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How to Increase Fuel Efficiency

How to Increase Fuel Efficiency

Gas prices have hit record highs, and it doesn’t seem to stop. Now is the time to learn of ways to stretch your gas tank a little further and reduce the number of trips to the gas station. Here are some great tips to boost your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Use Cruise Control - Constant changes to your speed can burn up more gas than you think. When you have the opportunity to, like on an open highway, use the cruise control to save you money. It will also lower your chances of speeding. Don’t Idle - Idling can waste a significant amount of gasoline over time. In fact, you could lose up to half of a gallon while idling. Instead, we recommend shutting off your engine and restarting when you need to. Avoid Rapid Acceleration - There’s no need for you to put all your force onto the gas pedal. If you drive smoothly and come to gradual stops, you can notice up to a 30% change in your vehicle’s MPG. Plan Your Trips Accordingly - We recommend lumping all your er ... read more

Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

It could be frustrating if you get into your car to attend to an emergency and find out it won't start. Some questions that could cross your mind would be if the battery or alternator is the cause of the ignition problem. What's the work of a Battery and Alternator? The battery is responsible for supplying power to your car's starter and whole electrical system. Although a battery can last for about four years, it won't hold its charge for that long. And that's where an alternator comes in. It recharges the battery while you're driving your car. The two main causes of starting problems are a faulty car battery or alternator. This article will help you gain skills in knowing what exactly the problem is. Indicators It's a Battery Issue Over time, the metal parts in your battery can wear and tear, reducing its ability to hold a charge for long. Some signs your battery is the source of starting problems include Dim dashboard lights and headlights Delayed ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket?

What are the Symptoms of a Blown Head Gasket?

There is no good news in having a head gasket blow out. You should get your head gasket checked ASAP if you suspect it is leaking. Your head gasket might be leaking if you can smell a sweet white cloud. What causes a head gasket to fail? This problem occurs more often on motors with iron cylinder blocks and aluminum heads, where the head gasket cannot seal the newly expanded gap. There are also motors with poor bolt clamping forces or bodies that warp easily, which have a reputation for failure. Failure of a head gasket can lead to all kinds of problems, including: Power loss The loss of compressed air/fuel from a cylinder due to a failed head gasket can result in decreased compression, rough running, and diminished power. An exhaust leak-like sound is typical of this kind of failure. Oil contamination Due to a failed head gasket, the underside of the oil filler cap or the dipstick can accumulate with a milky sludge, sometimes called a milkshake. By contaminating the oil with coo ... read more

Do You Really Have To Rotate Your Tires?

Do You Really Have To Rotate Your Tires?

When you visit a reputable auto repair shop, you may be offered a tire rotation service either with an oil change or other routine maintenance. But you may wonder, do I really have to rotate my tires? What does this service actually do, and can I do without it? Let's take a look at what a tire rotation is and how important it is to your vehicle's health. A tire rotation service consists of essentially moving around your tires. For example, the front passenger side tire is moved to the back driver's side spot. All of the tires are moved places, which allows each tire to wear down the same. This prevents the front tires from wearing faster than the back, which can typically occur. This saves you money on tires over time, and allows you to change your tires as a set rather than one by one or two by two. When you rotate your tires, you give them a chance to wear out at the same time as each other and you get extended life out of your tires. You should have your tires rotated ... read more

Tire Safety 101

Tire Safety 101

Tires are an important part of your vehicle as they are the only component that makes direct contact with the road. Unfortunately, most people don't think of them as safety devices. When you take proper care of your tires, you don't have to worry about putting your safety and life at risk. To ensure your tires are reliable and safe, you should regularly inspect their tread and monitor their pressure. Facts Regarding Negligence of Tire Pressure Under-inflation is the top cause of tire failure. Over 3,000 US drivers are injured in vehicle accidents related to tires every year. 1 in 4 automobiles on the road has at least one tire that is considered under-inflated. Only 19% of vehicle owners regularly check and adjust their tire inflation. Tread & Pressure One crucial aspect of your tires is the tread. The tread enables proper grip of the road in various weather conditions. Routinely checking your tire tread is just as important as checking its pressure. You can use a tra ... read more

Why Is My Brake Pedal Spongy?

Why Is My Brake Pedal Spongy?

Your vehicle's brakes are a critical component of your car that controls your speed and enables you to stop. You simply cannot drive a car without working brake parts, including the brake pedal itself. A sponge-like or unusual feeling with your brake pedal can be a major sign of a brake problem. If the pedal feels spongy, mushy, or squishy, please take your car to the brake experts at Haglin Automotive immediately.   Reasons Why Brake Pedals Feel Spongy Damaged or Leaky Brake Lines Brakes lines can get rusted over time due to the absorption of moisture. The rust can then cause punctures in the brake lines, which then causes brake fluid to seep out. The loss of brake fluid contributes to the mushy brakes. Old or Low Brake Fluid Your brake system needs brake fluid to convert the force to stop your vehicle. Just like your other vehicle fluids, the brake fluid can be contaminated and ineffective over time. Hence, old brake fluid can alter brake performance. The solution to t ... read more

Haglin Automotive's Winter Car Maintenance Tips

Haglin Automotive's Winter Car Maintenance Tips

Whether it's your first or tenth winter with your trusty vehicle, it's important to get your vehicle the preparation it needs to keep it running throughout the winter. As the temperatures drop in Boulder, CO, it will also bring an abundance of challenges to the drivers in town. To ensure everyone has a safe commute, here are some maintenance items that Boulder's residents should take care of before winter sets in: Test the Battery  Batteries grow very weak in extreme temperatures, so they won't be able to hold a proper charge. Before it gets too cold, drivers should get their battery tested if they need to replace it. Check Defroster and Climate Control Having a working heater is essential to make a winter car ride comfortable. Also, you will need a working defroster to defog your windshield.  Check Lights When winter comes, most vehicle owners immediately think of checking to see if their heater works. However, they often forget about daylight savings a ... read more

Should I Underinflate My Tires for the Winter?

Should I Underinflate My Tires for the Winter?

It might be a little soon to be talking about winter weather, but it's nearly around the corner. Snow tires, all-wheel drive, bags of kitty litter in the back - Boulder, CO residents have probably tried it all to take on the snowy, icy winter. For the most part, these strategies do work; they provide defense against an accident in freezing weather conditions. Another winter driving trick that some drivers live by is under-inflating their tires. But is it a safe and trusted approach? Why Do People Underinflate Their Tires? To understand why lowering the pressure in your tires in winter is a good plan, you need to understand what's happening when your vehicle skids. No matter what season it may be, your car needs traction to move on the road safely. Friction allows the tires to grasp the road surface and lets you control your vehicle. The more traction you gain, the better control you will have. One of the critical factors regarding traction is the tire's contact patch or t ... read more

How Do I Know If My Fuel Pump Has Gone Bad?

How Do I Know If My Fuel Pump Has Gone Bad?

The fuel pump is often overlooked in your car. It plays the vital role of transferring gas from the gas tank to your engine so that your car, truck, or SUV can start and run. These parts are meant to last you about 100K miles or more. If it doesn't or if you've surpassed that mileage mark, you may experience some major warning symptoms.  Sputtering Engine A sputtering engine is never a good sign. The sputtering symbolizes your engine's starvation of fuel, meaning that your fuel pump is not supplying it with enough power. This symptom can also mean that you have bad spark plugs, so be sure to see a professional for a proper diagnosis. Low Fuel Pressure Our technicians at Haglin Automotive can test your fuel pressure to see if see whether your fuel pump is on its way out. You can also try it yourself by buying a fuel pressure gauge at any auto parts store. Power Loss If your fuel pump is aging, you'll notice a reduction in engine power. You'll especially ex ... read more

​​Driving Tips for College Commuters

​​Driving Tips for College Commuters

Most college students nowadays reside off-campus for the benefits of freedom and more space. However, one of the cons of doing so is having to commute to school. And for those that are attending a community college, you may have no other option than to drive to school.   More than 80% of college students drive to school, making the traffic substantially crowded on weekdays. Moreover, parking may be more difficult to find than usual.  As a college student, you probably have enough stress on your hands. Here are some words of wisdom to ensure your college commute is as stress-free and seamless as possible: Leave for school early. Traffic is widespread at the start of the semester as people are trying to adjust to their schedules. We recommend leaving a lot earlier to prevent you from having to speed to get to class on time. Plan out your parking situation beforehand. You may have headaches finding a good parking spot for the first several weeks of classes. You may need ... read more

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