Go green with your car

Posted on December 9th, 2008 by admin0 under Tech Tips.

There are many ways to go green, why not with your car. Here are five ways to participate.

  1. Drive Green-Avoid sudden starts and stops, go the speed limit.  Jerky and aggressive driving decreases your miles per gallon and increases wear and tear on your car.
  2. Get a tune up-Regular maintenance on your car will help your car pollute less and burn less fuel.  With proper tune ups, you can save 4% on the cost of gas and up to 40% by replacing a faulty oxygen sensor.  Simply changing your car’s air filter can improve efficiency by 10%
  3. Lighten the load-Get all the junk out of the trunk and seats of your car, with the exception of your emergency items.  Extra items weigh your vehicle down and cause increase gas consumption.
  4. Tire checks-Around two billions of gas each year could be saved if the tires on every car in America were properly inflated.  Optimal tire pressure for your vehicle is listed in the owner’s manual.  Tires that are not properly inflated add rolling resistance that makes the engine work harder to move your car.  All of this increases fuel usage as much as three to five cents per gallon.
  5. Gas caps and fill-ups-Approximately 17% of cars on the road have loose, damaged or missing gas caps causing 147 million gallons of gas to be vaporized each year.  Topping off your gas tank when filling it up can also release harmful vapors into the environment, not to mention your check engine light may come on.

Please remember if you are doing your own vehicle maintenance, recycle and properly dispose of fluids and other components, including oil, tires and batteries.  For more information on disposal please check with your local Metro office.

 

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Gas Prices

Posted on December 9th, 2008 by admin0 under News.

Research has shown that despite lower gas prices, car owners are maintaining their cars instead of purchasing new ones.

Consumers changed their approach to auto maintenance as it relates to fuel efficiency.  More are checking their tire pressure, changed the air filter and replaced the fuel filter. They also reported changing the oil more often; using fuel additives, premium oil, and oil additives or engine treatments to improve performance or gas mileage.

As for purchasing a new vehicle, most do not plan not to do so in the near future.

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Winter storage

Posted on December 9th, 2008 by admin0 under Tech Tips.

Did you know that when you tuck our car away for the winter it may not start right up in the spring?  We recommend hooking your battery up to a trickle charger. The trickle charger, in very small amounts, charges and uncharges your battery while your car is not being used.  Just like starting and turning off your engine on a normal daily basis.  This will ensure your battery gets attention all winter even though our car may not.  Please make sure when hooking up your charger that no interior lights on your car are staying on, they must all be off.   Please call us if you have any questions.

 

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Class info

Posted on December 9th, 2008 by admin0 under Tech Tips.

For winter driving classes, such as a skid car class, go to ProDrive for more information.

 

 

 

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