• Not So Cool (Air Conditioning Systems)
    There's nothing quite like getting in your vehicle on a hot day, switching on the air conditioning and having warm air blow out of the vents.  You may have had no problem for months and then, one...
    Published on: Jul 07, 2024
  • Do I Need Brake Service? (Brake Service)
    Think of how many times you put your foot on your vehicle’s brake pedal every day.  And think of how much you rely on your brakes to slow down and stop your momentum.  When it comes to...
    Published on: Jun 30, 2024
  • Fall and Spring Inspection at Auto Tech Inc.
    Good vehicle care for us Clearwater residents has always meant taking our vehicles in every spring and fall for a check-up. Vehicles needed routine maintenance to prepare them for the changes in ...
    Published on: Jun 23, 2024
  • Snake in the Engine (Serpentine Belt)
    There's a belt that snakes through your engine.  It's even named for a snake, the serpentine belt.  It'll bite you when it breaks, possibly leaving you stranded.  So, it's good to know ...
    Published on: Jun 16, 2024
  • Deciphering the Auto Tech Inc. Menu Board
    Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. Clearwater, FL, service centers like Auto Tech Inc. have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know wh...
    Published on: Jun 09, 2024
  • Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles in Clearwater, FL
    The median age for cars in the Clearwater, FL area was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Auto Tech Inc. we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise. If you have a high...
    Published on: Jun 02, 2024
  • I Had No Idea! (Four Things You Didn't Know About Vehicles)
    Bet you didn't know: Some of the earliest rearview mirrors were marketed as "Cop Spotters" so drivers would know when police were following them. Who wants a ticket, anyway? According to eBay Motors,...
    Published on: May 26, 2024
  • The Edible Engine
    You may have had a friend whose vehicle was the victim of hungry rodents.  After all, mice, rats and squirrels—even rabbits—have been known to gnaw on wires in engine compartments, ca...
    Published on: May 19, 2024
  • Wired! (Battery Cable Service)
    Colder weather brings out the worst in a vehicle's battery.  On a very cold day, you may have experienced that your engine cranks slowly when starting.  But while it may be the battery itsel...
    Published on: May 12, 2024
  • Tacky or Techie? The Tachometer.
    There's a gauge that many vehicles have that says RPM on it.  And there are a lot of people who either don't pay any attention to it or don't even know what it is. Here's why it's a good gauge to...
    Published on: May 05, 2024
  • The Fallacy of Cheap Tires
      Do you ever shop for shoes in one of our American Fork area shoe stores?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rath...
    Published on: Apr 28, 2024
  • It's Brake Time (Brake Calipers)
    Race car drivers have demonstrated the advantages of disc brakes, so most modern vehicles use them.  Sometimes just the front wheels have disc brakes, but many vehicles now have them all the way ...
    Published on: Apr 21, 2024
  • What's up with Diesels in Clearwater?
    Would you be surprised to learn that about half of the passenger cars in Europe have diesel engines? You might also be surprised to learn that most manufacturers produce a variety of diesel-fue...
    Published on: Apr 14, 2024
  • Right or Left? Auto Tech Inc. Power Steering Service
    Have you ever driven a vehicle without power steering? If you have, then you probably appreciate how much easier it is to drive today's modern vehicles. Before power steering, all of the force to turn...
    Published on: Apr 07, 2024
  • A New Battery in Clearwater
    Hello Clearwater drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in Clear...
    Published on: Mar 31, 2024
  • Good Service at Auto Tech Inc. Equals Good Fuel Economy in Clearwater
    Whether we're trying to save money, save gas or save the environment, most of us Clearwater drivers have an interest in decreasing fuel consumption. We've all heard about ways to save money on gas in ...
    Published on: Mar 24, 2024
  • Looking Down the Road - Headlamps
    If you've ever been driving around Clearwater and had a headlamp go out, you've probably just wanted to replace the bad bulb. If your car uses halogen headlamps, they dim over time. So if you just put...
    Published on: Mar 17, 2024
  • Dashboard's a Funny Name (Instrumental Panel Warning Lights)
    Every day you drive, you're sitting behind the dashboard. But how in the world did it get that name? Back in the days of the horse-drawn carriage, horses would kick up dirt and mud on the driver and p...
    Published on: Mar 10, 2024
  • For 4x4s (Maintenance of 4x4 Vehicles)
    Some people love 4x4 vehicles, the true 4-wheel drive works of engineering like Jeeps and 4x4 pickups that allow you to seemingly go anywhere on the planet. You can climb up a 40-degree rock trail wit...
    Published on: Mar 03, 2024
  • Automotive Tips from Auto Tech Inc.: A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt
    The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your car when you drive around Clearwater.An ...
    Published on: Feb 25, 2024
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