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How to Improve Your Fuel Economy

How to Improve Your Fuel Economy

There are a lot of things you can do to improve your fuel economy. One of the first things you should do is make sure that your tires are properly inflated. On the inside of your driver's door is a sticker that gives the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure. Be careful - there might be a different pressure for the front and rear tires, and be sure to check them at least once a month.  Carrying extra weight in the vehicle hurts fuel economy. Leave unnecessary stuff home. Do we even need to mention driving fast and jackrabbit starts? Hard acceleration just suckes the gas, so gently accelerate and plan your stops so that you can ease into them. Also, remember that cruise control is your friend because steady speeds use less gas.  Be sure to check that your gas cap is screwed on tightly. If it is loose, gas vapor will be constantly leaking out and causing a reduced fuel economy. In order to make sure your gas cap is on tightly, twist the cap until it clicks three ti ... read more

Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning

Let's talk about air conditioning service and repair issues. Most of us don't give our air conditioning a second thought if it is making cold air. But it's a complex and expensive system that we should think about before it starts blowing hot air.  The refrigerant in the air conditioner contains a special oil that lubricates and cools the A/C parts. When enough of the refrigerant leaks out, your air conditioner still makes cold air, but the parts don't have enough oil to protect them. This causes them to wear out faster than they should, so it is important to service the air conditioner as recommended. Replacing old refrigerant has another benefit: refrigerant tends to gather moisture and vecome corrosive. That causes leaks in the system which can be expensive to repair. Fresh refrigerant protects the air conditioning components and keep the system operating at peak efficiency, so it doesn't have to work as hard to keep you cool.  Even with regular serv ... read more

Ticking, Clicking Noise Coming From Your Engine? Diagnosing Collapsed Lifters!

Ticking, Clicking Noise Coming From Your Engine? Diagnosing Collapsed Lifters!

Check out Andy from 1A Auto as he diagnoses a top end clicking noise in a Chevy Avalanche! 

Dead Car Battery?

Dead Car Battery?

  Dead batteries seem to always happen at the most inconvenient time and places. Luckily for you, we have the tips and tricks you need to easily shift into neutral. The brake-shift interlock is a great hack to you use if you ever find yourself in this situation. Click the button below for more information!    

Show your Vehicle some LOVE This Valentine's Day!

Show your Vehicle some LOVE This Valentine's Day!

Show your car some LOVE this Valentine's Day!  Enjoy our video!

Functions of Lubricants

There are FIVE main functions of lubricants: Reduce Wear: Fluid lubricants maintain a film between parts to reduce friction and prevent surface-to-surface contact. Surface contact causes wear and for the surfaces to weld together. Cool Surfaces: Lubricants remove the heat produced by friction when acting as a heat transfer medium, or coolant. Heat must be removed to prevent damage of other surfaces. Cooling mechanical parts is an important function of any lubricant. Clean Surfaces: Lubricants flush debris from surfaces and carry it away. This can then be filtered out of the lubricant. By carrying away debris, lubricants prevent it from blocking oil passages and damaging parts. Since lubricants are circulated around mechanical parts, they are a logical choice for a cleaning agent. Seal Parts: Fluid lubricants fill open areas between moving surfaces. This provides a SEAL that prevents foreign matter from passing between moving surfaces. Keeps material from getting between surfac ... read more

Wiring Harness

Wiring Harness

The following is a typical wiring harness in a car:       There are multiple proprietary standards for communication in a car, including analog signals on wires, CAN, FlexRay, MOST, and LVDS.     There are multiple proprietary standards for communication in a car, including analog signals on wires, CAN, FlexRay, MOST, and LVDS. Each vehicle component typically has its own dedicated wiring and communication requirements. Due to this complex cabling, the wiring harness is the 3rd highest cost component in a car (behind the engine and chassis). Harnesses are built one at a time, and comprise 50% of the cost of labor for the entire car. The wiring harness is also the 3rd heaviest component (behind chassis and engine). Any technology that reduces this weight directly contributes to fuel economy

Rusty Brakes

Rusty Brakes

Tire Balancing

Tire Balancing

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