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You know that you feel better and have more energy when you're in a good physical condition. Those same principles apply to your vehicle? Get remarkably better gas mileage just by keeping your engine in the best shape you can. Make sure you fix any potential problems, like faulty oxygen sensors, and you could improve gas mileage by an average of 4 - 6 percent.
Most vehicles come with a handbook that can actually help you follow a good maintenance schedule to help your car, truck, or SUV get the best gas mileage it can.
We have very skilled Automotive Technicians at Automotive Performance. Just by bringing your car, truck, or SUV in for routine maintenance, we can help find problems that may lead to poor gas mileage.
Dirty air filters can cause your car, truck, or SUV to have poor gas mileage. Think of a dirty furnace filter in your home, once it gets clogged, the furnace doesn’t perform like it should. That is also what happens if you don't check and replace your vehicle's air filters. That dust and dirt get blown back into the engine which can cause a reduction in gas mileage and harm your engine. Checking and replacing a dirty air filter can improve gas mileage in your vehicle by as much as 10 percent.
Have you ever tried to ride a bicycle with a flat tire? Takes all your energy to keep it going. This is also true when your car truck or SUV does not have the proper tire inflation. The motor uses a little more power than it should which results in poor gas mileage. Having proper tire inflation can improve gas mileage by more than 3 percent. And properly inflated tires don't just help you get better gas mileage. This is a simple task our trusted mechanics take anytime your car, truck, or SUV is at our service center.
Have you ever asked yourself – how is that service center the cheapest price for an oil change? We advise you make sure they are using the right motor oil. You may think that motor oil is motor oil right? But did you realize that by using the wrong kind could actually hurt your gas mileage and motor altogether? Improve gas mileage by as much as 2 percent just by using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil (check your vehicle's handbook to find out what type to use). Don't use 10W-30 motor oil in an engine designed to use 5W-30—it's not good for your engine, and it can lower your gas mileage by 1-2 percent. Using 5W-30 in an engine designed for 5W-20 can lower your gas mileage by 1-1.5 percent. And don't forget to check the API symbol on the oil container. If it says "Energy Conserving" it contains friction-reducing additives and can give you even better gas mileage and protect your engine better. If you aren’t sure if you’re getting the right motor oil for your vehicle, please call our trusted automotive technician’s at 765-452-8443.
For a very long time the gold standard for oil changes was 3,000 to 3,500 miles. There are still many adherents to this philosophy, but it may not be necessary. Advances in engineering to both engine mechanical parts and especially to oil itself have extended the oil life cycle by more than double the old number.
Automakers recommend it for some models. It cost a little more than regular oil, but it has had the biggest impact on oil life. The life cycle for synthetics is typically 7,000 to 10,000 miles, a big change from conventional oil. The type of driving we do also affects our oil change needs. Frequent cold starts, extreme heat, and towing, are all examples of types of driving that can shorten our oil life. Also, repeated short trips (under 4 miles) is one of the most overlooked enemies of oil life. Any of these driving conditions can create the need to shorten your service interval by 25-40 percent depending on the severity.
If your car is equipped with a maintenance reminder on the dash some the guesswork is eliminated for you. Can you trust it? For the most part, yes. In the early days of automobiles the only way we had to track our vehicle’s aging was the odometer. But miles traveled is not always a good indicator of actual use for many urban environments. With the inclusion of computers in the modern automobile we now have a way for the car to track time AND mileage. Time is important to this discussion because running time affects oil life, but not all maintenance indicators work the same way. Some use an electronic sensor to measure the oil quality, while others use an algorithm based on driving metrics to determine life expectancy. If your car is not equipped with maintenance light or gauge, the owner’s manual should still be your guide.
Some manufacturers today require synthetic oils which are more expensive and larger quantity of oil, using premium brands of oil is more expensive than cheaper brands. If you own a newer vehicle, please take caution in an Automotive Repair Center that claims to have the cheapest oil change around.
A low coolant level may allow your engine to overheat. Make sure the coolant reservoir is filled to the proper level. NEVER open a radiator cap on a hot radiator to check the coolant level! Hot steam and boiling coolant may spray out a burn you! Wait until the engine has cooled to check the level inside the radiator (this should not even be necessary if the coolant level in the reservoir is maintained). If low, add a 50/50 mixture of the specified coolant and water. NEVER run straight water in the radiator. Water does cool better than antifreeze, but antifreeze is required to raise the boiling temperature of the coolant and to protect against corrosion.
The electric cooling fan should come on when the air conditioner is turn on to MAX. No fan may mean a defective fan motor, relay or electrical problem. If the engine has a belt-driven fan with a fan clutch, a worn fan clutch may cause the engine to overheat. High mileage fan clutches (those with more than 100,000 miles on them) may be weak and not provide adequate cooling. If the fan clutch is leaking fluid or spins with little resistance, the clutch needs to be replaced.
Make sure the A/C blows cold air and is working properly. Nothing makes hot weather seem worse as a weak air conditioner. If the A/C is not blowing cold air, the refrigerant charge may be low. The system should be checked for leaks before adding refrigerant.
Most car batteries only last 4 or 5 years. If you battery is 5 or more years old, it will probably need to be replaced soon. Hot weather is actually harder on batteries than cold weather because it increases the rate of evaporation of the liquid electrolyte inside the battery (this is not a problem with gel type batteries). The date can be determined by reading the date code on the battery. The date code number indicates the year, and the date code letter corresponds to the month (A = January, B = February, C = March, etc.)
Replacing old dirty oil with fresh oil can increase the lubrication protection for your engine. Switching to a heavier viscosity motor oil during hot weather is a good idea, especially on older high mileage engines. For example, you might want to change from 5W-30 to 10W-30, 10W-40 or 20W-30 for hot weather driving. Synthetic motor oils are even better for high temperature protection.
Natural rubber wiper blades have a limited life of a year or less. Sun exposure, extreme heat and cold all age the rubber and cause it to become hard and brittle. If the wipers streak, chatter or smear, it is time to replace them.
Check the tire for wear, uneven wear, age cracks or damage. Check the inflation pressure in all the tiers, including the spare. Under inflated tires makes the tires run hot and increases the risk of a blowout.
Perform basic maintenance on your vehicle before you head out such as checking wipers and fluid levels. Also, schedule any necessary service such as oil changes or tune ups. A vehicle in top shape will have a better chance of staying reliable and efficient.
Stay charged. Check your battery to make sure it’s strong and has clean terminals: A little baking soda and water will do the job. A road trip is no fun if your car won’t start.
Inspect your tires for any tears or bulges in the side wall. The tires should have a good amount of tread left. The easiest way to measure this, if you don't have a gauge, is to hold a quarter upside down in the tread. If the top of George Washington’ head is visible, you need new tires to ensure traction in all weather conditions. Make sure the tire pressures are set to the figures that are printed on the placard on the driver’s door jam, or what’s listed in your car’s owner’s manual.
Give it a break. Have your service center inspect your car’s brake pads to make sure they are not worn or need replacing.
Be prepared. Bring supplies in the event of an accident or medical issue. Stock your car with an emergency kit—especially a flashlight, blanket, first-aid kit, and some basic tools. Also, bring water and extra snacks, just in case.
As the temperature drops below freezing, add a bottle of fuel deicer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line. Keeping the gas tank filled also helps prevent moisture from forming.
more often if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips. A poll of ASE Master Auto Technicians revealed that regular oil and filter changes is one of the most frequently neglected services, yet one that is essential to protect your engine.
The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended. Do-It-Yourselfers: Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses also should be checked regularly by a professional technician.
The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility.
If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to fight ice build-up. Stock up on windshield washer solvent — you’ll be surprised how much you use during the winter months. And don’t forget to always carry an ice scraper.
Have your battery checked. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Bring your car, truck, or SUV into our Automotive Repair Center, and let our trained mechanics test your battery life.
If you own a car, you know how important it is to keep up with routine maintenance and repairs. But can a dealer refuse to honor the warranty that came with your new car if someone else does the routine maintenance or repairs? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, says no. In fact, it's illegal for a dealer to deny your warranty coverage simply because you had routine maintenance or repairs performed by someone else. Routine maintenance often includes oil changes, tire rotations, belt replacement, fluid checks and flushes, new brake pads, and inspections. Maintenance schedules vary by vehicle make, model and year; the best source of information about routine scheduled maintenance is your owner's manual.
Following your vehicles manufacturer routine maintenance schedule. Let Automotive Performance provide scheduled maintenance, and help find small problems before they become expensive repairs.
Automotive performance feels like we have the best automotive technician’s, and service center in Kokomo, Indiana – so much that we offer a 12 months 12,000 mile parts and labor warranty.
We specialize in all foreign and domestic repairs. Each one of experience technician’s has over 25 years of experience. This experience along with the best equipment around allows us to repair any vehicle, and get you back on the road safely.
If you are in need of a service we have not listed below – please give us a call, and we be glad to refer you in the right direction. 765-452-8443