Articles:

Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Scottsbluff, NE

Let's talk about alternative fuel vehicles. In their quest to reduce the use of fossil fuels and harmful exhaust emissions in our NE environment, automakers will have a number of alternatives for Scottsbluff drivers very soon.For instance, Flex Fuel vehicles are already available in the Scottsbluff area. Flex Fuel vehicles can run on gasoline or on E85 fuel. E85 is a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The ethanol is made from corn. The benefits to Scottsbluff drivers are in using less petroleum and reduced pollution. The drawbacks are that E85 gets lower gas mileage and when gas prices are low, E85 can be more than straight gasoline.Scottsbluff drivers should only use E85 if they have a Flex Fuel compatible engine. Flex Fuel vehicles have special seals and gaskets that can stand up to the high alcohol content of E85. Using E85 in a regular engine can lead to gas leaks and fires.Diesel engines have been around NE ... read more

Categories:

Fuel System

Keep Your Cool in Scottsbluff: Air Conditioning Services

  Most Scottsbluff drivers don't even think about their air conditioner. Now here's a tip for Scottsbluff vehicle owners: Run your air conditioner every so often during NE winters. This circulates the lubricant to help keep the seals from drying out. The air conditioner actually removes some of the moisture in the air. So if you have trouble with fogging on your vehicle windshield during NE winters or during a rain storm, running the A/C on the defrost setting should help. Now on some Scottsbluff cars you can't run the A/C at the same time as the defroster. Don't ask me why, but I suspect lawyers were involved.Also, air and water can get into the A/C system. That can reduce the efficiency of the system and also lead to corrosion that causes damage. Scottsbluff drivers should periodically purge the system and replace the refrigerant to remove the air and water.NE drivers would be ... read more

Categories:

Air Conditioning

What to Do In Case of an Accident

If you've ever been in a vehicle accident around Scottsbluff, NE, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what you should do in case of an accident in Scottsbluff, NE:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime in NE, even if it's not your fault. And hit-and-run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your driver's license or even jail time in our local Scottsbluff lockup.Most places, including NE, require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able.Warn other Scottsbluff motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood.Call 911 as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.Always file a police report. It's tempting ... read more

Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

If you're reading this article in Scottsbluff, NE, then you probably care about your vehicle and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional service advisor at Twin City Auto tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say "no," you might be harming your vehicle or risking your family's safety. At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner's manual. But it is not like you want to keep your vehicle auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.Vehicles are complicated machines and it takes some effort for Scottsbluff residents to keep them running well. That is why they have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your vehicle performing efficient ... read more

Categories:

Maintenance

Tire Replacement: What Scottsbluff Drivers Need to Know

Looking at getting some new tires? Maybe the real reason for wanting those off-highway tires is that they look cool. Well there's nothing wrong with that. If you make sure that you've got your functional needs covered with your selection, then you can have some fun with where you go from there.Let's suppose you zip around Scottsbluff in a sporty car. You may like to run a high-performance summer tire when the weather's good. When NE weather turns cold, you can put on high-performance winter tires. For the kind of driving you like to do, you want full-on performance tires. All-season tires are naturally a compromise that works well for most Scottsbluff drivers, but since you have a choice, go for dedicated summer and winter tires.When it's time for new tires, visit with a knowledgeable Twin City Auto tire professional. Describe your needs and wants. He'll come up with some selections for you to discuss. And once you settle on a type of tire, there are options for special needs: like pu ... read more

Categories:

Tires and Wheels

Busting Automotive Myths in Scottsbluff, NE

Myths passed around our Scottsbluff, NE community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the vehicles of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off. To get the truth about auto myths you hear around the Scottsbluff area, come over to Twin City Auto. Let's examine a couple of the more popular rants and look at the truth behind them.The first one is that the chassis no longer needs lubrication for suspension, steering and the driveline. They declare that anyone who has charged you for lubrication is a charlatan.The truth on which this myth is based is that many new vehicles come from the factory with sealed joints and cannot be greased. However, there are still some grease points on ... read more

Categories:

Maintenance

Fuel Saving Tip: Car Weight and Your NE Driving

Weight is the enemy of fuel economy. Everyone from Scottsbluff knows this makes sense.Some of us in the Scottsbluff area carry a bunch of unnecessary weight, and I'm not talkin' what you see in the mirror.Guys: sports equipment and tools. Ladies: well, just take a look around the passenger compartment and trunk. I think my car has about 45 pounds of french fries on the floor.All that extra weight wastes gas as you drive between here and there, and everywhere else.Lose the junk and save some money....And you really only need one of those spare tires. Twin City Auto 1802 E Overland Suite #4 Scottsbluff, NE 69361 308

Categories:

Fuel System

Cabin Air Filter From Twin City Auto

Here is a questions for Scottsbluff drivers: What is a cabin air filter?Is it: A filter for a house in the middle of the woods? A fresh, piney scent? A filter for the passenger compartment of your car? Clever you, it's 3.A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment. It filters out dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, sparrows, exhaust gas and odors.These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.Now not all vehicles in the Scottsbluff area have cabin filters. They are fairly new on the scene in NE. About 40 percent of new vehicles come with cabin air filters, but the number is growing every year.Cabin air filters can make for a very nice driving environment for Scottsbluff. Your car can be a haven during NE allergy season with very little dust and pollen getting into the cabin. However, like all filters, your cabin air filter eventua ... read more

Categories:

Cabin Air Filter

Are Modern Vehicles Maintenance Free?

In our auto video today we'll be talking with Alan Peterson about myths surrounding automotive maintenance. You can lump these myths into the statement that "modern vehicles are so reliable, they are virtually maintenance free."Any good myth has some elements of truth. No offense to Scottsbluff Bigfoot fans, but this maintenance-free myth has more evidence than most. If we look at some isolated areas of auto maintenance, we could conclude that maintenance isn't so important. But other areas would just as easily lead you to believe that maintenance is more important than ever.Here are some examples for our friends in Scottsbluff. Some vehicles in Scottsbluff no longer require chassis lubrication. They're made with self-lubricating materials and have sealed joints. There's literally no way to grease those joints. -Chalk one up for the myth.On the other side, some vehicles come with sophisticated variable valve timing. A lot of complicated parts are ... read more

Categories:

Maintenance

Differential Service in Scottsbluff, NE - What You Need to Know

Scratching your head? Don't worry, if you don't know what a differential is – you will in a moment. That fact is that if you drive a car anywhere in Scottsbluff, NE, you have a differential. Whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, you have a differential. Some Scottsbluff vehicles might even have two or three.Not surprisingly, a differential's job is to compensate for differences; specifically, they're the differences in wheel speed when turning. For instance, imagine taking a corner near your Scottsbluff, NE, home. Your inside wheel has a shorter distance to travel than the outside wheel as you turn the corner. That means that your outside wheel has to turn faster to keep pace with the inside wheel.The differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds while still providing power to your vehicle. Without a differential, Scottsbluff residents' tires would scrub and hop along the pavement during turns like the early cars.Ever ... read more

Categories:

Drive Train