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Clean Air for Your Engine: Engine Air Filters In Scottsbluff

Every Scottsbluff car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter's dirty. Here's what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your vehicle owner's manual will have a recommendation of when the filter should be replaced. Now, most air filters purchased in Scottsbluff don't cost a lot to replace. It's just that NE people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter at Twin City Auto can often save enough on gas to pay for itself before your next oil change in Scottsbluff. Think about a dirty furnace filter in your Scottsbluff home. When it's all clogged up, enough clean air can't get through. In your vehicle, that means that your engine can't get as much air as it needs to burn the fuel efficiently. So it makes do with less air and has to use more gas to move your vehicle around Scottsbluff roads. Your vehicle actually needs about ... read more

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Maintenance

Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down Around Scottsbluff

There's not much we can do about the price of gas in Scottsbluff, NE, but we do quite a bit about how much we use as we're driving on our Scottsbluff streets.Our driving habits can dramatically affect our fuel economy.The first thing we can do is watch the 'go-pedal.' Hard acceleration just sucks the gas. Gently leave stop lights and plan lane changes so you don't need to floor it. That can save you hundreds of dollars a year.Go a little slower on the freeway. Once you're going more than 65 miles an hour (105 kilometers per hour), your fuel economy starts to drop dramatically. Leave early so you don't need to rush to be on time. And cruise control is your friend – steady speed uses less gas.Plan errands ahead. Make fewer trips by combining errands.Hey at current gas prices, a lead-foot might as well be a gold foot. Twin City Auto 1802 E Overland Suite #4 Scottsbluff, NE 69361 308

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Fuel System

The Fallacy of Cheap Tires

Do you ever shop for shoes in one of our Gering area shoe stores?When buying a running shoe, is quality important?Does durability matter as long as the shoes look fabulous?Would you rather have one pair of long lasting shoes or two pair of lower quality shoes at the same price?Is the warranty important when buying tires?When you choose new tires in Scottsbluff, what's the most important factor for you? Give us a call at Twin City Auto at 308.635.7404 for tire recommendations. You know, buying tires in Scottsbluff is a big deal. It's a big ticket item so you know you'll be spending a lot. You're not only concerned about the price, but you want to know that it'll be a long time before you need to buy new tires again.And of course there's the safety aspect as well. The tires do a lot of work – they carry the weight of the vehicle and you and your passengers. They need to be up to the task. You want to be su ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Emergency Items for Your vehicle

Local Scottsbluff roadside emergencies can range from a flat tire downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.Your close-to-home kit for around Scottsbluff would have some basic items to work on your car: everything you need to change a tire, gloves, a couple quarts of oil, some antifreeze and water. A can of tire inflator is a great temporary fix for minor flats. You'll also want jumper cables or a booster box, flares, a flashlight and some basic hand tools.Now for your comfort and safety: a first aid kit, drinkable water, high calorie food (like energy bars), blankets, toilet paper, cell phone, towel, hat and boots. Keep some change for a pay phone, emergency cash and a credit card.People who live in areas with frequent severe weather or earthquakes may want to carry provisions for longer emergencies.For trips away from home ... read more

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Parts

Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil in Your Scottsbluff Vehicle

If you're a quart low in your vehicle, there isn't enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you're driving around the Scottsbluff area.The same goes for dirty oil; it doesn't reduce friction properly. The result is you get to watch those numbers at your local Scottsbluff gas pump rolling higher and higher.The transmission also needs the proper amount of clean fluid to do its work. When it's in need of service, the transmission drags your fuel economy down.So keep it clean at Twin City Auto  and give yourself a fighting chance. Twin City Auto 1802 E Overland Suite #4 Scottsbluff, NE 69361 308

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Fuel System

Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft in Scottsbluff, NE

Every car in Scottsbluff, NE, is at risk for theft. So it's up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles: Common sense Visible and audible devices Immobilizing devices Tracking devices Let's review each of these. One is common sense; you would be surprised how many vehicles are stolen in NE where the keys were left in the ignition with the doors unlocked. Always take your keys and lock the doors. In fact, in some places it's against the law to leave a vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition.And don't leave spare keys in the car or hide them outside – because a thief will find them. Scottsbluff drivers would be wise to park in well-lit areas that have a lot of foot traffic. If possible, park near the end of a ... read more

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Automotive News

Looking Down the Road - Headlamps

If you've ever been driving around Scottsbluff and had a headlamp go out, you've probably just wanted to replace the bad bulb. If your car uses halogen headlamps, they dim over time. So if you just put in one, they won't have the same brightness, which can be distracting and will affect your field of vision.To have your headlights inspected, visit us at Twin City Auto. We're at 1802 E Overland Suite #4 in Scottsbluff, NE 69361. Or give us a call at 308.635.7404.Experts at Twin City Auto recommend replacing your halogen headlamps every year. It's easy to remember if you do it when Daylight Saving Time changes in the fall. That way you'll have bright headlamps for those long NE winter nights.There are other types of headlamps in addition to halogen. There are the old standard bulbs that have been around for decades. These are OK, but you can usually upgrade to halogen. They cost a little more but you can't believe the difference. If you do a lot of night ... read more

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Maintenance

Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

Bad air quality while you're driving around Scottsbluff is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks don't know about them yet.These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment, or cabin, of your car or truck. They do the same job as the furnace filter you have at home. They can filter out particles as small as three microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.So your cabin air filter can clean out dust, pollution, pollen and spores to keep the air in your car nice and clean. And just like your furnace filter, they need to be replaced when they get dirty. Check your owner's manual or ask your service advisor at Twin City Auto, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000-24,000 kilometers).The filter is usually either under the hood or under the dashboard. Some are a little tricky to get to, so you ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

Higher Mileage Service Intervals for Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff drivers have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in the Scottsbluff area, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car.Because new cars are more expensive, Scottsbluff residents are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. 68% of vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles/120,000 kilometers. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge - but they need a little help to keep on going.Some owner's manuals don't outline service requirements and schedules at higher mileage. Of course, that doesn't mean it doesn't have to be done. In fact, it's more important than ever for Scottsbluff drivers to stay o ... read more

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Fuel System

Twin City Auto Fuel Saving Tip for Scottsbluff: Check Engine Light

Here's a question for Scottsbluff, NE : How long have you been enjoying the romantic glow of your Check Engine light? Hey, it's not there to create ambiance; it's a warning that something's wrong. (And, by the way, Homer Simpson's fix of covering it with tape is not a good idea.) Many conditions that trigger the Check Engine light can hurt your vehicle. A lot.If your date's eyes are smoldering in the soft glow of the Check Engine light, try to think of all the gas money you'll save by getting it fixed. Give Twin City Auto a call when you are ready. Twin City Auto1802 E Overland Suite #4Scottsbluff, NE 6936130

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Fuel System