Gas Saving TipsJuly 15, 2017
While we do not have much control over the prices at the pump, we do have some control over efforts to save as much fuel as possible while we drive. Follow these gas saving tips to keep more fuel in your tank, and more money in your wallet.
Keep Your Cool
Aggressive driving tactics such as speeding, rapid acceleration and braking, wastes more gas than we realize. In fact, according to fueleconomy.gov, it can lower your gas mileage by 33% on the highway and by 5% in town.
Maintain your Vehicle
Taking your vehicle in for regular maintenance at the auto repair shop can help you save money at the pump. Old spark plugs, dirty filters, low fluid levels, poor alignment and improperly inflated tires all contribute to poor gas mileage.
Avoid Heavy Loads or Excess Weight
If you have accumulated excess junk in your trunk, clean it out and save money. Your vehicle has to work harder and uses more fuel to carry around all of those unnecessary items.
Keep Your Windows Closed at High Speeds
Open windows create drag, and drag leads to poor fuel economy.
Idling wastes gas and money. If you are stopped for more than 30 seconds, simply turn off the engine.
Coast to a Stop
Why hurry to stop? Rushing to red lights never gets anyone anywhere faster and only increases fuel costs. Brakes take the energy of the moving car and change it into heat energy, which is lost to the air. When you coast to a stop, you do not waste money converting that energy and end up at the same place in the long run, except with more fuel in the tank.
Use the right Oil
Simply by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil you can improve gas mileage by at least 1%. Some oils even come in “energy saving” options and contain friction-reducing additives to help increase efficiency.
Avoid Ethanol When Possible
Gasoline cut with ethanol decreases your miles per gallon and increases your fuel costs. Why? Gasoline stores more energy than ethanol so you need more of it to go the same distance.
Plan Your Trips
Save on extra driving and extra trips by planning your errands and your route. Putting in a little extra effort and holding off on extra trips will make the gas you have stretch further and provide more value for your dollar.
Better fuel economy does not happen in one step or result from one dramatic solution. Instead, it takes many small changes all aimed at keeping more change in your pocket.
BrakesJune 15, 2017
Brakes are your first line of defense against any accidents or collisions on and off the road. So it’s important that you get them checked out before they begin to fail or make noises. If you’re like most drivers in Lake Zurich, you only get your brakes checked once you notice that something’s wrong. It’s important to get your brakes checked regularly.
Note, an easy way to remember is to get them checked each time you go in for an oil or filter change at Alpine Automotive Not maintaining functioning brakes is a safety hazard to both you and other drivers on the road.
Most common signs you need a brake check:
Grinding or Screeching noises when you brake
Cause: This usually indicates that the brake pads are worn down and need to be replaced immediately. Remember, the grinding and screeching is not a “friendly reminder” to change your brake pads, it is a sign of a mechanical problem. Not replacing your brake pads at this point will result in serious problems and more expensive repair costs.
Your ABS light on the dashboard is on
Cause: Have one of our auto technicians do a routine brake check, if there are no discernible problems and the light is still coming on, check the wiring and electric plugs. They can suffer from over-all wear and tear too!
Pulsating or shaky braking
Cause: Consistent use of your auto brakes means heat and wear caused by friction. Over time, this can warp the rotors by thinning them out, which leads to the shaky feeling.
Cause: This is difficult to say without a full inspection of the brakes by a mechanic, but any of the above are likely potential causes.
Affordable Transmission Rebuild in Lake ZurichApril 15, 2017
Automatic and standard transmissions are very complex. Adding to the complexity in the newer vehicles of today is the use of computers in both engines and transmissions. Proper diagnostic testing is a must in pinpointing existing problems. At that point, a decision can be made as to whether you need a new transmission or if you can rebuild your existing one.
Rebuilding is cost effective for you
Most people think that if a transmission needs repairs or rebuilding, they need to replace the entire vehicle. This is no longer the case. If you’ve decided to rebuild your existing transmission, you have chosen a cost-effective way to keep your vehicle rather than selling it. When you rebuild – you’re basically getting a new transmission. This is more affordable than having to replace an entire vehicle.
Proper Equipment is a Must
While rebuilding a transmission may sound easy, it can be difficult without the proper equipment. The transmission is completely taken apart. All components other than the housing are replaced, and the housing itself is cleaned and inspected. Repairs should be done in a regulated auto repair shop to ensure the job is done properly and safely. Having the work done by a qualified technician at Alpine Automotive is your best bet for this type of work . The amount of seals and gaskets in addition to clutches can be quite large. In order to have your rebuild be successful, proper placement of these parts is crucial. Visit our Lake Zurich shop for qualified technicians to get the job done quickly for you.
Hearing that your vehicle needs a new transmission shouldn’t be as frightening as it used to be. With today’s technology and properly certified technicians available, it is definitely a good way to save your vehicle.
Choosing the Right Brake PadsMarch 9, 2017
So you’ve found out that your brake pads are wearing out, and it’s time for a replacement. But did you know that there are multiple types of brake pads, made from different materials and suited to the different needs of cars and driving styles? Our team at Alpine Automotive in Lake Zurich, IL can help get the brake pads that best fit your car. Here’s a quick guide to help you select the right brake pads for you.
Semi Metallic Brake Pads
Semi Metallic pads can be made from anywhere from 30% to 65% metal, from copper, wire, steel wool and other metal materials. Semi Metallic pads wear out the least quickly of all brake pads, but they also tend to wear out the brake rotors faster.
These pads are made from a special formula using about 10% to 30% copper or steel. Low-metallic brake pads are optimal for high heat and friction braking, and ideal for high speed braking. These types of pads are less clean than others, though. Low metallic pads produce a lot of dust and can be pretty noisy.
Non-Asbestos, Organic brake pads are made from materials like fiber, glass and even rubber. They’re a lot softer than other types of pads, so they don’t make as much noise. However, NAO brake pads wear out faster and produce more dust than other types of pads.
Ceramic brake pads are some of the most expensive types of brake pads on the market today. Not without reason though. Ceramic pads are generally a superior product. Here are some of the pros of getting ceramic brake pads:
Produce a lot less noise than other types of pads
Less wear on brake rotors
Cleaner than other pads
Smooth, efficient braking
There you have it! These are the most common types of brake pads on the market today, and all are suitable for use in commercial passenger vehicles. For more advice on the brake pad requirements of your particular vehicle and driving style, visit Alpine Automotive in Lake Zurich
Fleet Service & RepairJuly 15, 2016
If you own a service fleet of trucks, trailers or vans, you know how difficult it can be to find a reliable repair service that will perform good maintenance and take great care of your fleet vehicles. It’s important to find a shop and technicians that know your business and know the unique needs of fleet vehicles.
Why is regular maintenance for fleet vehicles so important?
You may not think of your fleet vehicles as needing regular maintenance, but fleet vehicles often acquire mileage faster than most person vehicles if they spend the majority of the day driving, instead of just commuting like personal cars. Scheduled, routine maintenance helps your fleet vehicles stay in great shape and in peak performance – which makes for easier driving, better gas mileage and minimal repair costs down the line.
In addition to the repair costs of major part failure, when your fleet vehicle is out of commission, you know that you not only incur costs from the repair, but the detrimental costs to your business when you lose time arranging alternate means of transportation and dealing with repairs.
What are some of our standard fleet services and repairs?
Truck and trailer repair
Engine repair – diesel and gasoline
On-site repair and maintenance
With NAPA certified parts and shops, you don’t have to worry about warranty. With over 50 Metro Atlanta Area locations, rest assured your fleet will be covered no matter what store you need to take your service vehicle. Contact us today to see how we can help keep your fleet in great shape!