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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

 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!



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.

  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!