2012 Spring Newsletter

2012 Spring Newsletter

Whew, what a rough last couple of years. Most of our clients believe for the most part that we are over the hump now. I foresee things getting back to normal, if there really was a normal. The only thing that I’m concerned with now is the cost of things had been kept some-what down due to the poor economy. But with better times we are going to see all things costing more. Add in the higher price of fuel into the mix, there could be a large increase in everything we will be paying for. We are committed to keeping our pricing and services competitive and keeping a good value.

We sure are experiencing some strange weather patterns. Just this last week, it snowed here. The most ever this time of year. Diana (my wife) posted a picture of me shoveling our driveway so we could get to work, on Facebook. My niece from Michigan responded that we should come see her due to the fact that it was 80 degrees there. Diana and I will be visiting my mom, who lives in Florida, within the next couple of weeks. We will be meeting up with my two sisters there as well. I don’t know how I will be able to handle this but I will be sharing a house with four women. It’s been interesting enough living with one let alone four.
Our two dogs are finally getting used to each other and their individual habits. What a contrast of personalities! One is real mellow, calm and under control (Oscar), where as our new one, Cleopatra, is super hyper, excited and for the most part, totally out of control. But they both have great hearts and are very loving to all.

The winner of the getaway package is Don Curry. He and his family have won a 1 week stay at the “Edgewater Cottages” in Waldport, Or. Diana and I have spent many wonderful times there. Congratulations again to Don and his family. We were also able to raise some good support for Food for Lane County and Beyond Toxins. Thank you all for your support to these very important community service organizations.

Our car sales have taken off very well. I have had very positive feedback from current clients and people off the street that have taken advantage of our unique way of matching people with good reliable transportation. Thank you again for your patronage.
Ed Meza 541.685.0830 or ed@swedishwest.com

Tech Tips from Scott White

Dear All,
Kind of difficult to think about it being time to prepare for summer driving when it is snowing but our seasons do change and sometimes quickly. With hotter weather another torture test we put our car tires through and with higher speeds and longer freeway trips we want some confidence that we won’t have a tire fail. If upon inspection tires appear to be due for replacement or even if your tires are ok, it is important that the suspension and steering component condition is checked closely and repaired as needed and a wheel alignment done if needed. Your tires will appreciate it and you will have a better, safer handling car and may even realize an increase in miles per gallon and with gasoline prices, that is always welcome. I also recommend checking the spare tire that is lost and forgotten, buried in your car trunk. We check them when we do your scheduled maintenance service but for some reason I don’t even think the tire shops check them. Here is to warm summer breezes!
Best wishes, Scott

Plan an Oregon Natural History Road Trip this summer!

On this tour, be prepared to camp or stay in more rustic lodgings. Apart from the price of gas, this is a pretty low-cost tour. If you are serious about watching wildlife, recognize that sitting and waiting is the key element to successful viewing, and plan to spend more than a day at each location.

Day 1 From Bend, it’s roughly 130 miles along Route 20 to Burns. Head to the big lakes and irrigation canals south of Burns at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. Here you’ll find a wide variety of migratory birds, especially waterfowl. If you have time, spend a day driving up Steens Mountain, where wild mustangs live in the Kiger Gorge. Even if the horses elude you, you’re sure to see raptors. Camp at Page Springs or stay in a trailer at the Malheur Field Station.
Day 2 From the town of Frenchglen near the refuge’s southern border, head west across the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, known for its pronghorn. Camp at the refuge campground (and soak in the adjacent hot springs) or spend the night in Lakeview at Hunter’s Hot Springs motel.
Day 3 From Lakeview, head west across Route 140 to Klamath Falls, with birding on Klamath Lake. From Klamath Falls, take U.S. 97 north to Diamond Lake and stay at a campground or in a cabin at Diamond
Lake Resort. If by now your credit card is burning a hole in your pocket, air it out by staying at the Steamboat Inn, west of Diamond Lake along the North Umpqua River.
Day 4 From Diamond Lake, go west on Route 138 along the North Umpqua River for an immersion in west-side forests and fish. From the I-5 town of Roseburg, continue west to Reedsport to see the Oregon Dunes. Camp at the dunes and explore the unique ecosystem.
Day 5 Finally, head north to Sea Lion Caves and the tide pools of Cape Perpetua. There’s a campground at Cape Perpetua and the reasonably priced beachfront Yachats Inn in Yachats. Cape Perpetua’s streams are surrounded by protected coastal old-growth forest.

Gas-saving Spring Maintenance Tips

Drivers can save money at the pump and get the most out of their gasoline by performing a few simple maintenance checks on their vehicles, In fact, maintaining the quality of a few important vehicle components can help drivers improve their auto’s gas mileage as much as 40 percent, according to FuelEconomy.gov, an automotive information Web site from the U.S. Department of Energy. That means an average savings of about $794 per year.
Replace and Repair
• Replacing a dirty air filter—a five-minute job most consumers can do themselves­—can improve gas mileage by 10 percent, according to the National Car Care Council. This can add up to $198 annually. Change the air filter at least once a year, or every 12,000 miles. If you live in a high pollution or dusty region, you may need to change the filter more often. Just one teaspoon of dirt in the engine can cause more wear than 75,000 miles of normal driving.
• Oxygen sensors help your vehicle properly detect and adjust the mixture of air and fuel going into the engine. If a sensor is faulty, it can shave up to three miles per gallon off your car’s fuel efficiency and cost you about $239 a year.
• Bad spark plugs can leave you sitting with a car that won’t start. But worse yet are worn spark plugs and spark plug wires that could cost consumers up to $100 per year in wasted fuel.
• Refine Fuel Flow. About 147 million gallons of gas vaporize each year from the more than 40 million vehicles on the road with damaged, loose or missing gas caps, according to the Car Care Council. Make sure your vehicle’s gas cap is not damaged, loose or missing. Consider a locking gas cap to ensure a proper seal and to protect your fuel from theft by siphoning.
Debris and deposits in a vehicle’s fuel lines can clog them and hinder fuel efficiency. Periodically adding a fuel system cleaner to your gas tank can help ensure a cleaner engine.

Don’t Ignore the Engine Light

Of the 236 million vehicles on the road, an estimated 25 million to 35 million are operating with their check-engine light on. As a free service, many automotive retailers will help drivers identify the possible reason the light came on. AutoZone provides free code retrieval reports that can help identify the possible cause of the alert, and aid in referring customers to trusted repair shops in their area.

To learn more about fuel-saving vehicle maintenance, visit:
www.carcare.org or www.fueleconomy.gov

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