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ASE’s Gas-Saving Tips for Trying Times

Higher prices at the gas pump are a fact of life today. Some commuters share rides to manage the costs; others take public transportation. But if you are like countless other consumers, you depend on your personal vehicle to get you from Point A to Point B. So the experts at the nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) have assembled some easy-to-follow tips from on how to conserve fuel and make sure your car or truck gets optimal miles per gallon.

Don’t Scrimp on Vehicle Maintenance

Technician certification organization ASE surveys show a well-maintained vehicle not only lasts longer, it retains more of its resale value.

With a sluggish economic recovery and today’s consumers watching their finances carefully, it’s no surprise that the average age of vehicles in the United States is more than 11 years old, according to automotive research firm R.L. Polk and Co. With motorists holding on to their vehicles longer than ever before, maintenance takes an even greater importance in keeping roads — and people — safe.

Taking Care of Your Brakes, NASCAR-Style

You might say the buck—and the car—stops with the professional NASCAR Brake Specialist.

He is responsible for making sure that a Sprint Cup car, capable of racing at 200 miles per hour, stops when necessary. Brake pads, rotors, calipers…he works on it all, and when the driver’s foot comes down on the brake pedal, the car does what it’s supposed to do.

Dad's "Automotive Type" Helps Decide Father's Day Gift

There are two types of fathers, those who work on their cars and those who don't. Whether your dad is a do-it-yourselfer (DIY) or a Do-It-For-Me type (DIFM), consider an automotive gift for dad this Father's Day.

Sixty-nine percent of male drivers work on their car, truck, mini van or SUV, according to the Car Care Council. Whether it's light maintenance, like changing the oil and replacing the wiper blades, or heavier projects, such as replacing brakes, most dads enjoy taking care of their vehicles. Automotive accessories, tools, parts and products make ideal Father's Day gifts.

Spring Showers Bring Driving Safety Hazards

Worn out tires and windshield wiper blades are symptoms of neglected vehicle maintenance that put drivers and passengers at serious risk during the typically rainy months of spring.

Thin tire treads create hazardous driving conditions when water builds up on the roadway, according to the Car Care Council. Deep tread accommodates accumulated water; thin tread does not. Thin tread causes the tire to hydroplane – ride up on a film of water, losing contact with the pavement, similar to driving on ice.

K&W Trans-X® Posi-Trac Limited Slip Gear Oil Additive

Quiet chattering differentials and improve overall gear oil performance with K&W Trans-X Posi Trac Limited Slip Gear Oil Additive from CRC Industries.  K&W Trans-X Posi Trac can be used in all domestic and foreign cars and trucks, and works with both petroleum and synthetic gear lubricants.  

K&W Trans-X® Automatic Transmission Slip-Stop and Leak Fix

You multi-task everyday ... so does your transmission fluid, working as a coolant and a lubricant. Old or low levels of fluid can lead to problems – improper shifting, visible leaks ... even a burning smell. So change fluid regularly and consider adding K&W Trans-X Slip-Stop and Leak Fix from CRC Industries. K&W Trans-X can solve automotive transmission leaks due to brittle seals and also prevent such leaks.

Lights and Wipers Play Major Role in Safe Driving

With fewer daylight hours in the fall and winter, it’s important to make sure your vehicle can be seen by others and your visibility is not compromised. Fall Car Care Month in October is also National Headlight Safety Month, the perfect time for a safety inspection of your vehicle’s lights and wipers, according to the Car Care Council. “As the days get shorter, your vehicle’s lighting system becomes more important to the safety of you and your passengers,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

Legislation Bans Lead Wheel Weights.

Properly balanced wheels have long been recognized as helping provide improved ride quality, better gas mileage and reduced tire wear, making wheel balancing an important part of car care and maintenance.

For decades wheel weights have largely consisted of chunks of lead clamped to the wheel rim. Lead has traditionally been used to make wheel weights because it is cheap and heavy, allowing the use of relatively small weights to balance wheels. However, the highly toxic metal can cause brain damage and other nervous-system disorders in people.

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