed a lot more vehicles are available with diesel engines. Diesel is a prevalent choice in much of the world. North America is just starting to close the gap between gas and diesel engines. Because we are generally less familiar with diesel engines, it would be well to review emissions-related issues. First off,… Read more »

5 Reasons To Keep Your Car Well-Maintained

Thank you for visiting Corny’s Sales & Service Inc Auto Care blog. Today’s post lists five crucial reasons you should follow recommended maintenance schedules or advice matching your driving habits. 1. Be Safe A well-maintained car reduces the risk for you and your passengers. Inspecting brakes, headlamps, tires, etc., will not only keep you from… Read more »

Update: Ati-lock Brakes and Function

ABS – Anti-Lock Brake There is a common misconception that anti-lock brakes (ABS) only help you stop faster. That is not always the case on loose gravel or snowy surfaces. But, anti-lock brakes will help you maintain control of your vehicle in emergency braking situations. Imagine you are driving on a snowy road. You need to slam… Read more »