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Auto Repair in Mint Hill – What is OBDII?

If you’ve had an emissions inspection done on your vehicle, or have ever had a check engine light come on, you’ve most likley heard the term “OBDII” before. But do you know what it means?

OBDII is an acronym for On-Board Diagnostics II. OBDII is a car’s self-diagnositc tool, it can perform basic diagnostics on itself and can give a broad idea on what is or isnt causing a problem. If you own a car that is model year 1996 or newer, you have OBDII. Though some vehicles from madel year 1995 have OBDII, it was not legally required.

What Can OBDII Do?

OBDII’s most common use is as a self-diagnostic tool. For example, whenever your check engine light comes on, OBDII also generates a code which shows why the light is on. For example, if you have a misfire, your check engine light would come on and OBDII would produce a code like P0300.

Are there Downsides to OBDII?

While in some areas OBDII can be very speific, in others it can be broad. For example, code P0300 means “Random or Multiple Misfires.” While this information is useful, it doesnt clarify why those random misfired happened, it only shows that misfires happened. OBDII is best used as a tool to “point you in the right direction” as compared to a definite diagnostic.

Why is OBDII Important?

While OBDII helps diagnose issues, like a misfire, OBDII also helps keep our air cleaner by monitoring emissions systems. OBDII is also what makes State Inspections possible. OBDII is also responsible for speeding up diagnostic times on engine related repairs.

Auto Repair Mint Hill; Improving Gas Mileage and saving some Green

Auto Repair Mint Hill; Improving gas mileage and saving some green is a top priority these days for almost anyone with a car.   This week I have passed the same gas station in the morning then later in the afternoon only to see the price of gas increase 5 cents in 5 hours 🙁  , are you kidding me?
Well, if buying a new car that gets super good gas mileage is not in your future getting good gas mileage out of your existing car is essential to keeping your gas budget under control.  Here are some serious tips for raising your gas mileage and lower your dollar outlay at the pump.

The way you drive can make a huge difference in your gas mileage.  You have heard of the tortoise and the hare?  If you are a tortoise driver you will most definitely beat the hare in good gas mileage.  Starting off slow from stops and driving the speed limit with significantly increase your gas mileage.  Merging smoothly and not driving like you are in a NASCAR race can make a big difference as well  Avoid idling if you are waiting in a long line or sitting in traffic and during those cold weather months warming your car the in the driveway consumes gas too.

Gas up on Wednesday or early in the day.  Prices are raised on Thursday in anticipation of the weekend travel and 10 am is roughly the time most stations make their price changes  for the day (so that’s when they do it), according to a CEO of Dallas-based oil and gas company. Unless it is an emergency, do not buy gas Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Another key component to raising your gas mileage is keeping your vehicle in top condition.  This means keeping your car maintained from top to bottom.  Perform routine maintenance and oil changes when recommended, check your brakes to make sure they do not drag and keep your car aligned and check your tires regularly for abnormal wear and proper inflation.

With regular maintenance such as oil changes, air filter changes, tire rotations and tire inflation checks at Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill, we can help you get the best possible mileage for your vehicle and save you money at the pump.

If you are looking for top quality auto repair in Mint Hill or South Charlotte area, please stop by Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill or give us a call at 704-545-4597.