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How Far Can You Drive Your Vehicle on Empty?

How Far Can You Drive Your Vehicle on Empty?

We've all been there; we get busy and forget to fill up the gas tank. Suddenly, the low fuel indicator comes on and you're not sure how far you can go. Of course, the rule of the thumb is to gas up if your tank goes below a quarter. Often, the older a person gets, the more they adhere to that rule because of learning the hard way that running out of gas is a major inconvenience. Not only are you in for possibly a long walk in awful weather, but running out of gas on the freeway or a blind turn is actually dangerous. Did you know you also run the risk of ruining your catalytic converter if you run out of gas? On average, the replacement cost is between $945 and $2475 (including parts and labor). And if you're one of those types that often runs on fumes, you're slowly damaging your fuel pump with repair running between $725 and $900, on average. The good news is that you probably have at least 25 to 30 miles left in the tank when the indicator light comes on. In ... read more

What are the Most Important Maintenance Items My Vehicle Needs?

What are the Most Important Maintenance Items My Vehicle Needs?

There are a lot of things that you can check on your vehicle to make sure they work well and you can drive safely on the road. However, some of the most important components that you must keep up on with any vehicle include: The Oil The oil is basically the lifeblood of your vehicle. Without it, your car engine will stop working. Oil is important for helping all the parts of the engine run smoothly so nothing gets locked up. Make sure that you get the oil replaced every six months, or every 3000 miles, whatever comes first. The Air Filter The air filter is important for making sure everything runs well in the vehicle. While it is easy to forget this part, if the air filter does get clogged up with dust and dirt, which it will if you drive the vehicle around much, then it will lower your gas mileage, cause the engine to run rough, and can slow down how fast you move around. Change the air filter often. The Brake Pads If these go out, you will find that stopping is very difficult ... read more

Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency is the ability of the vehicle to withdraw energy from the fuel. By modifying certain driving habits and with proper vehicle maintenance, fuel efficiency can be improved. Fuel efficient practices are not only healthier for the pocket but also benefit the environment. Here are some tips that can help you increase gas mileage for better fuel efficiency. Driving Practices that Benefit Fuel Efficiency Avoid hard brakes and rapid acceleration- pressing on the brake or accelerator constantly can wear off the pads and rotors. Do not "warm-up" the engine- cold engine operations consume more fuel. The engine reaches the optimal temperature faster if you start and drive the vehicle without "warming up." Utilize the cruise control- it reduces fuel consumption by maintaining a constant speed. Avoid idling or stop the engine when doing so- it's best to avoid idling bec ... read more

OUR TIRE SALES & SERVICE

Ah, the overlooked tires. We count on them every day of our lives more than we know. Let's face it, if you've ever had a flat tire, you aren't going anywhere any time soon. No matter how fancy your car is, you will come to a standstill when you get a flat tire. You can either use Fix-A-Flat to get you to the local auto repair store, or you'll have to call a tow truck. Either way, you'll need a new tire before you can hit the road again. Half-Price Auto Repair offers tire sales and service in West Bend, WI. Our certified auto mechanics are waiting to serve you. Call us for your next tire service today! OUR TIRE SALES AND SERVICES A shiny and spotless new car detailing will only be as good as the wheels on your vehicle. New tires really set a car apart and are as impressive cosmetically as anything else on the car. Tires often go overlooked and don’t receive the washing, changing, and general attention that they need. Of course, new tires are like a facelift for your vehicle, and they gi ... read more

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Tips to Pick an Auto Repair Shop

Half-Price Auto Repair When your vehicle breaks down or needs some type of repair, such as brake repair or engine repair, you need it fixed fast. After all, you use your car every day to get to work, to go to the grocery store, to drive your kids to the dentist, and to take your cat or dog to the vet. When it goes down, it can seem like your life stops. At Half-Price Auto Repair in West Bend, WI, we work quickly and efficiently to inspect and diagnose your car or truck. Our mission is to get you back on the road as soon as possible by ensuring your car problems are fixed the first time. We believe in preventative car maintenance, such as oil changes, wheel alignments, tune-ups, and more, in order to keep your car in good running condition. We guarantee our work with a two-year, unlimited mile warranty. We can also handle factory warranties as well. Below, we'll offer up some tips on how to pick a local auto repair shop. Contact us today to get starte ... read more

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