• Coolant Service at Bob & Dave’s Garage

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    Wyoming car owners’ cars have to operate in a wide range of Michigan temperatures which requires our engine coolant to be able to perform ‘no matter what’. Think for a moment about the environment where the coolant does its thing. Very hot, high pressure, corrosive…

    And all the while, it has to protect the components of the cooling system from corrosion. These components are made from steel and aluminum, plastics and rubber. The coolant has to be formulated to protect against corrosion for all of these different materials. That’s why auto makers recommend different types of anti-freeze for our Wyoming, Michigan vehicles.

    There are several different ‘families’ of anti-freeze available to us here in Wyoming, Michigan. Your owners’ manual will tell you what kind you should use. Of course, the automotive professionals at  Bob & Dave’s Garage will know the right kind for your car.

    It’s vital to stay on top of this because coolant system failure is the most common mechanical problem people have here in Wyoming, Michigan. Regular service at Bob & Dave’s Garage needs to be done to avoid failures and also to keep your warranty in place.

    While the specifics of the service required may vary from vehicle to vehicle, your committed to excellence, fairness and customer service Bob & Dave’s Garage service professional will know what to do. You’ll be advised to replace the coolant at specified intervals.

    Some manufacturers recommend periodic coolant system flushes. A flush adds a cleaning step to the fluid replacement process. Again, check to see what your Wyoming tech recommends.

    Someday, you may have to deal with an overheating problem, so you need to know what to do if your coolant temperature warning light comes on or your temperature gauge is in the hot zone.

    Now, overheating can be very expensive. Wyoming auto owners can literally melt down their engine and have to replace the whole thing. So don’t ignore warning signs.

    First turn off the air conditioner. This will lower engine temperature right away. Next, crank up your heater to maximum heat and run the fan at high speed. You might need to roll down the windows, but this will take a lot of heat off the engine.

    Pull over as soon as you can safely do so
    , especially if you are stuck in slow-moving traffic, and shut the car off. It may take as much as 45 minutes for the engine to cool to the point that it’s safe to operate the car again.

    If you need to add water or antifreeze, be sure to wait until the car cools down. Opening the radiator cap or even the overflow bottle when the coolant is hot and under pressure may result in serious burns.

    After the engine has cooled for 45 minutes or so, look to see if the coolant is low in the overflow tank. If so, you can cover the overflow tank cap with a large cloth and open the lid. Then start the engine and pour in some water or antifreeze. Pouring it in when the car is running will circulate the new, cool fluid with the warmer fluid in the engine and avoid engine damage.

    Of course, overheating is a serious problem and you need to get it fixed right away. Bob & Dave’s Garage can make sure the coolant is right before you drive home.

    Those spring and winter inspections really come in handy when they head off a cooling system problem. And don’t forget that severe service driving conditions, like towing or hot, dusty driving around Wyoming, Michigan, mean that you’ll need to service your coolant more frequently.

    At AutoNetTV, we suggest that you have Bob & Dave’s Garage inspect your coolant system to find small problems before they become big, and to change belts and hoses before they fail. After all, we don’t want you to lose your cool out there in Wyoming, Michigan.

  • Serpentine Belt Service At Bob & Dave’s Garage In Wyoming

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    Don’t you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you’re zipping down a busy Wyoming interstate? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator – which charges the battery; the water pump – which cools the engine; the air conditioning and the power steering pump. All pretty critical parts. It is called a serpentine belt because it snakes around a bunch of engine components.

    Serpentine belts are amazingly tough. They can last for years and go for tens of thousands of miles. Like all critical moving parts, however, they eventually wear out. If your belt breaks while you are driving around Wyoming, everything will come to a halt within minutes. You need to stop the vehicle immediately or it will overheat, potentially causing pricey engine damage. You can be sure that it won’t happen at a convenient time or place. (As if there was a convenient time or place!) You might even need to get your vehicle towed to Bob & Dave’s Garage. It’s no wonder that auto makers recommend a belt replacement on schedule. It’s one of those “have-to’s.”

    Wyoming car owners who hear a squeal when accelerating or a slow, slapping sound at idle, should have their serpentine belt looked at. Your service specialist at Bob & Dave’s Garage in Wyoming will visually inspect your belt to see if it needs to be changed sooner than scheduled. If the belt has more than three or four cracks an inch, has deep cracks that penetrate half the depth of the belt, is frayed, is missing pieces or has a shiny glazed look, it needs to be replaced regardless of age or mileage.

    Serpentine belt replacement is relatively inexpensive, especially compared with the cost and inconvenience of being stranded or getting a disabled vehicle back to Bob & Dave’s Garage for vital repairs.

    You’re mom was right: an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

    Bob & Dave’s Garage
    2863 Byron Center Ave
    Wyoming, Michigan 49519
    616-532-7209

  • Synthetic Oil For Wyoming Autos

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    If you aren’t currently using synthetic motor oil in your Wyoming vehicle, maybe now’s the time to consider it. Need more information? Well, synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil.

    Synthetic oil doesn’t gel or gum-up like petroleum based oil and it doesn’t vaporize as easily. It protects better in severe driving conditions like stop and go driving around Wyoming, as well as in very hot or very cold conditions. More and more new vehicles are being delivered with full synthetic motor oil; with the recommendation to use synthetic for the life of the vehicle.

    Why is this? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why; we’d need a microscope, so we’ll have to settle for using our imaginations.

    The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecules. Which is more slippery, a pile of pencils or a pile of marbles?

    Synthetic motor oil lubricates better because there’s less friction. That means better wear protection, cooler operating temperatures, more power and better fuel economy. And synthetic oil doesn’t sludge up like conventional oil, so it prevents those small oil passages from clogging up.

    Some manufacturers are extending oil change intervals. The added protection of synthetic oil covers you for these longer intervals. Talk with your service advisor about how you drive and see if he thinks you can benefit from synthetic oil. Also ask about the appropriate oil change interval for synthetic, because it may very well be longer than for conventional oil.

    Most of us here in Wyoming have a busy life and might occasionally miss an oil change; go ahead admit it. Since we’re not perfect, doesn’t it make sense to use a motor oil that’s got your back?

    Now synthetic oil costs more. But it lasts longer, protects better and increases fuel economy. You’ll likely save money in the long run. If you’re serious about making your car last longer, start using synthetic motor oil right away.

    Give us a call at 616-532-7209 to schedule an oil change, or visit us at our Bob & Dave’s Garage website.

  • Drive Train Service in Wyoming at Bob & Dave’s Garage

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    The drive train in your vehicle includes all the important components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels. Those components differ depending on what type of vehicle you drive, namely, front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The preventive maintenance your driveshaft needs will also differ by what type of vehicle you drive.

    Let’s start with front-wheel drive. In this vehicle, the transmission and the differential are combined in one component, known as the transaxle. The transaxle is connected to two half-shafts (axles), which are then connected to the wheels with a constant velocity (or CV) joint, which is protected by an airtight rubber boot.

    Bob & Dave’s Garage service for this type of driveline includes servicing the transaxle and inspecting the CV boot. If the boot is damaged, the CV joint will need to be inspected, and the boot will need to be replaced. If you hear a clicking noise in your wheel wells when you turn, you may have a damaged CV joint. A damaged CV joint should be replaced.

    Rear-wheel drive vehicles generally have a transmission in the front of the car and the differential in the back. A driveshaft (it looks like a long tube) connects the transmission to the differential. Some vehicles may have a two-piece driveshaft, which are connected to the differential with universal joints or U-joints. Again, the differential is connected to two half-shafts that go out to the wheels.

    Bob & Dave’s Garage service on the drive train on a rear-wheel drive vehicle starts with servicing the differential. It will need its fluid drained and replaced regularly. The seals on the axles should also be inspected for wear or leaks. Leaking or damaged seals may mean the axle needs to be serviced as well. Also, U-joints can wear out. If you hear clunking or feel a jolt when you shift into drive or into reverse, it could indicate a driveline problem.

    All-wheel drive vehicles provide power from the transmission to all of the wheels, instead of just to the front or rear. The advantage is that the vehicle can adapt to different driving conditions and transfer more power to the front or back wheels as needed. The disadvantages are that the driveline is more complicated, and the vehicle weighs slightly more.

    Many all-wheel drive vehicles are based on a front-wheel drive set-up. They also have a differential in the rear and one in the center of the vehicle that allows power to transfer to the front and rear. A shaft runs from the transfer case to the center differential, and another from the center differential to the rear differential.

    Servicing an all-wheel drive at Bob & Dave’s Garage involves servicing ALL of the differentials and inspecting the joints and seals for wear, leaks or damage.

    Four-wheel drive vehicles are rear-wheel drive vehicles that have an option to transfer power to the front wheels. In other words, they can be driven as either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles. These vehicles are specifically designed for the harsh driving conditions Wyoming motorists encounter off-road. The driveline in a four-wheel drive vehicle is similar to that of an all-wheel drive vehicle. The center differential, however, is a transfer case. Maintenance requires servicing both of the differentials and the transfer case, as well as an inspection of the joints and seals.

    Wyoming car owners would be wise to check with their owner’s manual for recommendations on how often to service their vehicle drive train. It’s also good auto advice to check with your committed to excellence, fairness and customer service Bob & Dave’s Garage service advisor as well. You may live in an area in Michigan where weather or driving conditions require more frequent servicing of the drive train.

    If you drive off-road, it is vital to service your driveline more often frequently than the typical recommendation. Conditions encountered off-road around the Wyoming area are particularly hard on your driveline.

    Good car care at Bob & Dave’s Garage in Wyoming always includes taking care of your driveline. Without it, your vehicle becomes a very large paperweight.

    Bob & Dave’s Garage is located at 2863 Byron Center Ave in Wyoming. We provide comprehensive auto repair and maintenance services for residents of Wyoming, Wyoming, Wyoming, Wyoming and Wyoming.

  • What

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    Would you be surprised to learn that about half of the passenger cars in Europe have diesel engines? You might also be surprised to learn that most manufacturers produce a variety of diesel-fueled cars for purchase abroad.

    Diesel-fueled vehicles haven’t been as popular in the North American markets like Michigan. But that won’t be true for long. North Americans are seeing a lot more diesel-fueled vehicles on the road. And we’re not talking about buses and trucks. These vehicles will be passenger cars, pick-ups and SUV’s.

    There are two reasons for this. The first is a recent change in environmental laws that have upgraded emissions standards for diesel fuel in North America. Diesel fuel in North America used to have higher sulfur content than European fuel, meaning that it was a dirtier fuel to burn. That was okay for larger vehicles, but the lighter-weight engines in passenger vehicles just couldn’t tolerate it.

    But that high sulfur content is now a thing of the past. Fuel producers are now required to sell cleaner diesel fuel in Wyoming. That opens the North American market to more diesel-powered vehicles. The second reason we’re going to see more of these vehicles in Wyoming is that they’re more fuel-efficient than their gasoline-powered counterparts. Diesel fuel has higher energy density than gasoline. That translates to more power per barrel of fuel. In your tank, that translates to better engine performance and about 20% more miles per gallon.

    Wyoming drivers may associate diesel engines with black smoke, noise and a definite “shake, rattle and roll.” That’s also a thing of the past. Modern diesel engines are smooth and quiet and produce cleaner emissions than gasoline engines. Also, forget that three-second wait behind a diesel vehicle at a stoplight. Modern diesels are just as quick to accelerate as other vehicles on Wyoming roads.

    Diesel engines have other advantages over gasoline engines. Diesel engines are heavier than gasoline engines because they require more heavy-duty parts, but that means the engines are more durable and can last longer than gasoline engines. Also, diesel engines may be the engines of the future since they can burn many of the new bio-fuels.

    Bio-diesel can be manufactured from vegetable oils, including used cooking oil from Wyoming restaurants. Just think, one day you could fuel your vehicle on stuff that was once considered waste—one step closer to a cleaner environment here in Michigan. And if you think hybrid cars are environmentally sound, consider what a diesel-electric hybrid could mean. They will soon be available for
    Wyoming drivers.

    Wyoming motorists who are considering buying a diesel-fueled vehicle, should know that essential preventive maintenance and inspection schedules are different for a diesel engine than a gasoline engine. Diesel fuel is harder on emissions systems than gasoline, so the filters and other devices have to be changed and checked more often. Also, the fuel injection system operates at much higher pressures for diesel than for gasoline, so keeping it clean becomes a higher priority.

    When you switch from a gas vehicle to a diesel, you’ll have to learn some new rules of car care. But you won’t be alone. Most
    Wyoming service centers are aware that diesels are coming to North America and are already prepared to provide service for diesel engines. At Bob & Dave’s Garage, we are well-versed in diesel technology. You can rely on our team of automotive professionals to provide quality service for diesel powered vehicles.

  • Gas Savings In Wyoming: Sharpen Your Pencil

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    High gas prices in Wyoming increase the cost of living for Michigan auto owners. You’ve probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, causing some Wyoming vehicle owners to skimp in other areas – like scheduled maintenance.

    According to Michigan news reports and automotive industry studies, this is becoming increasingly more common. In fact, nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn’t been done. Some of these items pose serious safety risks. Others are just more likely to make it more expensive to drive.

    Gas Savings In Wyoming: Sharpen Your PencilIn this area, we can take a lesson from professional Wyoming vehicle owners. I’m talking about fleet owners and operators. You know, Wyoming folks like the trucking companies and delivery services. Because their livelihood depends on it, they have gotten scheduled maintenance down to a science. And the last thing they skimp on is regular maintenance.

    Why is that? Well, for one thing they know that routine maintenance prevents expensive repairs and costly breakdowns. They also know that a well-maintained vehicle uses less fuel. For them, even a small decrease in fuel economy may put their Wyoming business in the red.

    So what does this mean to Wyoming drivers? Well, there’s a ninety percent chance that you’re missing some service that would improve your fuel economy. Here’s a quick reminder list:

    Fuel system cleaning, transmission service, differential service, engine air filter, wheel alignment, oil change, tune up.
    Ring any bells? Can most Wyoming motorists honestly say that there isn’t at least one thing on the list that hasn’t been done?

    Let’s suppose you chose to spend one hundred and fifty dollars and get caught up on some of these services at Bob & Dave’s Garage. Figure that they combine to improve your gas mileage by fifteen percent. What would that mean to your pocketbook?

    Well, the average personal vehicle in Wyoming is driven about twelve thousand miles a year. If you get twenty miles per gallon in your vehicle, over the course of one year you would pay for the hundred and fifty dollars worth of service and save an additional hundred and sixty five dollars if gas is at three dollars and fifty cents. If gas is four fifty, you would save two hundred and fifty-five dollars. And you’d rack up savings of three hundred and forty five dollars with gas at five and a half bucks.

    GAS PRICE
    $3.50
    $4.50
    $5.50
    20 MPG
    $165
    $255
    $345

    From this you can see that the more fuel costs, the more it pays to keep up on scheduled maintenance. Some of us drive trucks in Wyoming for work or recreation – or want a large SUV for family needs. A fifteen percent improvement in gas mileage can generate huge savings – six hundred and sixty dollars a year if gas is four fifty a gallon in Wyoming. Take a look at this table to see where your savings could lie.

    GAS PRICE $3.50 $4.50 $5.50
    10 MPG $480 $660 $840
    20 MPG $165 $255 $345
    30 MPG $60 $120 $180

     

    So catch up on those services you’ve been neglecting at Bob & Dave’s Garage. Get a couple done now and a couple next time. Chances are you’ll save a lot of money at Wyoming gas pumps this year – and a lot more on repairs in years to come.

     

     

  • Fuel System Cleaning at Bob & Dave’s Garage for Better Performance

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    Hi Wyoming drivers. Let’s talk fuel injectors. A fuel injector is a valve that delivers fuel to a vehicle’s engine. It has to deliver the precise amount of fuel, to precisely the right place, precisely when the engine needs it. The fuel also has to be mixed with air before it can burn in the engine.

    Fuel injectors are engineered to spray fuel in a specific pattern into the engine. (The pattern varies by engine type and design.) In order to achieve these spray patterns, the fuel must be pressurized.

    The pressure in a fuel injection system varies depending on its type. Many gasoline vehicle engines use port injection systems, which operate with a pressure of 60 pounds per square inch. Newer direct injection systems operate at 10 to 30 times that pressure. Some diesel passenger vehicles have fuel injectors that operate at 30,000 pounds or more per square inch.

    Fuel System Cleaning at Bob & Dave's Garage for Better PerformanceVehicles have one fuel injector for each cylinder in the engine. Your vehicle’s control computer constantly monitors the engine and various sensors in the vehicle and adjusts the fuel injectors accordingly so that they can deliver the proper amount of fuel to the engine. As you can see, fuel injectors are a sophisticated and vital part of your vehicle’s engine. Because fuel injectors are such precision instruments, dirt and contaminants are a serious detriment to their performance. When an injector gets gummed up, it affects the pressure, pattern and timing of the fuel delivery. The result is a decrease in fuel efficiency and loss of engine performance for Wyoming drivers.

    So it’s to Wyoming car owners’ advantage to keep their fuel injectors clean. That starts with keeping the fuel in your tank clean. High-quality fuel contains detergents and additives that help clean your engine. Brand-name fuel companies also deliver a more consistent quality of fuel to Wyoming drivers than do bargain Wyoming area service stations.

    The second way to keep your injectors clean is to keep your fuel filter clean. This filter screens dirt and rust out of the fuel as it travels from the tank to the engine. If the filter clogs up, fuel will bypass it and carry its load of dirt into the engine.

    Wyoming motorists should check their owner’s manual to find out how often they should change their fuel filter. This should be part of your regular preventive maintenance. Also, remember that if you use bargain-brand or low-grade fuels, or if you drive an older vehicle between Wyoming, Wyoming and Wyoming , your filter will need to be changed more often.

    You can also purchase cleaners at Bob & Dave’s Garage that will protect your fuel injectors. These cleaners are added to the fuel tank. They work best at preventing build-up in your fuel injectors and can clean up small amounts of carbon, gum and varnish. But they won’t be able to clean a fully gummed-up injector. Read the labels before using any of these products for full directions on their use. If your fuel injectors are gummed up, you can get a professional deep cleaning service at Bob & Dave’s Garage in Wyoming that will result in better fuel efficiency and improved vehicle performance.

    Good car care will prevent serious damage to your fuel injector system. And this is one system that you want to keep in perfect condition.

  • Gear Up: Transmission Service at Bob & Dave’s Garage in Wyoming

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    The transmission system in your vehicle allows you to change gears. Lower gears are power gears. They get your vehicle moving and get it up hills. Higher gears get the vehicle up to speed and get it rolling faster. If you have a standard transmission, then you have to do the work of shifting gears yourself. But with an automatic transmission, the vehicle shifts gears on its own. It automatically starts out in low gear and automatically shifts to high gears as it gets rolling. Again, it will automatically shift to a lower gear to climb hills or when you need a burst of speed.

    How does it know when to change gears? Today’s automatic transmissions are computer-controlled. The computer gathers information about what the vehicle is doing, and changes the gears as needed.

    Automatic transmissions are becoming more sophisticated all the time. More gears, or “speeds” are being added. Almost all vehicles have four at least speeds. Five or six is common. Some auto manufacturers are even increasing to seven or eight – up to ten. Adding gears has a lot of advantages for Wyoming drivers: it improves fuel efficiency and increases performance.

    But there is a drawback for Wyoming drivers: more gears equals more parts and a more complex transmission system. Plus, all those parts need to fit into the same space as older, less complex transmissions. This means that today’s transmissions are engineered to much tighter tolerances. In other words, they demand meticulous care from Wyoming motorists. Transmissions are designed for durability. But that durability can be compromised if they aren’t given proper care.

    That’s why changing transmission fluid is such a key part of preventive maintenance for Wyoming motorists. Transmission fluid lubricates the transmission and keeps it in good working order. But if the fluid runs low, transmission parts will wear out quickly or suffer expensive damage due to increased friction. The transmission can even fail.

    Dirty transmission fluid can clog the small passageways in the transmission, blocking lubricant from reaching all of its parts. Again, this can lead to increased wear, damage or failure.

    New transmissions aren’t cheap. Repairing them isn’t cheap either. But changing transmission fluid is fairly inexpensive for Wyoming auto owners at Bob & Dave’s Garage. That’s why responsible car care includes maintenance on the transmission system at Bob & Dave’s Garage. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that periodic fluid changes aren’t just good auto advice, they actually pay for themselves by preventing costly transmission repairs.

  • A Cold Day In Wyoming

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    Most Wyoming drivers worry about a breakdown or a tire blowout on a busy Michigan interstate but don’t worry too much about failure of their air conditioning system. A breakdown at the side of the road can be a miserable and dangerous affair during Wyoming rush hour, but so can a long ride in a hot vehicle.

    A lot of Wyoming drivers judge their vehicles’ air conditioning systems as “non-essential” and so may neglect them in favor of repairs and maintenance that keeps the vehicle running. But preventive maintenance of an air conditioning system is simple and inexpensive, while auto a/c repair can be very expensive in Wyoming.

    Wyoming drivers should have the refrigerant in their air conditioning system checked regularly to ensure it is adequate and clean. Air conditioning systems often fail because air and water have contaminated the refrigerant. Air reduces the efficiency of the refrigerant, and water can cause rusting of the system’s components. If your refrigerant is contaminated, the system should be evacuated and recharged. This will actually extend the life of your air conditioning system, preventing costly repairs, and keep it at peak performance.

    Inadequate refrigerant indicates a leak in the air conditioning system. Over time, seals in the system can crack, causing the refrigerant to leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system. Replacing these seals will keep your vehicle air conditioning system at its best, and, again, will help you avoid more expensive repairs.

    At Bob & Dave’s Garage, we advise our Wyoming customers to run their air conditioner periodically in the winter. This will keep the seals from drying out and cracking, saving them the inconvenience of this relatively minor repair.

    Check with your vehicle owner’s manual or with your Wyoming service advisor for information about how often your vehicle air conditioning system should be serviced.

    Another piece of good auto advice: if your vehicle air conditioner isn’t working or is starting to show signs of breakdown, NOW is the time to get it fixed at Bob & Dave’s Garage in Wyoming. Waiting will only increase the chances that you are in for major repairs and a significant repair bill.

    On a final note, if you own an older vehicle, you should check into upgrading the air conditioning system. Vehicles manufactured before 1993 often contained a refrigerant known as Freon. The manufacture of Freon was outlawed in 1993, leading to an ever-dwindling supply, which leads to an ever-steeper price for Wyoming car owners in Michigan. If your vehicle still uses Freon, you should have it retrofitted to use the new, EPA-approved R134A refrigerant. The retrofit will actually pay for itself by reducing the cost to recharge the refrigerant in your vehicle.

    Remember, preventive maintenance — of your entire car — will keep you on the road. And, in this case, it will help you keep your cool!

  • How Do You Save Gas In Wyoming Michigan?

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    No one in Wyoming, Michigan likes to spend a chunk of change at Wyoming gas pumps. Rising Michigan fuel prices, however, have spurred Wyoming car owners to focus on how to improve their fuel economy. North Americans literally drive billions of miles less each month during times of high fuel prices. But we still need to drive (we are car-loving Americans, after all!), so it makes sense to try and increase our fuel economy however we can.

    Let’s look at a real life example of one of our AutoNetTV producers. He has one of those really big SUVs. Lots of kids and horses to haul around, you know. His family was planning a four day camping trip. Here’s what he did to cut his fuel costs:

    First, he installed a new, high flow engine air filter. Then he had his Wyoming service center change his oil, flush his cooling system and service his front and rear differentials along with the transfer case. He also had a fuel system cleaning, replaced his PCV valve and breather element. He also made sure his tires were up to the recommended pressure.

    Now this cost several hundred dollars. But keep in mind, it all needed to be done anyway – it was all scheduled, and some of the work was overdue.

    So he headed out, loaded with nine people and pulling a ton of trailer with everything needed for four days of camping. When the trip was over, he tallied his fuel economy.  Turns out, he got the best fuel economy on that vehicle up to that point. It had improved 25 percent! He saved $48.00 on that trip alone. And the savings keep on coming every day.

    Here’s a quick summary of what you can do to save fuel in Wyoming, Michigan. First get caught up on your key routine maintenance. Nearly every scheduled service item can boost fuel efficiency. If it’s time for a tune-up, git’er done at Bob & Dave’s Garage. That’s a big item.

    If your check engine light is on, have your committed to excellence, fairness and customer service Bob & Dave’s Garage service specialist figure out why and fix it. Check engine problems can be real gas wasters.

    Proper tire pressure and wheel alignment can really help Wyoming drivers as well. Try not to carry around a bunch of stuff. An extra hundred pounds can cost a mile per gallon.

    Now you may not want to hear this, but the single biggest fuel waster for most Wyoming folks is their right foot. Zooming away from stop lights and hot rod lane changes really waste fuel. Take it easy on Michigan freeways and Wyoming streets: don’t speed and plan ahead.

    Finally, you may have noticed that we haven’t mentioned any magic pills or devices that will double your mileage. That’s because there aren’t any. Some may help a bit, but there are a lot of “miracle fuel saver” scams in Michigan. Don’t shell out any money to swindlers, you need it to buy gas!

    Do some research and check with your technician at Bob & Dave’s Garage in Wyoming before spending your hard earned cash.