Monthly Archives: April 2018

Battery Replacement at Twin City Auto in Scottsbluff

Battery Replacement at Twin City Auto in Scottsbluff

Hello, welcome to Twin City Auto. Today's focus is batteries. It seems like everything in Scottsbluff runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we're most concerned with here at Twin City Auto are those in our customer's vehicles. Just like the batteries in our smoke detectors or TV remote, they wear out and need to be replaced . This can be thought of as the power output used to start a cold vehicle engine. The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live in NE, specifically how cold it is. (Many Scottsbluff drivers have first-hand experience trying to start their car on a cold winter morning.) The two factors are that the colder your vehicle's engine is, the more power it takes to turn the engine over to get it started. It has all that cold, sluggish oil to contend with.The other factor is that the chemical reaction in the battery that creates electrical energy is less efficient when the temperature dips. Let's say it ... read more

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Battery

Twin City Auto Engine Air Filter Replacement

When your experienced Twin City Auto technician changes your oil, he will also inspect your air filter. You shouldn't need a new air filter at every oil change, but you will need to change it regularly. Heed your technician's auto advice if they tell you to change your air filter.An air filter does what its name implies: it filters stuff out of the air. Air is drawn into your engine through the filter because your engine needs air to burn fuel. If the filter weren't there, a lot of dust and debris would come into the vehicle engine with the air when you are driving around Scottsbluff. That dust and debris would get hot, burn and produce all kinds of ash and gumminess that would eventually clog up your engine. Drop in an air filter and voilá! Problem solved. But air filters themselves get clogged up with all the junk they clean out of the Scottsbluff air. This doesn't allow the junk into the vehicle engine, but it does ... read more

Using Proper Fluids in Your vehicle

Today, Twin City Auto is writing about the proper fluids for your vehicle. It's become more complicated with changes in automotive design and manufacturing. It's not that people in Scottsbluff are confused as much as they don't realize how much things have changed in recent years. If you have questions about the fluids in your vehicle, please don't hesitate to stop by Twin City Auto. You can find us on 1802 E Overland Suite #4 in Scottsbluff, NE 69361.Just give us a call at 308.635.7404. Let's take engine oil. Twenty or 30 years ago, there were just a handful of different weights of oil. The weight of an oil is a scientific measure of its properties, particularly its viscosity or thickness.It was common in those days to use a lighter weight oil in the winter when it's cold outside. That way the oil would be able to splash around inside the engine and protect the parts before it was fully warmed up. And a heavier we ... read more

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Fluids

Automobile Fluids For Your vehicle

If you've walked through the automotive fluids section of an auto parts store in Scottsbluff, you'll know how overwhelming the sheer number of products available can be. How do you know what's right for your vehicle?As you know, these fluids all serve a function in making your car run as you drive around the Scottsbluff area. Your vehicle manufacturer has specified a particular type of fluid for every system from the motor, to the cooling system, brake fluid and so on. When you realize that not every variation is applicable to your vehicle, the task becomes more manageable.First let's talk about why there are so many varieties. Starting with motor oil, we see that manufacturers match the properties of a particular weight or type of oil with the design needs of the engine. For example, engines with sophisticated valve trains often require a thinner weight of oil.Some vehicles around Scottsbluff come from the factory filled with synthetic oil ... read more

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Fluids

Relax When the Wind Blows in NE: Winter Car Prep for Scottsbluff Drivers

When autumn comes around in Scottsbluff, leaves fall, nights get longer and there's a definite nip in the air. Time to unpack the boots and gloves and fold some extra blankets onto the beds. It's also time for Scottsbluff drivers to winterize their vehicles.Here is some expert auto advice for Scottsbluff drivers on what vehicles need to keep everyone safe and rolling throughout the NE winter months.1. Check your antifreeze. Top it off or change it if necessary. You don't want your radiator, engine or hoses freezing up. If your vehicle isn't generating enough heat to keep you warm, your antifreeze might be low, or you might have a thermostat problem. Either way, you should get it checked out before the full force of NE winter sets in. If you are due for a cooling system service at Twin City Auto in Scottsbluff, get that done as well.2. Check your brakes. The slushy wet conditions of winter increase stopping distances. Ice exacerbates the problem. Your f ... read more

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Maintenance