Comment: By Bob L.
The problem with owning a car is Government regulations, they tell you how much you will pay for Gas and how much you will burn by setting them to run rich, Licensing, Taxes, if you can not smell it when you drive your car and get around other cars running, then your nose is burned from all the gas fumes.
Why did they stop using the tail pipe test on E check, could it be that it would show that your car is burning more gas than it is supposed to, and is that why they only go by what the computer says, to show that you have not tried to or set your car to get better gas mileage by setting it to run more efficiently, the Government does not want that, because if you could get your car to run cheaper, they would lose money, just like they are with Electric Cars today that don’t use gas to operate.
If you have not noticed they now want to charge a mileage tax for what they are losing on their gas tax, and this is basically why you have to take your car to a Car Dealer so you have to pay them for repairs and no one else, just think how many qualified mechanics have been put out of work because of Government Meddling because of Lobbyists, I think this is what Government wants so they have full control of the people (Dictator), so they can charge more TAXES without a fight from the people.
The 10 Worst Things You Can Do to Your Car
By Mandi Woodruff | Business Insider
Fri, Jan 25, 2013
Like the human body, ignoring even the smallest signs of trouble in your car’s performance can lead to trouble down the road.
And some missed signals cost more than others.
A new report by CarMD.com Corporation details exactly which maintenance mistakes can cause the most damage.
Here are the top 10:
1. Putting off recommended / scheduled maintenance
2. Ignoring the “check engine” light
3. Not changing the oil, or not having it changed on time
4. Not checking tire pressure
5. Neglecting coolant, brake, transmission and other fluid services
6. Continuing to drive when the vehicle is overheating
7. Not changing fuel and air filters
8. Having unqualified shops service your vehicle
9. Using generic aftermarket parts instead of original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-quality parts
10. Trying to service your own high-tech vehicle
The best example of the snowball effect of missed car repairs is the air filter. It costs about 20 bucks to replace, but if left alone, a dirty filter can bust oxygen (02) sensors in cars, which cost as much as $250 to replace. And when the sensor fails, you’ll first see your gas mileage plunge, then possibly wind up with a $1,000 bill to replace your catalytic converter.
No. 3 deserves special attention, as well. Technicians say ignoring oil changes is the “single most damaging car maintenance item that their customers neglect that they wish they could change,” according to CarMD.
The trouble with dirty oil is that it doesn’t jive well with the high-tech engines in today’s modern vehicles, according to Art Jacobsen, CarMD vice president, and can lead to engine failure if left ignored for too long.
The old go-to rule for oil changes was to refresh every 3,000 miles. But most experts agree drivers should go by the schedule their car’s manufacturer dictates instead.
“Frequent oil changes do not necessarily mean better performance or longer engine life,” CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen told The Auto Channel.
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