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Checking Your Oil and Replacing it on a Schedule can Increase Engine Performance

Oil changes are a vital aspect of vehicle maintenance that keeps your engine working properly. Changing the oil on a regular schedule is important. You might’ve heard that you should change the oil every 3,000 miles or 5,000 miles. In reality, that number will change depending on your vehicle and the driving conditions you typically deal with.

First check your owner’s manual to determine the suggested mileage for your vehicle model. This could vary depending on the type of vehicle and the engine it uses. Once you know the manufacturer’s recommendation, you’ll want to take into account your driving habits and conditions.

The recommendations you find in your owner’s manual will be based on what they consider normal driving conditions. There are certain conditions that could require oil changes more frequently. If you regularly drive in stop-and-go traffic or take short trips that are ten miles or less, it can have an effect on the amount of oil used for engine performance. If you live in a rural area, the dust and dirt can affect the quality of the oil being used.

If you’re not sure when your vehicle needs an oil change, you can check the quality of oil around the time it’s recommended by the manufacturer. This will give you an idea of whether the oil should be changed earlier or later depending on the quality of the oil.

Does your vehicle need a tune-up or engine maintenance? Contact American Engine Installations today at (404) 289-9997 for in Marietta, GA.

4 Signs Your Vehicle Has Engine Trouble

Our engines are one of the most vital parts of our car. If the engine isn’t working, then the car won’t work. Because it is important to have our engines in good condition, there are a couple of signs that will let you know when you are having engine trouble. Here are four signs your car has engine trouble.

4 Signs Your Vehicle Has Engine Trouble

Knocking

If you hear a knocking sound when you accelerate your car, then that is a common sign you have engine trouble. If it isn’t taken care of right away, it can lead to other car problems.

Engine Light

The check engine light is there for a reason; whenever the engine light comes on, it’s to let a car owner know that they have some issues with their engine.

More Gasoline Than Usual

Usually, we have a rough estimate of how often we have to put gas in our cares. If you start to notice that you are filling up your tank more frequently, it might be a sign that the engine is having to work harder, in turn using more gas.

Too Much Tailpipe Smoke

It’s normal for the tailpipe of your car to smoke a little bit, but if you are noticing it even when you are driving, you’ll need to get that fixed quickly. Unusual smoke is a sure sign you are having some engine troubles.

If you need engine services in Atlanta, GA, give the experts at American Engine Installations a call at (404) 289-9997 today to get your engine working good as new.

 

 

 

How To Improve Your Car’s MPG

Lower Your MPG and Save Money Gas is expensive. If you’re like most Americans than you groan every time you go to the gas station. Fuel may not be getting any cheaper but there are some simple steps you can take to improving your MPG.

Slow Down

We all like to get where we’re going as fast as possible, but you could be burning fuel while burning rubber. According to the U.S. Government, you could save between $0.16-$0.33/gallon simply by observing the speed limit. That may not seem like a lot, but in the end it’ll add up! (Plus, less money spent on speeding tickets means more money in your pocket!)

CALM DOWN!

Driving aggressively (rapidly accelerating and braking) is a big waste of gas. Your aggressive driving can lower your gas mileage by as much as 30% on the highway and up to 40% in stop-and-go traffic! Taking your time, and driving defensively rather than aggressively is not only safer for you and your passengers, it’s cheaper!

Replace Your Engine!

If your car is struggling to run, then you’re wasting gas. If purchasing a new car is out of the question, consider rebuilding or replacing your engine. A reputable mechanic, like American Engine Installations can restore your engine and save you from buying a brand new vehicle.

Additional Tips and Tricks

  • Turn your engine off while idling- it only takes 10 seconds worth of gas to start your engine.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated.
  • Load cargo inside of your vehicle instead of on top of it.

Are you looking to rebuild your engine? Check out the experts at American Engine Installations.

3 Things to Do When Your Car Engine Freezes

If your car suddenly stops working in the winter, there’s a good chance the engine froze. Naturally, we want to continue driving to warm up the engine, but that is actually worse for the engine. If your car’s engine freezes, there are things you can do. Here are three things to do when your car engine freezes.

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Running Your Car Can Make the Engine Freeze Worse

It is imperative to not turn the car on. Park it and stop your car. The reason is that engine could overheat. Park in a warm place and leave the car alone. If you want the process to move a little faster you can add a small space heater next to the car.

Let the Frozen Engine Thaw

Once you have left the car in a warm place, let the engine thaw out. It could take a couple of days for it to thaw out, so don’t it on and try to drive it is crucial. It’s inconvenient but it will save you unnecessary damage and money.

Put in the Antifreeze

One of the reasons our car’s engine freezes is because the coolant hasn’t been replaced. Once you know your engine is unfrozen, drain the old coolant and put in new antifreeze.

After everything is said and done, you will never want a frozen engine again. There are a few ways you can winterize your car. If you are needing winter maintenance or repairs, (404) 289-9997 for the experts at American Engine Installations. Our Marietta, GA. technicians will have your car fixed up in no time.

 

 

3 Common Winter Car Problems

Whether you’re planning a long road trip this Thanksgiving or you’ve decided to stick around at home, it’s important to look out for the many auto issues that occur during the cold months. Be sure to avoid these common winter car problems in order to have a safe holiday season!common winter car problems

 

Low Tire Pressure

When the temperature dips, tire pressure also tends to go down. On the flipside, when the temperature rises, as does tire pressure. If you’re about to hit the road and you notice a low tire, the best thing you can do is fill it up with air before you begin your trip. This will save you the hassle of finding out you have a flat on the highway later on.

Frozen Engine

Particularly if you plan on venturing out to a cooler area, it’s a good idea to make sure your engine has plenty of antifreeze before you set off. Without this vital fluid, your engine could freeze, resulting in damage and hours added to your travel time. Make sure you use the correct type of antifreeze for your particular car and engine. When in doubt, call a professional.

Dead Car Battery

One of the most common winter car problems is a dead car battery. Although you may expect for your battery to stop working if you leave your headlights on all night, you may not expect it to go out due to cold weather. However, your car demands more energy from your battery in order to run normally when it’s cold. Thus, it’s important to make sure your battery has a good charge before embarking on a long drive this Thanksgiving.

If you need any maintenance or repairs in order to prevent these common winter car problems, don’t hesitate to call us at (404) 289-9997! We are the best source in Marietta, GA for high-quality auto services.

Signs That Your Vehicle Needs Engine Repairs

car repairThe engine in your car won’t last forever. As your vehicle ages and the more miles you put on it the more the engine will wear down and start having trouble. There are several noticeable signs of engine problems if you know what to look for.

As problems begin to arise in the engine there are a few things you’ll notice as the vehicle slowly loses power. If your car has trouble accelerating as you’re driving, that is a good indication that the engine performance is diminishing. Your gas mileage will suffer as well as the engine begins to work harder to keep the vehicle moving.

If you begin having trouble starting up the engine, and it sounds rough when it does start running, you should take it in for maintenance. The engine typically makes plenty of noise when it’s having trouble so, if you notice the engine knocking or popping while running or your vehicle backfires on start-up, those are sure signs you should have your vehicle looked at.

You should have your vehicle checked by a mechanic if you think your vehicle is having engine problems. Dealing with the issue right away will prevent you from dealing with potential irreparable damage to the engine or your vehicle and ending up stranded on the side of the road.

At American Engine Installations, we can inspect your engine and determine whether it can be repaired or it needs a full replacement. We offer quality automotive engine services in Atlanta, GA. If your vehicle is having engine trouble, or you just need some maintenance done, call American Engine Installation today at (404) 289-9997 for information and pricing on our services.

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

It may feel like this Georgia summer will last forever, but the fact is cold weather is on its way! Halloween and even Christmas decorations are overflowing in store aisles, which means it’s time to make sure your car is ready for winter before you’re swept up in busy fall and winter activities.

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Prepare your car for winter before the holiday season hits!

Why do I need to winterize my car?

At the moment, making sure your car is ready for winter might not be at the top of your list, but it’s important to maintain you car for colder weather. If last year’s ice and snow are any indication of the weather that may come around the Marietta, GA area this winter, you’ll want to take precautions.

What should I do to get my car ready before winter?

  1. Pack an “emergency winter supply” bag. The last thing anyone wants to do is get stuck in an ice or snow storm while traveling. Although it is only September, it’s better to prepare now than to trust yourself to remember during the busy holiday season ahead. Pack a bag or a box with bottled water, snacks and food like peanut butter and crackers, a blanket or sleeping bag, a first-aid kit and road flares. You’ll be glad you prepared before the cold set in if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of getting stranded in your car during a storm.
  2. Make sure your tires have good tread and air pressure. When you’re driving in the cold, the last thing you want is a tire blowout or a flat tire. Maintain and stay aware of the pressure and tread of your tires now and make sure your spare is in good shape to keep from experiencing any trouble on the road once it’s cold.
  3. Get an oil change and make sure antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid levels are good. You’ll want your car in good working condition if there’s a snowstorm on the horizon in the coming months. The experts at American Engine Installations can help with these services and much more. Call us at (404) 289-9997 now to beat the rush on preparing your car for winter!

What To Do When Your Engine Overheats

As temperatures rise, the heat tends to put some extra strain on our vehicles. An overheating engine can spell serious problems if not addressed properly. Follow these do’s and don’ts so you know what to do when your engine overheats.

Photo of car engineSigns of Overheating

If you’re not paying attention, your engine can overheat before you notice it. Older cars are more prone to overheating, but a new car can overheat too.

  • Keep an eye on your engine temperature gauge. If you notice it in or near the red zone, your engine is getting too hot.
  • Do you smell something funny? It may be your engine. Check the temperature gauge.
  • Water vapor/steam coming from under the hood. Often confused with smoke, steam will pour out of the engine compartment if your engine overheats.

Do:

  • Turn off your A/C immediately and roll down the windows.
  • If that doesn’t help, crank up the heater. While you’ll suffer a little in the heat, this transfers the heat from your engine compartment to the inside of the vehicle.
  • Pull over, open the hood (carefully) and let the engine cool down.
  • Check the coolant level. If the tank is empty, you may have a leak. It’s smart to carry some extra coolant and water with you in case you need to add some.

Don’t:

  • Ride your brakes if sitting in traffic. Instead, try to roll slowly or pull off the road if necessary.
  • Open the radiator cap. Wait until the radiator fluid has completely cooled or you could risk severely burning yourself.
  • Add water to the engine. This could change the engine temperature too fast and crack the engine block.

If you need assistance with your engine, don’t hesitate to call American Engine Installations today at (404) 289-9997!

Auto Maintenance Myths

When it comes to auto maintenance, we’re big fans of owners taking good care of their car, trucks, and SUVs. But there is a lot of conflicting information out there, and it’s hard to know what is fact and what is false.

Let’s take a moment to shed some light on a few myths floating around out there…45510984_s

Myth: Tires should be inflated to the levels shown on the sidewall.

Truth: Those levels are considered the maximum psi. Don’t use those as a goal, but as exactly what they are: the maximum threshold that the tire can handle. For the proper fill rate, check your owner’s manual or look for the sticker inside the gas cap cover or doorjamb.

Myth: Premium gas will make your car drive faster.

Truth: Sure, we all enjoy a smooth ride in a fast car, but unfortunately, adding premium gas to an engine that calls for regular gas doesn’t magically change the horsepower. A fast car will continue to run fast when given the appropriate octane called for. (This is why owners must use premium gas if the manufacture recommends it for the vehicle.) While premium gas may include additives that can benefit engines that can take regular gas, it won’t turn your sedan into a sports car. You want a faster engine? We can help you there, but you won’t find what you’re looking for at the pump.

Myth: Oil needs to be replaced every 3,000 miles.

Truth: While regular maintenance is incredibly important to keep your vehicle running smoothly and your engine performing optimally, oil changes should be kept up according to manufacturer recommendations for the vehicle. Many models these days can go beyond 3,000 miles between oil changes, but a lot of it has to do with driving conditions and what kind of oil you’re using. Consider these factors when planning your regular auto maintenance to ensure you’re doing right by your vehicle.

Do you have more questions about optimal engine maintenance? If you’re trying to weed through the myths to ensure you’re treating your motor right, call us at (404) 289-9997 and speak to our team of highly-skilled mechanics.

Preparing Your Vehicle for Summer

25537325_sAs important as it is to have your vehicle serviced in preparation for winter, summers in Georgia can leave you sweating in more ways than one if you don’t also prepare your car, truck, or SUV for rising temps.

Regular engine and general auto maintenance goes a long way in protecting yourself from costly repairs and the inconvenience of a full-blown breakdown. Here are a few key ways that you can prepare your vehicle for sweltering Atlanta temps.

  • Check the belts – The components under the hood take a significant beating during the winter and can often sustain wear that is difficult to identify right away. By having a professional service the belts, you can prevent small issues from becoming major damage, especially to critical engine components. The heat can make belts more prone to cracking and breaking, so let us provide an inspection to make sure you’re good to go all summer long.
  • Get an oil change – Perhaps summer means less commuting for you and your vehicle. Did you know that shorter trips actually cause more wear and tear on your engine? Your engine was designed to drive long distances, so even if you’re closer to the 3000 mile mark since your last oil change, consider having the filter and oil replaced now to keep your engine humming like it should.
  • Run the air conditioner – We probably don’t have to tell you to do this one at this point. It’s already warm enough to know whether or not your A/C is running. However, watch for signs that the air conditioning may be struggling to keep up, such as: reduced air flow, air not feeling cold, strange smells, intermittent air flow. This is also a good opportunity to check the refrigerant levels and cabin air filter.

The condition of the engine is paramount to the performance of your vehicle, so count on our certified technicians to provide the oversight and service to your car, truck, or SUV in preparation for summer.

Call us at (404) 289-9997 to schedule an appointment!