Friday February 28, 2014
There's never a good time to be without windshield washer fluid, but if you live in a snowy region it's absolutely necessary have washer fluid available. Salty buildup is impossible to see through. You have no reason to pay somebody to keep your tank full, refill your own washer fluid and kill two birds with one stone!
Friday February 28, 2014
If you've been driving on the salty roads of an area that has seen its share of winter weather, your wipers are taking a beating. All that salt and grit collects on your windshield and grinds away the rubber on your wipers. Not to mention the ice that is continually tearing at those smooth, rubbery edges. The bad news is this is a time of year you need your wipers most. Keep them fresh by replacing your wiper blades any time they start to go bad.
Thursday February 27, 2014
There are plenty of reasons to stay off the road during a snowstorm. Those nasty plow trucks are certainly one of them. Not only are they scraping the earth away in front of them, they are also often spraying a hail of rock salt from the rear. One perfectly thrown piece and your windshield is toast. Before you resort to an expensive window replacement, you might want to try repairing your windshield.
Tuesday February 25, 2014
If you've got a car that is sitting outside for any period of time, don't let it rest underneath a blanket of snow. Snow and ice on their own aren't damaging to a vehicle, but when they start to melt things can get bad. The constant drip of melting snow or ice will creep into your car through even the tiniest crevices. A pinhole in your vehicle's paint is like a barn door for water to flow into. Stave off the tin worm and avoid body work.
Monday February 24, 2014
Driving in wintery weather can be scary. Nothing can rob you of control more quickly than a frozen roadway. There are some things you can do as a driver to stay safe. Check out a few tips that may help you navigate the next snowstorm.
Sunday February 23, 2014
A friend of mine who works exclusively on Volvo sends an email to all of his customers each fall: "It's time to put winter air in your tires." He's reminding them that when the temperature drops, so does your cold tire pressure. A little bit in each tire will bring it up to match the outside air temps. This time of year, we are likely to have warm spells followed by a week of winter. These fluctuations in weather can cause our tire pressure monitors to sound the low pressure alarm. Don't panic, it's just the cold air. Unless you've been forced to add air regularly. In that case you might have to look into a tire plug.
Monday February 10, 2014
It's a question that gets batted about regularly in automotive circles. A customer asks, "Do I need snow tires?" If you live in a region that experiences any amount of snowfall, the answer is very clear: Maybe. The decision on whether to spend your money on snow tires is a personal one, and you'll need lots of information to help you decide. For starters, check out this intro to snow tires.
Thursday January 30, 2014
I remember the first time I had to replace one of the new standardized type of pin-mount headlights. I couldn't believe how easy it was. You could even replace them with no tools at all! That's a big difference compared to the series of nuts, bolts, sheet metal screws and springs that had to be removed on pretty much every earlier version. If you want to see if you have a pin-type headlight mount, check this out.
Wednesday January 29, 2014
People who use their trucks for hauling serious loads or traveling distances may want to install a new transmission cooler to keep things running smoothly and avoid potential breakdowns from overheating their drivetrain. The good news is that in many vehicles the installation is very simple and you can do it yourself. Check out this tutorial to see if you're ready for a cooler gearbox.
Saturday January 25, 2014
If you're having a heat problem in your car or truck, you need to get on the case. A simple thing like your heating system can be affected by many different subsystems in your vehicle. Luckily, it's fairly easy to troubleshoot. Check out some initial tips on diagnosing your no heat problem before you dive into serious diagnosis or repair shop charges. In the meantime, wear a sweater, or two sweaters.