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4 Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Fleet Vehicles

4 Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Fleet Vehicles

At 3G’s Automotive, we understand how important your fleet’s safety and appearance are for your business. Your vehicles need to be in tip top shape for their trips this summer. The heat can take a toll on your fleet, and we’ve got you covered with these fabulous fleet maintenance tips.   1. Thorough washing and detailing of all your vehicles, including the undercarriage It’s important to give your fleet vehicles a deep clean every once in a while. Detailing services include a deep clean of both the inside and outside of the vehicle. It is vital that you can the undercarriage and other metallic parts so that any remaining road salt doesn’t linger to cause corrosion.    2. Cooling system maintenance   As mentioned before, the heat can quickly get to your car engine and cause a breakdown. To ensure your cooling system is doing its job, be sure to monitor your coolant levels. And don’t hesi ... read more

Road Trip Tips for Traveling with Pets

Road Trip Tips for Traveling with Pets

There's nothing like your first long trip with Fido or Cleo, but you'll want to make sure it's memorable for the right reasons! Here are some top tips for smooth sailing (well, driving) with your companion by your side. Make Sure They're as Comfortable as Possible The absolute most important thing to do when traveling with your pet is bring plenty of water. You can buy special stabilized bowls that shouldn't spill if you sit them on the ground so your pet doesn't have to wait if they're thirsty. You should also give them as much space as you can. If you're traveling with a small animal or cat, you'll likely be taking them in a carrier or travel enclosure. But if a dog (or very behaved cat) is your fellow traveler, they'll need a comfy spot where they have room to lay down, sit or stand as they wish. Plan breaks Your pet will need a bathroom break just like you. Small pets will be able to relieve themselves in their travel enclosures, but if ... read more

Reasons Why You Should Never Drive with Low Tire Pressure

Reasons Why You Should Never Drive with Low Tire Pressure

Driving any vehicle with under inflated tires can have immense adverse effects on its handling, gas mileage, safety, and more. Here are four reasons why driving with low tire pressure is a huge no-no in the automotive world: Low Tire Pressure Will Decrease Your Car's Performance When tires are too low on air, they become less steady and lose their gripping power. With traction down, you will notice your steering and braking capabilities declining. All of these things can put you in harm's way.   Low Tire Pressure Lowers Your Gas Mileage Just like how it takes much more effort for you to pedal a bike with flat tires, the same concept applies to your vehicle. Low tire pressure forces your car engine to work harder due to the extra resistance that your flat tires present.    Low Tire Pressure Reduce Your Tires' Lifespan When you ride with underinflated tires, its tread will wear unevenly. In most situations, abnormal wear will be most prominent on the ti ... read more

What Are Some Signs of a Damaged Fuel Pump?

What Are Some Signs of a Damaged Fuel Pump?

Every gas-powered engine vehicle has a fuel pump that delivers fuel from the tank to the engine so that your car can carry out combustion. If the pump overheats, gets damaged, or ultimately fails, the car's engine won't get enough fuel or any at all to get you where you need to go. Below are five signs that your fuel pump may be on its last straw: Whining sound from the fuel tank - If you hear a sound coming from the pumping area, it means that your fuel pump is either going bad, you're out of gas, there are contaminants in the tank, or all of the above. Engine sputtering - Engine sputtering is usually never a good sign, and it will happen if the fuel pump can't transport a steady flow of fuel to the engine. Trouble starting the car - This one is a given: having an insufficient amount of fuel won't be enough to start your engine. Low gas mileage - Lowered gas mileage can be attributed to a broken relief valve within the fuel pump, allowing excess gasoline to esc ... read more

What Are the Benefits of a Wheel Alignment

What Are the Benefits of a Wheel Alignment

When it comes to the well-being of your tires and vehicle, wheel alignments are very important. Sometimes, driving over curbs, potholes, or bumps in the road can knock your wheels out of alignment. Car collisions can also cause wheel misalignment. However, your tires can naturally go out of alignment from normal wear and tear. Depending on how you drive and how well you take care of your vehicle, you should get a wheel alignment every several years. If you notice the following warning signs, you need to take your car in for a wheel alignment ASAP: Random vibrations Crooked steering wheel Uneven tire wear Veering left or right when driving straight Benefits of Wheel Alignments Listed below are the advantages that come with having a tire alignment performed: Extending the life of your tires by evening out tire wear Reduced automobile repairs down the line A smoother and more stable driving experience Enhanced safety of your car ride Boost the fuel efficiency of the vehicle If y ... read more

Driving Tips and Car Maintenance During Cold Months

Driving Tips and Car Maintenance During Cold Months

Extreme weather can be frightening to the average driver as well as dangerous. About half a million car accidents are due to bad weather conditions and about 2000 or more road deaths occur every winter. So it is important to know how and when to drive during the cold months and also know how to maintain your vehicle as well.   Driving Tips for Cold Weather When driving on a slippery road due to ice or snow don't use cruise control. Check your routes ahead of time for their weather condition and avoid those that need to be avoided if need be. Slow down as it is harder to control and stop a vehicle on a slippery surface. Brake gently, this will help you avoid skidding on slippery surfaces. When driving on hilly terrains, use low gears, this will help you keep traction. How to Maintain Your Car During the Cold Months Not taking proper care of your car during the cold months can significantly lower your car's lifespan. Vehicle maintena ... read more

Should I Warm Up My Vehicle in the Winter?

Should I Warm Up My Vehicle in the Winter?

During the winter, most people don't look forward to leaving their cozy homes. If you despise hopping into a freezing cold car, you may be tempted to warm up your car beforehand. It will not only make you more comfortable, but it can prevent engine damage, right? The answer will probably shock you.   A study conducted by The Washington Post reasoned that the average driver let their car warm up for more than 5 minutes every time. However, according to the EPA, the best and eco-friendly approach is to warm it up for no more than 30 seconds. The only exception may be if your car's windows and windshield are iced over, and idling is needed to defrost them.   Contrary to this widespread practice, idling for any reason, including to warm up a car, is not good for your car, bank account, or the environment. It's not a good habit to get into in the long run, as it can waste gallons of fuel over the years. Additionally, idling can corrupt your engine over time.  ... read more

What Does the Carburetor Do?

What Does the Carburetor Do?

The carburetor in your car serves numerous functions. It is responsible for mixing fuel and air. There has to be a precise mixture ratio maintained at all times for an efficient combustion process. In addition to attaining the right balance, the carburetor controls your engine speed. Common Problems With Carburetors Suppose you notice an issue during your drive, specifically about acceleration, deceleration, fuel economy, or your engine running rough. You may also see an intense amount of exhaust smoke. If you experience any of those problems, you should bring your vehicle into 3G's Automotive, Inc. Chances are your carburetor could be the culprit. Some common carburetor problems include carburetor flooding, leaking, or misalignment. At our shop, various parts, including your carburetor, will be inspected by a member of our trained team. You should know that minor issues within the carburetor can lead to much more severe, dangerous, and expensive complications down the road if yo ... read more

Here's What You Should Check for Fall Care Care Month!

Here's What You Should Check for Fall Care Care Month!

October is autumn car care month, and that starts in the next upcoming week. Proper car care goes a long way to enhance the safety and reliability of your car. Taking some time out of your busy schedule for your vehicle can help you avoid the headaches and costly repairs later on. To prepare for the cooler months in Tigard, OR, we've compiled this list of ten items you should check in your car, SUV, or truck so that it can get you through the rest of 2021. Check all of your vital fluids. Your vehicle comprises various hydraulic systems that depend on fluids. These essential liquids include motor oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant. Please make sure these are topped off to ensure that your systems work correctly. Inspect hoses and belts (timing, serpentine, etc.). You should examine your rubbery parts to ensure they are not cracked, broken, loose, or showing signs of wear. Test the car battery and replace the battery if needed. At 3G's Auto ... read more

Timing Belt Replacement in Tigard, OR

Timing Belt Replacement in Tigard, OR

Vehicles consist of hundreds of parts, and they all have their specific roles. The timing belt is no different as it plays a vital role in keeping your engine working. The timing belt is installed to help the camshaft and crankshaft move synchronously and enables the valves in the engine and pistons to perform effortlessly.   Over time, your timing belt ages and can even snap without notice. If this happens, it can cause your engine to fail completely. It is highly advised that you have your timing belt replaced before it leads to failure. To avoid chaos, you will need to know how to detect the warning signs of an aging timing belt.   The majority of most automobiles can travel up to 100,000 miles with no issues before needing a timing belt replacement. While this may hold in most cases, you will want to refer to your owner's manual to see how far your car can make it before facing the challenges of an old timing belt. Here are some of the warning signs you want to lo ... read more

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