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What is the Ethanol Cliff

The term “ethanol cliff” refers to an EPA mandate that refiners use a certain volume of ethanol in their gasoline each year. For 2013, the proscribed volume is 13.8 billion gallons. If ethanol actually worked as advertised and if it were more efficient to produce ethanol, this may not be such a bad thing. The problem is that [...]

How Regenerative Braking Works

When you step on your brakes, you are converting kinetic energy to heat. Kinetic energy can get you to the grocery store. Heat can not. If you could figure out how to harness the heat or if you could figure out how not to brake at all, you could save all sorts of energy.. Luckily, some really smart engineers are working on braking systems that capture the [...]

What is Ecoboost? | Direct Injection Systems Maintenance

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EcoBoost is the trade name that the Ford Motor Company uses for its direct injection system. Chevrolet calls it Ecotec, Mazda calls it DISI, Volkswagen’s is GDI, etc. The goal of direct ignition engines is to increase power and fuel economy while reducing emissions. Increased fuel economy and decreased emissions are two sides of the same coin, but I [...]

How to Avoid Rodent Damage to Your Car

Over the years, Sant Automotive has encountered all variety of incidents of animals in vehicles. We captured an un-injured boa constrictor in an engine compartment; we removed a cat from a water pump; and we have run across damage caused by mice, rats, and squirrels. Frequently, we encounter signs that animals have been present. Most often, we find and [...]

Are You a Fleet Manager?

Companies with large vehicle fleets typically employ an individual or even a department to manage their vehicles. Functions of fleet managers can include a range of functions, including financing, maintenance, telemetrics, driver management, speed management, fuel management and health and safety management. Fleet Management allows companies to minimize the [...]

Prepare your car for winter!

Prepare Your Car for Winter At Sant Automotive, we believe in your round maintenance; that said, care preparation falls into four major categories: heating & cooling, battery and charging systems, and tires.  Other concerns include, but are in no way limited to: windshield wipers and windshield washer systems, lighting and suspension. Cooling [...]