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HELPFUL INFO

Are You Ready For The Road?

An average of 13,000 Americans are killed between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, some as a result of unperformed vehicle maintenance, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each year, neglected maintenance leads to more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage.

Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. For example, the U. S. Department of Transportation reports the leading cause of mechanical breakdown on our nation's highways is overheating, a condition that is easily avoidable. Other deficiencies that are simple to detect include low antifreeze/coolant, worn or loose drive belts and defective cooling system hoses.

Checking tire pressure and inflating a tire costs nothing, yet an average of 21 percent of cars inspected in check lanes during National Car Care Month have under inflated tires. This can lead to a blowout and a serious accident.

Fuel Saving Tips

Condition Effect MPG Penalty up to
Under inflated tires Increase rolling resistance 1-2mpg
Dirty air filter Causes excessively rich fuel/air mixture 2.0mpg
Worn spark plugs Cause inefficient combustion, wasted fuel 2.0mpg
Worn O2 sensor Unable to detect and adjust air/fuel mixture 3mpg
Dirty or substandard engine oil Increases internal engine friction 0.4mpg
Loose gas cap Allows fuel to evaporate 2.0mpg
Potential loss in fuel economy if all of the above were neglected
11.4mpg

The Car Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips:

  1. Vehicle gas caps -- About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
  2. Under inflated tires -- When tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon.
  3. Worn spark plugs -- A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced as recommended by the manufacturer.
  4. Dirty air filters -- An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture -- too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 20 cents a gallon.

Fuel-saving driving tips include:

  • Don't be an aggressive driver -- Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 10 to 66 cents per gallon.
  • Avoid excessive idling -- Sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
  • Observe the speed limit -- Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mpg driven over 60 will result in an additional 10 cents per gallon. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.

WIPERS - In the 2001National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21percent of participants had wipers that smeared, streaked or chattered across their windshields. Although climates vary, wipers generally need replacing every six months. An easy reminder is to change wiper blades in the spring and fall when you change your clock. Be sure the windshield washers are working properly, too, and keep the reservoir filled with solvent.

LIGHTING - Another important pre-trip check should be exterior and interior lighting. Vehicle check lanes revealed an overall failure rate of over 25 percent in the lighting category. The Car Care Council reminds motorists to check their lights monthly. Other suggestions from the Council include turning on headlights both day and night. This helps define your car's position on the road, and its distance from other drivers. When your vehicle's lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre-trip checklist:

  • Check all fluids. There are several fluids, in addition to antifreeze, that require attention, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.
  • Check the tires. Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.

"While a last minute checkup is better than no checkup, motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps," said the Car Care Council's Executive Director, Rich White.

Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road trouble, it also provides an opportunity to have repairs made at home, with one's own technician who knows the vehicle. Especially important, it provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee a car's performance, it's comforting to know proper precautions were taken.




What Our Customers Are Saying

I rolled in off the street without an appointment needing a SMOG check. Dirk greeted me with "We can squeeze you in" and less than 30 minutes later I was out the door. Friendly, courteous and reliable ... I will definitely give them return business and referrals. Thanks, Dirk!


-JIM BELL

The people here have been very friendly and upfront about my car repairs. I have worked mostly with Brian and I keep coming back because I trust Poway's Accurate Automotive to give me honesty about my car and great service when repairing it. They are also fairly priced, which helps a lot.


-BRITTANY V

Super fast smog check. In and out in about 15 minutes. Best price in town too. This is my second great experience here. I will definitely be back again.


-NATHAN R/ AMANDA B

Thank you, Brian, Ronny and Dwayne for taking such good care of our vehicles and getting us out of the shop on time! A blessing upon your heads!


-ROBIN & KEITH D

Great place will continue to do business with them would recommend to anyone.


-PAUL T

Excellent Service but most importantly I appreciate your honesty. It is sooo difficult to find an Automotive Repair place that you fully trust to give an honest assessment of what is wrong AND NOT WRONG with your car. Poway's Accurate Automotive has done this with us enough times to of won our continued business.


-YAMILIS/NORMAN M

Although I have only been to your shop twice, I know that Brian is taking care of me (and our vehicles). TRUST, cannot be bought, borrowed or stolen, it is only earned, through the dedication to doing what is right, even when no one else is watching. I have trust in your shop and I appreciate Brian, and his understanding of what your business needs.


-Jamie F

The service is always over the top! I needed an oil change and they took care of my Ford Escape right away. I'm always greeted with friendly faces and always enjoy interacting with the staff. Will definitely recommend Poway's Accurate Automotive to my friends!


-Anonymous

Great, quick, friendly, quality, reasonably-priced service! These guys were able to fit my car in last minute and were very upfront about the state of my car without being pushy, which is exactly what I want in a repair place. I would feel good about bringing my car to them again.


-BRITTANY V

People were all friendly & helpful! Just like always!


-Dennis H

I had my Tacoma aligned at this shop this past week, I called them up and asked them a couple questions about pricing, a coupon, and making an appointment, Jimmy was exceptionally helpful, professional and made sure I was well taken care of. Once I got there, they took my truck right away and had it done in about 45 minutes. They went above and beyond to make sure things were good and that I was satisfied after telling them about a miscommunication with another store. The professionalism and customer service this time around was unsurpassed, and much appreciated!


-Mike M. - San Diego, CA

I heard so many negative comments about Perry Ford that I looked online and called Poway Accurate Automotive. Jimmy Norman answered the phone with a friendly " how can I help you"... I didn't know if he was a manager or other employee, but he treated me great. I have a Ford F350 diesel, I was worried because my power steering wasn't responding and my breaks were making a whining sound, I also had two warning lights showing. Jimmy told me bring it in, it won't cost you anything for us to check. True to his word, they checked and found easy fixes, did a complete brake check and found I had about 40 % brake pad left which left me a few months to decide my financial options... A package deal better than any I've found so far. Yes, Poway Accurate Automotive will be getting my business...my job gives me a lot of experience investigating truth...Jimmy Norman and this business are the real truth...


-Derek D. - Poway, CA

I highly recommend this shop, it's a shop that you can truly tell cares about each person who walks through the doors. My car was overheating while I was on my way to buy a new car. I pulled over to let my car cool down at the u haul next door. The u haul employee asked what was wrong. He told me to ask the guys next door for help. Jimmy and Derk helped me right away no questions. They sent me on my way with in 20 minutes and I was able to get my new car. He never tried to sell me anything I didn't need or fool me in anyway. Good mechanics are hard to find, I've already been back to the poway accurate auto and will continue to! You can trust these guys!


-Dani R. - San Diego, CA

I had been to the sister shop of this one, precision automotive, and had a good experience. when they were too busy one day, they told me to go here instead. i was just in for an oil change but they found some steering parts that were worn out and an oil leak. again, they actually brought me into the shop to show me what was wrong on my car and were very fair with pricing. it was done when quoted and they never pressured me into getting the work done, but told me what would happen if i let it go. great service and work performed by some good guys. many thanks to the manager brian and the team of mechanics.


-John M. - Encinitas, CA

These guys are great, awesome people and fair price's. You can trust them


-Kevin F. - Escondido, CA

I had an appointment with another smog check center but turned too early off Pomerado road. They were able to take my car almost immediately and had it done in less than half an hour. They also turned out to be cheaper the the original place I was headed! Very friendly, courteous and helpful.


-Sheryl D. - San Diego, CA

This shop is the real deal! Honest, helpful and very skilled professionals who do the right thing. Poway's Accurate Auto team is where I will always go because I know they will be honest, fair and keep my cars in good shape. This place is a great find. Highest recommendation.


-John B. - Poway, CA

Just got an oil change here, great service, very friendly, and very helpful! I will definitely be going back!


-David C. - San Diego, CA

Brian is wonderful & personable! He took care of both my daughter's first cars (used). Two na?ve young women & their mom, like feeling they can trust a car mechanic not to take advantage!


-Juliette B. - San Diego, CA
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