Archive for June, 2006

Car maintenance

A small green point to those with cars…

Check everything regularly!  Fortunately I checked my car stats (that’s your tires, oil, coolant levels etc) as per my manual.  I don’t do it on a weekly basis like I should, but what the hey. Guess what I found?  Very, very, very low oil.  Very.

1 Litre (and that’s £13.99) later and my car is back upto specs.  Why is this green?  Well if you let your oil levels drop too low, suddenly you find yourself requiring a new engine when it has 40,000 or so miles in it left…  now that’s wastage!

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Fuel Efficency update

Usually my car gets about 40-45 gallon under normal driving conditions.  The end of my experiment showed that I managed 46.25mpg by driving carefully!  Compared to
41.77 by always driving at the limit on exactly the same terrain – I can’t account for temperature (it has been warm recently) but at least I can prove a substantial difference between the two. 4.48mpg doesn’t seem a lot, but it works out at roughly a saving of 10% on my fuel bills (about £90pa).  And of course keeps the enviroment feeling healthier than it otherwise would…

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