What's the deal with Diesel Engines?

M&R Auto Repair Answer: If you haven't looked into diesel engines lately, you may be interested in today's post. Why should you care about modern diesel engines? Fuel efficiency, for starters. Because diesel fuel has a higher compression rate than gasoline, diesel fuels provide more power per barrel. This is especially advantageous for drivers who pull heavy loads with powerful trucks that require a lot of fuel. There are still many misconceptions about diesel powered vehicles. Let's debunk some of the myths. 1. Diesel Burns Dirty This was true years ago. Since 2006, however, diesel vehicles have been required by law to use ultra-low-sulfur diesel. Modern diesels are soot-free and have a sm

What is my Serpentine Belt and Why do I need it to be serviced?

M&R Auto Repair Answer: Great question, your serpentine belt is that long belt that snakes around the front of your engine. The 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 fan or water pump, your engine could overheat before your battery dies. Steering and braking would also be affected. Hopefully, we've made a good case for replacing your vital serpentine belt when it's worn out. Your owner's manual will advise you when

What’s the harm in putting off replacing my engine air filter a little longer?

M&R Auto Repair Answer: It is a fair question, because the harm takes a while to manifest. Whenever your head to your local quick oil change place, it seems like they always want to change the air filter. At M&R Auto Repair we won't do that. A licensed technician will inspect many areas of your vehicles when it is in, if the air filter is clogged, we will tell you. To understand it a little better, let's take a small step back and talk about what an engine air filter does. The air all around us contains dust, dirt, pollen, spores, etc. Some areas and times of the year have more contaminants in the air. The job of the air filter is to keep that stuff out of your engine. Now your engine us

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