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Now offering Valvoline NextGen recycle oil

Now offering Valvoline NextGen recycle oil

We change about 438 gallons of oil a year, all of which is recycled, mostly into heating oil. We'd love to have a way to put that oil to better use and Valvoline now has a product, NextGen, which is 50 percent recycled oil, and we are pleased to offer it to our customers. We are eager to adopt environmentally friendly practices that offer at least the equal benefit of standard products. This review at Green Auto Blog sums it up pretty well. Motor oil is 85 percent oil and 15 percent additives. When motor oil wears out, it's the additives that need replacing and the oil itself is fine. Valvoline's process removes the carbon, impurities and spent additives and returns the oil to its refined condition, then restores the additives. Even virgin oil is recycled, because crude oil is in an extremely impure state and it's only through refining that it attains the purity needed for engin ... read more

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Don't let smoke dust remain on your car!

We mostly deal with the insides of cars, but we're also interested in the whole package. This story from thecarconnection.com has good information about the need to wash ash residue from your car. In Idaho, August has seen weeks of smoke-filled air from wildfires and a good deal of that has wound up on cars. According to the story, if water is allowed to mix with the ash on the car, it will create potassium hydroxide, which is similar to drain cleaner and will etch paint. The best solution is to keep your car garaged, but that's not possible if you're out driving. A good car wash or at least rinsing it off the car daily is the next best option

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We're seeing daily overheating problems

With all the heat in Boise lately, we're seeing more and more people coming in with overheating problems, at least once a day and sometimes several a day. People tend to neglect their cooling system because they don't see it or hear it - bad breaks squeak, a faulty air conditioner doesn't cool and transmission problems make the car drive strange. But cooling systems don't attract much attention. Excessive heat is bad for many of a car's systems, including the battery and tires. According to AAA, overheating is one of the top causes of breakdowns, right after flat tires. Overheating can quickly destroy on engine. If your warning light comes on, get it fixed right away. Here are some great tips also if you're dealing with an overheating emergency. You need to act immediately if you see the engine temperature warning light come on or steam starts coming o ... read more

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Now on Pinterest

Now on Pinterest

We like cars and we especially like unusual cars and vehicles. To indulge our taste, we have Pinterest boards. Have fun browsing them!

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New YouTube videos up

Our Boise public relations firm, Alexander and Associates, has been working with our customers to make videos about Plantation Tune Tech. The most recent one is below - please stop by our YouTube channel and tell us what you think

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Driving Safety Tips; Overheating

A common cause of breakdowns is overheating, especially during summertime. Your cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled as recommended in your owner's manual. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.) If your car overheats - or if you are doing regular maintenance at home - never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled. A professional should check the tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses. Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Weather Service, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Citizen Information Center, Washington State SAFE KIDS Coalition

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Look for these warning signs in your car's air conditioning

The techs over at Pep Boys have put up some good tips for air conditioner care, including warning signs. If you experience any of these, don't take any chances and bring your car in for a checkup. A/C system doesn't cool vehicle to set temperature Fan/blower does not work when set in A/C mode Fan/blower is louder than usual Some or all of the dash controls do not work Heater, top and side vents, or defroster do not work A/C or engine makes loud noises when the heat or A/C is turned on Vehicle stalls or idles roughly when A/C is turned on Vehicle runs hot or overheats when A/C is on There is water on the car's floor Electric engine cooling fan quickly cycles on and off Unusual odors come from interior vents A/C unit has not been serviced regularly Windows fog when defroster is ... read more

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74 Tips To Extend the Life of Your Car

Care and Maintenance Tips Keep Your Car Running in Top-Notch ConditionWe've compiled our best expert advice, surprising tricks, and car care tips to prolong the life of your automobile! 1. Be patient during the break-in period You've bought your dream car and now you want to make it last at long as possible in top condition. Here are some things to remember as you pull it out of the dealer's lot: During the break-in period, typically the first 1,000 miles (1,600 km), keep your speed under 55 mph (88 kpm) or to the speed recommended by your car's manufacturer. Avoid heavy loads on the drive train, such as towing trailers, and loading the roof rack or trunk with heavy construction materials. Do not allow your new car to idle for long periods - this is good advice for the life of your car, but especially during breakin. The oil pressure generated by doing so may not be sending oil to every part of your engine. Use only ligh ... read more

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GAS MILEAGE TIPS

GAS MILEAGE TIPS

Keep Your Engine Properly Tuned Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4 percent, though results vary based on the kind of repair and how well it is done. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40 percent. Fuel Economy Benefit: 4% Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.15/gallon Keep Tires Properly Inflated You can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer. The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker in the driver’s side door jamb or the glove box and in your owner’s manual. Do not use the maximum pressure printed on the tire’s sidewall. Fuel Economy Benefi ... read more

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Check out our radio ads!

We have recently become a sponsor of the Social Media Yak show, the first radio talk show dedicated to discussion of social media for personal and professional use. The show airs on Saturdays from 7:30 to 8 a.m. but anyone can listen to podcasts on their site. We like to do radio advertising , but have found it expensive and long-term. Alexander and Associates provides us with competitive, short-term radio advertising contracts that work for a small business. A and A is one of Idaho's top PR firms and helps us with our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages as well. So we're proud to be sponsor of Social Media Yak ... read more

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