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How Do I Improve my Fuel Economy?

How Do I Improve my Fuel Economy?

How do I Improve my Fuel Economy?   These days you might be cringing at the gas pump each time you visit with the rising fuel prices. In this blog, we would like to discuss what you can do as a driver to improve your fuel economy and hopefully save you some money when it's time to fill up! Summer months are quickly approaching, when there is a rise in temperature, your fuel economy can actually increase because your engine doesn't have to work so hard to get up to a normal temperature. To counteract this though, there is the running of the A/C system in your vehicle that reduces fuel economy to keep the inside of the vehicle at a comfortable temperature. The easy solution to this you would think would be just rolling the windows down, right? But no. Rolling the windows down can also decrease fuel economy because now your vehicle is fighting against the wind resistance and using more power to push through that! Not to mention, who wants to roll the ... read more

Paradise Is Calling, Are You Going to Answer?

Paradise Is Calling, Are You Going to Answer?

WELCOME TO VENICE, FLORIDA!  Sandy Beaches & Stunning Sunsets Myakka River Canopy Road or Mossy Oak Tree Lined Roads American Import Auto, Inc. wants to welcome all of our new residents and clients to this beautiful city on the Gulf. It's no lie this is one of the most amazing places to live, with America's number one rated beach only miles from Venice! We have the World Series Champion Atlanta Braves that play their spring training games here in town, a cute downtown eating and shopping strip, beaches, boating, and great schools your youngsters can attend.  This town is wonderful for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle, or the concrete jungle. It is a breath of fresh air and a true gem of a city to both raise a family or even consider retirement! There are opportunities to build relationships fast with a strong Chamber of Commerce leading the way with community driven events, and plenty of networking opportunities to get you ... read more

What Are Seasonal Car Care and Maintenance Tips for Florida Visitors and Residents?

What Are Seasonal Car Care and Maintenance Tips for Florida Visitors and Residents?

Seasonal Car Care - Florida Edition  Hi there friends, residents, and visitors of Venice, Florida!  Today we are going to go into detail about the importance of maintaining your vehicle while you might be away from it for some time. Florida is no stranger to visitors and seasonal travelers during the winter and early spring months. We want to ensure that while you might be away in your home state, your vehicle down here still needs to be maintained routinely. So, let us talk about best practices, and what might work best for you! It is only January, but this is good prep for when the time comes, planning ahead will save you from last minute stress!  Car Battery First, let us talk about car batteries. Especially important to know that car batteries can die just by sitting for extended periods of time. They can die even when they are left connected and not recharged for some time. We ... read more

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Why Is My Car Shaking When Idle?

Why Is My Car Shaking When Idle?

Why Is My Car Shaking When Idle?    Have you ever experienced a rough idle or lots of shaking while you are stopped at a stop light or maybe you are slowing down, and it just starts to shake out of nowhere? There could be a variety of different reasons for this, it's not something you want to ignore as it may be a big underlying issue!   We recently had a BMW X2 in the shop that was experiencing this symptom. Upon doing a full diagnosis to the vehicle, our technician found that this was coming from the Motor Mounts. After asking my Service Manager about this issue, he stated that Motor Mounts can have many names, and can be different depending on make and model of vehicle. For instance, trucks usually have Engine Mounts that are metal and rubber, whereas other vehicles like this BMW X2 have mounts that have rubber with liquid inside of them, also known as hydraulic fluid. For this vehicle, Chris our ASE Certified Master Import & Eur ... read more

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Why Is My Car Hard to Steer?

Why Is My Car Hard to Steer?

Why Is My Car Hard To Steer? Why Is My Car Not Driving Straight? Why Is My Car Making A Strange Noise When Turning?    The answer to this question may be the result of a bad Tie Rod. The Tie Rod connects the Steering Gear or Power Steering Rack to the wheel of your vehicle. Over time, the pivoting joint of the tie rod can wear out, causing your tire to no longer stay in alignment. When you are turning your wheel a little bit and the steering feels loose, or the vehicle isn't responding to the way you are turning your steering wheel, this would be the reason. Other symptoms include: No steering at all or unusual steering  High pitched squealing noise (especially around turns) Uneven wear on tires Wheel alignment off             Our mechanics routinely check your tie rods when your vehicle comes in for service. To safely inspect ... read more

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