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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.

March Addition of Tips Maintenance and Information

// March 8th, 2018 // No Comments » // Success Stories

This month we’ll discuss Paintless Dent Repair or PDR.  Why you ask? I just hit something the other day with my car and I have been researching how my body shop will repair it.

I had the choice (and so do you) of having the fender replaced or repaired. The replacement could have been a new Toyota part, used Toyota part, or replacement China part at a substantial savings to my insurance.  But, here is what I learned from the shop. Anytime you have to repaint a portion of your car there’s a chance for a slight mismatch with the paint. Even with a good paint match the repaired area could fade differently than the original factory paint. This, plus cost savings, is why PDR is gaining popularity.

Trained techs actually smooth and manipulate the dent using specialized tools, mirrors and lights to bring it to factory specs without damaging the paint. Of course, this only works if the paint hasn’t cracked in the damaged area.  Even minor scratches can be re-clear coated and polished out. So the next time you are involved in a minor dent situation or have door dings you’re sick of, have your dealer or shop bring in the PDR guys to give an estimate. There are pics online showing the outcome and I can tell you from experience the results are real.

We are in our nicest weather season here in Arizona and outdoor activities for me include sanding and painting my 1967 Mustang and rebuilding my son’s 1972 F100 engine.  I wish they could get just a little PDR work but unfortunately they both require full body work and paint. Maybe I’ll post some pics on our website of my progress. Stay tuned for more TMI articles coming next month. And if you have car questions or comments, give the website “a post” and we will address them in an upcoming TMI article.

Tips Maintenance and Information

// February 21st, 2018 // No Comments » // Restoring Rides, Success Stories, Updates

This is my first installment of Tips Maintenance and Information (TMI pun intended).  It will, in the future include, you guessed it, tips on maintaining your car or Information on some of the things George and I do in the car realm. RRM is about cars and car issues but it’s mainly about people because God only cares about cars as they relate to people. So let’s get started.

I want to talk about something in the engine that everyone has if they have an engine in their car ….the timing belt or chain.  The reason I picked this issue over the thousands of things that can go wrong with cars is because most of the cars we fix for people are high mileage which makes the timing belt (or chain) crucial. But why you ask? What’s the difference between belt and chain?

You can certainly get more detailed information from the web about your particular car but since you are on our site here’s what I know.

Older cars typically had timing chains that did not get replaced until the engine was rebuilt or replaced. They were mostly designed to last the life of the engine, and that is true, as well with today’s engines that have timing chains.  However, most engines today come with timing belts that may be “interference engines” meaning if the belt breaks while driving and you somehow keep going it would run until the internal damage stopped it; hence the word “interference”.  A few car makers have “non-interference engines” with a timing belt are designed to stop running or shut down before doing any internal damage, which is still annoying but preferred.

So my tip today is find out if your particular car has a belt or chain. If it’s a chain, relax, but keep up your oil changes. If it’s a belt, find out the interval and get the belt checked or replaced. It may be important to know also if your engine is interference or non-interference, especially if your replacement history is sketchy.

As George and I move in and out of the car community and car shows we’ll keep posted on what we find.  I welcome any helpful feedback and although NOT an ASME certified mechanic, I’ve fixed over 66 cars in my 62 years on this planet and some of them were doozies! My greatest joy though is seeing a person get back on the road safely because we know firsthand how hard it is to get kids to school or get to work without that trusty car, and with God’s Grace we’re here to help.

OFF AND RUNNING FOR 2018

// February 17th, 2018 // No Comments » // Success Stories

It is only mid February and we have already repaired two cars.  Thanks to year end donations we have been able to answer the call for two families that needed help with their transportation.  They are now back on the road to meet work and school obligations.

Make a donation today and join us as we help improve the lives of families in need.

Coming soon we will be posting our first of monthly articles written by Carlos that will address common automobile tips, maintenance and information.  Check us out as we come along side to help you keep your ride healthy.