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News Letter on Auto Care and Service TipsSummer Driving
Welcome to Woodie's Tips; first and most importantly thank you for allowing us to help you maintain your vehicles. We will be updating our newsletter every quarter with information about our services and tips to help you maintain the second largest purchase you make, your vehicle. Anytime you have questions concerning your automobile please stop in or call one of our service advisors, our main service goal is to provide you with the information you need to safeguard your vehicle.
The Management and Employees of Woodie's Auto Service
More Americans travel from June to August than any other time of the year so it pays to be prepared. Because of the drier weather our roads have an oily residue, slow down when it rains and make sure your tires are properly inflated and have at least 4/32's tread depth. This will allow you to avoid an accident. If you are not sure about your tires; stop it and we will check them for you as well as help you get ready for the vacation travel.
Hot Weather the True Culprit behind Car-Battery Trouble
Summer is the season for major car-battery problems. Heat, not cold, shortens your vehicle's battery life. Always consider value not price. With the electronics on today's vehicles it is important to purchase the right battery. Purchasing the wrong battery can create problems by not supplying enough voltage or reserve capacity to properly power your electrical system causing very expensive repairs. We offer 18 month free replacement and a national warranty on our batteries.
We are within a couple of weeks from opening our newest location at 9745 Rose Commons Drive in Huntersville. Check the website home page for details.
Vacation Time is here is your vehicle ready for the trip.
There is nothing worse than experiencing car trouble while on vacation. Let us help make your trip easier, set up an appointment to have us inspect your vehicle at least a week before you leave on your trip. If any repairs are needed we offer a 24 month / 24,000 National Warranty to make sure car troubles are the last thing you think about on vacation. Have a safe and fun vacation.
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 10 to 66 cents per gallon.
■ Avoid excessive idling -- Sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
■ 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.
■ 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 year.
■ 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 as recommended by the manufacturer.
■ 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 20 cents a gallon.