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!

Meet Vince Koehler

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Vince Koehler

Sales at Woodhouse Ford

How long have you been working at Woodhouse?

3 years 4 months

What’s the best part of working at Woodhouse?

Working with friends

What’s your favorite pastime or hobby?

Golf

What is something that makes you happy?

Being at the lake

Meet Vic Valasek

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Vic Valasek

Parts Counter at Woodhouse Lincoln

How long have you been working at Woodhouse?

10 years 9 months

What’s the best part of working at Woodhouse?

It’s a great place to come to work.

What’s your favorite pastime or hobby?

Playing golf and going on vacations.

What is something that makes you happy?

Being with my family and watching sports.