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“I just wanted to let you know about the excellent customer service my husband & I received at the Meridian station today. Ty & Taylor went above & beyond to get our Tahoe serviced. Ty noticed the belt tension pulley was broken when he replaced the serpentine belt. Taylor drove my husband to the parts store so he could get a new pulley. Obviously without the new pulley, the Tahoe was dead in the water!
These two gentlemen were the epitomy of outstanding customer service. This is why I continue to return to your business. As business owners, my husband & I fully understand the implications of great customer service!
Thank you so much for hiring great employees. They represent your business well.”
James & Stacey Beaumont
What you should know about the ethanol-blended fuels commonly found at your neighborhood gas station.
When you pull up to a fuel pump nowadays, you almost always come across a statement that reads: “This product may contain up to 10 percent ethanol by volume.” So what does such a statement, and the use of such fuel, mean to you, the driver? Read on as we answer your ethanol-related questions.
What is ethanol?
Ethanol is an alcohol fuel derived from the fermentation of sugars and starches that is commonly used as an additive or replacement for petroleum-based fuels. In the United States, most ethanol is derived from corn, a renewable crop source.
Why does my fuel contain ethanol?
By law, oil companies must blend at least 5.9 percent ethanol with gasoline, a move mandated by the second Bush administration. Most blenders, owing to government subsidies, put as much as 10 percent ethanol in their gasoline, creating a mixture called E10. Recently, the government expanded the allowable concentration of ethanol in fuel to 15 percent (a formulation known as E15), though it cautions that drivers of older vehicles manufactured prior to 2007 should not use E15. Certain vehicles known as “flex-fuel” are specially manufactured to use ethanol formulations up to 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline (a blend known as E85). Because ethanol is more caustic than gasoline, and thus harmful to certain seals and hoses commonly found in vehicles, only those vehicles manufactured to do so should use ethanol formulations above E10 or E15.
Is it safe for my car?
Generally speaking, ethanol formulations of E10 and E15 are safe for modern vehicles, though as mentioned previously, older vehicles should steer clear of E15.
Tips for Using Ethanol
1.) Fill up often–Under ideal environmental conditions, the “shelf life” of E10 is only about 90-100 days. If you plan to store your car (or fuel) longer than that, use a fuel stabilizer.
2.) Top off your tank– Don’t let your fuel level fall to below one-quarter of a tank, especially in hot weather.
3.) Change our oil– Drivers of flex-fuel vehicles that commonly use E85 should not ethat most manufacturers recommend shorter-than-average ol change and service intervals when using this fuel.
4.) Read your owner’s manual–Check your vehicle owner’s manual to determine if you can use ethanol-enriched fuels. (Also, avoid the use of ethanol-enriched fuel in lawn equipment, as most smaller engines are not compatible with this type of fuel.)
The above was written by Garrett McKinnon and was published in the Winter 2011 edition of Vehicle MD.
Myth: Cars have only one air filter.
Fact: Most cars on the market today have at least two air filters; the engine air filter and the cabin air filter. The cabin air filter is an option on most newer vehicles and filters contaminants from the air coming into the car through the heating and cooling system. Ask your technician if your car has more than one air filter.
Einstein’s is happy to inspect your cabin air filter FREE of charge. We also offer replacements if needed starting at just $19.99 installed.
The above was published in the Spring 2012 edition of Vehicle MD.
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It’s official! Einstein’s Oilery is coming to Eagle Road just north of Ustick (next to Lowe’s)! Opening Fall 2012!
Enjoy some great soup from local chefs with your Twitter peeps while supporting the Boise Women’s & Children’s Alliance at the 3rd Annual Soup Tweetup next Thursday from 4:30-8:00pm. Admission is only $5! The event is hosted by Berryhill & Co (121 N 9th St Suite 102, Boise). A silent auction showcasing items from numerous Treasure Valley businesses will also be featured. All proceeds benefit the WCA’s work with women and children who have been victims of abuse. For more info visit: http://www.facebook.com/events/336032243095907
Myth: My car must be serviced at a dealership to keep it’s warranty intact.
Fact: The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act gives vehicle owners the freedom to choose where their car is serviced and prohibits manufacturers from voiding a vehicle’s warranty because maintenance services, such as oil changes, were performed by a non-dealer. Don’t be misled if dealers suggest you must return to them for service! Every Einstein’s service meets or exceeds your vehicle’s warranty requirements and will keep your warranty intact!
It’s okay to admit it. It may be a bad habit, but just about everyone does it, and you probably do, too. The little sticker on your windshield reminds you to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles, but you drive 4,000 or 5,000 or–gulp!–even 6,000 miles between oil changes because you’re just so darned busy. Or the little message on your instrument panel notifies you that your car needs an oil change, but you wait a month or two before taking the car in because you just can’t seem to find the time.
We hear you, and completely understand. But, there’s a reason your car’s manufacturer made that 3,000-mile (or whatever it might be) oil change recommendation. And there’s a reason (and millions of miles of field testing) that your oil change alert comes on at a specified time or mileage. Put simply, your car’s motor oil, awesome elixir of lubrication though it may be, can only take so much. After thousands of miles and several months of punishment, the motor oil in your car’s enigne must be replaced if you hope to keep the engine in good working order for the long term.
If you’re like a lot of drivers, though, you realize this all too well, but the tyranny of modern living keeps you so busy you can’t meet those demands. Fortunately, there is a type of product on the market that can help.
We’ve written many times about the myriad advantages of synthetic motor oil. It protects better in very hot temperatures. It flows better in very cold temperatures (making your engine easier to crank and also better protecting it in those first few critical seconds while the oil is warming up). Some lighter synthetic motor oils may even provide small gains in fuel mileage. But what you might know is that synthetic motor oil is proven to protect better–and longer–than conventional motor oil.
That’s right. While conventional motor oil might have met its match at whatever limit your car’s manufacturer recommends, synthetic motor oil can keep on protecting your car past those limits.
Now, don’t take this the wrong way. We wholeheartedly encourage you to follow your car manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to service intervals, but if you find yourself falling into the bad habit of extending those intervals, synthetic motor oil can give you the peace of mind that your vehicular “baby” is being given the TLC it needs to keep motoring down the road for years to come.
The above was written by Garrett McKinnon and was published in the February 2012 edition of Vehicle MD.