Selecting the Correct Gasoline for Your Vehicle

You pull up to the pump and have so many selections for the type of gasoline to fill up your vehicle. What do you choose? How do you choose it? This article is intended to help make that decision easy for you. The paragraphs below will help you to understand the difference as well as the pros and cons for each grade.

Selecting the Correct Gasoline for Your Vehicle

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Today there is no leaded gasoline being sold as there was in the past. The environmental effects of leaded gasoline have been discovered and it is no longer used today. Today however people have the choice of at least three, sometimes more, grades of unleaded fuel each having higher octane than the last. So how do you make the choice?

The lowest grade is 87, also known as regular unleaded. This is the octane level of the gasoline. Many cars on the road today will have no problem with this grade. Additionally it is the least expensive grade as well. To decide if this will work for your car, check your owner’s manual. All of the vehicles manufactured today include a recommended gasoline that you should use for the best engine performance and engine life.

The next step up is a 89 grade gasoline. This is known as mid-grade. Some vehicles that are considered a higher performance will require this type of gasoline to improve the performance of the engine. Additionally the higher octane level helps reduce the build up in the engine that can cause mechanical failure after a period of time.

The final grade selection is 92, known as premium. High performance vehicles will require this increased octane level to help with the performance that the owners are looking for. Racing vehicles obviously require a different type of fuel, but for the road running high performance vehicles and sports cars, this is the grade that is recommended by the manufacturers.

When looking at the various choices you could make, many times the selection is made by the cost per gallon. The regular unleaded gasoline sells for the lowest per gallon price. As the grade goes up, so does the cost per gallon. Back in the days of leaded versus unleaded gasoline, the leaded was the least expensive of the two. Today, regular unleaded holds that title.

Any time you are selecting the grade it is important to remember that selecting a grade lower than recommended by the manufacturer can result in performance issues with your vehicle’s engine. However selecting a higher grade can improve the performance. Some people like to regularly switch between the grades to reduce the buildup of gunk in their engines.

Additionally using a grade of gasoline that is too low for your vehicle can result in irritating problems such as engine stall out when it is cold or engine knocking sounds caused by the buildup within the cylinders. If you are having these issues you should have your vehicle checked by a licensed mechanic of course. In addition you might …

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Tips on Reducing Your Windshield Replacement Cost

Replacing a cracked windshield is one of the most expensive auto glass repairs you may have to carry out on your car. If you live in an area that is heavily wooded and you regularly drive past trees, you know that the chances of having a stray, low hanging branch hit your windshield are rather high. People who live near highways or regularly drive over arterial roads during peak hours also face high risk of windshield damage from road debris being thrown back at their vehicle from other speeding automobiles. No matter how it happens, severe windshield damage is not something you want to ignore. And if the damage is in the area right in front of the driver’s seat, you have to set it right even if you can ill afford the windshield replacement cost.

Tips on Reducing Your Windshield Replacement Cost

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When the damage is too severe to repair and you have no choice but to opt for replacement, there are some ways in which you can keep your windshield replacement cost within reasonable limits.

Drive Down to the Service Center

Your local service center may offer to make house calls to replace your windshield but many providers add a little bit extra to their bill when you choose this option. Check with your automobile glass service if prices for house calls are higher than those for in garage service. If they are, simply undertake the inconvenience of driving your car down to the garage to save yourself some money.

Choose Pre Owned Glass

Some reputed auto glass service providers offer pre-owned glass for replacements. If your windshield replacement cost is going through the roof, settling for used glass may bring down the bill quite substantially. Make sure that your service center checks the used glass for quality and strength before it is fitted into your car. This way, you can have a perfectly sturdy windshield fitted in your car and still keep costs within manageable levels.

Don’t Ask for Same Day Service

Same day service or express service usually comes with a premium price tag. Auto glass service providers ensure that every car that comes in for service is usually worked upon quickly and returned to owners so that others can be taken in. So, even the most popular car service center should be able to return your car in a day or two, at the most. Find a colleague or neighbor who can give you a lift for a couple of days or use your second car while yours is being serviced at the garage so that you can avoid rushing the replacement and paying extra.

Comparison Shopping Helps

Use the internet to find service centers near your home that offer great prices and discounts. Compare prices of a few service providers to find the ones that give good value for money. You may find that many small businesses that offer some really attractive prices tend to advertise extensively over the internet to keep marketing expenses low. The small service provider …

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