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  • The Affordable Transmissions Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

    Oct 24, 2021

    The team at Affordable Transmissions in Brooklyn Park, and MN car owners are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Brooklyn Park drivers want to save the environment and their pocketbooks.

    And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize fuel economy. But is there something more people in Brooklyn Park can do? After all, some of us folks 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 from point A to point B. And that means buying more gas in Brooklyn Park 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 vehicle. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight around? Do you really need your golf clubs every time you leave your home? Store sports equipment in the garage. Load it when you need it and store it when you don't. Who knows? The extra exercise just might reduce the other type of weight in your vehicle.

    The same goes for anything else in your car: make-up kits, music collections, extra electronics, spare clothing; whatever your particular extras may be. Pack it when you need it; store it when you don't.

    Clean out your trunk. You'd be surprised how much weight you're lugging around in plain old junk. Toss old papers, leftover food and regular old dirt. Even if it's not a lot of weight, you'll feel better when you get into your car. A good cleaning is also part of good car care.

    Now, don't toss stuff you really do need. You do need that spare tire—the one in your trunk. And a kit of emergency essentials is not a bad idea. But just carry around the day-to-day essentials. You can pack a more extensive kit and store it in your garage, then toss it in your vehicle when you go on a longer trip, but you don't have to lug it around all the time. After all, are you a driver? Or are you a junk chauffeur?

    Lose the junk and save some money in Brooklyn Park.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169
    http://www.affordabletransmission-mn.com

     




    Affordable Transmissions: Good Service and Good Fuel Economy

    Oct 10, 2021

    Most Brooklyn Park auto owners want to save on gas and seek our advice on improving economy. At Affordable Transmissions, we are frequently asked, however, if it is really worth the extra effort. Just how much money can Brooklyn Park drivers actually save?

    In today's Affordable Transmissions article, we're focusing on the things you can do to improve your vehicle’s economy driving around MN. We'll tell you the potential savings per gallon of gas at $3.50, and we'll show a chart that also shows the savings at $3.00 and $4.00.

     

    DOLLARS PER GALLON $3.00 / $3.50 / $4.00

    TUNE UP 4%.12.14.16

    The next item is replacing a clogged engine air filter. Your engine needs enough air to burn fuel efficiently for the best mileage. A clean air filter means you get plenty of air. The fact that the air's clean protects your engine. That can save you up to 10 percent or 35 cents a gallon.

     

    DOLLARS PER GALLON$3.00 / $3.50 / $4.00

    AIR FILTER 10%.30.35.40

    Fixing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve economy by up to 40 percent. That's a whopping $1.40 in savings per gallon. Bring your car to Affordable Transmissions in Brooklyn Park and we'll check your oxygen sensor.

     

    DOLLARS PER GALLON$3.00 / $3.50 / $4.00

    FAULTY O2 SENSOR 40%1.201.401.60


    Chances are that if your oxygen sensor is kaput your Check Engine light will come on. Now, there are any number of things that could cause your Check Engine light to come on besides oxygen sensor problems. But if it's on, get it checked out as soon as you can at Affordable Transmissions.

    Here's an easy one for Brooklyn Park auto owners. Inflate your tires to the recommended pressure. That could save you three percent or 11 cents a gallon. Even a little drop in pressure will bring down your economy, so check your tires every week.

     

    DOLLARS PER GALLON$3.00 / $3.50 / $4.00

    TIRE INFLATION 3%.09.11.12

    Your vehicle has recommended a specific weight of motor oil. The recommendation is based on engine design and will give you the best protection. Using a heavier weight could cost one to two percent in reduced economy, or up to seven cents a gallon.

    Another thing Brooklyn Park vehicle owners can do to improve that costs nothing is to toss the junk out of our trunks. In other words, clean out the car and stop hauling around non-essentials. Don't treat your vehicle like a storage locker. Dumping 100 pounds of extra weight adds up to a 2% savings at the pump.

    So when you tell someone you were going somewhere anyway and they're welcome to come along, that's okay. But if someone tells you they need to come along and it's no harm to you since you were going anyway—well, now you can tell them, “Sorry, dude, but you're an extra fifteen cents a gallon!”

    All joking aside, let's all do ourselves a favor and fatten up our wallets by practicing good car care and better driving habits in MN.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169
    http://www.affordabletransmission-mn.com

     




    The Affordable Transmissions Guide to Saving Fuel: Get Rid of Dirty Oil

    Apr 11, 2021

    A lot of us drivers are asking ourselves the same question lately: how can we save on fuel? Brooklyn Park area residents are all cutting back, if not in fuel consumption, then in other areas of our lives.

    Preventive Maintenance

    Preventive maintenance is an important way people in Brooklyn Park can conserve fuel by improving fuel economy. And one of the easiest and most effective ways to do that is to keep the oil in our vehicle adequate and clean.

    Oil lubricates your vehicle engine and keeps it running smoothly. If you're running low, there is increased friction in your engine. Friction creates drag, which means it takes more fuel to keep the vehicle motor running. This all translates to lower fuel economy.

    Check your oil to make sure the engine is getting all it needs. Your owner's manual and service advisor at Affordable Transmissions will tell you the proper weight and type of oil for your vehicle.

    Responsible Car Care

    Dirty oil grits up your engine, which also increases friction. So even if there's enough oil, you're still getting that extra drag that reduces your fuel economy. That's why your owner's manual recommends getting your oil changed regularly. It's good auto advice.

    While you're checking your oil, you should take a quick look at your transmission fluid as well. Your transmission also needs clean, adequate fluid to work efficiently. An inefficient transmission also translates into lower fuel economy.

    Your service advisor at Affordable Transmissions will be able to check your oil and other fluids, top you off or change your oil if necessary.
    Your owner's manual will have recommendations on how often you should check your oil and transmission fluid. But you can also consult with the pros at Affordable Transmissions in Brooklyn Park. The types of roads you drive on in MN, the climate where you live and the air quality in your area can all affect how often you should change your oil.

    And don't forget that this will improve our environment here in Brooklyn Park as well. Improved efficiency translates to fewer emissions. Changing your oil as scheduled doesn't just help your vehicle (and your pocketbook), it helps keep the air clean as well.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169
    http://www.affordabletransmission-mn.com




    Fuel System Cleaning at Affordable Transmissions

    Mar 14, 2021



    Is your vehicle sometimes hard to start early in the morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your vehicle's fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, different parts of the system get dirty, which robs you of performance and hurts your fuel economy.

    Most Brooklyn Park vehicles have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. Fuel injection systems have fewer problems and require less adjustment. But they still need to be properly maintained. This is why your owner's manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.

    Some Brooklyn Park residents are interested in buying fuel system cleaners that they can pour into their gas tank. You can do that - and there are lots of great products available that can help maintain an already clean fuel system - but these products cannot do a major cleaning. For that, you need to see Affordable Transmissions. Affordable Transmissions has the professional tools and chemicals to really do a complete service.

    Affordable Transmissions uses a process that gives your vehicle a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. You need to remove particles, gum and varnish from your fuel system and get those injectors running cleanly and efficiently. After a professional fuel system cleaning, you'll notice more power, better fuel economy and reduced exhaust emissions.

    The cleaners also help prevent rust and corrosion in your fuel system and lubricate engine parts.

    Fuel system cleaning is just one of those recommended service items that help keep your vehicle running strong. As with all maintenance, it can help avoid repairs that often result from not taking the right preventive steps. Brooklyn Park residents will notice the difference in how well their vehicle runs. Check with your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Affordable Transmissions to see when your vehicle is scheduled for a fuel system cleaning.

    An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure for Brooklyn Park vehicles.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169
    http://www.affordabletransmission-mn.com




    Don't Be Fuelish

    Feb 21, 2021

    If you smell gasoline in your vehicle, pay attention to your nose. That's because it has an important message for you.

    Newer vehicles should never have a gasoline smell inside. One of the most dangerous conditions can come when your fuel line system has a leak or multiple leaks. Vehicles with fuel injectors are under pressure, meaning a crack or small hole in a fuel line can allow vaporized fuel to escape, sometimes around hot engine parts. Gasoline vapor and hot metal? You see the problem.

    One of the most common causes of a gasoline smell inside a vehicle is a fuel tank leak. The gas tank can rot or be punctured by road debris. A Affordable Transmissions technician can evaluate the condition of your fuel tank and suggest either repair or replacement.

    Fuel injectors can develop small leaks around their seals or O-rings. Those can deteriorate over time as the material they are made of gets old and less flexible. A technician can replace those parts.

    Modern vehicles contain something called a charcoal canister. It gathers evaporating gasoline vapors from inside your fuel tank and prevents them from venting out to the atmosphere. If that canister has a leak, you'll smell it. One hint that you have a problem is the Check Engine light may come on.

    You may have a leak in your fuel tank vent hose. Or you may be smelling gasoline simply because your gas cap is loose, the cap is faulty or—yes this does happen—your gas cap is missing altogether.

    Consider the dangers of gasoline fumes seriously. Inhaling them can be bad for your health or they may start a fire. Don't fool with fuel; have gasoline odors checked out right away.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169
    http://www.affordabletransmission-mn.com




    Service to Improve Fuel Economy

    Dec 27, 2020

    The price of gas in MN has got people in Brooklyn Park talking. It seems that Brooklyn Park folks who need a bigger vehicle to carry family and gear, or provide four wheel drive, are hit especially hard. That is why we thought it would be good to review some things that anyone can do to improve fuel economy.

    First let's start with how we drive around MN. People in Brooklyn Park may not realize that they can really save on gas by just changing a few driving habits. One of the biggest is jackrabbit starts - you know, flooring the gas as soon as the light turns green. That really wastes a lot of fuel. Building up your speed at a slower pace uses less fuel and is easier on your engine and drive train. And don't drive with one foot on the brake. That's also a drag on fuel economy, and it wears out your brakes faster, too.

    Another thing Brooklyn Park drivers can do is drive more slowly - but only when it's safe. Sometimes on the freeway we drive an extra five ... ten . . . twenty ... over the speed limit. We do it to save time, but it only saves a few minutes out of maybe an hour long drive, and we may use 10 to 15 % more gas. Just leave a little bit earlier, save some money and arrive more relaxed.

    Brooklyn Park drivers can also try and combine all of their errands for the day into just one trip, rather than several. If you can put off a trip today that can be combined with one tomorrow, you can save some time and money.

    Using your cruise control can save money too. Driving in MN at a constant speed really improves fuel economy. Be sure to only use your cruise control under safe conditions; you can look in your owner's manual for some good tips on using your cruise control.

    Did you know that reducing the weight in your vehicle saves gas? Clean out the trunk or back seat from time to time so that you are not paying to carry a lot of stuff around Brooklyn Park that you do not need in the vehicle. If you live in MN where there is snow and ice, clear it off your vehicle; it adds weight and messes with aerodynamics too.

    Another tip is to avoid long idle times, which includes warming it up when you start. Modern engines do not require a long warm up to get going;  just take it easy for a few minutes.

    Be sure to get a new gas cap if yours leaks or is worn.

    Now, let's start talking mechanical. Bottom line - the better you maintain your vehicle, the less fuel you will use. It all adds up in a big way. For example, replacing your dirty engine air filter will pay for itself in improved fuel economy before your next oil change - and will keep saving you after that.

    A clean, well-maintained fuel system really pays big dividends. A clogged fuel filter wastes gas. So does a dirty fuel system, grimy fuel injectors and plugged up PCV valves. A fuel system service decreases the gas you use, and increases the power, so drivers in Brooklyn Park can't go wrong with that.

    Some of us ignore our Check Engine light. But fixing the problem that caused the light to come on will usually save some fuel as well. It may be a bad oxygen sensor that can really rob your fuel economy.

    And, it may be time for a tune-up. Tune-ups should improve your fuel economy. Don't overlook the routine maintenance items, like scheduled oil changes, transmission and cooling system service. Dirty or low fluids actually use more fuel. Just look at your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended service intervals in the owner's manual, or ask your Affordable Transmissions service advisor for the schedule.

    Don't forget your tires. Underinflated tires waste gas. And if your wheels are out of alignment, you won't get the fuel economy you need.

    None of these things are very complicated or expensive for people in Brooklyn Park to stay on top of. When you maintain your car properly, you save gas today and prevent repairs tomorrow.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169
    http://www.affordabletransmission-mn.com

     




    How Do You Save Gas in Brooklyn Park, MN?

    Oct 25, 2020



    No one in Brooklyn Park, MN, likes to spend a chunk of change at the gas pump. Rising MN fuel prices, however, have spurred Brooklyn Park drivers to focus on how to improve their fuel economy. North Americans literally drive billions of miles/kilometers less each month during times of high fuel prices. But we still need to drive (we love our vehicles, after all!), so it makes sense to try and increase our fuel economy however we can.

    Let's look at a real life example. This man 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 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 trailer with everything needed for four days of camping. When the trip was over, he tallied his costs.  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 Brooklyn Park, MN. First get caught up on your routine maintenance. Nearly every scheduled service item can boost fuel efficiency. If it's time for a tune-up, git'er done at Affordable Transmissions. That's a big item.

    If your Check Engine light is on, have your service advisor at Affordable Transmissions figure out why and fix it. Check Engine problems can be real gas wasters.

    Proper tire pressure and wheel alignment can really help Brooklyn Park drivers as well. Try not to carry around a bunch of stuff. An extra 100 pounds can cost a mile per gallon.

    Now you may not want to hear this, but the single biggest fuel waster for most Brooklyn Park folks is their right foot. Zooming away from stop lights and hot rod lane changes really waste fuel. Take it easy on MN roads and Brooklyn Park 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 MN. Don't shell out any to swindlers; you need it to buy gas!

    Do some research and check with your service advisor at Affordable Transmissions in Brooklyn Park before spending your hard earned cash.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169
    http://www.affordabletransmission-mn.com




    Fuel Saving Tip: Fuel System Cleaning Near Brooklyn Park, MN

    Aug 2, 2020



    A lot of fuel is wasted in the Brooklyn Park area by dirty fuel delivery systems in vehicles.

    Let's start at the tank. The gas tank gathers dirt, rust and sediment over the years. That's why there's a fuel filter to clean the fuel after it leaves the tank. A dirty filter will rob the engine of the clean gas it needs to run efficiently.

    The fuel intake components get coated with gum and varnish over time. This results in fuel being delivered inefficiently and some of that gunk getting into the engine. A fuel system service at Affordable Transmissions will leave your intake components as clean as a whistle.

    The big fuel thief is dirty fuel injectors. They deliver fuel to the engine at a specified pressure and in a particular spray pattern. When they're clogged, the fuel doesn't get atomized the way it's supposed to and doesn't get burned as efficiently.

    See your owner's manual or ask your Brooklyn Park service advisor at Affordable Transmissions when a fuel system cleaning is recommended.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169
    http://www.affordabletransmission-mn.com




    Fuel System Cleaning at Affordable Transmissions in Brooklyn Park for Better Performance

    Jun 28, 2020

    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 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.

    Vehicles 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.  It also 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 economy and loss of engine performance.

    So it's important to keep your 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 MN fuel companies also deliver a more consistent quality of fuel than do bargain stations in the Brooklyn Park area.

    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.

    Check your owner's manual or ask the pros at Affordable Transmissions in Brooklyn Park to find out how often you should change your 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, your filter will need to be changed more often.

    You can also purchase cleaners 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 Affordable Transmissions in Brooklyn Park that will result in better fuel economy and improved vehicle performance.

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

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169
    http://www.affordabletransmission-mn.com