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Are You Ready For The Road?

An average of 13,000 Americans are killed between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, some as a result of unperformed vehicle maintenance, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each year, neglected maintenance leads to more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage.

Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. For example, the U. S. Department of Transportation reports the leading cause of mechanical breakdown on our nation's highways is overheating, a condition that is easily avoidable. Other deficiencies that are simple to detect include low antifreeze/coolant, worn or loose drive belts and defective cooling system hoses.

Checking tire pressure and inflating a tire costs nothing, yet an average of 21 percent of cars inspected in check lanes during National Car Care Month have under inflated tires. This can lead to a blowout and a serious accident.

Fuel Saving Tips

Condition Effect MPG Penalty up to
Under inflated tires Increase rolling resistance 1-2mpg
Dirty air filter Causes excessively rich fuel/air mixture 2.0mpg
Worn spark plugs Cause inefficient combustion, wasted fuel 2.0mpg
Worn O2 sensor Unable to detect and adjust air/fuel mixture 3mpg
Dirty or substandard engine oil Increases internal engine friction 0.4mpg
Loose gas cap Allows fuel to evaporate 2.0mpg
Potential loss in fuel economy if all of the above were neglected
11.4mpg

The Car Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips:

  1. Vehicle gas caps -- About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
  2. Under inflated tires -- When tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon.
  3. Worn spark plugs -- A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced as recommended by the manufacturer.
  4. Dirty air filters -- An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture -- too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 20 cents a gallon.

Fuel-saving driving tips include:

  • Don't be an aggressive driver -- Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 10 to 66 cents per gallon.
  • Avoid excessive idling -- Sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
  • Observe the speed limit -- Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mpg driven over 60 will result in an additional 10 cents per gallon. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.

WIPERS - In the 2001 National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21 percent of participants had wipers that smeared, streaked or chattered across their windshields. Although climates vary, wipers generally need replacing every six months. An easy reminder is to change wiper blades in the spring and fall when you change your clock. Be sure the windshield washers are working properly, too, and keep the reservoir filled with solvent.

LIGHTING - Another important pre-trip check should be exterior and interior lighting. Vehicle check lanes revealed an overall failure rate of over 25 percent in the lighting category. The Car Care Council reminds motorists to check their lights monthly. Other suggestions from the Council include turning on headlights both day and night. This helps define your car's position on the road, and its distance from other drivers. When your vehicle's lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre-trip checklist:

  • Check all fluids. There are several fluids, in addition to antifreeze, that require attention, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.
  • Check the tires. Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.

"While a last minute checkup is better than no checkup, motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps," said the Car Care Council's Executive Director, Rich White.

Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road trouble, it also provides an opportunity to have repairs made at home, with one's own technician who knows the vehicle. Especially important, it provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee a car's performance, it's comforting to know proper precautions were taken.



What People Say About Us


  • -Jim T.

    Had a clutch replaced on 1988 f150 4x4 that had a vibration problem, took truck back in and Joe and his team took prompt care of the problem. Truck now runs perfectly. These guy stand behind their work! Great job Expert 4x4!


  • -Penni B.

    My Jeep wouldn't pass emissions due to a Evap Emissions leak code. Joe and Larry ran a test to find that there was a crack in the gas tank. They were able to fix it quickly and get me back on the road. The customer service here is superior, everyone is friendly and helpful. I completely trust them. This is the 3rd time I've had to bring in my Jeep and every experience has been great. I highly recommend them. Thank you.


  • -George P.

    This place is great. They will go out of their way to help. Honest and when they tell you they are having your car or truck ready it is ..... No excuses.


  • -Margaret D.

    The only shop I can trust with my car. They have never disappointed and deliver good and timely services.


  • -R.M.

    This is the only shop I will allow to work on my vehicle. They do very good work at a reasonable timeline and price. Would never hesitate to recommend them for any work needing done.


  • -William R.

    I have used them for years. I've been able to TRUST.


  • -Lee A.

    My front brakes were shot and I needed them fixed before the weekend. Joe got me in on short notice and his crew did an awesome job fixing the brakes and a front wheel bearing. The cost was reasonable and I always feel confident when these guys work on my vehicles. I recommend them highly!


  • -Hannah N.

    Always amazing service. These guys are prompt, honest and great at what they do. Highly recommend.


  • -Rebecca N.

    Expert 4WD takes care of their customers and stands behind their work. I will without a doubt be coming back here for any future repair needs.


  • -Liza C.

    They're a good honest shop and know what they're doing!


  • -Michael R.

    Never had a bad experience. Everyone in my family has taken our vehicles (well over a dozen) for the past 10-15 years. I live in Denver now, but still take my vehicle to Expert 4WD. I've been treated with respect, but am always answered with honesty when asking the hard questions. Really cannot thank Joe and Larry enough for the years of service! I have no plans on changing mechanics in the future.


  • -Graceann S.

    These guys were very, very nice and very helpful! Our blower in our car went out in the middle of a snow storm and these guys let us stop by with no appointment, fixed our issue, got us out within 15 mins. Highly recommend!


  • -Nathan B.

    Good people run this place. Rates are good.


  • -S. Swartz

    Expert 4x4 has been the go to place for car care for the family for 15 years or more. They always treat us with respect and are very fair in getting the work done at the best price they can offer. You will never regret letting them repair or simply maintain your vehicle.


  • -Lindsey M.

    My family has taken our vehicles here for years. Very professional and honest! Really just wonderful people all around! I would recommend this place to anyone!


  • -Kaylen S.

    Amazing service. Treat you like family. These people know their stuff and are trustworthy.


  • -Mandi S.

    Wouldn?t trust my car anywhere else. Best service in Northern Colorado!


  • -Kurt R.

    After 30,000 miles on a new engine in my 2011 Jeep Liberty installed by this shop, I feel the need to thank them for a job well done. Not one issue with the install and the service was excellent. Will use again, no question,.


  • -Jenifer L.

    My transmission went out of my SUV...I took it here and the service was excellent! I will trust all of my repairs to my vehicles to this team. I got quality work at a reasonable price in a timely fashion. A+++


  • -Loren V.

    I am fairly selective in giving out positive reviews online but Larry and his team have earned it for repeated positive experiences in fixing my vehicles. All I can say is that this team does everything in its power to make sure you are taken care of in an industry know for the opposite. What else is there to say. They deserve your business.


  • -Adam W.

    Quoted me considerably less than other shops (30-40% less) for a clutch replacement. The turnaround was wasn't the quickest, but were willing work around my schedule and meet me on a day they were closed to get my car back before a holiday weekend. Would highly recommend; great experience working with this shop.


  • -Ben W.

    Expert 4wd provides good customer service, great work and reasonable prices. I work with Joe on a regular basis, and trust him to be straight with me (which is a rare thing the in the automotive industry). -Ben


  • -Erik N.

    My wife and I took our honeymoon in Estes Park, CO and our transmission went out in our suv. We took the truck to Expert 4wd in Loveland, CO and after talking with Joe I knew our truck was in good hands. The transmission we needed was not going to get there before we were heading back so Joe called enterprise and gave us a ride to get a rented car, We enjoyed the rest of our honeymoon and took the rental back to our home state. After the repairs were complete I flew to Denver and to my surprise Joe was willing to pick me up at the airport on a Sat to pick up the suv. The amount of customer service, hospitality and honesty was amazing, I would highly recommend these guys to work on your vehicle. Thank you Joe!!!! I can not say that enough for everything you did for my wife and I


  • -Teri D.

    They have done work on my vehicle twice and have done an awesome job and are very friendly!


  • -Aaron S.

    Great honest service in a timely manner! Greatly appreciated!!


  • -Patrick B.

    Expert 4x4 is the best automotive shop in loveland. These guys take care of you and they do great work! I have bought two vehicles from these guys and have been nothing but satisfied with there honesty and quality of work. I will be a life long customer


  • -Derek P.

    I have had all my cars worked on by expert4x4 he might be a bit pricey but they do the best job on your car and you don't have To take it back in for the same reason twice like other shops that rip and screw you I know the main guy and he is great to work with!


  • -Camilla W.

    We got great service, fast turnaround, and all at a reasonable price. We were very pleased with the results & now we know where to go for repairs. Our experience was terrific. If someone asked me where to go in town for repairs, this place would be my first mention.

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