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Have a great weekend Treasure Valley!

Homing Beacon For Lost Keys

If hunting for car keys has become a dreaded daily ritual this is the device for you! Simply press one of the color-coded pager buttons on the compact wireless transmitter, and the matching key fob will answer with a loud, clear alarm from anywhere in your home. The sleek, compact transmitter fits easily and unobtrusively on your countertop, desk or dresser, and will locate keys up to 60 feet away–through floors, walls, even sofa cushions!

Order yours at http://www.brookstone.com/Wireless-Key-Finder.

Get FREE Admission to the Canyon County Fair Tomorrow!

Check out all the family fun, entertainment, rides and great food at the Canyon County Fair in Caldwell this Thursday-Sunday (7/28-7/31). Admission is FREE from 12-2 tomorrow (Thursday) with coupon courtesy of the Idaho Press Tribune.


For a complete list of events, exhibitions, entertainment and more check out http://www.canyoncountyfair.org.



Fuel Saving Tip Of The Week

Cruise to the Beat

An independent study by Edmonds.com found that using cruise control versus your foot can save an average of about 7 percent on fuel economy, a fact backed up by DOT statistics. So any time you’re out on the open road, turn that cruise control on.

The above tip was written by Garrett McKinnon and was published in the Fall 2011 edition of Vehicle MD

Einstein’s Wisdom Of The Week

“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.”  -Albert Einstein-

Are 2020 Emissions Targets Achievable with Gas Engines?

Internal combustion engines are improving their ability to cut CO2 emissions at a lower cost than expected and, as a result, carmakers should be able to meet 2020 emissions targets mainly through improvements to conventional technologies, according to a new report, “Powering Autos to 2020: The Era of the Electric Car?” by The Boston Consulting Group.

Internal combustion engine (ICE) technologies offer the potential to cut tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide by approximately 40 percent at a cost to consumers of $50 to $60 per percentage point of reduction for an average passenger car — roughly half the cost of what was expected three years ago, the report says. But automakers will need to pull multiple levers simultaneously to achieve such dramatic reductions. Modifications to combustion technologies, transmissions, vehicle mass, aerodynamics and power management will all be necessary.

Although conventional technologies will pose stiff competition for electric vehicles (EVs), BCG’s research also found that there is a distinct “green” consumer segment that will be willing to pay a significant premium for EVs even if the total cost is higher.

“Electric cars will undoubtedly play an increasingly large role in many countries’ plans in the decades ahead as energy independence and environmental concerns intensify,” said Xavier Mosquet, a senior partner in the firm’s Detroit office, global coleader of BCG’s Automotive practice, and lead author of the report. “But they will gain only modest ground to 2020. Gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles are improving faster than expected and will continue to dominate the global landscape.”

Other key findings include the following:

• China and Europe — not the United States, as many believe — will be the largest markets for EVs in 2020.

• Based solely on total cost-of-ownership (TCO) economics, EVs will not be the preferred option for most consumers. Battery pack costs are forecast to fall sharply (approximately 64 percent from 2009 levels) to $360 to $400 per usable kilowatt-hour (kWh) by 2020. However, to the consumer, this still represents a cost of $9,600 per vehicle for the typical 20-kWh battery necessary for a pure battery EV.

• As OEMs wrestle with advanced ICEs and EVs, they will have to keep an eye on a compelling alternative fuel source — compressed natural gas. CNG could expand beyond its current strongholds with transit buses and airport shuttles and see growing adoption by delivery vehicles, government fleets and taxis.

The above article was published by the National Oil & Lube News 7/20/11

Dousing The Flames

How a Cooling System Service Helps Your Car Beat The Heat

There’s a furnace in your car. Don’t believe me? Consider your car’s engine, its multiple cylinders undergoing many thousands of combustion cycles–basically controlled explosions–each minute as yoru car cruises down the highway or even idles at the stoplight.

These fiery combustion events generate tremendous heat, heat that would easily destroy even the heartiest engine if not for that helpful mixture of water and alcohol called coolant (or antifreeze). This mixture circulates through your engine, absorbing that harmful heat and trasnferring it to your car’s radiator, where–true to its name–the heat is “radiated” out of the car and into the ambient air.

But what happens when you mix metal and liquid? In a word, corrosion. That’s why a properly formulated and blended coolant/antifreeze mixture has excellent anti-boil and anticorrosive properties.

“Green coolant is typically considered the traditional fuid present in most vehicles. It is usually recommended to drain, flush, and replace green coolant every two years or 30,000 mileas,” said Sarkis Aroyan, a senior engineer with Penray. “Orange coolant, often referred to as Dex-Cool or organic acid coolant, is considered an extended-life coolant and is found in most GM vehicles. There is an abundance of other colors–like fuchsia, red, blue and yellow that are variations of different formulas and often designed for specific applications. With all the different colors and chemistries available, it is more important than ever to maintain the cooling system.”

Because the additives in coolant break down over time, it’s important to havec the cooling system flushed at regualr intervals, a process that invovles forcing a new coolant/antifreeze mixture through the entire cooling system, forcing or “flushing” old fluid out and leaving your car’s coolant/antifreeze in like-new condition. Plus even “extended-life” coolant may break down far sooner than the service interval recommended in your owners manual (or become contaminated), which is why experts recommend that drivers ask their auto service technician to check the color, clarity, freeze point and chemical protection of their coolant at every maintenance interval. These few simple test can indicate whether the coolant is providing adequate levels of protection. “Because the coolant affects so many parts of a vehicle, a properly maintained cooling system significantly decreases the possibility of vehicle downtime,” Aroyan said.

So keep that blast furnace lurking beneath your car’s hood under control by having your cooling system inspected and maintained on a regular basis.

For a limited time get $20 OFF a cooling system flush service with coupon! Most vehicles are just $59.99 after discount!    *Print Coupon here*

The above article was written by Garrett McKinnon and was published in the Summer 2011 edition of Vehicle MD.


FREE Family Movie Nights In Meridian

Grab your family, friends, and neighbors this summer and join Meridian Parks and Recreation for CableONE Movie Night in Meridian!  Every Friday in July, and August (some exceptions) a  huge inflatable movie screen will be set up in Meridian Settlers Park (Meridian Rd. & Ustick) for a family-friendly movie.  Here’s the best part – IT’S FREE!  So bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and movie pals and enjoy a summer of fun with Meridian Parks and Recreation!  All movies start at dusk.

2011 Schedule

July 15th–The Karate Kid (2010) PG

July 22nd–Despicable Me PG

July 29th–How to Train Your Dragon PG

August 5th–Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader PG

August 12th–Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga Hoole PG

August 19th–Ramona and Beezus G

August 26th–Megamind PG

Einstein’s Wisdom Of The Week

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

-Albert Einstein-

Reducing Road Trip Costs & Headaches

Whether you’re a “road warrior” whose job involves many hours of driving or a commuter who takes the occasional driving trip for business, it’s more important than ever to keep traveling costs down given the state of the economy.

This is an excellent time to cut back on time-wasting costs by planning ahead, searching for deals and maximizing your gas mileage. Here are some suggestions:

Plan pre-route travel
Driving in an unknown city can bring about an unwanted headache without planning ahead. Use a navigation system or the internet-based traffic service Traffic.com to avoid traffic jams, detours, construction delays and time lost to being lost. Traffic.com offers real-time information on current traffic conditions in most regions of the country. Didn’t have time to hop online before you left the house? Traffic.com information can be accessed from your cell phone by calling (866) MY-TRAFC (866-698-7232).

If you have a GPS device, be sure it’s up-to-date with the latest maps. Updating your device’s maps at www.navteq.com/store helps you to identify the best route to your destination, gets you around detours and can even help you find a gas station, ATM or convenience store, helping you manage your already busy schedule.

Sign up for repeat-usage deals
Many national hotel chains offer frequent-stay programs, which allow a business traveler to build up points that turn into overnight stays for no charge. Several hotel brands will group together under one program, providing more options and making the deal even better. Some hotel chains will also offer frequent flier miles with a stay, allowing a traveler to get a two-for-one deal. To sign up for these programs, contact the hotel chain or ask at the front desk the next time you are visiting.

Keep your car driving efficiently
When you’re on the road, don’t let your car cost you more gas than it already uses to run. Check your tire pressure and make sure it matches the manufacturer’s recommendations. Inspect your air filter and replace it regularly. Also keep your car clean, because the more litter and dirt accumulated in the vehicle adds additional weight, causing you to burn more gas.

Courtesy of ARAcontent