Mackert Automotive LLC Fuel Saving Tip for Gig Harbor: Check Engine Light

Here’s a question for Gig Harbor, Washington auto owners: How long have you been enjoying the romantic glow of your check engine light? Hey, it’s not there to create ambiance; it’s a warning that something’s wrong. (And, by the way, Homer Simpson’s fix of covering it with tape is not a good idea.) If your check engine light comes on, check your gas cap. A loose gas cap can cause a false sensor reading that’ll make the check engine light turn on. Many conditions that trigger the check engine light can hurt...

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Service to Improve Fuel Economy

The price of gas in Washington has got Gig Harbor drivers talking. It seems that Gig Harbor folks who need a bigger vehicle to carry family and gear, or provide four wheel drive, are hit especially. That is why we thought it would be good to review some things that anyone can do to improve gas mileage. First let’s start with how we drive in the Gig Harbor area. Gig Harbor motorists may not realize that they can really save money on gas by just changing a few driving habits. One of the biggest is jackrabbit starts – you know,...

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Maintaining Your Diesel in Gig Harbor

Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven’t been as common in Gig Harbor because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur content and, as a result, we are going to see more Gig Harbor car owners driving diesel-fueled vehicles on the road, especially in passenger cars and SUV’s. Diesels are popular in Gig Harbor because they get better MPG than gas-powered engines. They also last longer. Modern diesel engines are quiet and powerful. And if...

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Fuel Filter Replacement

Hello Gig Harbor motorists! You would never like to drink a glass of mud, right? Well, your car, truck, SUV feels the same way. It needs a steady supply of clean fuel in order to run well and deliver good MPG. The fuel filter’s job is to clean dirt and rust out of the fuel before it gets to your engine. A clogged fuel filter can actually choke off the engine so that it won’t start or run. Some fuel filters have a bypass valve that allows fuel to go around the clogged filter so your car will still run. But, then the contaminated...

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Fuel Injection Keeps Getting Better For Gig Harbor Motorists

Gig Harbor drivers know that engines burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine’s cylinders. This is the function of the fuel injectors. There are two ways to inject fuel into an engine. Fuel needs air to burn, so in the first method, fuel is injected into a port and allowed to mix with air and before it is drawn into the cylinders. In the second method, fuel is injected directly into the cylinders and mixes with air after it enters the engine. Direct...

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Give Your Engine Clean Fuel With A New Fuel Filter From Mackert Automotive LLC

Your car, truck, SUV requires plenty of clean fuel to run. If your fuel contains contaminants, your fuel injectors will eventually become clogged up. When this happens, your car, truck, SUV engine may not get the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure to run at peak performance. This hurts fuel efficiency and performance as you drive around Gig Harbor. It can also lead to the buildup of harmful deposits on valves and in the combustion chamber. That’s why all vehicles, including car, truck, SUVs, come equipped with a fuel filter...

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