A broken muffler or a dysfunctional exhaust system can be an annoying and potentially costly problem to have with your vehicle. Rust is a common problem with exhaust systems, and can cause it to break down much faster than usual. Without a functioning muffler, your car will be very loud and obnoxious. Even a small hole in your muffler can make your car a whole lot noisier, and it will only get louder as the hole gets larger. The sound is the least of your problems, however. A leak or hole in your muffler can result in carbon monoxide and other exhaust gases seeping directly into the passenger compartment of your vehicle. Carbon monoxide can be deadly, even in small amounts, and is odorless and virtually undetectable. If carbon monoxide is leaking into your passenger compartment, you will most likely notice the symptoms first, such as dizziness, drowsiness and headaches. These exhaust gases can also bypass the catalytic converter, which converts harmful exhaust fumes into water vapor and carbon dioxide, through a hole or crack and escape into the atmosphere.
Catalytic convertors are required on all vehicles built after 1975. If your catalytic convertor is broken or damaged, you may not be legally allowed to drive your vehicle anymore. There are many different things that can go wrong in the exhaust system, and at K & M Auto Services we are equipped to take care of all of them. We can replace rusty or cracked exhaust pipes and make repairs to your catalytic convertor if necessary. If your exhaust system is not up to par, we can find the problem areas and fix them for you.
With a Car Repair Service oil change, or any other service, you’ll receive a Touch® Courtesy Check. We’ll look inside, outside, under the hood and underneath the car, then explain the findings and give you a written report.
While you’re there, let us perform a Touch® Courtesy Check, which includes a visual check of the following items:
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Most cars on the road today use multi-grade oil — one that can work efficiently in cold and hot weather. A multi-grade oil is rated by two numbers, such as 5W-30.
About the oil classification system.
Each engine oil comes with a classification indicating its viscosity, which is its friction or resistance to flow. In a multi-grade oil, the first number indicates how the oil will flow when it is cold. The lower the number, the lighter the oil and the better it will perform at lower temperatures. The second number indicates the thickness of that same oil at high temperatures. For example, a 5W-30 oil will flow as a 5-weight oil at zero degrees Fahrenheit and as a 30-weight oil at 210 degrees Fahrenheit
Why viscosity is a concern.
During cold starting, only a small amount of oil is present in the upper parts of engines. To lessen the friction when upper engine parts, such as the valve train, pistons, overhead cam and cam bearings, scrub against each other, a lower viscosity allows the oil to reach the components more quickly.
Why 5W-30 and 5w-20 oils are so popular.
Many vehicles today leave the factory with 5W-30 or 5w-20 engine oil. Vehicle manufacturers recommend them because they are lighter oils that perform well in a range of temperatures and help improve gas mileage.
Not all motor engine oils are 100% petroleum. Synthetic oils, which are primarily chemically compounded lubricants, are also available. They can provide:
Which oil is right for your car?
The simplest and safest way to find out is to check your owner’s manual…or talk to your Midas mechanic.
Oil filters are designed to trap foreign particles suspended in the oil and prevent them from getting to the engine bearings and other parts.
Your vehicle relies on a variety of fluids to operate its brake, steering, transmission, engine cooling and other systems. When these fluids become degraded or are at incorrect levels, damage to other components may occur…so always follow the manufacturer-recommended service schedule.
Automatic Transmission Fluid
This is typically an oil-based fluid used in a transmission that lubricates and cools the transmission and provides hydraulic pressure to shift gears automatically.
This is the hydraulic fluid used to transmit pressure through the brake lines in a brake system providing stopping power and protecting hydraulic brake components from internal corrosion.
This is the mixture of water and antifreeze used in an engine cooling system to dissipate heat and maintain the engine’s temperature throughout its operating range.
Starting & Charging
The battery starts your car, powers on-board computers and supplies emergency power needs. A weakened battery causes stress on alternators and starters, especially during extreme temperatures. Let Midas test and inspect your battery regularly.
Clean air filters can increase engine performance, boost fuel mileage and reduce engine wear. Cabin air filters can minimize airborne contaminants in the passenger compartment and improve heating/cooling efficiency.
Touch® Courtesy Check
The Midas Touch® Courtesy Check is fast, efficient and covers many items on your vehicle’s preventive maintenance schedule. We’ll conduct a visual check, looking inside, outside, under the hood and under the vehicle, then provide you with a written report.