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  • Fuel Saving Tip: Car Weight and Your MN Driving

    Jun 5, 2022



    Weight is the enemy of fuel economy. Everyone from Brooklyn Park knows this makes sense.

    Some of us in the Brooklyn Park area carry a bunch of unnecessary weight, and I'm not talkin' what you see in the mirror.

    Guys: sports equipment and tools. Ladies: well, just take a look around the passenger compartment and trunk. I think my car has about 45 pounds of french fries on the floor.

    All that extra weight wastes gas as you drive between here and there, and everywhere else.

    Lose the junk and save some money.

    ...And you really only need one of those spare tires.

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




    Direct Fuel Injection Update from Affordable Transmissions

    May 1, 2022

    For those of you in Brooklyn Park, MN who pay attention to these things, you may have been hearing about the new direct injection engines and want to learn more about them. Some deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.

    For example, in one family of engines the conventional V6 makes about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version of the same engine makes over 300 horsepower and gets essentially the same fuel economy. The turbocharged version makes over 350 horsepower.

    So what are the differences from a conventional engine?

    The core difference is in the fuel injection system. The system most vehicles use now is called a port injection system. The fuel injector squirts fuel into a port just outside the cylinder where it's then drawn into the engine with the air.

    With a direct injection system, the injector squirts the fuel directly into the cylinder. The gain in power and economy come because fuel injected directly into the cylinder during the combustion cycle is burned much more efficiently.

    First, the fuel is squirted in at hundreds of times more pressure, so it's atomized much better and burns cleaner and stronger. The other big advance is in electronics. Faster engine management computers can control the additional precision required to manage direct fuel injection.

    Fuel injectors are precision instruments. They have to deliver a precise amount of fuel at exactly the right time. The design of the engine also dictates a particular spray pattern for the fuel. If a fuel injector is dirty or gummed up, it can't do its job as well. That means less power and worse fuel economy for your vehicle and can lead to damaged fuel injectors.

    Replacing fuel injectors at Affordable Transmissions isn't cheap. Direct injection injectors are even more expensive because of the extremely high-pressure they use. Same thing for diesel fuel injectors; we're talking mortgage payment-range to replace a set of diesel injectors.

    A professional fuel system cleaning from Affordable Transmissions gets out the gum and varnish in the whole system, including the fuel injectors. Keep those injectors clean and they'll last a long, long time.

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




    Professional Fuel System Cleaning

    Apr 10, 2022



    Getting adequate fuel to your engine is very important for performance, fuel economy and safety. In order to accomplish this, your fuel system needs to be clean.

    Today's production cars have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. The injectors need to be cleaned from time to time in order to deliver the fuel with the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume.

    Brooklyn Park drivers can buy fuel system cleaners that you pour into your gas tank to help maintain an already clean fuel system; however, they can't do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see Affordable Transmissions in Brooklyn Park. We have the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Affordable Transmissions can remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently.

    You'll find Affordable Transmissions at 6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28 in Brooklyn Park, MN 55429. Or just give us a call at (763) 533-1169 to schedule an appointment.

    You'll enjoy more power, better fuel economy and reduced exhaust emissions. The cleaners also help prevent rust and corrosion in your fuel system and lubricate engine parts.

    And, as with all maintenance, it can help prevent repairs that can happen because you didn't take preventative steps. Our advisors at Affordable Transmissions can tell you when your car is scheduled for a fuel system cleaning.




    A Door No One Can Step Through (Fuel Door Repair and Maintenance)

    Feb 6, 2022

    Your vehicle has lots of doors including that one usually near the back on the vehicle's side.  That's the fuel door, something you use every time you gas up.  These endure hundreds of open-and-close cycles, usually without any problems.  But when they act up, it can be a major inconvenience for you.

    When they stick in the "open" position, it can present real dilemma.  You can still pump your gas, but do you just drive around with that flap sticking out the side? What happens if someone steals the gas cap or it gets damaged? What happens if it rains? Yep, it's decision time.

    A fuel door that sticks open can be due to a number of factors.  The hinge on the door may have broken, possibly from corrosion or it may have been hit sometime.  Some vehicles have a cable that operates the door and it could be loose.  The latch that holds the door shut could have broken or it, too, could be bent from something hitting it. 

    You probably want to take care of this sometime soon since your gas cap is wide open and unprotected when the door doesn't shut.  Plus, it's possible that the door could be torn off completely.  Often a stuck open fuel door can be fixed fairly inexpensively and quickly depending on the type of mechanism your vehicle has. Looks like it's an open and shut case.

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




    The Affordable Transmissions Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

    Oct 24, 2021

    The team at Affordable Transmissions in Brooklyn Park, and MN car owners are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Brooklyn Park drivers want to save the environment and their pocketbooks.

    And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize fuel economy. But is there something more people in Brooklyn Park can do? After all, some of us folks 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 from point A to point B. And that means buying more gas in Brooklyn Park 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 vehicle. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight around? Do you really need your golf clubs every time you leave your home? 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 car: 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 trunk. 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 your vehicle 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 in Brooklyn Park.

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

     




    Affordable Transmissions: Good Service and Good Fuel Economy

    Oct 10, 2021

    Most Brooklyn Park auto owners want to save on gas and seek our advice on improving economy. At Affordable Transmissions, we are frequently asked, however, if it is really worth the extra effort. Just how much money can Brooklyn Park drivers actually save?

    In today's Affordable Transmissions article, we're focusing on the things you can do to improve your vehicle’s economy driving around MN. We'll tell you the potential savings per gallon of gas at $3.50, and we'll show a chart that also shows the savings at $3.00 and $4.00.

     

    DOLLARS PER GALLON $3.00 / $3.50 / $4.00

    TUNE UP 4%.12.14.16

    The next item is replacing a clogged engine air filter. Your engine needs enough air to burn fuel efficiently for the best mileage. A clean air filter means you get plenty of air. The fact that the air's clean protects your engine. That can save you up to 10 percent or 35 cents a gallon.

     

    DOLLARS PER GALLON$3.00 / $3.50 / $4.00

    AIR FILTER 10%.30.35.40

    Fixing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve economy by up to 40 percent. That's a whopping $1.40 in savings per gallon. Bring your car to Affordable Transmissions in Brooklyn Park and we'll check your oxygen sensor.

     

    DOLLARS PER GALLON$3.00 / $3.50 / $4.00

    FAULTY O2 SENSOR 40%1.201.401.60


    Chances are that if your oxygen sensor is kaput your Check Engine light will come on. Now, there are any number of things that could cause your Check Engine light to come on besides oxygen sensor problems. But if it's on, get it checked out as soon as you can at Affordable Transmissions.

    Here's an easy one for Brooklyn Park auto owners. Inflate your tires to the recommended pressure. That could save you three percent or 11 cents a gallon. Even a little drop in pressure will bring down your economy, so check your tires every week.

     

    DOLLARS PER GALLON$3.00 / $3.50 / $4.00

    TIRE INFLATION 3%.09.11.12

    Your vehicle has recommended a specific weight of motor oil. The recommendation is based on engine design and will give you the best protection. Using a heavier weight could cost one to two percent in reduced economy, or up to seven cents a gallon.

    Another thing Brooklyn Park vehicle owners can do to improve that costs nothing is to toss the junk out of our trunks. In other words, clean out the car and stop hauling around non-essentials. Don't treat your vehicle like a storage locker. Dumping 100 pounds of extra weight adds up to a 2% savings at the pump.

    So when you tell someone you were going somewhere anyway and they're welcome to come along, that's okay. But if someone tells you they need to come along and it's no harm to you since you were going anyway—well, now you can tell them, “Sorry, dude, but you're an extra fifteen cents a gallon!”

    All joking aside, let's all do ourselves a favor and fatten up our wallets by practicing good car care and better driving habits in MN.

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

     




    The Affordable Transmissions Guide to Saving Fuel: Get Rid of Dirty Oil

    Apr 11, 2021

    A lot of us drivers are asking ourselves the same question lately: how can we save on fuel? Brooklyn Park area residents are all cutting back, if not in fuel consumption, then in other areas of our lives.

    Preventive Maintenance

    Preventive maintenance is an important way people in Brooklyn Park can conserve fuel by improving fuel economy. And one of the easiest and most effective ways to do that is to keep the oil in our vehicle adequate and clean.

    Oil lubricates your vehicle engine and keeps it running smoothly. If you're running low, there is increased friction in your engine. Friction creates drag, which means it takes more fuel to keep the vehicle motor running. This all translates to lower fuel economy.

    Check your oil to make sure the engine is getting all it needs. Your owner's manual and service advisor at Affordable Transmissions will tell you the proper weight and type of oil for your vehicle.

    Responsible Car Care

    Dirty oil grits up your engine, which also increases friction. So even if there's enough oil, you're still getting that extra drag that reduces your fuel economy. That's why your owner's manual recommends getting your oil changed regularly. It's good auto advice.

    While you're checking your oil, you should take a quick look at your transmission fluid as well. Your transmission also needs clean, adequate fluid to work efficiently. An inefficient transmission also translates into lower fuel economy.

    Your service advisor at Affordable Transmissions will be able to check your oil and other fluids, top you off or change your oil if necessary.
    Your owner's manual will have recommendations on how often you should check your oil and transmission fluid. But you can also consult with the pros at Affordable Transmissions in Brooklyn Park. The types of roads you drive on in MN, the climate where you live and the air quality in your area can all affect how often you should change your oil.

    And don't forget that this will improve our environment here in Brooklyn Park as well. Improved efficiency translates to fewer emissions. Changing your oil as scheduled doesn't just help your vehicle (and your pocketbook), it helps keep the air clean as well.

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




    Fuel System Cleaning at Affordable Transmissions

    Mar 14, 2021



    Is your vehicle sometimes hard to start early in the morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your vehicle's fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, different parts of the system get dirty, which robs you of performance and hurts your fuel economy.

    Most Brooklyn Park vehicles have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. Fuel injection systems have fewer problems and require less adjustment. But they still need to be properly maintained. This is why your owner's manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.

    Some Brooklyn Park residents are interested in buying fuel system cleaners that they can pour into their gas tank. You can do that - and there are lots of great products available that can help maintain an already clean fuel system - but these products cannot do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see Affordable Transmissions. Affordable Transmissions has the professional tools and chemicals to really do a complete service.

    Affordable Transmissions uses a process that gives your vehicle a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. You need to remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently. After a professional fuel system cleaning, you'll notice more power, better fuel economy and reduced exhaust emissions.

    The cleaners also help prevent rust and corrosion in your fuel system and lubricate engine parts.

    Fuel system cleaning is just one of those recommended service items that help keep your vehicle running strong. As with all maintenance, it can help avoid repairs that often result from not taking the right preventive steps. Brooklyn Park residents will notice the difference in how well their vehicle runs. Check with your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Affordable Transmissions to see when your vehicle is scheduled for a fuel system cleaning.

    An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure for Brooklyn Park vehicles.

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




    Don't Be Fuelish

    Feb 21, 2021

    If you smell gasoline in your vehicle, pay attention to your nose. That's because it has an important message for you.

    Newer vehicles should never have a gasoline smell inside. One of the most dangerous conditions can come when your fuel line system has a leak or multiple leaks. Vehicles with fuel injectors are under pressure, meaning a crack or small hole in a fuel line can allow vaporized fuel to escape, sometimes around hot engine parts. Gasoline vapor and hot metal? You see the problem.

    One of the most common causes of a gasoline smell inside a vehicle is a fuel tank leak. The gas tank can rot or be punctured by road debris. A Affordable Transmissions technician can evaluate the condition of your fuel tank and suggest either repair or replacement.

    Fuel injectors can develop small leaks around their seals or O-rings. Those can deteriorate over time as the material they are made of gets old and less flexible. A technician can replace those parts.

    Modern vehicles contain something called a charcoal canister. It gathers evaporating gasoline vapors from inside your fuel tank and prevents them from venting out to the atmosphere. If that canister has a leak, you'll smell it. One hint that you have a problem is the Check Engine light may come on.

    You may have a leak in your fuel tank vent hose. Or you may be smelling gasoline simply because your gas cap is loose, the cap is faulty or—yes this does happen—your gas cap is missing altogether.

    Consider the dangers of gasoline fumes seriously. Inhaling them can be bad for your health or they may start a fire. Don't fool with fuel; have gasoline odors checked out right away.

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