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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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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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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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Anti-Locking Brake System

We rely on our brakes to safely slow and stop our vehicles. You’ve probably had the experience where you’ve slammed on your brakes and started to skid. When your wheels are locked up, you are just sliding over the road. And if the road is wet or slick or covered with gravel – you really…

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Radiator Fan

Radiator Fans Tampa residents who are old enough have probably heard the term “fan belt”. Back in the day the radiator fan in your vehicle was turned by a belt driven by the engine. There are still belt driven fans, although most are now driven by the serpentine belt. But most Tampa vehicles now have…

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Timing Belt

Let’s address a very important maintenance item for everyone in Tampa FL – timing belt replacement. It’s important because letting this one slide can lead to very expensive engine damage. Your timing belt choreographs the timing of your combustion process. Your pistons travel up and down in the cylinder. Intake valves open at the right time to let…

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Preventive Maintenance Schedules

Auto Pro Tech Question on Engine Failure Nov 5th, 2017 Auto Pro Tech Question: I’m Collins of Tampa. I had my engine go out and had to have it completely re-done at Auto Pro in Tampa. What could I have done to prevent this? Auto Pro Tech Answer: You’ve got to feel for Collins: an…

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