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Monthly Archives: November 2017

How Can I Improve My Gas Mileage?

How Can I Improve My Gas Mileage?

Nothing beats regular preventative maintenance to increase the lifespan and dependability of your vehicle. The good news is – this preventative maintenance will give you a boost in your fuel economy as well. Some gas saving tips won’t cost you anything, or very little; for example check and adjust tire pressures as needed. An underinflated tire increases rolling resistance adding up to 3% in gas consumption! Tire pressures change as the weather changes, so check monthly or even weekly if possible. Keeping your tires properly inflated will also allow them to wear evenly; you’ll be less likely to need new tires prematurely. You can also replace a dirty or clogged engine air filter to add to your fuel economy. Most filters range from $25.00 to $35.00 dollars and play an important part in protecting more expensive parts such as the mass air flow sensor. If your check engine light is on, have i ... read more

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A Safe Road Trip Requires a Little Planning

A Safe Road Trip Requires a Little Planning

A deer caused this accident, but humans are responsible for most traffic accidents. With holiday driving in full swing make a plan to be as safe as you can on the road. Distracted driving accounts for a high percentage of all car accidents. We all know we should not use our cell phones, but what about that fast food snack in one hand with the steering wheel in the other? Are you meeting someone and need to freshen your lipstick, change the radio station, or reach for something that fell in the floor or behind the seat? It only takes a second to lose control of your vehicle. Are these things really that important? Symptoms of driver fatigue include frequent yawning, burning or heavy eyes, daydreaming and drifting within lanes of traffic. Get good rest before you begin your trip. Avoid a heavy meal and drinking, take a break at least every two hours, and share driving responsibilities if possible. If you are slee ... read more

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What does the cabin air filter do and when should I replace it?

What does the cabin air filter do and when should I replace it?

You breathe the air pushed through the cabin air filter – take a close look at the dirt and debris clogging this example! Also consider this, the heating and air conditioning system generates condensation. Moisture produces mold and mildew. The cabin air filter will keep the air you breathe cleaner and fresher! Does a dirty cabin air filter hurt my car? Not in the same way a dirty engine air filter will. However, it can diminish the flow of air from your heating and AC system. On really hot and really cold days you will be more comfortable if the filter is clean. We suggest you replace the cabin filter once a year, however if you have seasonal allergies you might want to consider it more often. Central Garage is centrally located near Reynoldsburg, Pataskala, Pickerington, and Blacklick. We are your one stop car care facility

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Is the thermostat in my car bad?

Is the thermostat in my car bad?

Help, I have no heat in my car! Do I have a bad thermostat? Maybe! This picture shows 3 different thermostats; one in pieces and one with rust stains to compare with a new, never installed part. The same coolant, a mixture of antifreeze and water, that protects your engine from freezing in the winter, and overheating in the summer, circulates into the dash area of your car as its only source of heat. Believe it or not, we often get complaints of “no heat” before the customer realizes there is not enough coolant in their car to protect the engine. Over time, the coolant circulating within different types of metal in your engine causes an electrical current to form, breaking down and contaminating the coolant, wearing the hoses from the inside out. We recommend a coolant flush as part of your regular preventative maintenance every 35,000 miles. You want to avoid rust in the coolant, which ruins not o ... read more

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