Let’s start at the tank. The gas tank gathers dirt, rust and sediment over the years. That’s why there’s a fuel filter to clean the fuel after it leaves the tank. A dirty filter will rob the engine of the clean gas it needs to run efficiently.
The fuel intake components get coated with gum and varnish over time. This results in fuel being delivered inefficiently and some of that gunk getting into the engine. A fuel system service at Greg’s Orange Auto Repair will leave your intake as clean as a whistle.
The big fuel thief is dirty fuel injectors. They deliver fuel to the engine at a specified pressure and in a particular spray pattern. When they’re clogged, the fuel doesn’t get atomized the way it’s supposed to and doesn’t get burned as efficiently.
See your owner’s manual or ask your Diamond Bar service advisor at Greg’s Orange Auto Repair when a fuel system cleaning is recommended.
There’s not much we can do about the price of gas in Orange CA, but we do quite a bit about how much we use as we’re driving on our Orange streets.
Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy.
The first thing we can do is watch the ‘go-pedal’. Hard acceleration just sucks the gas. Gently leave stop lights and plan lane changes so you don’t need to floor it. That can save you hundreds of dollars a year.
Go a little slower on the freeway to Chino Hills. Once you’re going more than sixty-five miles an hour your fuel economy starts to drop dramatically. Leave early so you don’t need to rush to be on time. And cruise control is your friend – steady speed uses less gas.
Plan errands ahead. Make fewer trips by combining errands.
Hey at current gas prices, a lead-foot might as well be a gold foot.
The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles around Orange CA use fuel filters.
For more information about your fuel filter, visit Greg’s Orange Auto Repair or come by our shop located at 921 N Parker St. in Orange, CA 92887. Please call 714.633.8219 to make an appointment.
Generally speaking there’s not a lot of dirt in our Orange CA auto fuel supply, but there is enough that you want to screen it out. The problem actually gets worse the older your vehicle becomes. That’s because dirt, rust and other contaminants will settle out of the fuel and onto the bottom of the fuel tank. After your sedan is five years or older, it can actually have a fair amount of sediment built up.
That just means that the fuel filter has to work harder as your sedan ages. It’ll get clogged sooner and need to be replaced more often.
A symptom of a clogged fuel filter is that the engine sputters at highway speeds or under hard acceleration. That’s because enough fuel is getting through around town, but when you need more fuel for speed, enough just can’t get through the filter. Obviously, that could be dangerous if your car or truck can’t get enough power to get you out of harm’s way.
For just that reason, fuel filters have a bypass valve. When the filter is severely clogged, some fuel can bypass the filter all together. Of course that means that dirty, unfiltered fuel is getting through to be burned in the engine.
This dirt can then clog and damage your fuel injectors. Now injectors are not cheap to replace, so you don’t want to cause them damage just because you didn’t spend a few bucks to replace a fuel filter.
You know, in a way, the fuel filter can be the poster child for preventive maintenance. It’s a little part, it’s simple and it’s cheap to take care of. But if it’s neglected, it could lead to thousands of dollars of repair bills.
Those auto service schedules in your owner’s manual are there for a reason. If ever you don’t understand a recommended service, just ask your Orange service advisor at Greg’s Orange Auto Repair. We’ll be happy to explain.
Most Orange and Diamond Bar motorists want to save on gas and seek our advice on improving fuel efficiency. At Greg’s Orange Auto Repair, we are frequently asked, however, if it is really worth the extra effort. Just how much money can Orange auto owners actually save?
The US government has a website dedicated to helping us use less fuel. It presents the cost savings in a way Orange car owners can relate to and is relevant for all vehicles. Let me give you an example: Having your sedan engine properly tuned, can save up to 4%. If you’re paying three-fifty for a gallon of gas in Orange, you could save fourteen cents a gallon.
In today’s Greg’s Orange Auto Repair article, we’re focusing on the things you can do to improve your sedanfuel economy driving around CA. We’ll tell you the potential savings per gallon of gas at three dollars and fifty cents, and we’ll show a chart that also shows the savings at three and four dollars.
DOLLARS PER GALLON
TUNE UP 4%
The next item is replacing a clogged engine air filter. Your engine needs enough air to burn fuel efficiently for the best MPG. A clean air filter means you get plenty of air. The fact that the air’s clean protects your engine. That can save you up to ten percent or thirty-five cents a gallon.
DOLLARS PER GALLON
AIR FILTER 10%
Fixing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve economy by up to forty percent. That’s a whopping dollar forty in savings per gallon. Bring your car to Greg’s Orange Auto Repair in Orange and we’ll check your oxygen sensor.
DOLLARS PER GALLON
FAULTY O2 SENSOR 40%
Chances are that if your oxygen sensor is kaput your check engine light will come on. Now, there’s any number of things that could cause your check engine light to come on besides oxygen sensor problems. But if it’s on, get it checked out as soon as you can at Greg’s Orange Auto Repair.
Here’s an easy one for quick Orange car owners. Inflate your tires to the recommended pressure. That could save you three percent or eleven cents a gallon. Even a little drop in pressure will bring down your fuel efficiency, so check your tires every week.
DOLLARS PER GALLON
TIRE INFLATION 3%
Your sedan auto manufacturer has recommended a specific weight of motor oil. The recommendation is based on engine design and will give you the best protection. Using a heavier weight could cost one to two percent in reduced fuel efficiency, or up to seven cents a gallon.
DOLLARS PER GALLON
RIGHT GRADE MOTOR OIL 2%
Here’s one that’s free for Orange drivers that want to save income: Take it easy when you drive. Aggressive driving (we’ve all seen this on Orange roads), rocketing away from stop lights, standing on the brakes, punching it for lane changes – really takes a toll on your fuel economy.
Cutting out aggressive driving around Orange can save five percent or eighteen cents a gallon. Now on the highway it gets really costly: thirty three percent or a buck sixteen a gallon. Think about that – and leave a little earlier.
DOLLARS PER GALLON
DRIVE AGRESSIVELY – MIN. 5%
DRIVE AGGRESSIVELY – MAX. 33$
A related item is exceeding the speed limit. For example, if the speed limit is sixty miles per hour on your Orange interstate, an additional five miles will cost seven percent or twenty-five cents a gallon. Fifteen miles per hour will cost you upwards of eighty cents a gallon.
DOLLARS PER GALLON
SPEED LIMIT – MIN. 7%
SPEED LIMIT – MAX. 23%
The last thing we’ll talk about is excess weight. Our sedans tend to accumulate a lot of things and the weight adds up. Clear out the trunk and only haul stuff when you really need it. For every one hundred pounds you can save two percent or seven cents a gallon.
Sorry honey, your brother can’t come with. It’d cost an extra thirty cents a gallon.
Orange drivers have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers; safety equipment like airbags; and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in Chino Hills but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car in CA.
Because new cars are more expensive, Orange residents are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. 68% of vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles/120,000 kilometers. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today’s cars are up to the challenge – but they need a little help to keep on going.
Some owner’s manuals don’t outline service requirements and schedules at higher mileage. Of course, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to be done. In fact, it’s more important than ever for Orange car owners to stay on top of routine auto maintenance for cars with more than 120,000 miles/190,000 kilometers. Just extend regular service intervals out: for instance a service that’s recommended every 24,000 miles/38,000 kilometers should be performed at 24,000 mi/38,000 km; 48,000 mi/77,000 km; 72,000mi/116,000 km, 96,000 mi/154,000 km; and on and on.
Because of the additional stress older engines experience, the severe service maintenance schedule may be more appropriate than the regular schedule. Watch for leaks – seals and gaskets dry out over time and do not hold the fluids as well as they used to. If you don’t already have one, it is more essential than ever to get a good service specialist, like any one of the automotive professionals on our team at Greg’s Orange Auto Repair. There are some services and replacements that are scheduled after you put some clicks on the odometer, like timing belts, valve train adjustments, suspension, anti-lock brake service, air bags, etc. And unexpected repairs down the road are just par for the course.
Check for unusual sounds, smells or the way your car feels. These could be hints for Orange drivers that trouble is brewing. Better to catch it early before it turns into a significant repair. Regular wash and wax will help maintain your car’s appearance. One of the things Orange motorists can do to really help a high mileage vehicle is to begin using high mileage formulation fluids. There are special engine oils, coolants, transmission fluids and power steering fluids that are formulated for cars that have higher mileage.
High mileage oil is designed to condition seals and gaskets, reduce wear and avoid premature burn off. Older sedan engines are dirtier inside – and dirty engines contaminate their oil faster. High mileage oil has special additives that clean the engine, removing sludge deposits over time. The result is less stress on the engine, better fuel economy and excellent wear protection. Come into Greg’s Orange Auto Repair in Orange for a checkup.
Studies have even shown that using high mileage fluids early will actually prevent some of the problems of high kilometer vehicles. So once you hit around 50,000 mi/80,000 km, consider stepping up to high mileage formulations. The fluids cost a bit more than standard fluids in Orange because of the additional additives, but they can be worth their weight in gold for Orange auto owners in terms of preventing costly repair costs down the road.
It does cost more for drivers to properly maintain a higher mileage vehicle in Orange – but it’s much cheaper than a new car payment!
With high fuel prices in Orange CA comes lots of gas saving advice. Some of it, like what you hear on AutoNetTV, is really great. Some is myth. And some is just designed to prey on Orange CA people desperate to save some money on gas.
When you get one of those e-mails that’s going around telling you how to save gas, try to think it through.
Does it really make sense? Does it defy the laws of physics?
Orange motorists often ask the question: “Will using premium gas make my car run better?” The answer is simple. But first, let’s talk about what exactly premium gasoline is.
Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the highest. Most gas stations around Orange, CA also carry a mid-grade that falls in between the two. The octane range for the different grades of gas varies by region due to altitude differences.
Engines require different octane ratings because of design differences. For example, turbocharged engines usually require premium gas.
There’s a sticker on your gas tank filler lid that tells you the minimum octane rating your auto maker recommends.
For help identifying the type of gasoline your engine needs, come by Greg’s Orange Auto Repair in Orange:
921 N Parker St. Orange, CA 92887 714.633.8219
Orange drivers should read their owner’s manuals carefully to see if it’s acceptable to use lower grades. With some cars in Orange, CA it is; the engine control computer can adapt. Orange auto owners will lose some performance, but won’t do damage. With other engines, using a lower grade of fuel could result in serious and costly damage; so you don’t want to save a couple of bucks at the pump only to pay it out a hundred fold at your Orange repair shop.
Today’s computer controlled vehicles are optimized to run well on the recommended grade of fuel. Using a higher grade than is recommended will not give Orange motorists any additional performance or better MPG.
Regulations require detergents for all grades of gasoline, so your engine will have the same protection, regardless of the grade of fuel you use. If you do hear some knocking or pinging from your engine, take it seriously and get your sedan into Greg’s Orange Auto Repair. It may be a sign that you need a tune-up or some other repair.
In times of pricey gas prices, most Orange drivers are conscious of making their fuel dollar go further as we drive around CA. Be sure to use the right gas for your car. Keep your tires properly inflated and your vehicle well maintained and you will get the best gas mileage possible.
In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your sedan engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much fuel to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute in every single fuel-injected car driving down Orange, Diamond Bar, and Irvine interstates.
Most fuel injectors for gas engines are known in the Chino Hills automotive community as port fuel injectors because they deliver the fuel to a port just outside the cylinder. The fuel pump provides pressure needed to squirt the right amount of fuel into the engine.
A few vehicle manufacturers have recently introduced gas direct injection systemson some engines. They are now available at some Chino Hills dealerships. These systems inject the gas directly into the cylinders under very high pressure – many times the pressure of port injection systems.
Although more complicated, direct injection technology promises greater power with improved fuel economy for gas-poor Chino, Diamond Bar, and Orange car owners. CA motorists can expect to see more of it in the future. High temperatures under your sedan hood and variations in Chino Hills gas quality cause fuel injectors to be fouled with wax, dirt, water, additives and carbon. Injectors can become partially clogged, preventing them from delivering the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure.
When injectors are dirty, the fuel doesn’t burn as efficiently resulting in poor fuel economy and loss of power. So it’s vital for Orange motorists keep their fuel injectors clean.
Your tech ar Greg’s Orange Auto Repair can perform a fuel system service for you in which the fuel injectors are cleaned so that they operate properly and deliver the right amount of fuel at the right time.
Proper maintenance of your sedan fuel system means that you will spend less on gas, enjoy strong performance and prevent costly Chino Hills repair bills down the road.
If the fuel system in your sedan is dirty, you will be hurting your fuel efficiency and losing performance as you drive around Orange, CA.
Unless they drive a vintage car, Orange car owners have fuel injectors which need to be properly maintained. That is why your sedan owner’s manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.
Your caring service advisor at Greg’s Orange Auto Repair in Orange has the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Greg’s Orange Auto Repair uses a process that gives your car a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. The particles, gum and varnish that build up in your fuel system are removed so that it can run cleanly and efficiently.
After a professional fuel system cleaning at Greg’s Orange Auto Repair, you’ll notice more power, improved gas mileage and reduced exhaust emissions. AutoNetTV strongly recommends you follow your vehicle manufacturers fuel system cleaning service recommendations to keep your sedan running strong.
Orange auto owners don’t need the added expense of replacing a fuel injector that’s been damaged by neglect. Check with your caring Greg’s Orange Auto Repair service professional and see when your car is scheduled for a key fuel system cleaning.