Getting The Most From Your Car Or Truck
Over the coming year BizNet will be putting it all together for you. We will get you the real information on getting the best from your vehicle. We will cut though the BS and Hype to get you the real facts. We will separate the facts from the fiction. And we will tell you a few things you never heard of.
Lets take a look at a hot topic.
Or, Is There Really A Tooth Fairy Of Good Gas Mileage and Performance?
The most misunderstood thing in the automotive world is “Octane”. The fact that regular gas and Premium have at least a 20 cent a gallon price difference is a big cost issue as to what gas you should be using? Premium or Regular?
The truth is really very simple, but almost no one believes it. Look in your owner’s manual or check with the manufacturer. Use The Octane Rating They Tell You To Use! In almost all cases it will be the best advice you can get. Don’t believe us? Check out the four articles we have reprinted on this subject. From the government, to the gas companies, to the service guy, they will all tell you the same thing. (There is no shortage of articles that say the same thing, but folks just keep on paying for a higher grade of gas then they need. [Note we did not say better grade]. Why? Because those folks fall for that marketing hype. After all, super or supreme must be better then regular! NOT!)
Octane has nothing to do with the power or gas mileage of gasoline. It has to do with the ignition factor of the fuel. The higher the number, the more heat and compression the gas can handle before it ignites. Before it ignites? Yes, in your engine you only want that ignition to happen when your car is ready for it. When your car fires that spark plug. But when the fuel ignites on its own, it’s called “Pinging” and that’s no good for your car.
Why would this happen in some cars and not others? Because of Heat and Compression. Most cars use low compression, and low heat (compared to others). However some cars have those higher compression, higher heat engines. And those are the only ones that need that expensive premium fuel.
For the most part it is easy to tell if you really need that extra octane. If your car is turbo charged, super charged, or is referred to as having a “high” compression engine, then you need it. If not, then in most cases you don’t. Again check your owner’s manual.
Information to come...
A lot of folks that do need that extra Octane gas try to get it by adding some of those additives to their car when they fill-up. If you have been to the Auto Parts store lately you know that there is no shortage of them. In fact one of the better known brands states “ you’ll increase your octane effect 3-5 points by using......”.
So, am I telling you that by adding a $3.00 Bottle of Octane Booster I can raise 20 gallons of low 81 Octane to 84 to 86 Octane...? No! The truth is that magical word “points”. The truth is adding 5 points to 81 Octane gas gives you an Octane rating of .815 (look at the decimal point!). You’re not even going to get 82 Octane gas!
But if you really need that high Octane there is a way to use just plain old water to use 81 Octane gas and have it run like 100+ Octane!... But that’s in the months to come.....
Using This Spark Plugs Will Give You......
Look at this:
“ SplitFire advertises that use of its patented spark plugs results in significantly better fuel economy, greater horsepower, lower emissions and cost savings than use of either conventional spark plugs or platinum-tipped spark plugs. According to the complaint detailing the FTC charges, SplitFire ads stated:
“Equipped with conventional spark plugs, up to 15% of the combustion cycles in a modern engine end up in ‘partial misfires.’ SplitFire’s larger flame kernel helps reduce partial misfires, and experts say it helps improve: Performance, Economy, Emissions.” and
“It only costs more ‘til you use It,” and;
“SplitFire conducts continuous consumer surveys to constantly monitor ‘real life’ performance in all vehicle types. . . 70% reported a gas mileage increase of from 1 to 6 more miles per gallon.” ............
Sounds great till you get the full story. The above comes from the FTC in reference to the fact they went after Spitfire for making those claims. Get the full story here : http://www.ftc.gov/opa/1997/9702/splitfir.htm
Look, no “Spark Plug” can make your car better then it was designed to be. So, are those fancy spark plugs, ignition wires, and stuff a waste of time? No, some are worth it. And some are over hyped. But that’s part of the story to come.
Air Filters and Air Intake Systems....
Now you’re on to something. When your car breathes better it works better. But don’t believe all the hype some folks tell you. Also not all filters are created equal. For now we will tell you that using a clean air filter all the time will make sure your car gets the performance, reliability, and gas mileage it was designed for. A dirty one will really hurt your car and can cost you a lot in lost performance and gas mileage. In the months to come you will see that there are real world ways to run a clean air filter, but without having to always be buying and replacing the unit.
We will be looking at everything we can think of. Even comfort items to help you feel more relaxed when driving. After all driving under stress is not very safe. We will look at stuff that has both business and pleasure benefits. We will even talk about “wind wings”. Yup, old cars had “wind wings’ so you could have a window open a bit in the rain and not get wet. New cars don’t, but there is a solution.
We will be looking at the entertainment part of your car. Like Satellite radio and portable DVD/Video units. The right equipment can turn that drive from hell into a pleasure trip. And when you feel good behind the wheel of your car, your safety and that of the folks around you go way up.
By now you can see that there is a lot to learn and know and filter through to get to the facts. The good news is you don’t have to. BizNet will do it for you. We will hunt through those web sites. Talk to manufacturers and service people. Investigate those claims of great stuff, and get you the bottom line truth:
What is worth it What is not. And what is just a bunch of advertising, take-your-money hype!
We will leave you with this one last bit of information.
The harder a car tire is, the better the gas mileage it will give its user.
The softer the worse the mileage will be. This is because a hard tire rolls more easily and with less resistance than a soft tire...
But a hard tire does not hold the road as well as a soft tire....
But a hard tire can be over inflated and wear out sooner, or even fail and cause a crash...
So can a soft under inflated tire...
So, what pressure should your tire be at? If your tire says inflate to 32 psi on the side of it, then it should be 32 psi... NO!
If the car manufacturer states to have your tires inflated to 28 psi....Then what?
That is the pressure you should have them at, But...There is more.
Like the load in the car. Lots of folks and luggage or only the driver? Get some good info here:
One last note:
The above information is nothing you can’t find for yourselves. But do you want to take the time, or just read it here? For example, just to list the two links above on Tire Inflation, we had to find and look at over 200 web sites. BizNet OnLine, giving you the information you need.
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