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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
Under inflated tires Increase rolling resistance 1-2mpg
Dirty air filter Causes excessively rich fuel/air mixture 2.0mpg
Worn spark plugs Cause inefficient combustion, wasted fuel 2.0mpg
Worn O2 sensor Unable to detect and adjust air/fuel mixture 3mpg
Dirty or substandard engine oil Increases internal engine friction 0.4mpg
Loose gas cap Allows fuel to evaporate 2.0mpg
Potential loss in fuel economy if all of the above were neglected
11.4mpg

The Car Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips:

  1. Vehicle gas caps -- About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
  2. Under inflated tires -- When tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon.
  3. Worn spark plugs -- A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced as recommended by the manufacturer.
  4. Dirty air filters -- An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture -- too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 20 cents a gallon.

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:

  • Check all fluids. There are several fluids, in addition to antifreeze, that require attention, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.
  • Check the tires. Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.

"While a last minute checkup is better than no checkup, motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps," said the Car Care Council's Executive Director, Rich White.

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.



What People Say About Us


  • -Chad G.

    Words can't describe the wonderful service Andy provides to his customers.


  • -Gary C.

    Hats off to Andy and his mechanics. I got once again top notch service on my vehicle and my wife's vehicle all before noon on a FRIDAY!!! Wow Andy and the guys have always gave the best service, going the extra mile and front bumper to back bumper checked it all for just an oil change price. It's nice to have an in town friendly place to have your vehicle serviced and know your in good hands. Thanks again.


  • -Jason B.

    Andy and the team always take care of my cars and give me a heads up with anything is needing serviced. Great team and great service.


  • -Ron A.

    Andy and his team are simply the best! He has taken care of our family vehicles for many years without fail. If you are looking for an honest mechanic or tire dealer, they actually do still exist and he is right here in Elwood! Thank you for the many times you have helped me and my family.


  • -Angelikke P.

    I have experienced nothing but phenomenal service whenever I take my car here. I am always welcomed with genuine smiles on their faces! They truly enjoy the job and the help they can give to others. I highly recommend Main Street Auto & Tire to everyone you will certainly not be disappointed.


  • -Kassi S.

    Very laid back atmosphere. they do a quality job and their prices are fair. I will be going here for years to come.


  • -Michelle M.

    Andy and his mechanics are awesome. I blew the water pump in my truck and they fixed it. They are amazing. They care they you have a life and try to get your issues fixed in a timely manner.


  • -Melonie G.

    The service here is excellent! Took my car in for some problems, they found what was wrong and fixed it within a day or two! Excellent prices for the work they do! I will definitely take my car back when needed!!


  • -Contrail C.

    I would like to take this moment to Thank Andy and his mechanic's @ Main Street Tires for fixing my car today. I needed a new transmission line, A new tire and a alignment. I am very grateful! for everyone's help today, Thanks a Million for getting me back on the road fellas.


  • -Jerry S.

    Andy and the guys are awesome, They give great service and they always go above and beyond to get you back up and going as quick as they can! Highly recommend them to anyone.


  • -Matt P.

    Good and honest auto mechanics. They tell you what the problem is and fix it. The owner even gave me a ride to work since I was running late after I had to drop my car off. Fair prices and a good turn around time too. Far and away better than Elwood tire. Elwood tire didn't even have a mechanic that could diagnose a transmission issue I was having. Main Street Auto & Tire gave me answers the very next day and how to proceed. Good on them.


  • -Richard O.

    Good service at a very competitive price, backs up their work! they listen to your problem to find the right solution to your needs.


  • -Jason B.

    Great service and they will tell you everything that they find and let you know estimates before they fix it. I don?t trust my truck with anyone else.


  • -Michelle R.

    Very friendly! First time ever being in there! I will be going back! That's for putting on my tires!


  • -Erika S.

    Great Mechanics, super friendly, and affordable!


  • -Eric C.

    Great service, nice people and a good place to have your car worked on.


  • -Zachary A.

    My alternator failed while I was traveling through Elwood on my way to Atlanta, GA. Main Street auto showed up with a tow almost immediately (it was the shortest I've ever waited for a tow in my life). The owner found apart and got it installed in my vehicle within a few hours, getting me back on the road the same day. The owner was funny and seemed like a real family man. All of the service techs in the garage were knowledgeable and efficient. I had a very good experience here.?


  • -Chad G.

    Words can't describe the wonderful service Andy provides to his customers.

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