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Prepare your car for winter driving

Having moved from a single season state, to a full four-season state, keeping my vehicle in proper running condition in the winter months was a learning experience. Like many of today’s society I looked to the Internet for answers to my many questions about tire pressure, battery life, oil weight and so forth.

Here are some of the things I learned about keeping my vehicle in proper running condition in the colder months.

  1. Change the Oil. Your engine relies on oil to run smoothly. When the weather gets cold, oil can thicken and cause your vehicle to run rough or stop running all together.
  1. Check the Tire Pressure. When the weather gets cold, the pressure in your tires can drop, reducing your traction on slick roads. Keep your tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure to ensure safe driving and precise handling.

With the cold weather upon us, many of our consumers are asking questions about winterizing their vehicles. The most common question of all is whether or not to let a vehicle sit and warm up on cold mornings. If you research the topic, you will find many conflicting answers. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons, and decide whether or not it’s worth it.

When the temperature drops and your vehicle has been sitting in the cold overnight, a lot of the oil that is supposed to coat your engine parts settles to the bottom of your oil pan. The cold temperature impedes its flow, which means it takes longer to reach the places it needs to be. Five minutes to warm up in the morning can remedy this, and have your engine back on track. Newer model vehicles are less prone to this problem, but slower driving is recommended for the first [...]

Fueling your car may sound easy, but there is a lot more to it than pulling up to the gas pump:

Below are some helpful tips for you to use when refueling.

Chose the appropriate fuel for your car (see owner’s manual).

  1. Fueling in the morning is always preferable during warmer months, temperatures are lower. The hotter the temperature the less gas you get: (hot gas equals vapor).
  2. Topping off your gas tank can cause fuel level sensors to malfunction. More gas equals more weight causing your gas mileage to decrease.
  3. Running your car below ¼ of a tank causes the gas pump to heat up, gas keeps the pump cool. The longer your pump is subjected to overheating the shorter the life span. This is a costly repair because most gas pumps are inside the gas tank.
  4. Avoid fueling if the gas truck is refilling the tanks, as this mixes up existing debris [...]

As technology advances, the computer systems in vehicles are getting more and more complex. These days, your vehicle has everything you could need. Many vehicles have Bluetooth, Navigation, Complex Camera Systems, and even WIFI! It’s easy to get caught up in all of the options and completely forget what your vehicle is telling you it needs, even when the guide for this is right under your nose – literally.

Your vehicles dashboard houses all of the information you could need to operate it. Speed, RPM’s, Fuel Level, Oil Pressure and Battery Life are usually all measured in gauges that are constantly visible. Warning lights, however, remain hidden until there is a defect causing them to light up. Below is a guide to help you understand what common dash lights mean and what you should do to fix it:

First and foremost, the biggest indication is the color of the light.

RED: A red icon on [...]

Winter can be harmful to your vehicle so it is important to educate yourself on how to prepare your car for freezing temperatures. Having your vehicle checked by an ASE certified mechanic before winter starts can eliminate many hardships and frustrations.

It is always good to keep up with the recommended maintenance schedule for your car especially when colder temperatures are approaching. Here are a few tips to help you keep your car in good standing.

By letting your engine warm up it allows the oil to warm for the pistons to have the proper lubrication and less friction on the engine, also you should check your battery cable connections for fraying and corrosion. If there is a white powdery substance on your battery, that is generally corrosion, caused by battery acid. Checking your batteries liquid electrolyte level is also important. You can also keep your battery warm by using a wrap or blanket. If [...]

We have all had those mornings where nothing seems to work right – the alarm didn’t go off, the shower was cold, the coffee didn’t brew, and you can’t seem to find your phone. After rushing around and likely running very late, there is nothing more aggravating than getting into your car only to find out that it won’t start.  As you turn the key you hear that dreaded clicking sound of your engine trying to turn over you may ask yourself, “should I just get back in bed and start this day all over again?”  The good news is that a dead battery is a simple problem to fix.  As long as you are prepared for the situation, a dead battery can go from a day-ruining event to a minor hang up.

Once you have determined that your issue is battery related, you can follow these simple steps and before you [...]

This year, Georgia has seen one of the most extreme winters in a long time. It’s colder, rainier, windier, and people’s commutes have taken the full force of it. A combination of water seepage and freezing conditions means that Georgia’s roads may have to deal with some potentially tire popping, wheel-crushing, axle-snapping pothole craters in the coming weeks.

This spring, be sure to keep these driving tips in mind as you travel on the roads and highways:

  • Hitting potholes can not only cause your tires to blow-out, but less noticeably can throw your vehicle’s front end out of alignment. If you feel your vehicle “pulling” to one side as you’re driving, then that’s a clue that you could have an alignment problem from hitting a major pothole.
  • Keeping your tires properly inflated will help reduce [...]

A healthier environment is what we as Americans all must strive to achieve.  Lately, on my commute to work, I have noticed more and more Zero Emission Vehicles, or ZEVs, on the road.  These vehicles emit no tailpipe pollutants from the on board source of power.  The term ZEV was originally coined by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).  Some of the more common ZEV’s on the road today are the Nissan Leaf electric car and Tesla Model S electric car.  The Tesla Model S was named 2013 World Green Car of the Year. (1)

These clean vehicles will provide a major foothold in the battle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their consequences, which include increases in extreme weather and wildfire intensity. There are economic advantages as well. Electricity is the most widely available source of power and typically costs [...]

Everyone loves driving off in their new car for the first time. Getting to hear the engine roar for the first time, the new smell, and all the shiny new buttons and gadgets, there’s really nothing quite like it. After a few road trips or months of the mundane daily commute, the luster starts to wear and the truth sets in, you have another vehicle to maintain. Door dings from less than courteous drivers, bugs that love to call your bumper home, and rocks that mistook themselves for hail.  Don’t fall into the old tourist trap, “It’s just the normal wear and tear, there’s nothing I can do about it.” Well you can.

There are several different products that can keep your car looking new. One of the best available is the 3M [...]

You may have heard of winterizing a boat due to the frigid climate it is constantly enduring, but seldom do you hear of winterizing your car. Even though most of us depend on a car 365 days a year, it is rare to find people that prepare their cars for the environment they are being exposed to.

There are a few things you should always do to make sure your automobile is ready for winter conditions. Depending on how extreme the winter climate is, you may need specific tires. You could go with the all-weather tires year round, or may choose a snow tire that is studded for gripping in the ice and snow. Some people may even to use chains on their tires, although, if Georgia began to see snow to that effect, we’d have bigger problems than [...]

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