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2 months ago

Master Mechanic

My apologies to everyone who has tried to call us or visit our shop over the last couple of weeks. I am deeply saddened to share the news that Shop Manager, Leonard Lemelson, passed away in September.

With all the loss I've experienced over the last 2 years, I have decided that it is just not possible to continue operating Master Mechanic.

It is my pleasure however, to announce that Driven Autorepair will be moving into our location on Sullyfield Circle. Like Master Mechanic, Driven Autorepair is a family owned and operated small business. Having met with the owner, Franz Vargas many times, I'm confident in recommending his company to Master Mechanic's clients. I feel that Franz's care and concern for his clients and their vehicles fits well with the needs and concerns of our clients.

Franz will also have access to the repair history of your vehicles, so you can feel confident that he will continue to service all your vehicles efficiently.

Additionally, Driven Autorepair has agreed to honor all outstanding Autocare Club Cards. His staff will have the file of cards which were kept at our shop. You can bring in your unexpired card, or mention that there is one on file, when you drop your vehicle off for service.

It will take a little while for Driven Autorepair to begin servicing vehicles at our location, but in the meantime they will be happy to schedule your vehicle into their current shop location at 4074 Walney Rd. Chantilly, VA 20151. You can reach them using the same phone number you've always called: 703-449-9000 or their number: 703-953-3233.

Thank you all for your years of loyalty and friendship.

In continued friendship,
Barbara Ballard
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1 years ago

Master Mechanic

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Car Care Tips

Want to Improve Your Car’s Gas Mileage? Here are some of the things you can do to ensure improved gas mileage for your car: Driving Habits

  • Keep your car clean. Mud on the undercarriage can weigh a significant amount and slow you down.
  • Consolidate your daily trips and errands. This will also save you the cost of restarting your engine, which uses a lot of gas.
  • Avoid air conditioning when possible. However, when driving at higher speeds, having your windows open also creates drag.
  • Don’t throttle the gas or brake! Sudden starts or stops use more gas than gradual changes of speed.
  • Don’t idle for too long. Turn off the engine if you anticipate a lengthy wait.
  • Limit car warm-ups in winter.
  • Clear out the trunk. More weight, more drag.
  • Avoid high speeds. We know this is almost impossible to resist but you can improve your gas mileage about 15 percent by driving at 55 mph rather than 65 mph.
  • Use overdrive. If your car is equipped with overdrive gearing use it as soon as your speed is high enough.
  • Use cruise control. Keeping a constant speed is ideal for improving your gas mileage.

Servicing Your Vehicle

  • Improve the spark to your engine. This way, the air and fuel mixture will be burnt better.
  • Improve your intake/output system. Helping gas get in and exhaust out of your vehicle will improve overall performance and gas mileage.
  • Reduce friction. Use high-quality or synthetic motor oil.
  • Check your oil! Low oil makes your engine work harder.
  • Change your filters. Dirty filters can sometimes increase the amount of fuel your vehicle is using by 10 percent.
  • Keep tires properly inflated and aligned. Check regularly to ensure your wheels are fully inflated and your alignment is good.
  • Get regular engine tune-ups and car maintenance checks. A lot can go wrong with a car. Damaged spark plugs or transmission problems can also contribute to poor gas mileage.