West Coast Rovers Lake Forest, CA

Specializing in Land Rover Service and Repair

West Coast Rovers Lake Forest, CA - Specializing in Land Rover Service and Repair

Engine Air Filter From West Coast Rovers


Many LAKE FOREST auto owners have found themselves in the following situation: they go to get their oil changed and their thoughtful West Coast Rovers service advisor recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don’t know what an air filter is or what it does.

If this has happened to you, rest assured that you did the right thing by getting a new one. But you should never be too embarrassed to ask your West Coast Rovers technician for more information. It’s your money and you have a right to understand what you’re paying for.

Let’s review: “What does an air filter do??”:

Air is the focus of this discussion. What is the air like outside in LAKE FOREST right now? Can you see any smog? Is it full of pollen? How about dust? Anyone in CA with hay fever can tell you that there’s plenty in the air that you can’t see. Well, the engine air filter’s critical job is to clean that air before it goes into your minivan engine, to mix with the fuel and be burned. Without an engine air filter, the inside of your minivan engine would be extremely dirty from all the gunk that was burned in the cylinders.

In fact, for every gallon of gas you burn, your minivan engine needs 12,000 gallons of air. That little filter does a very big job. It’s no wonder that the air filter gets dirty and needs to be replaced. Think about a vacuum cleaner. When the bag gets full of dust and dirt, the vacuum doesn’t clean as well. It can’t move enough air to create good suction. A clogged engine air filter is the same way – the minivan engine can’t get enough air to burn the fuel efficiently. That means less power and reduced gas mileage.

That’s why your auto manufacturer has recommended that you change your filter at regular intervals. Of course the LAKE FOREST conditions you drive in will affect how quickly the filter gets dirty. If you drive in CA where it’s very dusty or where there’s lots of pollen or pollution, you may need to change the filter sooner. The filter is easy to check visually, so your thoughtful West Coast Rovers service professional can quickly make the call. He might recommend immediate replacement, or simply let you know that it is getting close and that you’ll need to replace it soon – like at your next oil change.

Because a severely dirty minivan air filter hurts your MPG, many LAKE FOREST motorists find that a new air filter pays for itself in better gas mileage before the next oil change. They also make premium air filters that have been proven to increase your horsepower and torque. If more power is important to you, a high performance air filter is some of the cheapest horsepower you can buy.

The better your car breathes, the better it runs – kind of like LAKE FOREST people. And don’t worry – if you have a question or don’t understand a recommendation just ask your West Coast Rovers service advisor.

22552 Muirlands Blvd.
LAKE FOREST, CA 92630
(800) 614-3878

Clean Fuel Makes a Happy Engine In LAKE FOREST, CA

 




If the fuel system in your minivan is dirty, you will be hurting your fuel economy and losing performance as you drive around LAKE FOREST, CA.

Unless they drive a vintage car, LAKE FOREST car owners have fuel injectors which need to be properly maintained. That is why your minivan owner’s manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.

Your thoughtful service advisor at West Coast Rovers in LAKE FOREST has the tools and chemicals to do the job right. West Coast Rovers uses a process that gives your car a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. The particles, gum and varnish that build up in your fuel system are removed so that it can run cleanly and efficiently.

After a professional fuel system cleaning at West Coast Rovers, you’ll notice more power, improved MPG and reduced exhaust emissions. AutoNetTV strongly recommends you follow your vehicle manufacturers fuel system cleaning service recommendations to keep your minivan running strong.

LAKE FOREST drivers don’t need the added expense of replacing a fuel injector that’s been damaged by neglect. Check with your thoughtful West Coast Rovers tech and see when your car is scheduled for a vital fuel system cleaning.

Professional Fuel System Cleaning

Getting adequate fuel to your engine is very important for performance, fuel economy and safety. In order to accomplish this, your fuel system needs to be clean.

Today’s production cars have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. The injectors need to be cleaned from time to time in order to deliver the fuel with the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume.

LAKE FOREST motorists can buy fuel system cleaners that you pour into your gas tank to help maintain an already clean fuel system, however, they can’t do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see West Coast Rovers in LAKE FOREST. They have the tools and chemicals to do the job right. The thoughtful team at West Coast Rovers can remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently.

You’ll find West Coast Rovers at 22552 Muirlands Blvd. in LAKE FOREST, CA 92630. Or just give us a call at (800) 614-3878 to schedule an appointment.

You’ll enjoy more power, better gas mileage and reduced exhaust emissions. The cleaners also help prevent rust and corrosion in your fuel system and lubricate critical engine parts.

And, as with all maintenance, it can help prevent costly repairs that can happen because you didn’t take preventative steps. Check with your thoughtful service advisor at West Coast Rovers and see when your car is scheduled for a fuel system cleaning.

West Coast Rovers: Good Service And Good Fuel Economy

Most LAKE FOREST and El Toro drivers want to save on gas and seek our advice on improving MPG. At West Coast Rovers, we are frequently asked, however, if it is really worth the extra effort. Just how much money can LAKE FOREST drivers actually save?

The US government has a website dedicated to helping us use less fuel. It presents the cost savings in a way LAKE FOREST car owners can relate to and is relevant for all vehicles. Let me give you an example: Having your minivan engine properly tuned, can save up to 4%. If you’re paying three-fifty for a gallon of gas in LAKE FOREST, you could save fourteen cents a gallon.

West Coast Rovers: Good Service And Good Fuel Economy

In today’s West Coast Rovers article, we’re focusing on the things you can do to improve your minivan MPG driving around CA. We’ll tell you the potential savings per gallon of gas at three dollars and fifty cents, and we’ll show a chart that also shows the savings at three and four dollars.

DOLLARS PER GALLON $3.00 $3.50 $4.00
TUNE UP 4% .12 .14 .16

The next item is replacing a clogged engine air filter. Your engine needs enough air to burn fuel efficiently for the best fuel economy. A clean air filter means you get plenty of air. The fact that the air’s clean protects your engine. That can save you up to ten percent or thirty-five cents a gallon.

DOLLARS PER GALLON $3.OO $3.50 $4.00
AIR FILTER 10% .30 .35 .40

Fixing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve economy by up to forty percent. That’s a whopping dollar forty in savings per gallon. Bring your car to West Coast Rovers in LAKE FOREST and we’ll check your oxygen sensor.

DOLLARS PER GALLON $3.00 $3.50 $4.00
FAULTY O2 SENSOR 40% 1.20 1.40 1.60

Chances are that if your oxygen sensor is kaput your check engine light will come on. Now, there’s any number of things that could cause your check engine light to come on besides oxygen sensor problems. But if it’s on, get it checked out as soon as you can at West Coast Rovers.

Here’s an easy one for wise LAKE FOREST motorists. Inflate your tires to the recommended pressure. That could save you three percent or eleven cents a gallon. Even a little drop in pressure will bring down your fuel efficiency, so check your tires every week.

DOLLARS PER GALLON $3.00 $3.50 $4.00
TIRE INFLATION 3% .09 .11 .12

Your minivan auto manufacturer has recommended a specific weight of motor oil. The recommendation is based on engine design and will give you the best protection. Using a heavier weight could cost one to two percent in reduced fuel economy, or up to seven cents a gallon.

DOLLARS PER GALLON $3.00 $3.50 $4.00
RIGHT GRADE MOTOR OIL 2% .06 .07 .08

Here’s one that’s free for LAKE FOREST auto owners that  want to save money: Take it easy when you drive. Aggressive driving (we’ve all seen this on LAKE FOREST roads), rocketing away from stop lights, standing on the brakes, punching it for lane changes – really takes a toll on your MPG.

Cutting out aggressive driving around LAKE FOREST can save five percent or eighteen cents a gallon. Now on the interstate it gets really costly: thirty three percent or a buck sixteen a gallon. Think about that – and leave a little earlier.

DOLLARS PER GALLON $3.00 $3.50 $4.00
DRIVE AGRESSIVELY – MIN. 5% .15 .18 .20
DRIVE AGGRESSIVELY – MAX. 33$ .99 1.16 1.32

A related item is exceeding the speed limit. For example, if the speed limit is sixty miles per hour on your LAKE FOREST expressway,  an additional five miles will cost seven percent or twenty-five cents a gallon. Fifteen miles per hour will cost you upwards of eighty cents a gallon.

DOLLARS PER GALLON $3.00 $3.50 $4.00
SPEED LIMIT – MIN. 7% .21 .25 .28
SPEED LIMIT – MAX. 23% .69 .81 .92

The last thing we’ll talk about is excess weight. Our minivans tend to accumulate a lot of things and the weight adds up. Clear out the trunk and only haul stuff when you really need it. For every one hundred pounds you can save two percent or seven cents a gallon.

Sorry honey, your brother can’t come with. It’d cost an extra thirty cents a gallon.

Fuel Injection Basics For LAKE FOREST

All modern LAKE FOREST vehicles come with fuel injection systems, so it’s a topic Irvine auto owners need to know something about. The mighty fuel injector is a valve that delivers the gas or diesel fuel to the right place, in the right amount, at the right time; to be mixed with air and burned in the engine.

So how many fuel injectors does your car have? There’s one for each cylinder. So four, six or eight for most folks in LAKE FOREST, CA. Some vehicles have 10 or 12 cylinders. The engine control computer makes adjustments to the fuel injector as it monitors the engine and other sensors. Fuel injectors are a pretty high-tech.

West Coast Rovers can help Irvine car owners with a fuel injector cleaning service. What’s the benefit? In order to work right, the fuel injectors have to deliver the fuel at a precise pressure at a very precise time. It’s vital that the fuel is sprayed in a particular pattern as determined by the engine design.

Over time, varnish can start to build up in the fuel injectors, effecting the pressure, pattern and timing of the fuel charge. The result is that the fuel doesn’t get burned as efficiently as it could. That robs performance and hurts fuel efficiency.

What about dirty fuel – how does that affect the fuel injectors? The fuel injectors are the last stop in the fuel system. It starts at the fuel tank. Frankly, the best way to keep your fuel injectors working well is to use high quality fuel. It’s tempting to shop for bargains in  Irvine with fuel prices as high as they are, but major brands in the LAKE FOREST, CA area have better detergents and additives and deliver consistent quality.

What about a good fuel filter? The fuel filter is an important component of the fuel system. Its job is to filter out the dirt and rust that collect in the fuel tank. If it’s clogged up, the dirt will bypass the filter and head upstream to the fuel injectors.

It’s critical to replace the fuel filter when your auto maker recommends it. That’s part of a comprehensive fuel system cleaning.

There are different kinds of fuel injection systems. Port fuel injection systems, the kind most gasoline engines have, operate at 60 pounds per square inch. The injectors for the new gas direct injection engines LAKE FOREST car owners are starting to see require 10 to 30 times as much pressure. And some diesel engines for passenger vehicles have injectors that operate at 30,000 pounds or more per square inch. There’s no room for dirt and gum in a precision part like that.

There are a lot of good products available in LAKE FOREST, CA that can clean fuel injectors. They’re best used by LAKE FOREST motorists to prevent fouling in the fuel injectors. Many can’t clean a seriously gummed up injector – that requires a professional deep cleaning, like those we offer at West Coast Rovers in LAKE FOREST. But putting the cleaner in the fuel tank after you’ve had West Coast Rovers take a look at your fuel system will help keep it clean. Be sure to read the label for directions.

Give us a call if you think your minivan may be ready for a fuel injector cleaning.

Manager: Eddie Bostock
West Coast Rovers
22552 Muirlands Blvd.
LAKE FOREST, CA 92630
(800) 614-3878

Fuel Filter Replacement

Hello LAKE FOREST car owners! You would never like to drink a glass of mud, right? Well, your minivan feels the same way. It needs a steady supply of clean fuel in order to run well and deliver good fuel efficiency. The fuel filter’s job is to clean dirt and rust out of the fuel before it gets to your engine. A clogged fuel filter can actually choke off the engine so that it won’t start or run. Some fuel filters have a bypass valve that allows fuel to go around the clogged filter so your car will still run. But, then the contaminated fuel can clog your fuel injectors and allow dangerous particles into your engine.

A car with a partially clogged fuel filter might run well around LAKE FOREST, but sputter and strain on the interstate because it’s starving for gas. There are two things that affect how often you need to replace the filter. They are: where you drive in CA and the gas you buy. If you drive a lot on dirt or gravel roads in rural CA, your fuel filter will have a harder time keeping the fuel clean.

And, we hate to say it, but buying the cheapest gas from bargain Irvine area stations sometimes means dirtier fuel that’ll clog the filter sooner. Major brands tend to be cleaner and certainly have higher levels of detergent additives.

Of course, auto manufacturers recommend intervals for changing the fuel filter. But, it’s a little more complicated than that for LAKE FOREST auto owners. Some vehicle manufacturers stopped listing recommended intervals for fuel filter replacement or have very long intervals like every five years or eighty thousand miles. So you may need to look to other sources for recommendations. Cars older than six or seven years are especially at risk because they have had time for dirt and rust to build up in the fuel tank. A clean fuel filter keeps the gas flowing. Even a partially clogged filter puts added strain on the minivan fuel pump. That can shorten its life and result in an expensive repair.

As is often the case, spending a little money now on something as inexpensive as a fuel filter can save money for LAKE FOREST car owners down the road by improving fuel economy and preventing pricey repairs. At West Coast Rovers in LAKE FOREST, we can check your fuel filter. It is better than fixing a burned-out minivan fuel pump or ruined fuel injectors.

Fuel Injection: It Keeps Getting Better for LAKE FOREST Drivers

LAKE FOREST auto owners know that engines need to burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your minivan engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine’s cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors.

There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so in the first method, fuel is injected into a port and allowed to mix with air and before it is drawn into the cylinders. In the second method, fuel is injected directly into the cylinders and mixes with air after it enters the minivan engine.

Direct injection engines burn fuel more efficiently than conventional minivan engines. Some models can deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.

For example, in one family of engines, the conventional version (a V6) delivers about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version delivers over 300 horsepower and gets about the same gas mileage. The turbocharged version delivers 350 horsepower.

Fuel Injection: It Keeps Getting Better for LAKE FOREST DriversWhy the big difference in power? Direct injection systems allow fuel to be squirted into the minivan engine at hundreds of times the pressure of a conventional engine. This atomizes the fuel better (breaks it down into tinier droplets), which means more of it gets burned, which translates to more power for your engine. It also results in cleaner emissions.

Fuel injectors are precision instruments. They have to deliver the right amount of fuel at exactly the time the minivan engine needs it. They are also engineered to inject fuel with a specific spray pattern. This spray pattern allows for maximum fuel efficiency and proper atomization. Direct injection engines require a much higher degree of precision than conventional engines. For this reason, they are equipped with more sophisticated computers.

When fuel injectors get dirty, their precision drops off. The spray pattern won’t be precise, and the timing of fuel delivery may be off. This decreases fuel efficiency and gas mileage as well as delivering less power to the engine.

LAKE FOREST motorists should understand that fuel injectors are not cheap to replace. Direct injection fuel injectors are even more pricey. And we’re talking a mortgage payment to buy a set of new fuel injectors for a diesel engine.

So keeping your fuel injectors clean is just good auto advice. The best way to do this is to change your air and fuel filters regularly and practice other habits of good car care and preventive maintenance. Cleaning additives in your fuel can also help.

If you do end up with gum or varnish in your fuel system, you’ll need a professional fuel system cleaning. This will clean out your whole system, including the injectors. The good news is that with proper maintenance, LAKE FOREST motorists will enjoy better gas mileage and their fuel injectors will last for a long time.

Service to Improve Fuel Economy


The price of gas in CA has got LAKE FOREST motorists talking. It seems that LAKE FOREST folks who need a bigger vehicle to carry family and gear, or provide four wheel drive, are hit especially. That is why we thought it would be good to review some things that anyone can do to improve fuel economy.

First let’s start with how we drive in the Irvine area. LAKE FOREST drivers may not realize that they can really save cash on gas by just changing a few driving habits. One of the biggest is jackrabbit starts – you know, flooring the gas as soon as the light turns green. That really wastes a lot of fuel. Building up your speed at a slower pace uses less fuel and is easier on your engine and drive train. And don’t drive with one foot on the brake. That’s also a drag on fuel efficiency, and it wears out your brakes faster too.

Another thing LAKE FOREST auto owners can do is drive slower – but only when it’s safe. Sometimes on the highway we drive an extra five … ten . . . twenty … over the speed limit. We do it to save time, but it only saves a few minutes out of maybe an hour long drive, and we may use 10 to 15 % more gas. Just leave LAKE FOREST a little bit earlier, save some cash and arrive more relaxed.

LAKE FOREST drivers can also try and combine all of their errands for the day into just one trip, rather than several. If you can put off a trip today that can be combined with one tomorrow – you can save some time and money.

Using your cruise control can save income too. Driving in Irvine at a constant speed really improves gas mileage. Be sure to only use your cruise control in CA under safe conditions – you can look in your owner’s manual for some important good tips on using your cruise control.

Did you know that reducing the weight in your minivan saves gas? Clean out the trunk or back seat from time to time so that you are not paying to carry around a lot of stuff around Irvine you do not need in the car. If you live in CA where there is snow and ice, clear it off your car. They add weight and mess with aerodynamics too.

Another tip is to avoid long idle times, which includes warming it up when you start. Modern engines do not require a long warm up to get going – just take it easy for a couple of miles.

Be sure to get a new gas cap if yours leaks or is worn.

Now, let’s start talking mechanical. Bottom line – the better you maintain your vehicle, the less fuel you will use. It all adds up in a big way. For example, replacing your dirty engine air filter will pay for itself in improved gas mileage before your next oil change – and will keep saving you bucks after that.

A clean, well-maintained fuel system really pays big dividends in fuel economy for LAKE FOREST motorists. A clogged fuel filter wastes gas. So does a dirty fuel system, grimy fuel injectors and plugged up PCV valves. A fuel system service decreases the gas you use, and increases the power – so LAKE FOREST drivers can’t go wrong with that.

Some of us LAKE FOREST drivers ignore our Check Engine light. But fixing the problem that caused the light to come on will usually save some fuel as well. It may be a bad oxygen sensor that can really rob your fuel economy.

And, it may be time for a tune-up. Tune-ups should improve your fuel economy. Don’t overlook the essential routine maintenance items, like scheduled oil changes, transmission and cooling system service. Dirty or low fluids actually use more fuel. Just look at your auto manufacturer’a recommended service intervals in the owner’s manual, or ask your West Coast Rovers service advisor for the schedule.

Don’t forget your tires. Under-inflated tires waste gas. And if your wheels are out of alignment you won’t get the fuel efficiency you need.

None of these things are very complicated or expensive for LAKE FOREST drivers to stay on top of. When you maintain your car properly, you save gas today, and prevent pricey repairs tomorrow.

Keep it Flowing With A Fuel Filter Replacement At West Coast Rovers

The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles around LAKE FOREST CA use fuel filters.

For more information about your fuel filter, visit West Coast Rovers or come by our shop located at 22552 Muirlands Blvd. in LAKE FOREST, CA 92630.
Please call (800) 614-3878 to make an appointment.

Generally speaking there’s not a lot of dirt in our LAKE FOREST CA auto fuel supply, but there is enough that you want to screen it out. The problem actually gets worse the older your vehicle becomes. That’s because dirt, rust and other contaminants will settle out of the fuel and onto the bottom of the fuel tank. After your minivan is five years or older, it can actually have a fair amount of sediment built up.

That just means that the fuel filter has to work harder as your minivan ages. It’ll get clogged sooner and need to be replaced more often.

A symptom of a clogged fuel filter is that the engine sputters at highway speeds or under hard acceleration. That’s because enough fuel is getting through around town, but when you need more fuel for speed, enough just can’t get through the filter. Obviously, that could be dangerous if your car or truck can’t get enough power to get you out of harm’s way.

For just that reason, fuel filters have a bypass valve. When the filter is severely clogged, some fuel can bypass the filter all together. Of course that means that dirty, unfiltered fuel is getting through to be burned in the engine.

This dirt can then clog and damage your fuel injectors. Now injectors are not cheap to replace, so you don’t want to cause them damage just because you didn’t spend a few bucks to replace a fuel filter.

You know, in a way, the fuel filter can be the poster child for preventive maintenance. It’s a little part, it’s simple and it’s cheap to take care of. But if it’s neglected, it could lead to thousands of dollars of repair bills.

Those auto service schedules in your owner’s manual are there for a reason. If ever you don’t understand a recommended service, just ask your LAKE FOREST service advisor at West Coast Rovers. We’ll be happy to explain.

Fuel Saving Tip: Car Weight And Your CA Driving

Weight is the enemy of fuel economy. Everyone from here to Foothill Ranch knows this makes sense.

Some of us in the Foothill Ranch area carry a bunch of unnecessary weight, and I’m not talkin’ what you see in the mirror.

minivan Weight Guys; sports equipment and tools. Ladies; well, just take a look around the passenger compartment and trunk. I think my car has about forty-five pounds of French fries on the floor.

All that extra weight wastes gas as you drive between here and Foothill Ranch, and everywhere else.

Lose the junk and save some money.

…And you really only need one of those spare tires.