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Does Cruise Control Save Gas

We are all familiar with cruise control, that setting on your steering wheel or dashboard that makes it easy to just set the speed you want to drive at and just monitor speed instead of actively using the pedal to adjust your speed. But how does Cruise Control actually help you and save on gas and money? Cruise Control Sets Speed First, by setting the speed for it (for example while highway driving) at the officially posted speed limit, it can help you prevent from getting speeding tickets and other associated fees that may come with that. Fees such as potential traffic school, much higher insurance rates, etc. Of course, having no speeding tickets on your record can help earn you discounts on insurance and even lower rates for that auto insurance overall. Cruise Control And Gas Mileage Second, applying cruise control can help improve gas mileage. Statistics show that dropping your speed on the highway from 70 mph to 60 mph increase ... read more

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Blowouts Hydroplaning And How To Reduce Risk

All it takes to disrupt your daily drive around Pensacola, FL is one badly-placed pothole or a little bit of water that sends you and your car sliding dangerously out of control. Blowouts and hydroplaning can be very scary ordeals for most drivers. Luckily, it also doesn’t take much to safely steer your vehicle to safety. Reduce Your Speed The last place you want to experience a blowout or hydroplaning is while traveling on the freeway at high speeds. Because our ordinary reactions are magnified during stress or tension, the risk of a rollover is much greater at increased speeds. Avoid Overcompensating Avoiding overcompensating is the secret to maintaining control of your vehicle – in other words, don’t jerk the steering wheel nor slam on the brakes. Instead, hold the steering wheel steady and just lift your foot off the gas. After your car regains traction and you regain control, ease your way back into your lane or to the shoulder of the road ... read more

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Serpentine and Drive Belt Failure

Your vehicle is a complex system of belts, gears, electronics, and moving parts that must work together in order to keep you safely on the road. One important component is the serpentine belt, also known as a drive belt. This connects and powers key systems like the alternator, air conditioning, power steering, and cooling system. Once the engine is running, it doesn’t stop until you turn off your vehicle. Maintaining your serpentine belts are incredibly important to the overall health of your car. If any of these belts fail, you are at serious risk of damaging vital systems, including the engine, alternator, air conditioner, and power steering pump. If you wait too long for a serpentine replacement, fan, or timing belt replacement, you’re facing expensive repairs. If the serpentine or drive belt breaks, your vehicle may not be able to run at all. If it is connected to the water pump, a broken belt will prevent the cooling system from working properly and your ... read more

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3 Tire Pressure Misconceptions

At our independent auto repair shop, our service advisors often recommend that our customers regularly check their tire pressure at home. This simple test can make a big difference for the lifespan of your vehicle’s tires! But there are a few common misconceptions: Fill to the pressure listed on the tire itself. Tire brands can withstand different amounts of pressure, which is why the tire manufacturers list the maximum inflation pressure on the tire itself, often on the sidewall of the tire. However, this is NOT the correct pressure for your tire. Proper tire pressure is specified by the vehicle manufacturer. This is calculated to account for the weight and performance of the vehicle and tire requirements. Look for the correct inflation pressure on the vehicle door edge, door post, glove box, fuel door, or owner’s manual. When in doubt, call our auto repair shop. Our experienced technicians can help you look up the proper tire pressure for your vehicle ... read more

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Brake Fluid: Fact and Friction

We all understand the need for brakes on our vehicles. Brakes, by definition, are a device for slowing or stopping a vehicle by the transfer of energy, usually by means of friction.  Visualize Fred Flintstone putting his heels down and stopping his car.  There was nothing between Fred and the road!  Today’s vehicles have several layers between your feet and the road, but just wonder what it would feel like dragging your feet beneath the moving car, trying to reach the roadway but not quite getting there. That’s why brake fluid is so important.  It provides that vital link between the pressure you are applying with your feet (via the brake pedal) and the brakes themselves – that’s the friction.   Without it, there’s no way for this pressure to make it to the brakes. Do you feel that your brakes are not as responsive as they once were? If you suspect your brakes are starting to fail, please make an appointment at Evans Automotive Ser ... read more

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Saving with “Cheap” Brakes

As we kick off a new year, you’ve probably already made some resolutions. The most popular resolutions are: 1) lose weight 2) get organized 3) spend less, save more. But when pinching pennies puts you or your family at risk, it is never worth it. If your brakes are making a shrieking sound, it might be time for new brakes. But don’t go just anywhere to get them replaced… watch out for bargain brake jobs. “Cheap” brake jobs means two things: Cheap parts and lower quality technicians. When we think about brakes, the first thing we think about are pads. Not all pads are created equal – for the most efficient braking, you need quality pads that are exactly the same size as the rotor to get as much braking power as possible. But cheap brake pads often miss the mark. When they are the wrong size, they will wear down, rub against parts they shouldn’t touch, and prevent the pad from touching the rotor. This means you’ll need to replace ... read more

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Protecting your Vehicle from Theft

Every year, the number of car thefts goes down in the United States. In part, we owe this to car manufacturers for making vehicles more difficult to break into. However, credit also goes to car owners for being educated about and aware of car thieves. Here are a few tips to help make sure you never have to deal with the stress of a stolen vehicle: Lock your Doors, Roll up your Windows Even if you’re just leaving your vehicle for a moment, make sure it is secure and take your keys with you. Thieves will look for easy ways to take off with a vehicle.  By leaving your doors unlocked or your windows cracked, you’re giving them a simple way to do that. Park in a Garage or a Well-Lit Area Typically, thieves want to do their dirty work discreetly where they won’t be suspected. If people can observe a car in a lighted area, a thief is less likely to target it. It’s the vehicles left in dark lots or on the street that tend to g ... read more

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Prepare for Holiday Travel

The holiday season is here! As families across Florida are preparing for friendly gatherings, many will be travelling to spend the holidays with loved ones. If your holiday plans involve a road trip, be prepared so your trip is safe and worry free! Pack for your Passengers. Having snacks and drinks available can help keep your passengers comfortable during longer drives. Make sure you bring CDs, music, or entertainment, but remember – the driver is in control! Don’t bring anything that would be a dangerous distraction to the driver. Check your Emergency Kit. Road conditions are unpredictable this time of year, especially if you are traveling outside of the state. Make sure your vehicle is equipped with an emergency kit, including spare tire, jack, jumper cables, and emergency supplies. Watch Road Conditions. Holidays mean the busiest roads in Pensacola and across the country. Check your favorite traffic app before you leav ... read more

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Get the Most Out of Your Tires

Get the Most Out of Your Tires

It is a new season, and that means time to inspect your tires and get the most out of them as you drive the roads of Florida. If you drive your vehicle 12,000-14,000 miles per year like the average driver, the change of the season is a great reminder to inspect your tires. Every 3,000 miles tires should be inspected for proper inflation to keep you running smoothly and maximize fuel efficiency.  Inflate to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation, not the maximum pressure allowed as stamped on the side of the tire.  A monthly visual inspection and tire pressure check is recommended by most tire retailers. At every 6,000-8,000 miles, tires need to be rotated. Rotation is critical for even tire wear and longevity.  This is a great time to closely inspect each tire for uneven wear patterns or damage.  Often, uneven wear can be corrected with an alignment, but could be the result of worn or damaged suspension. Stop by Evans Automotive Serv ... read more

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“Spongy” Brakes

“Spongy” Brakes

Driving down the roads in Pensacola, when you approach a stop sign or traffic light, your foot will move to the brake pedal to slow down your car. But what happens when the brakes don’t react the way you expect? Brake issues are one of the most serious problems affecting your vehicle. Do NOT ignore a warning sign of brake problems! If you are experiencing brake problems in your vehicle, call our shop to arrange a tow and a brake inspection. One symptom of an issue with your brakes is “spongy” brakes. This means that when you apply the brakes, the pedal feels squishy or soft beneath your foot. Instead of firm and consistent resistance, the brake pedal reaction is unpredictable. This is a serious condition – spongy brakes put you at increased risk for uncontrollable brakes on the road. If left unaddressed and ignored, spongy brakes can quickly cause a serious accident on the road. Spongy brakes is often a symptom of a leak in the brake system. Brake fluid should be the only thing ... read more

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