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HELPFUL INFO

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 2001 National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21 percent 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 Our Customers Are Saying

I have been coming to Poirier's Service Center for over 20 yrs. By far the most reliable, honest and thorough service center in Florida. Mr. Poirier and his staff are always friendly and take the time to go over every detail with you. Definitely 5 stars !!!!


-Annabelle T.

I have been coming to Poiriers Service center since 1996. I have always been very satisfied with the service, knowledge and courtesy displayed at this place of business. No matter what kind of vehicle, Ken and his staff have always kept my vehicles running in tip-top shape. May God bless them always!


-David T.

I was super-impressed with Poirier's. Every person working there was polite and professional in their dealings with customers. They fixed my car (needed brakes) while I waited, and the price was very fair for the work done. I think I have found THE place to get my car serviced when I am in Florida for the winter.


-Deb B.

For years my Dad and I have been taking our vehicles to Poirier's for both routine maintenance and repairs. You can count on the guys to provide great quality service at a reasonable price with no surprises. The staff is friendly, knowledgable and very accommodating. And the car is always ready when they say it will be. Finally, unlike too many car repair shops, at Poirier's, you never feel like you've been taken for a ride. They are honest, trustworthy and do a great job.


-Richard C.

We have been going to Poirers for ten years. I have never had a bad experience. In fact it is always a pleasure doing business with them. Extremely fair pricing, and outstanding labor. They never nickel and dime you, and are most honest auto folks around. These guys set the standard for integrity!


-Seana R.

I'm not difficult to please. All I want from any service provider is good work and a fair price. I found Poirier's a few years ago and gave them a try mostly because of the great reviews I read online. I have had consistently good service since that time. I recommend them to anyone in the area. I don't go to anyone else.


-Jim Y.

Poirier's Service Center has taken care of my vehicles for all nine years I lived in Florida. Was recommended to me by a friend and I would never consider going elsewhere. There was only one time when they couldn't figure out what was wrong, and when they redid the work they only charged me for parts but no additional labor. Yes, it will cost you $50 bucks for an oil change, but you know you are getting trustworthy service. Most of all, this single woman was never disrespected. Ken Poirier and his staff have the highest integrity. Take your car to them!!


-Meg D.

For 9 years I've experienced the excellent auto service provided by Poiriers. This is an honest team whom one can feel secure that they're not being "ripped-off." This is the only auto service that I use, even with a brand new car.


-Nancy M.

Ken, thanks again for excellent, honest, reliable service. It's been a pleasure to to business with you over the last 27 years.


-Dan C.

What a great place to do business. Awesome customer service. Wow!


-Brian H.

I have been going to Poirier's for years. They are the most trustworthy and complete automotive center in South Florida!!! I highly recommend them. Thank you again everyone at Poirier's Auto Service!


-Collete W.

These guys do a fantastic job. I've never had a bad experience. I really appreciate two things besides the great work. One is that they never give recommendations to fix or change things I don't need. The other is that Ken (the owner) calls us a few days later to check in and make sure we were satisfied with the work.


-Brad J.

My car is getting old and I feel like I have been living here lately. But Poirier's is the first service center I have trusted, and I know what they say needs to be done, really does need to be done. They are upfront and honest with you, and are always trying to help. Even in emergency situations I know I can come here and I am in good hands. The only downside is Poirier's isn't open on the weekends (and that's usually when my car decides to play dead) but with such great service I really don't mind waiting the couple days.. definitely worth it. Really glad I found this place.. I don't trust anyone else with my car!


-Audrey R.

Not only were they the best price around, their waiting area is nice and clean and didn't have that usually stinky smell which is typical with mechanic shops. It made my wait much more pleasant as they changed my front and back brakes. Also, The mechanic showed me what the brakes looked like before deciding which service would be needed. They also take appointments, which helps a lot. We will be using them for all of our maintenance and repair needs.


-Kimberly W.
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