You know it’s gonna be cold soon…and you know that winters in Pennsylvania can be tough. Is your car up to it? Here’s a quick list of things to check before the snow flies.
Tires: All-season tires are a jack of all trades, master of none. If you expect more than an inch or two of snow, it can be a good idea to invest in winter tires. Winter tires feature a more aggressive tread pattern to dig into snow and slush (some are even pre-drilled to make it easy to install metal studs). They also use a softer tread formulation that stays flexible in extreme cold for traction.
Wipers: Even good windshield wipers only last about a year before the sun’s UV rays and wear take their toll on them. If your wipers are dried-out, cracked, chipped or are lo ...[more]
For years now, Pennsylvania and Delaware have mandated fairly strict safety inspections and emissions testing for vehicles. With the right preventive maintenance, your vehicle shouldn’t have any problem passing either one, but we thought you might want to know a little more about what goes into it.
First, let’s talk about safety inspections.
Safety inspection will cover items such as:
Just to name a few. Unless your vehicle has worn or damaged parts, none of this should be a problem…after all, it really is for your own protection and that of everyone else on the road.
As for emissions testing, modern engine managem ...[more]
You probably heard it from your dad years ago – “Get your oil changed regularly! It’s the best thing you can do for your car!” And he was right. Automotive technology has changed a lot in the last 50 years, but one thing that’s still true is that oil changes at regular intervals will insure that your car’s engine will last a long time.
Your engine’s moving parts, like pistons, bearings and valvetrain components, all operate on extremely close clearances with each other. Without the protective film of lubrication that motor oil provides, these parts would quickly overheat and weld to each other, seizing the engine. Oil helps reduce wear due to friction and dissipate heat. Along with friction, however, a great deal of heat is generated by the combustion process, along with car ...[more]
When you slide into your car in the midst of the summer heat, the last thing you want is hot air blowing out of your vents, especially when temperatures are in the upper 80s and low 90s. But don’t panic just yet. Instead, roll down your windows to let some of that warm, stale air out. Then check these features in your car to see if it’s a quick fix.
- First, make sure your thermostat is set to cool. Yes, this may seem like an obvious first check, but we’ve all forgotten to push the AC button at least once.
- Next, check that your fan setting is on “auto” and not just “on” because this will blow out air even if it’s not cool.
- Finally, point your fans in the direction of the windows. This may seem silly, but it will actually cool down your vehicle faster.