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  • How to Get Better Gas Mileage in MINNEAPOLIS

    Apr 9, 2017

    There is no escaping it: things work better when you take care of them. Something most of us in MINNEAPOLIS can relate to is our computers. You've probably noticed how they get slower and slower over time. It takes longer to start up and programs take forever to load. Eventually, many of us just get a new computer at our nearest MINNEAPOLIS computer store. But computer experts know that there are things you can do to delay the need for a new computer purchase. You can run utilities that clean off temporary files and clean your memory registry. You can optimize your hard drive and a number of other things.

    What you're doing is maintaining your computer to make it efficient. It's the same thing with your vehicle. You maintain it to make it more efficient. It works the way it was designed to and that means it uses less fuel while you drive around MINNEAPOLIS. And you save money.

    To help organize our discussion, let's think of things that rob us of fuel economy in two ways: increased friction and inefficient fuel combustion.

    Friction. Anything that increases friction increases drag or load on the vehicle engine. It has to work harder to overcome the drag – and that takes more fuel. The first thing that comes to mind is engine oil. Low oil means there's not enough to fully lubricate the engine so there's more friction. Dirty oil won't lubricate as well as clean oil. The same principles apply to transmission fluid. Getting your oil changed and transmission serviced on schedule at Affordable Transmissions will reduce friction and help you get better fuel economy.

    Another friction related problem is underinflated tires. When your vehicle tires are low on air, it's like driving on MN highways through sand – your vehicle has to work harder to move every mile. Check your tire pressure at least once a month.

    Wheels out of alignment and dragging brakes also increase friction. And your tires and brake pads will wear out much sooner as well. At Affordable Transmissions, we provide quality brake and wheel alignment services.

    Let's move on to Fuel. You have to get the right amount of clean fuel to the combustion chamber at precisely the right time. A dirty fuel system has varnish and gum interfering, and the fuel injectors may be unable to deliver the correct amount of fuel at the right pressure  and in the spray pattern — that the engineers intended. A vehicle fuel system cleaning at Affordable Transmissions will get all of that working right and really improve fuel economy.

    Replacing your fuel filter on schedule will help keep your fuel clean. Replacing a sticky PCV valve will allow unburned fuel from the engine to be returned to the intake system to be used. Replacing worn spark plugs will burn your fuel as efficiently as possible.

    All of these things can help you save money on gas at MINNEAPOLIS pumps.

    Give us a call.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169




    Fuel Injector Cleaning at Affordable Transmissions

    Dec 20, 2016

    In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your vehicle engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much fuel to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute in every single fuel-injected vehicle driving down MINNEAPOLIS roads.

    Most fuel injectors for gas engines are known in the MINNEAPOLIS automotive community as port fuel injectors because they deliver the fuel to a port just outside the cylinder. The fuel pump provides pressure needed to squirt the right amount of fuel into the engine.

    A few have recently introduced gas direct injection systems on some engines. They are now available at some MN dealerships. These systems inject the gas directly into the cylinders under very high pressure – many times the pressure of port injection systems.

    Although more complicated, direct injection technology promises greater power with improved fuel economy. MN motorists can expect to see more of it in the future.

    High temperatures under your vehicle hood and variations in MINNEAPOLIS gas quality cause fuel injectors to be fouled with wax, dirt, water, additives and carbon. Injectors can become partially clogged, preventing them from delivering the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure.

    When injectors are dirty, the fuel doesn't burn as efficiently resulting in poor fuel economy and loss of power. So it's wise for MINNEAPOLIS residents to keep their fuel injectors clean.

    Your technician at Affordable Transmissions can perform a fuel system service for you in which the fuel injectors are cleaned so that they operate properly and deliver the right amount of fuel at the right time.

    Proper maintenance of your vehicle fuel system means that you will spend less on gas, enjoy strong performance and prevent repair bills down the road.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169




    To Save Gas Around MINNEAPOLIS: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

    Nov 1, 2016


     

    One topic that hits the news in MN on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some MN drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel economy. For those of us in MINNEAPOLIS who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can.

    Following recommended service intervals by coming into Affordable Transmissions is one of the best ways people in MINNEAPOLIS can keep their vehicle running efficiently. That means better fuel economy. When you give it some thought, it only makes sense. Dirty oil or transmission fluid can't lubricate or clean. That means more drag which reduces fuel economy.

    Keeping up with scheduled oil changes and transmission services will save gas for MN drivers.

    Dirty engine air filters are another efficiency pirate. They rob your engine of enough air to effectively burn the fuel, so you need more gas to get the job done. Replacing a dirty air filter can pay for itself in fuel savings before the next oil change.

    You can imagine what dirty fuel injectors can do to your vehicle as you drive around MINNEAPOLIS. If your owner's manual recommends a fuel system cleaning, come into Affordable Transmissions and ask us to get it done for you.

    A simple, but very effective way for drivers to save gas is to keep their tires properly inflated. Low tires can cost you up to a mile per gallon/.425 kilometers per liter. Check your tire pressure when you gas up – or at least once a month.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169




    Fuel Injection Basics for MINNEAPOLIS

    Oct 10, 2016



    All modern MINNEAPOLIS vehicles come with fuel injection systems, so it's a topic MINNEAPOLIS drivers need to know something about. The mighty fuel injector is a valve that delivers the gas or diesel fuel to the right place, in the right amount at the right timeto be mixed with air and burned in the engine.

    So how many fuel injectors does your vehicle have? There's one for each cylinder. So four, six or eight for most folks in MINNEAPOLIS, MN. Some vehicles have 10 or 12 cylinders. The engine control computer makes adjustments to the fuel injector as it monitors the engine and other sensors. Fuel injectors are a pretty high-tech.

    Affordable Transmissions can help MINNEAPOLIS drivers with a fuel injector cleaning service. What's the benefit? In order to work right, the fuel injectors have to deliver the fuel at a precise pressure at a very precise time. It's important that the fuel is sprayed in a particular pattern as determined by the engine design.

    Over time, varnish can start to build up in the fuel injectors, effecting the pressure, pattern and timing of the fuel charge. The result is that the fuel doesn't get burned as efficiently as it could. That robs performance and hurts fuel economy.

    What about dirty fuel? How does that affect the fuel injectors? The fuel injectors are the last stop in the fuel system. It starts at the fuel tank. Frankly, the best way to keep your fuel injectors working well is to use high quality fuel. It's tempting to shop for bargains in MINNEAPOLIS with fuel prices as high as they are, but major brands in the MINNEAPOLIS, MN, area have better detergents and additives and deliver consistent quality.

    What about a good fuel filter? The fuel filter is component of the fuel system. Its job is to filter out the dirt and rust that collect in the fuel tank. If it's clogged up, the dirt will bypass the filter and head upstream to the fuel injectors.

    It's important to replace the fuel filter when your manufacturer recommends it. That's part of a comprehensive fuel system cleaning.

    There are different kinds of fuel injection systems. Port fuel injection systems, the kind most gasoline engines have, operate at 60 pounds per square inch. The injectors for the new gas direct injection engines MINNEAPOLIS drivers are starting to see require 10 to 30 times as much pressure. And some diesel engines for passenger vehicles have injectors that operate at 30,000 pounds or more per square inch. There's no room for dirt and gum in a precision part like that.

    There are a lot of good products available in MINNEAPOLIS, MN, that can clean fuel injectors. They're best used to prevent fouling in the fuel injectors. Many can't clean a seriously gummed up injector – that requires a professional deep cleaning, like those we offer at Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS. But putting the cleaner in the fuel tank after you've had Affordable Transmissions take a look at your fuel system will help keep it clean. Be sure to read the label for directions.

    Give us a call if you think your vehicle may be ready for a fuel injector cleaning.

     

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169

     




    Fuel Saving Tip: MINNEAPOLIS Tune Up

    May 17, 2016



    Have you ever gone to listen to an orchestra? The musicians take the stage early and tune their instruments. Each individual instrument must be in tune, but the critical thing is for the entire orchestra to be in tune with each other. That's why they tune up together.

    Now this is no surprise; I'm going to relate the orchestra to your vehicle. Your engine has many component systems that each need to be working properly. And the components need to be working in sync, all timed up together in order for the engine to work efficiently.

    We call this... (ta-da) a tune-up. When an orchestra's out of tune you get a bad concert. When your vehicle's out of tune you get bad performance and bad fuel economy.

    So check your owner's manual for recommended tune-up intervals. Or ask your MINNEAPOLIS service advisor at Affordable Transmissions what he thinks.

    ...Just be careful not to say you want to make beautiful music together – that kinda makes us uncomfortable.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169