Owning a car has always been a distinct symbol of American independence. The reality of it, is that it is also an expensive one. Owning and operating a vehicle in an urban area will cost drivers $6,758 to $11,239 in 2011 according to AAA. Performing regular scheduled maintenance, such as oil changes, on your vehicle can help keep repair costs down. The following is a summary of the list published by the Washington Post of Do’s and Don’ts of car maintenance.
1. Follow the maintenance schedule in your vehicles owner manual.
2. If your vehicle calls for Synthetic, use the best fully synthetic oil you can find. Check out our coupon page for $15 off a full synthetic Signature Service Oil Change.
3. Check your tire pressure. You’ll get slightly better gas mileage, better handling and longer tire life. This service is included with any Signature Service Oil Change.
4. Tighten your gas cap. Really, gas evaporates.
While you’re at it, save even more money by checking out the latest discounts for your local New Mexico, Northern Arizona, and Southern Colorado on our Jiffy Lube Coupons page.
Via Washington Post
With gas prices continuing to rise and summer travel plans fast approaching the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has published an easy to follow list of tips to help conserve fuel and make sure your vehicle gets the best mileage possible.
Monitor tires. Under-inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels waste fuel by forcing the engine to work harder.
Remove excess weight. Remove unnecessary items from the vehicle. Less weight means better mileage.
Consolidate trips and errands. Also, try to travel when traffic is light so you can avoid stop-and-go conditions.
Keep your engine “tuned up.” Replace filters and fluids as recommended; have engine performance problems (rough idling, poor acceleration, etc.) corrected. Given today’s high-tech engines, it’s wise to have this type of work done by automobile technicians who are ASE certified in engine performance.
Use windows and air conditioning wisely. Keep windows up at highway speeds to reduce air drag. This is true even with the air conditioning on. But turn off the A/C in stop-and-go traffic to save fuel.
Avoid excessive idling. Shut off the engine while waiting for friends and family.
Observe speed limits. Speeding decreases your miles per gallon.
Drive gently. Sudden accelerations guzzle gas. Anticipate traffic patterns ahead and adjust your speed gradually.
Additionally, keeping your vehicle well maintained with fresh oil and other fluids, is one of the best ways to improved gas mileage. Come in to your local New Mexico, Northern Arizona, and Southern Colorado Jiffy Lube today for a Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change or any of our other preventative maintenance services.
As the average price of gas edges towards the $4.00 some people see cutting back on preventative maintenance as a cost saving measure . This is disturbing trend, as these relatively low cost maintenance operations can save thousands later on.
From the original article: “They let their air filters go, they don’t change out their transmission fluid,” says Amber Dearing, who works at Lawson’s Auto Repair Shop in Elkton. “You’re talking about spending $2,000 for a transmission. Once the fluid starts getting to the point where it’s going to slip, it’s past the point of no return.”
Your local New Mexico, Northern Arizona, and Southern Colorado Jiffy Lube wants to help you continue to maintain their vehicles, despite the rise in gas prices. Check out the Jiffy Lube Coupons page for savings on preventative maintenance.
Summer is just around the corner and that means longer days and hotter weather and severe driving conditions. Get your car ready for summer now, so you can enjoy carefree driving. Summer heat punishes your car. Your engine has to work even harder to stay cool and that means your car needs to be in top shape.
Oil lubricates the moving parts of the engine, reducing the heat generated by reducing friction. Engine coolant (antifreeze) circulates throughout the engine to draw away the heat that is generated. When your engine is properly lubricated and cooled it runs smoothly and allows you to get on your way, so get into your local Jiffy Lube today. In addition to a Signature Service Oil Change, Jiffy Lube also offers radiator services.
Our radiator service includes:
• visually checking the radiator and radiator hoses for leaks
• evacuating the old antifreeze/coolant
• refilling the cooling system with the appropriate type and amount of antifreeze/coolant
Spring is here and summer is on the way. Get ready for your summer adventures with some Summer Driving Tips from the guys at Car Talk.
Here are some highlights:
The experts over at NASCAR have published a great refresher on why oil changes are the single most important thing you can do for your vehicle.
“In addition to lubricating an engine’s moving parts, motor oil is designed to carry combustion by-products away from the pistons and cylinders. It is designed to deal with the small amounts of water that form as the engine heats and cools, and to collect the dirt and dust that enter the engine through the air-intake system. It also handles acids that are formed by the reaction between water and other contaminants. “
All Jiffy Lube Alberquerque and Rio Rancho stores now offer Techna Glass in-house windshield repair services. Techna Glass has been a leader in the Rock Chip Repair and Windshield Replacement industry since 1991.
Repair that rock chip in your windshield before it turns into a crack and you have to replace the whole windshield. Techna Glass offer rock chip repair for $19.99 with no insurance involvement, so it won’t affect your rates! You can even get rock chip repairs for the life of your vehicle for only $39.99.
No appointment is necessary for rock chip repair. We can repair the chip in your windshield while you receive a Signature Service Oil Change or any other Jiffy Lube services. To get an instant quote or to arrange for Techna Glass Windshield Replacement, log on to www.myjiffy.com and click the Techna Glass link on our home page.
Springtime is here and now is the perfect time to get your car ready for all of those warm weather road trips. After a harsh winter your car needs some essentials to get it in top shape for the coming hot weather.
A Jiffy Lube Signature Oil Change is a great start for the changing of any season. While we complete your Signature Service oil change, we also check your radiator coolant, transmission, and all your other vital fluids. Hot weather makes it tough for your car to keep everything cool. We’ll make sure your fluids are clean, full, and ready for all of your spring and summer travels. Remember, Jiffy Lube only recommends the services that are recommended by your car manufacturer.
The spring and summer heat is tough on cars. Make sure you don’t get stuck on the side of the road by letting the experienced technicians at your local Jiffy Lube get your car ready.
The southwestern environment can be punishing to wiper blades, drying them out and causing them to crack. Dried out wiper blades just can’t handle a good rainstorm. Keep your driving vision clear by making sure your wiper blades are in top shape. Jiffy Lube can check your wiper blades and provide you with a range of replacement options in every price range. We can even replace them while your car is receiving a Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change.
Rock Chip Repair
A chip in your windshield, if left unrepaired, will cause the windshield to crack. Avoid having to replace the entire windshield and get any chips repaired right away. Jiffy Lube offers rock chip repair and it only takes about 15 minutes. Insurance companies usually cover all costs of the repair and we will handle all the paperwork for you. We can complete this simple repair while you are receiving a Jiffy Lube Signature Oil Change, or you can come on in just for the repair. No appointment needed.
Oil isn’t the only thing in a car that needs changing. To keep your car in top running shape, your car’s air filter requires regular replacement as well. A dirty air filter can limit the air flow to your car’s engine, which can cause a decrease in mileage and performance.
Jiffy Lube will inspect your air filter whenever you come in for a Signature Service Oil Change. If your filter needs to be changed, we’ll let you know and you can drive away knowing your engine can breathe easy.