Easter Eggstravaganza At Zoo Boise

 Get a jump start on spring at Zoo Boise’s Easter Eggstravaganza tomorrow (March 31st) from 10am-5pm (last admission at 4:30). Join the Easter Bunny for photo opportunities, or enjoy the egg scrambles, face painting station, bean bags toss, or any of the many other exciting activities planned throughout the day!

 Admission price is $7.00 adults, $4.50 seniors, $4.25 children ages 4-11, children 3 & under and Friends of Zoo Boise annual pass holders are free. All proceeds from activities go to support improvements to the Zoo!

Egg Scramble Schedule:

2& under 10:30         12:00         1:30    
3-5 yrs. 11:00 12:30 2:00    
6-10 yrs. 11:30 1:00 2:30    
Special Needs Children          
4& under 3:30        
5-10 yrs.      4:00        

Animal Enrichment Schedule

10:30             Maned Wolves          1:30           Meerkats
 11:00 Tigers  2:00 Condors
 11:30 Wallabies  2:30 Lions
 12:00 Servals  3:00 Warty Pigs
 12:30  Amur Leopard 3:30 Spider Monkeys
 1:00 Snow Leopard  4:00 Primates House

Check Engine Light On?

 Einstein’s offers FREE diagnosis of your check engine light anytime. We’ll even give you a print out of our findings! Dealer’s and mechanics often charge $50+ for this service!

Adapting your vehicle and driving habits to combat rising gas prices

 Just as Americans are gearing up for warm-weather road trips and family vacations, prices at the gas pump are rising. For most people, driving is essential for getting to work, taking kids to school and going out to have some fun, so filling up the tank is a non-negotiable expense. However, costs add up quickly as fuel prices climb higher, taking up more of your budget.

 If you want to keep your plans in place and your spending on track, it’s important to be smart about fuel consumption. Not everyone can afford to buy a new, ultra-fuel-efficient car, so making adjustments to your existing vehicle – and your driving habits – can help you stretch the dollars you spend at the pump.

* Drive mindfully: If you’re used to speeding up fast and braking at the last moment, you need to reconsider how you’re operating your vehicle – those habits can drain your gas tank and send you back to the pump more often. Instead, make a conscious effort to accelerate and slow down gradually and use cruise control to maintain a constant speed, all of which will help to use fuel more efficiently. When possible, avoid idling and make plans for running errands, to cut down on the number of trips you take.

* Reduce drag: If you drive a truck, smoothing out the aerodynamics of your truck with a truck bed cover or a tonneau cover can make a big difference in fuel consumption. Covers like the Access Roll-Up Cover are a simple solution that will give you immediate gas mileage improvement. The roll-up cover is lockable, so it protects your gear and improves the look of your vehicle in addition to reducing drag and bringing down your gas costs. Covers can be added easily with clamp-on installation and can be rolled up behind the cab when not in use. 

* Choose wisely: You’re typically given three options at the pump, with a trio of gasolines with different octane levels – and different prices. One of the simplest ways to cut costs is to opt for the lowest octane fuel that you can use in your vehicle. Making this change can save you hundreds of dollars per year, without sacrificing performance or gas mileage.

* Give your vehicle a check-up: Maintenance and mileage can go hand in hand, so it’s important to make sure that your car is in shape for saving fuel. Check and change your oil regularly – it’s an essential component in reducing wear caused by friction between moving parts in the engine. If it’s not clean, or if levels are low, your vehicle won’t be performing as efficiently as possible. Equally important to getting good mileage is the air pressure in your tires, which should be at the manufacturer’s recommended levels (often listed on the driver’s side door frame). Proper inflation can improve your gas mileage by up to 3 percent. A check of the air, oil and fuel filters should also be included in a check-up.

Making adjustments to your vehicle and the way you drive can be the best way to save yourself from going over budget on gasoline. Start with these tips and you’ll be able to enjoy the season the way you want to.

Courtesy ARA content

 

Einstein’s Wisdom Of The Week

 “The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.”  -Albert Einstein-

Automotive Glossary: Serpentine Belt

 Your vehicle may have any number of belts under the hood, especially if it’s an older car. You may remember seeing a tangle of the things in your family car growing up. Most newer cars, however, have simplified the whole mess down to two belts: the serpentine belt, or S-belt, and the timing belt. The serpentine belt provides power to almost everything in your engine: the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, cooling fan, and air injection pump, to name a few. Serpentine belts can fail as they age, particularly as they approach 50,000 miles, so if you haven’t had yours seen to, there’s no time like the present. The serpentine belt is about an inch wide, black, and has little ridges running along the side. Your technician will look for little cracks in the belt–those happen naturally as the belt wears, and can weaken it. Replacing it is easy and a pretty affordable piece of preventative maintenance that could save you a bundle down the road. 

 Einstein’s inspects serpentine belts FREE of charge and offers replacements when needed starting at $69.99 installed. 

 

The above was written by Kaeli Gardner and was published in the Spring 2012 edition of Vehicle MD. 

Eagle Road Groundbreaking

 Einstein’s new Eagle Rd location (just north of Ustick) is scheduled to break ground the first week of May with an opening in early August! 

Extended Hours

 Extended Summer hours are here! All Einstein’s Oilery locations are now open 8 am-7 pm Monday-Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm. As always no appointments are ever needed!

Synthetic Motor Oil: The Lubricant For The Modern Car

 

 If you’re in the market for a new car, the chances are very, very good that its manufacturer will recommend a synthetic (or at the very least a synthetic-blend) motor oil. The reason automakers are increasingly turning to synthetic motor oil in their cars are many, but for most vehicle manufacturers it comes down to one simple fact: fuel mileage.

 You see, synthetic motor oil–especially very thin grades like 5w20 or the 0w20 now recommended in most new Honda and Toyota vehicles–not only protects better than conventional motor oil, it can also provide a small but significant boost in fuel economy.

 So, imagine you’re a car manufacturer tasked to meet ever-tighter fuel economy regulations. Even a small 1-2 percent boost in fuel economy achieved via the use of synthetic motor oil is significant when multiplied by the millions of vehicles you sell.

 True, synthetic motor oil costs a little more than the stuff you’ve been using during your time behind the wheel, but over the long haul its benefits greatly outweigh its increased cost.

The above was written by Garrett McKinnon and was published in the Spring 2012 edition of Vehicle MD