WELCOME TO BERNIE'S
AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR CENTER:
Are You Ready For The Road?
An average of 13,000 Americans are killed between Memorial Day weekend
and Labor Day, some 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
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
||MPG Penalty up
||Increase rolling resistance
|Dirty air filter
||Causes excessively rich
|Worn spark plugs
||Cause inefficient combustion,
|Worn O2 sensor
||Unable to compensate for engine
|Dirty or substandard engine
||Increases engine friction
|Loose gas cap
||Allows fuel to evaporate
|Potential loss in fuel economy
if all of the above were neglected
The Car Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips:
- Vehicle gas caps -- About 17 percent of the vehicles on the
roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing
altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every
- Underinflated tires -- When tires aren't inflated properly
it's like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or
two per gallon.
- Worn spark plugs -- A vehicle can have either four, six or
eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every
1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and
chemical erosion. A dirty spark plus causes misfiring, which
wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced regularly.
- Dirty air filters -- An air filter that is clogged with dirt,
dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture --
too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas
and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air
filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving
about 15 cents a gallon.
Fuel-saving driving tips include:
- Don't be an aggressive driver -- Aggressive driving can lower
gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent
on city streets, which results in 7 to 49 cents per gallon.
- Avoid excessive idling -- Sitting idle gets zero miles per
gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is
- Observe the speed limit -- Gas mileage decreases rapidly at
speeds above 60 mph. Each mpg driven over 60 will result in an
additional 10 cents per gallon. To maintain a constant speed on
the highway, cruise control is recommended.
WIPERS - In the 2001National Car Care Month
vehicle check lanes, 21percent 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
10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay
Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler?s
10-minute pre-trip checklist:
- Check all fluids. There are several fluids, in addition to
antifreeze, that require attention, including engine oil, power
steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer
solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
- Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the
electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, as well as
the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from
within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need
to be replaced.
- Check the tires. Check tire inflation and inspect the tread
for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also
look for bulges and bald spots.
"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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Saturday By Appointment
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- Specializing in All Foreign
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