Mechanic reveals ways to make your car last longer

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Don't race or gun your engine when you start it up. Accelerate slowly and smoothly when your engine is cold,

Stop and accelerate gradually avoiding jackrabbit starts and stops. Avoid burning rubber it places excessive wear onrepparttar transmission and rear end, not to mention your tires.

An international tire company estimated that 33% of all tires onrepparttar 144770 road are under-inflated (low air). Under-inflated tires wear out quicker and have a tendency to blow out easier. Keep front-end aligned, for longer tire life and better gas mileage. Tires driven at 70 mph. wear out almost twice as fast as those driven 50 mph.

Avoid tailgating, tire squealing turns, flying over speed bumps, pot holes and revving your engine.

When possible, avoid driving your car during rush hour stop and go traffic periods.

If your car has "Cruise Control" use it. Using cruise control will save you 5% to 10% of a gallon of gas on long trips.

Avoid constantly pressing and releasingrepparttar 144771 accelerator when driving. This practice not only wastes fuel, but it puts excessive wear onrepparttar 144772 drive train of your car.

Don't ride your brake pedal, this wears out your brake linings pre-maturely, and wastes fuel.

Driving with your windows allrepparttar 144773 way down at higher speeds, will waste 10% more gallons of gasoline than driving with them closed. Research by a major car manufacturer has revealed that neglect of proper routine maintenance isrepparttar 144774 number one reason forrepparttar 144775 enormous increase in car repairs being required.

Tires purchased at department stores such as Sears, Montgomery Wards, K-Mart etc., can be an excellent value because many are made by leading tire manufacturers. When purchasing or changing tires, make sure you have them spin balanced. For a list of what manufacturer makes which tires for what department store, write to: Tire Information Centre, P.O. Box 677, Syosset, NY 11791

Avoid cleaning your windshield with a dry rag or towel. Always dampen with water or some other cleaning liquid. Dry towels grind and scratch your windshield hindering your visibility.

Avoid turning onrepparttar 144776 car air-conditioning while running at highway speeds as this tends to put an immediate heavy load on your compressor and clutch. This could cause excessive wear and tear on these components. Instead turn your air conditioner on at car speeds below 25 to 30 mph. This helps to preserve your expensive compressor.

Try to avoid running your car withrepparttar 144777 tank low on gas. Keeping a low tank of gas increasesrepparttar 144778 chance of dirt, water/moisture and rust forming in your fuel system. Keeping a full tank decreasesrepparttar 144779 chance of dirt and other foreign matter forming in your fuel system.

Regular oil changes arerepparttar 144780 most important thing you can do to protect your engine and make it last longer. Each time you have your engine oil checked; have your transmission fluid checked also.

If you have a manual transmission it is better to down shift to slow your car down instead of using your brakes. This will save wear and tear on your braking system.

A garaged car lasts longer. A car port is next best, and a car cover is a distant third. Protect your car's interior and make it last longer - park your car inrepparttar 144781 shade or place a windshield guard or cover inrepparttar 144782 windshield. If you spill something inside your car, clean it up immediately before it dries. Delaying even 30 minutes can sometimes leave a permanent stain or spot. To better protect your car seats have them treated with scotch guard.

NOTE: According to current auto insurance statistics,repparttar 144783 average U.S. car's useful life is 10 years or 100,000 miles. By following proper preventative maintenance you can often double your car's useful life, and spend less

Pierre Schexneider is president of The Schexneider Group, LLC an E-commerce consulting business. As a consultant his research abilities have afforded him many opportunities to expand his knowledge base. For gas saving tips please visit:


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What Do We Pay for in a Gallon of Regular Grade? Federal, State, and local taxes are a large component ofrepparttar retail price of gasoline. Taxes (not including county and local taxes) account for approximately 27 percent ofrepparttar 144737 cost of a gallon of gasoline. Within this national average, Federal excise taxes are 18.4 cents per gallon and State excise taxes average about 21 cents per gallon. 2 Also, eleven States levy additional State sales and other taxes, some of which are applied torepparttar 144738 Federal and State excise taxes. Additional local county and city taxes can have a significant impact onrepparttar 144739 price of gasoline. Refining costs and profits comprise about 15% ofrepparttar 144740 retail price of gasoline. This component varies from region to region due torepparttar 144741 different formulations required in different parts ofrepparttar 144742 country. Distribution, marketing and retail dealer costs and profits combined make up 14% ofrepparttar 144743 cost of a gallon of gasoline. Fromrepparttar 144744 refinery, most gasoline is shipped first by pipeline to terminals near consuming areas, and then loaded into trucks for delivery to individual stations. Some retail outlets are owned and operated by refiners, while others are independent businesses that purchase gasoline for resale torepparttar 144745 public. The price onrepparttar 144746 pump reflects bothrepparttar 144747 retailerís purchase cost forrepparttar 144748 product andrepparttar 144749 other costs of operatingrepparttar 144750 service station. It also reflects local market conditions and factors, such asrepparttar 144751 desirability ofrepparttar 144752 location andrepparttar 144753 marketing strategy ofrepparttar 144754 owner.

Pierre Schexneider is president of The Schexneider Group, LLC an E-commerce consulting business. As a consultant his research abilities have afforded him many opportunities to expand his knowledge base. For gas saving tips please visit:

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