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Getting better Gas Mileaged

Improving fuel economy not only saves drivers money, it also benefits the environment by releasing fewer emissions into the air and reduces a nation’s dependence on oil and oil imports. Reducing the amount of driving we do — by carpooling, using public transportation and combining trips — has the greatest effect on how much gas each person uses. That said, there are many ways to improve fuel economy when we do drive. These primarily involve driving more efficiently and making sure our cars are properly maintained.

Go easy on the pedals
Speeding, braking and rapid acceleration waste gas. Depending on the type of vehicle, poor driving habits can negatively affect fuel economy between 5 percent and 33 percent. Based on the current national average of $3.12 per gallon (for regular gasoline), driving sensibly, and not like a race car driver, can lead to an equivalent gas savings of between 16 cents and $1.03 per gallon.

Slow down
Gas mileage decreases above 60 miles per hour. According to fueleconomy.gov, for every five miles per hour that exceeds 60 mph, drivers pay an equivalent of about 24 cents more for each gallon of gas. While each vehicle has its own optimal speed for fuel efficiency, speeding can result in 7 percent to 23 percent reduced fuel economy. Driving at slower speeds can save 21 to 71 cents per gallon.

Leave extras at home
An additional 100 pounds in your car can reduce gas mileage by up to 2 percent. The reduction is relative to the vehicle’s weight: Smaller vehicles are more affected by increased weight than larger ones. For every 100 pounds in extra weight, plan on spending up to 6 cents more per gallon.

Use cruise control (when appropriate)
According to Edmunds.com, using cruise control under appropriate conditions (avoiding use during especially hilly terrain) can improve fuel economy by up to 14 percent. That’s a savings of about 43 cents per gallon.

Turn off the car
Idling gets zero miles per gallon and collectively consumes several billion gallons of fuel per year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The California Energy Commission advises that vehicles should be turned off if the expected wait will be longer than 10 seconds, since an idling vehicle can burn as much as one gallon of gas each hour. Turning the car off can save about 5 cents per minute.

Check tire pressure
A little bit of vehicle maintenance can go a long way in improving gas mileage. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 1.25 billion gallons of gasoline — approximately 1 percent of total consumption — are wasted each year on underinflated tires. Tires can lose about 2 pounds per square inch per month. Each tire that is underinflated by 10 psi reduces fuel economy by about 3.3 percent. Four tires that are underinflated by 10 psi, then, would reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy by a substantial 10 percent at an added cost of 31 cents per gallon.

Follow the guidelines in your vehicle’s owner’s manual (these recommendations also appear on a sticker inside the driver’s side door jamb) — and not what is stamped onto the tire itself.

Replace spark plugs
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence indicates that bad spark plugs can decrease fuel economy by up to 30 percent, and can cost drivers up to about 94 cents per gallon at today’s prices. If a car’s gas mileage suddenly drops, there’s a good chance it’s because of misfiring spark plugs.

Check alignment
Misaligned tires drag instead of roll freely. Improper alignment can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 10 percent — about 31 cents per gallon. In addition, the tires can wear out more quickly. Tires that are out of balance (symptom: vibration in the steering wheel) can cause uneven tire wear, which can result in lower gas mileage. Tires should be balanced and rotated according to the vehicle’s owner’s manual to improve tire performance and fuel economy.

Fill your tank early in the morning or late at night
Fuel is dispensed by volume. If you fill your tank when it is coolest outside — early in the morning or late at night, and avoid the heat of the day — the fuel will be more dense. As a result, you will get more gas for the same amount of money.

Reducing the amount of driving we do, whether it’s by carpooling or foregoing an unnecessary trip, is perhaps the most effective way to decrease the amount of gas that each person uses and make fill-ups at the gas station last longer. Proactive steps can be taken to improve fuel efficiency by paying attention to and changing gas-guzzling driving habits, and following a vehicle’s maintenance schedule. Improved gas mileage is good for you, good for your car and good for the environment.

Keeping your vehicle in great mechanical condition will help improve your gas mileage and emissions, as well as prevent you form being stranded. All Tech Auto Repair does a free 35 point inspection with all our oil changes and many other services that we provide. We would be happy to asses the running condition of your vehicle and make sure that it is in top shape as we are approaching spring.

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Fuel Injection Service Benefits You

Fuel Injector Flush Cleaning Service

As fuel is ignited, the gases can cause carbon build up throughout the engine and exhaust system. Additives normally clean injectors but leave other components dirty. A good injector service can clean those other vital components, but not all flush services are created equal. When shopping for a flush service, the car owner should ask the auto shop if the following components would be cleaned.

* injectors
* throttle body
* valves
All tech includes an oil and gas additive in our fuel injection service, as well as an induction cleaning through an I/V drip system.

Many injector flush services will only clean the injectors, while others may only clean certain components. Certain components, like the throttle body for example, may need to be cleaned separately as part of the service.

A flush service maybe more expensive than a fuel additive, but the benefits could out weight the cost of a more comprehensive flush. First a more comprehensive service flush will clean more components than a fuel additive. Secondly, a flush service doesn’t have to be performed as often as an additive needs to be used.

If the car owner plans to keep their vehicle for many years, there may also be some benefits to other types of flush services. Regular oil changes and routine transmissions services prolong the life of your vehicle as well. Recommendations for oil changes are every 3-5 thousand miles depending on the type of oil. Transmission services are recommended every 60k miles for best vehicle running conditions and long lasting vehicle.

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Fuel injector before and after a Fuel Injection Service

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Free Emissions Test and 35 Point Inspection

ALL-TECH AUTO REPAIR
461-7506
Makes
EMISSIONS TESTING EASY
for Canyon County Residents

Free Emission Test and Free 35 Point Inspection

Call ALL-TECH AUTO REPAIR today @ 461-7506
to schedule your
Free Emission Test & Free 35 Point Inspection.
Plan to leave your vehicle most of the day & we will perform a
Free 35 Point Inspection that includes a Pre-emissions test.

• If your vehicle passes we will have it tested & certified at no charge to you.

• If your vehicle fails we will give you an estimate for repairs.

• Once the repairs have been completed we will have it tested & certified at no cost to you.

• We will even help you obtain an Emission Test Waiver if you cannot afford all of the needed repairs.

No strings attached
Repairs DO NOT have to be completed by All-Tech Auto Repair to receive this offer
one emission test per vehicle

Available appointments are limited so make yours now
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ALL-TECH AUTO REPAIR
916 Arrowhead St. Nampa, Idaho 83686
461-7506

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Free Pre-Emissions Inspects

Another round of notices have gone out the the residents of Canyon County to get their vehicles emissions tested. At All Tech Auto Repair we offer free pre-emissions inspections to ensure that your vehicle will pass the emissions test. In this inspections we will pull any check engine codes you may have, check over your vehicle thoroughly, and take it to have it tested for you.
Our 35 point inspections checks all the components of your vehicle, to make your that your vehicle is running properly. Ensuring that your vehicle will meet the standard for Canyon County Emissions.
The first thing to check before having your vehicle tested it that it does not have a check engine light on. If this light is on your vehicle will not pass. We have the equipment to check your codes and the experienced techs to determine exactly what your problem is.
We offer the convenience of having your vehicle tested for you, once we determine that it will pass. We guarantee our work and want to ensure that the car will pass before returning it to you.

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Check Engine Lights and Emissions Testing

Fresh notices have been mailed out to residents in Canyon County to get their cars emissions tested. What most people do not know is if your check engine light is on your car will not pass emissions. Some testing stations will not even test your vehicle if your light is on. Your check engine light can be on as a result of many things varying from a loose gas cap to larger issues including multiple components of your car. Where it may seem easy to throw on parts that you think may be causing the issue that can become a costly route to take. We will pull the check engine codes for you at no cost and check into what exactly is causing your problems, and give you an accurate estimate so you do not waste your time and money chasing down the problem and replacing parts un-necessarily.

All Tech Auto Repair offers free pre-emissions inspections; we also do emission repairs if your vehicle fails its emissions test. We do not however certify your vehicle to pass emissions we are not a testing station. We do offer the option for us to give your vehicle pre-emissions inspections and if your vehicle will pass we offer to take your vehicle down and have it tested for you.

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Make Your Car Last

Keeping your car running at its best is important to many people especially if you are planning on keeping your car for a number of years. One of the most important is keeping track of your service intervals, your 30K, 60K, 90K mile services. Your Owners Manual will let you know what is needed at each or these intervals, however if you do not have your owners manual All Tech can look it up for you and let you know what your vehicle calls for.
Make sure you keep a record of what maintenance you do to your car there are items, such as timing belts, that are due at a certain mileage. These items can not be checked or tested and if they are not changed at the correct time they can break and cause serious damage to your car. Keeping an accurate record of your maintenance and bringing your car in for its regular services and tune ups, can prevent more costly repairs in the future and keep your car running in its best condition for you.

Mechanically Fit:
There are a number of areas that need attention to keep your vehicle in good running condition.
The best place to start is to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations. Again, this is a place to “start”. Following only the manufacturer’s recommendations simply guarantees to get you to the end of the factory warranty period. To take your car down the road another 5 – 10 years requires more attention to the details. For example, so-called life-time fluids will lead to shorter component life times if the fluids are not changed as needed. Transmissions can last many times longer if the fluid is changed at 60,000 miles (sometimes sooner depending upon the application).
Engine coolant deteriorates and should be tested for acidity or pH so that the old coolant does not damage the engine metals and cooling system. This can lead to engine head gasket failures, radiator failures, coolant hose failures, etc.
The brake system fluid also deteriorates and needs to be tested to determine when it should be changed. Old brake system fluid can cause premature brake component failures or can lower the system fluid boiling point. This can cause brakes to fail under heavy usage.
Power steering fluid needs to be tested and changed when needed. Old power steering fluid will lead to premature failure of power steering system components.
Most car owners are aware of the need to change engine oil and filters. There is an alternative to the tried and true petroleum based oils: synthetic engine oils. The synthetics can go longer between changing, resulting in less waste added to the environment. The other advantage is less wear and tear on engine parts, lower heat and lower or no deposit build-up on the engine. This will mean longer engine life with fewer repairs.
Just as with taking care of our bodies, investing a little time to pay attention to the details will result in your car living a long life for multiple 100’s of thousands of miles. Of course, the chances for success are greater if this car regimen begins when your car is new, but starting now is better than not starting at all!

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Why you shouldn’t delay car maintenance

Let me start off by saying: “I’ve crash-tested this one for you, and it doesn’t work.”

Don’t try to cut your budget by delaying maintenance. I mean, if you want to skip a manicure, fine. But don’t skimp on the big stuff, even if it doesn’t seem important.

I learned this (as always) the hard way.

A few weeks ago, I noticed that my car was running “funny” and that one tire was showing excessive wear. I took it in to my favorite tire shop for a diagnosis, and they asked me when I last had my tires rotated.

Um….. Come to think of it, I haven’t done it in a long time… like before my snow tires were on last year.

Did you know? One of your tires (in a front-wheel drive car, the front passenger side tire) does almost all of the “pulling” of a car? This means that tire wears the fastest, hence the need for frequent tire rotation, every 3,000-5,000 miles.

What does this mean for me? My failure to have my tires rotated for the whole past year is going to cost me $400 smackers for two new tires. (Both front tires must be replaced now).

I swear, I *just* bought tires too.

The good news is, I’m putting my snows on this week, so I’ve got the winter to save up for new tires. (Because everyone knows, winter is the best time for stocking up cash.)
Courtesy of DK online

When you bring your car into us our goal is to take car of you and your car. We will give you a diagnosis and and estimate of your needed repairs and when I say needed, I mean we will give you only the repairs we know you need nothing that is not necessary to better the condition of  your vehicle. We try to encourage timely maintenance and let you know exactly what you can put off and what could potentially worsen the condition of your vehicle.
All tech offers Spring, Fall, and Winter Specials for your routine seasonal maintenance as well as Oil changes and any other maintenance necessary for your car.

Drive safe and Enjoy the Holidays

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Winterizing your Vehicle

Winterize Your Car
It’s getting close to the the holidays and the weather is getting cold, which means ice and slick roads. Not to mentions the other effects the cold can have on your car. All Tech wants you to have a safe and happy season, so here is some tips to be prepared for this time of year.

Driving in the winter means snow, sleet and ice that can lead to slower traffic, hazardous road conditions, hot tempers and unforeseen dangers. To help you make it safely through winter, here are some suggestions from the National Safety Council to make sure that you and your vehicle are prepared.

Weather
At any temperature — 20° Fahrenheit below zero or 90° Fahrenheit above — weather affects road and driving conditions and can pose serious problems. It is important to monitor forecasts on the Web, radio, TV, cable weather channel, or in the daily papers.

Your Car
Prepare your car for winter. Start with a checkup that includes:

* Checking the ignition, brakes, wiring, hoses and fan belts.
* Changing and adjusting the spark plugs.
* Checking the air, fuel and emission filters, and the PCV valve.
* Inspecting the distributor.
* Checking the battery.
* Checking the tires for air, sidewall wear and tread depth.
* Checking antifreeze levels and the freeze line.

Your car should have a tune-up (check the owner’s manual for the recommended interval) to ensure better gas mileage, quicker starts and faster response on pick-up and passing power.

Necessary Equipment
An emergency situation on the road can arise at any time and you must be prepared. In addition to making sure you have the tune-up, a full tank of gas, and fresh anti-freeze, you should carry the following items in your trunk:

* Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod-type jack
* Shovel
* Jumper cables
* Tow and tire chains
* Bag of salt or cat litter
* Tool kit
* Cell Phone if you have one
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Do it yourself things You should leave to the Pros.

You’re thrifty, you’re self-sufficient, you don’t waste money paying for services you can do yourself. Here at WalletPop, we understand that, and we try to accommodate you with tips and advice for doing things on your own — and cheaply.
However, there are a handful of tasks or situations when the DIY approach can backfire. You might think you’re saving money by not hiring a pro, but the results could cost you more — sometimes much more — than if you’d just paid for the professional service in the first place. This is also the case with a lot of products you can buy, as this article points out.
WalletPop talked to experts to find out when doing it yourself will actually cost you more if you screw it up. They revealed the kind of missteps well-intentioned people make all the time that can burn them. Read on for the don’t-do-it-yourself list.
Oil changes
As this recent thread on Consumerist shows, there’s plenty of debate about this one. Sure, there are people who’ve been changing their own car’s oil for years with no problems, as well as plenty of us who remember our fathers underneath the family sedan in the garage, changing the oil with nary an incident.
That said, there are a few things to keep in mind if you decide to get your hands dirty: Cars are different today in many ways, and it might be hard for a backyard mechanic to reach all the right parts without specialized tools. Trying to shimmy under your car is also a losing proposition for many of us, and not knowing what you’re doing with a jack can literally kill you if you make a mistake. If you put in the wrong type of oil, too much or too little, you can seriously damage your engine, Scott Cudini, innovations manager for Jiffy Lube International, told WalletPop.
Finally, let’s talk cost. In many parts of the country, you can get a conventional oil change for around $25. Sure, buying five quarts of oil and a filter might cost you less than that, but that’s not factoring in the cost of your time. It also doesn’t take into account the disposal of used oil. Many municipalities charge for oil disposal, and dumping it down the storm drain can earn you a nice hefty fine if you get caught.
Courtesy of walletpop.com

All Tech Auto Repair also provides a 35 point inspection as well as topping off all your fluids, checking tire pressure, and lubing the chassis with your oil change and we do it for only $29.99.

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Help Clean the Air by Reducing Vehicle Emissions Ourselves

The reason why we have the Nampa emission repairs and emissions testing is because air pollution in our areas have grown worse. Our air environment has gone bad and this has bad effects on our health and economy. It is obviously for our own interests that we lower vehicle emissions as much as possible and help keep the air clean.

So what can we do to help clean the air? It’s all very simple actually. Here are two very simple ways to keep our car emissions to a low level.

1. Use your car as less as possible.
Of course, the most obvious answer is to not use the car in order to not emit harmful chemicals into the air at all. But in our age and time, cars are an important tool in our lives.

So let us compromise and instead decide to just drive as less as possible. If it is possible for you to just ride the bus or hitch a ride with a friend or colleague, then do so. It is fun to have a carpool sometimes. If you live close to where you work, you can also just take a walk or a bike. Make sure to avoid traffic, too, on times when you are using your car.

2. Check your car regularly.
Whether or not you are using your car a lot, it is important to maintain your car in great shape. Even if emissions testing was not required, it is still important to get your car checked and tuned regularly. Aside from safety reasons, properly tuned cars emit less and pollutes less.

These two basically covers the bulk of what we can do to help clean the air. Decreasing our car usage and lowering our vehicle emissions are certainly big factors in this goal.

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