TIPS & ADVICE
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vehicle and our experts assist you.
How can you increase fuel mileage?
Check Tire Pressure - If one tire is 5 psi low on pressure, you will lose
10% in fuel mileage. Make sure all tires are inflated to the vehicle
manufacture's specified pressure. Wheel Alignment - Your car's wheels and tires
were designed to roll. If the alignment is not correct they drag, causing a
decrease in fuel mileage as well as premature tire wear. Fuel mileage loss can
be as much as 15%. Check and Replace Filters Regularly - Replacing a plugged air
filter can improve your car's gas mileage by as much as 10%. Your car's air
filter keeps impurities from damaging the inside of your engine. Not only will
replacing the air filter improve your gas mileage, it will protect your engine
too. Change Your Oil Regularly - The proper grade of clean oil will reduce
friction. Using too heavy of oil can cause a loss of 1 to 2% in fuel mileage.
Regular oil changes will not only protect your engine, but also save you money
at the pump. Keep Your Engine Properly Tuned - Worn spark plugs, dirty fuel
injectors, and carbon on the throttle place can all cause a fuel mileage loss of
up to 4%. With today's cars, computers can mask worn or dirty parts that rob
your car of fuel mileage. By having these items inspected and serviced
regularly, you will keep your car running smooth and improve your vehicle's fuel
economy. Take a Load Off - Heavier vehicles require more energy to move, so
carrying around excess weight will decrease your mileage. Empty out your trunk
of unnecessary items. An extra 100 pounds in your trunk will reduce fuel mileage
by 1 to 2% in a typical vehicle. Service Engine Soon / Check Engine Light If you
have been ignoring this important light, have it repaired. This light monitors
important functions of the fuel and engine system. Depending on the cause, fuel
economy could suffer by 40%. Often time when the light is on, the computer
operates in a back up mode which does not optimize fuel mileage. Observe the
How often should I rotate my tires?
Your tires should be rotated every other oil change, or every 5000 miles.
Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear
Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the manufacturer
- The failure of a timing belt in many cars can result in major
damage. The cost of repairing an engine with a broken timing belt is much
greater than the cost of a timing belt replacement.
What does it mean if my "check engine" or "service engine soon" light
There are many sensors and computerized components that manage your
engine performance and emissions. When one of these fails, the "check engine"
light is illuminated. Although your car may seem to run fine, it is important to
have the issue addressed to prevent long-term problems or failure of emission
What should I do if my car starts to overheat?
This is a very serious problem - if your car overheats for too long, you
damage your engine. As soon as possible, find a safe place to pull off the road
and shut the engine off! Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator
as it can burn you. The best thing to do is have your car towed to a repair
When should I get my oil changed?
You should get your oil changed every 3000 miles or as recommended in
vehicle's owner's manual. If intervals are extended, ensure you use oil that
capable of extended mileage changes.
What is that milky brown engine oil?
Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in the oil. This can
caused by a blown head gasket (other gasket), a failed transmission cooler, or
cracked casings. This condition is very serious and needs to be checked by a
professional technician quickly.
How to make sure my car battery has a good electrical connection?
Battery cables and terminals should also be cleaned and inspected to make
they provide a good electrical connection.
What is synthetic motor oil?
Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for high output, turbocharged
supercharged engines, vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot
weather), or vehicles that are operated in extremely cold or hot climates.
Synthetic motor oils, though several times more expensive than mineral-based
motor oils, can improve fuel economy and provide longer intervals between
changes. They also provide instant lubrication on start-up.
When should I replace my car's fuel filter?
To help ensure dependable, trouble-free performance, replace your car's
filter approximately every 30,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle's
When should I change my spark plugs?
For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs
replaced every 30 months or 30,000 miles, unless your vehicle is equipped with
100,000-mile platinum tipped spark plugs.
I need to replace a burned out fuse, what should I do?
Always replace burned-out fuses with ones of the same amperage (printed on
the fuse) and note that if a fuse continues to "blow," you should have the
checked professionally by one of our technicians for defects.
I have a leak under my car. How can I tell what is leaking?
The coloring of the liquid identifies the type of liquid. Coolant Fluid
is orange or green, Engine fluid is Brown or Black, Transmission Fluid is Red or
Pink, Power Steering Fluid is Light Brown, Differential Fluid- Brown. depending
on the leak it could mean trouble, don't wait until it's too late!
What is a Cabin Air Filter?
Cabin air filters filter the air that comes from the outside of a
vehicle into the passenger compartment. They were originally designed to remove
solid contaminants like dust and soot from circulating inside the vehicle. These
filters can now also absorb gases and odors. Cabin air filters may also be known
as passenger compartment filters, pollen filters, or dust filters.
Air quality is becoming a major concern for many people - outdoors, in our
homes, and now even in our automobiles. An estimated 50 million Americans suffer
from hay fever and other allergy-related problems.
How often should they be replaced?
Vehicle manufacturer recommendations may vary, but the general guideline
for replacing cabin air filters is every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, or at least
once a year.