What Octane should I use in my Car?

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When you pull into a local gas station in Galva to fill your empty tank, it may be tempting to reach for the fuel with the lowest price tag. After-all, how can one little number be so important? But reaching for the regular grade isn’t always the right choice – consult your owner’s manual, the sticker on the gas cap, or call our techs at 620.654.3445 for advice for your vehicle – keep reading for more information about gasoline octane and when it matters. What do the numbers on the gas pump mean? When you stop at the pump, the numbers indicate the octane rating of the fuel. This rating (87, 89, 93, etc.) relates to its ability to be compressed in the engine without igniting prematurely. In a typical engine, gas and air are combined in the cylinders then compressed into …… ( more )

3 Cat Litter Auto Myths – True or False?

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Kitty litter often makes an appearance in lists for auto emergency kits or winter safety tips – but why is this strange “tool” so popular? What is it for? Does it really work? Here, we address three “myths” about cat litter to help you stay safe on slick winter roads in Galva, KS. Before you find yourself stuck (without cat litter), make sure your car can handle winter conditions – call our team at 620.654.3445. Myth #1 – Cat litter provides Traction TRUE! If your vehicle gets stuck in a snow bank or on a slick road, cat litter can help create the traction you need to get out. Pour a little around your tires to give them something to grip as you navigate onto the road. The non-clumping kind works best for extra traction on slick roads. Myth #2 …… ( more )

Show Your Car Some Love With Preventative Maintenance

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Preventative maintenance is the single best way to keep your car running smoothly and save you money down the road in Galva. By periodically checking the fundamental systems in your car, you can spot anything out of the ordinary before it becomes a bigger issue – and it is easy to do! Show your car some love this month with these preventative maintenance services: Read your owner’s manual – Every manufacturer includes a schedule of recommended maintenance for the vehicle, so check your manual for the proper maintenance intervals for your vehicle. Even if it doesn’t seem necessary, following this schedule can help to avoid bigger issues that stem from delaying these services. It is also a necessity for maintaining your manufacturer’s warranty. Check your oil and fluids – Most fluid or oil tanks have gauges or dipsticks to let …… ( more )

5 Myths about Auto Repair

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5 Myths about Auto Repair We understand what it’s like to be on the customer’s side of the counter. We’ve been there plenty of times at the doctor, dentist, or somewhere as simple as a gas station. We know what it’s like to be unsure of the service or product we are paying for. The last thing we want is for our Galva neighbors to feel apprehensive about auto repair and maintenance. Here are some common myths about car repair that can help you get a little more educated and provide a little more peace of mind. Premium and other high octane gases will make your vehicle run better. While you always need to follow the recommended level of octane your manual suggests, paying more for the higher octane gas will not make a difference in your vehicle’s performance. Fuel additives …… ( more )

Preparing Your Car for Cold Weather

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Fall is here and it’ll be snowing in Galva before you know it. If you aren’t preparing your car for the changing weather already, you may experience complications sooner than you think. Our team at Nightingale Transmissions has partnered up with the Monday Morning Mechanic to bring you this video about how the cold weather can affect your vehicle’s windows and how to prevent malfunctions. As you can see, it is important to prepare your car for cold weather sooner than later. When you visit our shop, our team of ASE-Certified mechanics will help you get ready for the cold and drive safely this season. Set up an appointment today by calling us at (620)-654-3445!

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6 Back to School Driving Tips for Teens

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September marks the beginning of a new school year and, while students are getting acquainted with their new classmates, a new crop of teen drivers will be on the road in Galva. In this month’s blog, we’re taking a break from our preventive maintenance tips to teach you or your teen how to survive the daily commute to school. Early mornings, school buses, kids dashing through parking lots, and fall weather can provide plenty of challenges for a new driver. Luckily, our team at Nightingale Transmissions has plenty of tips for beginners:   Get enough sleep- Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as intoxicated driving and, if you’re a night owl, getting up early can make a commute to school all the more challenging.  Make sure to unwind and disconnect from video games, texting, web surfing or movies before you fall asleep. You’ll …… ( more )