5 Most Common Auto Repair Questions

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At General Muffler & Auto Supply, we’ve fielded hundreds of questions about auto repairs. Here is a list of five common auto repair questions and their answers to help you take care of your vehicle!

Where should I buy gas?

We consistently have customers ask us if it matters where you buy your gas. The simple answer is yes, it does matter. We recommend that vehicle owners use top tier gasoline to increase vehicle performance. Buy gas at gas stations that are busy. This makes sure that you don’t put gas in your car that has been sitting too long in a gas tank.

How long should I allow my engine to warm up in the winter?

Actually, your engine doesn’t need to idle for longer than 15-30 seconds in any time of the year. The one exception to this is if your vehicle is pulling a heavy load like a trailer. In that case, you should let it idle for 4-6 minutes to make sure the oil gets warm enough.

What should I do to take care of my car if I won’t be driving it for a while?

If won’t be driving your car for an extended period of time, ask someone you trust to start the car approximately every three weeks. It’s best to get everything working out on a dry road that’s not salted once a month or so.

How much extra gas do I use when my air conditioning is on?

Most cars lose one to two miles per gallon while the AC is on. If you have a larger vehicle and it’s an extremely hot day, that number can go up to four miles per gallon.

How can I make sure I don’t get overcharged at the mechanic?

Find an auto service shop that has a stellar reputation. Word of mouth is key—ask your friends which mechanics they trust. And always get a written estimate of repair costs before agreeing to have work done.

Here at General Muffler & Auto Supply, we’re auto service experts. We prioritize our commitment to giving you high quality customer service. And we’ll match or beat any auto repair quote you bring in from another shop!

We provide auto repair services to Shelton, CT, and we’re open on Saturdays. Contact us today at (203) 735-6406 for your auto repair!

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