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10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps. Motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility.

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre- trip checklist:

  1. Check all fluids - There are several fluids that require attention: Engine Oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids, and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

  2. Check all hoses and belts - A belt failure can affect the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering, and the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.

  3. 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.


Follow these tips to maximize fuel efficiency of your vehicle:

  1. Vehicle gas caps - about 17% of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or 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 a parking brake on. It 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 electrical and chemical erosion from heat.

  4. Dirty air filters - A clogged air filter creates a "rich" mixture - the proportion of gas to air is incorrect. This wastes fuel and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%.

  5. Don't drive aggresively - Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets.

  6. Avoid excessive idling - sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.

  7. Drive the speed limit - Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mile driven over 60 results in an additional 10 cents per gallon. Increase fuel efficiency by using cruise control.

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  • Federated CarCare
  • AAA Approved Auto Repair
  • ASE - Automotive Service Excellence
  • BG Products
  • Jasper Engines & Transmissions
  • Identifix
  • Mitchell 1
  • Troy Chamber of Commerce
  • Oxford Chamber of Commerce
  • Car Care Aware

Testimonials

  • Had a flat tire, AAA recommended towing to Fix N Go, I said sure. Glad I did! Fair, competitive price, awesome customer service, gave recommendations on what needed to be fixed, never pressured other things...I'll be going back several more times! Thanks Joe!!
    -Don Jackson

  • Fix n Go is a great place to bring your car. Joe is very customer focused. They are upfront about costs and work with you to make only the necessary repairs needed at the best price. They go above and beyond. They are honest, follow-up and treat you with respect. Enough said!
    -Susan Irwin

  • Friendly, knowledgeable, and reasonably priced.
    -James Fahy

  • Frank is a great guy to deal with, honest.
    -Scott Ouimet

  • Compared to other repair shops and dealers that I have brought my car to, Fix N Go has been one of the best. Matt especially was very helpful and went above and beyond to help me out when I was in a pinch. I will exclusively be taking my car back here for any repairs, oil changes, etc. Great service, and the prices are reasonable.
    -Sarah Tomaka

  • These guys are always great. They are conveniently near my work, so I just drop a car off in the morning for an oil change or whatever else. We've had different work done by them on a few different cars, and they've always done very good work and seem to be price competitive. Definitely would recommend trying them out to anybody I know, and have done so.
    -Nate E.

  • Very helpful staff.
    -Chris Ophus

  • Good group of mechanics. They appropriately diagnosed my car issues and were in a reasonable price range. They were nice enough to drive me back to my house after they took my car for major service.
    -Richard Alegre

  • I brought in my Volvo v70, and they fixed my problem in two days. It took them that long because of part shipping time. I checked the work, and it was done correctly and professionally.
    -Grant Rowland

  • Truck broke on the freeway. These guys were great and helped me out when I needed it. Thanks guys.
    -David Squires

  • My car kept dying. They checked everything and kept me up to date. I will always be a customer. The service is excellent, and all the guys did a great job.
    -Mesheko Lewis

  • As a college student with an old car and a tight budget, I definitely recommend Fix N Go Troy as the most reliable and trustworthy service in the area. Their prices are very fair given their high quality service, and their close proximity to I-75, and the Sterling/Troy neighborhoods is super convenient.
    -John Esse

  • Great service, nice people. Thanks Todd!
    -Anita Myles

  • Referred to them by Discount Tire to get an alignment after getting new tires. They squeezed me in the same day, and my Trailblazer feels like its new again!
    -John Troy

  • Fix N Go has fast and friendly service. They just informed us that one of our vehicles needed 2 new tires because of dry rot. They just don't do oil changes, they inspect your vehicle to make sure it is running properly.
    -Russ Francis

  • Fix N Go is very reliable, and I am always confident that I am being charged a fair price for their products and services. The staff at Fix N Go is very friendly and always helpful in explaining the repairs that they are performing on my car.
    -Julie Esse

  • We have taken our cars to these guys for a few years. I have always found them helpful, friendly, and you get in and out. I haven't had them trying to sell me something I didn't need, and I trust their judgement. Would definitely recommend them.
    -Vicky Siegel

  • My family drives 4 older vehicles, and we trust Fix N Go to keep us in tip-top shape. They don't try to over sell, the prices are fair, and we think Todd is great!
    -Lori Esse

  • Very nice guys. Quick to respond, friendly, and honest. I will recommend Fix N Go. This was my first time here, and they treated me like a valued client. They fixed a minor problem at no charge. Thank you. Thank you.
    -Al Todek

  • I like getting service here. I can make an appointment for an oil change and come in and wait. They do it quickly and never pressure me into getting additional repairs. If some are needed, they tell me about it and let me decide.
    -Grace Laverdiere

  • I took my car in to get an alignment done. I was expecting the fix to take at least an hour, but was done within around 30 minutes. They were pretty quick to get the job done, and the people were really nice. I'd definitely go again.
    -Jenn Yang