Western MA roads can be tough on cars. If your car is making sounds or not driving right, give us a call at Precision Auto Repair and set up an appointment for us to take a look and see what the problem is. You can schedule online by going here next:
December can be an expensive month. Holiday parties, presents, decorations can all add up fast. That’s why this month I decided to share with you some sneaky ways to get better gas mileage and keep more money in your pocket.
1. Air filter – According to CarMax.com replacing your air filter can improve your gas mileage. A dirty, clogged air filter will reduce your car’s performance making it work harder than it has to.
2. Plan your trips – Planning and combining your driving can help save on gas. Instead of doing several short trips during the week, combine all of them for one longer trip when you have the time.
3. Set your tires to proper inflation – The U.S. Department of Energy reports that under-inflated tires are responsible for nearly 3.3 million gallons of wasted gas every day. Inflating the tires not only improves gas mileage but it is much safer for driving and improves the longevity of the tire treads.
4. Tune up your engine – There is a oxygen sensor located in the exhaust and on some vehicles it is mounted before the catalytic converter. This sensor reads the air to fuel ratio in the exhaust gases and relay the info to your car’s computer. If this sensor is malfunctioning then it won’t be able to measure the air to fuel ratio. It can also cause your check engine light to come on and cause your car to fail an emissions test.
The number one component in a tune-up that people tend to overlook is the oxygen sensor. The oxygen sensors are located in the exhaust and on some vehicles are mounted before the catalytic converters. They read the air to fuel ratio in the exhaust gasses and relay the information back to your cars computer. If the sensors are malfunctioning then they won’t be able to accurately measure your air to fuel ratio and can cause your engine to run lean or often times rich. It can also lead to having your check engine light illuminate on your dash or cause you to fail your emissions test.
5. Avoid excessive idling.
6. If you have automatic transmission use overdrive except when towing.
7. Maintain a log.
8. On fuel-injected cars, make sure the oxygen sensors, engine emissions system, and evaporative emissions control systems are in good shape.
9. Find the best gas prices in your town. A good place to check gas prices is at Gas Price Watch website:
Changing the oil in your car is crucial for the life of your engine. Oil needs to be changed every 3000 miles. In this video learn how to check the oil in your car and the difference between synthetic and conventional oil. Feel free to give us a call to schedule your oil change or you can make your next appointment here:
Car doesn’t have any heat? Having no heat in your car can quickly make Western MA winters miserable. It could be a cooling system leak. There is a way to check yourself and this video will show you.
Ever wonder when you should get a Brake job or even get your brakes checked? Western MA roads and weather can be tough on your brakes. Your brake system should be checked every six months to prevent major repairs and for the safety of you and your family. You can call us with questions or schedule a brake check online by going here:
Okay, so here’s the thing.
Winters in Western MA are very tough on cars.
We have had a very warm Fall season but the cold weather is right around the corner and I want to make sure you and your car are ready.
I’ve listed 8 simple steps you can follow. If you have any problems or if I can answer any questions, please give me a call.
Step 1: Check your battery. During the cold, your engine requires more power to get going. A mechanic can run a battery load test to see if you need to replace it and clean the posts and add distilled water if necessary.
Step 2: Stock your car with emergency supplies. There are many long, lonely roads in Western MA and being stranded anywhere could cause major problems while you’re waiting for assistance. Some good supplies to have are: a fully charged cell phone, flashlight, jumper cables, blankets, ice scraper, first aid kit, tow strap and a folding shovel.
Step 3: Check your belts and hoses. Cold weather can weaken belts and hoses, any signs of wear and tear and they should be replaced.
Step 4: Change the oil. Cold weather reduces oil’s effectiveness and the colder it gets, the thicker the oil gets. As oil is used, it gets thicker which can make it difficult for the oil to circulate through the engine.
Step 5: Check your antifreeze. Antifreeze and water mixture should be about 50-50. This will prevent the coolant in your radiator from freezing.
Step 6: Check tire pressure. Cold weather causes air pressure in your tires to drop. For every 10 degree drop in temperature, your tire’s air pressure will drop about one psi. Your tires need to be properly inflated to make sure they are getting the proper contact with the road, which is important during wintry conditions.
Step 7: Snow tires are always a good idea. Snow tires are made with a softer rubber which allows them to stay flexible during the coldest weather. The tire is made with tread patterns designed to grip in snow and ice.
Step 8: Check wiper fluid and change wiper blades. We all agree that we need a clear windshield, but worn wiper blades and an empty wiper fluid reservoir can quickly lead to an accident. Replace worn or frayed blades and top off your wiper fluid with a brand that has a lower freezing temperature.
Before taking off, one more thing.
Precision Auto Repair is always here to help and we do provide winterization appointments. You can schedule online by going here next:
Here is a video we recently did at Precision Auto Repair about air conditioning. In this video you’ll learn how your air conditioning helps defrost your windows and why it is important to get your A/C checked at least once a year.
We get a lot of questions here at Precision Auto Repair.
And we like to answer and help car owners, so we decided to sit down and share “7 Habits Of Highly Successful Car Owners.” These simple tips are easy and will prolong the life of your car.
Feel free to share with friends and family.
7 Habits Of Highly Successful Car Owners
by James Stephenson
1. Buy gas at reputable stations – A great habit to start is going to reputable gas stations for your gas. If you ever see a tanker filling the tanks while you are there, move on. Come back the next day or go to another station.
The gas going into the tanks can stir up sediment which can clog fuel injectors and filters, causing poor performance.
2. Choose a good car insurer – Not all insurance agents are created equal and like any other profession, there are good ones and bad ones. The last thing you want is to get into an accident and be stuck with a bad one. Taking the time to find a good insurer and making sure you have the right coverage is an important habit for a Highly Successful Car Owner.
3. Auto Log – Keeping a log is good for a lot of reasons. Repairs, oil changes and other maintenance logged into a log book can make it easier for selling if you ever want to. It also is good to log gas fill ups and track mileage. If you ever notice that your gas mileage worsens, you can mention it to us and we can see if there is a problem.
4. Park in the shade – Your engine, tires and gas mileage are important but so is the exterior and interior of your car. The weather in Western MA can be brutal on your car. Blazing hot temperatures in the summer and the snow and ice from winter can wreak havoc, so parking in a garage is always the ideal situation. If a garage is not possible, a car shade may be the answer.
5. Regular tune ups – Very important for car owners to perform on a regular basis. A regular tune up will result in better performance, improved gas mileage, fuel economy, minimized emissions and it can prevent major car repairs.
6. Regular oil changes – One of the easiest things to do with care is also one of the most important. Changing your car’s oil every 3000 miles will result in better engine performance, better gas mileage, extended engine life and lower emissions.
7. Rotate tires and check treads – Here are three good reasons to rotate your tires: a.Tire rotation can keep the right balance that helps maintain traction when roads are wet with rain or snow. b. Many tire manufacturers require regular rotation in order to keep their warranties valid. c. It helps even out tire wear. If your tire is used in each of your car’s four positions it will wear evenly across your tires prolonging, their life.
And here’s the good news.
You can follow any of the steps listed above and we can help. If you have any questions, please call our office at 413-363-0306, or you can schedule an appointment online by going here next:
Have a great day!