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installed properly? Click on NHTSA’s child passenger
safety recommendations to find out how to select the
right seat for your child’s age and size.
By changing your behavior with how you drive and treat your car, you can save money at the pump. Over time, these small changes can add up to be big bucks! Want to know more? Follow these easy tips!
1. Tighten your gas cap.
If you have a typical gas cap, make sure you secure it by twisting until it clicks 3 times. If it's loose, gas vapor will be constantly leaking out. This could cause the check engine light to come on as well. If you constantly smell gas, you may need a new gas cap.
2. Drive sensibly.
Unnecessary erratic braking and taking off can cost you up to 68 cents more per gallon than someone who drives more smoothly. So ease into braking and taking off, anticipate the flow of traffic, and pocket those savings!
3. Ease off the gas pedal.
Do you ride with your foot on the brake? If you kick the habit, you can save about 1.35 cents per gallon and that can really add up over time.
4. Change your air filter.
About one in four cars have a dirty air filter. By simply swapping it out for a new one, you can increase your fuel efficiency by as much as 10%, saving about 33 cents per gallon.
5. Slow down.
Driving slower is more fuel efficient. In fact, for every 5 mph you reduce your speed, your fuel efficiency improves by 7%. If you usually drive 70 mph on the highway and slow down to 65 mph, you can save as much 27 cents a gallon!
6. Get your wheels aligned.
You could save as much as 39 cents a gallon by getting your wheels aligned! If you feel your car pulling to one side, it's time to make an appointment with us and start saving at the pump.
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The US government has a website dedicated to helping us use less fuel
. It presents the cost savings in a way drivers can relate to, no matter what kind of vehicle we drive. Here's an example:
Having your engine properly tuned can save up to 4%. If you're paying $3.50 for a gallon of gas in Dallas, you could save fourteen cents a gallon.
Dollars Per Gallon $3.00 $3.50 $4.00
Tune Up 4% 0.12 0.14 0.16
Replacing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve economy by up to forty percent for NC auto owners. That's a whooping $1.40 in savings per gallon.
Dollars Per Gallon $3.00 $3.50 $4.00
Faulty O2 Oxygen Sensor 40% 1.20 1.40 1.60
Chances are that if your vehicle oxygen sensor is kaput your check engine light will come on. Now, there's any number of things that could cause your check engine light to come on besides oxygen sensor problems. But if it's on, get it checked out as soon as you can at Pasour Auto Repair Service.
Here's an easy one for busy NC drivers: Inflate your tires to the recommended pressure. That could save you 3% or 11 cents a gallon. Even a little drop in pressure will cost you at the pump so check your vehicle tires every week.
Your vehicle manufacturer has recommended a specific weight of motor oil. The recommendation is based on your vehicle engine design and will give you the best protection. Using a heavier weight could cost 1-2% in reduced fuel economy, or up to 7 cents a gallon.
Here are some free gas saving tips: Don't drive aggressively, drive within the speed limit and remove excess weight (junk in the trunk) from your vehicle. These can add up to a dollar or more per gallon.
At Pasour Auto Repair Service, we have been providing professional, quality auto repair and maintenance for over 30 years.
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The axle assemblies in your vehicle transfer power out to the drive wheels. On a rear-wheel drive vehicle, there is an axle shaft that goes from the differential in the center of the axle to each rear wheels. On a front-wheel drive vehicle, the axle shafts go from the transmission to each front-wheel. All-wheel drive vehicles have axle shafts connected to all four wheels.
Axles assemblies are pretty tough parts: they transfer torque from the engine to the wheels to move the vehicle. Tough as they are, they are still subject to normal wear and tear. The axle shafts are in a sealed housing with lubricant that protects the axle shaft. When there is a leak anywhere in the axle assembly, lubricant gets out and dirt, water, and other contaminates can get in. This can greatly accelerate axle wear. If an axle assembly fails, you’re not going anywhere.
A worn or damaged axle assembly on the front will make a clunking sound during low speed turns – often just when turning one way. A worn rear axle also makes noise, but may be more difficult for the driver to hear. Also, if you see any oily leaks around your wheels, have it checked out.
If you have a bad axle assembly, your Pasour Auto Repair Service technician can make the repair. It is often more cost effective to replace an axle assembly than it is to take it apart and rebuilt it.
If you are hearing strange sounds coming from your front or rear wheel area, have Pasour Auto Repair Service inspect your vehicle. We can determine if it is an axle problem, or perhaps a worn steering, suspension, or brake component.
Give us a call at 704-922-9422!
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