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By ampmautos25678866, Aug 1 2016 04:54PM

What you buy and how you maintain it can make a big difference

1. Don’t over-oil

Getting an oil change every 3,000 miles is so 20th century. Many newer cars use synthetic oils that last 7,500 miles or more and include oil change indicators. Go to checkyournumber.org for the recommended oil change interval for 2000-14 models. Not only will you save money by not changing your oil as often, you will contribute to a cleaner environment.

2. Clean your battery

Although very cold temperatures can reduce a battery’s power by up to 50 percent, summer’s heat is hardest on its internal mechanism. To minimize problems, clean corrosion from terminals with a mixture of baking soda and water on a small brush, and tighten cable connections. Get your battery tested if it’s more than three years old.

3. Choose colors wisely

Cars that are black, white or silver may sell faster when traded in (but they’re also preferred by car thieves). Cars with more unusual hues, such as yellow or orange, retain more value, according to a recent study.

4. Inflate and save

Extreme temperature changes can lower tire air pressure, adversely affecting gas mileage and causing tires to wear more quickly. It’s best to check tires regularly to maintain the manufacturer’s recommended pressure.

5. Don’t trade too soon.

The rule of thumb for trading in a car for a new model used to be well before it reached 100,000 miles — car odometers typically registered no more than 99,999 not too long ago! But cars last longer today. Competition among manufacturers, anticorrosion protection and better lubricants are helping to keep many drivers behind the same wheel for 250,000 miles or more.

6. Save with SUVs.

Buy a minivan or SUV and you’ll likely save on car insurance. Two minivans and seven SUVs were included on the list of the 10 least expensive vehicles to insure in 2015, according to Insure.com. Not surprising is that high-end sports cars had the highest insurance costs.

7. Combine errands

When you’re running errands, combine trips and drive to the farthest destination first so your car can warm up for maximum fuel efficiency. Starting with closer stops reduces your gas mileage.

8. Maximize gas rewards.

Grocery chains like Safeway, Kroger and Winn-Dixie offer gasoline rewards programs. Get friends and family to share a club card number so points pile up faster.

9. Do your homework.

RepairPal.com gives free quotes for car repairs using a patented auto repair price estimator that aims to educate car owners about the fair cost of auto repair.

10. Research repair costs.

To learn what owners say about problems and repair costs for particular car models, go to carcomplaints.com.

11. Label your tires.

To confirm that your garage did tire rotations as promised, label your tires so you can tell if they have been properly rotated before you pay the bill.

12. B.Y.O.P.

Some car repair shops will install parts brought in by customers, which could save you money.

By ampmautos25678866, Jul 7 2016 01:34PM

There is an app for that! Actually there are a number of apps for parking in NYC for street parking and parking lots or garages.


Parking Lots and Garages:


SpotHero: This app lets you book parking spots at discounted rates in lots and garages


Best Parking: This app generates a map of available parking lots/garages and their rates.

Also shows where free street parking is allowed.


ParkMe: Provides on street and off street parking information


Street Parking (not recommended):


Pango: This app lets you pay for NYC street parking on your phone


Best Parking: This app provides a map showing where street parking is allowed

By ampmautos25678866, Jun 23 2016 03:45PM

Did you see the news about the young actor Anton Yelchin who was killed by his Jeep Grand Cherokee? The thing that is so crazy is this is not a new problem. The issue was first flagged as a problem in August of 2015. And for those who may not understand the problem, here it is in a nutshell. In the old days if you wanted to put you car into park from drive you moved the shifter from D to P. You could both feel and see that happen. In the new cars the shifter is now electronic which means the shift lever is no longer connected to the transmission. You don't have that sense that you are moving the gears. You have to stop and look at the shifter display to make sure you are in the gear you think you are. And sometimes you think you are in park and you are really in neutral. That is what happened to Anton Yelchin. And FYI this involves 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2012-2014 Dodge Chargers and Chrysler 300s.

So what is Chrysler doing about it? Here is the time line:

July 2015: Ntl Highway Traffic Safety Admin publicly chastized Chrysler for delaying recalls back to 2013

August 2015: Chrysler first flags this as an issue

November 2015: Chrysler provides 10 pages of detailed answers to questions from fed regulators

February 2016: 314 complaints, 121 crashes, 30 injuries reported

March 2016: Chrysler says it has "potential solutions"

April 2016: 212 crashes, 41 injuries reported

June 2016: Death of Anton Yelchin, first fatality reported

A Chrysler spokesperson says they are doing a better job on recalls saying "last month Chrysler recalled one million more vehicles with deadly Takata airbags ahead of schedule". Thanks for reminding us of that. If I were going to rent or purchase a car it would never be a Chrysler. Imagine if everyone did that?

By ampmautos25678866, Jun 14 2016 06:58PM

What do you do if you have a flat tire?

a. Keep driving and hope for the best

b. Pull over and put on the spare tire

c. Pull over and use the can of "fix a flat"

Answer: a,b, and c

That's right, we have seen all of the above. Obviously choice (a) keep driving and hope for the best is exactly what you should not do but you would be amazed to learn that it is done quite often. The tire goes flat, the driver continues to drive on it, the rubber shreds then falls away leaving the rim exposed with sparks flying. Not only does the tire need to be replaced but the rim as well. Rims are expensive.

Pull over to put on the spare tire is a great idea, but what if the car doesn't have a spare tire? Many of the new cars, some Chevys, and manufacturers such as Hyundai and Kia do not have spare tires. Open the trunk and you will find an inflator pump and a can of "fix a flat". That's good for a small hole but does not work on large holes and if the "fix a flat" slime clogs up the TPMS sensor (inside the tire) the TPMS light will remain on (dashboard light) because the sensor can no longer read the air pressure. So now you have to repair/replace the tire and replace and program the TPMS sensor.

So the best answer is (b) pull over and put on the spare tire if you have one and the knowledge of how to change a tire. We will cover that next time.

By ampmautos25678866, Jun 8 2016 04:56PM


If you car runs out of water or coolant you must pull over as soon as possible and turn off the engine. This helps to prevent overheating which can result in costly damage to the car's engine. Cars that have electronic systems will automatically lose power and come to a complete stop when the temperature gets too high.


If you have a water bottle and want to use it to fill the radiator you must wait until the car cools down to avoid getting burned. The water will evaporate at high temperatures so it is best to wait until everything has cooled down. Once everything has cooled down, slowly unscrew the radiator cap without removing it to release the pressure. Once you get the cap off, add the water, screw the cap back on. When you reach your destination, have a mechanic take a look to see if there was any damage done to the engine. Also add coolant. Never add coolant to a hot engine.


To prevent overheating make sure you keep up with your regular maintenance schedule. If you don't have one simply give us a call (631-588-2567 or email: info@ampmautoservices.com). We have a simple one page schedule that shows what needs to be done at each mileage interval. You should check the coolant level every spring for the hot weather months and every fall for winter.


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