Differential Service

The main parts of any 4-wheel-drive system are the front and rear differentials and the transfer case.

What is the Differential and How Does it Work?

The differential is part of your vehicle’s drivetrain, and is a special gearbox located between the drive wheels of your vehicle. Most 4-wheel drive vehicles have both a front and rear differential.The differential works with your transmission to deliver power from the engine to the axle that turns your wheels. The differential also makes turning your car possible. Using a series of gears, the differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds (the outside wheels need to turn faster than the inside wheels during a turn), enabling corner turning with improved traction.

The differential gears are lubricated with a fluid (referred to as differential fluid or differential oil) that carries heat away from them, preserving their life and performance. Over time, high operating temperatures can cause the differential fluid to break down. When this happens, or if leaks develop or the differential fluid becomes contaminated, the gears won’t work together smoothly. If the differential gears start to grind together, continued driving can cause expensive damage. Changing the differential fluid according to your owner’s manual will help you avoid premature wear on the differential.

Differential Service

The old differential fluid is removed and replaced with new fluid that contains the correct additives to help keep the seals, gears, and bearings operating properly.

How Often to Perform a Differential Service
We recommend a differential service in accordance with your vehicle’s owners manual recommended service intervals, or under special circumstances, such as water contamination. Your technician will check your owner’s manual and let you know the proper differential service interval for your specific vehicle.

What is the Transfer Case and How Does it Work?

The transfer case is a gearbox that splits the power between the front and rear axles on 4-wheel-drive vehicles. In all-wheel-drive vehicles, the transfer case helps to shift power from one axle to another, depending upon traction conditions. Lubricating fluid in the transfer case, called gear oil, helps keep the gears cool, clean, and turning smoothly. Gear oil additives break down in all gearboxes at different intervals. Replacing this fluid at owner’s manual recommended intervals can help prevent premature wear and damage caused by contaminated or broken-down gear oil.

Transfer Case Service

The old fluid is removed and new fluid is added according to owner’s manual recommendations.How Often to Perform a Transfer Case Service
We recommend a Transfer Case Service in accordance with your owner’s manual recommended service intervals. Your technician will check your owner’s manual and let you know the proper service interval for your specific vehicle.

Brake Service

When it comes to vehicle safety and the safety of your passengers, brake maintenance is critical.   Oil Change USA offers Brake Service and Brake Fluid Flush.

Oil Change USA’s Brake Service  – Easy as 1-2-3

Prior to starting any brake service at Oil Change USA we conduct a short interview with the vehicle owner on the history and any symptoms of the brake system.  This interview is followed by a free, thorough inspection of the vehicle’s brake system components.

If maintenance or repair is indicated, you will receive a free written estimate for your review and authorization.

Once authorized, the service includes cleaning the serviceable parts, and replacing worn components with quality new parts.How Often to Perform a

Brake Service

Routine maintenance of brake components is a cost effective way to keep your brake system operating safely and decrease long term brake repair costs. It’s a good idea to have timely inspections, such as during a tire rotation or at recommended mileage intervals, so you know the condition of your brakes. You can replace components that are wearing out before the brake pads or shoes wear to the point of metal to metal contact. Replacing the wearing components before additional parts are needed can save you long term repair costs. You should also have your brake system inspected anytime you think you’re experiencing an issue with your brakes.How Does Brake Fluid Work?
Brake fluid is essential to the brake system, providing the hydraulic force to stop the vehicle. Just like engine oil and other critical fluids, brake fluid is formulated with additives that inhibit corrosion, but those additives break down over time. Once the inhibitors are depleted, the brake system is unprotected and vulnerable to corrosion and contamination from particulates, including copper. The presence of these particulates in the fluid can lead to damaged components. The result can be longer stopping distances and in severe cases, total brake system failure.

Brake Fluid Flush

Often overlooked, brake fluid flushing and fluid replacement is a recommended maintenance service. Brake fluid is not maintenance free! It requires periodic testing, and replacement when indicated. The first step of a Oil Change USA Fluid Flush is to test the vehicle’s brake fluid for copper. If the test shows copper levels at or above a specified level, service is needed. The 20-30 minute Brake Fluid Flush clears out all old, worn-out, oxidized, and/or contaminated brake fluid, and replaces it with fresh, new brake fluid. The process also removes moisture, condensation, and air from the brake system.

How Often to Perform a Brake Fluid Flush

You can’t tell brake fluid condition by color, time or mileage. It has to be tested. Testing for copper, and replacement when indicated, is supported by industry experts such as the Motorist Assurance Program (MAP), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (AMRA). The experts recommend brake fluid testing at the same interval as your owner’s manual recommendations for brake system inspection, and to replace the brake fluid (for most vehicles) when testing shows the copper content exceeds 200 ppm.

How Do Brakes Work?

When you step on the brake pedal, the master cylinder compresses the brake fluid, sending pressure through the brake lines:

  • On disc brakes, the fluid pressure causes the calipers to pinch brake pads into contact with the disc brake rotor, which is attached to the wheel, forcing it to slow down or stop.
  • With drum brakes, the fluid is forced into the wheel cylinder, which pushes the brake shoes out. The brake shoes are pressed against the drum, which is attached to the wheel, causing the wheel to stop.

In either case, the friction linings (pads or shoes) convert the forward motion of the vehicle into heat. Heat is what causes the pads or shoes to eventually wear out and require replacement.

Filter Replacement

What is the Air Filter and How Does it Work?

The air filter is an essential emissions component that helps ensure peak engine performance. For every gallon of gasoline burned, an engine takes in about 9,000 gallons of air. The air filter traps airborne contaminants like dirt and dust, and keeps them from getting into the engine’s moving parts. Without the air filter, these contaminants would cause excessive wear to the engine’s moving parts, and reduce fuel economy. A clean air filter also allows the correct mixture of air and fuel, helping to increase your gas mileage and engine performance.

Air Filter Replacement

The air filter is removed and inspected. If its condition indicates replacement, a new air filter is installed.

How Often to Replace Your Air Filter

Owner’s manual recommendations vary based on your driving conditions. The general guideline is to change your air filter when it’s no longer translucent or appears dirty, and can no longer do an effective job.

What is the Cabin Air Filter and How Does it Work?

Many vehicles today are equipped with a climate control system in the passenger cabin, which cleans incoming air during the heater, air conditioner, and vent modes. The system includes a cabin air filter to help remove dust, pollen, mold spores and other particles from the air you breathe inside your vehicle. This is especially beneficial in certain driving conditions, like dusty roads, city driving, and industrial areas. The cabin air filter is also responsible for adequate airflow into the passenger cabin. Over time, the cabin air filter becomes clogged or dirty, and those that come with an electrostatic charge become depleted, reducing airflow into the passenger cabin. If not replaced, the heater and air conditioner cores could eventually be damaged by corrosion.

Cabin Air Filter Replacement

The cabin air filter is removed and inspected. If its condition indicates replacement, a new air filter is installed.

How Often to Replace the Cabin Air Filter

The cabin air filter should be replaced according to your owner’s manual recommendations. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend a cabin air filter replacement every 12 months or 15,000 miles.

Helpful Tips

The secret to getting a vehicle to last a long time is maintenance. Regular fluid checks and an almost pious dedication to scheduled lubrication will keep the powertrain going strong.

What kind of oil, brake fluid, and grease used is just as important as when it is changed. The best oil in the world will do your engine no good if you never change it.

Cleaning and protecting the finishes of the vehicle inside and out will keep things looking good. Paint, plastic, leather, and fabric need help to survive the constant assault of sun and outdoor elements.

Below are 10 handy tips for keeping your vehicle in top shape.

Tip 1

Check and change the oil.  The single and most important step to help an engine last is regular oil and filter changes. Conversely, nothing will destroy an engine faster than neglecting oil-level checks or fresh-oil changes.

Tip 2

Flush the cooling system and change coolant at least once a year. A 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water will keep your cooling system in good shape. Coolant will prevent corrosion and deposits from building up inside the cooling system.

Tip 3

Change out transmission and differential oils. While not a frequent service that is required, these fluids must be changed according to service intervals.  Always use transmission fluid or gear oil of the recommended type and viscosity.  See your automobiles owner’s manual.

Tip 4

Keep it clean. While it might seem obvious that washing the outside of the vehicle is important, it is often overlooked due to weather conditions and convenience. Just remember most everything the vehicle ran over can also get stuck to the underside.  A quick hosing off winter salt and road grime is a good idea.

Tip 5

Everything with moving parts needs grease to optimally perform and survive. An example of this would include your vehicle’s ball joints.

Tip 6

Wax on – Wax off!  Nothing keeps paint looking good and protected like a coat of quality wax. Apply wax at least every six months.

Tip 7

Driveline components such as u-joints also require regular lubrication. The driveline may have to be removed to access the grease fitting.

Tip 8

Protect the interior plastic by parking your vehicle in the shade, using a window deflector screen, and applying a UV protectant to prevent the plastic and vinyl from drying out.

Tip 9

Inspect, clean, and repack wheel bearings with wheel bearing grease according to service intervals. Wheel bearings and grease are inexpensive compared to spindle and hub replacement, or liberated wheels rolling down the road ahead of you.

Tip 10

Replace fluid and bleed system once a year.  Brake fluid is hygroscopic. This means it is adept at attracting moisture. Moisture causes components to corrode and fail. Brake fluid is inexpensive compared to replacing calipers, hoses, and sensors.

What does the red oil light mean on a CBR 600rr and CBR 1000rr

If the red light on your CBR 600 or CBR 1000 is on, don’t freak out. A lot of the time it could be a minor issue that’s easy and free to fix. The red light means that your motorcycle’s oil pressure is low. This can result from a number of things including a faulty sensor.
The first thing to check when your oil light is on is your battery cables. Often times the simplest things are the problem. Something as simple as a loose connection can cause your light to go on. If this happens, you might notice the bike lose power and bogging down as the red light comes on. It might either regain power or require you to shut the engine off and restart it.
Another obvious problem is a faulty sensor. It seems electronics are more trouble than they are worth sometimes. Every once in a while the sensor will go bad and throw the oil light on because of it.

An often overlooked issue is your cap being loose. If your cap isn’t on tight, the engine will lose pressure causing the light to pop on. Make sure both your cap and drain plug are tightened. If your motorcycle is leaking oil, it might be your drain plug not being screwed in all the way.

Too much or too little oil can also cause pressure issues. While it’s obvious that not enough oil can cause engine harm, it’s a less obvious fact that too much can also cause harm. If you overfilled your motorcycle passed the top notch on the viewing window, it can cause too much pressure to build. This will damage seals and other parts of the engine and could also cause the light to come on.

Too little will also cause the red light to come on, however, you should never let it get that low.

If all else fails, you should take your bike to the Honda dealer. The oil light is not a suggestion, it’s a warning. Failure to take note of it may result in expensive engine repairs.