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Everything You Need to know about the Magnuson Moss act

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The Magnuson Moss Warranty Act is often cited as one of the main reasons why dealers must cover a particular part. This can be a failure in a modded or modified car. The question that most car enthusiasts often seem to ask is what happens to the warranty of the product which they bought and then modified that product. Fortunately, the law can help consumers like these. But it is due to lack of awareness and the confusion in this area that invoke the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act.

What is the Magnuson Moss Act?

According to the Act, an automobile manufacturer cannot void your vehicle warranty due to the installation of aftermarket parts. Unless the aftermarket part that caused the vehicle failure or contributed to it (15 U.S.C. 2302 (C)). This implies that the warranty cannot be “voided” if the dealer has no claim. Also, that the stock part failed to perform for unreasonable reasons. A general understanding of the Act is that the law was actually intended for people modifying cars. Also, ones that were getting their cars serviced outside of dealerships. Dealerships were attempting to void the warranty to put all the liabilities on the customer’s head. The reality is that a manufacturer cannot its warranty contingent on you using their parts.

If you purchase a vehicle from one dealership, you are not bound to get the oil changed from the same dealership. You can get the car serviced from any other dealership as long as they are using the appropriate parts.

 

History of It

For people who don’t know, the Act was originally passed by two guys named Magnuson and Moss, who were the two primary sponsors of the bill. The bill was an attempt by Congress in Washington DC to put some emphasis into warranty laws. The law is comprehensive and covers a variety of things. The Federal Trade Commission oversees the Act. The Act basically addresses the myth that “modding your ride with aftermarket accessories automatically cancels your warranty.”

Benefits You Should Know

Some of the key benefits of the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act are:

  • The Act provides for Attorney Fees for any Breach in the implied warranty. (Even if there is no written warranty)
  • Magnuson Moss written warranties may exist even if the court finds no express warranty in existence
  • The Act also applies to leases
  • The Magnuson Moss Warranty Act gives the consumer more control over whether an action is heard in the Federal Court or the States Court
  • Magnuson Moss Warranty Act does not require notice of a breach
  • Magnuson Moss Warranty Act has no explicit statute of limitations

 

Lloyd’s Automotive in St Paul, MN has been serving the community for more than five decades. We can handle all your mechanical, repair and maintenance related needs with expertise and professionalism. To learn more about our services, be sure to check our website and contact us for further details.

Cabin Air Filters 101: Everything You Need To Know

Cabin Air Filters 101: Everything You Need To Know

Cabin air filters are one of the most useful elements in a vehicle. Since it acts as a filter by cleaning the air that comes through ventilation, heating, and AC systems. The filters also clean out all the pollen and harmful airborne materials which can be a problem, especially for people with respiratory problems.

The invention itself is a remarkable one, but what’s the history behind it? More importantly, how is a cabin air filter an essential element to have in your vehicle? And how can a car owner maintain it for a long time? Let’s find out!

History of Cabin Air Filters – The Idea of a Decade

The initial idea of a cabin air filter came from a chauffeur belonging to a former CEO, Hans Freudenberg. He noticed that his freshly cleaned clothes were becoming soiled; by the air entering the vehicle. Then, it clicked him that the idea of placing a piece of nonwoven fabric in front of air intake vents can filter out polluted air.

Afterward, this inspiration led to the creation of the first Freudenberg filter solution back in 1957. Since then, almost every vehicle around the world comes with a cabin air filter by default. These air filters not only keep your clothes dirt-free but minimize containments from the airflow you breathe from as well.

The Purpose of a Cabin Air Filter

We discussed that a cabin air filter helps in removing harmful pollutants from the car. The filter is often placed behind the glovebox and cleans off the air as it moves the vehicle’s HVAC track. In fact, you might notice a difference in the air when the cabin filter needs replacement. For instance, you will feel an unpleasant odor inside your car or a decrease in airflow; thus, indicating that you must replace your filter.

When should you replace your filter?

If you’re consistently driving in urbanized traffic, then chances are you need to replace your filters annually or even more frequently. Moreover, if you’re driving under a desert climate, then you might need to replace it swiftly as well, because of the dust.

Even then, if you wish to keep your car’s airflow intact, then get your vehicle checked regularly. But, if your repairman suggests a replacement of your current air filter, then make sure you as to see it. You’ll be shocked by what you will witness; thus, a filter clogged with insects, pollen, soot or even twigs. These indicators will show that you need an air filter change.

To sum up our discussion, since the inception of cabin air filters, they’re being upgraded rapidly by several manufacturers. However, you must keep on monitoring the airflow inside your vehicle, so that you can replace the filters immediately when needed.

When Noises Occur for the Vehicle

When Noises Occur for the Vehicle

When noises start to occur from the vehicle, make sure to contact us. No matter if the problem is big or small, it is always important to have it inspected immediately. This will help save money on a costly repair bill, as well as helping make sure other parts and components are not damaged. If a clunking noise happens when you apply the brakes, the brake pads may have worn completely. When a clunk occurs when you are driving over bumps, there could be a suspension issue. Another issue could be the exhaust is loose. If there is a clunk noise when taking a corner, make sure that the wheels and tires are inspected. This could be an indication of a wheel bearing going out.

Grinding Noise can Occur when the Transmission has issues

Also be aware of a grinding noise from the vehicle. This can indicate an issue with the shafts and gears in the transmission. If this sound is from under the vehicle, it could be low on oil. A CV joint or wheel bearing can also cause the grinding noise you hear. If it is noticeable when applying the brakes, it could be a worn brake pad. If the metal is grinding on the pads and rotors, you will hear it as it gets louder. Another indication is that the brakes will not work as well as they otherwise should be. 

A hissing type noise can indicate a fluid leak from the vehicle, especially if it is coming from the engine. This could be the coolant leaking onto the engine block or exhaust manifold of the vehicle. When accelerating, listen for any hissing noises as well. This could indicate a vacuum leak from one of the small hoses around the engine’s air intake. No matter what the vehicle does when the noise is noticed, make sure to contact us.

 

Get Your Vehicle’s Best Gas Mileage

Get Your Vehicle's Best Gas Mileage

Being aware of the fuel efficiency of your vehicle will help you save money. Not only will it help save money at the fuel pump, but it also helps increase the longevity of the vehicle. If your mileage starts to decrease, this could be caused by an issue or damage. The best thing is to schedule an appointment and bring the vehicle in. That way we can do a bumper to bumper inspection for you. No matter if you are driving around St Paul or if you are taking a vacation out of state, the vehicle should always have the best mileage possible.

Fuel Economy and Tires

Check each tire for the vehicle on a regular basis. The tread wear can be checked by just using a penny. Place it upside down in the groove of the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread has worn down. If this is the same for all four tires, then a new set is needed. A sign of poor tread can be if the vehicle is hard to control or easily swerves on the road. Without proper tread, it cannot grip the surface of the road correctly. At the same time as checking the tread, make sure to check the air pressure as well. Even if it is slightly low, it can cause the fuel mileage to decrease on the vehicle.

 Another way to help improve the mileage and efficiency is to use cruise control. This will reduce speed variations of driving faster or slower. As speeds fluctuate, it will negatively affect the fuel mileage. Remember when using cruise control to be aware of road conditions. If it is raining, construction, or heavy traffic, it is best not to use cruise control. Also remember to never slam on the brakes fast or do jack rabbit accelerating, since this will also cause poor mileage for the vehicle.

 

Deer on the Road and Avoiding them

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As you drive this summer, always be on the lookout for deer. Be on high alert during the evenings and mornings, as this is when animals are most active. They will run across the road and are more likely to get hit. Minnesota is in the top 10 for states that deer collisions are most likely to occur.  Not only will hitting them be dangerous, but also costly in repair bills for your car. These collisions cost over 4 billion dollars each year. There are also more than 1.2 million accidents involving deer reported as well. Not only should you look out for live ones, but also dead ones on the road. Running over these can do damage to the undercarriage of the vehicle.

Deer running across the road

If a deer runs across the road, be aware and on the lookout for others. Typically where there is one, there are a few more. Even if they cross the road several feet ahead, make sure to slow down incase more run behind it. Another indication of a higher chance of deer is if there is a crossing sign. If these are present, then check from ditch to ditch for any deer when driving. When trees or wooded areas are near the road, it can block your view of seeing them as they run out. Make sure to be aware of any that are out in a pasture grazing. They will be easier to see, especially when approaching the road.

 

When they do cross the road, make sure to never swerve into another lane. This can cause an accident with that vehicle, or a chain reaction with others. Studies have shown you are more likely to survive an accident with a deer than you are another vehicle. Stay alert on the road and aware of your surroundings. Yearly, hitting a deer causes over 4 billion dollars in damage, so stay safe on the roads when driving!

Severe Summer Weather as you Drive

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Severe weather can happen anytime of the year, but it can change instantly in the summer. You may be driving in light sprinkles or rain, and it will turn to a downpour only a couple miles ahead. Being prepared will help you to remain calm when the weather starts to become severe. Make sure to slow down and maintain a safe speed. Equally as important is to keep enough distance between you and the vehicle in front. That way if they slam on the brakes, or visibility becomes poor, you have enough time to adjust your driving. Never drive at a faster speed than you are comfortable at, as it increases the chance of an accident.

Severe weather and the lights

When it starts raining, turn on the headlights immediately. It will become darker when it rains, which will result in poor visibility for not only you, but other drivers as well. The harder it rains, the worse the visibility gets as well. Remember to turn on the windshield wipers as it starts to rain. This clears away the rain so visibility is improved. The harder it rains, the faster the wipers should be set at. In some cases, it may rain so hard visibility is impossible. Pull over where it is safe to do so and wait out the storm. It is also a good idea to turn the hazard lights on, so others will see where the vehicle is.

 

Another thing to remember is if it rains so hard, the pavement will become wet. This will result in the vehicle having an increased chance of hydroplaning when you drive. There may be a feeling of it swerving or poor handling. Ease up on the speed and make sure to not slam on the brakes. Driving at a slower speed will help to maintain control of the vehicle, even as the roads are wet.

The Air Conditioner Isn’t Cooling, now what?

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Cooling down the car on a hot summer day is important. As the vehicle starts and the air conditioner is switched on, you may notice a lack of cold air after a few minutes. If this happens, it could ruin your day of driving. The most common reasons for an air conditioner not working properly is if there are compressor issues or leaks. The AC could be blowing cool air, but not cold. If this happens, it could be caused by a clogged filter, radiator issue, or cooling fan problem. The air conditioner may also need to be recharged. Do not suffer in stuffy warm air, and make sure to contact us as the first sign of an air conditioner issue.

Issues with the Air Conditioner

When the air conditioner is set to max air conditioner, notice if the air is cold or only moderately cool. If it is not producing the cold air, check to ensure the cooling fans are running when the AC is turned on. Also clear away any debris such as leaves, dirt, bugs, or anything that could prevent air movement. The cabin filter should also be inspected to ensure it is not clogged and free of debris. The pressure in the system should be checked as well. The recommended pressure can be found in the owner’s manual for the vehicle.

 

The vehicle should be checked for any leaks that might have occurred. A leak is especially true if the pressure is low. If there is a leak in one of the seals, then there will be an issue with how the system works. Some shops will inject a dye into the system, so then the area that leaks can be spotted. Always check under the vehicle after it has been parked for awhile. If there is a noticeable puddle of liquid, then it will indicate a leak. Make sure to contact us so we can inspect and repair the issue for you.

 

Summer Emergency Kit for your Car

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During the summer months, it is important to have an emergency kit, just incase there is an unexpected breakdown. While going to regular maintenance can help prevent issues from happening, you will always want to be prepared. If you are not sure when regular maintenance should be done, check the owner’s manual. We can also help advise when the maintenance should be done for it. These can include things like checking the tires, fluids, as well as a bumper to bumper inspection. If you are driving on vacation, make sure to be prepared for anything that could possibly happen with the vehicle.

Summer Emergency kit

In the emergency kit, make sure to have a flashlight. This will come in handy if you have to look for something in the vehicle, or outside as well. If you have a breakdown when driving when it is dark, a flashlight will be one of the most important items. Also make sure that there are items for changing and putting on a spare tire. Having a jack, wrench, and spare tire are all critical for making sure that the spare tire can be changed quickly.

 

Also remember that having hazard signs or flares can be beneficial in the emergency kit. Set these out if the vehicle is pulled over on the side of the road. That way other vehicles that are driving by will see them, and pull over to the other lane. If they cannot switch lanes, at least they are aware and will be able to slow down as they approach your car. This is especially important if it is along the side of an interstate or highway. Remember too to put an extra phone charger in the vehicle. This will allow any cell phone to be charged up so you can call for assistance if there is a breakdown.

Kids and Pets should not be in Hot Cars

Leaving kids and pets in hot cars can be dangerous. Even if you think that a quick trip to run in and get something from a store could be dangerous. If get distracted or start talking to someone, you may forget that you have kids or pets in the vehicle. If the temperatures outside is 85 degrees, then the interior of the vehicle can quickly become 100 degrees. Depending on how sunny it is, this could happen as quickly as ten minutes. It will become too hot for the body to regulate heat, especially for a young child. Make sure to always look in the backseat for any kids or pets when getting out of the car.

 

A vehicle can act more like a greenhouse. When the car is turned off, the sunlight comes through all the windows. This will then heat the vehicle up, as well as the dashboard and seats. When the dashboard and seats are warmed up, they radiate heat off as well. Since the windows are up, there will be no air circulations inside your vehicle. This will only lead to the vehicle warming up even more. Even with the windows cracked or down, the interior will become too hot to stay in. If you park in the shade, the vehicle may not get as hot as quickly, but it will still be dangerous.

Kids Summer Schedule

If you typically do not take a child to daycare, it may be beneficial to set a reminder in your phone. You could even put your work stuff in the backseat beside them, as this will help to ensure the child is not forgotten. Some newer vehicles have a feature that will alert you to any extra weight in the backseat once you open the door. This way you will not forget children, pets, or even items like groceries.

Regular Intervals of Oil Changes and the Filter

Follow regular intervals for having the oil changed. This will help to ensure that the engine is able to operate efficiently and at top performance levels. By following these recommendations, the life of the engine can also be extended. It will decrease the amount of repairs needed because fresh clean oil will be provided during each oil change. Along with having the oil changed regularly, the oil filter will need to be changed as well. Doing so will allow the fresh oil to go through and lubricate the engine.

Regular Intervals for changing the filter

The filter capacity refers to the ability that it captures and holds debris from entering the engine. The higher the capacity, the more contaminants it can hold before it needs to be changed. The filter is clogged, and then the bypass valves open. As this happens, the unfiltered oil will reach the engine parts, increasing the chance of damage to it. Some of the parts that these contaminants can reach include the engine bearings and crankshaft. If this happens, then pieces of the gasket material can get dislodges over time. Over time, this will add up to a large amount of debris and dirt, even between oil changes.

 

If your vehicle requires synthetic oils, make sure the filter can as well. A filter that is designed specifically to work with synthetic oils can avoid being ruined quickly. It will also prevent failure of several internal parts of the engine. These filters will allow car owners to take advantage of the extended life that synthetic oils provide their vehicle. They will also have more capacity, so they do not have to be replaced as often either. The filter can capture more contaminants, and do so over a longer time span when using synthetic oils. If you are not sure if your vehicle requires synthetic oil or not, make sure to contact us.

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