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Winter Car Tips, Snow

Winter Car Tips, Snow

     CLEAN SNOW OFF WINDOWS AND HEADLIGHTS--When your car is covered with snow, remember to brush the snow off the headlights. Modern LED lights don't get warm enough to melt off snow and ice. While the wind might blow it off, it also might stick and blind you, causing your car to slide right into Jan's Prius.      LIFT WIPER BLADES UP OFF THE GLASS--Wipers can get frozen to the windshield. The wiper motor doesn't have enough power to break them loose every time. You run the risk of blowing a fuse, low cost fix, or blowing the wiper motor, big money for us.      4 WHEEL DRIVE DOESN'T MEAN 4 WHEEL STOP--All wheel drive is great for acceleration and that is deceptive. It is terrible for stopping and turning corners. Icy surfaces result in all the wheels slipping, which means none of them are gripping and the drivers are often griping.      In some cases, it can be helpful to shift to neutra ... read more

How to avoid a Check Engine light

How to avoid a Check Engine light

How to avoid a “Check Engine” light, #1. Don’t fill your tank to the neck. The Evaporative Emission (EVAP) system on your car handles the vapors from the gas tank and provides a vent for it. It can’t handle liquid. Consistently over-filling your car can damage the EVAP system, setting a “Check Engine” light. EVAP codes can be some of the most difficult to repair on some cars and often cost a lot of money. If you’re paying with a credit card, what difference does it make if you click it until you get even money for the purchase? Slow the flow as the tank gets full and let it click off. Maybe one more to be sure, but stop the pump, already. Need a “shot of freon?” A few warm afternoons causing you to think your car AC needs to be serviced? An AC is a heat exchanger. In order to properly test OR SERVICE IT, the outside air temperature should be 75 deg. F or higher. Hold off getting anything done to it unti ... read more

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