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Precision Tune Auto Care wants to help you stay informed on everything automotive, from the latest safety tests to exciting new vehicle reviews. Whether you want tips on keeping your vehicle in top shape or a sneak peek into Jay Leno’s amazing car collection, you can find everything you’re looking for in our resources overview.

Premium vs. Regular Gas

People often ask the question: "Will using premium gas make my car run better?" The answer is simple. But first, let's talk about what exactly premium gasoline is. Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the highest. Most gas stations also carry a mid-grade that falls in between the two. The octane range for the different grades of gas varies by region due to altitude differences. Engines require different octane...

Distracted Driving

When asked, most people think they are good at multi-tasking. Scientific studies, however, reveal that only around 2% of the population can truly demonstrate the capacity to effectively multi-task. For the rest of us who are not so biologically wired, no amount of practice can increase our effectiveness at multi-tasking. Turns out, multi-tasking is almost a superpower. Think of fighter pilots: capable of maintaining their orientation in three dimensional space and performing specific and highly...

Fuel Filter Service

There are a surprising number of small, inexpensive parts that can lead to expensive engine damage when they fail. It doesn't seem right. Fortunately a lot of those things can be taken care of in routine maintenance. They may not be easy to remember because it is a long list, but your service center at Precision Tune Auto Care can help you know what's scheduled to be taken care of. Some of us really don't look forward to going in for an oil change and then getting a list of the other things...

Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil in Your Vehicle

If you're a quart low in your vehicle, there isn't enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you're driving around the area. The same goes for dirty oil ; it doesn't reduce friction properly. The result is you get to watch those numbers at your local gas pump rolling higher and higher. The transmission also needs the proper amount of clean fluid to do its work. When it's in need of service, the transmission drags...

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the news. People could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep.  They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) or more – as long as it's economical...

Maintaining Your Older Car

The government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new vehicle. Because new vehicles are more expensive, people in the area are driving their old vehicles longer. The average vehicle is now over nine years old. Two thirds of vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them....

Automotive Tips: Battery Testing

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at Precision Tune Auto Care when they are no longer able to hold a full charge. Batteries are a big ticket item for most drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely. Your Precision Tune Auto Care service advisor can test your battery to see...

Fuel Injector Cleaning

In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your vehicle engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much fuel to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute in every single fuel-injected vehicle driving down roads. Most fuel injectors for gas engines are known in the automotive community as port fuel injectors because they deliver the fuel to a port just outside the cylinder....

The Straight and Narrow: Power Steering Service

Service to a vehicle's power steering system is part of preventive maintenance for  auto owners. This system provides power to the steering wheel so you can turn it with ease. Without power steering, all of the power to turn your vehicle's wheels would have to come from you. The central element of most power steering systems is a pump. The pump pressurizes the power steering fluid, and it is this pressure that provides auxiliary steering power. A belt connected to the engine usually...

Change Your Engine Air Filter

Many car owners have probably wondered: "What's the harm in putting off replacing an engine air filter? The answer is that not replacing it could cause your Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor to fail. This expensive sensor is situated between your engine air filter and your engine. Dirty air filters are a leading cause of mass   air flow sensor   failure – and these babies can cost several hundred dollars to replace. Change your vehicle air filter at Precision Tune Auto...

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