Save gas and save money

May 31, 2013

From time to time, we feature content that may be helpful to our readers, even if it’s not directly related to home care, Alzheimer’s or a similar topic.   Today, we offer a post from Chapel Hill businessman, Marc Pons, owner of Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center with advice on how to save gas and protect your vehicle.  After all, everyone likes to save a buck!

Vehicles all over Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Durham are wasting fuel. The culprit is dirty fuel delivery systems. Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center has the ASE certified professionals to help keep your fuel system in proper working order.

Let’s start at the tank. The gas tank gathers dirt, rust and sediment over the years. That’s why there’s a fuel filter to clean the fuel after it leaves the tank. Fuel filters serve a vital function in today’s modern, tight-tolerance engine fuel systems. Unfiltered fuel may contain several kinds of contamination, for example paint chips and dirt that has been knocked into the fuel tank while filling, or rust caused by moisture in a steel tank. If these substances are not removed before the fuel enters the system, they will cause rapid wear and failure of the fuel pump and injectors, due to the abrasive action of the particles on the high-precision components used in modern injection systems. Fuel filters also improve performance, as the fewer contaminants present in the fuel, the more efficiently it can be burnt.

Fuel filters need to be maintained at regular intervals. Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center recommends fuel filter replacement every 30,000 miles. This is usually a case of simply disconnecting the filter from the fuel line and replacing it with a new one. If a filter is not replaced regularly it may become clogged with contaminants and cause a restriction in the fuel flow, causing an appreciable drop in engine performance as the engine struggles to draw enough fuel to continue running normally. 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. Another problem 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. Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center offers a three part fuel system service that cleans both the intake and the injectors. The result is restored performance and an engine that works more efficiently, thus saving you fuel dollars.

Fuel filters and fuel system services are part of the 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 mile scheduled maintenance services offer at Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center. Save time and money by performing all your factory scheduled maintenance with us. The professionals at Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center having been serving the greater Triangle are for sixty years. We have shuttle service and appointments to save you time. Visit us at


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