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What's That Spot? Get Prepared for Fall Car Care Month with Car Fluid Facts

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 13th, 2021 5:00pm

What's That Spot? Get Prepared for Fall Car Care Month with Car Fluid Facts Fall Car Care Month is coming up this October, and it's a great time for us all to brush up on some simple car maintenance knowledge - and one of the best things you can know about your car is how to identify when you're leaking an important fluid!  This Fall, familiarize yourself with some of the most common fluids that can drip and drop onto your parking space, so you can stop wondering "What's that spot?" ...


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Maintaining Your Diesel in Los Angeles

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 8th, 2015 8:27am

Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven’t been as common in Los Angeles because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur content and, as a result, we are going to see more Thousand Oaks auto owners driving diesel-fueled vehicles on the road, especially in passenger cars and SUV’s. Diesels are popular in ...


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Coolant/Antifreeze Service At AskPatty.com, Inc

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 23rd, 2014 2:41pm

Anyone that drives a car in Thousand Oaks knows that engines get hot when they run. But did you know that engines need to be cooled to keep running? Heat inside an engine can cause the metal parts to expand, which can seize up an engine and make it stop running. It can even ruin the entire engine! Good car care requires keeping your car cooling system in good condition. A vehicle’s cooling system circulates water ...


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The AskPatty.com, Inc Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 31st, 2014 5:30pm

Your browser does not support video The team at AskPatty.com, Inc in Thousand Oaks and CA car owners are all talking fuel efficiency right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Thousand Oaks drivers want to save the environment and their pocketbooks. And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize fuel economy. But is there something more Thousand Oaks drivers can do? After ...


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Cool Running In Thousand Oaks

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 10th, 2014 2:51pm

Your browser does not support video Unless you live in Death Valley, you really don’t hear much any more about cars overheating. That’s because cooling systems in vehicles have been much improved. That doesn’t mean you can’t overheat your car engine, though. Without proper preventive maintenance, you could still find yourself on the side of the highway in Thousand Oaks waiting for your car engine ...


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Smart Thousand Oaks Drivers Protect Against Overheating

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 18th, 2014 4:48pm

Your browser does not support videoEngines get hot when they run. This heat can build up and damage vital engine parts, so engines need a cooling system to keep them running. Cooling system failure is the most common mechanical failure in vehicles. This is unfortunate, because these failures are usually easy for Thousand Oaks auto owners to prevent. The radiator is the best-known and most recognizable part of the cooling system. Hoses ...


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Why is My Check Engine Light On?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 12th, 2014 5:41pm

Your browser does not support video   The Check Engine Light strikes fear into the hearts of some Thousand Oaks car owners and is totally ignored by just as many. Just what it means is a mystery to most of us Thousand Oaks drivers. Let’s get the urgency issues out of the way first. If your check engine light is flashing, that means that something is wrong that could cause essential engine damage. Naturally, ...


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Clean Fuel Equals Clean Performance For Thousand Oaks Drivers

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 15th, 2013 11:43am

Hello, Thousand Oaks drivers. Let's talk fuel filters. Fuel filters clean the dirt, dust and debris out of your fuel. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have them. The fuel filter is located in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the engine. Thousand Oaks motorists don’t need to filter their fuel because it has lots of grit in it; they need to filter it because it has some grit it in. Any dirt is bad for your engine. ...


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Fuel Injection Keeps Getting Better For Thousand Oaks Motorists

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 1st, 2013 2:45pm

Thousand Oaks motorists know that engines burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your 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 air and before it is drawn into the cylinders. In ...


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Fuel System Cleaning at AskPatty.com, Inc in Thousand Oaks for Better Performance

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 24th, 2013 4:52pm

A fuel injector is a valve that delivers fuel to a vehicle’s engine. It has to deliver the precise amount of fuel, to precisely the right place, precisely when the engine needs it. The fuel also has to be mixed with air before it can burn in the engine. Fuel injectors are engineered to spray fuel in a specific pattern into the engine. (The pattern varies by engine type and design.) In order to achieve these spray patterns, the ...


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