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At 112 One Stop we want our customers to have knowledge of their vehicles. We want you to understand how to get the best gas mileage and overall best performance. Hopefully, with these helpful tips you will be able to improve gas mileage and understand when and why your car needs to be serviced.
How to get over 200,000 miles on your vehicle
- Buy a safe, reliable car. Pick a car with a good track record and then have a pre-purchase inspection done by an independent automotive shop. Many times a pre-purchase inspection can help avoid a poor choice or at least offer an estimate of repairs and maintenance needed in the future. There are no perfect used cars on the dealer's lots and the cost of an inspection is easily recovered by using the results to negotiate a price.
- Make repairs promptly. The most important thing in keeping a vehicle performing properly is to make the necessary repairs promptly. For example, ignoring a fluid leak can lead to a low fluid level causing premature wear on expensive mechanical components or preventable breakdowns.
- Do regular inspections. Problems can arise at any time and for inexplicable reasons. Whether you do it yourself or rely on your repair shop, exterior, under hood and under vehicle visual inspections can prevent roadside emergencies.
- Follow your maintenance schedule. The vehicle owner's manual is your first source for maintenance information. Recommended fluid changes, inspections and part replacements such as spark plugs and timing belts can be found there. Wide variations in mileage intervals are often found so good judgment should be used to determine what intervals are best for your driving habits.
- Keep it clean. Get out the cleaning products periodically or have your vehicle professionally detailed. Regular cleaning inside and out can make the car a more pleasant place to be as you roll up the miles. Washing and waxing can help preserve the paint and keep the sheet metal from rusting. Vacuuming sand and dirt out of the carpet and seats can minimize wear that leads to tears and holes.
What you need to know about Ethanol Fuel
Ethanol is a relatively low-cost alternative to fuel. Overall, ethanol is considered to to be better for the environment than gasoline. Ethanol-fueled vehicles produce lowers emissions. Ethanol production supports farmers and creates domestic jobs. Ethanol is an alcohol renewable fuel, made from corn and grains.
Over a short period of time, ethanol fuels begin to oxidize and breakdown, resulting in hard stops, poor driveability, and accelerated deposit formations. Ethanol acts as a solvent that will strip away and disperse this build up back into the fuel as large, performance robbing particles leading to clogged filters and fuel injectors. This will decrease the the vehicle power, performance and lowers fuel economy. Ethanol attracts moisture, accelerating corrosion and rust. Excessive water in the fuel tank causes engines to run rough, stall and can lead to internal damage of fuel system and engine components. Ethanol is an alcohol solvent that is slightly acidic and attracts certain metals, plastics and rubber fuel components, especially on older vehicles.
Information Source: Siegal Dist. Company, Inc.
How BG Ethanol Fuel Service Kit Can Help You
BG Ethanol Fuel Service Kit can correct and prevent ethanol fuel related problems by:
- Stabilizing ethanol fuel from premature breakdown.
- Eliminating gum and varnish build-up from fuel filters and fuel injectors.
- Keeping intake manifolds, intake ports, intake valve and combustion chambers free of damaged deposits.
- Safely remove water/ethanol separated from the fuel, with a special solubilizer that suspends and disperses the fuel/ethanol throughout the fuel, so it can be eliminated during combustion.
- Restore octane levels caused from ethanol separation.
- Prevent cold weather phase separation and frozen fluid lines.
- Protect vital fuel system components from corrosion and rust.
- Maintain "like new" engine performance
Tire Maintenance and Care
- Rotate your tires every 5,000 miles or every 6 months.
- Check your tire pressures approximately once a week. Low tire pressures can affect fuel economy, handling and comfort. To accurately measure your tire pressure, check tires when they are cold. Wait at least three hours after driving.
- Always make sure your wheels are properly aligned. Badly aligned wheels will lead to dragging of the vehicle on the road.
- Check your spare tire each month and keep it properly inflated so it is ready to go when you need tt most.
- Use the penny trick to determine if the tread on your tires is worn to low. Take a penny and put Abraham Lincoln's head into one of the grooves of the tread. If part of his head is covered by the tread, you're tire is ok. If you can see all of his head, it's time to replace the tire. When the tread is worn down to 1/16 of an inch, tires must be replaced.