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Wasteful Thinking

With the weather getting colder, you might be tempted to start your vehicle up, let it idle for 15 or 20 minutes and then get in the nice, cozy cabin.  Some vehicles offer remote starting that let you do that from the comfort of your home or apartment.  But is letting your vehicle idle like that good for it? Manufacturers say it doesn't harm the vehicle.  They say it's because modern vehicles are made differently from those in the past.  Just about all newer vehicles employ fuel injection which uses computers to adjust the amount of gasoline that goes into the cylinders.  The engine gets only the fuel it needs, taking conditions into account. Older vehicles, on the other hand, used to use carburetors.  When you started a cold engine, the carburetor wasn't able to adjust the gasoline amount depending on conditions.  Some of the gasoline would mix with oil and the pistons wouldn't get the same lubrication as they would with undiluted oil. So yes, you ca ... read more

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Improve Fuel Economy with Proper Maintenance at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

With MADISON HEIGHTS gas prices being what they are, many of us in MI are driving less and looking into purchasing smaller or more efficient vehicles. MADISON HEIGHTS area residents who have to drive a lot, have large families or need four-wheel drive are particularly hard hit by the cost of fuel in MI. But there are things all MADISON HEIGHTS drivers can do to save fuel: We can improve our driving habits and stay on top of preventive maintenance at Interstate Auto Care. These things make small savings possible, but they can really add up.Let's start with driving habits. One major gas-eater is jackrabbit starts. A smooth, gradual acceleration uses a lot less fuel. It's also easier on your engine and drivetrain, so you'll prolong their lives as well.If you drive with one foot on the brake, stop. That creates drag, increasing fuel usage and reducing the useful life of your brakes.Slowing down can really add up on gas savings over time for MADISON HEIGHTS ... read more

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Hey MADISON HEIGHTS Drivers: How Do You Save Gas?

Higher MADISON HEIGHTS fuel prices aren't going away any time soon. That's not good news for our wallets. A lot of MADISON HEIGHTS drivers are trying to find ways to cut down on fuel consumption and hang on to some of their hard-earned money.North Americans drive billions of miles less during months of high fuel prices. That's right, billions. Of course MI vehicle owners can't stop driving altogether, so we still need to find other ways to cut fuel bills.Preventive maintenance at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS and good vehicle care can actually pay for themselves by lowering our fuel consumption. Here's a real-life example of how that can work.A family planned a four-day camping trip. Before leaving, they took their SUV into Interstate Auto Care for an oil change. They flushed the cooling system, serviced all three differentials and cleaned the fuel system. They replaced the PCV valve and breather element. Then they checked the tires to e ... read more

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Will Proper Auto Maintenance at Interstate Auto Care Really Save Gas?

Have you ever thought about all the little things we do to keep our lives running smoothly - like vacuuming? It makes a room feel fresher and more comfortable. We may not consider that we're also prolonging the life of the carpet by keeping it clean. But MADISON HEIGHTS drivers don't always extend those good habits into the garage. Our vehicles need regular maintenance just like our rugs need vacuuming. We may not notice a difference in the feel or appearance of the vehicle, but just as cleaning a carpet carries the hidden reward of prolonging its life, maintaining our vehicles incurs a hidden reward that becomes noticeable at MADISON HEIGHTS gas stations.When it comes to reduced fuel economy, there are two culprits: increased friction and inefficient fuel combustion. That means that anything MADISON HEIGHTS drivers can do to decrease friction and increase the efficiency of their engines will translate to savings on fuel. Friction increases the amount of energy it takes to move somethi ... read more

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