Maintaining Your Diesel in Saint Paul

Diesel engines have been used extensively in Europe and Asia for many years. They haven’t been as common in Saint Paul because of the high sulfur content in our diesel fuel. But the government is now mandating lower sulfur content and, as a result, we are going to see more Crystal auto owners driving diesel-fueled vehicles on the road, especially in passenger cars and SUV’s.

Diesels are popular in Crystal because they get better fuel efficiency than gas-powered engines. They also last longer. Modern diesel engines are quiet and powerful. And if you associate diesel engines with black smoke, then you’re not up with the times. That smoke is a thing of the past.

Diesels don’t produce any more pollutants than gasoline engines. The pollution standards for diesel-powered vehicles are as strict in MN as for other vehicles.

Also, diesel engines can run on bio-diesel fuels as well as fossil fuels. Diesel fuel can be produced from vegetable oil or from cellulosic waste like wood chips and sawdust. In Saint Paul, we may soon see bio-diesel produced from algae. These fuel sources will lessen Crystal drivers’ dependence on fossil fuels and may even become truly renewable and sustainable.

Diesel-powered vehicles perform as well as other passenger vehicles, also. Most Champlin people don’t notice a difference in driving one or the other. If you haul heavy loads or tow a trailer in Osseo, however, the diesel is a definite improvement.

So, you may be asking, if diesels are so great, why don’t all Saint Paul auto owners drive them? Surely there are disadvantages you haven’t told me about. That’s true. Diesel engines are heavier than gas engines, and they cost more in MN. The better MPG of the diesel engine is partially offset by the higher purchase price.

Because of higher fuel prices, diesel engines used to be more costly to drive in Saint Paul. But now, with higher volatility in the prices of both gasoline and diesel fuel in MN, that cost difference is less definitive. Whether a diesel or gas engine is more expensive for Crystal auto owners depends now on the current price of fuel in MN and how many miles you drive.

Consider also that diesel-powered vehicles have a high resale value in the Saint Paul area, and the costs of owning and operating a diesel vs. a gas-powered vehicle in MN becomes a real toss-up.

Preventive auto maintenance for diesel vehicles has also become similar to that of gas-fueled vehicles in recent years. The major difference is that diesels require cleaner fuel, air and oil, so their filters are more expensive in Crystal than those for gasoline engines. The engine air filter must be changed more frequently as well.

The costs for car care and repairs in Crystal are similar. Wait, you may be thinking, but you just told me that filters are more expensive and have to be changed more regularly. True, but that is offset by the fact that diesel engines have a much longer lifetime than gasoline engines. So if you are the type of owner who prefers to hang on to a vehicle for a long time, you will be more than rewarded with a diesel engine.

So if you have been looking for Crystal Collision Center auto advice on whether to switch to a diesel vehicle or stay with a gas-powered one, then we hope this helps. The answer as to which type of vehicle is better is that it depends on the Crystal driver and their driving habits. Now that you know the facts, you can make an informed choice based on your own priorities and needs.

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Fuel Saving Tip: Car Weight And Your MN Driving

Weight is the enemy of fuel economy. Everyone from here to Champlin knows this makes sense.

Some of us in the Champlin area carry a bunch of unnecessary weight, and I’m not talkin’ what you see in the mirror.

minivan Weight Guys; sports equipment and tools. Ladies; well, just take a look around the passenger compartment and trunk. I think my car has about forty-five pounds of French fries on the floor.

All that extra weight wastes gas as you drive between here and Champlin, and everywhere else.

Lose the junk and save some money.

…And you really only need one of those spare tires.

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Fuel Filter Replacement

Hello Crystal drivers! You would never like to drink a glass of mud, right? Well, your minivan feels the same way. It needs a steady supply of clean fuel in order to run well and deliver good fuel economy. The fuel filter’s job is to clean dirt and rust out of the fuel before it gets to your engine. A clogged fuel filter can actually choke off the engine so that it won’t start or run. Some fuel filters have a bypass valve that allows fuel to go around the clogged filter so your car will still run. But, then the contaminated fuel can clog your fuel injectors and allow detrimental particles into your engine.

A car with a partially clogged fuel filter might run well around Crystal, but sputter and strain on the freeway because it’s starving for gas. There are two things that affect how often you need to replace the filter. They are: where you drive in MN and the gas you buy. If you drive a lot on dirt or gravel roads in rural MN, your fuel filter will have a harder time keeping the fuel clean.

And, we hate to say it, but buying the cheapest gas from bargain Saint Paul area stations sometimes means dirtier fuel that’ll clog the filter sooner. Major brands tend to be cleaner and certainly have higher levels of detergent additives.

Of course, vehicle manufacturers recommend intervals for changing the fuel filter. But, it’s a little more complicated than that for Crystal drivers. Some manufacturers stopped listing recommended intervals for fuel filter replacement or have very long intervals like every five years or eighty thousand miles. So you may need to look to other sources for recommendations. Cars older than six or seven years are especially at risk because they have had time for dirt and rust to build up in the fuel tank. A clean fuel filter keeps the gas flowing. Even a partially clogged filter puts added strain on the minivan fuel pump. That can shorten its life and result in an expensive repair.

As is often the case, spending a little money now on something as inexpensive as a fuel filter can save money for Crystal motorists down the road by improving fuel economy and preventing expensive repairs. At Crystal Collision Center in Crystal, we can check your fuel filter. It is better than fixing a burned-out minivan fuel pump or ruined fuel injectors.

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Fuel Filter Service in Crystal MN

There are a surprising number of small, inexpensive parts that can lead to expensive engine damage when they fail. It doesn’t seem right.

Fortunately a lot of those things can be taken care of in routine maintenance. They may not be easy to remember, because it is a long list, but your service center at Crystal Collision Center can help you know what’s scheduled to be taken care of.

Some of us in Crystal MN really don’t look forward to going in for an oil change and then getting a list of the other things the manufacturer recommends.

But automotive maintenance is all about prevention, and addressing small problems before they get big. Let’s take the fuel filter for example.

You may not know this but the median age for private vehicles on our Crystal MN roads is over nine years. When cars get older, five years or so, they’ve accumulated a lot of dirt and rust in their gas tanks. If that dirt gets into the engine it can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. So somewhere between that dirty gas tank and the price of a great vacation – is the lowly fuel filter: a very inexpensive part that doesn’t cost too much to replace. And your car’ll just run better too.

A clogged fuel filter can’t let enough fuel through. You might notice at first that your car is running fine around town, but struggles or sputters on the Crystal MN freeway or when you accelerate. Enough fuel can’t get through to meet the demands of higher speed. If it gets bad enough your engine might just shut off or not start at all, which could be dangerous.

Some fuel filters have a bypass. When they get clogged, they allow dirty fuel to move around the filter element so dirt ends up in the engine. We’ve already talked about how expensive that can be.

The fuel filter is even very important for newer cars. The fuel is still dirty even if there isn’t rust in the tank. It’s just that the fuel filter will need to be changed more frequently as the vehicle gets older.

How often should you change your fuel filter? Check your owner’s manual. Your Crystal MN service advisor at Crystal Collision Center can tell you as well. It’s usually around thirty thousand miles or so. Ask if it’s time for a full fuel system cleaning as well. They often go hand in hand.

It’s good to know that your Crystal MN service center has your back. When you’re motivated to maintain your vehicle’s performance and to reduce operating costs, you’ll think of Crystal Collision Center as your ally – and maybe even your memory.

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Deep Clean Your Fuel System At Crystal Collision Center

Having trouble with your fuel system? Bring your minivan into Crystal Collision Center for a check up.

5108 West Broadway Ave
Crystal, MN 55429
763.533.0412

In today’s Crystal Collision Center auto post, we’re talking about fuel system cleaning. The first thing to know is how important it is to have a clean fuel system. Crystal motorists need fuel to go, and the cleaner the fuel system, the more efficiently the fuel will burn. That means more power and better MPG.

A clean fuel system saves money for Crystal drivers at MN gas stations. We guess you could say, it all starts and ends at the pump. One of the most important things Crystal auto owners can do to keep their minivan fuel system clean is to buy good quality gas. Major brands have detergents that keep gum and varnish from rapidly building up in the fuel system.

So buying cheaper gas in MN can actually be more expensive for Crystal motorists in the long run. Now, most cars on MN interstates are more than five or six years old. That means they’ve had time for some dirt and rust to start accumulating in the fuel tank. This junk needs to be filtered out of the fuel before it hits your minivan engine. That’s the fuel filter’s job.

When the fuel filter is clogged, the dirty fuel will bypass the filter and go on up to the engine where it can clog fuel injectors and get into the cylinders. That could be dangerous. So Crystal auto owners should have their fuel filter changed when recommended. Check your owner’s manual or ask your helpful Crystal Collision Center technician if your fuel filter is due for replacement.

The fuel then goes up into the throttle body. This is another area where varnish and gum can accumulate. A professional fuel system cleaning at Crystal Collision Center in Crystal will use a combination of special cleaning chemicals and old fashioned swabbing to clean out the throttle body. Now, the fuel injectors are the last stop in the fuel delivery system.

It’s vital for Crystal auto owners to keep those fuel injectors clean. The fuel injectors need to deliver a precise amount of fuel, at exactly the right time, in a particular spray pattern. They just can’t do that if they’re dirty. Dirty fuel injectors really rob power and hurt fuel economy.

It is important for the fuel system proper, but there are a couple other things that will help keep your minivan engine clean as well. Of course, air is mixed with the fuel before it’s burned. Dirty air means dirt gets into your engine, so you need to replace your engine air filter when it’s dirty.

The PCV value routes unburned fuel that escapes into the lower engine back up into the intake system to be burned. A sticky PCV valve needs to be replaced at Crystal Collision Center to make sure that system is working properly for Crystal motorists and the breather filter needs to be replaced if it’s dirty as well.

Do all these things and your minivan engine’s air and fuel will be as clean as possible. You’ll get much better fuel efficiency and better power.

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Fuel System Cleaning at Crystal Collision Center in Crystal for Better Performance

A fuel injector is a valve that delivers fuel to a vehicle’s engine. It has to deliver the precise amount of fuel, to precisely the right place, precisely when the engine needs it. The fuel also has to be mixed with air before it can burn in the engine.

Fuel injectors are engineered to spray fuel in a specific pattern into the engine. (The pattern varies by engine type and design.) In order to achieve these spray patterns, the fuel must be pressurized.

The pressure in a fuel injection system varies depending on its type. Many gasoline engines use port injection systems, which operate with a pressure of 60 pounds per square inch. Newer direct injection systems operate at 10 to 30 times that pressure. Some diesel passenger vehicles have fuel injectors that operate at 30,000 pounds or more per square inch.

Vehicles have one fuel injector for each cylinder in the engine. Your vehicle’s control computer constantly monitors the engine and various sensors in the vehicle and adjusts the fuel injectors accordingly so that they can deliver the proper amount of fuel to the engine. As you can see, fuel injectors are a sophisticated and vital part of your vehicle’s engine.

Because fuel injectors are such precision instruments, dirt and contaminants are a serious detriment to their performance. When an injector gets gummed up, it affects the pressure, pattern and timing of the fuel delivery. The result is a decrease in MPG and loss of engine performance.

So it’s essential to keep your fuel injectors clean. That starts with keeping the fuel in your tank clean. High-quality fuel contains detergents and additives that help clean your engine. Brand-name MN fuel companies also deliver a more consistent quality of fuel than do bargain stations in the Saint Paul area.

The second way to keep your injectors clean is to keep your fuel filter clean. This filter screens dirt and rust out of the fuel as it travels from the tank to the engine. If the filter clogs up, fuel will bypass it and carry its load of dirt into the engine.

Check your owner’s manual or Crystal Collision Center in Crystal to find out how often you should change your fuel filter. This should be part of your regular preventive maintenance. Also, remember that if you use bargain-brand or low-grade fuels, or if you drive an older vehicle, your filter will need to be changed more often.

You can also purchase cleaners that will protect your fuel injectors. These cleaners are added to the fuel tank. They work best at preventing build-up in your fuel injectors and can clean up small amounts of carbon, gum and varnish. But they won’t be able to clean a fully gummed-up injector. Read the labels before using any of these products for full directions on their use.

If your fuel injectors are gummed up, you can get a professional deep cleaning service at Crystal Collision Center in Crystal that will result in better MPG and improved vehicle performance.

Good car care will prevent serious damage to your fuel injector system. And this is one system that you want to keep in perfect condition.

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Fuel Saving Tip: Auto Myths Around Crystal

With high fuel prices in Crystal MN comes lots of gas saving advice. Some of it, like what you hear on AutoNetTV, is really great. Some is myth. And some is just designed to prey on Crystal MN people desperate to save some money on gas.

Auto Myths When you get one of those e-mails that’s going around telling you how to save gas, try to think it through.

Does it really make sense? Does it defy the laws of physics?

Do some research on the internet or ask your Crystal MN service advisor at Crystal Collision Center.

There aren’t any magic pills you can drop in your gas tank and the government hasn’t suppressed a device you can clamp on your fuel line to make your car run on air. Not even in Crystal!

So next time you get one of those e-mails, check it out with an automotive professional. You’ll get more bang for your buck with an oil change or an engine air filter replacement.

We’re Crystal Collision Center, give us a call at 763.533.0412 for good honest advice about your car.

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Clean Fuel Makes a Happy Engine In Crystal, MN

 




If the fuel system in your minivan is dirty, you will be hurting your MPG and losing performance as you drive around Crystal, MN.

Unless they drive a vintage car, Crystal motorists have fuel injectors which need to be properly maintained. That is why your minivan owner’s manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.

Your helpful service advisor at Crystal Collision Center in Crystal has the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Crystal Collision Center uses a process that gives your car a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. The particles, gum and varnish that build up in your fuel system are removed so that it can run cleanly and efficiently.

After a professional fuel system cleaning at Crystal Collision Center, you’ll notice more power, improved fuel efficiency and reduced exhaust emissions. AutoNetTV strongly recommends you follow your manufacturers fuel system cleaning service recommendations to keep your minivan running strong.

Crystal car owners don’t need the added expense of replacing a fuel injector that’s been damaged by neglect. Check with your helpful Crystal Collision Center service advisor and see when your car is scheduled for a vital fuel system cleaning.

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Fuel Saving Tip: Crystal Tune Up

Have you ever gone to Saint Paul to listen to an orchestra? The musicians take the stage early and tune their instruments. Each individual instrument must be in tune, but the critical thing is for the entire orchestra to be in tune with each other. That’s why they tune up together.

Fuel Economy Now this is no surprise; I’m going to relate the orchestra to your car. Your engine has many component systems that each need to be working properly. And the components need to be working in sync, all timed up together in order for the engine to work efficiently.

We call this, (ta-da) a tune-up. When an orchestra’s out of tune you get a bad concert. When your vehicle’s out of tune you get bad performance and bad fuel economy.

So check your owner’s manual for recommended tune-up intervals. Or ask your Crystal service advisor at Crystal Collision Center what he thinks.

…Just be careful not to say you want to make beautiful music together – that kinda makes us uncomfortable.

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How Do You Save Gas In Crystal MN?

No one in Crystal, MN likes to spend a chunk of change at Saint Paul gas pumps. Rising MN fuel prices, however, have spurred Crystal car owners to focus on how to improve their fuel economy. North Americans literally drive billions of miles less each month during times of high fuel prices. But we still need to drive (we are car-loving Americans, after all!), so it makes sense to try and increase our fuel economy however we can.

Let’s look at a real life example of one of our AutoNetTV producers. He has one of those really big SUVs. Lots of kids and horses to haul around, you know. His family was planning a four day camping trip. Here’s what he did to cut his fuel costs:

First, he installed a new, high flow engine air filter. Then he had his Crystal service center change his oil, flush his cooling system and service his front and rear differentials along with the transfer case. He also had a fuel system cleaning, replaced his PCV valve and breather element. He also made sure his tires were up to the recommended pressure.

Now this cost several hundred dollars. But keep in mind, it all needed to be done anyway – it was all scheduled, and some of the work was overdue.

So he headed out, loaded with nine people and pulling a ton of trailer with everything needed for four days of camping. When the trip was over, he tallied his fuel efficiency.  Turns out, he got the best fuel economy on that vehicle up to that point. It had improved 25 percent! He saved $48.00 on that trip alone. And the savings keep on coming every day.

Here’s a quick summary of what you can do to save fuel in Crystal, MN. First get caught up on your critical routine maintenance. Nearly every scheduled service item can boost fuel economy. If it’s time for a tune-up, git’er done at Crystal Collision Center. That’s a big item.

If your check engine light is on, have your helpful Crystal Collision Center technician figure out why and fix it. Check engine problems can be real gas wasters.

Proper tire pressure and wheel alignment can really help Crystal drivers as well. Try not to carry around a bunch of stuff. An extra hundred pounds can cost a mile per gallon.

Now you may not want to hear this, but the single biggest fuel waster for most Saint Paul folks is their right foot. Zooming away from stop lights and hot rod lane changes really waste fuel. Take it easy on MN expressways and Crystal streets: don’t speed and plan ahead.

Finally, you may have noticed that we haven’t mentioned any magic pills or devices that will double your mileage. That’s because there aren’t any. Some may help a bit, but there are a lot of “miracle fuel saver” scams in MN. Don’t shell out any bucks to swindlers, you need it to buy gas!

Do some research and check with your technician at Crystal Collision Center in Crystal before spending your hard earned cash.

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