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  • Hey Brooklyn Park Drivers: How Do You Save Gas?

    Jul 26, 2020

    Higher Brooklyn Park fuel prices aren't going away any time soon. That's not good news for our wallets. A lot of Brooklyn Park drivers are trying to find ways to cut down on fuel consumption and hang on to some of their hard-earned money.

    North Americans drive billions of miles less during months of high fuel prices. That's right, billions. Of course MN vehicle owners can't stop driving altogether, so we still need to find other ways to cut fuel bills.

    Preventive maintenance at Affordable Transmissions in Brooklyn Park and good vehicle care can actually pay for themselves by lowering our fuel consumption. Here's a real-life example of how that can work.

    A family planned a four-day camping trip. Before leaving, they took their SUV into Affordable Transmissions for an oil change. They flushed the cooling system, serviced all three differentials and cleaned the fuel system. They replaced the PCV valve and breather element. Then they checked the tires to ensure they had enough air.

    This was several hundred dollars in maintenance and repair. You may be thinking how the family could possibly recoup the cost in gas and save money. First of all, the repairs all needed to be done anyway. Even if the costs aren't recouped, many of them will pay for themselves by preventing even more costly repairs later. Also, the family had planned and budgeted for the routine maintenance, so it didn't cut into their trip allowance.

    The SUV pulled a one-ton trailer and hauled everything the family needed on their camping trip. At the end of the trip, the owner was surprised to learn the SUV had actually gotten better gas mileage than it ever had before—even with that heavy load. The repairs and maintenance at Affordable Transmissions had improved the gas mileage by 25%! The family saved $48.00 in gas on their four-day trip. And they are continuing to reap rewards from the improved mileage.

    So what can you do to save fuel? First, stay caught up on routine maintenance at Affordable Transmissions. Almost every maintenance item listed in your owner's manual will maintain or improve your fuel economy. Second, take your vehicle into Affordable Transmissions for scheduled tune-ups. And third, take care of needed repairs. You may be surprised at how much you save at the pump and probably with the improved vehicle performance as well.

    If your Check Engine light is on, find out why and take care of it. Some of the problems that set off that warning light can seriously reduce fuel efficiency.

    As you schedule preventive maintenance, don't forget your tires. Proper tire pressure and wheel alignment are both essential to good fuel economy.

    Here's some more auto advice about some simple things you can do to improve fuel economy, beyond maintenance and repairs:

    Dump the junk. More weight in your car equals more fuel. You'd be surprised how much stuff people carry around in their cars. That adds up to a lot of extra fuel. One hundred pounds of extra stuff in your vehicle can add up to the loss of one mile per gallon of fuel.

    Get the lead out. No, don't speed up, slow down. Get the lead out of your right foot. The single biggest drain for most Brooklyn Park vehicles is speeding or sudden accelerations. Slow down and go easy on turns and lane changes, and don't treat every stoplight and stop sign like a green flag. These small changes can add up to quite a bit of change in your pockets.

    We haven't mentioned the pills you can drop in your gas tank or special devices you can hook on your fuel line in order to increase fuel efficiency. There's a simple reason for that: they don't exist. There may be some truth behind some of these claims, but most of them are full-out scams. And if any of these things do actually help, it's not nearly as much as the things we've listed here.

    Be smart. Your vehicle and your wallet will thank you for it.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169
    http://www.affordabletransmission-mn.com




    Save Fuel by Watching Your Weight

    Feb 16, 2020

    Most Brooklyn Park drivers are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. MN folks want to save the environment and our pocketbooks.

    And we Brooklyn Park drivers all know — or should know — that preventive maintenance will help maintain maximum fuel efficiency. But is there something more we can do? After all, some of us Brooklyn Park road warriors can't cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.

    Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get around Brooklyn Park. And that means buying more gas and producing more emissions.

    Of course, your vehicle's weight isn't negotiable. And you can't do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn't an article about diet and exercise.

    But look around your car. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight while driving around Brooklyn Park? Do you really need your golf clubs every time you leave your neighborhood? Store sports equipment in the garage. Load it when you need it and store it when you don't. Who knows? The extra exercise just might reduce the other type of weight in your vehicle.

    The same goes for anything else in your vehicle: make-up kits, music collections, extra electronics, spare clothing: whatever your particular extras may be. Pack it when you need it, store it when you don't.

    Clean out your vehicle. You'd be surprised how much weight you're lugging around in plain old junk. Toss old papers, leftover food and regular old dirt. Even if it's not a lot of weight, you'll feel better when you get into your car. A good cleaning is also part of good car care.

    Now, don't toss stuff you really do need. You do need that spare tire — the one in your trunk. And a kit of emergency essentials is not a bad idea. But just carry around the day-to-day essentials. You can pack a more extensive kit and store it in your garage, then toss it in the car when you go on a longer trip; but you don't have to lug it around all the time.

    After all, are you a driver? Or are you a junk chauffeur?

    Lose the junk and save some money.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169
    http://www.affordabletransmission-mn.com




    Improve Fuel Economy with Proper Maintenance at Affordable Transmissions in Brooklyn Park

    May 1, 2018

    With Brooklyn Park gas prices being what they are, many of us in MN are driving less and looking into purchasing smaller or more efficient vehicles. Brooklyn Park area residents who have to drive a lot, have large families or need four-wheel drive are particularly hard hit by the cost of fuel in MN. But there are things all Brooklyn Park drivers can do to save fuel: We can improve our driving habits and stay on top of preventive maintenance at Affordable Transmissions. These things make small savings possible, but they can really add up.

    Let's start with driving habits. One major gas-eater is jackrabbit starts. A smooth, gradual acceleration uses a lot less fuel. It's also easier on your engine and drivetrain, so you'll prolong their lives as well.

    If you drive with one foot on the brake, stop. That creates drag, increasing fuel usage and reducing the useful life of your brakes.

    Slowing down can really add up on gas savings over time for Brooklyn Park drivers. Driving five to ten miles over the speed limit can use up 10 to 15% more gas. The time savings is only a few minutes per hour, so the cost per minute can be rather steep.

    A little extra planning can save fuel for vehicle owners  in Brooklyn Park as well. Leave a little early so you have time to slow down and still arrive on time. Also, plan errands ahead of time and group them as much as possible. Driving shorter distances is a great way to save fuel.

    Using your cruise control where safe can save on fuel. Check your owner's manual for guidelines on when cruise control is recommended and when it isn't.

    Clean out your trunk. Every ounce in your vehicle translates to a bit more fuel required to drive around Brooklyn Park.

    Many Brooklyn Park residents let their car warm up during the winter - a major fuel drain. Your engine doesn't benefit; modern engines don't require a warm up to get up and running, although it's best to take it easy on them for the first few miles.

    Now that we've gone over a few tips for improving driving habits, let's talk about the maintenance of our vehicle. Good car care at Affordable Transmissions in Brooklyn Park actually pays for itself in fuel savings.

    First, if your gas cap is leaking or worn, get a new one.

    Second, keep your engine clean. Clogged fuel filters, dirty fuel injectors and plugged PCV valves all cost you in loss of fuel. Replacing them or cleaning them will both improve fuel economy and increase the power you're getting from your engine.

    Third, don't ignore your Check Engine light. Problems that cause that light to come on usually affect your fuel efficiency.

    Fourth, check your 's owner's manual for service that should be regularly performed on your vehicle, and follow the schedule. Or talk to your friendly service advisor at Affordable Transmissions . Oil changes, transmission checks and cooling system service all improve fuel economy if they're done when needed. Low fluids and dirty fluids also create conditions in your vehicle that require more fuel. So routine maintenance is a must to maintain fuel economy and save cash.

    Last, keep your tires inflated. Underinflated tires increase your vehicle's friction with the roadway, which increases the energy it takes to move. Keeping your tires properly inflated is great for saving gas as you drive around Brooklyn Park.

    So if the cost of gas in Brooklyn Park has got you searching the sofa for extra pennies, you might want to start making a few changes in your driving habits and getting your vehicle the service it needs at Affordable Transmissions in Brooklyn Park.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169
    http://www.affordabletransmission-mn.com