Monthly Archives: June 2014

Fuel Injection: It Keeps Getting Better for Salt Lake City Drivers

Salt Lake City residents know that engines need to burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your vehicle engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine's cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors.There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so in the first method, fuel is injected into a port and allowed to mix with airbefore it is drawn into the cylinders. In the second method, fuel is injected directly into the cylinders and mixes with air after it enters the vehicle engine.Direct injection engines burn fuel more efficiently than conventional vehicle engines. Some models can deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.For example, in one family of engines, the conventional version (a V6) delivers about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version delivers over 300 horsepower and gets about the same gas mileage. The turbocharged version delivers 350 horsepo ... read more

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Fuel System

Salt Lake City Tire Repair

Most Salt Lake City residents have experienced a flat tire. You know it's inconvenient and a pain. Our tires are important. Keeping them in good working order isn't just a big safety issue for Salt Lake City drivers – it also has a financial impact. With high Utah gas prices, we've all heard about the importance of keeping proper tire pressure to save on gas. In addition, proper inflation promotes even tread wear so your tires last longer.  There's another danger with under-inflated tires for Salt Lake City residents. Low tire pressure puts added stress on the structure of the tire itself, causing it to break down prematurely. Also, under-inflated tires generate more heat which also reduces tire life. So get those slow leaks fixed quickly – don't just keep adding air every few days. You want to avoid tire damage. Salt Lake City residents should only hire qualified tire professionals to perform repairs - we have a whole team of th ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Keep Your Cool in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City drivers rely on their vehicle's coolant system to keep their engine cool. Coolant (also called antifreeze) mixed with water flows through your vehicle engine and absorbs heat. The mixture then flows out to the radiator where it's cooled by air flowing over the radiator. From there the coolant/water mix circulates back through the engine to absorb more heat.There's a reason we mix coolant and water. Water alone actually does a good job transferring heat from the engine. The problem is that water boils at a temperature that's easily reached inside your vehicle's engine, so it can turn to steam which does not conduct heat as well and is harder to contain.Also, if it's freezing outside in Salt Lake City, the water in your engine could freeze while your vehicle is sitting out in the Utah cold.So, if you remember your high school chemistry, you'll know that a mixture has both a higher boiling point and a lower freezing po ... read more

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Cooling System

Introduction to Diesels for Salt Lake City, Utah

Something you're going to be hearing a lot about around Salt Lake City, Utah, is diesel engines. We're not talking about semi-trucks and buses; we're talking about diesel engine cars, pick-ups and SUVs.Most people in Utah are surprised to learn that around half the cars on the road in Europe have diesel engines. Nearly all import brands offer a range of diesel engines abroad – even the ultra-luxury brands like Mercedes and BMW. For the most part, these diesel engines haven't been available in Salt Lake City, Utah. But that's about to change.In the past, North American diesel fuel has had a much higher sulfur content than European fuel. Recent environmental laws have required changes in diesel formulation and emissions standards here in Salt Lake City, Utah, so we are now ready to start seeing more diesel options offered over the next few years.Why are so many Salt Lake City drivers interested in diesel engines? Well first off, diesel fuel is more energy dense. Th ... read more

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Fuel System