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Patty Says: Don't Let Your Car Run Out of Gass

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 26th, 2018 8:00am

Patty Says: Don't Let Your Car Run Out of Gass Ask Patty: Is it bad for your car if you drive until you run out of gas? Well, it's really not the BEST thing for your car, and here's why: On the simplest level, feeding your engine from the bottom of the gas tank is very similar to drinking the last cup of coffee in the pot: those coffee grinds and sediment that have settled to the bottom of the pot? Similar stuff has settled to the bottom of your gas tank, and if you ...


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How to Organize Your Car Trunk

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 30th, 2010 7:35pm

Next, it's time to get rid of all that "junk in your trunk." Many people unwittingly carry the weight of an extra person in the back of their vehicle, so be brutal: Remove everything you don't use frequently or need in an emergency. Items such as car cleaners or foldable chairs, for example, should be stored elsewhere. Seasonal items, like traction aids for the mud or snow, should be stored in the car only when the season demands ...


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Considering Downsizing to Save Fuel? Consumer Reports Suggests it Might be Better to Wait

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 2nd, 2008 2:39pm

We've been watching gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon for over a month now, and at last (in my neighborhood, at least), the price of regular unleaded finally jumped all the way up over to $4.50. It's enough to make a commuter cry. An increase of a dollar a gallon in the last year means each tank is costing $15 to $20 more, or $60 to $80 per month if you fill up weekly. Sales of trucks and SUVs have ...


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Track Your Gas Mileage Online

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 5th, 2007 12:15pm

I confess. I'm a freak. I track my car's fill-ups, every one of them, in a logbook. The gas receipts tucked between the pages show the price per gallon as well as the total paid for each tank, and a handy little spreadsheet I created in Excel helps me track my fuel economy. I also record my maintenance in there. I have two of these logbooks that track every single one of my Honda Accord's 136,930 miles per ...


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Gas Dandy: The Best Gas Mileage Tool Around!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 1st, 2007 12:00pm

So check out this little gizmo I found for keeping track of your gas mileage. GasDandy is an easy-to-use tool that tracks your vehicle's mileage and vital statistics, providing data that can be used for both business and personal purposes, including tax deductions!* This simple program calculates mile-per-gallon averages and even reminds drivers when maintenance such as oil changes and tire rotations are due, ...


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