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Jump Starting your Vehicle



You will have to jump start your vehicle when the battery has gone dead. This may be something new or something you have not done before. You will want to properly jump start the vehicle so you continue on your travels. There are a few steps that you should know and be aware of to properly jump start your car. If you are not sure how to properly do so, it is always best to consult a professional. This way you reduce the chance of doing damage to the battery or your vehicle. It will also help you to prevent issues or a costly repair bill in the long run as well.

Jump starting your vehicle

The first thing to do when having to jump start, is to park the car next to the one that needs to be jumped. You will want them close to one another, but do not have them touch. Both vehicles should also be turned off completely. You will want to pop the hoods and find the batteries of both vehicles. Also make sure that the jumper cables are untangled and can reach each battery with ease.


You will want to hook the red clamp to the positive terminal of the dead battery. After that, take the other end of the red clamp, and attach it to the positive terminal of the working battery. Then take the black clamp and connect it to the negative terminal of the working battery. Take the remaining black clamp and attach it to an unpainted metal surface of the dead car. After this is done, you will want to start the car with the good battery first. Then start the vehicle that has the dead battery. When you go to remove the cables, make sure to do it in reverse order that you attached them. Make sure to let the engine run for several minutes after this is completed.

Weather in the Winter and your Visibility


The weather can affect your driving and visibility in the winter months. If there are any issues with the vehicle, always remember to contact us. That way we can set up an appointment to give your vehicle a bumper to bumper inspection. This will allow us the chance to find any issues as well. If there is a problem, it is always best to have it inspected at the first sign. This will help you save time, money, and stress in the long run. You will want to also check the vehicle between visits. This should include the wipers and lights for your vehicle as well. In the winter, you will want to check the road and weather conditions before driving. This allows you to be prepared for what the conditions are like.

Lights in the Weather

Check the lights on your vehicle regularly. That way no matter what the weather might be, you will see the road in front of you. This is important incase an object or animal is on the road and you need to react. Check the taillights of the vehicle. This way other drivers behind you will know where you are, and it prevents the chance of a rear end collision. Also check the blinkers so that they are working. The blinkers will allow others to know which direction you plan on turning.


The wipers of the vehicle will clear away any snow or rain that might be on the windshield. If they are damaged, they will not be as effective. This can increase the chance of an accident or going in the ditch because you will not have the best visibility possible. If you notice any streaks across the windshield, this will indicate an issue with the wipers. Make sure to have them replaced as soon as possible, so then your visibility will be the best it can be.


Block Heaters and Why they Help


Block heaters are an important accessory that you can install in your vehicle. With the cold temperatures and weather, your vehicle will be slow to start. If the temps drop significantly, then your battery will be difficult to operate and start the vehicle. To help start the vehicle more efficiently, the car should be warm. Parking in a garage or enclosure will help protect it from the cold. If you do not have this option, investing in a block heater is beneficial. This is designed to help keep the vehicle warm so you can start the car easier.

Regular Maintenance for your Vehicle

Make sure that you keep the vehicle up to date on all maintenance inspections. No matter what time of the year, regular maintenance is important. This way, we can do a bumper to bumper inspection to ensure everything is working as it properly should be. If there is an issue, we can advise you on the options you have to have it fixed or repaired. This will help you to get back on the road, with a safe and reliable vehicle. If there are any odd noises or sounds you hear, always make sure to contact us. It is always best to have the vehicle at the first sign of an issue. Even if you think it may not be a big deal, it is always recommended that we inspect it properly for you. This will also help prevent further issues or costly repair bills in the future.


Also remember to check the fluid levels for your vehicle. Make sure they are topped off to the correct amount. This will help prevent any issues from the engine or other parts. If you are not sure what level the fluids should be at, or if there should be a fluid flush, make sure to schedule an appointment with us.

Cold Weather and How the Battery is Affected



The cold weather can affect the efficiency and effectiveness of the battery for your vehicle. If there are issues starting to form, always make sure to contact us. By scheduling an appointment, we can check to see what the issue might be for your vehicle. Anything out of the norm, or anything strange is always important to be aware of and what was happening. By having us inspect it, you can help save time, money, and issues in the long run. If the vehicle is doing it more often, then this could be a serious matter.

Battery care when it is Cold

Cold weather can cause battery issues. The first sign of a problem is if the vehicle does not start. Or the vehicle may start, but might not continually run. If it shuts off, then there is a severe problem. There might also be an issue with the starter or alternator. No matter what the issue is, it will only become worse with time. So always make sure it is taken care of immediately. As the temperatures drop, so will the efficiency of the battery. Make sure the battery is efficient by having it tested. This will determine how much life is left for the battery.


You will also want to make sure the battery is clean. If there is dirt or grime on it, clean the battery off. Check the terminals on the battery to make sure there is a strong connection. If there is not, you will want to schedule an appointment. Also make sure that the terminals are clean as well. Be careful as these can be easily damaged. To have them properly cleaned off, schedule an appointment with us, and we can clean them. This will help the battery to last as long as possible, while also being effective for your vehicle.



Checking Tire Conditions Before Driving



By checking the tires on your vehicle, you will be able notice any issues that might be starting to form. During the colder winter months, you will want to make sure that you inspect the tires regularly. Checking them before you drive is important, because when the temperatures drop, so do the tires. For every ten degree decrease in temperature, the tires can lose one pound per square inch of air pressure. This can lead to a lower tire, especially if temperatures drop significantly in a short amount of time. If you notice that the tires are low often, you will want to schedule an appointment with us.

Checking the Tires

When checking the air pressure, you can check in the vehicle owner’s manual. You can also find the proper air pressure amount on the inside door jamb of the driver’s door. If a tire is under inflated, then it will be more likely to blow out. When a tire is over inflated, then it can be more prone to pick up sharp objects that might be on the road. You will also want to make sure that the spare tire is inspected as well. If one of the regular tires blows or is damaged, you will have to rely on the spare tire to get you to your destination. You will also want to check to make sure that you can get the spare tire out quickly and easily if you have to.


Besides the air pressure, also check the overall condition and the tread wear. If you take a penny, place it upside down in the tread, you can tell how much is left. By seeing the top of Lincoln’s head, this will indicate that the tire should be replaced. Since they are sold in pairs, you will want to make sure to get another one. Ideally it is best to replace all four tires at once, but it is not necessary.

Staying Safe while Driving this Winter



Safe driving is important, no matter the time of the year. In the winter, driving safe is especially important. If you have an accident or go in the ditch, you will have to make sure to stay warm. Always remember to check the weather before you travel. Even if it is a few miles, you will want to know what type of weather and road conditions you will be driving on. If the weather is less than ideal, you want to leave earlier. This allows you an adequate amount of time to make sure to reach your destination safely. When you are driving, knowing the road conditions and traffic is important.

Safe Driving Speeds

Remember that you will want to proceed at a speed that you feel comfortable driving at. This will help you to maintain control of the vehicle on slick roads. If you keep a safe distance and feel comfortable driving, you will improve the safety. No matter what the speed limit sign signs, drive at a slower speed when the weather is less than ideal out. You will also want to check the traffic around you. If traffic is going slower than normal, make sure to slow down too. Be aware of bridges and ramps, as those can become slick quickly.


You will also want to make sure that the lights are on for your vehicle. Doing so will help others to see where you are when you are driving. Without the lights on, you may cause an accident. Checking the lights and blinkers ahead of driving can help reduce the chance that they are not working. You will also want to remember that the vehicle should be brought in regularly for proper maintenance. Doing so will help improve the overall safety and reliability for the vehicle. As you drive this winter.

Traveling this Month and Proper Car Care



Traveling on the roads will pick up in the next couple weeks. With the holidays coming up, many will travel to go see family and loved ones. You will want to make sure that your vehicle is properly maintained. This way it will be safe and reliable as you drive on the road this season. Whenever you plan on taking a road trip or traveling, you will want to make sure that you schedule an appointment with us. A proper bumper to bumper inspection can help notice an issue. If you hear anything out of the norm with the vehicle as you drive, always contact us. Having the issue fixed at the first sign can help prevent further damage from happening.

Traveling and checking fluids

You will want to check and top off all the fluids of your vehicle before driving. Checking these fluids will help to ensure that the vehicle can work and operate efficiently. If there is a fluid that is less than at the indicated line, there could be a leak in the system. Make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. The oil should always be fresh and clean to help the engine run efficiently. If the oil is old, it may start to look like sludge.


Also remember that the tires should be inspected. Have them properly inflated as well. You should remember to look at the tread wear on them. If the tread is low, you will want to invest in a new set of tires. When checking the tires, also remember to check the spare tire on your vehicle. Besides the tires, check the lights on your vehicle. Not only do they help your visibility, but it helps others to see you as well. Remember to check the blinkers, as they will alert others when you are turning. Any light that is not working correctly should be fixed immediately.



Fluid Inspections are Important for the Car



Having each fluid inspected on a regular basis for the vehicle is important. If you are not sure what fluids should be checked or the correct amount, schedule an appointment. Giving the vehicle a bumper to bumper inspection will help improve the efficiency of it, as well as the dependability. When driving, there are certain fluids that will be needed in order for the vehicle to operate correctly. Without them, you will increase the chance of damage happening to the vehicle and parts under the hood.

Washer Fluid

Make sure that you check the windshield washer fluid. Especially in the fall and winter, the washer fluid is important. It will help you to remove road grime and dirt from the windshield of your vehicle. Without it, you may end up with smears or dirt marks on it. This will then cause issues for your visibility as you drive. You will also want to check the brake fluid of the vehicle. Without brake fluid, the brakes will not work correctly. If you start to notice the brakes are not working as efficient as they otherwise should, make sure to schedule an appointment with us. We can check the brake system, rotors, and even the brake fluid of the vehicle.


You should always follow the oil change schedule for your vehicle as well. The oil helps to keep the engine clean and properly lubricated. If the oil is old, it will cause strain and stress on the engine. This can lead to the engine going out sooner than it otherwise should. If you are not sure of when the oil change schedule should be, contact us. You can also look in the owner’s manual of the vehicle to see when it is recommended. This way you can help your vehicle run smoothly and keep it reliable on the road.

Removing Frost from the Windshield



When removing frost from the windshield of your vehicle, make sure that you remove all of it. Having the best visibility possible is always important. Do not just scrape a small hole for visibility. You will want the entire windshield clean and clear. This way you will be able to see those around you, reducing chance of an accident. Always take a few extra moments to clear the windshield and other windows of the vehicle. You will want to make sure to have an ice scrapper for your vehicle. This can remove the frost and ice quickly from your vehicle.

Defrost while Removing Frost

The first thing to remember is to turn on the defrost for the vehicle. This will help to warm up the windshield and remove any frost or ice from it. This can also make it easier to scrape it off too. You will want to avoid throwing hot water on the windshield, as this will actually make the windshield crack and break. You will also want to turn on the rear defrost on so you can have proper visibility.


Also remember that you will want to clear the side windows and side mirrors as well. This way you can also see behind you as you back up. Removing frost can be done fairly quick if it is early in the season. As winter goes on, you will have to remember to remove the ice and snow from the hood and roof of your vehicle as well. Keeping it clear of this can help reduce visibility for other drivers as you pass them. It is also a good idea to keep an extra scraper or two in your vehicle. That way incase one breaks, you will have a back up. If you notice the heat and defrost not working on your vehicle, schedule an appointment with us as soon as you can.

Air Pressure and How Much you Need


Air pressure for your vehicle is important for several reasons. When you make sure the air pressure is correct, you will help make sure your vehicle is efficient. If the tires are not properly inflated, then issues and problems can occur. Some of these issues can even happen suddenly. You will want to make sure to follow the recommendation for when you need to bring your vehicle in for an inspection. Having a bumper to bumper inspection done will help keep everything in the best working order possible.

Pressure recommendations

There could be two different areas where you see an air pressure recommendation. One is on the sidewall of the tire. This is put on there by the tire manufacturer. The best recommendation to follow is the one that is on the inside of your doorjamb of your vehicle. This is what the vehicle manufacturer recommends for your vehicle. You can also find the correct amount in the owner’s manual as well. Having the air pressure at this amount will help the vehicle to travel smoothly and efficiently.


When the air pressure is incorrect, you will notice several problems that might happen. If the tires are too low on air, then the vehicle will pull in one direction over the other. This should be looked at immediately to make sure the tires can be driven on. If there is any damage to them, you will want to invest in a new set of tires. This way you can help ensure that your vehicle is the safest on the road when you drive. When tires are over or under inflated, they can be more prone to picking up sharp objects on the road. You may also notice that they might blow out suddenly. This can make for a dangerous situation, especially on slick roads. Make sure to take proper care of your vehicle by bringing it in regularly.

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