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Save Money at The Pump at Sierra CAr CAreThe summer heat is fast approaching and so are rising gas prices.

A few simple and inexpensive vehicle maintenance steps can stretch your dollar at the pump and even help protect the environment. With 5 local, full service gas stations in the Reno and Sparks Nevada area, our advisement for gas savings may be worth reading.

What many motorists don’t realize is that fuel consumption is directly related to vehicle maintenance and can impact the amount of gasoline your vehicle uses. Gas prices can climb quickly, but the good news is that you have some control. By properly maintaining your vehicle, you can improve fuel economy while saving money.

Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center would like to encourage motorists to be car care aware and perform regular vehicle maintenance to improve fuel economy.

  1. Gas Cap
    Damaged, loose or missing gas caps allow gas to vaporize into the air.
  2. Tune-Up
    Keep your vehicle running properly and improve gas mileage by an average of 4%.
  3. Motor Oil
    Improve gas mileage by 1 – 2% by using the grade of motor oil recommended by the manufacturer.
  4. Air Filters
    Replacing clogged air filters on older vehicles can improve fuel economy and will improve performance and acceleration on all vehicles.
  5. Tire Pressure
    Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by up to 3.3%.
  6. Fix It
    Addressing a serious maintenance problem, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 40 percent, according to www.fueleconomy.gov.

In addition to vehicle maintenance, modifying driving habits, such as observing the speed limit and avoiding quick stops and starts, can also increase fuel efficiency. Consolidating trips, avoiding excessive idling and removing unnecessary items from the trunk are also easy ways to lower fuel consumption.

Since 1975, Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center’s have proudly been providing fast, friendly and reliable service along with Quality Guaranteed Auto Repair. If you would like to find out more, please visit SierraCarCare.com for more information.

VP_Racing_Fuels_100_OctaneYou get to the gas pump and typically see three choices for fueling, but what is the difference?

Regular, Regular Plus (mid-grade), and premium gasoline grades are all distinguished by their octane level. Octane rating or octane number is a standard measure of the performance of a motor fuel. The higher the octane number, the more compression the fuel can endure before detonating. The lower the octane level, the easier the gasoline will burn.

Difference in Octane Numbers Make the Grade
Regular grade gasoline has an octane rating between 85 and 88, with the average being 87. Regular Plus gasoline has an octane rating of 88 to 90, with the average being 89. Premium grade gasoline has an octane rating that is larger than 90, with an average being 92. These three types of gasoline are typically what you see at the gas pump.

100 Octane At The Pump!
Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers Pyramid and Prater location in Sparks, NV carries 100 octane gasoline AT THE PUMP! Our 5 locations in the Reno and Sparks area all carry packaged VP Racing Fuels for purchase as well. 100 octane is specifically engineered for high-performance street vehicles including luxury sports cars, muscle cars, street rods, tuner cars, sport bikes, cruisers and more. Oxygenated with ethanol, this CARB-legal fuel is environmentally friendly and street legal (in most areas). Oxygenated with ethanol, VP100 significantly outperforms premium grade unleaded pump gas.

If your Owner’s Manual Recommends Premium Gasoline, Use It!
You might damage your vehicles engine if you try to save money by using low grade fuel. At the same time, using higher octane gas than your car requires costs you more money and provides no additional benefit for your engine. It is important to fuel your car with whatever fuel grade is recommended.

Standard-performing vehicles are outfitted to use the correct amount of compression to eliminate internal combustion pings, usually requiring Regular Unleaded gasoline. Sports vehicles, or high-performance cars, benefit from mid-grade to premium gasoline because their engines were built for higher fuel compression for additional driving power. Please see your owner’s manual for more details about what gasoline grade your vehicle requires. You may find it worth the time!

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