Improve Fuel Economy

March 25, 2016

Tips to Improve the Fuel Mileage of your Vehicle

    It is important to go to regularly scheduled maintenances for your vehicle. This can help to determine if parts or components of the vehicle need to be repaired or replaced. If there is an issue with the vehicle between visits, it is recommended you bring it in as soon as possible. This way the issue can be resolved before further damage is done to the part of the vehicle. This can reduce the chance of an unexpected breakdown as well. By having the vehicle maintained, it can decrease the possibility of a costly repair bill in the future. Regular maintenances can also help to improve the fuel mileage for your vehicle.   To help improve the mileage, there are some steps you can do to help increase the fuel efficiency when you drive. Having added weight in your vehicle significantly decreases the fuel mileage. Always check your tire pressure and for proper tire inflation. Having an underinflated tire will result in poor fuel mileage because your vehicle has to work harder. Also make sure to watch the speed when you drive. All vehicles have an optimum fuel consumption speed, which is where the car can travel the farthest and use the least amount of fuel. Going too fast and changing your speed a lot can hinder your fuel mileage, it is best to set your cruise control. The cruise control helps to ensure that you are always going at a constant speed and are not risking going too fast. Keeping your speed steady will save you gallons of fuel and also make for a smoother more comfortable ride.   Hybrid cars use an electric motor which stores energy that would otherwise be wasted during braking or when driving downhill. Depending on the type of hybrid system used, hybrid cars can achieve as much as 200 miles per gallon or more. If you ever notice poor fuel mileage, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the vehicle for you. This can help you to have an enjoyable drive.
January 4, 2016

Oil Changes and Oil Filters should not be Overlooked

  Keeping the vehicle up to date on regular oil changes is important. This is because it can reduce the amount of friction because it places a layer of oil between all the hundreds of moving parts that are in your vehicle’s engine. The oil also helps to keep the parts of the engine at the proper operating temperature as it circulates through the system. Without the oil, the engine’s moving parts create so much heat that they can eventually melt together. This is an issue because it can cause your engine to lock up. The filter will collect dirt and debris as part of everyday use, so it is a good idea that you replace the oil filter with every oil change you have done on your vehicle. If you are not sure if the oil filter should be changed, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. This can help keep the vehicle and engine operating in top performance levels.   You can help keep the internal parts of the engine lubricated and operating at the correct temperature by having the oil changed. Oil in good condition can also help the moving parts from grinding against one another, which also helps to prevent damage to them. Without regular oil changes, dirt and sludge can build up in the engine and cause several issues. The old dirty oil will not be able to help lubricate the moving parts of your vehicle like new, fresh, clean oil can. The dirty oil can lead to serious damage to parts of your vehicle and engine.   There can be some signs that the oil needs to be changed from your vehicle. If the oil becomes a darky, murky-color, or even black in color, the oil should be changed as soon as possible. It is normal to burn small amounts of oil through everyday use, but if the level of oil becomes extremely low, an oil change may be needed. Make sure to follow the manufactures recommended service schedules when it comes to oil changes. This can help keep your vehicle running like new.
July 16, 2015

Ways to Improve the Life of your Vehicle

When you own a vehicle, you will want it to last as long as possible. A car has many different parts and systems in it and keeping all of them working right is essential to getting maximum power and fuel efficiency from your car. From tires to air conditioning to fluid checks to oil changes, you want to do everything possible to get the maximum value from the money that you spend on gas. If you want to keep your car running as fuel efficiently as possible, you want to keep it in as good of condition as possible. From tire pressure to oil changes to air conditioning to other engine systems, everything comes together into a car that will give you power and help you to get to where you need to be. Inspect the Tires Regularly Keep your tires at the proper pressure level. If your tires has too little or too much air in them, this will affect the handling of your car, which can cause drag on the engine causing you to use much more fuel than you should. Tire air pressure not only helps with your fuel efficiency, however, it also helps to lengthen the life of your tires. This is a maintenance issue that is very simple to take care of, so you want to be sure that you learn how to use a tire pressure gauge to keep your tires at the pressure level that is recommended by the tire manufacturer or us. The Oil will have to be Changed Keep to your oil change maintenance schedule. Your car manufacturer will have a schedule of how often that you need to change your oil. By sticking to that, you will be able to keep all of the engine parts lubricated to make sure that everything works as efficiently as possible. Old oil that is full of dirt and debris or not enough oil can cause your engine to lock up and cause it to have to work harder to keep your car running efficiently, which can impact the fuel efficiency of your car. Keep Cool with Air Conditioning Maintenance Air conditioning service can help it to work better and smarter. If your air conditioning is having issues keeping your car cool and comfortable, this means that it has to work harder. This can make all the difference in how much mileage you get out of the gas that you put into your car. By having your air conditioning system serviced on a regular basis, you will be able to ensure that it has all the power that it needs to keep you comfortable by using less power. This can affect your pocketbook and your comfort level. By having the air conditioner inspected and maintained, you can have a cool and comfortable vehicle when you drive this summer. Anytime you notice any issue with your vehicle, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it. This can help provide you and your passengers with a pleasant driving experience.
May 21, 2015

What to Know if you Have a Four-Wheel Drive Vehicle

When you invest in a vehicle, you will want to know all the options you have for it. One thing you may consider is if you are going to get a four wheel drive vehicle, or a two wheel drive. There are a lot of reasons why a person might want a four wheel drive vehicle over that of one just powered by two wheels. The person or the family might enjoy going off road for a little adventure in the sand or in the hills or else they might pull something behind. Four wheel drive will pull a boat or a camper a little bit better, especially if the engine is bigger. A four wheel drive vehicle will require a little bit different kind of operational system than if you were to just be driving around on two wheeled power. Taking that specialized system to a specialist is your best bet for having it maintained properly so that no problems exist in the future. Maintaining the Vehicle is Important No matter how many wheels power the car or truck you drive, it needs to have regular maintenance to make sure it is working correctly. The suspension system, the brakes, the tires themselves all need to be thoroughly checked in order to make sure all of the parts are operational and in good working order. An ASE master technician or a person trained specifically to work on four wheel drive vehicles is your best bet for getting the maintenance checks you need done properly. Maintenance could include brake fluid, getting the air adjusted in the tires or even checking that the tires have enough air in them, like any two wheeled drive vehicle would need. Two Wheel Drive versus Four Wheel Drive If you do not understand the difference between two wheel drive and four wheel drive, make sure to contact us. On the most basic level, having four wheel drive is exactly how it sounds. All four tires will turn and have force to move the vehicle forward. Standard cars only have two wheels to power through and therefore not enough power to get through a snowdrift, sand or even make it through slippery conditions as well. Four-wheel drive also offers a bit more stability when you are pulling heavy objects in a trailer behind you. Since there are more components required to get four wheel drive operational, the gas the engine uses will also be higher. That is why some SUVS and four-wheel drives are called gas guzzlers, mostly because they burn through it rather quickly. Signs there Could be an Issue with the Vehicle Since there are more parts to power four-wheel drive, it is a little more delicate to fix something when it goes wrong. Only hire someone who knows specifically what to do with four wheel drive vehicles when there is a problem. Trying to fix a problem on your own or hiring just anybody to do it could cause even more problems and be more expensive down the road. You can also contact us and we can inspect the vehicle for any issue that might be starting to form.
January 15, 2015

Transmission Switch Issues to be Aware of

Being able to diagnose the types of problems that can occur with a transmission switch will not only help you to maintain your car, but also to save money. Being aware of the signs to look out for will help you to recognize a defect that requires your attention. Also make sure to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenances. This can help ensure the parts are working efficiently and properly. You can help reduce the chance of a costly repair bill as well as time and stress. Catching it at the first sign will reduce the amount of wear and tear other parts may have. Odd Noises from the Vehicle If you find that the normal use of the vehicle creates unusual noises, it may be caused by transmission switch problems. The manner in which the transmission switch is connected to the engine must be checked to ensure that the fasteners have not come loose. Where this is the case, the fasteners can rattle around and create a significant amount of noise. Further, loose fasteners can result in the transmission not being fitted securely and moving about. Replacing the fasteners can solve these problems. Make sure to bring the vehicle in at any odd noises it makes so we can inspect it for you. Signs of Leaks Happening In the event that you notice drips of liquid on the ground after moving the vehicle, it is possible that this is caused by leaking transmission fluid. When this is the case, you must check the status of the hoses as well as the joins of the connection. Tighten any fasteners to determine whether this solves the problem and replace any parts that have become worn or damaged. No matter what size or color the leak is, it is important to bring the vehicle in. We will be able to check the hoses and under the hood for what may be causing the leak. We can then have the part replaced quickly, to help get you back on the road again. If you ignore a leak, it will develop into a larger one. This will also cost you more time, money, and stress in the long run. If a leak continues, the fluid level may be completely empty, when you need the vehicle the most. Regular Maintenance is Important Transmission troubleshooting needs to be undertaken as part of the normal maintenance of a vehicle when it ceases to run properly. When the transmission fluid is too low or it becomes contaminated, steps must be taken to fix this. Refilling or draining and replacing the fluid are necessary when this problem occurs. Make sure to schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in. We will be able to check the fluid level, as well as the condition of the fluid. Having the transmission fluid checked is a quick and ease process that can help ensure the transmission is working efficiently. This can help provide you with a safe and enjoyable ride.