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Posts by Vicki Bradley

Transmissions

Transmissions are heavy duty pieces of equipment that are designed to last a long time for most Tampa drivers. But like any other machine, they’ll eventually wear out and need repair. So let’s focus on what FL drivers can do to push that day off as far as possible. The first thing Tampa drivers can do…

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Items Most Stolen From Vehicles

What item is most often stolen from vehicles? Is it: (A) Stereo (B) Wheels (C) Air Bag (D) DVD System Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft – approximately 50,000 a year nationally in the United States. New airbags…

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The Auto Pro Guide to Buying a Used Vehicle

Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious Tampa drivers. But how can we know we’re getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else’s problems? There are good used vehicles for sale in the Tampa area. Cars are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when someone just wants a…

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Thermostat

The thermostat is part of your cooling system. Tampa residents’ vehicle thermostats perform a similar function to the thermostats in their homes. At home, you set your thermostat to maintain a comfortable temperature range. When your home gets too hot, the air conditioning kicks on and when it gets too cool, the heater turns on. Now your…

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Fuel Economy

The US government has a website dedicated to helping Tampa  drivers use less fuel. It presents the cost savings in a way we can all relate to, no matter what kind of vehicle we drive. Here’s an example:Having your engine properly tuned, can save up to 4%. If you’re paying $1.50 for a litre of gas in Tampa,…

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Heat and Traffic Jams

    Question: What is a severe service maintenance schedule? Auto Pro Answer: When I was a kid in Tampa, Sunday meant having a bath, getting dressed for church and then hanging up my Sunday clothes soon as we got home. Mom didn’t have to wash those clothes but once a month or so. Now,…

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Serpentine Belt

Your serpentine belt is powered by the engine as it turns. Your alternator, air conditioning compressor and power steering pump depend on your serpentine belt to run. On some vehicles it also runs the water pump, radiator fan and power brakes. If your serpentine belt breaks, your battery won’t last long. If it runs your…

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Oil Change

An oil change at your local Tampa, FL, auto shop sounds simple, but there are some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge. Oil eventually starts to turn into jelly, literally: petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear…

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Check Engine Light

When your Check Engine light comes on, you may be torn between utter panic and just wanting to ignore it and hope it goes away. That’s perfectly understandable. That same Check Engine light could come on for anything from a serious engine or transmission problem all the way down to a loose gas cap. There’s a…

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Air Conditioning Service at Auto Pro

Most Tampa people don’t service their vehicle air conditioning until after it fails. Maintaining your air conditioning system means that you always have enough refrigerant to properly do the job. Small leaks in the air conditioning system allow the refrigerant to escape and the system can’t cool the air as well. Along with the refrigerant, a special…

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