Einstein’s Customer Quotables

“Was this the BEST oil change experience I’ve ever had? YES. Saul handed me a Kindle Fire to play with as soon as I pulled up. I know a lot more about my car thanks to these guys. The atmosphere was fun. I’d rather go to Einstein’s than watch Family Guy, and I’m a 23-year-old college student. I love Family Guy. Go to Einstein’s. You won’t regret it.”

-Marcus via Yelp

Unorthodox But Effective Tips For Reducing Headaches Related To Winter Driving

  a frozen car boise meridian garden city eagle idaho oil change We’ve all wondered what we’re going to do in case of emergency in the freezing cold where our car is concerned. Here are some handy tips to ensure that you and your car survive the winter season.

Wax On, Wax Off

 During winter’s gloomy and short days, every last lumen you can squeeze out of your headlamps is going to improve your safety.

 Here’s an easy two-minute drill: Make sure the headlamps are clean of dirt, rub car wax (any type will do) on the lamps, let it dry and buff it off. Then apply a second coat. For bonus points, do the taillights.

 The slippery surface you leave behind will be less likely to build up an “icicle” coat when road slush refreezes on your car—and will make it easier to remove if it does.

Fake Carwash

 It’s just as important to wash your car in the winter as it is in the summer. Washing your car will take care of the undercarriage of your vehicle that takes a beating from all the snow, dirt and ice. However, if you want to protect your paint job, there’s a shortcut.

 We’ve all heard that pledge furniture polish is great for the interior of your car. It polishes and shines your leather and dusts your dash to perfection. However, have you ever tried it on the outside of your car? Turns out, according to one faithful Pledge user, it’s a wash and wax product all in one! Its slightly greasy texture breaks up the dirt, dust, mud, slush and snow and a soft dishcloth polishes it away.

 This short touch up between real washes will keep your paint sparkling throughout the winter!

Vinegar: The Perfect Solution

 Hate scraping off ice out in the freezing cold every morning before you go to work? Then ice proof them the night before. Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water and spray on your car windows at night.

 In the morning, they should be clear of the icy mess. How does it work? Vinegar contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point of water—preventing water from freezing.

 If you forgot to spray it on the night before and are afraid you’ve missed your chance, you haven’t. Simply spray it on in the morning, and watch the ice melt off.

Shut Out the Freeze with Cooking Spray

 Ever tried to get in your car to go to work, and you can’t get the door open because it is frozen shut? You can prevent this by spraying cooking spray on the rubber seals around car doors and rubbing it in with a paper towel.

 “Doors freeze when snow melts into the seals during the day, and then freezes at night,” said Robert Sinclair, Jr. of AAA. “The oils in the cooking spray prevent water from melting into the rubber in the first place.”

 So dust off your bottle of cooking spray—if you cook as much as I do—and prevent morning frustration with this proactive tip.

Hand Sanitizer: Not Just for Hands

 Car door locks can sometimes freeze, making it impossible to get your key in to unlock your door. Nothing like being stranded out in the parking lot when it’s 30 degrees below zero.

 To ensure this never happens to you, put some hand sanitizer gel on your car key and the lock. Hand sanitizers contain alcohol, the main ingredient in most commercial de-icers. Just make sure to use a hand sanitizer that’s 60 percent alcohol. Sanitizers with an alcohol concentrate lower than that won’t work—it won’t sanitize your hands either so you shouldn’t be carrying anything with these specifications in the first place.

 You’ve got a bottle of this handiness in your purse; just make sure you have enough to handle any winter needs that may crop up!

The above article was written by Kara Bishop and was published in the Winter 2012 edition of Vehicle MD. 

 

Einstein’s Customer Quotables

“Just wanted to send you a quick thank you. I had a chance to make it over to the Garden City location this morning for service on my Mercedes.  Jake helped me out. He had all the confidence to make me feel comfortable and at ease about the oil change.  The service and value far surpassed my previous experiences with local dealership service departments.  See you guys again in a few thousand miles.”
 
-Darren

 

Einstein’s Extended Courtesy

engine oil level boise meridian garden city eagle Idaho oil changesMaintain peace of mind with Einstein’s Extended Courtesy, which allows you to have any of your fluids (or tires) checked and filled FREE of charge between oil changes (within 3 months or 3,000 miles of your last Einstein’s service). Just pull up to the front of any Einstein’s Oilery location and we’ll take care of the rest! 

 

Einstein’s Wisdom Of The Week

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“Never memorize something that you can look up.”

– Albert Einstein-

 

Know The Facts About Winter Gas Mileage

winter fuel economy boise eagle meridian garden city Idaho oil changes Winter and colder temperatures are notorious for creating difficult driving conditions that can place strain on drivers and their vehicles. And as the temperature drops this winter, so will your gas mileage.

 Colder temperatures mean cold oil, tires and cold air- all factors that reduce gas mileage. With higher prices lingering at the gas pumps, a few fuel-saving tips can help protect your miles per gallon (MPG) this winter.

*Warm your car up the right way

Many people believe the myth that you must warm your car up in the winter. The truth is that idling your car actually destroys your MPG and isn’t necessary.

Modern cars don’t require a warm-up, even when the temperatures drop below zero, according to AAA. Modern engines, those built since about 1990, have fuel injection systems rather than carburetors and need no more than 10 to 30 seconds to get oil moving through the engine properly.

Auto experts recommend driving moderately in cold weather to allow the engine and other systems to warm up slowly and reduce wear and tear. So even though many people choose to warm up their car in the winter for personal comfort or to defrost windows, idling a vehicle for more than even one minute is simply wasting gas.

*Get your car winter ready

From changing the oil to checking the tire pressure on a regular basis, improving your winter gas mileage is easier than you might think.

“Your vehicle’s motor oil becomes thicker in colder temperatures, which adds stress to the engine,” says Jim Rossbach, CHS director of technical services and quality. “Try a thinner grade of oil to keep your engine running smoothly in the colder months.” Rossbach recommends using a high-performing synthetic oil , which is designed to perform well in low temperatures and improve fuel economy.

Proper tire inflation can also improve fuel economy by up to 3 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. It is important to check tire pressure several times throughout the winter when colder temperature can reduce tire pressure at a rate of one pound per square inch (PSI) for every 10 degrees change. Einstein’s is happy to check and fill your tires FREE of charge anytime! 

*Lighten the load

Extra weight from cargo or snow also reduces fuel efficiency. Cleaning out your car and clearing off heavy snow is an easy way to get better gas mileage.

In the past, carrying sandbags in the trunk was a common method for gaining more traction and helping rear-wheel drive cars perform better on snow and ice. Today, most cars are front-wheel drive with the engine over the front wheels, creating that same grip. Carrying extra weight does not add traction on snow and ice, but simply lowers your fuel economy.

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Einstein’s Customer Quotables

“Einstein’s is the king of oileries. Their customer service is top notch and deserves a good mention. They are genuinely friendly and helpful and I didn’t leave feeling like a piece of meat. Ryan got us all taken care of in less than 20 minutes and we got to stay in the car and enjoy a complementary beverage. We used the coupon today and saved some money as it was our first time, and it won’t be our last. Great work Einstein, you guys really do the job right!”

-Claire (Google reviewer)-

 

Fleet Maintenance Options

fleet maintenance service oil change boise meridian garden city Idaho Einstein’s accepts all national fleet cards and maintenance programs such as Wright Express, Enterprise, ARI, GE Capital, Voyager, PHH, etc. We also offer convenient charge accounts with built in discounts for local businesses not affiliated with a national fleet program.  If you’d like to open an Einstein’s Oilery charge account for your business e-mail us today at: feedback@einsteinsoilery.com for an application. 

 

Einstein’s Wisdom Of The Week

Einstein's boise meridian garden city Idaho oil change “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” 

-Albert Einstein-

Tire Pressure & Tread Key To Winter Driving Safety

winter driving boise, garden city,eagle,meridian, Idaho oil changes Before heading out to the ski lodge or embarking on a winter road trip, take the proper precautions to ensure the safety of yourself, your friends and your family, as well as others on the road. Try these simple tips for staying safe while driving in winter weather:

Check your tire pressure: Every 10-degree drop in air temperature can actually cause a vehicle’s tires to lose up to 2 pounds per square inch (psi) in tire pressure. Improper tire pressure can result in increased tread wear and lowered performance, factors that are highly detrimental to one’s safety in undesirable weather driving conditions. Einstein’s will always check and fill your tires FREE of charge anytime!

Check your tire tread to prepare for snow: Worn tread is the No. 1 cause of skidding during the winter season, so it is important to make sure your tires are up to the task before hitting the road. A quick way to do this is to check your tires’ tread depth indicators. Tread depth indicators are small raised bars that run in-between a tire’s tread grooves. When a tire’s tread is worn down to these indicator bars, it’s time to change to a new set of tires. If your winter driving plans include putting on a set of dedicated winter tires, be sure to put them on your vehicle one to two weeks before the next anticipated snow storm.

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