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CAR FLUIDS: The Empty Myth

Many people mistakenly believe that the only way their car can be damaged by low fluid levels is when a particular fluid runs out and is completely empty. Nothing could be further from the truth. Because fluids are the lifeblood of your car, it’s critical they are always maintained at certain levels for your car to run with the least possible strain and wear. While running out of any fluid is certainly deadly for your car, just being a little too low on oil can likewise cause significant strain and wear out your engine much quicker. Also: low fluids could also be an indication of leaks or other serious issues, so simply replenishing the fluid may not be enough. An avid do-it-yourselfer may have no problem checking most, or [...]

2018-07-29T06:36:24+00:00July 29th, 2016|Helpful Advice|

Car Tune Ups & Maintenance

Regular preventive maintenance and tune ups are possibly the most important factors in ensuring the longevity of your car. The last thing you want is your car breaking down on the highway when you least expect it, and regular tune ups and car maintenance help prevent this and catch scary problems early. They also help increase fuel efficiency and potentially reduce carbon emissions. What are some of the risks of not having regular car services? Oil sludge build up in your engine or Lack of oil: this engine killer inhibits the smooth and normal flow of oil throughout your car’s engine. The short result is over-stressed engine oil and a polluted engine. The long term result could be a complete seizing up of your engine (requiring an entire replacement). [...]

2018-07-29T06:42:57+00:00May 19th, 2016|Helpful Advice|

How to Keep Your Leather Car Seats Looking New

How to Keep Your Leather Car Seats Looking New Want to make sure your car leather seats look new and feel smooth? Just follow my simple tips to protect your leather interior from becoming dull and cracked after years of wear and tear. It’s not primarily the use of your seats that causes them to wear (though this certainly plays a role). The buildup of dirt is what wears on your leather surfaces and causes them to dull. On top of that, the leather loses essential oils and protectants over time. If you don’t take care of your leather seats then the surface will start to look dull and cracks will start to form. Warmer climates also cause leather to age and crack much faster than colder climates. Want my best advice to keep your [...]

2018-07-30T03:33:50+00:00April 28th, 2016|Cleaning Tips, How To...|

HOW TO PICK A REPAIR SHOP

The most important tip we can give you about picking a repair shop is to NOT WAIT until you need one. No one makes great decisions at the grocery store when they go hungry, and even fewer make good decisions about a car repair shop when they are in desperate need. HIGH PRIORITY TIP: Pick your auto repair shop LONG BEFORE you ever have an issue. Do your research now. Start visiting shops, speak to shop owners and employees and develop a relationship while there’s no pressure.  We’d like to personally invite you to swing by Fast Lane Automotive and meet Kevin, Anthony and Zach, as well as all our other talented and friendly employees. We are located at 6650 Hoffner Ave ,Suite C, Orlando, Fl. 32822. You are welcome to swing by unannounced [...]

2018-07-29T06:57:03+00:00April 24th, 2016|Helpful Advice|

6 Ways to Organize and De-Clutter Your Car

Don’t want to give someone a ride because your car is a mess? Help is here! Here are a few simple steps to de-clutter and organize your messy car. Before you start organizer, you need to get rid of the trash.  Use a plastic cereal dispenser as a trash can for the car, and put a garbage bag inside the bin. Empty out the trash can every week, or when you fill your car with gas. Now, starts the organization.  Use a coupon organizer to store registration, insurance papers, emergency numbers, and more inside your glove box. Buy a car mount as a reminder to not leave your phone behind. Repurpose old shoe bags or shower caddies to organize movies, toys, and snacks.  Just hang them behind the front [...]

2018-07-30T03:19:57+00:00February 23rd, 2016|Organize Your Car|

How to Change Your Car Battery

Need to change your car battery? It’s easy to do if you just follow a few simple steps. Turn off your engine, make sure your vehicle is in park, and open the hood. Place a blanket or pad over the fender to protect your car from battery acid. Use a wrench to loosen the nut and bolt on the clamp that holds the battery cable on the negative terminal. It will have a “-” or “NEG” on it.  If your car happens to have a positive ground (check your owner’s manual) loosen the cable with “+” or “POS” on it. Remove the cable from the post, then remove the other cable from its post and put them both aside. Remove whatever devices are holding the battery in place. Remove [...]

2018-07-30T03:32:38+00:00February 14th, 2016|How To...|

Detail Your Car Like a Pro:  10 Best Car Cleaning Tips

Want to detail your car like a pro? Here are some quick and simple DIY car detailing tips and tricks. Wash your car weekly by hand or local car wash. Use car wash soap, not regular dishwashing liquid found in your kitchen. Roll down the windows halfway and wipe grime off the top of the windows. Use a clay bar to remove embedded pollution from paint and for a smooth finish. Get a mirrored finish by using a synthetic wax. Vacuum the interior every week. Slide seats forward to clean out the junk. Use an inexpensive artist brush to brush out the  air vents. Clean the leather with a leather cleaning kit to remove ink and lipstick stains. Do it quick! Stains can set in as little as 24 [...]

2018-07-30T03:19:08+00:00January 30th, 2016|Cleaning Tips|

Wax On, Wax Off: How to Wax Your Car by Hand

Remember ‘Wax on, wax off’ from “The Karate Kid” movie?  Waxing and buffing your car can save you a bunch of money over time and prolong your paint job.  Here are a few tips to make sure you wax your car properly. Apply car wax or paint sealant in the shade so the product doesn’t dry too quickly. Always apply car wax or paint sealant to a dry vehicle. Water drops can cause streaking. Apply the thinnest coat of wax you can! A thick coat makes the wax or sealant difficult to remove or cause streaks.  Poly foam wax applicators are best to use for thin coats. Buff the haze away with a lint free or microfiber towel. Check the label to see how long to wait before adding [...]

2018-07-30T03:33:06+00:00January 14th, 2016|Cleaning Tips, How To...|

Why Isn’t My Car Heater Working?

If your car has no heat and starts blowing cold air, it’s time to play detective.  A car heater can stop working for a number of reasons, including: A blower fan that isn’t working. A bad thermostat. Low antifreeze/water level in the radiator due to a leak in the cooling system. -oolant that is contaminated and is blocking the heating core. Here’s what I suggest you do: First, check the engine temperature If your thermostat is worn-out replace it If the thermostat is fine, look for blockage in the flow of coolant in the heater If it’s blocked, flush it out. These fixes are simple, but can be messy.  Your best bet is to let my team of experts help get your heating working this winter. Call Fast Lane [...]

2018-07-30T00:55:09+00:00January 1st, 2016|Helpful Advice|

8 Best Holiday Gifts For Aspiring Mechanics

Holiday shopping for  someone that is mechanically inclined? Check out these holiday gift ideas that are perfect for those who like to tackle automotive projects! 1. Pocket Light  (brightens dark work spaces) 2. Cordless Drill  (compact and easy to handle for automotive repair) 3. Automotive Tool Sets (complete with wrenches and pliers) 4. Jack and Jack stands (hydraulic jacks to get underneath the car) 5.Mechanic’s Gloves (comfy and practical gloves to protect your hands while working) 6. Car Care Supplies (wash and wax products) 7. Scan Tool (This electronic tool plugs into your vehicle and can pinpoint automotive troubles.) 8. Automotive Magazine Subscription For all your automotive needs, call the experts at Fast Lane Automotive! Call 407-270-1506 today to schedule your FREE car consultation! Sources: Knowhow.napaonline; Best Holiday Gifts [...]

2018-07-30T03:14:49+00:00December 20th, 2015|Gifts|