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L and M Motors Inc Guide to Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle

Posted March 1, 2012 12:00 PM

Today's L and M Motors Inc post focuses on using coolant. If you pour in the wrong kind, it won't protect the cooling system and may even void the warranty. Check your vehicle owner's manual. Of course, your L and M Motors Inc service advisor will know the proper coolant for your vehicle.

Brake fluid is confusing for some Anchorage drivers. Back when we opened L and M Motors Inc, most vehicles used Dot 3 brake fluid. Now we have Dot 4 and Dot 5. Some Anchorage residents mistakenly think the higher numbers are an upgrade. You know, if 3 is good then 4 must be better. That's not how it works. They are different formulations to meet the demands of differences in brake systems. Only one of them is designed for your vehicle.

Ditto for transmission fluid. For decades there were two basic types of tranny fluid used at L and M Motors Inc: friction modified or not. With the tremendous engineering advances in vehicle automatic transmissions, there have been several new types of fluids developed to protect and lubricate them.

Nowhere are the advances in automotive fluids more evident to L and M Motors Inc professionals than in motor oil. Many new weights and formulations have been created to meet the demands of today's high-tech vehicle engine design. Modern engines have more parts and much tighter tolerances.

That's where the new grades of engine oil come in. They have to be formulated to lubricate, protect and clean all of those vehicle engine parts, big and little. The oil has to be thin enough to get into little passages, yet resistant to vaporization.

At L and M Motors Inc in Anchorage, we believe that in some ways modern automotive fluids are just as impressive as the new engines. Because weights of oil and types of coolant and transmission fluid are so carefully matched to the vehicle, make sure you always use the proper fluid if you are topping off at home.

L and M Motors Inc
400 W 53rd Ave
Anchorage, AK 99518
907-563-4994




L and M Motors Inc and the Maintenance Mindset

Posted February 23, 2012 12:00 PM

When it comes to their vehicles, some Anchorage residents don't have a maintenance mindset. They know they need to take care of their cars, but it just seems really hard to get them to remember to do it. Anchorage drivers generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance, but just may not have applied it to their vehicles.

Here's something that will help: The key to good vehicle maintenance starts with the oil change. Think about it – when you go in for a full-service oil change, your friendly and knowledgeable L and M Motors Inc service advisor will check all your fluids. If one of them is low, he can look for the reason why. If your serpentine belt is cracked, he'll see it and let you know. Corroded battery cable – they've got you covered. And at L and M Motors Inc, we check to see if your vehicle has recommended any services at your current mileage.

The oil change becomes kind of a focal point, a way to check in to see what needs to be done. The fact is that vehicle inspection surveys consistently reveal that over 80% of vehicles have one or more unperformed repair or maintenance service. Vehicles are generally very reliable and can take a lot of abuse and neglect. But, you've got to remember that vehicles are complicated machines. There are parts and fluids that are critical to their operation. Without them, the vehicle won't run at all.

So when you come in to L and M Motors Inc for an oil change, you get advice from your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor and a reminder for recommended services so you can avoid a total failure. And remember that your friendly and knowledgeable L and M Motors Inc service advisor can help you work out a maintenance and repair plan, prioritizing and scheduling the work to make sure you and your family are safe, and helping you avoid expensive breakdowns.

L and M Motors Inc
400 W 53rd Ave
Anchorage, AK 99518
907-563-4994



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