Auto Care Plus

Serving Orange and the surrounding area for over 40 years

Auto Care Plus - Serving Orange and the surrounding area for over 40 years

Selecting New Tires and Wheels

Some of us Orange drivers just love tires. All those little rubber hairs on new tires and the smell is wonderful. Orange auto owners live in a great time for tires. No matter how you drive between Orange and Buena Park, where you want to go or the look you’re after; there is a tire for you.

The same is true about wheels. The hardest part for Orange car owners is choosing from the thousands of wheels available at CA tire shops.

The team at Auto Care Plus may not be able to help with that, but we can help you get some things in mind before you consult with your Orange tire professional. Let’s start with function and think about how you drive.

For example, maybe you have a large SUV but you don’t drive off-road around Orange, so an off-road tread isn’t important. Also, because you are not out bouncing over rocks in the CA backcountry, you don’t need a high profile tire to protect your rims. So that means you can probably go with the low-wide look.

If you have a winter season with rain and snow or if you find you need better ice and snow performance, they make great, high-performance snow tires that won’t make it look like you are driving a tractor.

There really are a lot of options for any given vehicle. Orange auto owners will find it very helpful to have a discussion like this with their Orange tire pro or the tire experts at Auto Care Plus when they need new tires. You can find the best solutions for your driving needs and to make improvements in ride or handling.

Picking a wheel that is the same size as what you are now running is important and pretty simple. But, it gets trickier if you want to upsize. Just get some help when you go bigger. All that tire and wheel still needs to fit in the available space. You do not want your tires to rub when you turn or hit a bump. Orange motorists also need to make sure their brakes and suspension bits will fit with their wheel of choice. It doesn’t matter how great your car looks if it’s not drivable.

Taller, wider wheels and tires probably weigh more than your stock shoes. And it’s “unsprung” weight – that has a big impact on brake performance. The upsized shoes increase rotational inertia – if you go too big you may need to upgrade your brakes to compensate.

Another possible problem is an inaccurate speedometer. This happens because the number of rotations can change with the new wheels. Fortunately, speedometers and odometers are all controlled by the engine computer; so it is easy to get it reprogrammed at Auto Care Plus to compensate for the bigger tires.

No matter what you are after: low cost, long life, high performance, traction or stunning good looks, your wheel and tire professional at Auto Care Plus in Orange, CA can help you identify your needs and give you a custom fit. With all the options available, you don’t have to compromise. There is a tire out there with your name on it!

Engine Air Filter From Auto Care Plus


Many Orange auto owners have found themselves in the following situation: they go to get their oil changed and their friendly Auto Care Plus service professional 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 Auto Care Plus tech 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 Orange 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 vital job is to clean that air before it goes into your SUV engine, to mix with the fuel and be burned. Without an engine air filter, the inside of your SUV 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 SUV 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 SUV engine can’t get enough air to burn the fuel efficiently. That means less power and reduced fuel efficiency.

That’s why your automobile manufacturer has recommended that you change your filter at regular intervals. Of course the Orange 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 friendly Auto Care Plus tech 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 SUV air filter hurts your MPG, many Orange motorists find that a new air filter pays for itself in better MPG 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 Orange people. And don’t worry – if you have a question or don’t understand a recommendation just ask your Auto Care Plus tech.

1432 N Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 771-7587

Water Pump

Your cooling system is very important. It circulates coolant through the radiator and your engine to protect your car from overheating. There are five main components to the cooling system:

  • the radiator
  • the radiator cap
  • the hoses
  • the thermostat and
  • the water pump

The cooling system is vital for Orange auto owners. It circulates coolant through the radiator and your engine to protect your SUV from overheating. There are five main components to the cooling system:

the radiator
the radiator cap
the hoses
the thermostat and
the water pump

The water pump’s like the heart of your cooling system, circulating the fluid throughout your SUV. It’s a small pump that’s driven by the engine; usually by belt, but sometimes by a chain or gear.

The water pump only operates when the engine’s running. Water pump failure is pretty routine. We see it often at Auto Care Plus. Some start failing at around 40,000 miles, but most fail by 100,000 miles. Consult your automobile manufacturer’s owners’ manual or friendly Auto Care Plus service specialist to see what’s recommended.

Since a water pump either works or it doesn’t, you need to change it when it fails. Water pumps fail in one of two ways: the bearings fail or they begin to leak. It’s possible to have a leak from a cracked water pump, but it usually leaks at the gasket where it attaches to the engine.

So how can Orange auto owners tell when the water pump is failing? If you can hear a low-pitched grinding sound coming from the water pump – it’s got a problem. If you can see coolant in that area, you’ve got a leak.

Some water pumps are driven off the timing belt. They might be under a plastic cover so you can’t see the water pump. Look for coolant on the driveway. If you see some, have your Auto Care Plus service advisor check it out.

Most timing belts need to be changed at 60,000 miles – some longer. It’s a good idea to change your water pump at the same time if it’s one of those that’s driven off the timing belt. To start with, 90% of the work’s already done with the timing belt change. And, if you don’t, and develop a leak later, you’ll have to change the belt again along with the water pump because the belt will have been contaminated by the leaking coolant.

Orange motorists can replace a failed water pump with a brand spankin’ new one or with a rebuilt pump. Rebuilt will save you some bucks, but ask your friendly Auto Care Plus tech what he thinks. Don’t feel too bad if your water pump gives out. They will all wear out eventually. Your Auto Care Plus service specialist can get you back on the road and on with your life.