Here's a question for St. Charles, MO car owners: How long have you been enjoying the romantic glow of your check engine light?
If your check engine light comes on, check your gas cap. A loose gas cap can cause a false sensor reading&hellip» read more
Your car requires plenty of clean fuel to run. When your fuel isn’t clean, your fuel injectors can start to become clogged up. When this happens, your car engine may not get the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure to run efficiently. This hurts fuel economy and performance as you drive around St. Louis. It can also lead to the buildup of harmful deposits on valves and in the combustion chamber. That’s why all vehicles, including cars, come equipped with a » read more
With high fuel prices in St. Charles MO comes lots of gas saving advice. Some of it, like what you hear on AutoNetTV, is really great. Some is myth. And some is just designed to prey on St. Charles MO people desperate to save some money on gas. When you get one of those e-mails that's going around telling you how to save gas, try&hellip» read more
In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your car engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much fuel to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute in every single fuel-injected car driving down St. Peters, O'Fallon, and Earth City roads. » read more
Is your car sometimes hard to start on an early St. Charles morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your car's fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, different parts of the system get dirty, which robs you of performance and hurts your » read more
At SafeWay Tire & Auto Center we hear from a lot of people who are excited about the new diesel engines that will soon be available in passenger cars and SUV's. But our MO friends are often curious about the preventive maintenance requirements. People may not know that diesel engines have long been used extensively in Europe and Asia. In fact, in some markets, there're nearly as many diesel powered passenger cars as there are gasoline.&hellip» read more
There are a surprising number of small, inexpensive parts that can lead to expensive engine damage when they fail. It doesn't seem right. Fortunately a lot of those things can be taken care of in routine maintenance. They may not be easy to remember, because it is a long list, but your service center at SafeWay Tire & Auto Center can help you know what's scheduled to be&hellip» read more
The price of gas has got everyone talking. It seems that people who need a bigger vehicle to carry family and gear, or provide four wheel drive, are especially hit hard. That is why we thought it would be good to review some things that anyone can do to improve fuel economy. First let's start with how we drive. People may not realize that they can really save on gas by just changing a few driving habits. One of the biggest is&hellip» read more
All modern vehicles come with fuel injection systems, so it’s a topic we all need to know something about. All new cars and trucks sold in St. Charles, MO over the last 30 years or so have come with fuel injection systems. The fuel injector is a valve that delivers the gas or diesel fuel to the right place, in the right amount, at the right time; to&hellip» read more
No matter how well they're made, cars in St. Charles MO will have design or manufacturing problems. And when the government thinks a problem is really serious for people in St. Charles MO, they require the manufacturer to issue a recall notice and fix the car free of charge. The manufacturer then tries to contact everyone in St. Charles MO who owns that type of car to get the recall work done. These recalls always affect safety,&hellip» read more
No one in St. Charles MO likes high fuel prices. But if one good thing has come about, it's that people are really focused on how to reduce their fuel consumption. North Americans literally drive billions of miles less each month during times of high fuel prices. But we still need to drive, so it makes sense to try and increase our fuel economy however we can. Let's look at a real life example of one&hellip» read more
This fuel saving tip is so simple, no one from here to O'Fallon will believe it. It has to do with your gas cap. The first thing is to make sure it's screwed on tight. If it's loose, gas vapor will be constantly leaking out; wasted gas. And air will get in and that can cause your oxygen sensor to read incorrectly and the oxygen sensor will tell the engine management computer to adjust the fuel-air&hellip» read more
For those of you in St. Charles MO who pay attention to these things, you may have been hearing about the new direct injection engines and want to learn more about them. Some deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6. For example, in one family of engines the conventional V6 makes about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version of the same engine makes over 300 horsepower and gets essentially the same&hellip» read more
Having trouble with your fuel system? Bring your car into SafeWay Tire & Auto Center for a check up.
Weight is the enemy of fuel economy. Everyone from here to Earth City knows this makes sense. Some of us in the Earth City area carry a bunch of unnecessary weight, and I'm not talkin' what you see in the mirror. Guys; sports equipment and tools. Ladies; well, just take a look around the passenger compartment and trunk. I&hellip» read more
Have you ever gone to St. Louis to listen to an orchestra? The musicians take the stage early and tune their instruments. Each individual instrument must be in tune, but the critical thing is for the entire orchestra to be in tune with each other. That's why they tune up together. Now this is no surprise; I'm going to relate the orchestra to your car. Your&hellip» read more
You would never like to drink a glass of mud, right? Well, your car feels the same way. It needs a steady supply of clean fuel in order to run well and deliver good fuel economy. The fuel filter's job is to clean dirt and rust out of the fuel before it gets to your engine. A clogged fuel filter can actually choke off the engine so that it won't&hellip» read more
One topic that hits the news in St. Charles on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some people in St. Charles is to buy a more fuel efficient vehicle. For the rest of use, we need to improve our fuel economy anyway we can. Following recommended service intervals by coming into SafeWay Tire & Auto Center is one of the best ways to keep your car running efficiently. That means&hellip» read more
The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles around St. Charles MO use fuel filters.
For more information about your fuel filter, visit SafeWay Tire & Auto Center or come by our shop located at 2539 W CLAY ST in St. Charles, MO 63301.
Please call 636-723-2600 to&hellip» read more
Let's talk about alternative fuel vehicles. In their quest to reduce the use of fossil fuels and harmful exhaust emissions to our St. Charles environment, automakers will have a number of alternatives for us very soon. For instance, Flex Fuel vehicles are already available in the St. Louis area. Flex Fuel vehicles can run on gasoline or on E85 fuel. E85 is a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The ethanol is&hellip» read more
Something you’re going to be hearing a lot about around St. Charles, MO is diesel engines. We’re not talking about semi-trucks and buses – We’re talking about diesel engine cars, pick-ups and SUVs. Most people in St. Charles, MO are surprised to learn that around half the cars on the road in Europe have diesel engines. Nearly all import auto manufacturers offer a range of diesel engines abroad – even the ultra-luxury brands like Mercedes and&hellip» read more
The last new car sold with a carburetor in North America rolled out of the dealership in 1990. Since then, all new vehicles have had fuel injectors. In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much gas to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute. Fuel injection is a much more precise&hellip» read more
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