How to get better Gas mileage

Getting Better Gas Mileage

Getting better gas mileage seems to be the thing that most of us want. There is not a magical formula that will get you 20 more miles to the gallon. If you have ever been through a fuel additive aisle at the store you have seen the “magical” claims from some vendors. A simple google search will show many options that may or may not work. Everything from buying a fuel additive to using magnets on your fuel lines. The number one way to get better gas mileage is to change your driving habits.

Top Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage

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Heatstroke and Child Fatality Prevention

Heatstroke kills

Heatstroke is a silent killer. Tomorrow the temperatures are expected to hit 114 degrees Fahrenheit (45.56C) and it makes me sad knowing that if I go out I will see children left unattended in vehicles.Heatstroke kills. Children and animals every year in this country are killed by heatstroke and it is almost entirely avoidable. Heat related vehicle deaths account for 37 child deaths per year (on average) and thousands of pet deaths per year. First thing we need to do is to better educate people to the dangers of leaving unattended children and animals in vehicles.
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Lifetime transmission fluid gimmick

Lifetime Transmission fluid is a gimmick

One of the biggest problems with lifetime transmission fluid is that it does not mean that the fluid never needs to be changed. The term “lifetime” can have multiple meanings when it comes to the vehicle.

  • The “lifetime” of the fluid (kind of stupid)
  • The expected “lifetime” of the transmission (not 100’s of thousands of miles if you do not change the fluid)
  • The expected “lifetime” of the vehicle.
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    Oil change scam

    The oil change shop scam

    The old oil change scam.

    Motor oil
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    Have you every taken your car in for an oil change? Some people do because either they lack the knowledge to do it themselves or they found a coupon to make it more cost efficient to have someone else do it. Whatever the reason, you need to be aware that cheap Oil changes are usually the “loss-leader” designed to get you in the door. Up-sells are what pays the bills and a few simple steps will help you navigate oil change appointments without having to put your wallet on life support.
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    Leaks – Top 5 common automotive fluid leaks

    Leaks from your vehicle should never be ignored

    When your vehicle is leaking any type of fluid you need to figure out where it is coming from and fix the problem. Leaks can be the first sign that something is going wrong. Leaks that are not fixed can mean hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs. Leaking fluid should be cleaned and disposed of properly.
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    Automotive Fluids storage and disposal

    Automotive fluids need to be changed and disposed of properly

    DIY upkeep on a vehicle means that you need to have different fluids on hand to either top off or replace fluids in your vehicle. Below we will taking a look at the different variety of fluids, the proper storage methods, and disposal methods for each fluid. It is never Okay to pour automotive fluids into home drain pipes, sewage pipes, or improperly dispose of fluids. Continue reading “Automotive Fluids storage and disposal”

    E85 Gas in a regular gas vehicle?

    Do not use E85 in a vehicle that was not made to handle it

    E85 badge By Mariordo Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
    Image by Mariordo Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    With that being said there will always be someone that will argue otherwise. I’ve heard claims of higher miles per gallon. More performance because it’s “racing fuel”. Below we will take a look at some myths behind running E85 in a regular gas engine as well as some history behind E85 gas.

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    Top 10 ways to avoid hefty vehicle repair bills

    Top 10 ways to avoid hefty vehicle repair bills.

    Repairs and Repair bills. We all have them from time to time and most of us hate them. Repair bills should not be unexpected and Repairs are how you take care of a vehicle. Maintenance goes a long way to help offset unwarranted repair bills. People may not realize that they are doing damage to their vehicle and here are a list of things that you may know or not know that can damage your vehicle. Leaks and automotive fluid storage and disposal are covered in other posts.
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