Slidell drivers who maintain their vehicles make them more efficient. A car or truck that is well-maintained works the way it was designed to and that means it uses less fuel: And you save money.

To help organize our discussion, let's think of things that rob us of fuel economy in two ways: increased friction and inefficient fuel combustion.

Friction. Anything that increases friction increases drag or load on the vehicle engine. It has to work harder to overcome the drag – and that takes more fuel.

Your vehicle is much more than a transportation appliance. It gets you to work, takes care of errands, goes on dates, and vacations. You could say it’s part of the family; or even a business partner. You rely on your vehicle for so much. We understand how important your car or truck is to your life. And we want you to know that you can rely on us to keep you safely on the road.

We put a special focus on preventive maintenance – taking care of the routine things that help your vehicle last longer, perform consistently, retain its safety, and prevent breakdowns and repairs. And when your vehicle is sidelined, we’ll do everything we can to get it back in the game as quickly as possible.

A lot of gas is wasted by Slidell vehicles in dirty fuel delivery systems. Let's start at the tank. The gas tank gathers of dirt, rust and sediment over the years of driving around Slidell. 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 will leave your intake 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 friendly and knowledgeable Advantage Tire Wheel & accessories for when fuel system cleaning is recommended.

We're going to be talking about the ethics of automotive repair in Slidell. Unfortunately, every profession has some bad actors that hurt the reputation of everyone else. It's no different in the Slidell area.

In the automotive world, Slidell industry associations and LA professional licensing organizations are very committed to high ethical standards.

Yet some people are still uncomfortable with automotive service and repair in Slidell.

Slidell drivers often ask questions about the cooling system – the system that cools your vehicle engine and keeps it at the proper operating temperature. Let’s examine the topic in two areas: first the coolant itself and, second, the parts that make up the cooling system.

The coolant is the mix of water and antifreeze that circulates through the engine to draw off heat. First, you need to have the proper amount. If you don’t have enough coolant it can’t keep your vehicle engine cool.

You also need the right kind of coolant. Different makes of vehicles require different coolant formulation to protect against corrosion.

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