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Engine Air Filter From Cambridge Auto Center

Posted December 16, 2014 5:12 PM

Many SAN ANTONIO motorists have found themselves in the following situation: they go to get their oil changed and their considerate Cambridge Auto Center service professional recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don't know what an air filter is or what it does.

If this has happened to you, rest assured that you did the right thing by getting a new one. But you should never be too embarrassed to ask your Cambridge Auto Center service professional for more information. It's your income and you have a right to understand what you're paying for.

Let's review: "What does an air filter do??":

Air is the focus of this discussion. What is the air like outside in SAN ANTONIO right now? Can you see any smog? Is it full of pollen? How about dust? Anyone in TX with hay fever can tell you that there's plenty in the air that you can't see. Well, the engine air filter's essential job is to clean that air before it goes into your sedan engine, to mix with the fuel and be burned. Without an engine air filter, the inside of your sedan engine would be extremely dirty from all the gunk that was burned in the cylinders.

In fact, for every gallon of gas you burn, your sedan engine needs 12,000 gallons of air. That little filter does a very big job. It's no wonder that the air filter gets dirty and needs to be replaced. Think about a vacuum cleaner. When the bag gets full of dust and dirt, the vacuum doesn't clean as well. It can't move enough air to create good suction. A clogged engine air filter is the same way - the sedan engine can't get enough air to burn the fuel efficiently. That means less power and reduced fuel economy.

That's why your vehicle manufacturer has recommended that you change your filter at regular intervals. Of course the SAN ANTONIO conditions you drive in will affect how quickly the filter gets dirty. If you drive in TX where it's very dusty or where there's lots of pollen or pollution, you may need to change the filter sooner. The filter is easy to check visually, so your considerate Cambridge Auto Center tech can quickly make the call. He might recommend immediate replacement, or simply let you know that it is getting close and that you'll need to replace it soon - like at your next oil change.

Because a severely dirty sedan air filter hurts your gas mileage, many SAN ANTONIO car owners find that a new air filter pays for itself in better MPG before the next oil change. They also make premium air filters that have been proven to increase your horsepower and torque. If more power is important to you, a high performance air filter is some of the cheapest horsepower you can buy.

The better your car breathes, the better it runs - kind of like SAN ANTONIO people. And don't worry - if you have a question or don't understand a recommendation just ask your Cambridge Auto Center tech.

9823 Fredericksburg Road
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78240
210-697-9600


Posted in the Fuel System category

Lease Or Buy?

Posted December 12, 2014 5:10 PM



Lease? Or buy? These are the options for SAN ANTONIO car financing. It's always a tough question for SAN ANTONIO auto owners. But here is some info that'll help you make an informed decision.

If you buy, you'll pay the full cost of the car, with maybe an initial down payment, then monthly payments on the balance that pays down the loan principal, and the finance charge.

SAN ANTONIO drivers who lease, finance the portion of the cost of the car that's used up during the term of the lease. You'll pay some money up front; fees, security deposit, first month's payment and maybe a capital reduction. The monthly payments include a depreciation cost and a finance charge. When the lease is up, you return the car to your local Atascosa area dealership. 

So how do SAN ANTONIO drivers decide?

First, how much do you have for a down payment? A lease usually requires a smaller down.

How much monthly payment can you afford? Again, lease payments will be much lower for any given down payment.

A lease needs requires better credit, so that's a factor.

How long will you keep the car? SAN ANTONIO motorists who keep their cars around for a while will pay less if they buy. But just two or three years? Then leasing is the way to go.

Cambridge Auto Center
9823 Fredericksburg Road
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78240
210-697-9600

If your car might suffer a ding or two, like, say a work truck would, then buying's better. The SAN ANTONIO auto leasing company will want their vehicle back at the lease end in tip top shape, and if repairs are needed, you'll pay.

How many miles do you drive in and around the Boerne area? Important to consider because leases have a mileage limit, and if you go over, you pay a hefty charge per mile when the lease is up. So high mileage TX auto owners should definitely buy.

Will the car be used in your SAN ANTONIO business? Check with your SAN ANTONIO accountant, but both financing options have different tax benefits, depending on your circumstances.

Over the short term, leasing is much cheaper for SAN ANTONIO car owners. Medium term, leasing and buying costs are about the same. Over the long haul, leasing always costs more in TX.

Leases may sound a bit complicated, and the typical lease decision weighs more on the monthly payment, rather than price. So sometimes SAN ANTONIO leasers may pay on a higher purchase price than a buyer would.

Here is a tip: If the SAN ANTONIO salesman asks if you'll be leasing or buying, say you're not sure yet. Make your best deal, then look at your SAN ANTONIO financing options.

Here's another: With a buy or a lease, if you total the car, you'll owe the full amount of the loan, or the balance of the lease payments, and usually, it's less than the car's fair Atascosa market value  – and that's all your TX auto insurance company will pay. But ask your SAN ANTONIO agent about gap insurance, which pays the difference between fair market value and what you owe. Big consideration for a lease.

Remember, you have to return your leased vehicle in excellent condition, and may need to do all the auto manufacturer's recommended service and maintenance, or face penalties. So see your local technician at your SAN ANTONIO auto repair shop  or Cambridge Auto Center on a regular basis, get the required work done and save the service records. It's well worth it.


Posted in the Automotive News category

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Wheel Bearings

Posted December 4, 2014 8:52 AM



Why are wheel bearings important for SAN ANTONIO car owners? It's simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today's Cambridge Auto Center post, we’ll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very vital job while you drive around Boerne, TX.

Come see us at: 9823 Fredericksburg Road in SAN ANTONIO, TX 78240

Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They’re made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles or more if properly cared for. The bearings do two essential jobs: First, they allow the wheel to freely rotate with as little friction as possible. Second, they support the weight of the vehicle. For example, if your car weighs 3,600 pounds, each wheel has to support approximately 900 pounds. That’s a lot of heavy lifting over many, many thousands of miles.

Even though wheel bearings are pretty straightforward, they need to be in near perfect condition to do their job for SAN ANTONIO auto owners. The bearings are packed with heavy grease to lubricate and protect them. A seal keeps the grease in and water and dirt out. It’s when the seal starts to leak that problems begin. The grease can become contaminated; causing the wheel bearings to overheat and ultimately fail.

The first sign that your wheel bearings are in trouble is an unusual noise coming from a wheel. It could be a chirping, growling, rumbling or a cyclic sound. The noise could get louder or even disappear at certain speeds. Your service specialist at Cambridge Auto Center can inspect for bearing wear by lifting the vehicle and checking for play in the wheel.

Now some wheel bearing assemblies are factory sealed. That means that they cannot be serviced – they can only be replaced. Those that aren’t sealed can be serviced on schedule at Cambridge Auto Center. The bearings are removed, cleaned and inspected. If the bearings are still good, they’re re-installed – if not, they’re replaced. They are then packed in grease and a new seal is installed.

If your vehicle has a factory sealed wheel bearing assembly, the entire assembly needs to be replaced when trouble arises. Unfortunately, the parts are pretty costly – but they usually last about 150,000 miles as long as the seals hold up.

Now, even a good seal cannot keep out water that’s exerting pressure on the seal. So if you’ve driven through hub deep water your bearings should be cleaned and repacked if they’re serviceable. If you have factory sealed bearings, you just need to watch for signs of premature failure. If your wheel bearings can be serviced, your auto maker's owner’s manual will recommend an interval, usually around 30,000 miles.

If you have any sort of trailer, don’t forget its wheel bearings. They probably need to be serviced even more frequently. This is especially true for boat trailers that are used to launch the boat by backing it into the water. These should be serviced every year, usually at the end of the season so that the bearings don’t have the opportunity to rust all winter.

So what happens to SAN ANTONIO auto owners if wheel bearings fail? Well, the wheel can literally fall off the vehicle. I don’t need to tell you how harmful that could be. So check with your service professional at Cambridge Auto Center and see if your vehicle’s wheel bearings can be serviced and when it’s recommended. Listen for warning signs. If you’ve been fording streams or puddle surfing after rainstorms, be especially vigilant.

Visit the automotive professionals at Cambridge Auto Center for a wheel bearing inspection, or for fuel filter. Call 210-697-9600 for an appointment.


Posted in the Tires and Wheels category

Serpentine Belt Service At Cambridge Auto Center In SAN ANTONIO

Posted November 28, 2014 9:04 AM

If you’ve ever heard a squealing sound under your sedan hood, chances are it was your serpentine belt. Your serpentine belt is a long belt that’s driven by your engine. It winds around several accessories that power important automotive systems in your sedan. Let’s go over them.

First, the serpentine belt drives your air conditioning system. It spins the compressor that makes the cool air that takes the edge off the summer heat in SAN ANTONIO.

Serpentine Belt Service At Cambridge Auto Center In SAN ANTONIOMore importantly, the belt powers the alternator
. The alternator creates electricity that’s used by your sedan’s electrical systems and also charges your car battery. Without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles.

The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering (some are electric) and power brakes (some use vacuum boost).

And, on most sedans, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within optimal operating temperatures. On some SAN ANTONIO cars, the water pump is powered by the timing belt instead of the serpentine belt.

When they understand what it does, SAN ANTONIO auto owners realize that if it breaks, it affects a lot of systems. That’s why auto manufacturers outline recommended replacement guidelines in the owners manuals. If this important maintenance component is not included in your owners manual, come see us at Cambridge Auto Center.

At Cambridge Auto Center in SAN ANTONIO, your considerate service specialist can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that signal the belt could fail soon. If the belt has more than three or four cracks every inch, has deep cracks that penetrate half the depth of the belt, is frayed, is missing pieces or has a shiny glazed look, it needs to be replaced regardless of age or mileage.

If it has lost a significant amount of thickness, it also needs to be replaced. Talk to your considerate service professional at Cambridge Auto Center. There’s a special spring-loaded pulley attached to the engine called the tensioner pulley. Its job is to make sure there’s a constant tension on the serpentine belt so that it doesn’t slip. The spring can become worn and no longer provide the necessary pressure to keep the belt tight. At Cambridge Auto Center, we recommend SAN ANTONIO auto owners that the tensioner be replaced at the same time as the serpentine belt.

As mentioned, a squealing sound could alert you that the serpentine belt needs to be replaced. It may be loose if you hear a slow, slapping sound when idling your sedan.

All in all, the serpentine belt’s is essential to the operation of your sedan. And it’s not that pricey to replace at Cambridge Auto Center – so it’s good to do so before it fails.


Posted in the Maintenance category

I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement In SAN ANTONIO

Posted November 21, 2014 1:49 PM



About 90% of our driving decisions in Atascosa are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.

Most SAN ANTONIO drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our sedan windshield is just dirty. In fact, it’s estimated that 46,000,000 motorists across the nation are driving with wipers that can’t adequately clear their windshield in a storm.

It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we SAN ANTONIO car owners need them the most. If that sounds like you, you’ve got plenty of company in the Atascosa area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.

SAN ANTONIO motorists need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as a key sedan safety component. Then we’ll stay ahead of the storm.

SAN ANTONIO auto owners really ought to replace wiper blades twice a year; in the spring and the fall. If you live in the colder parts of TX, you may even want to get special winter blades in the fall.

Winter blades are made to resist freezing. Speaking of winter and freezing Atascosa conditions, if your sedan has been sitting for a long time and the windshield becomes frozen, don’t use your wipers to clear off snow and ice. That can shred your blades and may even damage the wiper motor.

Your wiper blades live outside in the freezing cold and blistering SAN ANTONIO sun. Over time, they become hard and brittle, and then tear. They also lose their flexibility and just don’t clear the sedan windshield effectively. Worn wiper blades aren’t just a safety hazard for SAN ANTONIO auto owners; they can also scratch their windshield. That may require replacing the entire sedan windshield – that's a costly consequence for neglecting such a small part.

AutoNetTV and Cambridge Auto Center recommend SAN ANTONIO auto owners replace worn blades right away. Your SAN ANTONIO service center can provide you with a quality replacement blade. At Cambridge Auto Center, they cost about the same as they would at the store – but installation is included.

Of course you also need washer fluid to help your blades do their essential work. Even though Cambridge Auto Center will top off the washer fluid with a full service oil change, it is a good idea to have some extra fluid at home. Bring it with you if you’re heading out on a road trip.

Always use windshield washer fluid. Plain water, even that fancy French bottled water, just doesn’t cut it. It can freeze in the fluid reservoir or on the windshield itself, making things worse. Besides, water won’t clean your windows as well.

So follow these tips to keep your windshield clear and your eye on the road.

Find us at:

Cambridge Auto Center
9823 Fredericksburg Road
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78240
210-697-9600


Posted in the Maintenance category

A Cold Day In SAN ANTONIO

Posted November 12, 2014 11:29 AM

Most SAN ANTONIO auto owners worry about a breakdown or a tire blowout on a busy TX freeway but don’t worry too much about failure of their air conditioning system. A breakdown at the side of the road can be a miserable and dangerous affair during Atascosa rush hour, but so can a long ride in a hot sedan.

A lot of SAN ANTONIO drivers judge their vehicles’ air conditioning systems as “non-essential” and so may neglect them in favor of repairs and maintenance that keeps the sedan running. But preventive maintenance of an air conditioning system is simple and inexpensive, while auto a/c repair can be very costly in SAN ANTONIO.

Helotes auto owners should have the refrigerant in their air conditioning system checked regularly to ensure it is adequate and clean. Air conditioning systems often fail because air and water have contaminated the refrigerant. Air reduces the efficiency of the refrigerant, and water can cause rusting of the system’s components. If your refrigerant is contaminated, the system should be evacuated and recharged. This will actually extend the life of your air conditioning system, preventing pricey repairs, and keep it at peak performance.

Inadequate refrigerant indicates a leak in the air conditioning system. Over time, seals in the system can crack, causing the refrigerant to leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system. Replacing these seals will keep your sedan air conditioning system at its best, and, again, will help you avoid more pricey repairs.

At Cambridge Auto Center, we advise our SAN ANTONIO customers to run their air conditioner periodically in the winter. This will keep the seals from drying out and cracking, saving them the inconvenience of this relatively minor repair.

Check with your sedan owner’s manual or with your SAN ANTONIO service professional for information about how often your sedan air conditioning system should be serviced.

Another piece of good auto advice: if your sedan air conditioner isn’t working or is starting to show signs of breakdown, NOW is the time to get it fixed at Cambridge Auto Center in SAN ANTONIO. Waiting will only increase the chances that you are in for major repairs and a significant repair bill.

On a final note, if you own an older vehicle, you should check into upgrading the air conditioning system. Vehicles manufactured before 1993 often contained a refrigerant known as Freon. The manufacture of Freon was outlawed in 1993, leading to an ever-dwindling supply, which leads to an ever-steeper price for SAN ANTONIO auto owners in TX. If your vehicle still uses Freon, you should have it retrofitted to use the new, EPA-approved R134A refrigerant. The retrofit will actually pay for itself by reducing the cost to recharge the refrigerant in your sedan.

Remember, preventive maintenance — of your entire car — will keep you on the road. And, in this case, it will help you keep your cool!


Posted in the Air Conditioning category

Drive Train - What You Need to Know In SAN ANTONIO

Posted November 4, 2014 3:43 PM



One SAN ANTONIO automotive service issue that doesn't get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don't get talked about very much around Atascosa, but they're very critical. First let's define what the driveline is:

Taking a small step back, the power plant is comprised of the engine and transmission. The driveline starts there and includes all of the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels.

That's not really a lot of components, but they handle the full force of the engine. Without the driveline you're not moving. So SAN ANTONIO motorists need to take good care of it. The driveline components differ depending on whether your vehicle has front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, all wheel drive or four wheel drive. For purposes of our discussion, we're going to have to oversimplify a bit.

If you are ready to have your drive train looked at, give us a call:
Cambridge Auto Center
9823 Fredericksburg Road
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78240
Call Us at 210-697-9600

Let's start with front wheel drive. The point where the transmission stops and the driveline begins is a little blurred with front wheel drive because the transaxle houses both the transmission function and the differential function. The half shafts that send power to each front wheel, come out of the transaxle. The shaft is connected to the wheel by a constant velocity, or CV, joint. The CV joint is protected from dirt and water by an airtight, flexible rubber boot.

So, Cambridge Auto Center driveline service would include properly servicing the transaxle and inspecting the cv boot to see if it's torn or loose. If it is, it needs to be replaced and the CV joint inspected for damage. Repairs may be in order. Besides visual damage to the airtight CV boot, you might hear a clicking noise when turning. Recommended maintenance for the transaxle and CV joints will be spelled out in your owner's manual or check with your considerate Cambridge Auto Center tech.

On to rear wheel drive. The driveline for a rear wheel drive vehicle starts with the driveshaft – that long tube that connects the transmission with the differential on the rear axle. Some vehicles in SAN ANTONIO have a two piece drive shaft. The shafts are connected to the transmission and the differential with big universal joints. Most SAN ANTONIO motorists have probably heard the term 'u-joints'. These joints can wear out, just like the CV joints in front wheel drive vehicles. You may hear some clunking or feel a jolt when shifting into drive or reverse – if you do, get your driveline inspected at Cambridge Auto Center in SAN ANTONIO.

The differential on the rear axle sends power out to each rear wheel through half shafts in the axle. The differential fluid needs to be drained periodically and replaced with clean fluid. When the seal on the end of the axle is damaged or leaks, the axle will need to be serviced. The routine maintenance item here is differential service. Be sure to check your owner’s manual or SAN ANTONIO service advisor for intervals.

Now let's go on to all wheel drive. Remember that the difference between all wheel drive and four wheel drive is that an all wheel drive vehicle is essentially providing power to all of the wheels all of the time. The sedan may be able to shift more of the power to the front or to the back depending on where you need traction. All wheel drive vehicles are designed to work well on dry pavement. Even some high-end sports cars from makers like Lamborghini and Porsche have all wheel drive.

Some all wheel drive vehicles are designed to work well off-road in SAN ANTONIO, but all hard-core rock crawlers are four wheel drive. These guys thrive in mud, sand, rocks and hills – but they don't work well on dry pavement when they're in four wheel drive. So they have the option to shift to rear wheel drive only on dry pavement.

Most all-wheel drive vehicles are very similar to front wheel drive when it comes to the front end. They also have a center differential that transfers power to the rear differential. Connecting it all is a shaft from the transaxle to the center differential and another from the center differential to the rear differential. So all of the normal front wheel drive service is essential as well as service to the center and rear differentials.

Four wheel drive can be thought of as a rear wheel drive vehicle that can also send power to the front axle. There's a transfer case in the middle of the vehicle that can be shifted to send power through a drive shaft to a differential on the front axle. So SAN ANTONIO motorists need differential service for the front and rear differentials and for the transfer case as well.

The bottom line for SAN ANTONIO car owners is that the maintenance schedules are in your owner's manual. Your SAN ANTONIO service advisor can answer any questions you've got. If this is the first time you've heard some of this stuff – it's time to ask someone at Cambridge Auto Center if any of it needs to be done now.

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Posted in the Drive Train category

Keep Your Cool In SAN ANTONIO

Posted October 30, 2014 3:39 PM

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SAN ANTONIO drivers rely on their car's coolant system to keep their engine cool. Coolant (also called antifreeze) mixed with water flows through your sedan 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 sedan'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 SAN ANTONIO, the water in your engine could freeze while your vehicle is sitting out in the TX cold.

So, if you remember your SAN ANTONIO high school chemistry, you’ll know that a mixture has both a higher boiling point and a lower freezing point than either component alone.

Coolant, or antifreeze, is specially formulated to keep your engine safe in a wide range of environmental and operating temperatures in and around SAN ANTONIO.

Keep Your Cool In SAN ANTONIO Whenever your sedan is running, the coolant in the cooling system is working to keep your engine from overheating. When it’s cold outside, the coolant acts as antifreeze to keep the fluid from freezing in your engine.

All that exploding fuel in your engine creates a lot of heat. Without coolant, the metal sedan engine parts would expand so much that the engine would seize up and stop running. The costly parts could be broken or warp so badly they would have to be replaced. It could even be so bad that the whole sedan's engine is ruined and has to be junked.

This is why it is critical that SAN ANTONIO drivers check coolant levels frequently and have their sedan cooling system inspected for leaks. Also your sedan vehicle manufacturer has a maintenance requirement for draining and replacing your coolant. These recommendations can vary widely, so check your owner’s manual or ask us at Cambridge Auto Center in SAN ANTONIO.

The reason SAN ANTONIO auto owners need to change the coolant is that it has additives in it to protect the cooling system. As you can imagine, with all the heat, the cooling system’s a pretty harsh environment. The additives keep the fluid from becoming corrosive and damaging the radiator and other sedan cooling system components. Over time, the additives are depleted and the coolant just has to be replaced.

Many SAN ANTONIO auto owners ask Cambridge Auto Center why there are different colors of antifreeze. It is very important that you use the correct type of antifreeze. The different types of antifreeze – or coolant – are different colors so you don’t mix them up.

The car makers use different materials to make the cooling system, and they require different types of antifreeze to protect them.

So check with us at Cambridge Auto Center in SAN ANTONIO or your owner’s manual for the right kind because using the wrong coolant can void the warranty for your sedan cooling system.


Posted in the Cooling System category

Deciphering the Cambridge Auto Center Menu Board

Posted October 22, 2014 5:07 PM



Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. SAN ANTONIO, TX service centers like Cambridge Auto Center have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know what these services really are unless they ask. Let's go down a typical list, in alphabetical order, starting with air conditioning service.

Feel free at any time to give Cambridge Auto Center a call at 210-697-9600 to learn of the many services we offer, or stop by our SAN ANTONIO, TX auto center at 9823 Fredericksburg Road 78240.

First remember that all of these services are recommended by vehicle manufacturers. They set how often or at how many miles the service should be done.

Air conditioning service involves purging the old refrigerant and capturing it for proper disposal. Then fresh refrigerant is installed. The fresh refrigerant will lubricate the system and will also help it cool better.

Alignment. Service centers like Cambridge Auto Center make sure all four wheels are lined up and track with each other. This reduces tire and suspension wear and improves safety and handling.

Battery service. Service centers like Cambridge Auto Center inspect the battery for corrosion, leaks or damage. Test the battery's ability to hold a charge. If the battery's still strong, clean it up. If not, replace it.

Brake service. This could be two things. A brake inspection to see if the brakes are working well mechanically and to see if the pads are still safe. If not, replace the pads and make any repairs that might be in order.

The other thing is to evacuate the brake fluid, clean out the system and replace it with fresh fluid. This is important, but often over looked.

Cabin air filter. The cabin air filter is the filter that cleans the air that comes into the passenger compartment. It works like the filter on your furnace at home. It gets dirty and needs to be changed often.

Cooling system. This is the cooling system for your engine. Replace the old coolant with fresh to protect your radiator and other cooling system components from corrosion.

Differential service. Every vehicle has at least one differential. They don't require service very often, so people don't think of them much. The differential transfers power from the drive train to your wheels. Drain the old fluid and add fresh lubricant.

Engine air filter. This filters the air that's burned in the engine. It also gets dirty and needs to be replaced often.

Fuel filter. This filter cleans the fuel before it gets to the engine. Like the other filters, it too gets clogged and needs to be replaced in order to maintain good flow.

Contact Cambridge Auto Center, your SAN ANTONIO, TX auto repair center, by calling us at 210-697-9600.


Posted in the Service Intervals category

Training Received by Technicians In SAN ANTONIO, TX

Posted October 15, 2014 12:28 PM



When your car breaks down in the SAN ANTONIO, TX area, or just needs some routine service, it can make SAN ANTONIO car owners a little nervous. Because your car’s so important to your life, you need to be back on the road as soon as possible. And with the problem fixed right the first time.

We’ve been checking into some of the vital training our SAN ANTONIO TX technicians receive, and we’re very impressed. It’s amazing how much knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. So it’s not like when your uncle worked on his hot rod over weekend.

Today there are four cylinder engines around SAN ANTONIO that make more power than the V-8’s in luxury cars 20 years ago. A new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket’s Ferrari in a race to 60 mph.

Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their MPG keeps inching up. And they’re so reliable. This is all due to engineering. But the benefits come to SAN ANTONIO drivers at the price of simplicity. Modern cars are so much more complex from a mechanical standpoint that it makes your head spin.

Then there’s the electronics. Some cars on TX interstates area have several networked computers controlling most of the engine functions and many other vehicle functions as well. SAN ANTONIO motorists take all of this sophistication for granted – but somebody has to fix it when it breaks.

It’s a real challenge for the techs at  Cambridge Auto Center and other SAN ANTONIO auto service centers to keep up. It requires a high level of commitment on the part of the auto technician and the service center as well. In addition to the training, there’s the financial commitment to purchase the diagnostic and repair tools as well.

So where do SAN ANTONIO service professionals go for training? There’re many sources. It’s usually a combination of formal classroom training, training provided in the service center by auto parts and equipment manufacturers, on-line courses and home study courses. There are many independent certifications available all the way up to Master Technician.

And AutoNetTV produces monthly training for SAN ANTONIO automotive service centers called The Pro Channel. If you were to watch the Pro Channel segment on re-flashing the engine control computer, you’d be amazed at how much is involved: special software, hardware interfaces and a tremendous amount of knowledge and skill.

Service centers in SAN ANTONIO, TX have a lot of other resources available as well. No one can know everything, so service centers like Cambridge Auto Center subscribe to data services, technical libraries and even on-line communities that can help them with 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. SAN ANTONIO car owners want everything to be simple, straight forward and cheap – and sometimes it just isn’t.

So, be more relaxed next time you take your sedan in. SAN ANTONIO motorists can trust their considerate Cambridge Auto Center techs. You’re in good hands. The more you know, the more comfortable you can be with your automotive service decisions at Cambridge Auto Center. Visit AutoNetTV.com to see more great auto tips videos about many service topics.

At Cambridge Auto Center, we provide quality automotive service including chassis lubrication, fuel filter and chassis lubrication.<br><br>


Posted in the Maintenance category

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