Ask the Car Doctor

LIGHTING AND WIPERS

What is it?
Lights and wipers play a major role in safe driving – the chances for accidents increase if you can’t see or be seen. Some states have laws that require the headlights to be on with the wipers. If you detect any problems with your car’s lights or wipers, have them checked out at once.

What does it do?
The wiper system keeps excessive water, snow or dirt from building up on the windshield and removes them to maintain clear visibility through the windshield. The lighting system provides nighttime visibility, signals and alerts other drivers, and supplies light for viewing instruments and the vehicle’s interior.

Typical Wear and Tear
Lights and wipers are normal wear items that require periodic replacement. Factors affecting replacement intervals include:

  • Operating conditions (winter conditions are tough on wiper blades)
  • Frequency of use
  • Material and type of lights and wipers
  • Sunny weather – wiper blades can deteriorate faster and need more frequent replacement in desert states

U.S.M.S Seized Vehicle for Sale

This is a sealed bid sale. Vehicle may be viewed in the parking lot of Greg’s Too 6800 Phoenix Ave Fort Smith, AR on Tuesday June 20th between 9am and 2pm. Offers must be made by sealed bid, which must be received in person by 4:30pm Wednesday, June 21st at the U.S. Federal Building, U.S. Marshals service room 243, 30 S. 6th street, Fort Smith, AR or at the Greg’s Too location. Envelope must be marked “Sealed Bid”. Vehicles will be sold “AS IS” to the highest bidder.

Bids will be opened Thursday morning, June 22nd and the highest bidder will be notified, at which time payment must be made by personal or certified check, NO CASH.

The U.S. Marshals service reserves the right to reject all bids.

For more information call Whitney at 479-424-5026

Your Fuel System

What is it?
You car’s fuel system works with the rest of the engine control system to deliver the best performance with the lowest emissions. Check your car’s fuel system regularly or immediately if you smell gas or suspect a problem.

What does it do?
The fuel system transfers fuel from the fuel tank and passes it through a fuel filter for straining before it arrives at the injectors. A pressure regulator controls fuel pressure to ensure good engine performance under a variety of speed and load conditions. Fuel injectors, when activated, spray a metered amount of fuel into the engine. Some vehicles use a return line system to return unused fuel back to the tank.

Typical Wear and Tear
Intervals for fuel system maintenance may be influenced by:

  • Fuel quality
  • Vehicle age
  • Mileage/time
  • Operating conditions
  • Maintenance history

Symptoms

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Vehicle won’t start
  • “Check Engine” light is illuminated

Filters and Fluids

Today we want to share some information about filters and fluids.

What is it?
Your car’s filters are important to the longevity of your car and interior comfort. Maximize your car investment by replacing filters regularly.

What does it do?
The oil filter traps contaminants, allowing the oil to flow through the engine unrestricted. The fuel filter separates harmful contaminants that may cause problems with carburetors or intricate fuel injectors. The air filter traps dirt particles, which can cause damage to engine cylinders, walls, pistons and piston rings. The air filter also plays a role in keeping contaminants off the airflow sensor (in fuel-injected cars). The cabin filter helps trap pollen, bacteria and dust that may find their way into a car’s ventilation system.

Typical Wear and Tear
Filters are normal wear items that require regular checks and replacement. Factors that affect replacement intervals include:

Mileage
Driving habits
Driving and road conditions
Type of filter
Vehicle type

Symptoms

Poor gas mileage
Hesitation while accelerating
Musty odor in the cabin