Are You Ready For The Road?
An average of 13,000 Americans are killed between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, some as a result of unperformed vehicle maintenance, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each year, neglected maintenance leads to more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage.
Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. For example, the U. S. Department of Transportation reports the leading cause of mechanical breakdown on our nation's highways is overheating, a condition that is easily avoidable. Other deficiencies that are simple to detect include low antifreeze/coolant, worn or loose drive belts and defective cooling system hoses.
Checking tire pressure and inflating a tire costs nothing, yet an average of 21 percent of cars inspected in check lanes during National Car Care Month have under inflated tires. This can lead to a blowout and a serious accident.
Fuel Saving Tips
|Condition||Effect||MPG Penalty up to|
|Under inflated tires||Increase rolling resistance||1-2mpg|
|Dirty air filter||Causes excessively rich fuel/air mixture||2.0mpg|
|Worn spark plugs||Cause inefficient combustion, wasted fuel||2.0mpg|
|Worn O2 sensor||Unable to detect and adjust air/fuel mixture||3mpg|
|Dirty or substandard engine oil||Increases internal engine friction||0.4mpg|
|Loose gas cap||Allows fuel to evaporate||2.0mpg|
|Potential loss in fuel economy if all of the above were neglected||11.4mpg|
The Car Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips:
Fuel-saving driving tips include:
WIPERS - In the 2001 National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21 percent of participants had wipers that smeared, streaked or chattered across their windshields. Although climates vary, wipers generally need replacing every six months. An easy reminder is to change wiper blades in the spring and fall when you change your clock. Be sure the windshield washers are working properly, too, and keep the reservoir filled with solvent.
LIGHTING - Another important pre-trip check should be exterior and interior lighting. Vehicle check lanes revealed an overall failure rate of over 25 percent in the lighting category. The Car Care Council reminds motorists to check their lights monthly. Other suggestions from the Council include turning on headlights both day and night. This helps define your car's position on the road, and its distance from other drivers. When your vehicle's lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.
10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off
Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre-trip checklist:
"While a last minute checkup is better than no checkup, motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps," said the Car Care Council's Executive Director, Rich White.
Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road trouble, it also provides an opportunity to have repairs made at home, with one's own technician who knows the vehicle. Especially important, it provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee a car's performance, it's comforting to know proper precautions were taken.
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Still drove out from the west side to come here for my maintenance needs. Honesty, efficiency and reasonable prices are what have kept me coming. Plus Tita's fresh gourmet coffee.
I was referred here by Hector who now works here. My window regulator went out. Price of $443 including tax and labor was fair but you always pay more for Mercedes Benz. I dropped it off day before and they had it ready by noon. I'll be going back.
Really great bunch of mechanics. The receptionist is super nice as well. I own a Mercedes and a Jaguar. This is my place to go for any kind of work needed on my vehicles. I can assure you that you will get great deal and an honest evaluation on your car. Give these guys a try. Thanks RG Motorworks.
RG Motorworks is the only place I trust with my Beamer and SUV, never did I have to come back for a back job. Not like dealerships or other shops that will squeeze you for every penny that you've got. Friendly people and great mechanics. I will never go to another shop again. Keep up the great work and more power to the business. I highly recommend this place to all car owners out there!
Feel very fortunate to have found RG Motorworks to do the regular annual required services to our 12 years old Mercedes Benz . Having moved from the east coast where there are plenty of authorized and reliable Benz service shops we were worried what to expect from our few choices in town. Everyone in RG MotorWorks was very professional and helpful, services on my car were performed as those I would expect from Benz dealership mechanics, and as someone else mentioned, without any surprises on your bill . That sweet lady in the office even arranged for our car service when she found out we would need a vehicle while they are working on our car. The best part was that she extended a special shop discount to us with the car rental place. Thank you RG Motorworks and we will definitely see you again on our next service !
I was looking for someone trusted and reliable when it comes to my car care. Found this spot through a family friend so I gave it a shot, everyone is welcoming especially Nanay/Tita. She's very accomodating and nice. I had to leave my car overnight to make sure everything will be taken care of, picked up my car the next day and very pleased with the result. My car was running smooth, and some minor problems got all fixed. And now, I've been coming here too for my oil change and other vehicle maintenance. I would recommend this spot, if you want a trust-worthy crews and QUALITY service!
This company was referred to me by my friend. They deserve my 5 star rating. The first visit was for my Suburban. They rebuilt the transmission and the service was excellent! Second visit was recently, Ryan (mechanic) fixed my Ford Econoline service van, replaced the cylinder head. Again A+ service. Third visit was for my another two service vans, two Ford Transit 250. He did oil changes and checked the brakes. I just walked in, I always forgot to set an appointment, but still they helped me the same day. They are professional and honest. Excellent customer service! 5 stars is not enough!
I'm a transplanted New Yorker fairly new to the area but my son has been here a while and emphatically recommended RG. My experience here was really good. This appears to be a nice family operation. I think that's mom at the front desk. Sweet sweet lady. Anyway, our repair was a replacement a/c condenser for our baby; an 08 Eclipse GT. Reasonably priced and expertly done. Holding up well.
Thanks to my neighbor for recommending them! Excellent service and friendly staff! RG Motorworks diagnosed an ongoing problem with my car and was able to fix it along with other work that it has been needing for quite some time. Prices were reasonable and the work was completed within a couple of days. I'm so glad I went to them.