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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Improve Your MPG

Improve Your MPG

Do you ever find yourself worrying about fuel prices and how you can improve your fuel economy?  At All Tech Automotive, we think about these issues all the time.  People often just don't know that they CAN change the fuel economy of their vehicle with just a few simple tweeks, they just assume that their car either sips gas or guzzles gas.  So we spent some time on the internet to find you a great resource on what changes you can make to your vehicle to help solve some of these issues just in time for all of your summer driving! GET BETTER GAS MILEAGE - IMPROVING YOUR FUEL ECONOMY They used to say that you could only rely on two things in life - taxes and death. Not true. There's three things. Taxes, death and the cost of petrol sprialling forever upwards. So consider this page your guide to making the best of a bad situation. Follow these tips and you should be able to improve your mpg - miles per gallon. Better fuel economy = more money in your bank account ... read more

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How long do windshield wiper blades last?

How long do windshield wiper blades last?

We love to get questions about routine car maintenance.  One that we seem to get pretty often is "how long do windshield wiper blades last?".  So we came across this article in our reading on the internet and thought it would be good to share! Windshield wiper blades don't get the respect they deserve. They remove rain, snow and sometimes even ice and dirt from the windshield of your car and they do it quickly and smoothly, at the push of a button. They endure extremes of temperature, from sub-zero winter weather to scorching desert sunshine. They may have to operate for hours at a time. And yet they're made out of thin, flexible rubber -- not exactly the sort of material that can take this kind of abuse indefinitely. This makes windshield wiper blades one of the hardest working -- yet least durable -- parts of your car. Over time, they'll crack, become misshapen or lose their flexibility. And don't think that just because you live in a sunny dry cl ... read more

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How often should I replace my car battery?

How often should I replace my car battery?

Last week we tackled how often you should replace your windshield wiper blades so, naturally, we thought we would tackle the conundrum of how often to replace your car battery.  We found another great resource to share with you on the internet that we thought has a lot of value in it!  When your car battery is behaving, it’s pretty much a silent partner.  It does its job and doesn’t demand very much attention.  This, of course, is when a battery is behaving.  When they get old they don’t have the oomph they used to have and they often misbehave. When that happens, the best thing to do is to replace them with a new battery before it leaves you stranded.  The question is: when?  When should a battery be replaced so it doesn’t let you down? Well, the answer to that question is that it “depends”.  A rough rule of thumb is a car battery lasts “about four maybe five years under normal conditions&rdquo ... read more

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Round and Rubber, But Always Evolving

Round and Rubber, But Always Evolving

Did you know that the tires we use today are vastly different than the tires used years ago?  We found this interesting article that beautifully gives the history of major evolutionary changes in our car tires!  Changes in tire tech keep pushing the performance and handling envelope.Back in the 19th century, before carriages left their horses behind, wheels served mainly to reduce the effort required to drag a payload across often unpaved expanses. Only the horses, mules or oxen that pulled the carts actually needed any real traction, so the wooden wheels of the day were typically wrapped in a strip of iron to provide durability over whatever terrain might be encountered. Once livestock were superseded by on-board propulsion systems, the workload on the wheels changed dramatically. Driver demands for tractive effort, steering inputs and braking forces switched from reigns and whips to pedals, levers, tillers and eventually steer ... read more

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