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The Hines Service Center Auto Report: Wiper Blade Options
Wiper blades are critically important to Conway auto owners for good driving visibility and safety. When it’s time to replace your wiper blades, there are a number of different wiper blade designs and grades. Conway car owners should always use at least the design or grade that came with their vehicle.
If you live in Arkansas where there is a lot of wet weather, flying insects, or do a lot of highway driving, you may want to upgrade to a more advanced design or premium quality wiper blade. Your honest caring and friendly Hines Service Center tech can share the options available for your car and help you decide which wiper blades are prime for you.
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Hines Service Center 501.327.1755 714 Harkrider St Conway, Arkansas 72032
Fuel Injection Keeps Getting Better For Conway Motorists
Conway car owners 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 injection engines burn fuel more efficiently than conventional engines. Some models can deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.
For example, in one family of engines, the conventional version (a V6) delivers about 250 horsepower. The direct injection version delivers over 300 horsepower and gets about the same fuel economy. The turbocharged version delivers 350 horsepower.
Why the big difference in power? Direct injection systems allow fuel to be squirted into the engine at hundreds of times the pressure of a conventional engine. This atomizes the fuel better (breaks it down into tinier droplets), which means more of it gets burned, which translates to more power for your engine. It also results in cleaner emissions and improved fuel economy.
Fuel injectors are precision instruments. They have to deliver the right amount of fuel at exactly the time the engine needs it. They are also engineered to inject fuel with a specific spray pattern. This spray pattern allows for maximum fuel efficiency and proper atomization.
Direct injection engines require a much higher degree of precision than conventional engines. For this reason, they are equipped with more sophisticated computers.
When fuel injectors get dirty, their precision drops off. The spray pattern won’t be precise, and the timing of fuel delivery may be off. This decreases fuel efficiency and gas mileage for Conway car owners as well as delivering less power to the engine.
Fuel injectors are not cheap to replace. Direct injection fuel injectors are even more expensive. And we’re talking a mortgage payment to buy a set of new fuel injectors for a diesel engine.
So keeping your fuel injectors clean is just good auto advice for Conway drivers. The best way to do this is to change your air and fuel filters regularly and practice other habits of good car care and preventive maintenance at Hines Service Center in Conway. Cleaning additives in your fuel can also help.
If you do end up with gum or varnish in your fuel system, you’ll need a professional fuel system cleaning. This will clean out your whole system, including the injectors. The good news is that with proper maintenance, your fuel injectors will last for a long time.
How Do You Save Gas In Conway Arkansas?
No one in Conway, Arkansas likes to spend a chunk of change at Little Rock gas pumps. Rising Arkansas fuel prices, however, have spurred Conway motorists to focus on how to improve their fuel efficiency. North Americans literally drive billions of miles less each month during times of high fuel prices. But we still need to drive (we are car-loving Americans, after all!), so it makes sense to try and increase our fuel economy however we can.
Let’s look at a real life example of one of our AutoNetTV producers. He has one of those really big SUVs. Lots of kids and horses to haul around, you know. His family was planning a four day camping trip. Here’s what he did to cut his fuel costs:
First, he installed a new, high flow engine air filter. Then he had his Conway service center change his oil, flush his cooling system and service his front and rear differentials along with the transfer case. He also had a fuel system cleaning, replaced his PCV valve and breather element. He also made sure his tires were up to the recommended pressure.
Now this cost several hundred dollars. But keep in mind, it all needed to be done anyway – it was all scheduled, and some of the work was overdue.
So he headed out, loaded with nine people and pulling a ton of trailer with everything needed for four days of camping. When the trip was over, he tallied his gas mileage. Turns out, he got the best fuel economy on that vehicle up to that point. It had improved 25 percent! He saved $48.00 on that trip alone. And the savings keep on coming every day.
Here’s a quick summary of what you can do to save fuel in Conway, Arkansas. First get caught up on your vital routine maintenance. Nearly every scheduled service item can boost fuel efficiency. If it’s time for a tune-up, git’er done at Hines Service Center. That’s a big item.
If your check engine light is on, have your honest caring and friendly Hines Service Center service specialist figure out why and fix it. Check engine problems can be real gas wasters.
Proper tire pressure and wheel alignment can really help Conway drivers as well. Try not to carry around a bunch of stuff. An extra hundred pounds can cost a mile per gallon.
Now you may not want to hear this, but the single biggest fuel waster for most Little Rock folks is their right foot. Zooming away from stop lights and hot rod lane changes really waste fuel. Take it easy on Arkansas freeways and Conway streets: don’t speed and plan ahead.
Finally, you may have noticed that we haven’t mentioned any magic pills or devices that will double your mileage. That’s because there aren’t any. Some may help a bit, but there are a lot of “miracle fuel saver” scams in Arkansas. Don’t shell out any bucks to swindlers, you need it to buy gas!
Do some research and check with your tech at Hines Service Center in Conway before spending your hard earned cash.
Hines Service Center News and Videos for Conway: Tire Replacement Overview
Tires are a significant purchase so knowing when tires should be replaced is important for Conway drivers. Tires will just wear out with normal use. The depth of the tread on your tire determines how well it will stop, start and steer – especially in wet conditions. 4/32th of an inch of tire tread is considered a safe amount of tread.
Uneven tread wear can be a symptom of other problems and simply replacing your tires will not prevent the same uneven wear from happening to the new tires. We can check your tires for excessive or uneven wear. Unusual wear may lead to further inspection of steering, suspension or alignment problems. We can help with required repairs and with getting you the right tires for your needs.
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Hines Service Center 501.327.1755 714 Harkrider St Conway, Arkansas 72032
Hitting The Brakes In Mayflower
Hello Conway, let’s talk about brakes. Braking, as all Arkansas auto owners know,is slowing or stopping your vehicle. As you can imagine, brakes are engineered to work well on a particular vehicle application. For example, you would expect more powerful brakes on a heavy-duty pickup that routinely hauls big loads and pulls trailers, than you would on a compact car. And a Corvette that can go over 180 miles per hour would have much different braking needs than the family mini-van you drive around between Conway, Little Rock and Mayflower.
But the mechanical aspects of the brakes themselves are just one issue. There’s also the power brake pump and brake fluid. And then there are the tires, which are critical to the effectiveness of the brakes.
Let’s step back. A new compact car or truck rolls off a local Conway showroom floor. It has brand new brakes with brand new brake pads. The brake lines and pump are filled with fresh fluid and are completely clean inside. And the tires are brand new, with full tread. It is ready to go.
Naturally, braking power is at its peak performance. Now the miles start to add up on the compact car. Conway motorists tend to focus on the brake pads. In the automotive business, the pads, and shoes on drum brakes, are called the friction material. That’s because they provide the friction used to stop the vehicle. The pads are designed to be effective throughout their useful life – it’s not until they are worn so thin as to be out of vehicle manufacturers’ specs that they lose their ability to stop.
The mechanical parts of the brakes have pistons and springs that get quite a workout while breaking. Over many miles around Arkansas, these wear and get gummed up. They start to lose effectiveness gradually and could even fail – a scary possibility That’s why a regular brake inspection at Hines Service Center is important for your compact car and your family’s safety. At Hines Service Center we can test the operation of the brakes and see if any parts need cleaning or replacing.
That leads us to brake fluid service at Hines Service Center. Some of the critical additives in the fluid that lubricate and clean the compact car fluid system are depleted over time. That and moisture building up in the system reduce the performance of the brake fluid. A brake service at Hines Service Center cleans out deposits, water and dirt. Then the system is filled up with fresh fluid.
The tires are what connect the compact car to the road. Stopping force all comes down to traction. The better the tires grip the road, the quicker you’ll stop.
This is especially important on wet Little Rock area expressways and surface streets. Studies have shown that wet stopping distance increases significantly as tires wear down. Arkansas motorists need to understand that they can have brakes that are operating at peak efficiency and yet still be in danger because their tires are worn out.
We are a NAPA AutoCare Center in Conway Arkansas, providing the following services:
Free Shuttle Service
Oil Change and Lube
Tires Sales & Service
Air Filter Replacement
Air Conditioning Service
Battery Testing & Replacement
Vehicle Preventative Maintanance
Belt and Hose Replacement
Everything but glass & body