Vehicle Maintenance Feels the Pain of Rising Oil Prices

August 9, 2006 - Posted at 5:21 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Oil prices climbed above $77 a barrel on Tuesday... and while many motorists are feeling the pinch at the pump, it's slowing down drivers in more ways then one.

"They are getting pretty high.  It's getting to a point that most of my paycheck is going towards gas," complained motorist Bradley Kirk.

And when Kirk came in to get an oil change...another price that's gone up.

"It's gone up from $16 to $18.90 and it will probably go up again," said John Harvison, a Precision Tune Auto Care Brake Specialist & Air Condition Technician.

Higher prices may be stopping motorist from traveling as much but Harvison says they are willing to spend the extra bucks for vehicle maintenance.

"Actually you see most people come and get more done because they want to burn every drop of fuel.  They want them running as best they can," said Harvison.

About 85% of all the products used at Precision Tune Auto Care are petroleum based.  Everything from motor oil to fan belts to windshield wipers blades and with prices going up on oil, almost everything is expected to go up as well. But Kirk says it's a price you have to pay.

"If you don't get an oil change, it can ruin the engine in your car. If you don't stay up to date on your just have to pay it.  Its part of the economy," said Kirk.

To get the most out of your gas mileage by checking your tire pressure regularly, keeping your air filters clean and changing your oil.