10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off
A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even
save a few dollars at the gas pumps. Motorists should plan ahead to allow
time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service
Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre-
- Check all fluids - There are
several fluids that require attention: Engine Oil, power steering, brake and
transmission fluids, and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
- Check all hoses and belts - A belt failure can affect the
electrical system, air conditioning, power steering, and the cooling system.
Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and
clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.
the tires - Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear,
indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald
Follow these tips to maximize fuel efficiency of your vehicle:
- Vehicle gas caps - about 17%
of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or
missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every
- Under inflated tires - when tires aren't inflated properly
it's like driving with a parking brake on. It can cost a mile or two per
- 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 electrical and chemical erosion from heat.
- Dirty air filters - A clogged air filter creates a "rich" mixture -
the proportion of gas to air is incorrect. This wastes fuel and causes the
engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage
by as much as 10%.
- Don't drive aggresively - Aggressive driving
can lower gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city
- Avoid excessive idling - sitting idle gets zero miles
per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is
- Drive the speed limit - Gas mileage decreases
rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mile driven over 60 results in an
additional 10 cents per gallon. Increase fuel efficiency by using cruise
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What People Say About Us
They were great. Told me what needed to be fixed and fixed it right away!
Excellent experience. John was most helpful and very professional. Service tech was very respectful of my time and got right to the job. I am a very grateful and happy customer and I already told John that I will be returning next week.
Truly the best shop for high performance vehicles of all types. Team is there to help you at anytime and the owner is hands on in the shop daily. 10/10
I am a car salesman over at Glassman Automotive Group (used cars Department) my name is Randall Walker. I send ALL of my customers that look at our NON SERVICED vehicles, over to franklin auto because they are EXTREMELY THOROUGH! There are no surprises for my customer after purchase which means they absolutely know if anything needs repair before they buy a less expensive vehicle that we have not nor will not service due to age or mileage. I highly recommend Franklin Auto not only for their thoroughness, but also for their UNBEATABLE PRICES! Take it from a car sales professional, you should be doing business with this auto shop.
I was a first time customer and had a great experience. They called me the day I towed my car there and told me what was wrong and how much it would be to fix it. (Needed a new ignition switch). My repairs took a little longer than expected and they were more than accommodating and even gave me a discount. They were honest and genuine with me over the phone and in person. 10/10 would recommend!
Very professional and took the time to answer my questions as well as demonstrated the repairs that were completed.