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June Tips Maintence and Info

// June 12th, 2018 // No Comments » // Success Stories

Here we go again.  Gas prices are rising and no relief in sight. Over $3 a gallon and some of us with that handy SUV or truck; wondering if it is time to bail.  Before you do anything rash let us look at some smart tips, and make good decisions that will be environment friendly and save money (on gas) while doing it.

First of all, maintain your vehicle’s engine per the owner’s manual.  Use the recommended grade of gas, especially, if it’s regular (lower grade).  Most engines run fine on the lower grade but premium can be 50 cents more per gallon.  Within reason, search for the lowest priced station.  All brands are about the same. A 10 percent savings could be a block away.  Check the tire pressure and inflate to the recommended pressure.  Underinflated tires can reduce fuel economy by 3 percent.

Now here are some driving habits and tips that will increase your miles per gallon (mpg)…..pdq:

  • Coast to a stop.  Generally, the less you have to brake, the better the fuel economy.
  •  Avoid a slow crawl up to speed. The best acceleration rate varies with the vehicle, gear ratios and weight, but testing finds that taking 15 seconds to accelerate to 50 mph used less fuel than taking 30 seconds to reach the same speed.  This is because the fuel efficient cars of today will reach their top fuel-saving gear sooner.
  • Close windows and use your air conditioning at high speeds.  Weather permitting, below 55 mph, open the windows and leave the air conditioning off.  At higher speeds, keeping the windows closed and the air conditioning running will burn less fuel.
  • Cruise at slower speeds but don’t get run over. Always maintain the distance required to be safe in traffic.

And, if you really are serious (obsessed) about getting the most miles per gallon, try “hypermiling”.  Hypermiling is a term that describes the use of extreme driving techniques that will improve fuel efficiency by reducing the demands placed on the engine. The impact of hypermiling can contribute to a 37 percent improvement in gas consumption.  Just type hypermiling into your favorite search engine and get started to day.  See you at the gas pump!

April Tips Maintenance and Information

// April 13th, 2018 // No Comments » // Success Stories

Does Your Car Really Need a Tune Up?

It’s spring and for us in Arizona we have already reached 90 degree temperatures. It’s also time for spring cleaning, the house, yard, garage and maybe your car. With that comes the tune up question, but do you really need one? According to most experts; cars made after 1999 almost never need one. In the “old days”, a car’s “electronics” included a battery, coil, distributor with points, spark plugs, etc. All this had to work together to keep your car running smoothly. These parts were subject to normal wear and tear and required maintenance or replacement every 12,000 miles or so, or, at least once a year.  Thus the car’s “tune up” was always an annual event.

Fortunately, today’s cars are truly electronic with computers, coils and sensors that still have to work together but are designed to last 100,000 miles or more before the dreaded “tune up” question comes up. So it seems even the term tune up has changed over the years. The best way to tell if your car needs attention is following the manufacturers recommended maintenance schedule. This can be found online or through your dealer or mechanic.   However, listening and being aware of how your car is running and what your dash indicator lights are telling you is most important. If you sense a misfire, stalling, hard starting, new noises, or experience that frightful “check engine” light then it may be time for a “tune up”. Even if you follow the maintenance schedules some “100,000 mile” components can degrade or fail sending you those signals. Don’t ignore them as your car needs you to be attentive and diligent especially as it matures. So go ahead and give your car a good spring cleaning, change the fluids and filters as required and maybe a tune up too…..if it needs it.