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Cold Weather and How the Battery is Affected

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Having the Vehicle Cleaned and Detailed is Important

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When the vehicle is cleaned in the interior and exterior, you will notice several benefits of it. The vehicle can maintain the value and overall longevity of it as you drive. If you do not keep it cleaned out, then you could be doing damage to the vehicle without even knowing. If you are not sure what to have cleaned on the vehicle, you can check the owner’s manual. You can also contact us and we can advise you when the vehicle should be detailed or washed. Make sure to clean the headlights and windows as well for your vehicle.

Exterior cleaning

The exterior of the vehicle should be washed on a frequent basis. This will help reduce the chance of rust or corrosion forming on it. The paint can also be kept looking like new as well. Washing the car should also include the windshield and all other windows of it. This way you will be able to see clearly out of all the windows in your vehicle. If one has a smear or grime on it, you may need to scrub that one a little harder. Going through a car wash can also help keep the car clean as well as cleaning the windows.

The Interior Cleaned

Remember that the interior of the vehicle should be cleaned as well. This way all the dirt or gravel that is in the vehicle, can be removed. It will also help to keep it in the best condition for you and your passengers to ride in. If there is a spill, make sure to clean it up before it stains anything. Cleaning it will also help reduce any unpleasant odors that might result from it. If it is a food or beverage, make sure to stop as soon as possible so you can clean it up immediately. Carrying paper towels in your vehicle can help incase of an emergency situation as well.

Battery Testing Should be Done Now

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Each fall, testing the battery should be done for your vehicle. As you do this, you can determine if the battery is working as properly as it should be. If the vehicle is starting slower than it otherwise should be, schedule an appointment with us. When you bring the vehicle in, we can test the battery. Doing so will alert us for how much longer the battery will be efficient for your vehicle. You can also check the owner’s manual to see when the battery should have any testing done or be replaced.

Battery Testing and noticing an issue

As you start the vehicle, you will first notice if the vehicle is more difficult to start. While this can be the starter, alternator, or battery, you will want to have it professionally inspected. Another way you may notice it is an issue with the battery is if the lights are becoming dim. This could be the interior lights or even the headlights. If they are dim or flicker, the battery may be to blame. You may also start to notice the overall power of your vehicle diminishes as well. If you start to notice anything when you are driving, make sure to turn off things you do not need like the radio.

 

In the winter, the cold temperatures can cause the battery to fail. Colder temperatures are harder on the battery than warm temperatures are. Having the vehicle fail and breakdown in the winter can be severe and cause complicated issues for you and any passengers. You will need the vehicle to run so the interior can stay warm incase you go in the ditch. Keeping your vehicle in the most efficient condition possible starts with preventative maintenance. So we recommend you bring your vehicle in so we can give it a bumper to bumper inspection of how it is operating.

Storage for a Classic Car and Steps Needed

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Having a classic car can sometimes be an investment or hobby. You will always want to keep the classic car in the most optimal and best condition possible. During the winter months, you probably will not be driving it. The best thing to do is to properly store the car during those months. You will first want to fill the tank with premium gasoline. This will help prevent the chance of moisture to build up in the open space in the tank. If this happens, then the tank can start to rust. You can also add a fuel stabilizer to the gasoline as well. With the fuel stabilizer, you can prevent the fuel from clogging up.

Classic Cars and Fluid Levels

You will want to check all the other fluid levels as well. Having the oil changed will need to be done to help keep the engine operating properly. Before you store your classic car, make sure that all the fluids are at the desired amount that is needed. You can also bring your car in so we can check each fluid level and top them off. When you check the fluids, also remember to look over the tires. The best way to prolong the life of the tires is to put your car on jack stands. This will reduce the amount of weight on the tires and suspicion. Overall it will also prevent the tires from getting a flat spot on them.

 

Keeping the battery in the proper condition is important too. You will want to remove the battery from the car. If you notice the terminal is corroded, you can clean it carefully. Then you should store the battery on a shelf or somewhere safe. At the very least, you will want to remember to keep it off of the ground. If you place the battery on the ground, you can expect it to lose charge quicker. If you need a new battery, make sure to contact us so we can advise you on the options you have.

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