Jun 032011

Don’t let rising gas prices keep you idle this summer. Sticking to your maintenance schedule and following these simple tips will help you get the most fuel efficiency out of your vehicle. 

Use the right oil. Come to us for service and you’ll know your vehicle will always get the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil. The wrong oil could reduce your gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent! 

Stay properly pumped. Keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent. You can find the correct tire pressure for your vehicle on a decal on the driver’s side door jamb. Stop by any time and we will be glad to check the tire pressure in your tires. Any car – any time! 

Lose weight for summer. Remove anything from your trunk that you don’t need. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your miles per gallon by as much as 2 percent. 

Go cruising. Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed, which can help you save gas in most cases. 

Keep cool. Speeding, punching the gas and sudden braking are all definite fuel wasters. On the highway they can lower your gas mileage by as much as 33 percent. So slow down and save. You’ll help make the road safer too. 

Stay informed. Visit us often for money saving tips on fuel savings, gas savings and saving you that car care head ache. We are here to help you through the rough spots. 

See you soon,
Your Quality GMC Buick and Quality Mazda Service Teams
May 272011

Having your air filter changed at your local garage shop or mechanic could actually cost you so much more than what it would cost you if you did everything yourself. The truth is, changing air filters is easy as counting “1-2-3”. And yes, you would be saving yourself some extra dollars.

Dirty Automobile Air FilterOf course, you would have to check your car’s air filter first. You would have to see if you do need to change it or if the air filter still could do its job properly. To check your air filter, make sure first that your car’s engine is cool. You would not want to go checking underneath your car’s hood with a still steaming engine underneath. Pop up the hood. Do not forget to prop it up. Then, make sure that you do have the needed materials at hand. For this activity, you would be needing two medium-sized screwdrivers. There should be one standard screwdriver and one phillips.

How do you find the air filter? Well, the air filter is generally enclosed in a black plastic casing. This plastic casing is located near the center top of the engine. Automobile experts would describe finding the air filter as trying to locate the largest non-metal assembly under the hood. It would be around the size of a breadbox.

When you have already found it, the next part would be opening it. For this part, you would be needing the screwdriver for this box is actually held together by a couple of large metal clips on the side. Simply slide the flat-dead screwdriver between the casing and the clip. Just pry the casing open and you would be able to open it. However, there are some that really have some screws that hold the box together. If this is the case, then unscrew them first.

Once opened, you will find the air filter inside. It comes with the colors bright yellow, orange, or red. Pull the air filter out. You would see that it is flat, elongated, and would measure about a foot long by six inches wide and would have a height of around two inches. It has been crafted from paper filament and has rubber edges along the bottom.

Hold the air filter up and bend it back. Look inside the crevices. Hold it at arms length and look at it. If you see a lot of accumulated dirt and grime, especially mostly in the center of the air filter, it is then time to change it.

Replacement for your air filter can be easily found at Quality Dealerships. We offer other auto parts and, we also have great customer service to assist customers in their various auto parts needs.

May 242011

GAS and MONEYGas prices are heading for all time highs. And most of us can’t afford  it. This article will help you decrease your visits to the pump and at the same time help the environment. Three basic approaches that you can take are working with the car you have, buying a different vehicle, and using somebody else’s vehicle.

 Here are a few tips:

• Use a sunshade. A cooler car needs less air  conditioning.
• Park in the shade when it’s warm.
• Clear your car of junk. Extra weight uses extra gas.
• Don’t use premium fuels unless your car really requires them.
• Don’t top off your tank. The excess is lost and can damage components.
• In winter, garage your car or use a block heater to pre-warm your engine.
• Try to avoid rush hour.
• Get an update before you leave to avoid sitting in traffic:
• Don’t pump the gas pedal before starting your car.
• Make sure that your parking brake is completely released.
• Don’t floor it.….ever
• Brake slowly wherever possible.
• Don’t ride the brakes.
• Keep your tires properly inflated. Check them every 2 weeks.

Regular maintenance of your car is another major area where you can save a lot of money on gas. Following the recommended maintenance schedule for your car will increase your average MPG. If you don’t have a manual or know what the maintenance intervals should be, come and see us for some guidance. We have specific and general menus to help guide you in this area. Here are a few of the tips you should be awaare of: • Rotate your tires on a regular basis
• Replace worn tires.
• Get regular tune-ups.
• Get regular oil changes according to your owner’s manual.
• Check your air and fuel filters often – at least every oil service.
• Make sure your gas cap fits tightly.
• Keep your transmission fluid at the proper level.
• See us right away if you see that smoke is coming from your tailpipe.
• Keep all fluids topped up
• Ensure that your cooling system thermostat is working properly.
• Fix your transmission immediately
• Get emissions tests once a year
• Make sure that your exhaust system is clean and working properly
• Keep your muffler up to par

All of the tips mentioned above will really save you gas and that means money. As you can see saving money on gas is not as hard as you may think it is. With the constantly rising price at the pump, it’s important to save every drop of gas that you can.

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