Car Care Tips

How do I save on gas?

Use regular gasoline

Unless your vehicle requires premium gasoline, filling up your car with high-octane gas is a waste of money. The premium gas doesn’t boost your gas mileage or performance. If you’re not sure what grade works best for your vehicle, your owner’s manual will tell you. You can also ask your mechanic what grade to use. Using regular gasoline over high-octane gasoline could save you hundreds of dollars a year.

Don’t top off

Don’t top off when filling your car’s gas tank. Any additional gas is just going to slop around or seep out. Stop pumping at the first indication that your tank is full when the automatic nozzle clicks off.

Tighten up the gas cap

Gas will evaporate from the gas tank if it has an escape. Loose, missing or damaged gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year, according to the Car Care Council. So be sure to tighten up that gas cap each time you fuel up your car.

Go for the shade

The hot summer sun that makes the inside of your car feel like a sauna also zaps fuel from your gas tank. So park your car in the shade of a building or tree whenever possible. And buy a good windshield shade. A windshield shade blocks sunlight and helps to keep heat out of the inside of your car.

Use your garage for your car

Got a garage? Clear it out and make room for your car. Parking in your garage will help your car stay warm in winter and cool in summer, and you won’t have to depend as much on your gas-guzzling air-conditioning or defroster when you drive.

Pump up your tires

Don’t get caught driving on under inflated tires. Under inflated tires wear down more quickly, and they also lower your car’s gas mileage. Your car’s gas mileage may plummet by as much as 15 percent. Driving on under inflated tires may also reduce the life of your tires by 15 percent or more.

Check your tire pressure once a month

Buy a digital gauge and keep it in your glove box. Compare the pressure in your tires with the recommended pressure listed in your owner’s manual and on the placard located in your car door. Then inflate your tires as needed. Be sure to check tire pressure when your tires are cold. A good time is early in the morning after your car’s been idle overnight.

Keep your engine in tune

Fixing a car that is out of tune or has failed an emissions test can boost gas mileage by about 4 percent. So be sure to give your car regular tune-ups. You’ll also want to watch out for worn spark plugs. A misfiring spark plug can reduce a car’s fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent. Ensure your mechanic checks for them.

Replace air filters

When the engine air filter clogs with dirt, dust and bugs, it causes your engine to work harder and your car becomes less fuel efficient. Replacing a clogged air filter could improve your gas mileage by as much as 10 percent and save you 15 cents a gallon. It’s a good idea to have your engine air filter checked at each oil change. The Car Care Council recommends changing your car’s air and oil filters every three months or 3,000 miles or as specified in your owner’s manual.

Use the right oil

You can improve your vehicle gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil. Use motor oil with the words “energy conserving” on the API (American Petroleum Institute) performance label. This oil contains additives to lower the friction.

Don’t skimp on maintenance

Your car’s performance depends on it being properly maintained. The owner’s manual of your vehicle will tell you what maintenance is needed and when. If you have any questions, your auto repair shop will be able to show you the recommended maintenance for your car. Follow the car care guidelines outlined in your owner’s manual. Not only will they improve efficiency, they will also save you money on costly repairs in the long run.

 

Dans Auto Center is here for you, we are not going anywhere!

Dear Customers,

I hope you and your family are staying healthy and safe through the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

In times like these, it's more important than ever that your vehicle get you where you need to be safely. Every trip you are taking is important and getting directly to your destination without a breakdown is critical.

In other words, staying on top of your vehicle's repairs and maintenance are as important as ever. And in that spirit, you deserve to know exactly what precautions we are taking to keep you safe before, during and after every visit to our shop.

We are diligently sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces in our shop at least once per hour: door handles, countertops, waiting area, and restrooms. More often during busy periods in the shop.

Our techs wash their hands thoroughly and put on a new pair of disposable gloves multiple times during each repair, and when switching to a new repair, test drive, or inspection.

Every car and every car key is being sanitized before being returned to you.

We offer contactless payments.

If you do not want to come into the shop, we will pick up and drop off your vehicle. We'll wear fresh gloves when driving to you and sanitize on our way out of the vehicle, and offer contactless handoff of your keys.

Just as importantly, for the safety of all of our staff and guests, any employee exhibiting ANY symptoms will be prevented from returning to work until cleared by a physician.

These are strange and difficult times. But there's a reason why we like to say that we live here, we love it here and we hope it shows. This community is resilient. We care for each other, we step up for each other, and we'll make sure we get through this stronger than before.

If you need help, please let us know. If you need a friendly voice to talk to, give us a call. We may be an "essential service," but our commitment is so much bigger than that.

Warmly,

Ethan Micich
Dan's Auto Center

P.S. If you've got a fleet of vehicles that you want to keep clean and safe, give us a call. We're offering vehicle sanitizing services and we can help keep your drivers healthy as they keep our community running. 503-635-8335

17713 SW Lower Boones Ferry Rd
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
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