All FAQS - Fuel System

Fuel System FAQS

Sharp Transmissions would like to welcome you to our website's page dedicated to questions our automotive technicians get from our customers in the greater Kingston area about the repair and service of their vehicles' fuel systems.

When do I change my fuel filter?

Sharp Transmissions and most automobile manufacturers commonly suggest your vehicle's fuel filter be changed every 25,000 miles. When our customers in the Kingston area are experiencing a sluggish hesitation when accelerating, we tell them to call us for an appointment and let one of the technicians at Sharp Transmissions check your vehicle's fuel filter.

Is where I buy my gasoline in the Kingston area important?
Not really but try to buy your gas at stations that are always busy to avoid getting gas that has been sitting in the storage tank too long. Also avoid buying gas at a station where you see a fuel truck unloading gas into the tanks as this tends to stir up impurities.
How can I drive more effeciently?

Sharp Transmissions always welcomes the opportunity to share our automotive expertise with our customers when asked about the different ways they can drive around the Kingston area more effeciently. Listed below are several tips for more efficient driving the technicians of Sharp Transmissions hope are useful in saving gas.


Sensible Driving
Sharp Transmissions tells all of our customers in Kingston that driving aggressively around the streets and highways of the Kingston area, to include speeding, braking, rapidly accelerating, etc.) waste gas! Gas mileage can be decreased by as much as 33 percent on the highway and about 5% when driving the streets of the Kingston area. Driving sensibly is not only an overall safer practice for you, but for other residents in the Kingston area as well, meaning more than gas money can be saved!

Observing Speed Limits
Sharp Transmissions tells our customers that while every car and truck on the roads of greater Kingston area will reach optimal fuel economy at varying speeds, when traveling above 50 mph. can rapidly decrease a vehicle's gas mileage. It can be assumed that for every 5 mph. above 50 mph., an additional .23 cents is paid for in gasoline. Additionally observing the speed limit in and around the Kingston area is also much safer.

Removing Excessive Weight
Sharp Transmissions is quick to tell all of our customers in the Kingston that want to know how they can drive their vehicles more effeciently that they should avoid keeping heavy items in the vehicle. The MPG for a vehicle can be reduced by up to 2% for every extra 100 pounds. The reduced MPG is calculated on the percentage of extra weight in relation to the weight of the vehicle. Smaller vehicles are affected more than larger vehicles.

Minimize Excessive Idling
Sharp Transmissions tells our customers that one of the best ways to drive the streets of the greater Kingston area is to minimize excessive idling. Leaving a vehicle to idle can result in the usage of a quarter to a half gallon of gasoline per hour, dependent on the size of the engine and the air conditioner being in use or not. Sharp Transmissions suggests our customers turn off their vehicles when parked as it only takes a few seconds worth of gasoline to restart an engine. It is worth mentioning though that turning a vehicle on and off excessively can however increase starter wear so it is advised to use best judgement when using this advice.

Cruise Control
Sharp Transmissions suggests to all of our customers that when driving the highways and freeways around the Kingston area it is best practice to use cruise control if a vehicle is equipped with this feature. Cruise control helps maintain a constant speed which in most situations results in better gas mileage.

Should I buy high octane gasoline?

Sharp Transmissions tells our customers in the Kingston area that unless the engine in their car or truck is pinging or knocking, purchasing a higher octane gasoline is wasting their money. In fact the extra cost paid for high octane gasoline can add up to $100 a year - or more! Sharp Transmissions has learned that some government studies indicate that all combined, drivers across the United States may be paying millions of dollars every year for gasoline with higher octane gas than needed.

Sharp Transmissions tells our customers that purchasing "premium" (high octane) gasoline is similar to giving your car or truck a "treat", or increasing performance. But Sharp Transmissions tells our customers that are driving around the Kingston area that most cars and trucks only require regular octane. Government studies in fact support that in most cases using a higher octane gasoline than recommended by an owner's manual offer no benefit at all to a vehicle's performance! In other words high octane gasoline will not make a vehicle run cleaner, go faster, or get better gas mileage.

In conclusion the best advice Kingston can offer anyone driving around the Kingston area insofar as whether purchasing high octane gas is the best option for their vehicle is read the vehicle's owner manual.

Switching to and using a high octane fuel for a vehicle is usually only recommended when a car engine is knocking when using the recommended fuel. It should also be noted that this happens only to a smaller percentage of vehicles.

Does high octane gasoline clean a car's engine better?

Sharp Transmissions tells our customers that are driving around the roads of greater Kingston that generally as a rule high octane gasoline will not perform better than regular octane gasoline insofar as the prevention of keeping engine deposits from forming, removing engine deposits, or cleaning their cars' engines. As a matter of fact, all octane grades in all brands of gasoline are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to include cleaning detergent additives that assist in the protection of the build-up of levels of engine deposits that are considered harmful during the life of a vehicle. If you live in the greater Kingston area and have other questions about the automotive fuel please do not hesitate to contact Sharp Transmissions and let one of our skilled automotive repair technicians be at your service!

Can Sharp Transmissions please explain gasoline octane ratings?

Kingston auto repair FAQ

Sharp Transmissions is occasionally asked by our customers in the greater Kingston area about what octane ratings in gasoline mean. Sharp Transmissions tells them that the octane rating in gasoline is a measure by which that gasoline is capable of helping to prevent engine knock, also known as rattling or a pinging noise resulting from the premature ignition of compressed air-fuel mixture in one or more of a engine's cylinders. The majority of a gas stations around the greater Kingston area sell three grades of octane, 87 octane (regular), 89 octane (mid-grade), and 92 or 93 octane (premium). Octane ratings are located on each gas pump, usually as a bright yellow sticker. If you live in the Kingston area and have any other questions about the fuel you use in your vehicle please feel free to contact Sharp Transmissions and let one of our auto repair mechanics be of help!

Satisfied Customers

1/1/2009

My experience with Sharp Transmissions has always been positive. They were honest about what needed to be done on my vehicles and went above and beyond with their quality of work.

Barbara G. G.
Kingston NY,

2/7/2013

Thanks again Sharp Transmission, you earned 5 stars from this customer.

Tina Gomo
Highland NY,

8/1/2012

I have had a great experience here! Two solenoids on my transmission were replaced, lowest price in town, with a one day turn around. Everyone was respectful and prompt

Jenna W.
Port Ewen NY,

3/14/2013

I got my truck back a few days later with the transmission rebuilt by Milt and his team and it runs perfectly.

Fred Rasmussen
Kingston NY,

3/18/2013

I'm glad that over the last few years Sharp Transmissions has expanded it's services to include ALL things automotive.

John Platania
Rhinebeck NY,

7/21/2015

You really are one of the last of the Good Guys!

Mr.Henry Sobeck
Saugerties, New York

5/21/2014

For over 25 years Sharp Transmissions has been our one and only call.

Gary Arold
Kingston NY,

10/21/2014

When my local shop could not handle my car's transmission problem, I was advised to go to Sharp in Kingston.

Jean K
Kerhonkson,

11/8/2012

When all was said and done, I got the oil change, a transmission flush, a new battery, and a new air filter for a price that I'm positive would have been about triple at the dealer.

Leslie G.
Kingston NY,

1/1/2015

A real professional i would take any car with any problem to this place.its hard to find a mechanic you can trust and Milt is just that.

Mr.Jay Wells
Accord, New York

1/10/2015

They are my only car care providers now and I bring my vehicles to them for everything. They earned my trust and loyalty with their fair prices and honesty.

Mr.Stephen Tresco
Rhinebeck, New York

3/8/2013

I would definitely recommend Sharp Transmission to anyone who needs this type of work done and wants to know the cost will be low and the quality high.

Mrs.Elizabeth Murphy
Saugerties, New York

10/1/2013

The timing was exactly as he predicted and the final price if the transmission matched the estimate.

Elizabeth Murphy
Saugerties NY,

3/10/2013

Great service! Honest and reliable care always!

Laura Hawthorne
Tivoli NY,

1/26/2012

They even do more than just transmissions, and are experts in all aspects of car repairs - which is a big help to me since I have had bad experiences at other repair shops in the past and like to stick with a place I can trust - plus it is just more convenient for me to take my care to one place as oppossed to many various specialists.

Leah C.
Albany NY,

4/27/2011

The mechanic (Milt) test drove my minivan hooking the computer to locate the problem alongside me. After the test, he told me that it was not the transmission problem; it was a problem with Throttle Position Censor (TPS). He replaced the TPS while I waited. I paid $300 for this service. They were very professional and courteous.

Shafiul Choudhury
Saugerties NY,

3/10/2013

I highly recommend Sharp Transmission and Milt to anyone wanting top quality service.

Barry Greene
Stone Ridge NY,

6/23/2010

If you think you have a transmission issue?, TAKE IT TO SHARP!!

GoodHorsekeeping GoodHorsekeeping
Kerhonkson NY,

6/19/2010

Their prices are very reasonable and they always explain everything and tell me what options I have. I highly recommend them.

Anna C.
Stone Ridge NY,

3/10/2013

You want the best, you got the best!.

Dave Reuter
Hyde Park NY,

2/10/2012

Thanks Milt!!! For the great service and honesty that's hard to find in this world today....

Thomas T.
Long Island NY,

9/7/2012

Quick turn around time. Friendly, curteous, knowledgeable staff. A+ all the way

M.Zucco Zucco
Poughkeepsie NY,

11/23/2011

Very impressed by Sharp Transmission. Did great work on my old Hondy Odyssey 1999. Offered followup testing and did a thorough and decent job. Communicated well. The mechanics were very knowledgeable and helpful

J.H. J.H.
New Paltz NY,

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