Costa Mesa Auto Service Center

Servicing Costa Mesa, and all of Orange County since 1999

Costa Mesa Auto Service Center - Servicing Costa Mesa, and all of Orange County since 1999

Costa Mesa Auto Service Center Often Asked About Premium vs. Regular Gas

COSTA MESA motorists often ask the question: “Will using premium gas make my car run better?” The answer is simple. But first, let’s talk about what exactly premium gasoline is.

Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the highest. Most gas stations around COSTA MESA, CA also carry a mid-grade that falls in between the two. The octane range for the different grades of gas varies by region due to altitude differences.

Engines require different octane ratings because of design differences. For example, turbocharged engines usually require premium gas.

There’s a sticker on your gas tank filler lid that tells you the minimum octane rating your auto manufacturer recommends.

For help identifying the type of gasoline your engine needs, come by Costa Mesa Auto Service Center in COSTA MESA:

1749 Anaheim Avenue
COSTA MESA, CA 92627
949.645.7878

COSTA MESA car owners should read their owner’s manuals carefully to see if it’s acceptable to use lower grades. With some cars in COSTA MESA, CA it is; the engine control computer can adapt. COSTA MESA drivers will lose some performance, but won’t do damage. With other engines, using a lower grade of fuel could result in serious and costly damage; so you don’t want to save a couple of bucks at the pump only to pay it out a hundred fold at your COSTA MESA repair shop.

Your car will run best on the type of gas recommended by the manufacturer.

Today’s computer controlled vehicles are optimized to run well on the recommended grade of fuel. Using a higher grade than is recommended will not give COSTA MESA drivers any additional performance or better fuel efficiency.

Regulations require detergents for all grades of gasoline, so your engine will have the same protection, regardless of the grade of fuel you use. If you do hear some knocking or pinging from your engine, take it seriously and get your sedan into Costa Mesa Auto Service Center. It may be a sign that you need a tune-up or some other repair.

In times of expensive gas prices, most COSTA MESA auto owners are conscious of making their fuel dollar go further as we drive around CA. Be sure to use the right gas for your car. Keep your tires properly inflated and your vehicle well maintained and you will get the best fuel economy possible.

Wiper Blades In CA

If you’re gonna drive around the Irvine area, you’ve got to be able to see! So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important. We’ve all experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our windshield is just dirty.

It seems like your wiper blades are always at their worst when you need them the most. But windshield wipers are like most other vehicle parts– they require regular attention in order to work their best.

You really ought to replace your wiper blades twice a year; in the spring and the fall. If it’s going to be a particularly harsh winter in COSTA MESA, you may even want to get special winter blades in the fall. Winter blades are designed to resist freezing.

Speaking of winter and freezing conditions, if your car has been sitting for a long time and the windshield becomes frozen, don’t use your wipers to clear off snow and ice. That’ll just tear up the blades and cause them to wear out more quickly. It may even damage the wiper motor.

Over time, wiper blades become hard and brittle, and then tear. They also lose their flexibility and just don’t cover the windshield effectively.

Worn wiper blades aren’t just a safety hazard; they can also scratch your windshield. That may require replacing the entire windshield; a big cost for such a little part.

Replace worn blades right away. Your local service center can provide you with a quality replacement blade. They cost about the same as they would at the store; but installation is included at Costa Mesa Auto Service Center.

Of course you also need washer fluid to help your blades do their work. Even though your local COSTA MESA service center will top off the washer fluid with a full service oil change, it is a good idea to have some extra fluid at home, or in the car if you are on a long trip.

Always use windshield washer fluid. Plain water, even that fancy bottled water, may freeze in the fluid reservoir or on the windshield itself, making things worse. Besides, water won’t do a good job of cleaning your windows.

And remember that some vehicles have two reservoirs: one for the windshield and one for the back window – which may be under the hood or somewhere in the back.

So follow these tips to keep your windshield clear and your eye on the road, and give us a call at Costa Mesa Auto Service Center or come by our shop at 1749 Anaheim Avenue, COSTA MESA, CA 92627. Call to make an appointment at 949.645.7878

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