Yearly Archives: 2018

Oil Filter

Oil filters perform a critical task in maintaining your engine's integrity. It is their job to catch and filter any foreign debris present in your crankcase, this can be tiny metal particles which are caused as a natural part of your engine's operation, or dirt/sludge that is dislodged as your engine is operating. Manufacturers, particularly European manufacturers, are very specific on the type and construction of the oil filter used in their vehicles. While you can go to any automotive parts store and get a filter that will fit, it may or may not be up to the specification of the manufacturer. The service technician at Foreign Autohäus are familiar with the various specification set forth by the manufacturers, and use Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts to ensure this critical component meets the specification for your vehicle

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Air Filter

The air filter ensures particle free air is supplied to the engine to complete the combustion process. A dirty or clogged filter decreases performance and increases fuel consumption. Consistent driving in a dusty environment can lead to a dirty or clogged filter. Air filters should be checked at least on an annual basis

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Cabin Filter

Many of today's cars also utilize a filter for interior air as well. Regular service of these filters ensure maximum performance of your climate conrol systems, reducing strain on blowers and fans and providing you with clean air to breathe. These filters should be checked on a regular basis and replaced at least as often as the owner's manual states

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Engine Related Filters

Fuel filters and crankcase ventilation filters are vital to the proper operation of your vehicle's engine. Maximum performance and fuel efficiency are assured when these filters are replaced following the manufacturer's guidelines. The technicians at Foreign Autohäus will make sure yours are changed at the appropriate intervals

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Motor Oil

The lifeblood of your engine. If possible, check your oil level in the morning before you start your vehicle. Pull out the dipstick and wipe clean with a lint free cloth or paper towel. Reinsert the dipstick, remove and look at the markings on the dipstick to determine your oil level. If required, add additional oil to your crankcase. If you find you are frequently adding oil, consult your service technician as to the cause. A milky color or strong gasoline odor are additional signs of trouble. Consult your owner's manual for the location of the dipstick and oil fill location. Also check your owner's manual for the correct type, viscosity (thickness), and specification of oil to be used. Some manufacturers are very specific on motor oil

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Transmission Fluid

The transmission fluid level must be checked with the engine running, in neutral, after the transmission is warmed to operating termperature. The color should be transparent red or pink, sometimes clear or amber. If the fluid is dark brown, or smells burnt or toasted, have it checked immediately. Please note, some newer vehicles no longer provide a dipstick for checking transmission fluid levels. Please consult your owners manual

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Power Steering Fluid

Typically checked by utilizing the small dipstick typically molded to the bottom of the power steering fluid cap. You should not have to add fluid. If you do, especially on a frequent basis, there is a leak in the system. Our technicians will be able to advise you where the leak is coming from and recommend the appropriate fix. Several types of power steering fluids are used by the various manufacturers, so please consult your owner's manual to ensure the proper fluid is added

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Brake Fluid

This translucent reservoir is typically found near the firewall on the driver side of the vehicle. This is the fluid that creates the pressure to operate your braking system. The fluid level will gradually decrease as the brake pads wear. The fluid should be light amber in color. Dark fluid is an indication the fluid has reached the end of its useful life and should be replaced before causing damage to the other hydraulic components in the system. Most manufacturers recommend the complete change of fluid on a time-based schedule, typically every two years

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Coolant

The radiator cap should only be removed when the engine and cap are cool to the touch. Coolant expansion tanks are usually translucent and have clearly marked minimum and maximum levels (sometimes cold and hot markings). Having to continually add coolant is an indication of a more serious problem that should be diagnosed and repaired. Be advised, the use of generic "green" coolant may not meet the specifications of your vehicle. There is a wide array of coolants, specified by each manufacturer for their vehicles. Should your vehicle require an addition of coolant, please verify in your owner's manual you are using the correct fluid for your vehicle

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Washer Fluid

Using actual windshield washer fluid is important as plain water won't be able to cut through the dirt, grime, and bugs effectively, leaving a smeared mess, which can be dangerous. Typically there is a translucent container to hold the washer fluid. Don' get it confused with the coolant container, which may look similar. If in doubt, check your owner's manual for the proper location. Fill the container with the appropriate washer fluid to the full mark. In climates that experience wide temperature changes season to season, make sure to use a washer fluid with anti-freeze properties during the winter months to ensure your washer system continues to function

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