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Yearly Archives: 2012

Battery Basics for Winter Drivers

Cold weather is tough on batteries Cold weather is tough on batteries—not so much because it does damage to them, but because it requires a lot more FROM them. Vehicles that have been sitting out in the cold on a long winter night are harder to start than they would be if it were a morning in the middle of July. This is in large part because the oil in them is thick. One way of explaining this effect is to think of your engine and the oil inside like a can of a cream-style soup (cream of mushroom or clam chowder for example). When you open the can cold, the soup is thick and congealed; it takes a lot of effort to get it out of there, to get it moving so to speak. You have to shake the can or get a spoon and scrape the thick stuff out. But, once it’s in the pan and warms up, it softens and becomes liquid that is easy to pour. Well, that’s essentially what’s happening inside your vehicle’s engine on cold winter mornings: the oil inside has gotte ... read more

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Drive Smart and Save Gas Money

Driving Behavior, Vehicle Care Directly Impact Fuel Efficiency With no end in sight to rising gas prices, consumers who modify their driving habits and properly maintain their vehicles will get more miles per gallon. The Car Care Council recommends the following ways to drive smart and save gas money: Observe the speed limit. Gas mileage decreases rapidly above 60 mph. Avoid excessive idling. Idling gets zero miles per gallon. Warming up the vehicle for one or two minutes is sufficient. Avoid quick starts and stops. Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in the city. Consolidate trips. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much gas as one longer multi-purpose trip. Don’t haul unneeded items in the trunk. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk reduces fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent. Check the gas cap. Damaged, loose or missing gas caps al ... read more

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