Summer will soon be arriving in Kansas and while we’re all enjoying the warm weather and being outdoors, the hottest season of the year can also wreak havoc on your vehicle’s gas mileage. Here are a few tips on how to avoid racking up extra fuel costs by improving your vehicle’s MPG performance when you’re on the road this summer:
Check Your Air Filter. Driving around with a dirty air filter can affect fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent.
Check Your Tire Pressure. When your tires aren’t properly inflated, your engine has to work a bit harder and your MPGs are affected by as much as 3.3%.
Lighten Up. Having an extra 100 pounds of cargo in your trunk – softball gear, golf clubs, etc. – can reduce your vehicle’s fuel efficiency by 1-2%.
Slow Down. This is especially true for road trips – if you go 60mph instead of 70mph on the highway, you’ll use less gas and possibly avoid an expensive speeding ticket!
Keep it in Cruise! Accelerating less frequently means you’re burning less fuel so, when possible, activate your vehicle’s cruise control feature.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your vehicle’s gas mileage or its general health, be sure to get in touch with our ASE-certified technicians – we’re dedicated to keeping you safely on the road year-round!
At Myers Automotive, we warranty all of our work to give you peace of mind on every repair – 24 months, 24,000 miles on both parts AND labor nationwide! We hope you’ll never need to use that warranty, but in the event a part breaks, it’s good to know you have somebody who will take care of your family, no matter where you are. From headlight to taillights and everything between, no job is to big or too small for Myers Automotive. We service all makes and models of Domestic and Import vehicles with ASE-Certified technicians, quality parts, and state-of-the-art tools and equipment.
With National Car Care Month taking place in April, it’s as good a time as any to learn more about certain vehicle components, including your air filter! Here are some facts about air filters to consider this month:
• Much controversy surrounds how often an air filter should actually be replaced…
• Some repair facilities will try and get you to buy one with every oil change,
• While some have believe that it rarely needs changing
• NEITHER of these are correct!
• Changing the filter too frequently adds NO extra benefit, while not changing it at all can CAUSE problems.
• You can see in your owner’s manual EXACTLY how often they recommend that you change it,
• OR you can have a repair facility that you TRUST examine it and give you their EXPERT opinion.
• A good rule of thumb is to replace it every 10,000 miles or every 3rd or 4th oil change,
• But if you drive in dusty or smoggy conditions then it will require replacement more frequently
• Based upon past numbers, on average 16% of vehicles have had a dirty air filter in need of replacement
• It is a good idea to have your vehicle fully inspected TWICE a year, once for summer and once for winter, by a reputable shop.
If you have any questions about air filters or any other component in your vehicle, be sure to contact us to schedule an appointment with our ASE-certified technicians!
Distractions to Avoid for Safe Driving
Preventative maintenance is important for keeping your vehicle safely on the road, but just as important is safe driving practices!
Every day, about 100 people die in car crashes, and 90% of all crashes are caused by driver error. Being distracted behind the wheel is dangerous, to yourself, your vehicle, and others. So put down that tube of lipstick and lock up your cell phone.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the top 10 distractions to drivers are:
1. Cell phones – Wireless devices are the number one culprit for distracted driving. Over 25% of all crashes involve cell phone use. From phone calls to texts, smart phones to tablets, these devices are a hazard.
2. Passengers – Talking to or interacting with passengers can pull your focus, especially young children. Ask your passengers to respect your role and help you concentrate on the roads.
3. Internal distractions – Looking for a CD, reaching for food, retrieving a fallen object… there are many things inside your car that take your focus away from the road ahead.
4. Adjusting controls – Reprogramming radio stations, tinkering with dashboard settings, getting the A/C just right… try to set up the accessories and controls inside your vehicle before you head out.
5. Personal Hygiene – If you’re running late, it’s tempting to finish getting ready in the car. But applying make-up, using an electric razor for a last minute shave, and checking your refection in the mirror can be dangerous.
6. Food – Eating at the wheel, from opening a can of soda, unwrapping a burger, fishing for fries in the bag, to bringing the food to your mouth takes at least one hand off the steering wheel.
7. External distractions – From bill boards to pedestrians, you can be just as distracted outside of the car. Save the people watching for when you’re in the passenger seat.
8. Talking – Boredom in the car can lead you to sing along with the radio or talk to yourself. Just don’t become your concentration’s own worst enemy.
9. Smoking – Rolling down windows to fix your nicotine craving can be dangerous, by occupying one hand from lighting the cigarette to tossing the butt.
10. Daydreaming – Not paying attention to the roads ahead is risky. It takes only two seconds of distraction for an accident to occur.
All of us at Myers Automotive are committed to your safety on the roads in Kansas. Avoid multitasking behind the wheel and put away all distractions before you hit the road to ensure safe driving.
When it comes to keeping your vehicle running smoothly and safely, come to our shop for your preventative maintenance services. Drop by anytime, or click HERE to schedule your next appointment.
CHECK YOUR HEADLIGHTS
During the winter months here in Kansas, the days are short and snowstorms aren’t uncommon. As such, visibility is a constant issue for Sunflower State drivers at this time of year and your headlights become more important than ever.
While checking your vehicle’s headlights may not be at or even near the top of your list of maintenance priorities while you’re dealing with the elements this winter, there are some things you can look out for to ensure you’re better able to see the road between now and the changeover of daylight savings.
A major threat to your headlights’ health is a process known as “oxidation”. Simply by being exposed to daylight and fresh air, lights will begin to cloud over and appear more yellowish. This process can be expedited by the chemicals spread on our roads to combat ice as well as damage from hail, rocks, water vapor, etc.
Most of the time, the oxidation process is gradual, meaning you won’t realize your lights are becoming weaker until they’re foggy and cloudy, limiting your ability to clearly see oncoming traffic or road hazards. The other lights in your vehicle (brake, turn signal, etc.) can also suffer from oxidation over time.
Luckily, remedying cloudy headlights is a relatively simple procedure. If you, or a mechanic, remove the portion of your lens that is affected by oxidation and perform a thorough polishing of the area, you can reduce the level of visual impediment your headlights are suffering from. Certain specialty products can make this task both easier and more effective.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your vehicle’s headlights or any of its other components, be sure to get in touch with our ASE-certified technicians by clicking HERE.
The exhaust system in your vehicle is probably one of those things you don’t think about – or even notice – until something goes wrong.
If your engine was 100% efficient, it would combust every ounce of fuel it’s supplied with and turn all of its gas into power. But since no engine is perfect, leftover fuel is left behind in the form of exhaust.
Your vehicle’s exhaust system is made up of a catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, muffler and pipes – all designed to move the waste from your engine out of the vehicle. Each component in the system has a specific job and is designed to safely rid dangerous chemicals and fumes from your engine:
Exhaust Manifold – This component connects to the engine and begins the flow of exhaust through the pipes and system components.
Catalytic Converter – Exhaust is, in simplest terms, pollution. The catalytic converter burns off and removes up to 90 percent of the toxins in your engine’s exhaust.
Muffler – The muffler and resonator address engine sound. Most work to reduce the noise to keep your car running as quietly as possible.
Pipes – Once it’s traveled through the above components, exhaust journeys through remaining pipes to exit the vehicle. This process cools the fumes as well.
Much like every other system in your vehicle, the pipes and exhaust components endure wear and tear over time. The severe chemicals in the exhaust itself can potentially harm the interior of a vehicle while road debris and corrosion can cause damage to its exterior.
Loose connections or corrosion can sometimes create leaks in your vehicle’s exhaust system. If do you have a leak, you’ll likely know right away from warning signs like loud cracking noises or distinct odor emanation.
Be sure to contact our team of ASE-certified technicians by clicking HERE if you notice any issues with your exhaust system or if you have any other questions/concerns regarding your vehicle’s health!