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Pre Winter Tire Check List

Pre Winter Tire Check List

Stay Prepared Nature Is Predicting A Cold Winter The Farmers Almanac is predicting that the winter in Wilmington Delaware (north east coast) is going to be nasty. The following lists a few hints from mother nature that predict a tougher winter. Oak trees are producing an abundance of acorns (seems everyone is talking about this one online)Geese and ducks are migrating earlyYellow jacks have made their nests extra deep this year.Squirrel activity is overly activeSpiders are building larger websPines are producing an abundance of pine cones. So what does this mean? Well. first off you should probably take these signs with a grain of salt. Nobody really knows what’s going to ... read more

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Your Warranty And Non Dealership Service

Your Warranty And Non Dealership Service

If you buy your car at a dealer, it’s only natural that you take your car there for auto repair. You may be under the impression that if you don’t get it done there, you’ll lose warranty coverage, or that only dealer mechanics know your car. Neither of these are true. So watch out for them and these three things that dealer mechanics don’t want you to know: 3 Reasons To Consider Outside Sources vs. A Dealership For Car Repair Shop supplies cover anything Dealerships like. This is essentially a miscellaneous charge that can relate to anything that can’t be itemized, such as rags or the cost of recycling fluids. (A car repair shop would build the cost of these supplies into overhead.) If you see “shop supplies” on your bill, ask for what it covers exactly, and see if you can get it removed.Service recommendations are based on severe driving, no matte ... read more

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It’s Freezing and My Car Heater is Broken: Getting Help With Your Wilmington, DE Car Repair

The weather is quickly turning chilly, and it’s a grim reminder that there’s only more cold to come in. Winter can be especially trying if you’re dealing with a broken heater in your vehicle. Those early morning drives to work get pretty miserable at 30 degrees. If you’re having trouble with your car’s heating system, let an experienced mechanic help with your Wilmington, DE car repair. You car’s heater is part of the same system that cools your car’s engine. Coolant circulates through the engine absorbing heat. This created heat gets exchanged with outside air via the radiator. The heater core is a smaller version of the radiator that uses the same hot coolant to warm the inside of the car. If your car is blowing cold air into the cabin, chances are one of two things has occurred. First, the temperature of the engine should be checked. A thermostat or thermal valve opens and closes when it’s cold to restrict the flow of coolant. This allows engines to warm up quickly. If t ... read more

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The Importance of Keeping Your Car Clean, Especially In The Winter

The Importance of Keeping Your Car Clean, Especially In The Winter

During the winter, icy roads are covered in salt and sand in order to help you gain traction. The good news is that it is easier to stay on the road, but the bad news is your car becomes covered by these compounds. Road salt, which is typically a combination of calcium and chloride, eats away at the paint on your car and the metals of the underbody. The longer it remains on your car, the more likely different pieces are to erode, causing leakage and rust later. If sand remains on your car, friction caused by the wind can do the same kind of damage. Even in the summer, dust from dry roads or caked on mud can have the same effect as the sand. The rust you see on the car is from the metals coming in contact with the air, which is why cars are painted to protect this metal. Some people believe that mud will also protect the car, but this is false as mud is a porous material, meaning that air c ... read more

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Are You Ready for Bad Weather

For four-season lovers, fall is a time to enjoy the golden leaves and winter is the season for frolicking in the snow. For everyone else, the worst seasons of the year are just periods you have to get through. Whatever you feel about the upcoming months, your car should be prepared to withstand whatever Mother Nature dishes out. Here are a few helpful tips. Replace your windshield wiper blades. Your windshield wipers are all that stand between you and bad visibility while inclement weather. If they start streaking during the first rain of the fall, it’s time to replace them. In any case, they’re inexpensive enough that you should replace them every six months to a year. While you’re at it, check the spray nozzles of your windshield washers. Are they blocked? If yes, use a pin or to clear them. Install winter tires. If you want more traction in the winter, invest in a set of winter tires. The softer rubber, deeper treads, and occasional hard studs provide the fir ... read more

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