How Does My Car Calculate Fuel Economy?

Modern cars have dash consoles full of useful (and sometimes not-so-useful) information…like your MPG averages. How does your car know how many miles per gallon you’ve used? Let’s take a look…

How You Would Calculate MPGs

Before the days of computer-controlled vehicles, you would have to manually calculate miles per gallon…and the formula is in the name: Continue reading How Does My Car Calculate Fuel Economy?

Does the Gas I Use Really Matter?

GettyImages-172858888With gas prices constantly in flux, you may be using different octanes from one day to the next. However, this isn’t the best option for the health of your car. There really is a difference between fuel types – but the more expensive option isn’t always better.

What the Rating Really Is

Fuel is generally available in different grades or octane levels: 87 (regular), 88-89 (premium), and 91-94 octane (super premium). The octane rating is Continue reading Does the Gas I Use Really Matter?

Cold Weather Maintenance for Your Car

Woman cleaning car windshield of snow

Temperatures are cold in Albuquerque. When the temperature drops, people put on coats, scarves and gloves to protect themselves against the cold weather. Just as you prepare yourself for the cold weather, your car needs to be prepared for the dip in temperature. Although we don’t recommend buying scarves and gloves for your car (we don’t think that would help ;)), there are steps that you can take to ensure your car functions properly during the winter months.

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Carburetors vs. Fuel Injectors and NASCAR

Unless you’re buying a vintage 1970s model, chances are that weighing the pros and cons of carburetor vs. fuel injection system isn’t part of the car-buying equation. While fuel injection technology has become standard for consumers for the better part of the last three decades, electronic fuel injection (EFI) is a new technology to the NASCAR circuit. As the first EFI-powered season draws to a close, it seems the change has been an overall well-received one. Continue reading Carburetors vs. Fuel Injectors and NASCAR

Fuel Additives: What are they and Why do I need them?

We’re all trying to find ways to cut back so we can save on gas. But have you ever considered what you might add to increase your mileage?

Fuel additives are one of the least understood products in car care. They’ve even gotten a bad reputation at times due to companies selling fuel additive products before testing them, leading to sub-par products. Continue reading Fuel Additives: What are they and Why do I need them?

Running on High Octane

The Basics of Fuel Octane

With gas prices high, and no relief in sight, you may be wondering what’s the story regarding fuel octane. Higher octane fuel costs more, but does the extra money save you in the long run by preserving your engine?

In short, the answer is no.

However, higher octane fuel can benefit some vehicles. Knowing if it’s worth it for you can be a little more complicated to figure out. Continue reading Running on High Octane

Squeezing the Most Out of Your Fill-Up

With the prices at the pump straining everybody’s pocket books, you want to make sure your car’s fuel efficiency is at its peak. Eliminating as much stop-and-go driving as possible, reducing your speed, no rapid acceleration, and cutting back on using the air conditioner can help, but there are several other things you can do to add more time between fill-ups. Continue reading Squeezing the Most Out of Your Fill-Up

From “F” to “E”: Calculating Your Gas Mileage

With rising gas prices you’re probably looking for ways to squeeze every bit of mileage out of your car before a fill-up. While doing so, you’re also probably paying more attention to what kind of gas mileage your vehicle is getting. However, before you believe your car has suffered a serious drop in fuel efficiency, have you sat down to calculate your actual gas mileage?

Calculating your actual gas mileage is really fairly simple. Here’s how you do it: Continue reading From “F” to “E”: Calculating Your Gas Mileage