Yearly Archives: 2013

Need Differential Service In Clackamas?

Look to Rob’s Automotive Repair for Differential Repair & Maintenance With front-wheel drive being so common in Clackamas these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Clackamas folks don’t even have to think about it. And most rear-wheel drive family car differentials don’t need to be serviced for many miles, so it’s understandable that it’s not something on the top of mind. So it’s not uncommon for OR people to not know they have adifferential let alone know that it needs service. To better understand what a differential does, think about a high school track. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the inside lanes. That’s to compensate for the longer length of the outside lanes. Staggering the starting lines means that each runner has the same distance to run ... read more

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PCV Valve Replacement At Rob’s Automotive Repair

PCV Valve Replacement At Rob’s Automotive Repair

Prevent Oil Leaks & Burning Oil Today’s Clackamas car care article focuses on PCV valve replacement. The PCV valve is a little, inexpensive part that does a big job for your family car. PCV stands for Positive Crankcase Ventilation. The crankcase is the bottom area of the engine that holds the oil. When the family car engine’s running, fuel is burned to generate power. Most of the exhaust from combustion goes out through the exhaust system. But some exhaust blows by the pistons and goes into the lower engine, or crankcase. These hot gases are about seventy percent unburned fuel. This can dilute and contaminate the oil, leading to damaging engine oil sludge. It can also cause engine corrosion in your family car. At high speeds, the pressure can build up to the point that gaskets and seals start to leak. Clackamas car owners need to know that over time, the vented gases will gum up the PCV valve and it won’t work well. That can ... read more

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Severe Service Maintenance Schedule For Clackamas Car Owners

Severe Service Maintenance Schedule For Clackamas Car Owners

Some of our customers at Rob’s Automotive Repair are surprised to learn that there are actually two service schedules for their vehicles. One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule. Let’s look at what the manufacturers say constitutes severe driving conditions, and let you draw your own conclusions: Most of your trips are less than four miles Most of your trips are less than ten miles and outside temperatures are below freezing The engine is at low speed most of the time – not on the highway You operate your vehicle in dusty areas You regularly tow a trailer, carry heavy loads or a car-top carrier Stop and go driving Driving in very hot or very cold weather So you can see that a lot has to do with how you drive, but some has to do with where you drive. Some areas of the country will be more or less severe than it is here in Clackamas, OR. For many, normal dri ... read more

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ICE – In Case of Emergency

ICE – In Case of Emergency

A brilliantly simple solution, Identifies Emergency Contacts in your Mobile Phone Sometimes the unthinkable happens here in Boring… A terrible accident and those involved aren’t able to provide our local Boring rescuers with emergency contact information. There are people who must be contacted to arrange help, give consent to treatment, inform paramedics of medical conditions, allergies or medications. Too often, Boring police and rescue workers must sift through pockets, glove compartments, wallets, purses and cell phone directories for clues – often wasting precious time. A brilliantly simple solution is now spreading around the globe: ICE. ICE – standing for “In Case of Emergency”, is a way of identifying emergency contacts in your cell phone directory. Simply put “ICE” before a contact name, like “ICE – Dad”, “ICE – Nancy”, or “ICE – Doctor Roberts”. Rescuers will be able to quickly identify your emergency contacts, saving valuab ... read more

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Budgeting for Auto Maintenance in Clackamas OR

Budgeting for Auto Maintenance in Clackamas OR

Everyone in Clackamas OR does their best to budget for scheduled vehicle maintenance. What’s hard is planning for unexpected family car repairs. The truth is that our vehicles can stay on our OR roads longer than ever before with proper maintenance. That’s because of improved vehicle design and manufacturing quality. But some of those same improvements also lead to higher repairs costs for every family car or vehicle. There’s a tool that can be found on Edmunds.com that you can use to prepare your Clackamas OR service and repair budget. Let’s suppose you have a used Toyota Camry – a very popular car in the Boring area … It’s now paid for and you’d like to keep it running for the next three years. You can go to Edmunds’ True Cost to Own calculator and enter your vehicle’s data. The calculator will provide estimates of what it’ll cost to service and repair your vehicle in Boring over the next five ye ... read more

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