HOURS: Monday - Friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM Saturday: 8:00AM - 1:00PM Sunday: Closed

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(305) 573 3878 Plaza Tire and Auto Center 3005 N E 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

Helpful Info

Are You Ready For The Road? An average of 13,000 Americans are killed between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, some as a result of unperformed vehicle maintenance, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each year, neglected maintenance leads to more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage. Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. For example, the U. S. Department of Transportation reports the leading cause of mechanical breakdown on our nation's highways is overheating, a condition that is easily avoidable. Other deficiencies that are simple to detect include low antifreeze/coolant, worn or loose drive belts and defective cooling system hoses. Checking tire pressure and inflating a tire costs nothing, yet an average of 21 percent of cars inspected in check lanes during National Car Care Month have under inflated tires. This can lead to a blowout and a serious accident. Fuel Saving Tips
Condition Effect MPG Penalty up To
1.Under inflated tiresIncrease rolling resistance1-2mpg
2.Dirty air filterCauses excessively rich fuel/air mixture2.0mpg
3.Worn spark plugsCause inefficient combustion, wasted fuel2.0mpg
4.Worn O2 sensorUnable to detect and adjust air/fuel mixture3mpg
5.Dirty or substandard engine oilIncreases internal engine friction0.4mpg
6.Loose gas capAllows fuel to evaporate2.0mpg
7.Potential loss in fuel economy
if all of the above were neglected
11.4mpg
The Car Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips: Fuel-saving driving tips include: Don't be an aggressive driver- Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 10 to 66 cents per gallon. Avoid excessive idling- Sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient. Observe the speed limit- Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mpg driven over 60 will result in an additional 10 cents per gallon. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended. WIPERS- In the 2001National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21percent of participants had wipers that smeared, streaked or chattered across their windshields. Although climates vary, wipers generally need replacing every six months. An easy reminder is to change wiper blades in the spring and fall when you change your clock. Be sure the windshield washers are working properly, too, and keep the reservoir filled with solvent. LIGHTING- Another important pre-trip check should be exterior and interior lighting. Vehicle check lanes revealed an overall failure rate of over 25 percent in the lighting category. The Car Care Council reminds motorists to check their lights monthly. Other suggestions from the Council include turning on headlights both day and night. This helps define your car's position on the road, and its distance from other drivers. When your vehicle's lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous. 10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre-trip checklist: Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road trouble, it also provides an opportunity to have repairs made at home, with one's own technician who knows the vehicle. Especially important, it provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee a car's performance, it's comforting to know proper precautions were taken.

Contact Information

Plaza Tire and Auto Center

3005 N E 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

Feel free to call or email us to schedule your next appointment.

(305) 573 3878
jcortez@plazatireandauto.com

HOURS

Monday thru Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sunday
Closed

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