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Does Higher Octane Fuel Boost Your Car’s Performance?

Does Higher Octane Fuel Boost Your Car’s Performance?

Many motorists believe that if they shell out for higher-octane fuels, they will be rewarded with increased engine power, performance and fuel efficiency. But does it really pay to fill your gas tank up with ‘super’ unleaded 93-octane fuel? Fact vs. Myth The fact is, the difference in gasoline octane levels has nothing to do with the stored energy in the fuel. Octane ratings pertain only to the pre-ignition (ping) caused by modern high compression motors. Using higher-octane fuel than indicated will add nothing to your vehicle’s performance or its gas mileage. It won’t make it run any smoother either. However, if you use low octane fuel in an engine that requires premium unleaded, you will significantly increase the risk of serious engine damage and lower performance. Knock, Knock While higher-octane fuels contain anti-knock compounds designed to lower fuel temperature during combustion, knocking —improper timing ... read more

What Happens When I Bring My Car in for Air Conditioning Service?

What Happens When I Bring My Car in for Air Conditioning Service?

Living in Florida means enduring hot, humid temperatures for most of the year. But we’ve learned to live with the heat, largely thanks to technology. It’s no accident that the state’s population growth began to soar along with the introduction of air conditioning. As new communities sprawled throughout the state, cars became essential possessions for Floridians. As in homes and workplaces, air conditioning in automobiles made getting around bearable — and downright comfortable We Floridians couldn’t survive without air conditioning everywhere, including in our cars. We know we’ve got to dig into our wallets to pay for regular auto AC maintenance, but what exactly are we paying for? Here’s a brief overview of what happens when you bring your vehicle in for air conditioning service. Bold and Cold Ever notice how your car’s air conditioning doesn’t blow as cold or as powerfully as it used to? That’s becaus ... read more

Auto Repairs You Can Do On Your Own

Auto Repairs You Can Do On Your Own

The majority of auto repairs need to be handled by experienced and professional auto repair workmen. However, what a lot of people don’t know is that there is some auto repair work that you can do on your own! Even if you don’t have a lot of experience with auto repairs, you can still keep your car running smoothly in between visits to the auto repair shop. Do-it-yourself auto repair can save you a lot of time and money that you would otherwise spend taking your car to the shop. The following do-it-yourself auto repair jobs are easy, simple, and fast. All you need are a little car experience and some basic tools. Removing a Stripped Screw Stripped screws are a huge annoyance, but removing them is a breeze! First, fit a drill with a small bit, then drill out the middle of the stripped screw. Drill just deep enough to get the stripped head off of the rest of the screw. Then, using a vice grip, unscrew the remaining screw piece from where it was previously ... read more

Accurate Auto Repair Estimates

Accurate Auto Repair Estimates

While most auto repair shops are honest, reliable, and fair, there are still a lot of shops out there that are not. One of the most common ways that auto repair shops can cheat you is by drastically overcharging you for your auto repairs. If you don’t have a realistic idea of what your auto repairs should cost, then you are susceptible to cheating. Bad auto repair shops believe that you don’t know as much about cars as they do, so they think that they can pull a fast one on you. However, this can be easily avoided! Do Your Research The first easy way to avoid this problem is to stay away from dishonest auto repair shops. Ask around for recommendations, and check up on shops online before you visit. Online customer reviews are a quick and easy way to learn more about an auto repair shop before you visit. Get a Second Opinion Visit more than one mechanic before you commit to any auto repair shop. By asking for a second opinion, you will ... read more

How to Avoid Getting Ripped by an Auto Repair Shop

How to Avoid Getting Ripped by an Auto Repair Shop

So, what happens when your car dies on you, it’s gone beyond its extended warranty period, and you have to get it fixed right away? You’ll probably have the car towed to a shop nearby and hitch a ride to work with a friend. You might then get a call from the mechanic in which he will tell you that you need to replace a certain part and how much that will cost. Since you’re already having that one part replaced, he says you might as well have another part replaced that looks like it’s going to have a problem soon. He then suggests you need another part replaced, and he also says that you’re scheduled for an oil change. Once you get the estimate from him, you tell him to get started on it. You’ve already had the car towed there, you figure, so why not go ahead and go through with all the stuff he suggested? You just never know if the mechanic is being a straight shooter with you or not. Maybe he’s looking for an opportunity to make a couple of do ... read more

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