Your mileage has certainly become a much more interesting topic in recent times. This is not because folks have just developed a new love for auto mechanics; it has to do with how much of our monthly spend goes to gas. The price of gas is still near all time highs and does not show any signs of dropping low enough to really make a difference. I will give you a few tips that will help you maximize your gas mileage.

You can get better gas mileage by changing your oil at regular intervals. If you’ve been putting off this important chore indefinitely you’ve built a drain on your finances without knowing. Time is money. But the time spent on changing your oil is saved at the gas station. Always remember what you’re losing otherwise. This will motivate you to do your oils as frequently as necessary.

The next thing that can help you improve your mileage is the attention you give to your tires. The condition of your tires affects your fuel use. Under inflated tires lower your gas mileage by 0.4 for every one pound of drop in pressure of all four tires. This means that if you’re under inflated by as much as 5 pounds you are losing as much as 2% in your fuel economy.

Still on tires, if your tires are not properly aligned they will drag and not roll freely. This also will increase fuel consumption. So, it’s a good idea to ensure your tires are properly aligned. Generally make sure your tires have all the care they require. You’ll get better mileage for that.

The more load you have on your car, the less your gas mileage. This means that you must get rid of stuff that are of no practical use to you on a drive. Check your trunk, you’ll be surprised how much has accumulated over time. Remove them and keep only the essentials.

A warm engine saves more fuel than a cool engine. How can you take advantage of this fact? Simple. Try as much as possible to combine every bit of activity that involves driving around into one or less drives. You can work out mutual arrangements with friends that will help you maximize this option.

There are features you can use on the highway to improve your gas mileage. They are the cruise control and the overdrive. The first helps you maintain your speed while the other provides an extra gear for high speeds.

Driving at speeds above 60km/h lower you gas mileage. So drive at slower speeds wherever you can.
Go ahead and make sure you try all these tips and you’ll improve your gas mileage considerably.

Gregg Hall
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Learning a little more about how to better care for your vehicles is a good idea for any number of reasons. It allows you to know if an unscrupulous mechanic is attempting to gouge you on your repairs – and that will save you money. It can prevent you from making unnecessary repairs – and that will save you money. It can help you locate a problem and fix it early, thus saving more money – sometimes a whole lot of money. It allows you to be more independent in an era where people are entirely too dependent on others to survive.

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First, do a visual check of your vehicle. The following will assist you in where to look, and for what:

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Learning a little more about how to better care for your vehicles is a good idea for any number of reasons. It allows you to know if an unscrupulous mechanic is attempting to gouge you on your repairs – and that will save you money. It can prevent you from making unnecessary repairs – and that will save you money. It can help you locate a problem and fix it early, thus saving more money – sometimes a whole lot of money. It allows you to be more independent in an era where people are entirely too dependent on others to survive.

We need to get started now, so that we have time to cover everything…

Some people are incredibly sensitive to the sounds their vehicles make. This is especially true of motorcyclists, those who refurbish vintage automobiles, and experienced mechanics. It’s a very worthwhile skill to develop. There are mechanics who can listen to a running car engine and tell if the timing is slightly off, or the injectors are not operating properly. While this is a very neat thing to be able to do, you do not have to elevate your listening skills to that lofty place in order to get benefits from listening to your vehicle.

Listen To the Engine
(This is best done in relatively quiet surroundings until you get really good at it.) Open up the hood of your vehicle’s engine compartment. If necessary on your model, be sure to use the metal rod to lock the hood in the upright/open position. Now, start your engine. Allow the engine to run for 30-60 seconds before you start listening too hard. Also, there are many moving parts inside of engine compartments, don’t wear loose clothing, and mind all your fingers and hair! Safety first.

A brief word about engine sounds…
All engines make sounds. Some sound like jets, and other have constant clicking noises, or humming, or clattering. Which sounds are consistently made, and are okay, are unique to your specific vehicle’s engine. The point being, don’t be alarmed the first time you really take a good listen to your engine. You’ll quickly learn the sounds that are okay, and the ones that are not.

You’re going to listen to your engine from three different positions: 1) Directly in front of the car. 2) On the left (driver’s side) side of the engine compartment. 3) On the right (passenger’s side) side of the engine compartment. I like to start I like to start on the left – right in front of the driver’s door.

Lean over the engine compartment (again – be careful with clothing, hair, and appendages) and listen carefully. Try closing your eyes to heighten your hearing. Listen for things that don’t sound ‘right.’ Such things might include: clattering, metal rubbing metal, clanging, and squeaks. If you hear such a thing, open your eyes and try to focus in on it – moving the position of your head and ears as your track the sound to its source. Repeat this process at all three positions previously described.

This method of checking your engine can reveal loose caps, loose fan belts, loose fans, missing bolts, nuts, and many other things. Correct what you are able to, and have anything else dealt with by a service technician. Don’t put your hands into your engine compartment to tighten something or check something while it is running. If you notice that the stays on the overflow tube are loose and rattling, turn off the engine before tightening.

Driving your car for a short distance over a good road with the radio and air conditioning off and the windows down is a good way to hear some other sounds. Clattering might mean you have a lug nut that came off, and it’s stuck inside the hubcap. A metal-rubbing-metal sound may be a stuck brake.

The last listening project/technique is the best – or at least so people tell me. This one requires a willing and able assistant. The two of you climb into the vehicle together – you drive, the assistant rides shotgun. The assistant will require four things: some WD-40, a notepad, a small can of 3-in-1 oil, and a good rag. Head for a road that isn’t so smooth, and simply drive along. The assistant listens for those irritating squeaks, squeals, and rattles.

The assistant should move around inside the vehicle, focusing on the sounds to locate their sources. One of the two lubricants will fix almost any squeaking – and the rag ensures a nice, tidy application of the chosen lubricant. Some things, such as loose or missing screws or bolts, should be recorded on the notepad for maintenance or repair later, when you get back home to the tools. You won’t believe how quiet your cockpit becomes after you perform this process once or twice.

Okay, you’ve completed another step in becoming a full-fledged automotive diagnostician – or something like that, anyway. You’ve definitely gotten your vehicle in much better condition, and you should have learned a thing or two. Check out Part I – See No Evil, and Part III – Smell No Evil.

Eric Scribener
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Check the car’s radiator coolant level to prevent it from dropping damaging levels; learn how from our expert mechanic in this free car-maintenance video.

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My father died and kept wonderful care of a lot of useful tools. Chandler area. Woodworking, general home repair, automotive, etc. I would like a reputable organization who could use these as a donation or pass them on to someone who can. Must be able to pick them up.

I feel sure that Habitat for Humanity could use them or would know of someone else. There should be a toll-free number in
the yellow pages of your local phone directory. If not, there is a website for information. Bless you for thinking to pass your Dad’s tools on!


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Hi,

I just purchased a 2007 Tacoma and Toyota put their "finishing touch" spray on the exterior paint. I think it is a teflon based protectant. Anyways, it is supposed to protect the paint from the elements. My question is, is there anything I need to do to care of this coating? How about washing? Is it safe to use automotive detergent or will it strip the sealant? How about waxing? Will that srtip it? Thanks for the help!

Mitchell

Paint protection sold by a dealer is nothing more than car wax–they say it has Teflon in it to sound good ’cause everyone thinks nothing will stick to Teflon. It may have Teflon in it but basically you’re paying for the warranty…waste of money in my opinion. Check the wording of the warranty—some of them require you to reapply the wax periodically and you should be able to get more wax at the dealer at no charge….other ones just require that you rewax as normal. Just buy a good quality wax and rewax when the water does not bead up on the car….wash as usual with any good car wash soap not dish soap. Next time, save the 400.00 for a good buff job or detail once a year.


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Your car’s electrical system runs because of several essential
components including: a battery, fuses, and an alternator. When
any one of these components fail, your car won’t run or it will
perform poorly. Unfortunately, it isn’t always apparent which
part is giving you the trouble. We’ll examine each component,
discuss its unique characteristics, and outline simple
maintenance options to help you make the proper diagnosis.

1. Alternators. Car
alternator
problems are usually noticed when you realize
the juice to your headlights has been reduced. No longer can you
see hundreds of feet in front of you, instead the light barely
makes it past the front bumper. Check the wires leading to the
alternator and make sure that they are secure and free of
corrosion. Examine your alternator belt for cracks as well as
for tension. If your headlights are still dim, then it is likely
your alternator will have to be replaced. Don’t put it off as
the alternator can drain your battery.

2. Batteries. If your car won’t start, your battery may
be to blame. Most cars come equipped with sealed, maintenance
free batteries. Still, “maintenance free” isn’t an entirely
correct designation as corrosion can build up on the terminals
causing an otherwise fine working battery to fail. Remove the
cables, clean with a wire brush, and reattach the cables. Apply
lubricant to each terminal to limit future corrosion. If your
car’s battery is not “maintenance free” add distilled water to
each cell as needed. Use a good set of jumper cables to get your
car started. If the car still won’t start the battery is either
completely shot or the starter or solenoid [relay] are not
working. Battery life varies depending on what type of battery
is in your car and usage; consider replacing your battery every
3-5 years before problems arise.

3. Fuses. Your dash lights may be working, while your
left rear blinker has failed. If that is the case, it is likely
your electrical problems are with the fuses. You can pull off
the fuse panel [usually located under the dashboard] and check
to see which fuse has burned out. Today’s cars use transparent
blade style fuses that are rectangular in shape. Observe each
fuse and see if the internal wire has burned out. You can find
the fuse fast if the auto manufacturer has labeled each one by
circuit. If not, you will have to determine by a process of
elimination which fuse has failed and replace it.

Batteries and fuses are widely available at auto supply stores
and most will carry a selection of alternators too. If you find
prices for your Ford
alternator
or BMW
alternator
are too high, you can save plenty of money on
original equipment manufactured parts with some of the reputable
online providers. Shop with those retailers who have the widest
selection of inventory, the best prices, and the most favorable
shipping and return policies.

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I have a good knowledge of cars and have worked on my personal cars and bikes but have never had a job in the auto repair industry. i am 20 and don’t care about pay or doing the grunt work like changing tires, oil, and other basic maintenance I just want the experience so I can go into more complex automotive jobs latter in my career.

you;ll have to start somewhere general like an Oil Change place or town fair tire. From there i recommend trying a small privatly owned auto shop to be hired on as an assistant for smaller jobs and work your way up.


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