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Yearly Archives: 2020

How Does a Diesel Engine Work?

How Does a Diesel Engine Work?

  Diesel engine vehicles are great options for those who need efficient and cost effective vehicles. While typically diesel engines were only seen in larger trucks, they have been growing in popularity among smaller vehicles.  Diesel can have a bad rep - for some reason, they are seen as having bad emissions and black exhaust smoke. However, diesel engines actually are better for the environment and use less fossil fuel to run. They are extremely efficient, and can run smoothly under heavy loads.  So, how exactly does a diesel engine work? First off, diesel engines use diesel fuel. This is a type of fuel that is uses compression rather than being ignited by a spark. It is derived from the same type of fuel that a standard gas engine uses, but it goes through a refinement process. Plus, there are new type of diesel fuel being developed using more sustainable sources called bio-diesel fuel. In a standard gasoline engine, fuel is ignited using a spark plug. In a di ... read more

A Message About COVID-19 From FloState Auto Diesel Repair

A Message About COVID-19 From FloState Auto Diesel Repair

At FloState Auto Diesel Repair, we want our valued customers to know that we remain open and available to serve you. We understand the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak and want to do our part to prevent the further spread of this virus while also being able to help our customers with their essential auto care needs.  Having a running vehicle during these tough times is necessary to support and feed your families. We also ask for our community's support during this time as a small business. If your vehicle is due for a repair or service, don't hesitate to give us a call and we will accommodate any of your needs.  Our hours of operation are: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday By Appointment between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. We understand that you are concerned about your health and the welfare of your family during this time. Our shop has closely monitored updates by the CDC and has implemented new measures to better protect your health when you b ... read more

Why are my Tires Losing Contact with the Road?

When one or more of your tires loses contact with the road, driving can be scary. You can feel a sensation of hydroplaning or that you can't properly control the direction in which your vehicle travels. Your vehicle is designed to drive with 4 tires on the road, and if only 3 are in contact with the road, your vehicle will not be safe to operate. Typically this only happens during certain weather conditions, such as heavy rain, when your tire isn't able to push through the water on the surface of the road to create traction.  Most modern vehicles are equipped with a traction control system which will help when you find yourself driving in wet weather. This system has a sensor that will alert you if one or more tires isn't making contact with the road. If this happens, the traction control system won't push any power to the tire that isn't creating traction and will instead shift that power to the other tires for maximum control capabilities.  Here are so ... read more

How Often Do I Need A Wheel Alignment?

If you're a vehicle owner, you may sometimes wonder how often you need a wheel alignment. You've probably been in for one once or twice, but the frequency of when they are needed may be more often than you thought. This blog post will talk about what an alignment is, how long is takes, and how often it is needed. What is a wheel alignment? A wheel alignment consists of adjusting your vehicle's suspension components so that your wheels are set to the correct angles based on manufacturer specifications. This allows you to get the best handling, performance, and protects your tires from excessive wear.  Is an alignment expensive? A wheel alignment is actually a more inexpensive service but cost will depend upon the make and model of your vehicle.  How long will my alignment take? An alignment is quick service, typically only taking an hour at our shop.  How often do I need an alignment? An alignment is typically recommended every 6,000 miles or so. However ... read more

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