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E85 Fuel

E85 Fuel

E85 has quickly come up in the world as a leading gasoline replacement, and as of 2014 there were over 3,000 service stations across the US carrying the fuel. Developed to help reduce tail pipe carbon emissions in vehicles and reduce overall greenhouse emissions, E85 is a blend of 85% denatured ethanol and usual 15% gasoline and commonly goes by the name Flex Fuel. Though typically E85 is cheaper than gasoline and diesel the fuel economy has yet to have any substantial research to prove otherwise, which some would say negates the dollar savings in the long run. Others tout that ethanol has already proven an advantage of up to 22% more efficient in equivalent ethanol engines. Just like adding diesel to a gasoline engine, adding E85 to a gasoline engine can cause major damage to the fuel system and other major systems. One such failure is caused by ... read more

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I Can’t Drive 55

I Can’t Drive 55

As coined by Sammy Hagar in 1984, in protest to the national maximum speed law, “I can’t drive 55” became a marching tune to call attention and end the national speed limit of 55 mph in the 80’s. The lead single from Sammy Hagar’s 8th studio album, lyrics like “What used to take two hours, now takes all day, it took me 16 hours to get to LA.” or “One foot on the brake and one on the gas, well there’s too much traffic i can’t pass” were used to poke fun at the National Maximum Speed Law. The law, was a provision in the 1974 Emergency Highway energy conservation act which prohibited drivers from going faster than 55 mph. It was enacted and enforced in response to rising crude oil prices and supply disruptions during the 1973 oil crisis. Adversely opposed by most states and most citizens, states fought to make deals and exemptions or de-emphisizing ... read more

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Getting Your Power Steering Checked

Getting Your Power Steering Checked

Cars now a days are awesome! There’s really no other way to say it. Modern cars can come equipped with DVD players, Blue Tooth, heated seats, reverse cameras, 4g connectivity, eco modes, they really are awesome. It wasn’t that long ago that it was an add on to have air conditioner, or power windows, or a tape player, and it wasn’t much earlier than that, that cars didn’t even come equipped with power steering! Now, what is power steering, I hear you ask through the copper wires that make up the world wide web. At it’s most basic element, power steering is a device that aids in turning a vehicles wheels. It provides stability at high speeds, dampens road shock while driving, mainly helps turn a vehicle at low speeds with modest effort and just makes driving easier. Now a long time ago, in the early days and even up to the 80’s, most consumer v ... read more

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What and where is Route 66?

What and where is Route 66?

There are few things as iconic in as an American road trip. The wide open road, the vast wilderness, the endless oceans, tallest mountains, the largest ball of string, all iconic to the American road trip. Route 66 is world renowned for it’s weird and zany attractions, it’s long empty drives and as being one of the first highways in the US. Originally stretching some 2,400 miles from Chicago southwestward through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and ending in Santa Monica California. The road served as a major path during migration from the horrific dust bowl consuming the Midwest. Which lead to the development and growth of small tourist towns all along the route. The route gained most of it’s popularity because of the geography which it went through. Mostly flat, and connecting to California, the route became very popular with commercial trucking ... read more

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Car Maintenance Tips in Killeen

Car Maintenance Tips in Killeen

With spring right around the corner drivers will be hitting the road running down warm weather and greener pastures. Now is a great time to get your car ready for the long and winding roads ahead. A little car maintenance will go along way in keeping your car rolling down the highway and running at it’s most efficient. Wiper Blades Here in Central Texas it seems that my wiper blades get neglected the most out of all of the parts of my car. Summers are hot and rain is sparse so they hardly get used. It’s usually one of the few days that it rains and i use them as they rip apart across my windshield or when I go to inspection and fail. Replacing a wiper is easy, takes less than 5 minutes and usually doesn’t require any tools. It’s recommend by mechanics that they get replaced at least once a year around fall. Generally we abuse our wipers a lot mor ... read more

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Headlights on Cars Killeen Texas

Headlights on Cars Killeen Texas

With out a doubt headlights are one of he top safety features on a car. Without them we wouldn’t be able to drive at night, or in adverse situations. We trust them to always light up the road ahead of us when we turn them on and we use them to signal other motorists to danger or a friendly warning that a police officer may be up the road. We neglect them until they burn out, or until the lenses are foggy. Hazing is caused by the wearing away of the protective hard coat which then exposes the softer plastic underneath to scratches, oxidation and grime. There are several ways to clear up an old headlight ranging from the simple and cheap to the pricey and a professional. No matter what the path the first step is always to wash the headlight and get all of the dirt and grime off. Second you’ll need to get several grades of sandpaper, ranging from coarse to fine. anytime s ... read more

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Hypermiling in Killeen

Hypermiling in Killeen

HyperMiling (Hyper-Mile-Ling) is a series of techniques, or as some might say a philosophy of driving that squeezes the most fuel efficiency out of your car. Through various techniques, and driving habit changes any car can greatly improve their gas mileage. Lets take a quick look at a few. Ok, first we’re going to start with one of the most obvious ways to save money on transportation. Drive less. Walk, ride a bike, live closer to your job, take the bus, all these are on the “duh” list, but are essential to the hypermiling philosophy. Check your tire pressure Most people don’t really think about it, but an under inflated tire creates more drag and friction for your car to over come, this in turn leads to lower fuel economy. Check your tires at least once every couple weeks to ensure they are inflated to the proper PSI, which is listed on t ... read more

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Coolant Information for Car Care in Killeen TX

Coolant Information for Car Care in Killeen TX

Coolant, or Antifreeze is typically a 50/50 mixture of water and glycol. The glycol acts as the antifreeze agent and the coolant, keeping the water inside of the radiator from freezing in extreme cold and from boiling over during routine driving. While water is a better heat transferer, the addition of glycol allows the cooling system to maintain a stable level of heat during all driving and weather conditions. There are only two types of consumer coolants. Separated by the type of glycol used. Ethylene Glycol, until recently the standard antifreeze. A green toxic liquid that has been reported to cause birth defects, reproductive damage and even death if consumed. Ethylene glycol antifreeeze has a sweet smell and taste with makes it very appealing to animals and small children, and can be fatal if consumed. Propylene Glycol, A significantly less tox ... read more

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How To Winterize Your Car

How To Winterize Your Car

Thanks to an early cold front, we are all mindful that winter is coming on hard and strong here in Central Texas. It’s time to winterize your car. If you need car repair, Temple, TX or car repair, Belton, TX then let’s make that happen now before you break down on the side of the road in the cold. Let us show you how to winterize your car the right way. Looking at ways you can prepare your car for winter and what you’ll need to tell your mechanic when you walk in there or maybe you can do most of this yourself. The Car Care Council recommends the following steps on how to winterize your car: Have the battery and charging system checked for optimum performance. Cold weather is hard on batteries. Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a general rule of thumb, this should be done every two years. Make su ... read more

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Texting and Driving

Texting and Driving

Here at Eurotech, we see a lot of car repair, Temple, TX or car repair, Belton, TX for texting and driving. I would say it’s out of hand but the problem is actually in hand, the phone is in the hand of the driver and needs to be put down and the driver needs to be driving. Not texting and driving. To avoid being one of the thousands looking for car repair, Temple, TX or car repair, Belton, TX wait to send that text until you stop your car. Even if you’re using a talk to text program, your life isn’t worth it. Some information we’ve pulled from a website about texting and driving www.Distraction.gov scares us! Did you know that there are more than 153.3 billion texts sent every month in the United States which includes Puerto Rico, Guam and the Territories. At 55 miles per hour, glancing dow ... read more

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