CarSmart Auto Service

Providing Saint Louis car owners with quality automotive services and repairs since 1980

CarSmart Auto Service - Providing Saint Louis car owners with quality automotive services and repairs since 1980

Professional Fuel System Cleaning

Getting adequate fuel to your engine is very important for performance, fuel economy and safety. In order to accomplish this, your fuel system needs to be clean.

Today’s production cars have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. The injectors need to be cleaned from time to time in order to deliver the fuel with the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume.

Marlborough auto owners can buy fuel system cleaners that you pour into your gas tank to help maintain an already clean fuel system, however, they can’t do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see Carsmart Auto Service in Marlborough. They have the tools and chemicals to do the job right. The courteous team at Carsmart Auto Service can remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently.

You’ll find Carsmart Auto Service at 7921 Watson Road in Marlborough, MO 63119. Or just give us a call at 314.968.9496 to schedule an appointment.

You’ll enjoy more power, better fuel efficiency and reduced exhaust emissions. The cleaners also help prevent rust and corrosion in your fuel system and lubricate important engine parts.

And, as with all maintenance, it can help prevent costly repairs that can happen because you didn’t take preventative steps. Check with your courteous service specialist at Carsmart Auto Service and see when your car is scheduled for a fuel system cleaning.

The Carsmart Auto Service Guide To Tire Specs

You know you need new tires, but you’re not sure what type. You look at a tire to get the size: 225, 50, R, 16, 92, H. All the way to the Marlborough service center you keep repeating it over and over. You even say it over in your mind while waiting in line. Then you get to the counter and the manager asks what size you need. Then your mind goes blank.

Tire size can be confusing for many Marlborough car owners. There’s so much on the side of the tire, and it’s hard to keep straight.

Even though there’s a lot on a tire – if you know what it all means, it’s actually more helpful than confusing for Marlborough tire shoppers. Let’s start with the size number.

For example, let’s say a tire reads: 225 50 R 16 92 H. The 225 part is the width of the tire in millimeters – the width between the sidewalls of an inflated tire with no load. The 50 is the aspect ratio – the ratio of the sidewall height to the tread width. Off-road tires will have a higher number and high performance tires will have a lower number.

The R signifies it’s a radial tire. And 16 is the rim or wheel size in inches.

The 92 is the load rating index – it’s the load carrying capacity of a tire. The higher the number, the more it can safely carry. Your empty pickup can be safe with a lower number, but you’ll need a higher rating if you routinely haul heavy loads around Marlborough. The next letter is the speed rating. Not all tires sold in Marlborough are speed rated. The ratings generally follow the alphabet: the further up the alphabet, the higher the speed rating – with the exception of H – it comes between U and V (don’t ask why).

There’s a lot of fine print that most Dupo car owners probably need a magnifying glass to read. But there are a couple of other large print items of interest. One is the tread type: highway, mud and snow, all season, severe snow, etc.

And then there’re the Uniform Tire Quality Grading System markings. The first is a tread wear index. 100 is the base line – a lower number is poorer and a higher number is better. All things being equal, a tire rated 200 would wear twice as long, on a government test track, than one rated at 100. These wear grades are only valid within the car maker’s product line – Marlborough auto owners can’t compare with other car makers. And it’s vital to note that a lower rating might be just what you want – a high performance, sticky tire has a softer rubber compound and won’t wear as long, but boy, will it take those corners on twisting MO roads.

The next is a traction grade. This measures the tire’s ability to stop on wet pavement in government tests. A – the best, B – intermediate, C – acceptable.

Temperature grade measures a tire’s resistance to heat build up in government tests. A, B and C – from best to acceptable.

It’s safe for Marlborough drivers to go with the auto maker’s original equipment recommendations that came on your car. But if you want to make adjustments, you’ll now be better equipped to communicate with your courteous Carsmart Auto Service tire professional.

Fuel System Cleaning At Carsmart Auto Service

Is your car sometimes hard to start on an early Marlborough morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your car’s fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, different parts of the system get dirty, which robs you of performance and hurts your fuel economy.

Most Marlborough auto owners have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. Fuel injection systems have fewer problems and require less adjustment. But they still need to be properly maintained. This is why your owner’s manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other important parts of your fuel system.

Some Marlborough drivers are interested in buying fuel system cleaners that they can pour into your gas tank. You can do that – and there are lots of great products available that can help maintain an already clean fuel system – but these products cannot do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see Carsmart Auto Service. Carsmart Auto Service has the professional tools and chemicals to really do a complete service.

Carsmart Auto Service uses a process that gives your car a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. You need to remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently. After a professional fuel system cleaning, you’ll notice more power, better MPG and reduced exhaust emissions.

The cleaners also help prevent rust and corrosion in your fuel system and lubricate essential engine parts.

Fuel system cleaning is just one of those critical recommended service items that helps keep your pickup running strong. As with all maintenance, it can help avoid expensive repairs that often result from not taking the right preventive steps. Marlborough motorists will notice the difference in how well their car runs. Check with your courteous Carsmart Auto Service service professional to see when your car is scheduled for a fuel system cleaning.

An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure for Marlborough car owners.