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4 Ways to Save Gas

The price of gas is creeping up again and if you’re anything like me, every mile matters. For example, let’s say your car gets 20 miles per gallon, and if you can get an extra 2 miles per Gallon, that a 10% increase. For every $10 you spend, you get an extra dollar. Every $100, you get an extra $10 and so on. This is very simple to do if you follow these steps.

Tire Pressure

According to the Auto Club, you can lose 1-2 miles per gallon by having low tire pressure and a dirty air filter. Tire pressure is not only important for gas mileage but is also very important preventing tire wear. If you don’t have the proper tire pressure, you can lose 25%-50% of life from the tire. Imagine how much money you are wasting! Keeping those tires properly inflated can save you not only gas mileage but can also save you money on tires.

Another reason why fuel efficiency is a problem is that of excess weight, and I’m not talking about your mother in law. I’m talking about those golf clubs you use once a month, a trunk full of books, etc. Frankly, any unnecessary items you’re leaving in your car, get rid of it. Plain and simple!


For Huntington Beach residents ( Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley as well), potholes are a problem which can cause your vehicle to come out of alignment. This might not seem like it can affect your gas mileage, but believe it or not, it can affect it gradually. Also, it will wear out your tires quicker. In another segment, I will talk about how to buy tires.

Air Filters

Now let’s talk about air filters. When you replace your air filter, it allows your car to breathe which makes your car more fuel efficient. Some cars like Ford, Toyota, and GM have what’s called a Mass Air Flow Sensor, which detects air coming out of your engine. The sensor tells you whether you’re at sea level, or at 10,000 feet of elevation by measuring the air flow into your engine. If you do not replace your air filter regularly, it can cost you in the long run. A filter can be easily replaced. However, cheap filters release lint which can stick on the mass air flow sensor causing the sensor to give a false reading. That can decrease your gas mileage by more than one way. I recommend purchasing factory air filter. There’s a reason why some filters cost $5, you are not saving money by purchasing a cheap air filter. In the long run, it’s costing you a lot more money.

Time Management

Every morning I take the same route to work. There’s a light that I approach that no matter what I do, it’s going to be a red light when I get there. I will never arrive at the light when it’s green. As I pass the stop light before it, I begin to take my foot off the gas. As I’m slowing down, I see the same person racing by me to the red light stomping on his brakes as I roll to the line. sometimes I arrive at the light and I’m still rolling when the light turns green, but I’m using less gas and fewer brakes. The compound effect starts to take place as everything adds up, not only are you saving on gas, you are also saving on brakes and tires! How much money can you save?

For those of you who know who Andy Rooney was, on his show he once said, “ Plan your day.” Layout the route you’re going to take. For example, on Mother’s Day, I went to the supermarket, the flower shop, and the pet store,( keep in mind they’re all in in the same lot) on three separate occasions because I did not plan properly. With all these tips you will not only be saving gas and increase your gas mileage. You will lengthen the life of your tires saving you even more money. Just imagine how much extra time you save! Follow us on Facebook and post your questions on our page. I will comment back in a timely manner.


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How to get 400,000 miles out of your transmission 


         I have a customer named Michael that gets an average of 400,000 miles out of his last 3 vehicles. He never replaces a water pump, radiator, never had an oil leak, he never even replaced a coolant hose. His secret? He changes his fluids regularly ( coolant, brake flush, rear differential oil, power steering fluid, etc.). Now, let’s talk about the transmission fluid, it begins to break down at 30,000 – 40,000 miles no matter what kind of car you have. Volkswagen had a lifetime transmission oil which definitely lasted the lifetime of the transmission, but its life was shortened tremendously.

The fluid breaks down and becomes abrasive. Instead of lubricating, it starts cutting into seals which leads to internal bypasses causing lack of lubrication because the fluid is not getting to where it belongs. According to the Auto Club, once you service the transmission that is in need, you can lower the temperature 40- 50 degrees which prevents an early death. For more tips about extending the life of your vehicle check out this article on maintenance.

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Preventing cooling system damage

Summertime coming up and today I’m going to talk to you about preventing cooling system damage. According to the auto club, your cooling system (water pump, radiator, heater hoses) which can put you on the side of the road more than anything else combined such as your fuel pump, starters, flat tires, etc. How can you avoid this? Coolant lubricates all components avoiding early death. 100,000 mile coolant, really??  It does not exist! (Even though they are  getting better) I recommend changing your coolant every 40,000 miles and mixing it with distilled water. The reason for mixing distilled water instead of tap water because tap water has chemicals (hardness) that may be harmful to your radiator. If your mechanic doesn’t have distilled water, bring him some! Keeping your cooling system clean and topped off will save you a ton of money in the long run. You will not have to change your radiator, water pump, hoses, as often if ever. Be aware of what kind of coolant you are using.

Proper coolant is very important, do not be fooled  by the color. Toyota, GM, and Volkswagen all have red coolant with different phosphate levels. German vehicles are phosphate free, Japanese vehicles were very heavy on phosphate, and American vehicles are moderate. Make sure to use coolant specifically for your vehicle. Remember, keep your coolant clean, topped off, and mix with distilled water. An article about your air conditioning will be posted within the next few days so stay tuned for more posts about maintaining your vehicle. At Francisco’s Automotive in Huntington beach we check your coolant and top it off at no charge. Here is a coupon for your next Auto Repair.

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Wrong Tire Air Pressure Is Costing You A Fortune!


When it comes to your car, making sure you have the correct air pressure in your tires can be as important as regular engine maintenance. Low or over-inflated tires will not only cost you fuel efficiency but can be extremely dangerous. With just a few simple steps you will be able to maximize the life expectancy of your tires and your car. (more…)

Much like the human body, your car requires annual checkups and preventative maintenance to ensure a long and productive life. Routine maintenance can help catch, correct and prevent serious problems. If you wait until a problem arises, it may be too late. One of the most important steps in preventative maintenance is getting routine Tune-Ups.