When you look at getting a new or used vehicle, one of the things you probably look for is what the fuel efficiency is for it. This is something that is important, as it always great to save money. Of course, even with the manufacturers making sure to provide cars with better efficiency, there are things that you can do to get more from every tank full of gas. By doing these tips, you can help improve the mileage of the vehicle. One of the ways to improve the fuel efficiency is to make sure the tires are aligned properly. By keeping the tires wearing evenly and correctly, you can help the vehicle travel efficiently. Also make sure you bring the vehicle in for scheduled visits in order to make sure that all parts of your engine are working together to provide you with the most efficiency possible for your money. Mufflers can Benefit the Vehicle The muffler is the exhaust portion of the engine. It is responsible for making sure that the engine is not as loud. It also helps in making sure that there is less pollution coming from your vehicle. The thing that will happen in a muffler that will cause the engine to not be as efficient as possible is that it will cause a backup of airflow if there is a problem in the muffler. If the exhaust cannot get out as fast as possible, it can create a problem in the combustion of the gasoline because not as much can get into the chamber as is needed. Maintaining an operation and adequate muffler for the engine will increase output and decrease waste. Get Better Mileage with Straight Wheels By getting an alignment every fourth time you replace your brake pads, you will be able to make sure that you are getting better fuel efficiency. This is possible because you will not be dragging half of your car. When your back wheels are faced in a different direction as the front wheels, it will cause your vehicle to literally drag your back half along trying to maintain the car on the right path. By straightening your wheels, it will relieve this strain on your engine and make better use of the fuel. Inspect the Camshaft for the Vehicle Any deposits in the camshafts will cause a decrease in performance and fuel efficiency. The combustion is the most important part of generating the power needed to drive your vehicle. If the camshaft is dirty than it will either misfire or it will completely seize up. Either way, there will be fuel which will either not be burned or will not be burned correctly. Using an engine cleaner will help you to be able to remove these deposits from your vehicle. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for any issues with the camshaft. We can then advise you on the best way so you can get back to a reliable ride again.
As we watch the odometers on our cars rise we can expect to replace parts due to general wear and tear, particularly tires and brakes. Mufflers are no exception. Although the life of a car can vary depending on care and environmental conditions, they are designed to last about ten years or 150,000 miles. The average life of a muffler is about 100,000 miles. This average is significantly decreased in geographic locations where roads are sprayed with a treatment to improve winter driving conditions as the salt used in the treatment increases the chance of corrosion. There is no doubt that a muffler will need to be replaced at some point of the car’s life. Driving a vehicle, which needs to have the muffler replaced, has economic as well as safety consequences. A vehicle with a bad muffler can use twice the gas it should. Deterioration of the exhaust system may occur over time, so you may not be aware of the subtle changes on a day-to-day basis. If you notice an issue with the muffler, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can so we can inspect it for you. Odd noises the vehicle might make First, start checking your muffler by starting the engine. Notice any loud noise it might make. Mufflers are part of the vehicle’s exhaust system, which is designed to optimize airflow. Flowing air that is disrupted will make noise and, if not corrected, the noise is likely to increase over time. Also pay close attention to where the noise coming from. Muffler noise will typically come from the middle to the rear of the vehicle. If the noise is coming from the front of the vehicle, the noise may be coming from something other than the muffler. Black Soot should be looked for Cars with bad mufflers will have black or blue exhaust smoke coming from the tailpipe when the engine is started. Looking in the exhaust system in the middle to rear of the car, inspect for black soot marks on the muffler. Black soot is indicative of a bad muffler that should be replaced. If you are unsure about an issue with the muffler, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. We can inspect the parts and the vehicle for you so it is running at top performance levels. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. Noticing a strange smell Ask a friend or neighbor to weigh in their opinion as well as exhaust may inappropriately flow into the passenger areas, thus cars in need of new mufflers may smell slightly of smoke or gas. If you cannot smell anything but suspect there is an exhaust issue, note if passengers display allergy-type symptoms such as watery eyes and coughing. Excessive sleepiness may occur as well. Infants and elderly are especially susceptible to the toxins in the exhaust. Make sure to bring the vehicle in, and we can inspect the muffler for you.