Why do air filters matter?

Posted on 10/10/2017

Why do air filters matter?


Hey everybody! Have you ever wondered “why do my air filters matter?”

If you have, we’re here to help! Almost all vehicles have two air filters.


The Cabin air filter

The Engine air filter (also known as the engine filter)

The cabin air filter is what filters the air we breathe. So when your car goes through dust or any inclement weather, your cabin air filter is what keeps the outside out. There’s an old saying, “if you don’t change your cabin filter, you ARE your cabin filter!” Picture of a dirty cabin air filter!

The engine air filter prevents contaminants from getting into the engine. When the engine filter is not changed it will reduce gas mileage and decrease how well the engine performs. This happens because the engine is not getting enough air flow. For example, having a clogged or dirty engine filter is like trying to run a marathon with a hand covering your mouth.

We recommend replacing the engine and cabin air filters every 15,000 miles or as needed. The engine air filter is one of the aspects checked in our 60-point  inspection. However, the cabin air filter is difficult to get to, so that is not checked as regularly. It’s a good idea to change the cabin air filter when the engine filter is replaced because they’re filtering the same air, so they get dirty at the same rate.

Why do you need to change your brake fluid?

Posted on 09/28/2017

Hi everyone!

 Have you ever wondered “Why do I need to change my brake fluid?”

Changing brake fluid is important to keep your braking system running smoothly for as long as possible and to avoid expensive repairs. Your brakes have many hydraulic components. Hydraulic means that fluid powers sections of the braking system. The master cylinder, calipers and ABS (anti-lock braking system) are all hydraulic.

  • The caliper is what squeezes the brake pads against the brake rotor when you are trying to stop.
  • The ABS system is what stops your car’s brakes from locking up in an abrupt stop or when making an evasive maneuver.
  • The master cylinder is the main component of the hydraulic braking system, it’s what provides pressure to the rest of the hydraulic braking system.

Brake fluid absorbs fluid from the air and it becomes corrosive inside the metal lines that every car has under them. The whole hydraulic system will become prematurely worn if the fluid becomes corrosive.

We recommend that brake fluid is exchanged every 3 years or 30,000 miles.

Regularly exchanging your fluid is the best way to keep your brake lines, calipers and braking system healthy.

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New noise turned into something bad!

Posted on 11/08/2016

Last week, a jeep came in on a tow truck, which was a sad day for the customer. The customer’s complaint was, that it was would no longer shift or move in any of the gears, but would roll.  The vehicle was from out of state, and the customer had come here to visit family and take a vacation. They had only been here about a week, when they noticed that it was not shifting very well. After they arrived, the tech performed an inspection. He found that the transfer case had no fluid left and hadn’t any for a while, and the vehicle had been driven with the 4-wheel drive engaged. The lack of fluid allowed the chain to rub a hole in the transfer case. This had obviously been going on for a long time. No one noticed it while driving, but this could have been prevented with a regular inspection of the vehicle. Make sure you listen to your vehicle and make sure if you notice any funny noises that it might be making to get your vehicle inspected. Here at Bud’s, we want to make sure your vehicle is Safe, Reliable and Dependable, so bring it in today for a thorough 29-point inspection by our certified techs.

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The importance of checking your tires!

Posted on 09/01/2016

The importance of checking your tires!

Your tires are very important to the wellbeing of your vehicles life. Under or over inflated tires can make a big difference to your car or tires wellfare.  Underinflated can make a difference in how your car handles, gas mileage and a chance of a blow out while hard cornering or  fast maneuvers to get out of someone’s way.  Over inflated tires can make your vehicle ride really hard and wear unevenly and cause them to wear out even sooner. Checking your tires air pressure is very important to your tires life, also this gives you a chance to look at your tires and see if they need to be replaced.   The vehicle should also have an alignment whenever you need new tires, your alignment can make a big difference in the life of the tires. The attached photos show a vehicle that needs an alignment you can really see were the tire has uneven wear on the outside edge.   If your tire monitoring light is on you should check the tires.

How to check the air pressure is a simple procedure, get a tire gauge, always a good thing to keep in your vehicle somewhere.   If you do not want to check your tires it is always a good idea to have a local shop check them during an oil change or tire rotation as needed.   Unscrew the rubber cap that is on the valve stem that sticks out of your rim on the vehicle. Then put the gauge on the tire and the gauge thing will pop out at the pressure that it is at. Most passenger tires run around 35, bigger vehicles can run around 55 plus. If you carry a load you will need more air in your tires to help with the distribution.


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