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Whether it's a classic car, your family's transportation, or your SUV, Master Mechanic is your go to location to keep your vehicles in top running condition. Call today to schedule a FREE 27 point "Ready for Winter" inspection. WINTER IS COMING! 703-449-9000 ... See MoreSee Less

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It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of husband, father, friend, and Master Mechanic founder Don Ballard, who managed our family owned and operated vehicle repair facility for many years. Don fought a courageous battle but, sadly, succumbed to pancreatic cancer on November 17, 2017. The Ballard family would like to thank everyone who joined Don in this fight and all those who hoped and prayed for his recovery.

Master Mechanic will continue to operate as the same family owned and operated neighborhood business, providing you the continuity of high quality vehicle care to which you have become accustomed. If you have any questions or comments, you can contact me at: b.ballard @ Master-Mechanic.com, or Shop Manager Leonard Lemelson at: leonard @ Master-Mechanic.com.

We would like to thank you all for your continued support and patronage.

Barb & Ray Ballard
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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.