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The professionals at Pete Kitt's Sales & Service are happy to give you helpful advice on your car. Please call us with any repair, service, or maintenance questions you may have. We are also happy to give you a free credit evaluation for a used car purchase or a free used car appraisal for trade-in value.

FIX IT or TRADE IT, We Can Help
Sometimes the most difficult decision to make regarding your car, is whether to spend money repairing it or trade it in on another vehicle. If you are struggling with this decision, please call us at (315) 487-2630. We would be happy to evaluate the condition of your vehicle, the extent of the needed repairs, and your financial status pertaining to the vehicle. We can offer you suggestions, discuss the options available to you, and provide you with the information you need to make a wise decision.

If you have a question about repair and maintenance of your vehicle or if you need advice on a used vehicle, please call us at (315) 487-2630 or e-mail us by clicking here. We would be happy to help you.

 

Secrets to saving money at the pump
With fuel prices on the rise and uncertainty about middle eastern oil supplies, saving fuel is a high priority for most people. You can save money, help the environment, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil by following these simple tips.

Check tire pressure
Under inflated tires increase friction and cost you gas mileage. Changing temperatures require tire pressure to be closely monitored. Keeping your tires properly inflated is the easiest way to maximize your fuel mileage.

Watch your driving habits
Rapid acceleration decreases fuel mileage. Maintaining constant speed will give you the best fuel economy.

Don't speed
There is an inverse relation between fuel economy and speed. Most vehicles get their best fuel economy at 50 MPH. Each mile faster than 50 reduces your mileage.

Plan your trips
Consolidate your errands. Try to limit the number of times you take your car. An added benefit to this is that it will also save you time.

Check your air filter
A partially plugged air filter reduces the air flow to your engine and makes it run rich and wasting a great deal of fuel. Air filters are rarely checked. However, regular replacement is one of the most cost effective ways to improve your fuel economy. Periodic replacement increases your fuel mileage and helps prolong your engine's life.

Reduce cargo load
Pack light and clean out your trunk once in a while. Studies have found that just 200 lb. of extra weight can cost you 1 mile per gallon.

Minimize idling
One minute of idling uses more fuel than restarting your engine. Idling for as little as 10 minutes can use the same amount of fuel as driving 5-6 miles. Limit warm-ups to just a couple of minutes and you will save money.

Use synthetic lubricants
Switching to synthetic lubricants will reduce resistance and add to your fuel mileage.

Tune up your engine
Dirty spark plugs, bad plug wires, old fuel filters and dirty fuel injection systems reduce engine efficiency and performance. Keeping your vehicle well maintained will save you many dollars in fuel savings.

Fuel injection cleaning
Most of today's vehicles have fuel injected engines. Over time, one or more fuel injectors may become partially plugged. When this happens, other cylinders must compensate for the dirty injector. This requires them to work harder and use more fuel.

Air conditioning
Your air conditioning compressor places a heavy load on your car's engine. Using your fresh air vents instead of a/c will increase your mileage. However, studies have shown that the parachute effect of rolling down windows can actually cost more miles per gallon than having the windows rolled up and the air on at highways speeds.

Check your gas cap
Gas evaporates rapidly in warm weather. Industry experts estimate that as much as 147,000,000 gallons of gas are lost each year from evaporation. Be sure your gas cap is on tight and the seal is in good condition.

Periodically replace engine sensors
Engine sensors such as the oxygen sensor, mass air flow sensor, and throttle position sensor loose their accuracy over time. Oxygen sensors in particular can become inaccurate because they are exposed to carbon build up. Periodic replacement of these sensors will ensure peak engine performance and maximum fuel economy.

Maintain your vehicle
Routine maintenance keeps your vehicle running at maximum efficiency. Replace belts when they're worn, keep your cooling system clean,and replace your fluids regularly.

Todays vehicles have many sensors that constantly monitor vehicle performance and adjust engine specifications. If a vehicle is not properly maintained, these sensors can take improper readings and adversely affect fuel mileage.

Check your steering, suspension, and brakes regularly
Keeping your steering and suspension in top shape makes sure your wheels are running straight and in good alignment. Worn steering and brake components can cause increased drag and reduced fuel mileage.

Turn Right
This might sound crazy, but planning your trips to make as many right turns as possible will save you gas. Most left turns require waiting for traffic to clear before turning. Right hand turns can normally be made quickly reducing delays, saving time and fuel.

 

Winter Driving Tips
Winter driving can be hazardous. These driving tips will help you in winter driving conditions.

Acceleration
Accelerate slowly and gradually in low traction situations. If your tires spin, let off the gas slightly and accelerate as you regain traction.

Try to avoid spinning the tires. When tires are spinning, they have lost traction. The best way to regain traction is to back off the accelerator.
Spinning the tires can actually reduce traction by creating ice under the tires.

If you have a front wheel drive, try to avoid having your steering wheel turned while accelerating. You will find it much easier to accelerate with your wheels pointing straight ahead.

Braking
Decelerate well in advance of a turn or stopping point. Try to avoid using brakes while turning, slow down in advance of the turn and then accelerate very gently while going through it.

Brake gently in an on/off pattern. Power brakes require an especially light touch on the pedal.
If you have ABS (anti-lock braking system) which is designed to prevent your wheels from locking up when braking, check your owner's manual about stopping under poor traction conditions. As a general rule, continuous pedal pressure will be better than on/off braking. When the ABS engages, you'll hear a rumble from the brakes and the brake pedal will vibrate under your foot. This is the ABS computer controlling which wheel is braking in order to help prevent a skid. NOTE: It is normally best to resist the temptation to take your foot off the brake while ABS is engaged, maintaining constant pedal pressure allows the ABS to do it's work.

When descending a hill, pick your maximum safe speed while at the crest and then stay under that speed throughout the decent with gentle on/off braking. Don't expect to do all your braking at that stop sign at the bottom.

If you are approaching a stop with alternate patches of ice and bare pavement between you and the stop, brake firmly as you cross the bare spot and coast over the ice.

Steering
To steer in slippery conditions, you must avoid fast or drastic changes in direction. Slow smooth changes will help prevent sliding. Remember that you must keep the front tires rolling to steer. Try to avoid braking while steering in low traction conditions. If your front wheels slide from applying the brakes, you will be unable to steer. If you lose traction with the front wheels, you may be able to regain control by straightening the front wheels and reducing brake pedal pressure. This is not instinctive for most people. However, if you remain calm and determine why the wheels are sliding, you can almost always take corrective action to get the wheels rolling and regain control of the vehicle.

Keys to Safe Winter Driving

  • Plan ahead, make sure your vehicle is prepared for winter driving
  • Allow extra time so you don't have to rush
  • Don't tailgate, don't tailgate, DON'T TAILGATE
  • Slow down
  • Always leave yourself a way out
  • Don't make any sudden changes in speed or direction
  • Stay calm

New York State inspection failure for Readiness Monitors

New York state added emission testing to it's annual mandatory vehicle inspection. Vehicles equipped with On Board Diagnostic II (OBDII), which includes most 1996 and newer vehicles, self-test their emission systems utilizing several "monitors". Vehicles perform up to 11 independent system tests, depending on year, make
and model of the vehicle. These tests are commonly referred to as "readiness monitors."

The readiness monitors identify whether the vehicle's computer has completed the required "tests" while the vehicle is being driven. If a test has been completed, the system status will be reported "ready." An uncompleted test will be reported "not ready." An OBDII vehicle will not pass the annual inspection unless the required monitors are "ready."

The NYS Inspection test equipment connects our NYS inspection computer to your vehicles computer and identifies monitors that are not ready. The test equipment reads the OBDII and readiness monitor status as part of the vehicle's emissions inspection. This information is uploaded to a DMV computer and the vehicle inspector cannot change the information reported by the vehicle.

The most common cause for the readiness monitors to be "not ready" is disconnecting the vehicles battery. In most situations, disconnecting the battery resets the monitors from "ready" to "not ready". Once this has happened, the only way to change the status to "ready" is to drive the vehicle. Depending on the vehicle, it can take several days of normal driving to reset the monitors.

If you have any questions on the monitor requirements pertaining to your vehicle, please call us at (315) 487-2630. In addition, NY State has a brochure available that helps explain the readiness monitors and how they impact the inspection of your vehicle. You can see the brochure in PDF format at http://www.nysdmv.com/broch/

Looking for a better option than AAA for roadside assistance?
In recent years, we have received many complaints about AAA service. As a reliable alternative to AAA, we suggest that you contact your cell phone provider. Most have comprehensive roadside assistance available at a fraction of the cost of AAA.

 

 

  Pete Kitt's Automotive Sales & Service
101 Bennett Rd.

Po Box 416
Camillus, NY 13031-0416
  Used Car Cell: (315) 407-1077
Service: (315) 487-2630
Fax: (315) 488-4521
e-mail: info@petekitt.com
 

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