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Posted by truthtalklive on July 22, 2008

On todays show our guest host is The Truth Radio Networks own Christian Car Guy thats right Robby Dilmore. We ask you this question How should Christians be good stewards during the current gas situation? Make sure you listen today at 5(EST) and call in at 1-866-34-truth (87884). As always thanks for listening! Here is the Christian Car Guy’s Top 20 Tips

  1. Pray, ask God to help you to be a good steward, and mean it!!!!


  1. Don’t speed!!!! For many reasons, #1 it’s what the Bible says, Romans 13


  1. Check mileage and record it!!!!  You can’t manage what you don’t measure!!!! Go to https://www.fueleconomy.gov/mpg/MPG.do?action=garage


  1. Air Filter?


  1. Is your check engine or service engine soon light on?


  1. Junk in the Trunk?


  1. Tire Pressure? According to your owners manual!!!*****Very Dangerous DON”T OVERINFLATE ***********


  1. Alignment?


  1. Synthetic or lower viscosity oil?? Up to 1% to 3%


  1. Don’t fill up, (6 pounds per gallon of gas, 7 ponds per gallon of Diesel) 10 extra gallons = 1 bag of cement in your trunk) save up to 1%


  1. Easy does it!!! Try not to lose your momentum!


  1. Don’t be a click click clicker when filling your tank!!!!


  1. Avoid any unnecessary air resistance…sun roof open or unnecessary racks!!!!!


  1. Shortest Routes with most right turns and least traffic with fewest hills!!!


  1. When buying tires go as small as your owner’s manual allows!!!


  1. Test different fuels and octane levels


  1. Park in the shade with the easiest possible exit route!!!


  1. A/C use and open windows, Over 50 it’s not thrifty, when in town keep em down!!


  1. Choose the Highway, (preferably interstate) less stop and go, smoother, much safer!!!


  1.  Leave yourself plenty of margin, time so you don’t have to rush!!!!!



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6 Responses to “GOD AND GAS!”

  1. CarGuy37 said

    I’ve got a couple of suggestions/opinions:

    -Don’t buy more vehicle than you need. If you make two road trips a year, and the rest of the time is casual city driving, maybe you don’t need a Suburban. Just rent an SUV/van for your trip. The cost offset just doesn’t make sense.

    -Robby said, “Synthetic or lower viscosity oil?? Up to 1% to 3%” Don’t forget you can upgrade your transmission and rear-end fluid too.

    -When buying new tires, consider getting a low rolling resistance tire (e.g. Bridgestone Potenza RE92). If it works for hybrids, it’ll work for you.

    -Robby said, “When buying tires go as small as your owner’s manual allows!!!” I don’t know if I agree with this totally… a narrower tire is better, but a taller tire ensures that your engine runs at a lower RPM while cruising down the highway (better BSFC). However this raises the ride height of your car.

    -Lower your car. Lowering 2″ could net a 15% increase in mileage.

    -A front air splitter is good (even aftermarket) and wings are bad (consider removing yours).

    -Move your intake manifold so that it sucks in hot air from above your header. You’ll improve the thermal efficiency of the engine.

    That’s all I can think of for now…

  2. Wow!!! great stuff… I agree.

    The reason for the small tires is; the smaller the tire the less takeoff power required to get you going, (torque). Remember your smaller bicycles will always take off faster. More fuel is used accelerating from 0 than any other time. The Manufactures all know this, just look at any of their high mpg vehicles and note the small tires. People who go to 20″ wheels if honest will tell you it ruined their around town economy.

    Now if someone, truly is doing all highway driving on mostly level highways, they may improve their mileage by increasing tire size, (less tire revolutions means lower engine rpm = better fuel economy if they are not having to keep there foot in it to keep their speed).

    Most of us, however would be better off with the smaller tires for both the takeoff power and the lower wind resistance you mentioned.

    The proof of the pudding for me is with Old Red when I went from P225/75R15 to P215/75R15’s and went from 21mpg city consistently to 23mpg city and from 23mph hwy to 26mph hwy.

    I do keep very consistent mpg records and drive 50%hwy and 50% city. But Old red is a 4cyl with limited power and with bigger tires you have to stand on her to get up hills and to pull away from lights. But I love her anyway 255,000 miles and still trucking

  3. Ben Maulis said

    I am not sure what you mean by “steward” and “stewardship.” From the word of God, Jesus commended the faithful and wise steward who watched for the coming of his lord. Jesus commended the unjust steward in one of his parables because he had done wisely in making friends and said to his disciples, “Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.” Finally, the word tells us Bishops must be blameless as the steward of God. This is described as, “not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
    But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.”

    Exactly what does stewardship have to do with saving fuel? Or is this just one of those doctrines of men?

    The advice here is not bad, but it doesn’t make a person more godly.

  4. Ben Maulis said

    Suppose you just want to save some money. Consider whether you spend more on fuel, or on depreciation. I spent $2691 for fuel in the last 12 months, compared to $2598 for 2007. One of my vehicles is a full size pickup with a gas-guzzling 8.1 liter engine (10mpg) — totally unrighteous according to this doctrine. Since this vehicle is so unrighteous, what kind of vehicle could I replace it with that would be more “godly”?

    Suppose I bought a “Prius” for $27K (including taxes etc). I could possibly save as much as $2000 in fuel every year. I would save $10K in fuel over 5 years! But depreciation would cost me at least $11K (2003 Prius sell for $16K) My eight year old pickup, on the other hand, is depreciating at a very low rate.

    Suppose instead I bought I used vehicle that only got half the mileage of the Prius, but still more than double that of my unrighteous gas-guzzler. Over 5 years I would save $5000 in fuel, but a lightweight vehicle like this would easily depreciate that much as well.

    Now some might say that depreciation costs me more than fuel because I just don’t drive that much. But the more you drive, the more your higher-milage vehicle depreciates.

    My four-wheel drive, full-size, long-bed truck has more utility than a little compact car and will always depreciate less. 30 year old trucks no longer depreciate because of age (they do so only because of deferred maintenance or repairs). In fact, at some point they begin to appreciate with age. Although old pickups are not the most popular collector vehicle, their utility and appeal make them a much better long-term investment than sub-compacts. I do not even find 30 year old compacts at the junk heap because they were recycled a long time ago. The Prius is not likely to last even 10 years, after which the owner will have the costly problem of disposing the batteries.

    My conclusion is that the current price of fuel might be alarming to you, but you should be more alarmed about the rate of depreciation. Many people own more than one vehicle, and they are paying far more in depreciation than they are in fuel. Oftentimes they’re paying usury for financing as well. It is not unusual for them to be snared in debt, and sometimes even with negative equity in their vehicle. If you added the cost of financing that new Prius to the cost of depreciation, it would be impossible for me to save money with it compared to my unrighteous 10mpg behemoth.

  5. To the first question in the previous comment.
    The common Biblical definition of a steward found in Vines and many the dictionaries is; primarily denoted “the manager of a household or estate” (oikos, “a house,” nemo, “to arrange”)

    How would you feel if your household manager, poorly maintained your vehicles, speed-ed, Jack rabbited, and ran up tremendous gas bills by taking long routes, keeping unnecessary things in the trunk……….?

  6. To the second comment, I agree with Dr. Mike Brown my #1 priority is to cultivate my relationship with Jesus. Like you I try to spend time with him in prayer, Bible study and worship. The basics

    However like Eric little said in Chariots of fire, Eric could feel God’s pleasure when he ran.
    Much the same I can feel God’s pleasure when I take care of Old Red
    and drive her with respect and care. Not just for the fuel economy but, the people risks of driving poorly.

    Also, Hopefully, we can bring Him glory by giving no one a reason for fault finding in our behavior.

    You are right about the depreciation of a new cars and in some cases it isn’t a good financial move to trade.

    There are many other options available if you don’t really need that 8.1 liter,(with many counselors plans succeed). However most folks who own those use them for their livelihood and may well be the best choice.

    As to my concern about vehicle depreciation and folks going into horrible debt to drive a new vehicle every couple of years. That’s the very reason I felt led to start the Christian Car Guy show.. I, like you am very concerned about those decepions out there and am very proud to work for Truth Broadcasting where we try to get to the Truth on these matters.

    I thank you for your efforts and courage to speak out for truth as well… Robby

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