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Why Is My Fuel Economy So Low?

Why Is My Fuel Economy So Low?

It sucks when you notice that your vehicle suddenly gets poor gas mileage than ever before. Usually, the numbers don't tell a lie. A significant drop in MPG is a huge indicator that something is wrong with your vehicle most of the time.   There are so many different vehicle problems resulting in poor fuel economy. Here are some of the most prevalent issues that we've seen at Endurance Auto Repair and Tire. Tires - As you may know, there's a lot of maintenance that comes with your tires. For example, underinflated tires can result in more rolling resistance, lowering your fuel economy. To ensure you are getting the best mileage with your tires, we advise you to monitor its inflation at least once a month. The slightest adjustment can shift your MPG drastically. Air filter - The air filter is made of pleated materials that block out pollen, dust, and other contaminants from entering the fuel system. A clogged air filter can restrict airflow to the engine, causing an ... read more

How to Prep Your Car for Thanksgiving Break

How to Prep Your Car for Thanksgiving Break

During the Thanksgiving holiday, thousands of students at Liberty University will pack up their cars and head home for stuffing, turkey, and uncomfortable family conversations about what they'll be doing post-college. Here are some tips for those student drivers who will be driving home for Thanksgiving! Inspect Your Vehicle One of the easiest things you can do before heading on the highway is a car inspection. We're sure your mom and dad will want you home in one piece. It would be best if you or your mechanic looked for any noticeable impairments; test all your lights, tires, and other safety features. Additionally, you should top off your vehicle's essential fluids. If your trip is long, it would be safer for you to get an oil change before. And lastly, you should think about swapping out your wiper blades just in case the holidays bring unexpected rain or snow. Test Important Components There are many moving parts in your vehicle (over 30,000, including nuts and bol ... read more

How To Check Your Shocks Using the Bounce Test

How To Check Your Shocks Using the Bounce Test

Is your vehicle's ride quality, handling, and comfortability feeling a bit off? If yes, then you are probably dealing with a suspension problem, and one or more of your shocks are worn out. To be sure that you need suspension repair, you can do the simple bounce test at home before heading to the repair shop.    What is the Bounce Test? The bounce test is a quick (5-minutes tops) test that does not require special equipment, tools, or skills. It's simply going around to each corner of your car and taking note of how long it bounces. Here are the exact steps of the bounce test: Make sure your car, SUV, or truck is parked on a flat and even surface. Go to one of the corners of your vehicle. In a swift motion, push down on the corner as hard as possible and then remove any contact from the vehicle. Observe how your car reacts. The shock is still in good condition if it springs back up right away to its "at-rest" position. If it jumps 1x, then the sho ... read more

What is 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance?

What is 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance?

30/60/90K vehicle maintenance is a way of keeping your car running for a lot longer than it would without it. It is also known as a tune-up in today’s times. When you own a car or truck, it's always good to understand that regular maintenance is essential for its longevity and safety.   What You Should Expect For Maintenance At Our Shop The upkeep of a car is essential to ensure that it continues to operate smoothly. The process of maintaining your vehicle includes changing the oil regularly, checking tire pressure, and engine tune-ups. Our experienced technicians have a lot of training in this field and understand how to properly execute these processes.   Another great source for understanding what maintenance items are needed every 30,000 miles is by referencing your vehicle’s owner’s manual or factory-recommended services. Here, you’ll find the recommended services for each interval, and it will give you a better idea of w ... read more

Common Misconceptions Regarding Fuel Economy

Common Misconceptions Regarding Fuel Economy

Every driver has their methods and beliefs on gas mileage. It isn't simple to know what is fact or myth when it comes down to fuel because there's no easy way to measure it. Let's take a look and clear up the most common misconceptions surrounding gas.   Myth #1: Always roll down your windows instead of using AC to save money.  This ideology only holds true to a certain degree. A factor to consider is what speed you are driving. It is better to keep the air conditioning on while driving on the highway. However, keeping the windows down when cruising through the city will more likely yield savings.   Myth #2: As your vehicle ages, its fuel economy decreases significantly. With the proper and routine maintenance, your car will retain its gas efficiency for years and years to come. Vehicles ten or even fifteen years old will experience the slightest decrease in fuel economy. It won't be very noticeable at all!   Myth #3: A higher level of octane ... read more

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