5 – Do I need to buy name brand gas?

Technically no.  But, your engine and it’s components might be happier if you did. Quality fuel has better refinement than lesser refined fuel.  Like wine, if you start off with better grapes you’ll end up with better wine.  A higher grade of crude oil that has better refinement will end up as a better grade of fuel. (Regardless of octane ratings).

Refiners have a choice when producing fuel. Lower quality fuels have less refinement. Less refinement means undesirable compounds for your engine and fuel system.

Things like olefins and di-olefins any numbers of undesirable compounds are left in gasolines that are less refined. Your engine has to be able to rid itself of these or long term problems can arise.

Poor quality fuels can raise your vehicles emissions, lower fuel mileage cause stumbling, rough idle, clogs and deposits in places that wouldn’t have them. In short long term use of cheap fuel, will probably cause long term and costly repairs down the line.

So what should you do? By name brand fuel as often as you can. I’m not saying never buy cheap gas, but, if you do, do so in moderation. If you use quality fuels at least 50% of the time you’ll probably be okay. I say probably because there are dozens of variables that can change the outcome. Ultimately you need to pay attention to how your car runs, responds, and your fuel millage.

Regardless of what fuels you use it would still be a good idea to use a fuel system cleaner occasionally to make sure your fuel system and engine run at 100% efficiency all of the time.  Do so and you won’t run into any breakdown issues because of a clogged or dirty fuel system.

Sturken Automotive can help your car truck or RV fuel system run at optimum levels, ALL of the time. Ask us about it the next time you’re in for preventative maintenance.

4 – Treat your car like a plane and make it last

What is the difference between an aircraft that doesn’t get preventative maintenance and a car that doesn’t?  The car’s drivers can pull over if their car quits and call a tow truck. The plane’s pilot is going to die. Think that you might handle maintenance differently if your car was a plane?  You bet you would as death is not a good option.

Federal law requires aircraft maintenance every 100 hours or so.  If you don’t get your aircraft signed off by a certified mechanic the plane is “grounded” and you can’t use it.  If it were the same for automotive care, our experience is that 80% of the cars on the road would be “grounded”. That is a huge percentage! That means 8 in 10 of the cars on the road wouldn’t be on the road for lack of maintenance.

Twenty percent of the cars we see daily are in excellent mechanical condition and virtually all of those are less than 2 years old.  Take them out of the equation and almost 100% of our inspected vehicles need some type of service!

Do your best to take care of your car, truck, or RV. You may not kill yourself if your car quits but your wallet could suffer shock and death if you avoid regular maintenance.

See us at Sturken’s automotive at least twice a year to keep your vehicle “airworthy”.

3 – What does “AAA approved” mean to me?

It means our shop passed a rigorous set of standards. We are carefully reviewed by AAA each quarter to make sure that we are meeting AAA’s tough standards.  It means that our clients are consistently happy with the way that they are treated and the repairs that we perform, and we have the tools and the qualifications to do well on all counts.

We are reliable and fair. If there are ever complaints that can’t be resolved between us and our clients, then we agree to be bound by AAA’s resolution to make things right for our mutual customer. We guarantee our repairs for 24 month or 24,000 miles too.

The bottom line, we work to a higher standard because we choose to. If you are an AAA member make sure to let us know.  Show your AAA card and receive a labor discount up to $100.00 – (restrictions apply)

Sturken Automotive and RV, San Jose, CA 408-295-7195