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The Right Fluids for Your Vehicle

The current vehicles in the market have over a century of engineering behind them. They have evolved into complex and powerful machines. Developments in their engines, however, have coincided with advances in many other vehicle components, including the fluids.It's up to people in NEWNAN to always use the right type of fluid for their vehicle. Your service advisor and your owner's manual are resources for auto advice on exactly what types of fluid your vehicle needs. Improper fluids can damage your vehicle and void your warranty.Some of the fluids that have changed significantly in recent years are cooling system fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid and motor oil. Each of these comes in many varieties now, and it's hard to know exactly which one your vehicle needs.Cooling systems were once made of iron, steel and rubber. One coolant could be used to protect all of these materials. But new cooling systems have components made ... read more

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Fluids

Keeping Your Engine Cool in NEWNAN, GA

The cooling system keeps GA vehicle's engines from overheating while they are driving around NEWNAN. Its job is to move heat away from the engine. Let's talk about the various components of the system and how they make this happen.The radiator is the part most NEWNAN drivers associate with the cooling system. Coolant flows through the radiator which has fine cooling fins that draw the heat out of the coolant and dissipate it into the air. To make sure there's enough airflow over the radiator, a fan pulls air over the cooling fins even when the vehicle is idling.In some vehicles, the fan is powered by the serpentine belt. On others, an electric motor runs the fan. Electric fans turn on and off as needed. You may have heard the fan kick on shortly after you turn your vehicle off. The sensor has determined that the engine needs a little help cooling down to a safe temperature.A hose connects the radiator to the water pump. The water pump ... read more

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Cooling System

Gear Up: Transmission Service at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE in NEWNAN

The transmission system in your vehicle allows you to change gears. Lower gears are power gears. They get your vehicle moving and get it up hills. Higher gears get the vehicle up to speed and get it rolling faster. If you have a standard transmission, then you have to do the work of shifting gears yourself. But with an automatic transmission, the vehicle shifts gears on its own. It automatically starts out in low gear and automatically shifts to high gears as it gets rolling. Again, it will automatically shift to a lower gear to climb hills or when you need a burst of speed.How does it know when to change gears? Today's automatic transmissions are computer-controlled. The computer gathers information about what the vehicle is doing and changes the gears as needed.Automatic transmissions are becoming more sophisticated all the time. More gears, or “speeds,” are being added. Almost all vehicles have at least four speeds. Five or six is common. Some are even increasing to seve ... read more

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Transmission

Technician Training at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE

Your vehicle is important to you, and keeping it running properly is important to your lifestyle. That's why you're smart enough to have it serviced regularly at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE in NEWNAN. And even though it may just be routine maintenance, you want it done right by automotive professionals.It's also very important to your NEWNAN service center to keep you happy and on the road. You might be surprised at the amount of money our NEWNAN auto service center spends annually to make sure our friendly and knowledgeable technicians are properly trained.CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE offers a variety of automotive services for many kinds of vehicles. We need to be current on the latest techniques and parts so that we can give you quality service. Our NEWNAN service centers subscribe to data services that list the high quality parts and fluids recommended by your manufacturer.And each service has a checklist of standard procedures. CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE technicians follow these procedures so ... read more

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Maintenance

Beware of Cheap Tires in NEWNAN

Do you like to shop for shoes in NEWNAN?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pairs of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires? NEWNAN drivers should also think about the safety aspect of tires. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. You want to be sure they hold the road and provide good traction on GA freeways and surface streets. If you carry heavy loads or tow a trailer on GA highways, the tires need a high load rating.Ask your friendly and knowledgeable NEWNAN tire professional at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE. I think it's important that NEWNAN residents understand the effect of price on a tire's quality, performance and durability. When I was a kid, my dad would say, “Pay twice as much and buy half as many ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Your Well Trained Technician at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE

When your vehicle has a problem or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your vehicle's so important to your life in NEWNAN, you need to get back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time.If you've ever checked into some of the technician training CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much specialized knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. For example: Today there are four cylinder engines that generate more power than the 1980s-era V-8's. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket's Ferrari in a race to 60 mph/100 kph. Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up – even with steep NEWNAN gas prices. They are also amazingly reliable: Kudos to the automotive engineers. But the advances come at the price of simplicity. The modern vehic ... read more

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Safety

Using Proper Fluids in Your vehicle

Today, CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE is writing about the proper fluids for your vehicle. It's become more complicated with changes in automotive design and manufacturing. It's not that people in NEWNAN are confused as much as they don't realize how much things have changed in recent years. If you have questions about the fluids in your vehicle, please don't hesitate to stop by CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE. You can find us on 3210 HWY 34 E in NEWNAN, GA 30265.Just give us a call at 770.254.8261. Let's take engine oil. Twenty or 30 years ago, there were just a handful of different weights of oil. The weight of an oil is a scientific measure of its properties, particularly its viscosity or thickness.It was common in those days to use a lighter weight oil in the winter when it's cold outside. That way the oil would be able to splash around inside the engine and protect the parts before it was fully warmed up. And a heavier weight oil ... read more

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Fluids

Keep Your Cool in NEWNAN

NEWNAN drivers rely on their vehicle's coolant system to keep their engine cool. Coolant (also called antifreeze) mixed with water flows through your vehicle engine and absorbs heat. The mixture then flows out to the radiator where it's cooled by air flowing over the radiator. From there the coolant/water mix circulates back through the engine to absorb more heat.There's a reason we mix coolant and water. Water alone actually does a good job transferring heat from the engine. The problem is that water boils at a temperature that's easily reached inside your vehicle's engine, so it can turn to steam which does not conduct heat as well and is harder to contain.Also, if it's freezing outside in NEWNAN, the water in your engine could freeze while your vehicle is sitting out in the GA cold.So, if you remember your high school chemistry, you'll know that a mixture has both a higher boiling point and a lower freezing point than either co ... read more

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Cooling System

The Easy Way to Save Cash in NEWNAN

The hottest GA news story may be different every day, but there's one topic that seems to come up over and over again – the price of gas in NEWNAN. If you feel like most of your paycheck goes into your gas tank, this post is for you. Here are several basic things people in NEWNAN can do to greatly reduce their gas consumption, save money, and help the environment. You can really improve your fuel economy by how you drive – but first, here's a review of things you can do for your vehicle that'll save gas no matter how you drive.The first one for NEWNAN drivers is keeping tires properly inflated. That can save 2 miles per gallon/.85 km per liter. Driving on low tires is like driving through sand – your car just has to work harder. Most NEWNAN service centers will fill up your tires for free, so just ask CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE. Also, make a habit of checking your tire pressure whenever you fill up. Many NEWNAN gas stations have an air hose you can use ... read more

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Maintenance

TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring for Your NEWNAN Vehicle

NEWNAN drivers may know that all 2008 model year and newer cars, mini-vans and light trucks in GA come with a tire pressure monitoring system. Many slightly older vehicles around the NEWNAN area have these systems as well. A tire pressure monitoring system – called TPMS – consists of sensors on each wheel that measure tire pressure.If tire pressure drops 25 percent below the vehicle manufacture’s recommended pressure, the sensor sends a signal to a monitoring unit that causes a warning to light up on the dashboard. When drivers see the warning light, they know it's time to put some air in the tires.There are many benefits to people in NEWNAN who drive with properly inflated tires. First is cost savings. Running at the correct air pressure improves fuel economy. Driving on underinflated tires is like driving through sand – it drags down your fuel economy. Drivers in NEWNAN will also see longer, more even tread wear so your tires will la ... read more