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On the corner of Park St & Clayton St

HELPFUL INFO

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 2001National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21percent 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.



ASSOCIATIONS

  • ASE Master Technician
  • BBB (Better Business Bureau)
  • Car Care Aware

Testimonials

  • Had trouble with 2013 A4 with 6-speed manual that would barely shift anymore with 36K and thought it need clutch/throw out bearing replaced. After disassembly Mike called and let me know what he thought was really going on was due to dual mass flywheel and unfortunately clutch replacement would not fix the issue. It ended up costing much more than original scope of only clutch kit replacement but thanks to Mike's time spent researching the issue we got it fixed right the first time!
    -Joe M.

  • Great great place. Can't say enough about Mike - he calls you back immediately, they don't try to get you to fix things that don't need fixing, they couldn't be nicer - he even remembers my face and my name! The car has been in great shape since I had it fixed up there - also, I've rolled in there with a flat tire and they've replaced the tire on the spot in fifteen minutes. They are just great and you cannot go wrong with the service. I don't think they are expensive at all compared to a dealer and they are far more trustworthy. Let me just say - I have a ten year old plain old Toyota Camry CE and I am getting the best service one can get, so they aren't even snobby about the cars they fix! Use this place if your car needs anything.
    -M.M

  • First off, I consider myself a car guy, not quite a 'gear-head'; but I love my cars. I don't drive the nicest of Benz's, or the fastest of Porsche's, but my VW is my dream car.. and I drive it, for lack of a better term 'enthusiastically' (spirited). I change fluids, I use good parts, and I take care of it (take care of your things, and your things will take care of you). This means that whenever I need anything handled, I bring it to Mike (Curry). Not only is he a whiz about all that is cars, he is the NICEST guy I've ever worked with.. Sure, the work isn't cheap, but I would pay MORE if I had to, to get the service and quality work that goes into my car, and my time with them. Options are always laid out, prices are always on point, and service is always through the roof.. Recommended? No, I URGE you to bring your car in for service here, get it done right the first time.. so that it won't break down on you in the future. You won't feel 'taken' when you leave here.. I Promise Promise Promise you will love the work they do.
    -Stephen H.

  • I have been bringing a BMW here for a few years. They do an outstanding job and are happy to explain any work. I feel very confident that I'm getting the real story. There have been times I know they could have told me something needed fixing, but instead they told me I still had life and didn't pressure a fix. They were always right. It's very comforting to feel like you can trust your mechanic. If you have a foreign car give these guys a shot because you won't be disappointed. Mike the owner is a straight shooter and easy going guy. He understands doing a good job equates to a loyal customer. He even has the cars washed before you pick them up. There is definitely a sense of pride in his shop. Basically I know when my car rolls out of this place it is in the best shape it can be.
    -Craig G.

  • Finding a trustworthy and fair auto mechanic is a very difficult task. I am happy to have found European Motorsport. Mike, the owner, has taken excellent care of me every since my first visit 4 yrs ago. He will be honest with you regarding any immediate service as well as tell you if things really dont need to be addressed at that moment. I brought my estimate from Herb Chambers of the number of things wrong my with my BMW that NEEDED to be fixed according to them. When I brought the car to EM, Mike put the car up on the lift and pointed out the areas of interest and their status. 2 of the 7 things actually needed repair. He also showed me a brand new part to compare it to the one that was on my car! Talking a customer out of buying a new part? Really!? It could have been a flux capacitor for anyone who doesn't know cars. My car runs perfect and I will continue to send all of my family and friends to Mike. A real class act Plus he washes the car and cleans it up before returning it to the customer.
    -Mike S.

  • Fantastic first time experience. Brought in my 2014 Audi S4 for a 10k interval oil change and wheel alignment. Made reservation quick and easy online. Great, prompt email communication (not easy to find these days). Dropped off car in the morning before work, picked it up same day after lunch. Car exterior and interior were also courteously cleaned. I can't imagine I would ever go to a dealership for service ever again.
    -Pete T.

  • I had been taking my VW to a garage in Cambridge for the past ten years. When I found it suddenly out of business, I needed a new, trustworthy mechanic. I found European Motorsport and just stopped in. Mike did a thorough examination of my car and provided individual quotes for groups of service. Despite no appointment, he stayed beyond closing time, and completed only the work I requested. And performed it well. Also, and I don't know if it's their standard practice, but they also washed my car. I will definitely be going back to complete the remainder (and any future) work.
    -Keith R.

  • I bought a used car last fall, and some issues started to crop up after I'd had the car for a few months. I had an idea of what the problems were and how to fix them, but I didn't have the time or space to do the work myself. Communication with Kelley to set up the initial appointment and follow-up on the repairs was great, and the process was very easy. Evan and Mike took a look at the car and diagnosed several issues, confirming my own analysis. Their suggestions to solve the problems were very reasonable, and the repair work was great. Mike went beyond the expected repairs and looked around for a sensor connector that is just missing missing from my car; I appreciate the effort and attention to detail. My car was returned to me with all of the problems solved, running better than it had been, and thoroughly detailed. Absolutely fantastic work all around.
    -Daniel W.

  • Excellent! Extremely skilled, trustworthy and professional.. takes the time to communicate what is needed and prioritize the work. Kept my BMW 327i in top shape for 15 years! The last auto maintenance person you will ever need.
    -Sherry C.

  • Friendly, clean shop with excellent equipment (Hunter Road Force Tire Balancer). They solved my vibration issue flawlessly the first time! Glad I found this shop and I will definitely be back.
    -Gregory F.

  • This is one of the best mechanic shops around. Their attention to detail, customer service and ability to diagnosis and fix problems is the best! Kelley (the front desk manager) is easy to get a hold of and book appointments by email or online. Mike (the owner/mechanic) explains things thoroughly and is very personable. I've never met a mechanic/owner that takes that much time with clients. They wash and vacuum your car before returning it to you. I especially love the honesty of this business; there were two things I thought I wanted fixed on my car and when I told Mike about them he explained to me that they weren't really big deals and weren't worth the money to fix them. I really appreciated this honesty; on an 11 year old car I just want to make sure it is safe to drive and not going to leave me stranded (fixing a broken cup holder probably isn't worth the money).
    -Darren P.

  • Mike and his expert crew are amazing! Very knowledgeable, professional and personable! I will definitely use them again and highly recommend them to others! Vehicle: BMW 530i
    -John W.