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Why Are My Headlights Hazy?

Why Are My Headlights Hazy?

  Photo: Ron Lach   WHY ARE MY HEADLIGHTS HAZY? Most vehicle’s on the road today have polycarbonate plastic headlights. This strong plastic is made to handle tough road conditions without breaking. Overtime, exposure to UV light from the sun oxidizes the clear top coat on the headlight lens causing them to become hazy and turn yellow. Dirt, chemicals, and debris, like road salt, can also scratch and wear down the top coat, dulling the lens. Condensation can also form inside the headlight if there is a break or tear in the watertight seal around the lens or if the lens is cracked. However, unlike burned-out bulbs, cloudy headlights don’t always need to be replaced. Skilled auto detailers can restore hazy headlights to like-new condition.   HOW CAN I KEEP MY HEADLIGHTS FROM TURNING YELLOW? Regular car washes are recommended to clean off dirt and chemicals that can promote fogging on the headlight lens. Wash the headlights we ... read more

AC Repair in Baldwinsville, NY

AC Repair in Baldwinsville, NY

photo credit: Kaboompics   With the extreme high and low temperatures in New York, having functioning heating and air conditioning in your vehicle is a must. As we head into the summer months in Baldwinsville, NY, it is essential to make sure that your car’s air condition (AC) system is ready to cool you down as temperatures rise. But have you ever wondered how your vehicle’s AC system worked?   HOW DOES A VEHICLE’S AC WORK? There are several types of automotive AC systems but the two most common types used are the orifice tube and expansion valve systems. The five primary components to a vehicle’s AC system are the compressor, condenser, accumulator (or receiver-drier), orifice tube (or expansion valve), and evaporator. Here is the basic operation of an AC system: Refrigerant: The AC system is filled with a refrigerant gas known as Freon or R134A. Refrigerant has the ability to change from gas to liquid during ... read more

How Often Should I Wash My Car?

How Often Should I Wash My Car?

Photo by Pixabay   How Often Should I Wash My Car? Washing your car not only helps to preserve the paint and finish but it also aides in keeping rust and corrosion underneath your vehicle at bay. Car washes are as essential to maintaining your vehicle just as a regular oil change is. But how often you should wash your car depends on a number of factors. Answer the following questions to determine the right number of washes for you: What is your weather like? Without a doubt, cold climates will require you to wash your vehicle more frequently. Irregular dirt like salt buildup and other chemical stains in the winter can cause damage to your vehicle’s paint and corrode the metal components of the undercarriage. Dirt, salt and residue can retain moisture leading to rust around car parts and metal components if you don’t wash your car often. Rust and corrosion are very common factors in major auto repairs (even on newer vehicles) that coul ... read more

Vehicle Diagnostics

Vehicle Diagnostics

Photo by Mídia from Pexels   VEHICLE DIAGNOSTICS Over time, your vehicle will start to experience wear and tear from driving and display signs and symptoms that need attention. Take note if you hear, see, or feel something that is out of the ordinary such as:​ Are there any dashboard warning lights on? Is the check engine light on? If it is, is the light flashing or steady? Is your car is making a squeaking, thumping, whirring, clanging, dragging, or grinding noise ? Is your vehicle driving rough? Do you feel vibration, pulsation or shaking when driving or braking? Do you experience abnormalities at specific speeds- low speeds, highway sp ... read more

What Happens If You Don't Drive Your Car For Long Periods Of Time?

What Happens If You Don't Drive Your Car For Long Periods Of Time?

​ Photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T DRIVE YOUR CAR FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME? The last year or so has had the world adjusting to a “new normal”. Many people are now working from home or not driving as much as they once were. We are often asked, “Will not driving my car have a negative impact on the engine, engine oil, battery, brakes and tires?” “What can I do to keep my car running smoothly during this transitional time?” Here are some tips to keep your car in top shape, even if you don’t drive it often.   DO I HAVE TO DRIVE MY CAR EVERYDAY?   It is not necessary to drive your car every day. Driving a few times a week can help keep things moving along and prevent running into issues in the near future.   WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CAR SITS FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME?   Vehicles that aren’t driven regularly will drain the battery. There are multiple systems that still draw power as a vehicl ... read more

What You Should Look For In A Reliable Auto Repair Shop

What You Should Look For In A Reliable Auto Repair Shop

Photo by Erik Mclean from Pexels   WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A RELIABLE AUTO REPAIR SHOP?  There are many things to consider when looking for a reliable auto repair shop. Not all auto repair facilities are equipped with the latest in computerized diagnostic equipment, provide honest communication or offer warranties on their parts and services. Here are some factors to keep in mind when selecting a reliable auto repair shop.   WARRANTY- BACKED SERVICES A professional auto repair center will offer reasonable warranties on their parts and services. These warranties show that the company stands behind their work and offers peace of mind to their customers if a part fails or becomes compromised during the warranty period. We recommend that you ask about any warranties available before approving work on your vehicle and learn what steps to take if you have to replace a part under warranty. Certain conditions may apply for a warranty to ... read more

Don't Waste Your Time With An Express Instant Oil Change

Don't Waste Your Time With An Express Instant Oil Change

  DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME WITH A 10 MINUTE INSTANT OIL CHANGE 10 minute instant oil changes are convenient when someone is pressed for time but it doesn’t allow for a thorough check of a vehicleto be done. These “quick lube services” are exactly that- QUICK. Quantity over quality. They typically have more than one person changing your engine oil and filter, topping off fluids, and checking air pressures in your tires. If you’re lucky enough, an experienced lube technician can alert you to a potential problem with your vehicle that they see while they are working. These quick oil change centers are not equipped to complete more complex repairs and would recommend you to a full-service auto center to have your vehicle repaired. So why waste your time with a 10 minute instant oil change when you can have the same service, plus a courtesy check of your entire vehicle, for less than the price at an Instant Oil Change Center?  ... read more

When is Daylight Saving Time?

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 1, 2020. 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 be 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! When it comes to auto repair and maintenance, Lou's Car Care is the right choice. Service Baldwinsville, Syracuse, Camillus, Liverpool, Cicero, Clay, Fayetteville and Manlius, NY communities since 1976. We perform regular maintenance and emergency repairs. We are here and ready to help!  

LOU'S CAR CARE COVID-19 RESPONSE

LOU'S CAR CARE COVID-19 RESPONSE

The health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority! We are following the necessary and required guidelines set in place by the CDC, New York State and Local Officials. Fully vaccinated customers, employees and vendors will no longer have to wear masks or facial coverings. "Fully vaccinated" means it has been two weeks since a person received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those not fully vaccinated will still be required to wear masks over their nose and mouth while inside the building. The CDC recommends unvaccinated individuals wear face coverings for their protection and for the safety of others. Lou’s Car Care has increased our safety and sanitation protocols and a few precautions include: Social Distancing signs and floor stickers outlining safe space between each person Plexiglass guards on our Reception Counter protectin ... read more

October Is Fall Car Care Month

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: 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.  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.  Check the Battery - A dead b ... read more

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