Does My Car Need Synthetic Oil?

The answer is simple: if your owner’s manual says your vehicle requires full-synthetic oil, then you MUST use it. As for older engines that do not require full synthetic oil, we find that full synthetic oil has many advantages, which are listed below.

BENEFITS OF SYNTHETIC OIL:

  • Synthetic oil lubricates better.
  • It makes engines last longer.
  • Improves gas mileage.
  • It requires fewer oil changes.

A high number of people say you can go nearly twice as long between oil changes with synthetic. Compared to standard motor oil, synthetic oil takes longer to break down, can withstand higher temperatures, and can flow easier in cold temperatures.

The advantages of synthetic base oils are thanks to the extreme cleanliness and consistency of the molecular structure achieved in the processing. Conventional base oils are typically only lightly refined, with not all of the inherent impurities (waxes, sulfur, etc.) removed from the petroleum. Instead of being simply refined, the crude for synthetic oil is engineered to produce a uniform molecular structure that offers superior lubrication.

ABOUT US:

Still not sure which oil you should use? Don’t worry,  give us a call at (407) 201-7950 and ask us. Our experienced technicians work with vehicles all day long, and can advise you as to your options, and the associated costs. You can also visit us at 350 W Carroll Street Kissimmee, FL 34741. We look forward to seeing you soon!

SPECIAL OFFER:

In the month of April, you get a FREE air filter with every synthetic oil service. Also, included with every vehicle we repair, we offer a fluid check & top off, tire pressure check & correction, and a bulb check at NO EXTRA COST.

Call us at 407-201-7950 to schedule an appointment!

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My Car Won’t Start, What is Wrong?

Without a doubt, every owner dreads the moment when their car won’t start. What should you do? Who should you call? Can you fix it yourself?. There are literally hundreds of reasons why your car won’t start, but some are more common than others. Below, we list four common reasons why your car won’t start.

DEAD BATTERY:

A dead battery is the most common reason your car won’t start. A car battery should last about four to five years. Over time, the internal metal parts of a battery corrode, reducing its ability to hold a charge. A battery is vital to your car or truck, as it provides power to the starter and electrical system when the car is not running.  You can test to see if the battery is the problem by jump-starting your car. If the jump-start works, you’re most likely dealing with a dying battery.

ALTERNATOR ISSUES:

If the battery is working properly and nothing is wrong with it, then it’s the alternator that will more likely cause a problem. A simple test to check the alternator is to check your interior lights. An alternator charges your battery when the car is running. If the interior and dashboard lights come on brightly but slowly start to fade, then it indicates a problem with the alternator.

DEFECTIVE STARTER:

Your starter is vital to your car because it is responsible for starting the engine. The battery sends it a jolt of electricity, which the starter uses to turn the engine over and get it to start. A starter could be to blame if your car experiences the following issues: You hear a clicking sound when you turn the key, the car won’t start, but the dash lights are on, Jump starting your car or truck does not turn over the engine at all.

CLOGGED FUEL SYSTEM:

If your fuel filter is clogged, the gasoline won’t be able to reach the engine. A clogged fuel system can occur when dirt or debris get into the fuel lines, something that can happen with a bad fuel filter. The filter in modern cars is found inside the fuel tank and typically doesn’t need to be replaced until well past the 100,000 mile mark.  Dirty fuel injectors can also lead to a no-start.


ABOUT US:

If your car will not start, or you are experiencing any of the issue mentioned above, have your car inspected by a professional mechanic. At Royal Motors we are more than happy to inspect your vehicle and help you understand what you can do to you improve your vehicle’s life. Call us at (407) 201-7950, and schedule your appointment today. Royal Motors is your dealership alternative!

Remember, Included with every vehicle we repair, we offer a fluid check & top off, tire pressure check & correction, and a bulb check at NO EXTRA COST.

 

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Five Common Mistakes That Could Damage Your Vehicle

Here are five common mistakes most people make that could be damaging their vehicles. Avoiding the following mistakes will save you a ton of cash and ensure that your car has a long and healthy life.

1. PUTTING OFF AN OIL CHANGE: 

Engine oil is a vital component in your car, it has 4 main jobs: it cools, cleans,  seals and of course lubricates your engine. If your vehicle’s oil is old and broken down it will not be able to perform its job. If you never got your oil changed, eventually the engine would seize up and stop running and/or send connecting rods and associated parts thru the block, rendering the engine useless and most likely unrepairable. Bottom line: It’s worth the time and minimal cost of maintenance!

2. CONTINUING TO DRIVE WHEN THE VEHICLE IS OVERHEATING:

Continuing to drive if your cooling system is boiling could damage your engine. If your vehicle is overheating find a spot where you can park, and let the vehicle cool completely. DO NOT open the radiator cap. The radiator will be extremely hot and under very high pressure.

3. SUDDEN ACCELERATING AND BRAKING: 

Regularly slamming on the brake or gas pedal takes a large toll on your gas mileage, and can even cause deterioration on parts like your brake pads and rotors.

4. NOT USING THE PARKING BRAKE: 

Many people normally fail to use the parking brake when they park their cars on a slight incline. Doing this inserts a lot of pressure on the vehicle’s transmission because only the parking pawl is used. By using the parking brake, you lock up the non-drive wheels as well as the drive wheels and take all the stress off of the transmission.

5. CARRYING TOO MUCH WEIGHT:

Having too much weight in your car can put unnecessary stress on some of its critical systems, leading to premature wear. Too much weight makes your engine work harder than it should. If there are items that can be removed to decrease the weight and stress on your car, do it now.

ABOUT US:

At Royal Motors we are more than happy to inspect your vehicle and help you understand what you can do to you improve your vehicle’s life. Call us at (407) 201-7950, and schedule your appointment today. Royal Motors is your dealership alternative!

Remember, Included with every vehicle we repair, we offer a fluid check & top off, tire pressure check & correction, and a bulb check at NO EXTRA COST.

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Synthetic Oil VS. Conventional Oil?

Most people know that synthetic motor oils typically perform better than conventional motor oils in providing protection for your vehicle, but they might not know why. What’s the real difference between synthetic and conventional oil, are there any benefits?

In a nutshell, synthetic oil is thinner, resists temperature extremes better and generally lasts longer. You likely won’t notice any difference in how your car performs, but the durability characteristic is the most important from a car owner’s perspective, as it translates to less frequent oil changes compared to conventional motor oil.  Synthetic oil has the highest levels of lubrication and engine protection, generally offering better protection at start-up, better cleansing qualities, enhanced durability and better protection against heat buildup.

Here is a little bit of the science behind it: Base oil makes up nearly 80% of a motor oil formulation, and additives make up the remaining nearly 20%. The chemically engineered molecules in synthetic base oil have more uniform properties, while the molecules found in conventional base oil differ in shape and levels of impurity.

No wonder why nearly 70% of new cars today use synthetic motor oil to help maintain performance. Check your owner’s manual to determine whether your vehicle requires synthetic or conventional oil.

If you want to schedule an oil change, give us a call at 407-201-7950 or come visit us at: 350 W Carroll Street Kissimmee, FL 34741. Also, stop by in the month of October and take advantage of our synthetic oil special, click here for more information.

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Have You Flushed These Engine Fluids Lately?

Regular vehicle maintenance is important to keep your car lasting as long as possible. An integral part of this process is regular fluid flushes to keep things running smooth and clean.  The investment into these fluid flushes will boost your vehicle performance and keep it going for the long haul.

Here are the top 4 engine fluids you need to flush on a regular basis:

1. Transmission Fluid Flush: A transmission fluid flush removes degraded fluids, and cleans the entire transmission of contaminated, sludge and debris. A transmission flush should be performed approximately every 35,000 miles or at the intervals indicated in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

2. Radiator Flush: Flushing your system pushes 4 to 5 gallons of antifreeze through the system which pushes or flushes out all of the old anti-freeze and any contaminants that have build up in your cooling system. It is a fairly inexpensive procedure that should be performed every 2 years or per your owner’s manual’s recommendations.

3. Brake Fluid Flush: A brake fluid flush gets rid of a lot of the contaminants that can clog up your fluid and hinder the way your vehicle’s components work. It is recommended that you flush this fluid every 2 years.

4. Engine Oil Flush: An engine oil flush is designed to clean the crud from your engine. After many oil changes, a buildup of sludge occurs inside of your car’s engine. In some cases, it can prevent oil from flowing well in the engine. In a worst-case scenario, the sludge can block up the oil galleries and even cling to the oil pump at the bottom of your engine. An engine oil flush should be performed approximately every 5,000 miles or at the intervals indicated in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

As you can see, there are as many ways to flush car fluids as there are fluid varieties, each with its own flushing needs. If you are in doubt as to whether your vehicle needs a fluid flush, our mechanics are available for consultations and can even perform any required flushes for you.  Call us today at (407) 201-7950 to schedule an appointment, or stop by our new shop located at: 350 W Carroll Street, Kissimmee, FL 34741.

Also, in the month of September you get a FREE vehicle inspection when you bring your car in for any service. Click here for more information. Royal Motors is your dealer alternative!

7 Ways You Can Improve Your MPG This Summer!

Here are a few pointers on how to increase your car’s fuel economy this summer. Follow these 7 handy tips to improve efficiency and get the best mpg from your car:

  • Remove Weight: Remove excess weight, the heavier the car, the more fuel it will use. Take unnecessary bulky items out of the car. Also remove external carrying kit such as roof boxes or bike racks whenever they aren’t being used. The car has to work harder to cut through the air due to the extra wind resistance such items create.
  • Use Cruise Control: It can be tough in the city, but when you hit the open road, cruise control will keep your car at a constant speed and avoid any unnecessary acceleration that can waste gas.
  • Avoid Rough Roads: Dirt or gravel can rob you of up to 30 % of your gas mileage. Every time the wheels bounce up and down, forward motion energy is removed from the vehicle, the vehicle slows down from the transfer of energy, and this causes the driver to apply more throttle – wasted fuel.
  • Don’t Accelerate Too Quick: Quick acceleration and heavy braking can reduce fuel economy by up to 33% on the highway and 5% around town. Simply put, the harder you put your boot down on the gas pedal, the more fuel your engine will use. Also, the higher your engine is running in RPMs, the more fuel it is consuming per second.
  • Roll Up Your Windows: If you’re cruising on the highway with the windows down, you will cause an aerodynamic drag that can decrease your fuel economy by 10% because your engine will have to work harder.
  • Don’t Let Your Vehicle Idle: During start-up, your engine burns a little extra gasoline. However, letting your engine idle for more than a minute burns more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it.
  • Properly Inflate Tires: Make sure your tires are inflated to the pressure indicated in your owner’s manual for the best balance between gas mileage and traction. This will translate into significant savings, as being under-inflated by 10 PSI per tire can cost you five MPG or more.


FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS:
 There is plenty you can do to increase your gas mileage, and using these tips will help you save a lot of money. Keep in mind that taking your car in for regular checkups and tuneups can also save you a great deal of money. A car that doesn’t run at its optimum performance level can cost you a lot in the long run.

At Royal Motors we are more than happy to inspect your vehicle and help you understand what you can do to you improve your MPGs. Stop by or call us at 407.201.7950 to set up an appointment today!


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Signs Your Car’s A/C System Needs A Checkup

Imagine that you are on a hot summer road trip with your family, you’ve got the kids buckled up in the back of the car,  when you suddenly realize your vehicle’s air conditioner is blowing out hot air, or perhaps not blowing air at all! Florida summers are no joke, and if you have lived here long enough you know that you need to avoid this scenario at all cost.

Summer’s imminent arrival means your vehicle’s air conditioning system is going to be under a serious strain before long. If you haven’t had your system serviced in a while, now’s the time. While most newer vehicles may simply be able to get away with having their A/C recharged, older models may require a little extra attention.  Getting your A/C serviced at the first sign of trouble will save you both money and time.

How to know if your  A/C is having complications:

  • If your A/C blows only somewhat cooler than the air exterior.
  • Strange odor coming into the vehicle.
  • At the greatest setting, your vents do not push out much air.
  • Banging or rattling sounds when you turn on the A/C.
  • There is ice buildup on the compressor.
  • You find wet spots or water stains inside your car, particularly near your front floor mats.

Whether you’re experiencing problems with your vehicle’s A/C or you just want to get a service check to make sure everything is working fine, Royal Motors is the place to go.  Most people who come to Royal Motors once, come back over and over again because we care, we strive for excellence, and we do things the right way.

Bring your vehicle in and let us handle any and all of your vehicle’s air conditioning problems. Royal Motors is your dealership alternative!

And remember if you bring your vehicle in the month of June, you get a FREE air conditioner check up. 

Summertime Is Travel Time – Is Your Vehicle Ready?

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Summertime is TRAVEL TIME. Before hitting the road this summer, it is important that you take several simple precautions to keep your family safe and save money at the pump. Extreme heat and long drives can be tough on cars, specially in Florida.  Few things spoil a family vacation more quickly than car trouble far from home. Following these pre-trip maintenance tips will ensure that your car is ready for the long road-trip ahead:

Maintain your air conditioning:
Being without air conditioning on a hot summer day is not fun! If you suspect your air conditioner isn’t working properly it could be a leak in the system, it’s best to have a professional take a look before you hit the road.

Stay charged:
 Make sure your car’s battery and cables are securely attached and free of corrosion. Car batteries typically last three to five years.

Check tire pressure and brakes: High temperatures can put extra stress on your tires. Under-inflated tires are already subject to excessive friction, which causes heat, so if it’s hot outside those under-inflated tires are even more likely to fail. Not sure if you need a brake inspection? click here to find out.

Check your fluids: Fluids are critical to the overall health of your car. Your car needs oil to lubricate the engine, antifreeze to regulate its temperature, and washer fluid to maintain good visibility.

Make sure you have all emergency equipment inside your car, and that everything works properly:  An accident is a scary event that countless people have to live through. It is always important to be as prepared as possible for when an accident does in fact occur. Emergency equipment includes: an up-to-date map, first aid kit, cell phone, spare tire,  and emergency tools.

Remember your paperwork: You never know when you are going to need your important paperwork. Hopefully it is not because you have been pulled over! In any case, double-check that you have all of these documents in your car before you leave on a long trip.

Take your car in for a maintenance check: It’s not a bad idea to take your car to a mechanic for a quick tune-up and maintenance check before a long road trip. That way, you can enjoy your journey from the safety of your car, instead of the side of the road. If you bring your car to Royal Motors, included with every vehicle we repair we offer a fluid check & top off, tire pressure check & correction, and a bulb check at no extra cost.

This summer visit our shop and let us help you get your car ready for your road trip. Trust the experts to ensure your safety on the road. Also, don’t forget to check out our website to stay informed and save money. Royal Motors is your dealership alternative!

Back to Basics: Car Care

In April we are celebrating car care month, and Royal Motors has put together a list of basic car care tips that will help you not only protect your second largest investment, but will help you be able to address minor repairs before they become more complicated, expensive repairs. Car care does not require any sophisticated understanding of vehicles or their systems. A few simple steps, some regular checks, and addressing issues promptly can greatly extend the life of your vehicle, making it safer and more dependable for you and your family.

CLEAN BRAKE DUST OFF REGULARLY: Brake dust contains all sorts of nasty stuff. If you leave it too long, the combination of road grime, moisture and heat from your brakes will bake it on to your wheels. With proper cleaning, polishing and protection you can decrease its negative impact on the surface of your vehicle’s wheels.

CHECK YOUR TIRES: No routine maintenance task is more important than keeping your tires properly inflated. Under-inflated tires wear faster, waste gas, and degrade your car’s handling. Check pressure at least once a month and before any long trip. The correct inflation pressure is printed on a placard usually found inside the driver’s door jamb, and it is sometimes printed on the inside of the glove-box or fuel-filler door.

CHECK YOUR WIPER BLADES:
  Worn wipers streak, making it hard to see clearly when driving during precipitation. Although not difficult to replace, they can be confusing so do not hesitate to ask us for help.

NOISE PROOF: Check the exhaust system. If you hear any exhaust noise, have the system checked for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous; correct them right away. You may be able to slide beneath an SUV or van and spot holes, cracks or broken hardware. Otherwise, ask your mechanic to check the system when the car is on the lift.

WASH YOUR CAR REGULARLY: Washing your car does more than make your vehicle look great. Every day our cars are subjected to sun, salt, grease and grime, acid rain, dead bugs, and worst of all, the acidic compound of bird waste. These things eat away your car’s paint, and once that’s gone, they will eat at the metal in your car. While failing to wash your car won’t result in immediate damage, over time the elements will corrode your vehicle, along with its potential resale value.

Always pay attention to changes in performance, such as diminished braking, acceleration, or steering abilities. Nipping problems in the bud can often prevent huge repair bills that result from ignoring the warning signs. Follow these basic tips and you’ll prolong the life of your car and stay safe if anything does break down. Also, remember to always consult your owner’s manual. And If you feel something is over your head, always remember Royal Motors is here to help. You can call us at 407.201.7950 or visit us at 1010 S. John Young Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34741.  We are your dealership alternative!