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COST SAVING TIPS

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps. Motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility.

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre- trip checklist:

  1. Check all fluids - There are several fluids that require attention: Engine Oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids, and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

  2. Check all hoses and belts - A belt failure can affect the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering, and the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.

  3. Check the tires - Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.


Follow these tips to maximize fuel efficiency of your vehicle:

  1. Vehicle gas caps - about 17% of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.

  2. Under inflated tires - when tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with a parking brake on. It can cost a mile or two per gallon.

  3. Worn spark plugs - A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in electrical and chemical erosion from heat.

  4. Dirty air filters - A clogged air filter creates a "rich" mixture - the proportion of gas to air is incorrect. This wastes fuel and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%.

  5. Don't drive aggresively - Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets.

  6. Avoid excessive idling - sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.

  7. Drive the speed limit - Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mile driven over 60 results in an additional 10 cents per gallon. Increase fuel efficiency by using cruise control.

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  • This is the best place by far to take your vehicle in this area, in any area I would say. They are straight forward and very particular. They also do digital inspections so we can compare things in the future to see if anything is getting worse. Can't say enough about this place they are top notch!!
    -Jared S.

  • The crew at Jenniges Gas and Diesel do a great job! I have been bringing my vehicles here for years as this is also where my parents do their business as well. They are always honest about everything, and ask before doing any unexpected services. I also appreciate the thorough inspection with every oil change to try to avoid any sort of damage and the extra TLC they give my vehicle. Highly recommend doing your auto business here!
    -Miranda F.

  • Jenniges Gas & Diesel has always done an exemplary job. They finish any tasks in a very timely manner and make it a point to alert the customer of any problems that may need attention on their cars. I've also been impressed with the friendliness of the staff and their willingness to help. I highly recommend them for any auto services one might need.
    -Dan D.

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    -Robert R.

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