GDI: Gasoline Direct Injection Engines

GDI: Gasoline Direct Injection Engines

Gasoline Direct Injection = More Power, Better Efficiency!   While it’s true that direct injection engines (GDI) develop more power and produce lower emissions, it is also true that there are some maintenance challenges that have plagued the design for many years.   The evolution from carburetor to fuel injection (which was invented in the 1920’s) took until the 1980’s when virtually all new gasoline powered cars and light trucks were fuel injected.  The move to fuel injection increased fuel efficiency, lowered emissions, and enhanced reliability. Instead of the engine pulling the in the fuel, the system would deliver a precise amount of gasoline at the moment of the intake stroke.   Fuel injection systems can be prone to clogged injectors which led to better gasoline additives and maintenance services designed to “clean” the injectors and fuel intake system.  We recommend an Air Induction service as routine maint ... read more

Expert Fleet Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Expert Fleet Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

The versatile and robust Transit Van has found its way into the hearts of drivers and fleet managers in a wide array of transportation services. From the nimble little Transit Connect all the way to the F-350 Cargo Transit, this modern panel-van-style creation is responsible for delivering everything from flowers to construction supplies to passengers virtually anywhere.  They are also being outfitted as conversion vans, police vehicles, and ambulances.  Of course we’re talking about the Ford Transit line, which evolved from and replaced the Econoline Vans produced for decades, but other manufacturers have similar vehicles - the Ram ProMaster (pictured below) and Mercedes Sprinter vans among them.   For fleet operators, downtime can mean lost revenue, so the choice of a repair facility is especially important.  Who can do the preventive maintenance and any needed repairs in a timely manner?   Haglin Automotive, a full-service, independent aut ... read more

What Vehicle Changes are you Making for 2020?

It’s that time of the season when we start thinking about what changes or resolutions we plan to make for the upcoming year. 2019 has ended and we all hope that 2020 will bring us health and good fortune. Many people will think about what resolutions to make such as going to the gym more often, eating healthier, and waking up earlier. These are all fantastic resolutions, but have you thought about any changes you will be making when it comes to your car?  Nobody is a perfect vehicle owner, but there are many ways in which the regular car driver can not only take better care of their vehicle but save money on car repairs in the new year. It is a great idea to think of a vehicle resolution that you can make going into 2020 that will help you protect your car investment and save you money on repairs. Here are some of our top vehicle changes to make for 2020: Try to keep your car clean and free of garbage Clean out your trunk - it will give you much better fuel efficiency Ha ... read more

What Are the Most Common Exhaust System Problems?

The exhaust system of your vehicle has the important job of converting harmful gases emited from the engine into less harmful gases which are then emitted from your exhaust system. If your vehicle has an exhaust system, harmful gases could potentially be leaking into your cabin which is detrmental to you and your passenger's health. A exhaust system problem can also make you vehicle fail an emissions test and make your vehicle legally not able to drive.  Some of the most common causes of exhaust system problems include:  Rust - rust can occur often when it comes to the muffler, pipes, and other components of the exhaust system. Roads that still use salt in the winter can speed up this process even more. Rust should be removed from parts if possible, and if not, super rusty parts should be replaced.  Bad Oxygen Sensor - a bad oxygen sensor can cause problems when it comes to making sure that the air-fuel mixture is correct for your emissions system. This can cause ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from Haglin Automotive!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Haglin Automotive! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Haglin Automotive before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, and first aid ... read more

Different Dashboard Warning Lights and What They Mean

Different Dashboard Warning Lights and What They Mean

Your vehicle is equipped with a complex computer system that will alert you if it detects something wrong with your vehicle. When you do see a warning light turn on, its important to bring your vehicle into Haglin Automotive as soon as possible for an inspection. Depending on the warning light, a major issue can progress quickly and lead to unexpected vehicle breakdowns. Here are some of the most important dashboard warning lights and what they can indicate:    1. CHECK ENGINE LIGHT - this light will illuminate if your vehicle detects that their is a problem with the engine. This needs to be inspected as soon as possible.    2. BATTERY WARNING LIGHT - this light will turn on when there is an issue with your vehicle's battery. In order to prevent getting stuck with a vehicle that won't start, it is important to have this looked at right away.    3. ENGINE TEMPERATURE WARNING LIGHT - this light indicates that your engine is running too hotly ... read more

Top Fall Vehicle Repairs

The summer is coming to an end, and the fall season will be coming around before we know it. If you expect your vehicle to stay reliable all throughout the autumn season, it's important to make sure that your vehicle is well taken care of and maintained.  Because the fall seasons has distinct weather conditions, the following most popular fall repairs are pretty common to see throughout the next few months:  Heater system failure Timing cover gasket repair Engine distributor Window lift motor and regulator assembly Air springs While the issues listed above are the top repairs for the fall season, any issue can occur with your vehicle when driving during the season. If you suspect an issue with your vehicle or are due for a pre-fall inspection, give us a call here at Haglin Automotive or stop by today for service! 

What to Do in An Accident on a Road Trip

It's summer - and that means that many of us will be packing up and jumping the car to embark on a road trip for fun in the sun and family bonding. If a road trip is in your plans for this season, don't forget about planning for the unexpected, such as accidents or emergencies. You never know when something unexpected can happen, and being completely prepared will allow you to handle the situation as best as you can.  While none of us expect a car accident to happen when we go on vacation, it certainly can occur, especially when there is an influx of vehicles on the road. Firstly, be sure to drive safely and carefully on your trip. If there are many people in the car, try to avoid distractions as much as possible to keep everyone safe.  If you do find yourself in a car accident, don't panic. Here are some guidelines on what to do next if you do find yourself in a car accident during your road trip: First, make sure that everyone is ok. If there is an injury tha ... read more

Car Maintenance Interval Guide

Remembering how often your vehicle is due for a maintenance item can be tricky. Most vehicle owners are very well accustomed to regular oil changes, however some other important maintenance items may not be as clear. Here is a guide that will help you keep better track of when certain important services are due:  Brake Pads, Rotors, and Fluid - Have the brake pads and rotors inspection every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Fluid needs to be replaced every 2 years.  Engine Oil and Filter - Needs to be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.  Steering and Suspension - Inspect every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Battery - Have it tested every 3 to 5 years. Cooling System - Inspect every 6,000 to 10,000 miles. Headlights, Taillights, Blinkers - Inspect every 6,000 to 10,000 miles. Transmission Fluid - Change every 25,000 miles. Air Filter - Change every 40,000 miles.  Power Steering Fluid - Flush every 40,000 miles. Spark Plug - Replace every 40,000 miles.  Timing Belt - Chan ... read more

Protect Yourself From Distracted Driving

When it comes to driving, one of the most important things to remember is to drive safely. Accidents can happen, but often times can be avoided by staying focused on the road and driving as safely as possible. Abiding by the speed limit, giving yourself plenty of space to slow and stop, and following all laws when it comes to driving can protect you on the road. However, distractions can occur which can take our eyes off the road and put our safety at risk.    Here are some helpful tips to avoid distractions while on the road:    Put your cell phone away and out of view. Texting or talking on the phone while driving is very distracting. Nowadays, many cell phones have features that will actually text back anyone trying to contact you with an automated message that you are driving and will get back to them shortly. This is a great tool to use to prevent yourself from being tempted to checking your phone on the road.  If your destination requires driving direct ... read more

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