How to Improve Your Fuel Economy

December 23, 2013

Ways to help get better fuel efficiency with your vehicle

A benefit for making sure the vehicle is maintained on a regular basis is that it can help save you money at the pump. A vehicle that is checked regularly can increase the chance that it will run at peak performance. It can also help consume less fuel. Bring your vehicle in and we can inspect it over. If there are any parts that have worn or been damaged, we can repair or replace them accordingly. This not only helps your vehicle, but it can also help to reduce time, worries, and stress. It can also help to prevent a costly repair bill. Between visits, always make sure you bring your vehicle in if you notice any issues with it. The tire pressure should be at the recommended amount One of the most important factors to improve fuel efficiency is having good quality tires. Having one tire that is below the recommended pressure can add a large amount of friction. It can also cause the vehicle to drag and cause poor fuel efficiency with it. Make sure to check the vehicle owner’s manual for the correct amount of tire pressure that is recommended. Also, the amount can be found on a sticker that is inside the driver’s door. This can help to ensure you have the proper amount of air pressure for the tires to travel safely and efficiently. Make sure the wheels are aligned The alignment for the wheels can also help to contribute to better fuel efficiency. Aligning the vehicle is also often overlooked. Unless the tires are visibly worn at an uneven amount, it may be hard to notice if the tires are in correct alignment. Bumps in the road or hitting curbs can cause poor alignment. Also try to avoid hitting potholes. Running over a pothole is usually the most common reason why the vehicle has bad alignment. Make sure to bring your vehicle in and we can check the alignment. This can also help to improve the fuel economy for your vehicle when you drive. Going to scheduled maintenances is important Engine oil that is overdue for a change can cause an increase of friction for the vehicle. Also, it may lead to the increase of wear and tear. These things can result in reduced fuel efficiency for the vehicle. Spark plugs can also cause inefficient combustion that leads to wasting fuel. Over time these things can add up and cost you more at the pump. It is important to bring your vehicle in for regular scheduled maintenances. This can help to have it inspected for any worn or damaged parts. It is always better to have a small issue fixed before it turns into a larger and more costly repair bill. Reducing your driving speed can help save on fuel The easiest way to help get better fuel efficiency is to alter your driving habits. Try to avoid hard accelerations. Also drive at the posted speed limit. Driving faster can cause poor fuel efficiency with your vehicle. Driving at the speed limit can also help you be safer on the road.
October 14, 2013

4 reasons why Wheel Alignment is important for your vehicle

Many do not realize it, but having a wheel alignment done on your vehicle is an important procedure. Proper alignment can benefit you and your vehicle. It is important to get the wheels aligned on a regular basis. If you are unsure how often this should be, bring it in and we can help advise you on how frequently this should be done for your vehicle. When the wheels are aligned, it ensures that they are perpendicular to the road for better traction. Also the wheels should be parallel to one another.   You can save on fuel   When the wheels are not aligned properly on your vehicle, there is uneven pressure on the tires. The tires pushing against each other cause the uneven pressure. When that happens, there is uneven friction for the vehicle. It also has more resistance from the surface of the road. The vehicle has to work even harder to move forward and it results in more fuel being burned. This can add up to more money spent at the pump. When the wheels are aligned properly, there is less resistance from the road’s surface. Aligned wheels result in not only a smoother drive, but also more savings at the fuel pump.   Tires can last longer with proper alignment   With proper wheel alignment, the tires on your vehicle can have the possibility to last longer. If the wheels are not aligned, there is more resistance to the road’s surface. This leads to more pressure on the rubber of the tires. More pressure can lead to wear and tear on the tires very quickly. This can result in the tires becoming bald on one side. Also, it means that the tires are uneven and it will take more power to rotate the uneven tires. Not only is it hazardous to drive on uneven tires, but it may also mean you need to purchase new tires sooner than expected.   Proper alignment provides you with more safety   It is important for your safety, as well as those around you to have properly aligned tires. If your vehicle is pulling to one side of the road or the other, you may need to have a wheel alignment done. If the roads become wet or icy, poorly aligned wheels may lead to an accident because they pull in a direction you least expect. If the wheels are aligned, the vehicle can handle properly as you drive. This can help with a pleasant driving experience as well as peace of mind.   It helps reduce strain on your vehicle   Having a vehicle with poorly aligned wheels can also lead to other issues with parts. It can cause the brake shaft to not work at optimal levels. Unaligned wheels can also lead to uneven braking. If the wheels are out of alignment, it can affect the suspension of your vehicle. This is because each part that makes up the suspension system will be affected with each bump or pothole you go over. It can also lead to premature wearing of the suspension system, which can result in a larger repair bill to repair or replace the parts.