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The Environmental Benefits of Keeping your Vehicle in Good Working Order

Posted on November 24, 2015 by No-Spill™ News Team

Vehicle Maintenance - No-Spill™ Systems - Drain Plugs TexasWe are all aware of the small things we can do around our homes to be a little bit greener and to help lessen our impact on the environment, including reducing our consumption of non-reusable packaging and recycling. But, are you aware that keeping your vehicle in good working order also has huge environmental benefits?
It isn’t always a priority to keep our vehicles maintained and we are often inclined to let little things with our cars or trucks slide, especially when we have a few vehicles we are responsible for. By maintaining your vehicles, you not only get the best possible gas mileage, you are helping to do a little bit more for the environment and are saving money too. 
Here are 5 tips for keeping your vehicle in good working order
Keep your tires at the correct pressure and properly aligned
Not only does keeping your tires at the correct pressure help with the longevity of your tires, but you also use less gasoline. Even if your tires are just a few pounds under, your engine must work harder burning more gasoline. Also, the life of an underinflated tire is about 25% less than a tire that is maintained at the correct pressure
Align and balance your tires
Misaligned tires also make your engine work harder causing you to burn more gasoline. Poorly aligned tires also make for faster wear and tear meaning that you must replace them sooner. The disposal of old tires poses a huge environmental challenge.  Some are recycled and repurposed, but most of them still end up in landfills.  By taking care of your tires and keeping them longer, you are contributing less to our landfills.
Replace dirty air and fuel filters
Have your air and fuel filters checked during regular maintenance. Clogged or dirty air filters can reduce your gas mileage by as much as 10% 

Motor Oil
Use the grade of motor oil your car's manufacturer recommends. Using a different grade of motor oil can lower your gas mileage by 1%-2%. 
Replace your oil drain plug
Replacing your oil drain plug with a No-Spill™ Systems magnetic oil drain plug virtually eliminates your chances of an oil spill. Oil seeping into our ground water is a huge environmental problem, and every province and state have laws on the proper disposal of used motor oil. Using the No-Spill™ Systems magnetic oil drain plug completely eliminates all worries of oil spilling while you are draining the oil from your vehicle.

6 Frustrations Only Heavy Duty Technicians Know

Posted on November 17, 2015 by No-Spill™ News Team

1 -    Touching my stuff. I don’t come to your workplace and move your things around, so don’t touch my tools.  They cost more than the combined cost of ten of your computers, and I don’t need help rearranging them.

2 -    Arguing about the price. The cost to repair your equipment goes way beyond what “it cost your friend Jimmy to repair in his garage”.  We have expensive shop and labour hours to consider, not to mention the tens of thousands of dollars (yes, that’s right; see item 1) that it costs for us to stock our shop with the best tools and diagnostic equipment.  We would charge you less to not have this conversation, but we can’t, so don’t blame us.  Besides, when was the last time you saw a mechanic with his own private jet?  Never.  We’re not out to rip you off.

3 -    Comparing me to your old mechanic.  I’m not them and they’re not me.  I’m sure they’re a wonderful person, but I don’t want to hear about them.  Besides, spending time talking about them eats into my billable hours, and there is not an item line in my invoicing system to charge you for this uncomfortable conversation.

4 -    Your own internet diagnosis.  The internet has endless information on what it means when your engine makes unusual noises.  Bringing your engine to me and self-diagnosing where the Eeeerk Bap Bap Bam Reeeeeech! noise is coming from does not help anyone.  Google does not have high tech diagnostic equipment built into it.  My shop does. 

5 -    Coming in minutes before we close. When we’re wrapping up for the day is the worst time for you to show up.  We have a long to-do list to accomplish before we can go home to our families, and you are much more likely to get great service when you show up well within business hours.  Better yet, make an appointment. 

6 -    Calling incessantly.  If we said we will call you when your vehicle is ready, we will.  We want to get paid and get your equipment out of our yard as soon as possible, and calling us a billion times does not speed this up.  If you are thinking about calling us early, please don’t. 

9 Ways to Keep Your Shop Floors Cleaner

Posted on November 10, 2015 by No-Spill™ News Team

Vehicle Maintenance - No-Spill Systems - Oil Drain Plug AlbertaThese Easy Tips Will keep Your Shop Floor Cleaner and Safer, and Help Protect the Environment Too

A clean mechanic’s shop is key to a safe a productive environment and with environmental restrictions getting tighter and tighter, shop managers must keep looking for ways to keep toxins from entering the water table. Although this can seem like a daunting task for vehicle repair and fleet vehicle maintenance shops, there are several things you can do to keep your floors cleaner and avoid spills that will enter the water table.

Cleaning cloths and rags
  • Mechanics should always have clean cloths available to wipe spills or overflows before they reach the floor. Consider using a supplier who can consistently deliver clean cloths and remove dirty ones.
Clean all drops and spills immediately
  • Oil, solvents and antifreeze dropped on the floor can be tracked throughout the shop and into vehicles. Cleaning even the smallest of spills immediately will keep your shop floor cleaner.
Mark cleaning supplies well
  • Designate an area for spill cleaning supplies that are easily accessible. Keep separate buckets with mops for different types of cleanup including oil, solvents and antifreeze. Mark each bucket well and attach rags to the mops so they are easily identified as spill mops.
Clean spills properly
  • When cleaning an oil spill use a hydrophobic mop and avoid back and forth movement to keep the oil from spreading. 
  • When cleaning an antifreeze spill use only a cloth mop dedicated to this purpose and make certain you wring out the mop in a drum also dedicated to coolant. 
  • Use only mild detergent for final clean up with water.
Use spill prevention equipment 
  • Water troughs used for livestock fluid are excellent and inexpensive options for secondary containment of used oil and waste antifreeze. They are available in feed stores.
  • Use funnel drum covers to minimize spills when transferring liquids from one container to another.
  • Replace traditional oil plugs in your vehicles with No-Spill Systems™ magnetic drain plugs. Designed to work on both gravity and suctioning systems, No-Spill Systems™ magnetic drain plugs eliminate spills entirely.
These tips will not only keep your shop floor clean and safe you will be minimizing the effect on the environment and will ultimately save you time and money.

How to Find the Best Maintenance Tools

Posted on November 03, 2015 by No-Spill™ News Team

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We all know that proper engine maintenance can be the difference between a long trouble-free engine life, and one jumbled with repairs.  Proper engine maintenance can be fun, satisfying, and will save you money.  With endless products and infinite information at our fingertips, how do you choose the best tools to do the job?  We’ll help you sort it all out.

Automotive Repair Tools, Oil Change, Drain Plug

Do Your Research
Before you begin, go online and start looking for the parts you’ll need to get the job done.  There’s no use in buying tools you don’t need, or wasting time trying to make the wrong tools work for your particular job. 

Read Trusted Reviews
Be sure to read reviews from other mechanics on repair chat sites, and product reviews.  Also, be sure to check multiple review sites.  If the tool you want to purchase is available on numerous sites, chances are there will be reviews on all of those. 

Ask Respected Mechanics
Ask for help.  If you know a mechanic who can offer advice on which tools they find the most useful, give them a call!  Alternatively, post your query on a chat thread.  There is no shame in asking questions, and many experienced mechanics are more than happy to share their love of tools with you.

Call the Manufacturer
Not sure on a warranty policy, or want to know exactly what your tools are made of, or want to find out where your tools are made?  Most manufacturers have contact emails on their web sites.  Tools are investments and you’ll want to make sure you are buying the best tools that fit your budget.

Don’t Sweat It
Remember to breath.  Whenever you attempt a repair for the first time it can seem overwhelming and even frustrating at times, so cut yourself some slack and give yourself a break!  Walk away for a moment, read the manual and re-read how to properly use your tools.  Pretty soon you will be the master of your maintenance routine!