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10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps. Motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility.

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre- trip checklist:

  1. Check all fluids - There are several fluids that require attention: Engine Oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids, and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

  2. Check all hoses and belts - A belt failure can affect the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering, and the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.

  3. 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.


Follow these tips to maximize fuel efficiency of your vehicle:

  1. Vehicle gas caps - about 17% of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or 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 a parking brake on. It 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 electrical and chemical erosion from heat.

  4. Dirty air filters - A clogged air filter creates a "rich" mixture - the proportion of gas to air is incorrect. This wastes fuel and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%.

  5. Don't drive aggresively - Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets.

  6. Avoid excessive idling - sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.

  7. Drive the speed limit - Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mile driven over 60 results in an additional 10 cents per gallon. Increase fuel efficiency by using cruise control.

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  • The service at H & S was excellent! I called one day and my car was dropped off and fixed the next! Gary and Tim are very knowledgeable and know what they are doing. I highly recommend H & S for all your vehicle needs!
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  • Don't think twice you found your mechanic. I love H & S they have to be the most friendly, efficient, and honest people. The owner John gets to know you and your car. He is always going above and beyond to make sure that your problem is fixed. Always making sure that you get the best prices for the work needed. Definitely not afraid to get his hands dirty. Gary the mechanic is always pleasant and extremely informative and won't stop until he's postive the job is satisfactory. Tim in the main office he is a breath of fresh air he makes the first moment you call inviting. He always has a listening ear to what's going on and gets you in the shop quick. The greatest thing about them all they don't only tell you what's wrong but they explain everything to you so you can have an understand why your car needs the repair.
    -Ashley J.

  • Awesome customer service, thank you again Tim. I will definitely recommend and bring my vehicle back to them in the future. Fast, friendly and helpful service.
    -Connie F.

  • H & S Automative accomadated us for a walk-in visit due to our AC failing on a long road trip. They had us in and out in and hour. Genuine people. Would highly recommend.
    -Kelly J.

  • Too put this super short and sweet. If you want honest mechanics, who will also take the time too explain issues too you and how too prevent them, look no further. This is my second visit and I could not be more happy. Thank you John and anyone else who has been in contact with us or had worked on our vehicle. True professionals.
    -Michael H.

  • These guys were amazing. I read a lot of the reviews so it seems as though they were very good. I went in with the expectations of not expecting a lot but I am completely satisfied with their work and their ability to explain everything. I have found a shop that I will be using for a very long time. The prices are very fair there's no way you can get Great labor at a cheap price you pay for what you get and with these guys I know I will get excellent service thanks John and Tim for everything!!
    -David B.