Yearly Archives: 2018

Cabin Air Filter Replacement

Cabin Air Filter Replacement

Let’s talk about cabin air filters. There seems to be some confusion about them among drivers that we should be able to clear up. Much of the confusion starts because cabin air filters are relatively new. Not all vehicles have them, so some folks confuse their cabin air filter with the engine air filter. This is particularly important when air quality is poor, as it is during our current state of emergency. It's important for everyone to be breathing clean air in their vehicles, but most especially for sensitive groups, seniors, those with lung or breathing difficulties, and children. Every vehicle has an engine air filter that cleans the air going into the engine, but not all have a cabin air filter that cleans the air going into the passenger compartment. The cabin air filter cleans out dust, pollen, spores and other pollutants. To give a point of comparison, a grain of sand is about 200 microns across. A cabin air filter can stop particles that are just 3 microns in siz ... read more

Language Matters: Service & Repair Guidelines

Language Matters: Service & Repair Guidelines

Prince George drivers may not know that there are vital uniform service and repair guidelines in the automotive industry. The guidelines were created to help automotive service professionals better talk to motorists. It also gives you a common language to use when talking with different repair facilities. Recommendations are based on the following definitions: First, System Failure. This is when parts or a system are out of car maker’s specifications have failed, or are unable to carry out their specific function. An example would be going in for new brakes and your Gears Plus service advisor discovers that one of your rotors is cracked. A cracked rotor is a failed part. Your service advisor cannot ethically slap new brake pads on a cracked rotor because it has a high probability of becoming a brake system failure and a serious safety hazard. The second category is Preventive or Scheduled Maintenance. This is when parts or a system are schedul ... read more

10 Ways to Save at the Pump

10 Ways to Save at the Pump

With gas prices at record levels, everyone is looking for ways to save money at the pump. We have the following tips to help conserve gas. 1. Go the speed limit. Use cruise control. While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas. Observing the speed limit is also safer. 2. Drive Sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money. 3. Avoid idling and rush-hour traffic. Idling gets 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines. 4. Keep y ... read more