When is Daylight Saving Time?

Daylight Saving time ends at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 3, 2019. With the days getting shorter, we will need to adjust to driving in the dark more often. You may find yourself driving to work in the dark and again on your way home. As a precaution, check that your Headlights, Taillights, Dome Lights, Turn Signals and Hazard Lights are in proper working condition. Anything that needs attention should replaced before you head out on the road.

Also, the Firefighters Association of the State of New York reminds us to check our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend as well. Safety first!

 

October Is Fall Car Care Month

October is Fall Car Care Month, an essential time of year dedicated to reminding drivers to get their vehicles ready for the winter. It is important to inspect vital components of a vehicle that are critical for keeping safe and comfortable in the colder weather. 

Here are the 10 Fall Vehicle Maintenance items the Car Care Council recommends that will help make sure your vehicle is ready for the colder months ahead:

  1. Check Fluids - This includes engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Clean and topped off fluids will help make sure that all systems are running smoothly. 
  2. Check Hoses and Belts - All hoses should be checked for corrosion and belts should be examined for obvious wear, tears, or frayed edges. A cracked hose or broken belt can cause serious damage to the inside of your vehicle. 
  3. Check the Battery - A dead battery can be very inconvenient when it happens unexpectedly. Batteries usually need to be replaced every 3-5 years. Have your battery tested for charge to make sure it's in good condition and that the battery is free from corrosion. 
  4. Check Brake SystemBrakes should always be inspected regularly. Check brake rotors, pads, fluids, and connecting parts. 
  5. Check Engine System - The engine should be checked for emissions and fuel efficiency. All parts should also be inspected to check for corrosion or damage.  
  6. Inspect Exhaust System - The exhaust system should be checked for any leaks or obvious damage to parts. An exhaust system problem can be dangerous for passengers due to harmful emissions. 
  7. Check HVAC System - The heat, ventilation, and air conditioning should be checked. The A/C and heat will ensure your comfort and checking defrosting systems will make sure your vehicle is safe for the winter.
  8. Check Steering and Suspension System - The shocks and struts, chassis, tie rods, and other suspension components should be inspected. This will make sure that your vehicle can be handled safely throughout the winter. 
  9. Check Tires - A very important measure for winter is to check your tires. They should have good tread and the tire pressure should be accurate to make sure you avoid hydroplaning or blown out tires. 
  10. Check Wipers and Lights - Wipers usually need to be replaced every year. Make sure you have properly working wipers and that all exterior lights are working well and are bright and clear. 

Regular, preventative maintenance will help your vehicle run properly and alleviate costly repairs down the road. A well-maintained vehicle will also ensure your safety and the safety of others. Call today or book your appointment online at https://www.louscarcare.com/appointments to have one of our technicians make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape for winter driving.  

 

Do I Need Winter Tires?

We are asked this question a lot! The All-Season Tire was introduced into the marketplace, providing motorists with better Winter Driving Performance than a Summer Tire and the opportunity to avoid the cost and inconvenience of the biannual Winter Tire changeover. Even though All-Season Tires can provide safe All-Weather Performance, Winter Tires are more efficient once temperatures start to fall.

Tire technology advances in tread compound and tread design have improved driving performance across the entire spectrum of tires, but especially with respect to Winter Tires. Modern Winter Tires offer up to 50% or more winter traction than All-Seasons. All Tire rubber will begin to stiffen as the weather gets older, but the latest generations of Winter Tires maintain their elasticity even at extremely low temperatures approaching -22⁰F and below, thus providing superior traction and grip. Today’s Winter Tires are not only designed to perform in snowy conditions, but also perform better on cold, dry pavement, too! Instead of thinking of Winter Tires only as “Snow Tires” you may want to start thinking of them as “Cold-Weather Tires".

 

Why Do I Need to Flush My Coolant? 

Antifreeze, or Engine Coolant, is a liquid that mixes with water to help prevent your vehicle’s engine from freezing or over-heating in extreme temperatures. Antifreeze and Coolant change the freezing and boiling points of water. When Coolant is mixed with water (usually at a 50/50 ratio) in the vehicle’s Radiator, the water will no longer freeze at 32 degrees Fahrenheit but rather freeze at temperatures colder than -35 degrees Fahrenheit. The boiling point of water alone is typically 212 degrees Fahrenheit. When antifreeze is mixed with water, the boiling point now increases to 223 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to replace most fluids in your vehicle regularly.

Engine Coolant will break down over time and lose the ability to help maintain the Engine’s optimum temperature and prevent corrosion. Dirt, scale and rust particles floating inside older Coolant can clog your Radiator and cause your vehicle to overheat. You should have your Coolant levels checked at least twice a year- before summer and before winter. Lou’s Car Care Center recommends a Coolant flush at 60,000 miles to keep your engine running at its best. Engine Coolant should not be mixed! There are a variety of Coolants for every vehicle. Each one has a unique formula that is intended to keep a specific engine type running in extreme temperatures. Lou’s Car Care Center can help you determine the right Coolant for your vehicle.

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