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COST SAVING TIPS

Are You Ready For The Road?

An average of 13,000 Americans are killed between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, some as a result of unperformed vehicle maintenance, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each year, neglected maintenance leads to more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage.

Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. For example, the U. S. Department of Transportation reports the leading cause of mechanical breakdown on our nation's highways is overheating, a condition that is easily avoidable. Other deficiencies that are simple to detect include low antifreeze/coolant, worn or loose drive belts and defective cooling system hoses.

Checking tire pressure and inflating a tire costs nothing, yet an average of 21 percent of cars inspected in check lanes during National Car Care Month have under inflated tires. This can lead to a blowout and a serious accident.

Fuel Saving Tips

Condition Effect MPG Penalty up to
Under inflated tires Increase rolling resistance 1-2mpg
Dirty air filter Causes excessively rich fuel/air mixture 2.0mpg
Worn spark plugs Cause inefficient combustion, wasted fuel 2.0mpg
Worn O2 sensor Unable to detect and adjust air/fuel mixture 3mpg
Dirty or substandard engine oil Increases internal engine friction 0.4mpg
Loose gas cap Allows fuel to evaporate 2.0mpg
Potential loss in fuel economy if all of the above were neglected
11.4mpg

The Car Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips:

  1. Vehicle gas caps -- About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
  2. Under inflated tires -- When tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon.
  3. 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 a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced as recommended by the manufacturer.
  4. Dirty air filters -- An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture -- too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 20 cents a gallon.

Fuel-saving driving tips include:

  • Don't be an aggressive driver -- Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 10 to 66 cents per gallon.
  • Avoid excessive idling -- Sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
  • Observe the speed limit -- Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mpg driven over 60 will result in an additional 10 cents per gallon. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.

WIPERS - In the 2001National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21percent of participants had wipers that smeared, streaked or chattered across their windshields. Although climates vary, wipers generally need replacing every six months. An easy reminder is to change wiper blades in the spring and fall when you change your clock. Be sure the windshield washers are working properly, too, and keep the reservoir filled with solvent.

LIGHTING - Another important pre-trip check should be exterior and interior lighting. Vehicle check lanes revealed an overall failure rate of over 25 percent in the lighting category. The Car Care Council reminds motorists to check their lights monthly. Other suggestions from the Council include turning on headlights both day and night. This helps define your car's position on the road, and its distance from other drivers. When your vehicle's lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre-trip checklist:

  • Check all fluids. There are several fluids, in addition to antifreeze, that require attention, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.
  • Check the tires. Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.

"While a last minute checkup is better than no checkup, motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps," said the Car Care Council's Executive Director, Rich White.

Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road trouble, it also provides an opportunity to have repairs made at home, with one's own technician who knows the vehicle. Especially important, it provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee a car's performance, it's comforting to know proper precautions were taken.



What People Say About Us


  • -Ashley M.

    Will never take my car anywhere else!! They are amazing and take great care of you!


  • -Chrissy M.

    I love you guys!!!! I refuse to take my car ANYWHERE else. I also love how genuine, honest, sympathetic, caring, and absolutely reasonable on pricing this company is. A special thanks goes out to Steve-He is super awesome!


  • -Jimmy M.

    The folks at J & K just saved me over $250 on a repair I thought I needed, and they probably could have gotten away with it and I'd have never been the wiser. Fortunately, they were honest and only fixed what needed to be fixed, despite me thinking it was something else. Not surprised they were pretty slammed by the time I got there at 9 am. Honest and dependable service...would definitely recommend them to friends!


  • -Eddie N.

    Good place for a good price... Been here numerous times without any complaints... Recently had an issue with an oil leak... They told me the price and how it wouldn't be worth it with such an old car with high miles... Could have taken my money but they decided to help me instead.


  • -Cyndi S.

    The most honest, knowledgeable mechanics out there. We have been bringing our 1992 truck here for years and will continue to do so.


  • -Joseph L.

    My wife and I have had our cars serviced and repaired at J & K for nearly 20 years. I have never had to bring a car back after it had been repaired. On a number of occasions they made ajustments to correct a minor problem and did not charge us for it. When we had an emergency they were able to squeeze us in to help us. I have unconditionally recommended J & K over the years.


  • -Cory S.

    I was recommended here by a friend who loves this repair shop and seriously, if you're in the area and not taking your car here for repairs my only question is WHY? These guy are polite, courteous and really take the time to show you whats going on. I've had to take my car in a few times, and if it was a petty thing they didn't even charge me to look at it or fix it. The more major issues I've had they were able to squeeze me in and did an excellent job at a really fair price! I've already told everyone I know about them, so now, I'm sharing with Yelp. Call them, try them once. You'll be glad you did!


  • -Brandon M.

    J&K are always helpful, fair, and reliable. I have been taking my cars here for almost ten years, and they have always been honest and quick when it comes to explaining and solving problems.


  • -Jon P.

    Great shop! Great people! Honest mechanics that do honest work. I wouldn't go anywhere else. Brought them a quote from pep boys, they went over the vehicle again and found out that I didn't need HALF of what they said I did. Saved me 400 dollars.


  • -Mary F.

    I went to J and K Auto Repair e light on my car Steve told me it is my alternator so I came back home and called him back and he said come back at 2 and we'll put on a brand new alternator thank God for J&K. I've gone to them for years for help with my car.. I always leave happy, and with a happy car.


  • -Jessica S.

    J & K is the best shop around. Good, honest, family owned business and all the guys there take good care of you. If I could give ten stars I would. Support your local business Apopka!!!


  • -Ashley M.

    Will never take my car anywhere else!! They are amazing and take great care of you!

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