Posts made in July 2017

Tips for Better Gas Mileage

Want better gas mileage? Watch your weight – and we don’t mean your waistline. That’s just one of the tips that can help you optimize your vehicle’s gas mileage. What, with fuel the cost it is today, wouldn’t we all like to save a little at the tank?

No matter what kind of car you drive, you can be getting better fuel economy than what you’re getting now. Increasing your vehicle’s fuel mileage is the best way to protect your pocket, especially when on a long road trip. Some are simple to implement and some take a little more dedication, but these tips and tricks will help you spend less and increase your car’s efficiency.

Tip #1 Change the engine air filter – The filter keeps dirty particles from damaging the inside of your engine and helps it run more efficiently. A dirty filter will reduce fuel economy.

Tip #2 Inflate your tires – Properly inflated tires can reduce fuel consumption by up to 3%.  It is recommended to check tires at least monthly, preferably weekly.

Tip #3 Don’t fill up – When you fill up with gas, fill up halfway and try to keep your tank above one quarter full. Ten gallons of gas adds 60 pounds of weight.

Tip #4 Buy the better fuel – The cheaper gas contains a higher percentage of ethanol, which burns at a faster rate. While the better gas may cost more up front, it will give you better gas mileage.

Tip #5 Lay off the gas – The faster you move, the harder your engine has to work to push through the air. Speeding can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 33%.

Tip #6 Don’t ignore the “Check Engine” light – Make sure the oxygen sensors, engine emissions system, and evaporative emissions control systems are in good shape. Often the “check engine light” is an indication that there is a problem with one of these components. A damaged oxygen sensor may cause your car to have too rich of a fuel mixture, decreasing your fuel mileage by 20% or more.

When your car’s in need of its annual maintenance there’s only one auto repair shop in Rolling Meadows, IL to rely on and that’s Discount Muffler, Brake and Automotive. Call us at the first sign of that check engine light for service!

The Importance of Preventative Car Maintenance

A well-maintained, operating car is important to everyone. Whether you have a brand-new car or one that’s got over 100,000 miles, keeping up with maintenance will ensure your vehicle is working well.

Your car gets you to and from work, drives the kids to school and activities, runs errands and takes you on vacation. Even just one day without it can send you in to a tailspin. To avoid breakdowns and overnight trips to the shop, preventative maintenance is essential.

Conducting regular car maintenance can keep your vehicle safe, running efficiently, and provide you some peace of mind knowing it’s running smoothly and keeping you and your precious cargo safe. Regular service checkups will minimize the risk of significant repairs, breakdowns and accidents.

Here’s a list of preventative maintenance checks that should be performed regularly on your vehicle.

Don’t skip scheduled service. This includes replacing parts like spark plugs, wires and timing belts.
Replace the air filter. This is your car’s lungs. Replacing them can improve a car’s fuel economy and acceleration.
Get an oil change.  This is one of the simplest car maintenance services you can do to keep your vehicle in good running condition. Not maintaining it could void your warranty too.
Check the cooling system. This is also a good time to have a system flush. Getting the pump, hoses, fluids and belts checked is also part of proper cooling-system maintenance.

Life can get busy, but imagine the inconvenience you’ll face if your car breaks down. Avoid this with preventative maintenance from Discount Muffler, Brake and Automotive auto repair in Crystal Lake, IL. To schedule an appointment for a tune-up, contact any of our locations:
Carpentersville- (847) 428-8000
Crystal Lake- (815) 356-7109
Palatine- (847) 991-3660