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10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps. Motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility.

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

  1. Check all fluids - There are several fluids that require attention: Engine Oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids, and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

  2. Check all hoses and belts - A belt failure can affect the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering, and the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.

  3. 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.


Follow these tips to maximize fuel efficiency of your vehicle:

  1. Vehicle gas caps - about 17% of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or 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 a parking brake on. It 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 electrical and chemical erosion from heat.

  4. Dirty air filters - A clogged air filter creates a "rich" mixture - the proportion of gas to air is incorrect. This wastes fuel and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%.

  5. Don't drive aggresively - Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets.

  6. Avoid excessive idling - sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.

  7. Drive the speed limit - Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mile driven over 60 results in an additional 10 cents per gallon. Increase fuel efficiency by using cruise control.

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  • John and his staff are always amazing! We've brought our cars here a few times and every time it's worked out very well. I had an issue once and the larger National chains were telling me I needed several things done and it was going to cost quite a bit. John checked the car out and said I didn't need half the work that they quoted. Honest, knowledgeable, fairly priced and is willing to explain the problem in a way you will understand if you don't happen to be proficient yourself in auto mechanics. No one wants their car in need of a repair but if you do, this is the place to come!
    -Lee Tr.

  • Been a happy customer for years! John is honest, does an excellent job, and is the only reason my 20 year old car lasted as long as it did. I can't recommend him highly enough!
    -Ellen W.

  • John is a great mechanic. Needed new brakes on my Lexus he did them for considerably less than I was quoted from the Lexus dealership.
    -Jake D.

  • John is just aces. He did many repairs on my old Audi A4 and I now bring my newer Audi A4 2.0T Quattro to him for maintenance. He is forthright, efficient and so glad to have him as my auto mechanic! Highly recommend ?????
    -John S.

  • John does great work and is very trustworthy. Work is done quickly at a fair price, and he always goes above and beyond.
    -Josh L.

  • Can not say enough about John and his work- honest, straightforward and priced fairly. I recently had my brakes checked and an oil change and he not only did flawless work at a great price, he even brought my car to my house (I live nearby)! Looks like I have found a great repair shop. If you're even thinking about bringing your car to John, I would not hesitate for a second. Great guy and great experience. You won't be sorry.
    -Todd S.

  • At a fair rate and usually in a timely manner you will get your car fixed and will be sure that is fixed and won't come back after couple of days again.
    -Masoud S.

  • A great garage with quick assessment and personable service. John was able to replace my grinding breaks within 24 hours at a fair price. Even tolerated me clumsily dropping pens in the office. Keep up the good work!
    -Jasmes L.

  • John was recommended to me by two of my colleagues at work, and I can see why. John took great care of me and was able to get my car troubles taken care of quickly. His pricing was incredibly fair and my family will be going to him with any future car issues.
    -Brooke B.

  • John did an excellent job on my car. I took it in because of a small gas leak. John quickly assessed the problem and got the job done when other mechanics wouldn't even look. He solved my problem and saved me from having to dump the car. Great work!
    -Isaac G.

  • Quick turnaround and great service at a reasonable price. John is a friendly, knowledgeable, and all around trustworthy guy. Would definitely recommend!
    -Tim A.

  • I've been taking my car to John at Catalano Automotive for over a year and am truly pleased at the service. My vehicle is an important possession that enables me to live, work, and play, and maintaining it's health is critical. John understands that and I always feel he is invested in my vehicle. Quick, friendly, cost effective service.
    -Griffin G.

  • I have been taking my cars to Catalano for years whether it is for routine maintenance or other repairs. John is honest, fair and always helps me to understand what?s going on with my cars. It?s easy to book appointments too. It?s great to have a local mechanic that I can trust. Highly recommend!
    -Debbie B.