1. Check your tire pressure at least once a month! Keep your tires inflated to the maximum pressure indicated on the sidewall of your tires. Maximum pressure decreases rolling resistance, thereby saving on fuel costs.
2. Have your wheel alignment checked at least once per year! Be sure all 4 of your wheels are properly aligned. Mis-aligned front and/or rear wheels will cause additional drag on your vehicle causing additional fuel consumption and will shorten the life of your tires.
3. Roll up your windows! When driving on the highway, open windows cause additional drag on your vehicle because air flow becomes trapped inside your vehicle. If you drive a pickup, lower the tailgate when driving to help reduce air flow drag.
4. Check your vehicle for unnecessary weight! Check for unnecessary heavy items you may be carrying in your trunk or back seat. Additional weight will cause additional drag and more fuel consumption.
5. Plan errands efficiently! Try to plan shopping errands so you can make fewer trips to the store. Short drives use more fuel than highway driving.
6. Plan your trips ahead! Lowering your highway speed on the average vehicle from 75 mph to 55 mph can potentially save you up to 45 % on fuel consumption.
7. Get rid of that Heavy Foot! Slower acceleration saves fuel. Try not to be aggressive when starting up from stop lights.
8. Car Pool! Whenever possible, car pool with friends when traveling in town or on the highway. Take that weekend trip with friends and it will cut your fuel expenses in half.
10. Have your Brakes Inspected! Yes, brakes can cause increased fuel consumption. A sticking brake caliper can cause additional drag on your vehicle causing it to use more fuel. It will also significantly reduce the life of your brakes.
11. Keep your Vehicle Properly Maintained! Probably the most important is keeping your vehicle properly maintained by performing oil changes at the proper intervals, making sure your spark plugs and fuel systems are clean and in top shape and by checking your air filter and fuel filter. A poorly maintained engine can cut fuel mileage by as much as 10% to 20%.
12. Don't drive with a Check Engine Light On! If you are driving your vehicle with a "check engine" light or "service engine soon" light on, you may be wasting valuable fuel. For example, a defective oxygen sensor in your car can waste as much as 40% of your fuel. If you have a "check engine" light on, bring it to your service facility and have it checked out. It could be costing you valuable $$$$$ !!
Driving conditions in Nebraska are less than ideal with the HOT summers and COLD winters we have. Maintenance on your vehicle is even more critical under these conditions. You will probably need to perform general maintenance on your vehicle more often than is suggested in your owner's manual. Most intervals in the owner's manual are referring to IDEAL driving conditions which are far from what we see here in Nebraska!
WHY PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE You brush and floss to prevent future dental problems...You paint your home to defer wood damage...You fertilize your lawn each season so it is healthier!
Hopefully, you're applying the same type of preventive maintenance strategies to your automobile!! Vehicles are typically our second largest purchase (our homes are the first). Preventive maintenance is the most efficient, cost-effective way to extend your vehicle's life and increase the value of that purchase. A good maintenance program gives piece of mind and offers a way to "spread out" the cost. Experience has proven that a properly maintained vehicle will be more dependable, safer and last longer and increase the satisfaction with your vehicle. Automotive manufacturers and vehicle owners also have a responsibility to make sure emission control systems receive regular service so that they continue to function properly. Regular maintenance helps accomplish these goals by keeping your vehicle operating efficiently. This reduces the potential for problems that may leave you stranded and significantly increase the cost of owning your vehicle.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU THE CUSTOMER?
* Saves you money over time! * A more dependable vehicle! * A vehicle that retains more "new vehicle feel"! * Less chance of costly breakdown! * A safer vehicle for you and your family! * Doing your part for cleaner air! * A car that is worth more at trade in or sale! * Documentation of maintenance history! * Less frequent vehicle replacement! * Less frequent visits to the repair shop! * An intact warranty!
TOP TEN LIST OF MOST OVERLOOKED MAINTENANCE ITEMS
1. TIRE CONDITION & TIRE PRESSURE
2. TIRE ROTATION & TIRE BALANCE
3. BRAKE INSPECTION/BRAKE FLUID FLUSH & REFILL
4. TRANSMISSION SERVICE & TRANSMISSION FILTER CHANGE
5. COOLING SYSTEM FLUSH/FILL & INSPECT
6. FUEL FILTER REPLACEMENT
7. MAINTENANCE TUNE-UP (PLUGS WILL NOT LAST 100,000 MILES)
8. BULB & SAFETY LIGHTING INSPECTION
9. WIPER REPLACEMENT (INCLUDING REAR)
10.CABIN AIR FILTER REPLACEMENT
A & D Auto-Truck Service 5940 Colfax Avenue Lincoln, NE 68507 402-464-3211