Fuel Efficiency

By spending a little now to increase fuel efficiency, drivers can multiply fuel savings and save more money at the pump.

With the average cost of a gallon of gas remaining low, motorists should perform simple steps to improve fuel efficiency and save money.

  • Engine Performance: Keep your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage by an average of four percent.
  • Tire Pressure: Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by up to three percent.
  • Motor Oil: Improve gas mileage by one to two percent by using the grade of motor oil recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Air Filters: Replacing clogged air filters on older vehicles can improve fuel economy and will improve performance and acceleration on all vehicles.
  • Gas Cap: Replacing damaged, loose or missing gas caps will stop gas from vaporizing into the air.
  • Fix It: Addressing a serious maintenance problem, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 40 percent, according to www.fueleconomy.gov.

A small investment in simple and inexpensive auto care will add up to better fuel economy. In addition, modifying driving habits, such as observing the speed limit and avoiding quick stops and starts, can also increase fuel efficiency. Consolidating trips, avoiding excessive idling and removing unnecessary items from the trunk are also easy ways to lower fuel consumption.

reprinted in part from Car Care Council.

Car Care ABCs

car windshield repairVehicle Operation Car Care – Back-to-school season is the ideal time to review your ABCs; the ABCs of car care, that is. Motorists sgiykd brush up on their auto care knowledge to make sure their vehicle is operating at its most efficient level before the school year commences and the onset of fall and winter weather.

The ABCs of basic car care include:

  • A – Always follow a vehicle service schedule.
  • B – Be sure to have your car inspected when you suspect there is a problem.
  • C – Correct the problem to help avoid the inconvenience and potential safety hazards of breaking down away from home.

By following these three basic car care tips, motorists can address minor issues before they become more complicated and more expensive repairs. “The ‘Five Point Check-Up’ featured in our back-to-school video offers valuable maintenance and safety tips that will help families get their vehicles ready for transportation needs during the school year.”

Recalls

Pay attention to recalls. Hundreds of injuries have been reported, and 16 people have been killed in the U.S. by defective air bags that are part of the largest and most complex vehicle recalls in U.S. history—affecting tens of millions of vehicles from 19 automakers. Getting these unsafe vehicles repaired is integral to improving safety and saving lives. The U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging vehicle owners to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and others from this urgent threat to safety. Learning how to check for recalls is the first important step. Sign up for notifications.

Visit https://www.NHTSA.gov/recalls and enter your VIN to see if your vehicle is under recall. Your dealership is required to repair the problem free of charge. With safer drivers and safer cars, we’ll have safer roads—and your efforts can help save lives.

reprinted from www.carcare.org

 

Preventing Glares

windshield glaresYou’re driving at night when another car’s headlights suddenly create a windshield glares. The strong lights blind you for a few seconds, putting you at risk of colliding with the vehicle in front of you or unintentionally swerving to another lane. This isn’t the first time this has happened. In fact, even in the morning when you’re driving to work you have this problem. Sunlight and just about any strong light create glares, making your driving very dangerous. Though you use the best sunglasses during daylight hours, the issue is unresolved at night. Nevertheless, the solution to this problem is simpler than you thought, and it’ll prevent you from having to go to a car glass repair shop to get this fixed. Regularly check your car’s windshield, windows, mirrors, and headlights and get them cleaned properly to prevent glares.

Clean the Windshield Inside and Out

The most important action to take in order to maintain your car’s glass, keep the glares away, and avoid going to a car glass repair shop (which can cost you a lot of money) is to start out by cleaning your windshield. Take a windshield cleaner, such as Rain-X Original Glass Treatment or Armor All Auto Glass Cleaner, and spray it over the windshield. Then, using a microfiber cloth (don’t use regular rags, towels, or sponges as they can scratch the glass), wipe the glass clean. It will sparkle like it should. Then, repeating the same process, clean the other side of the windshield from inside the car. This will remove dirt and grime that have been building up on the glass and stop windshield glares.

Clean all Windows and Mirrors

Of course, cleaning the windshield isn’t enough to remove glares. You can still get glares through your windows and mirrors, as they can reflect other cars’ headlights and obstruct your vision. Before you go to a glass repair shop, take a look at your glass. When was the last time you cleaned it properly? It’s highly necessary to clean all of your vehicle’s glass, including your rearview mirror, if you are having problems with glares.

Clean Windshield Wipers

While cleaning your windshield wipers doesn’t directly affect glares, it does help you maintain your windshield’s cleanliness, which in turn removes glares. Thus, it is crucial to regularly inspect your wiper blades and get them cleaned. Use your favorite washer fluid to wet a microfiber cloth. Then, use the cloth to wipe the windshield wipers. This will leave them in a good condition and help you keep the glass in a topnotch shape. However, if your windshield wipers are old and have cracks in them, replace them with new ones, as the old wipers can scratch at the glass and cause even more glares. At the same time, always be sure that you have enough washer fluid in your car so you can keep the windshield clean at all times.

Clean the Headlights

Finally, in order to avoid glares and not have to go to a car glass repair shop, clean your car’s headlights. This will help you view the road more clearly since other vehicles’ lights won’t outshine yours and blur your vision. There are a couple of ways to clean the headlights. While wiping them off with a car cleaner and a microfiber cloth is good—even essential—you will find that you need to do more in order to remove the yellow haze that’s on them. Therefore, what you can do is take baking soda and vinegar and combine a little bit of each in a foam cup. Then, you will dab your microfiber cloth in this homemade remedy and use it to wipe the grime and haze off of the headlights. This homemade solution can be very effective toward reducing glares.

With just these few actions, you’ll never have to deal with glares again and you won’t need to go to a car glass repair shop just to feel safe driving on the road at night or during daylight hours. It will do wonders when it comes to these irritating glares.

Car Battery in the Summer Heat

windshield repair orlandoIf you’re feeling the summer heat, so is your car’s battery. Contrary to popular belief, summer highs rather than winter lows pose the greater threat to battery life.

When most motorists think of dead batteries that cause starting failure, they think of severe winter weather, but summer heat is the real culprit.  Many battery problems start long before the temperatures drop. Heat, more than cold, shortens battery life.

Sooner or later all batteries have to be replaced. Excessive heat and overcharging are the two main reasons for shortened battery life. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, thus damaging the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate, leading to slow death for a battery.

To get the most life out of a battery, the Car Care Council suggests the following simple steps:

  • Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging.
  • If your battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it regularly, especially in hot weather. Add distilled water when necessary.
  • Always replace a battery with one that’s rated at least as high as the one originally specified.
  • Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power. Further, as corrosion accumulates on battery terminals it becomes an insulator, inhibiting current flow.

Driving habits such as frequent engine on/off cycles will cause more wear on the starter than a simple back and forth to work. Other factors include driving and weather conditions, mileage, vehicle age and excessive electrical draws like in-vehicle entertainment systems. Check the battery if you notice headlights and interior lights dim, accessories that fail to operate, or the “check engine” and/or battery light illuminated.

reposted from article from the Car Care Council

Construction Cone Zones

car glass repairSummer is the main season for “cone zones,” road construction where you will likely hit a bump or two, or come across loose stones and other hazards. These rough road conditions can be tough on a vehicle’s steering and suspension system and can throw out the alignment. Loose stones can have potential windshield damage and to the vehicle’s exterior.

Even the most careful motorist, who is driving slowly and carefully through road construction, is bound to hit an unexpected bump or other road hazards. Be sure to pay attention to your car and if you think there’s a problem, have it taken care of as soon as possible.

The main symptoms of steering and suspension or wheel alignment problems are uneven tire wear, pulling to one side, noise and vibration while cornering or loss of control. It is recommended that motorists have their vehicles checked out immediately if any of these symptoms exist, as steering and suspension systems are key safety-related components and largely determine the car’s ride and handling. Regardless of road conditions, these systems should be checked annually and a wheel alignment should be performed at the same time.

Motorists also should do frequent visual checks of their vehicle’s exterior and windshield to identify any chips, dings or cracks. These are small problems that can become costly repairs and safety hazards if they aren’t taken care of immediately.

reprinted in part from the Car Care Council

Windshield Damage

windshield repair orlandoIf your vehicle’s windshield has a small chip or crack, don’t ignore it, fix it. Disregarding a small crack now could lead to bigger problems later. Windshield damage may happen unexpectedly, and should be fixed as soon as possible.

 A neglected small chip or crack can turn into a larger one, requiring more costly windshield replacement. In addition, drivers could get ticketed and fined if the crack obstructs vision.

When a vehicle owner notices a problem with their windshield, they should not wait to get it fixed. A small chip or crack can grow larger, and if another item like a rock, golf ball or baseball hits the windshield, the damage can expand quickly, compromising safety and requiring full windshield replacement.

Repairing a small chip or crack is inexpensive, easy and quick to fix, and the vehicle owner’s insurance may even pay for the repair. With simple maintenance, you can avoid a much bigger issue.

SAFETY

Your windshield is among the most important safety functions on your car. Your auto glass must all be restored and it’s essential to retain your window and in good condition at all times. Driving with a chipped or cracked windshield may put you and your passengers at risk for injury in the event of a rollover or collision.

The original purpose of a window was to maintain wind road dust, and water from entering the vehicle. This is still a crucial function of the windshield, especially when traveling at speeds which can be standard of modern automobiles. However, hail, rocks, street dirt, and other items might collide together with your glass as you travel from place to place. Usually, these effects may cause a tiny processor or bust to make. When this happens, it is vital that you own it mounted as soon as possible. So that a replacement is unnecessary many times, little chips can be fixed.

Windshield Repair and Replacement

Another purpose of a windshield and auto glass is that they allow you to really have a clear view of traffic and the street around you. Knowing of your surroundings is essential to preventing potentially hazardous conditions and operating safely. Once your windshield is broken or destroyed, your vision could possibly be hindered, putting you and others in danger.

Check your Engine Belts

car windshield repairYou may not see them, or know much about them, but engine belts are always working to keep your vehicle moving. Losing a belt can mean immediate trouble for the engine and a breakdown for you. To avoid being stranded, motorists should review the owner’s manual to ensure that belts are inspected and replaced at the proper intervals.

A vehicle’s belts are essential to the cooling, air conditioning and charging systems of the engine. Serpentine belts are used to turn the water pump, alternator, power steering and air-conditioning compressor. Older cars use V-belts for various accessories.

Always check serpentine and V-belts for looseness and their overall condition. Replace V-belts when cracked, frayed, glazed or showing signs of excessive wear. Noise in the belt system is a sign of wear and the smell of burnt rubber can indicate a slipping belt. When changing a serpentine belt, it is important to check all the components in the serpentine system as tensioners and pulleys wear at the same rate as the belt and should be inspected.

Typical serpentine belt replacement is 60,000 to 90,000 miles. Typical V-belt replacement is 40,000 to 50,000 miles. Replace timing belt per interval specified in the owner’s manual.

“Why risk being stranded when a bad belt can be diagnosed with simple routine maintenance?” “Inspecting and replacing belts as specified in your owner’s manual will help you avoid the hassle and expense of a sudden breakdown.”

courtesy of the Car Care Council

Unusual Car Smells

mobile windshield repairMost vehicles start out with a “new car smell,” but there are other unusual smells that motorists should never ignore. Identifying these suspect smells early on can help car owners be “car care” aware and avoid the hassle and expense of an unexpected breakdown.

Unusual smells can be the sign of serious, and potentially costly, trouble for your vehicle. By acting quickly and making necessary repairs, you’ll be able to breathe easy knowing there is no harmful damage to your car.

The Car Care Council recommends a sniff test of your vehicle to identify any unusual smells.

Be aware of the following six warning signs:

  1. The smell of burnt rubber could be slipping drive belts or misplaced loose hoses that might be rubbing against rotating accessory drive pulleys. Do not reach in if the engine compartment is hot.
  2. The smell of hot oil could mean that oil is leaking onto the exhaust system. To verify the leak, look for oil on the pavement or smoke coming from the engine area.
  3. The smell of gasoline is likely the sign of a gas leak in some area of the vehicle such as a fuel injector line or the fuel tank. Any smell of fuel can result in a possible fire hazard, so immediate attention should be given.
  4. The sweet smell of syrup may be a sign that your car is leaking engine coolant from a leaky component related to the car’s cooling system. Do not open the radiator cap when it is hot.
  5. The smell of burning carpet could be a sign of brake trouble and a safety hazard. Have your brakes checked right away, especially if this smell is happening during normal driving conditions.
  6. The smell of rotten eggs is never a good one and, if you smell it coming from your vehicle, it could mean a problem with your catalytic converter not converting the hydrogen sulfide in the exhaust to sulfur dioxide properly. This smell can also be attributed to a poor running engine, causing the catalytic converter to become overloaded and fail due to meltdown.

When you smell any peculiar odor, you should not ignore it. Instead bring your vehicle to a professional service technician that you trust to get an informed opinion on the nature of the odor.

reprinted from the Car Care Council

Summer Travel Plans

Many people are having cabin fever after isolating these past weeks. Although health officials are urging all Americans to avoid any nonessential domestic travel, there are many families who will travel in the months ahead.

Consider these tips for any driving trip you may be considering to stay safe.

Take Time to Prepare

Even if you are an expert at traveling, things are different now. Each state may have different rules. Be aware of changes to toll collection, rest-area rules, just to name a few. The Federal Highway Administration should have the latest information about any Covid-19 related changes which are state-specific.

Packing and sanitizing

Be sure to pack some essentials that you may not have had to consider for previous trips.  These include hand sanitizer, disinfecting wet wipes, disposable gloves, sealable disposable plastic bags and tissues.

Good hygiene on the road is much like that at home with thorough hand washing before eating and after using the rest room.  This may require extra vigilance when it comes to high-traffic roadside stops such as gas stations and public bathrooms, It is advisable that drivers wear disposable gloves while pumping gas, rather than worrying about wiping down the nozzle itself. Discard the gloves outside your car or seal them in a plastic bag for disposal later if a trash can isn’t available.

In public restrooms, be careful not to touch fixtures like the faucet or door handle after washing your hands, which she says “defeats the purpose” of handwashing (instead, use a piece of tissue or paper towel to shield your hands after washing).

Another tip: Pay for gas with cards, not cash. This eliminates the face-to-face interaction necessary for a cash transaction, and cards — but not cash — can always be cleaned with a disinfectant wipe after use.

Dining

Restaurants in some states are resuming dine-in service — but expect changes like limits on the number of guests allowed inside and extra space between tables. In states where a sit-down meal still isn’t allowed, drive-through and takeout service are typically available instead.

Overnight Stays

If you need to stay somewhere overnight, call ahead to confirm your reservation; some hotels have closed, especially in big tourist centers. But many of the hotels from major chains that you’ll find along highways are still operating.

Hotels are also rethinking their approach to sanitization and social distancing in light of the outbreak and have announced ramped-up cleaning and safety standards to be rolled out in the weeks and months to come, like the use of hospital-grade disinfectants and contactless guest check-in procedures.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association has also developed guidelines that outline stringent cleaning procedures for everything from elevator buttons to exercise equipment.

It is recommended to use your own sanitizing supplies on “high-touch” surfaces in your room. This includes wiping down exterior and interior doorknobs and handles; the TV remote and bathroom fixtures; and any surfaces on which you’ll rest your belongings, like tabletops or the area around the bathroom sink.

Why LP Auto Glass?

windshield repairAt Low Price Auto Glass Orlando, we are your source for high quality auto glass in Orlando, Fl. We have been in the auto glass, windshield replacement business since 1988.

We service all types of vehicles including domestics and foreign as well as Semis, Trucks and RVs.

We offer competitive pricing and quality OEM glass that will guarantee our customers the best prices for your auto glass replacement!

We carry a large inventory of auto glass to complete each of our customer’s needs. Our auto glass replacement can be done here at our facility or at your location within a 30 mile radius in the Orlando Metro area.

For windshield replacement we come to your home or business within 30 miles of the Orlando area! We service the following counties: Orange, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, and Osceola.

100% customer satisfaction guaranteed! – If for any reason our windshield replacement service did not meet expectations, the problem will be resolved at company’s expense. If your windshield replacement did not meet your expectations, a replacement will be provided.

Certified Specialists – Your auto glass can be replaced by our professional certified technicians without a hassle. Our installers carefully clean and always prime the windshield before installation. They also use suction cups or at least disposable gloves while installing the windshield to insure that the adhesive surface of the glass does not become contaminated. After an accident is the wrong time to find out your windshield was improperly installed.

Direct billing to your insurance! We work with your insurance company to get you back on the road fast!

We will not be undersold! We will beat any price! Because of our reputation and strong buying power, we are able to offer our customers quality auto glass workmanship at the lowest prices. We refuse to be undersold! To date, we remain one of the largest independent retail glass shops in the United States.