Tire Replacement: What Jefferson Drivers Need to Know
Posted September 29, 2011 11:35 AM
Looking at getting some new tires? The choices at Jefferson tire stores can be a little overwhelming. Suppose you have an SUV and are trying to decide between all season tires or some that are also rated for off-highway. Do you get off the payment on the outskirts of Jefferson more than most? If so, some additional off-road traction would be nice.
Maybe the real reason for wanting those off-highway tires is that they look cool. Well there’s nothing wrong with that. If you make sure that you’ve got your functional needs covered with your selection, then you can have some fun with where you go from there.
Let’s suppose you zip around Jefferson in a sporty car. You may like to run a high-performance summer tire when the weather’s good. When OR weather turns cold, you can put on high-performance winter tires. For the kind of driving you like to do, you want full-on performance tires. All-season tires are naturally a compromise that works well for most Jefferson drivers, but since you have a choice, go for dedicated summer and winter tires.
When it’s time for new tires, visit with a knowledgeable D & B Bear Service tire professional. Describe your needs and wants. He’ll come up with some selections for you to discuss. And once you settle on a type of tire, there are options for special needs: like pulling a trailer or carrying heavy loads.
Tires are one of the biggest purchases for Jefferson drivers. With so many choices, you’ll be able to get what’s best for you. Take their time. And don’t worry about what’s in stock. If you want something that isn’t here at D & B Bear Service, manager Steve Graves can order it. Chances are you’ll be rolling on your new tires in a couple of days.
Posted in the Tires and Wheels category
Your Well Trained Technician At D & B Bear Service
Posted September 22, 2011 12:23 PM
When your van breaks down, or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your car’s so important to your life in Jefferson, you need to back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time.
If you’ve ever checked into some of the technician training D & B Bear Service professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. Let me give you some perspective. Today there are four cylinder engines that make more power than the V-8’s in luxury cars twenty years ago. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket’s Ferrari in a race to sixty.
Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up – even with steep Jefferson gas prices. And they’re so reliable. This is all due to engineering. But the advances come at the price of simplicity. The modern cars driving around Jefferson roads are so much more complex from a mechanical standpoint that it makes your head spin – not to mention the electronics.
Some cars have several networked computers controlling most of the engine functions and many other vehicle functions as well. Jefferson motorists take all of this sophistication for granted – but somebody has to fix it when it breaks. It’s a real challenge for D & B Bear Service technicians to keep up, but we work hard to stay ahead of the technology. It requires a high level of commitment on the part of the technician and the Jefferson service center as well.
In addition to the training, there’s the financial commitment to purchase the diagnostic and repair tools. D & B Bear Service technicians receive training through a combination of formal classroom training, training provided at D & B Bear Service by parts and equipment manufacturers, on-line courses and home study courses.
There are many independent certifications available at D & B Bear Service all the way up to Master Technician. The ability to repair your van requires a strong combination of training and resources. No one can know everything, so Jefferson auto service centers subscribe to data services, technical libraries and even on-line communities that can help them when they run into a difficult problem.
It’s like those medical diagnosis shows on TV. Here are the symptoms – what’s the diagnosis and treatment? Diagnosis is every bit as much an art as a science. At D & B Bear Service, we want everything to be simple, straightforward and cheap – but sometimes it just isn’t.
So try to be more relaxed next time you bring us your van. You’re in good hands.
Posted in the Service Standards category
Fuel Injector Cleaning In Corvallis, Jefferson, and Independence
Posted September 1, 2011 1:22 PM
In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your van engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much fuel to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute in every single fuel-injected car driving down Corvallis, Jefferson, and Independence roads.
Most fuel injectors for gas engines are known in the Monroe auto industry as port fuel injectors because they deliver the fuel to a port just outside the cylinder. The fuel pump provides pressure needed to squirt the right amount of fuel into the engine.
A few auto makers have recently introduced gas direct injection systems on some engines. They are now available at some Monroe dealerships. These systems inject the gas directly into the cylinders under very high pressure – many times the pressure of port injection systems.
Although more complicated, direct injection technology promises greater power with improved fuel economy for gas-poor Corvallis, Jefferson, and Independence commuters. OR motorists can expect to see more of it in the future. High temperatures under your van hood and variations in Monroe gas quality cause fuel injectors to be fouled with wax, dirt, water, additives and carbon. Injectors can become partially clogged, preventing them from delivering the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure.
When injectors are dirty, the fuel doesn’t burn as efficiently resulting in poor fuel economy and loss of power. So it’s important for Corvallis drivers keep their fuel injectors clean.
Your Corvallis D & B Bear Service service center can perform a fuel system service for you in which the fuel injectors are cleaned so that they operate properly and deliver the right amount of fuel at the right time.
Proper maintenance of your van fuel system means that you will spend less on gas, enjoy strong performance and prevent costly Monroe repair bills down the road.