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With diesel fuel prices still being higher than they were in recent years, fuel economy is vital. While there’s not much the average person can do to affect fuel prices at the pump, there ARE things you can do to improve fuel efficiency. Here are 5 ways to increase fuel economy on a diesel pickup. Put them to use, and you’ll enjoy better engine performance and money savings at the pump!

Alternator Replacements | Accurate Automotive

By Accurate Automotive in Mesa, AZ

How do you know if you have engine belt issues?

Is your vehicle making unusual squeaking noises while you’re driving?

More often than not, drivers know when their belts require attention because their vehicle makes an unusual squeaking noise when driven. These noises can sound like chirping or squeaking noises. These noises should always be addressed and you should give us a call at (480) 890-0409 so we can diagnose your vehicle and ensure your issue is in fact a belt issue. If it is our ASE Certified technicians will offer you repair or replacement recommendations and we will move forward with your approved repairs. As always we are happy to give you a ride within 20 miles of our shop by downtown Mesa, Arizona.

LOS ALTOS, Calif. - Toyota Research Institute (TRI) today unveiled a generative artificial intelligence (AI) technique to amplify vehicle designers. Currently, designers can leverage publicly available text-to-image generative AI tools as an early step in their creative process. With TRI's new technique, designers can add initial design sketches and engineering constraints into this process, cutting down the iterations needed to reconcile design and engineering considerations.

American Driving Survey

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 dramatically changed many aspects of Americans’ daily lives, including travel behavior. As the United States continues to recover, some patterns of daily life that were disrupted by the pandemic are returning to previous trends. However, some shifts in lifestyles remain, and some new practices are emerging.

This Research Brief provides highlights from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s 2022 American Driving Survey, which quantifies the daily driving of the U.S. population in 2022 and compares results to 2021 and 2020.

Key Findings

94.5% of U.S. residents ages 16 years and older drove at least occasionally in 2022, unchanged from 2021 and 2020.

Alternator Replacements | Accurate Automotive

By Accurate Automotive in Mesa, AZ

Many Mesa drivers have probably noticed a bunch of warning lights on their dash when they start their engine. They flash on to test the circuits and then go off if everything’s OK. One of the warning lights looks like a car battery. Its job is to tell you if your vehicle battery’s not charging properly.
Mesa motorists probably know that their battery stores electricity – enough to start the engine and get moving. But that’s about it – you can only get a few miles or kilometers on battery power alone. You need an alternator to generate enough electricity to run your vehicle engine and power your electrical accessories like the stereo, power seats, heater fan, on-board computers and so on. On top of that, the alternator needs to recharge your battery. So when your vehicle alternator isn’t working, there isn’t enough electricity for all of those things. When your alternator fails, you aren’t going very far.

Bumper Audio Clip of the Week

Bumper to Bumper Radio helps a listener whose son's Nissan Rogue is struggling to make the drive to Flagstaff.