Better Your Gas Mileage – Auto Tips

How important are vehicle gas caps?

Click for Fuel/Money Saving Tips!17 percent of the vehicles on U.S. highways have either misused or missing gas caps, causing 147,000,000 gallons of gas per year to vaporize into the atmosphere. (Source: Service Tech Magazine, Sept. 2000)

Vehicle conditions that cost consumers millions of dollars in wasted fuel:

Loose or missing gas caps
Underinflated tires
Faulty thermostats
Worn spark plugs
Malfunctioning engine controls
Poor wheel alignment

How do underinflated tires affect fuel efficiency?
Underinflated tires and incorrect wheel alignment can lead to conditions which increase rolling resistance. This is like driving with the parking brake not fully released, it can cost a mile or two per gallon on a car that normally delivers 20 miles per gallon. Correct tire inflation pressure is critical for good fuel economy, safety, maximum tire life and proper vehicle handling performance.

Keep your car in tune:
Keeping up with regular vehicle maintenance can improve gas mileage by an average of 4.1 percent. Results may vary depending […]

Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Batteries – Check battery cables and posts for corrosion and clean them as needed. Extreme temperatures, battery age, and cranking power determine whether a vehicle will start. Have an ASE-certified technician use professional equipment to determine if the battery is weak and also check the condition of the starter and alternator.

Brakes – A thorough inspection at a service center should include a “wheels on” inspection — to help identify wheel alignment problems, sticking calipers, or warped rotors — as well as a “wheels off” inspection of the various brake parts. Also check the brake fluid; low levels or high moisture content can cause a dangerous loss of braking performance. Make sure the reservoir is filled to the MAX line with new brake fluid from a sealed container. If moisture levels are too high, a complete flush and fluid replacement may be needed.

Blades – New wiper blades that were installed last spring may be ready for […]

Auto Care Q&A

Knowing some basics about your vehicle and scheduling regular maintenance work can really help you save money on repairs. We’ve put together some commonly asked auto care questions and answers for your convenience.

What’s the correct tire pressure for my vehicle?

The correct tire pressure for a vehicle is determined by the size and weight of the vehicle, the type of tires it uses, load hauled, and the type of driving the vehicle is intended for. The vehicle manufacturer places a tire inflation placard in each vehicle that gives the proper tire inflation pressures for that vehicle. This placard is located on the inside of the glove box door, inside the fuel-filler door, or on the driver’s side doorpost (depending upon manufacturer). Most manufacturers also list tire inflation levels in the owner’s manual.

How often should I change my wiper blades?

For vehicles that are parked inside, car care experts recommend that the wiper blades be replaced at least […]