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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 2001National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21percent 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.



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  • ACDelco
  • AAA (American Automobile Association)
  • ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)
  • AAA Approved Auto Repair
  • ASE Master Technician
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Testimonials

  • Two of the hardest things to find when you move to a new place: a barber & a mechanic. I finally found this place after months of looking and man am I happy I did. The guys here are friendly and professional with comparable prices to any other mechanic or jiffy lube or whatever. Do be warned that there is a fee to diagnose what's wrong with the car - a thing that was foreign to me and a little jarring at the beginning. Having said that, I highly recommend this place.
    -Alex K.

  • Great place, great people! Dropped in, changed oil and fixed tire pressure in a jiffy at great rate. Highly recommended!
    -William L.

  • Where I go to change my engine oil I started coming hear with a invitation from a friend that works there,and I pretty much know what to expect. Engine lights are frustrating so when it came on I came in. Diagnostic check was made and the shop made repairs along with and oil and filter change( it just happened I was ready for that). They are committed to inspections to insure the vehicle is safe ! so I do maintenance along with oil changes to ensure the vitality of my vehicle twice a year and my vehicle has not let me down. parts do wear out and its better to sit in a shop and maintain your vehicle apposed to being stranded on the side of the road. Take care
    -James R.

  • I recently visited Ed's Automotive Center to have some repairs done on my 2001 Tacoma. The experience and service was nothing short of 5 stars! The friendly and knowledgeable staff answered all of my questions and even pointed out something about a recent repair I had done at another shop. The price for my repair was far lower than I had been quoted at another shop. Needless to say, I was very happy with everything during my recent appointment. If you need any automotive repairs, diagnosis, consultation, reach out to Ed and his friendly staff!!
    -Juan C.

  • From my experience bringing my girlfriend's 2009 Ford Fusion as well as my 2013 Dodge Dart to Ed's, they are honest, priced fairly, timely and friendly. I took my girlfriend's car to another shop first and they tried to tell her and me that her belts were frayed. They were not frayed. They also had her sign a sheet to do the inspection and she didn't read it all the way and it included a $75 oil change, even though the oil was changed on her car not more than a thousand miles previously. We left the other shop, out $75 but took it over to Ed's. They are ASE certified (the other shop wasn't) and they quickly found the source of the problem (and it was not frayed belts). We left the car there and I believe it was done by the end of the day. I also brought my Dart in to get part of the front air dam/close-out panel installed. They had quoted me $30 a few weeks prior and when I finally brought it in, it turned out to require more work than we had thought it would but they still only charged me $30. As long as Ed's Automotive Center is around, we'll be loyal customers.
    -Drew R.

  • I bought a 2007 Honda CRV with a salvaged title. My insurance company needs a form completed by a mechanic. I stopped by my favorite auto body shop, LA Street Customs, the owner Julian said go see Ed's Automotive. I am happy I did. They said come at 8:30 AM and took me in right away. They did everything I expected and more. I got an excellent inspection at an excellent price. They also removed an aftermarket engine kill system that was a problem FOR FREE. Thank you to Ed's for excellent service, great prices and fast turnaround.
    -Bob T.

  • My car wouldn't stay running so made a bad choice to have my car towed to Mt. View auto on laurel canyon. Big mistake. After a new set of fuel injectors and a bill of $1.400 it ran worst than ever. My car stopped running a second time again towed it back to Mt. View auto. Told my car was high mileage and couldn't run any better. Took it to Ed's auto repair like I had done a year ago for smog test and other repair. Told Ed my issues. From Mt.View wanting me to let them do an engine rebuild for $6.000 and that I did not agree with their conclusion. Ed agreed and within a week figured out the issue got the part and my car is running great again. My stupidly of not going out of my way and getting it to Ed's cost me a lot of wasted time and money, and aggravating salespeople trying to convince me to spend more money on something there mechanics couldn't figure out. A good honest mechanic is hard to find here is a terrific one, go to Ed's Automotive Center to have your car repaired honestly.
    -Steve G.

  • This garage deserves the ratings it gets - even though my car was beyond repair, "Ed" was honest and helpful. He went above and beyond, explaining and showing me the damage, what it meant, and how the repairs would be done if requested. Additionally, he gave me recommendations about how to proceed with my car, options for replacement, and assured me he would check over any used car I was considering buying. This is a professional, comfortable, knowledgeable business. I'm far from my home and family, and I feel very fortunate coming across such a helpful shop in my time of need.
    -Asari S.

  • From my experience bringing my girlfriend's 2009 Ford Fusion as well as my 2013 Dodge Dart to Ed's, they are honest, priced fairly, timely and friendly. I took my girlfriend's car to another shop first and they tried to tell her and me that her belts were frayed. They were not frayed. They also had her sign a sheet to do the inspection and she didn't read it all the way and it included a $75 oil change, even though the oil was changed on her car not more than a thousand miles previously. We left the other shop, out $75 but took it over to Ed's. They are ASE certified (the other shop wasn't) and they quickly found the source of the problem (and it was not frayed belts). We left the car there and I believe it was done by the end of the day. I also brought my Dart in to get part of the front air dam/close-out panel installed. They had quoted me $30 a few weeks prior and when I finally brought it in, it turned out to require more work than we had thought it would but they still only charged me $30. As long as Ed's Automotive Center is around, we'll be loyal customers.
    -Andrew M.

  • I was very pleased with the service I received at Ed's. I will definitely return to Ed's when my car needs service.
    -Mary - Sherman Oaks, CA

  • I had a very positive experience with Ed and his team. They were extremely professional; kept me constantly up to date on my car, its issues, and what they were doing to fix it; asked frequently about things they would have to do that would cost me money; and came in under the price they quoted me. Their professionalism and workmanship was exceptional!
    -Patrick P.

  • That poor problem child of a Ranger wouldn't stay on the road without your magical intervention. This time was a little more conventional to figure out. Thanks again for keeping it running.
    -Richard S.

  • I'm so relieved to have brought my new (to me) Scion in. I feel such calm knowing Danny went over it thoroughly and told me the things that were wrong with it (minimal-yeah!). This is the third car I've had at Ed's, they are trustworthy, genuinely communicative and always helpful!
    -Ross K.

  • TAKE YOUR CAR HERE! This place is amazing! Very helpful, friendly, great services and very good prices! From now on this is my favorite place! My car likes Ed's Automotive Center & Auto Repair!
    -Raciu D.

  • If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Amazing customer service. I came in with an 86 toyota that had a do it yourself previous owner and they where able to diagnose and fix the problem in no time at all. The cost of the repairs was also extremely fair. Hands down the best mechanics I have found in a very long time. Thank you Dan and Ed for a great experience.
    -Brett B.