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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 2001 National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21 percent 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


  • -Aaron C.

    Harry and Steve are great. One shop told me I needed a new condenser and they found it was just a pressure switch. Saved me $350! Good people.


  • -Miguel O.

    Very friendly and helpful people here. Rebuilt an alternator for 1993 Grand Marquis for me 15 years for the best price. Today I called for another rebuild though they couldn't help me due to the limited supply of parts for my Mazda, I'm still a happy customer, thanks for help!


  • -Pam L.

    Fast service. Did not try to fix anything that wasn't broken. Told me what the issue was and fixed it. Pricing is good. Will return if services are needed again.


  • -Jim D.

    Harry (owner) is a very honest, reasonable and transparent owner- something you don't find with most local and nationwide shops. I highly recommend him!!


  • -Lisa S.

    When the alternator on my Volvo needed to be replaced, Harry gave me the best price out of all of the shops I received quotes from (five shops total, the highest quote was over $300 more than I was charged here). Very happy.


  • -Edgardo S.

    Very professional local business, I just had my ac issue fixed at a very reasonable price and by very friendly and outgoing staff in a very expedient manner. I will definitely come to them for any future issues. Thanks!


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  • -Reid W.

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  • -Jeff A.

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  • -Kelly A.

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  • -Michael B.

    After exhausting all other options to find a another alternator for my home generator I went and saw Harry at Viking. Within hours he had a replacement and later that day it was installed. Before going to Viking I had given up hope. These guys came through and made the impossible a reality. Highly recommend them!!


  • -Lauren H.

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  • -Wayne M.

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  • -Pamela C.

    Left my car late on Sunday night because the dashboard warning lights had gone crazy and worst of all my power steering was not working. Viking called the next morning with the diagnosis, turns out it was the alternator, and the estimate. Repair was completed in a timely manner and I have my vehicle back. Thank you gentlemen for the great work!


  • -Shan S.

    I picked up my car today. Very clear explanations from Staff, regarding my repairs. The price was also reasonable for my oil pan assembly install. Mike, also informed me of additional detail regarding my vehicle... I will recommend anyone to seek Viking, before seeking Dealerships!


  • -Aaron C.

    Harry and Steve are great. One shop told me I needed a new condenser and they found it was just a pressure switch. Saved me $350! Good people.

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