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Improve Fuel Economy with Proper Maintenance at Scata's Auto & Truck Repair in WINDSOR LOCKS

With WINDSOR LOCKS gas prices being what they are, many of us in CT are driving less and looking into purchasing smaller or more efficient vehicles. WINDSOR LOCKS area residents who have to drive a lot, have large families or need four-wheel drive are particularly hard hit by the cost of fuel in CT. But there are things all WINDSOR LOCKS drivers can do to save fuel: We can improve our driving habits and stay on top of preventive maintenance at Scata's Auto & Truck Repair. These things make small savings possible, but they can really add up.Let's start with driving habits. One major gas-eater is jackrabbit starts. A smooth, gradual acceleration uses a lot less fuel. It's also easier on your engine and drivetrain, so you'll prolong their lives as well.If you drive with one foot on the brake, stop. That creates drag, increasing fuel usage and reducing the useful life of your brakes.Slowing down can really add up on gas savings over time for WINDSOR LOCKS ... read more

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Wasteful Thinking

With the weather getting colder, you might be tempted to start your vehicle up, let it idle for 15 or 20 minutes and then get in the nice, cozy cabin.  Some vehicles offer remote starting that let you do that from the comfort of your home or apartment.  But is letting your vehicle idle like that good for it? Manufacturers say it doesn't harm the vehicle.  They say it's because modern vehicles are made differently from those in the past.  Just about all newer vehicles employ fuel injection which uses computers to adjust the amount of gasoline that goes into the cylinders.  The engine gets only the fuel it needs, taking conditions into account. Older vehicles, on the other hand, used to use carburetors.  When you started a cold engine, the carburetor wasn't able to adjust the gasoline amount depending on conditions.  Some of the gasoline would mix with oil and the pistons wouldn't get the same lubrication as they would with undiluted oil. So yes, you ca ... read more

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Save Fuel by Watching Your Weight

Most WINDSOR LOCKS drivers are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. CT folks want to save the environment and our pocketbooks.And we WINDSOR LOCKS drivers all know — or should know — that preventive maintenance will help maintain maximum fuel efficiency. But is there something more we can do? After all, some of us WINDSOR LOCKS road warriors can't cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get around WINDSOR LOCKS. And that means buying more gas and producing more emissions.Of course, your vehicle's weight isn't negotiable. And you can't do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn't an article about diet and exercise.But look around your car. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight while driving around WINDSOR LOCKS? Do you really need your golf ... read more

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