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The Easy Way to Save Cash in NEWNAN

The hottest GA news story may be different every day, but there's one topic that seems to come up over and over again – the price of gas in NEWNAN. If you feel like most of your paycheck goes into your gas tank, this post is for you. Here are several basic things people in NEWNAN can do to greatly reduce their gas consumption, save money, and help the environment. You can really improve your fuel economy by how you drive – but first, here's a review of things you can do for your vehicle that'll save gas no matter how you drive.The first one for NEWNAN drivers is keeping tires properly inflated. That can save 2 miles per gallon/.85 km per liter. Driving on low tires is like driving through sand – your car just has to work harder. Most NEWNAN service centers will fill up your tires for free, so just ask CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE. Also, make a habit of checking your tire pressure whenever you fill up. Many NEWNAN gas stations have an air hose you can use ... read more

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TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring for Your NEWNAN Vehicle

NEWNAN drivers may know that all 2008 model year and newer cars, mini-vans and light trucks in GA come with a tire pressure monitoring system. Many slightly older vehicles around the NEWNAN area have these systems as well. A tire pressure monitoring system – called TPMS – consists of sensors on each wheel that measure tire pressure.If tire pressure drops 25 percent below the vehicle manufacture’s recommended pressure, the sensor sends a signal to a monitoring unit that causes a warning to light up on the dashboard. When drivers see the warning light, they know it's time to put some air in the tires.There are many benefits to people in NEWNAN who drive with properly inflated tires. First is cost savings. Running at the correct air pressure improves fuel economy. Driving on underinflated tires is like driving through sand – it drags down your fuel economy. Drivers in NEWNAN will also see longer, more even tread wear so your tires will la ... read more

Automotive Tips from CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE: Battery Testing

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.Batteries are a big ticket item for most NEWNAN drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.Your CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE service advisor can test your battery to see if it should be replaced. Testing is a good idea for GA drivers because a battery might still be good, but become dead because of a bad alternator or even a worn serpentine belt and tensioner. CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE3210 HWY 34 ENEWNAN, GA 30265770.254.8261  

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All Lined Up: Wheel Alignment Service at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE

When all of your vehicle's wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Hitting a road hazard or even just the normal bumps and bounces of everyday driving in NEWNAN can cause your vehicle's wheels to be out of alignment.Driving for an extended time around NEWNAN when your wheels are out of alignment results in uneven tire wear. This is dangerous … and expensive. Worst case scenario, you have a blowout on a crowded GA highway. It can also cause premature wear to your suspension system, which can be really expensive to repair. At the very least, you may have to replace your tires years too early. The ideal alignment for your vehicle was designed by its engineers. Alignment service at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE starts with an inspection of the steering and suspension – to see if anything's bent or broken. Then your friendly and knowledgeable CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE technician will look at tire condition.From there, the v ... read more

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Fuel System Cleaning the Professional Way at CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE

Your fuel system needs to be clean to do its job properly. When it gets dirty, the results are lower engine performance, reduced fuel economy and impaired safety. It can even lead to costly repair bills for NEWNAN drivers. So keep your fuel system clean as part of your routine preventive maintenance.Fuel injectors have replaced carburetors in most of today's vehicles. These injectors deliver better fuel economy than a carburetor, but they can be compromised by rust, dirt and other contaminants. They need to be clean to maintain the correct pressure, spray pattern and volume of delivered fuel so that the vehicle engine can run at peak efficiency.There are products on the market that NEWNAN vehicle owners can add to their gas tank that will help keep your fuel injectors clean. These products will keep a clean fuel system clean but have trouble cleaning a system that has already gotten gummed up.If your fuel system needs a major cleaning, CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE can help. W ... read more

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Things Aren't Always What They Seem

If you drive, you know at some point, something's going to go wrong with your vehicle.  And sometimes, it's pretty easy to figure out what's wrong, like a flat tire.  But sometimes your vehicle's symptoms can be really puzzling. One driver in GA was heading to work on a hot July day and noticed when he pressed the accelerator, sometimes it wouldn't do anything. He also noticed his cruise control wouldn't work and his traction control light was constantly on, very unusual. He was trying to figure it out, but none of it made any sense.  His cruise control had always worked perfectly, his traction light never had gone on before and there was never any issue pressing on the accelerator. It was time to take his car in for a professional diagnosis, and boy, was he surprised that it was a freak accident he'd had the previous WINTER that was the root of his problems.  You see, in January, his car had slipped on ice when he was in reverse and had gently tapped a tree.  ... read more

Things Aren't Always What They Seem

If you drive, you know at some point, something's going to go wrong with your vehicle.  And sometimes, it's pretty easy to figure out what's wrong, like a flat tire.  But sometimes your vehicle's symptoms can be really puzzling. One driver in GA was heading to work on a hot July day and noticed when he pressed the accelerator, sometimes it wouldn't do anything. He also noticed his cruise control wouldn't work and his traction control light was constantly on, very unusual. He was trying to figure it out, but none of it made any sense.  His cruise control had always worked perfectly, his traction light never had gone on before and there was never any issue pressing on the accelerator. It was time to take his car in for a professional diagnosis, and boy, was he surprised that it was a freak accident he'd had the previous WINTER that was the root of his problems.  You see, in January, his car had slipped on ice when he was in reverse and had gently tapped a tree.  ... read more

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Diagnostics

Does My Choice in Oil Affect Change Intervals?

Oil changes are probably the most recognized service on a vehicle. Almost all NEWNAN residents know about them. But do we know enough?Several decades ago, oil changes were fairly standard: every three months or 3,000 miles or 5,000 kilometers. But recent advances in both engine technology and oil quality have led to longer oil change intervals.Delayed or skipped oil changes are a problem for NEWNAN residents because they lead to the build-up of oil sludge in your engine. Oil sludge forms when engine oil breaks down, which happens with both time and miles. Obviously, driving will take its toll on engine oil, but the oil also breaks down even as the vehicle just sits in the garage. This is why oil change intervals are listed in both time and distance traveled, and the phrase “whichever comes first” is applicable.Oil sludge is essentially petroleum jelly. Imagine this stuff squishing around in your vehicle engine, pushing into small engine passageways and blocking passage ... read more

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Fluids

Budget for Maintenance in NEWNAN

Sometimes busy NEWNAN residents dream about going back to the “simpler” days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around GA in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today's automobiles have significantly reduced the amount of time NEWNAN residents spend at the side of the road during breakdowns. With proper maintenance, today's vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before.Some of those improvements, however, have led to higher repair costs. For example, older cars often broke down from vapor lock. Gas vaporized while traveling from the gas tank to the fuel pump. No gas, no power. The car quits going. The solution was simple — you just sat by the road until the car would start up again. Today's NEWNAN drivers would hardly tolerate that kind of inconvenience, and it's likely that yesterday's NEWNAN drivers didn't care much for it, either. So on today's vehicles, the fuel pump is ... read more

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Maintenance

Keeping Your 'Old Faithful' Auto Running

At CROSSROADS AUTOMOTIVE we've had a lot of NEWNAN customers asking how they can make their vehicles last longer. These questions are actually a reflection of a trend that's been building for several years in GA. The median age of personal vehicles is now over nine years. And 33 percent of all vehicles on the road have over 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. It looks like it's going to keep heading in that direction for a while. With high fuel prices, a lot of GA folks are putting off buying a new car. So let's say you're one of the average in the NEWNAN area; you've got a nine-year-old car with 80,000 miles (130,000 km) on the odometer. What can you do to make it last another year or two?Let's start with the premise that there's no reason that a modern car can't run for 200,000 miles (320,000 km) with proper care in NEWNAN. The engineering and manufacturing quality is there.Of course, some parts will wear out along the way, but there's no reason for a catast ... read more

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