Summer Pollen Filter

Summer is here and that means your will be using you’re A/C in your vehicle. Your vehicle may be equipped with a Pollen filter—it’s a good idea to have it checked and have it replaced for the season. Also, limit the use of re-circulation on the A/C controls—Why? Because prolonged use of re-circulation mode can encourage the growth of mold in the A/C plenum which also creates a stale smell. Yuck!

Nice Wheels

Ok, so have those great looking aluminum wheels, but now they get black dust all over them—it’s brake dust from braking and it’s ugly. So what can you do—well you can continue cleaning them or replace the brake pads and use ceramic brake pads. Ceramic pads don’t create as much dust and tend to be quieter as well—they do cost more though. Is it worth it—you decide!

Get rid of loose items

Don’t plan on an accident, but do take some steps to be safe.  Put loose items that you have lying in the vehicle into the trunk or tie them down.  In a crash loose items can cause injuries or death even though you have your seat belts on.  Can you imagine a bowling ball bouncing around inside your car during a crash?  Scary, so either secure those items or put them in the trunk.

Don’t forget to wash your car this winter

Just because it’s been cold and messy out side should not be an excuse to not clean your vehicle.  Along with the cold and ice comes all the sand and salt which certainly helps us drive safe, but the sand also chips the paint and the salt causes rust to start where the paint was chipped.  So keep your vehicle clean and inspect for the paint chips.  Where you find the paint chips use touch up paint to help prevent the rust.

Diesel Fuel Additives

Diesel fuel additives can be used year round depending on the additive.  Never use additives that contain alcohol or methanol. An additive that contains a cetane booster can help improve performance and economy.  Generally speaking, the better the fuel is the less the additive is needed, however there is a point where depending on how bad the fuel is an additive won’t help and the fuel will need to be replaced.

Air Filters in Winter

Just because its winter doesn’t mean your air filter can’t get plugged.  It can get packed with snow just as easily as dirt causing poor performance and poor fuel economy.  Driving behind someone after a fine fresh snow can cause snow to be sucked up into the air filter, another good reason to give some distance.  If you use your vehicle for plowing snow you really need to check it after every use.

New Tires?

If you find yourself in a situation where you have to replace two tires on your vehicle instead of replacing four, the two new tires always should be installed on the rear of the vehicle. This is true whether you have a rear-wheel drive or front-wheel drive vehicle. You might say, but I have a front wheel drive vehicle and I want the new tires on the front for traction—good question, but the new tires still go on the rear. The reason is because of handling. With new tires in the front you will get better traction, but the loss of traction from worn tires on the rear will cause the back of the vehicle to slide causing you to spin out of control. Numerous vehicle testing has been done on this topic all with the same result—new tires always should be installed on the rear.

Potholes

If you haven’t noticed, besides the ice, snow and rain, make sure you notice the pot holes that seem to be everywhere. Not only are they irritating, but they can be dangerous. What may seem like just a nasty hole that you fell in; you may have just caused damage to your tires that may or may not be visible.  The damage can become worse as you drive and may not even be noticed until months later. The best advice—don’t hit the pot hole! If you do damage a tire it will need to be replaced. Also, don’t forget to have the wheel alignment checked as well. Even if you didn’t damage the tire, you may have knocked the wheel alignment out of the correct adjustment and this could also cause abnormal tire wear resulting in tire/tires replacement. So the next time you see the road crews filling those nasty pot holes don’t be mad because you had to wait in line to get around them, you should be thanking them!

How to Winterize Your Car for Self Storage

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With cold weather quickly approaching, car owners looking to use self storage during the winter months to free up garage space for snow blowers and bags of salt need to begin making preparations for storage.

Whether you’re storing a sedan, a classic car you’ve rebuilt, or a pickup truck, every type of car needs proper winterization before being moved to self storage. This ensures your car is protected from costly damages during its time in storage.

When going through the necessary winterization steps for auto storage, be sure to find a climate-controlled storage unit, thoroughly clean your car, maintain the battery, stabilize the fuel tank, check tire pressure, and prevent rodents from getting to electrical components.

Invest in Climate-Controlled Vehicle Storage

To ensure the best possible protection for your vehicle, car owners should invest in a climate controlled storage until. Not every auto storage facility will offer a completely indoor, climate-controlled storage option; however, if the facility does provide climate-controlled units for vehicles, it’s worth the extra cost.

By keeping your vehicle in a storage environment with a consistent temperature (usually between 55-85°F) and humidity level, there’s less risk of damage caused by excessive moisture and extreme temperatures, both of which lead to rust, paint damage, and corroded parts.

Clean and Cover Your Car

“Vehicles should be washed and waxed to remove the road grit from the driving season,” says Kyle Smith with Hagerty Insurance, a leading insurance provider for classic vehicles and host to the largest network of classic car owners. Smith adds that cleaning your car prevents damage to its paint and parts.

A clean car should also be covered in storage with a “breathable cloth cover to prevent moisture buildup and paint scratching,” according to Smith, who says plastic covers should be avoided, as they trap moisture that can cause rust and paint damage.

Brad Barnes, Director of Corporate Service and Parts at #1 Cochran in Pittsburgh, Pa., says old bed sheets will do the trick, too, if you can’t find a cover for your car. “Any material that’s breathable to keep the exterior covered is always a good idea even when being stored,” Barnes explains.

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Tire Pressure Tips

Tire pressure is a measure of the amount of air in a vehicle’s tires in pounds per square inch.  Proper tire pressure will maximize tire life and wear, and it will affect fuel economy as well due to less rolling resistance in the tire.

A common misconception when determining tire pressure, is to go off of what the tire says itself.  When the manufacturer actually has their own specifications for tire pressure settings.  It is located inside the door on the drivers side inner door wall.  It will give you front, rear and spare tire pressure settings.  The number on the tire is actually the maximum allowable tire pressure, not the recommended tire pressure.

You should check the tire pressure in your vehicle monthly to ensure safety.  Under inflation will cause the tire to wear rapidly on the outside edges, it will also cause the side wall of the tire to bulge which creates excess heat in the tire and potentially cause the side wall to blow out.  Almost all tire blowouts can be traced back to under inflation.  Over inflation will cause the center of the tire to wear rapidly, because the tire is shaped more like a doughnut.

Tire pressure can be affected 1-2 PSI for every 10  degree temperature change.  For example, going  from 90 degrees to 40 could cause as much as a 10 PSI drop in tire pressure.