Daylight Savings Can Compromise Visibility

car window repairWinter is quickly approaching and that means fewer hours of daylight. To be sure you can be seen by others and your visibility is not compromised, check your vehicle’s lights and wipers.

The days are getting shorter, so it is a good time to check that your vehicle’s wipers and lighting are working properly because the chance of an accident increases if you can’t see or be seen.

From the driver’s seat you may not notice a light that isn’t working, so check all of your car’s lights and replace those that are out. Also, be sure to inspect and replace wiper blades so you can see clearly when wet weather hits.

The wiper system keeps excessive water, snow and dirt from building up on the windshield, maintaining clear visibility. Many factors can accelerate the replacement interval of wipers, including operating conditions (winter conditions are tough on wiper blades), frequency of use, material and type of wipers and sunny weather. In fact, wiper blades can deteriorate faster and need more frequent replacement in desert states.

Lights are normal wear items that require periodic inspection and replacement. The lighting system provides nighttime visibility; signals and alerts other drivers; and supplies light for viewing instruments and the vehicle’s interior. In addition to replacing dimming, rapidly blinking and non-functioning lights, the following tips can help keep you safe:

  • If there is any doubt on whether or not your headlights should be on, turn them on. Lights not only help you see better in early twilight, they also make it easier for other drivers to see you.
  • Keep headlights, tail lights and signal lights clean. External dirt and debris can dim operational lights from being seen by others.
  • Make sure that your headlights are properly aimed. Misaimed headlights blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road.
  • Don’t overdrive your headlights; you should be able to stop inside the illuminated area, otherwise you are creating a blind crash area in front of your vehicle.

reprinted from Car Care Council

Why LP Auto Glass Orlando

car windshield repairAll car glass repair shops are the same, right? Wrong! What makes a car glass repair shop stand out is its level of quality, strong customer service, fairness of prices, and its promise to you. If it does not have any of those, it is not a professional shop. Getting the job done is not the same as getting it done the right way for an affordable price. That is why LP Auto Glass Orlando is the best in Central Florida.

We Use Only Original Parts

At LP Auto Glass Orlando, when we replace your old, broken windshield or window with a new one, we always make sure that it is an original part. We never use old or used glass. In fact, we carry a large inventory of glass to complete each of our customer’s needs. Our car glass repair can occur here at our facility or at your location within a 45-mile radius in the Orlando Metro area. This ensures that you only receive high-quality car glass parts that are sturdy and can last for a long time.

Affordable Prices

We are not called low price for nothing. When you come to our shop, you will get the best service around for a fair price. We will never increase our prices, and we always make sure that we charge you less than other car glass shops.

We Service Five Different Counties in Florida

Whether you live in Orange, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, or Osceola County, LP Auto Glass Orlando is readily available to service you in all your car glass needs. You will not need to go to a pricey car glass repair shop while we are around.

We Can Come to You

Another great reason to rely on LP Orlando is our mobile service, which comes to you. For instance, if your car’s glass is in a terrible shape that makes driving your car dangerous, you can easily call us. We will drive straight to you. This service is recommended to make sure you stay safe while still receiving the best car repair

You Receive a Lifetime Warranty with Us

When you get a car glass repair at LP Auto Glass Orlando, you receive a lifetime warranty with us. If anything occurs to the same glass that we repaired, we will repair it once more on us. This way, you will never have to worry about us doing a half-decent job. We will fix your glass anytime it experiences problems.

We Will Not Rest until You Are Satisfied

Not only is the service at LP Orlando affordable and has a lifetime warranty, it is also 100% satisfaction guaranteed. If you do not like the job or repair on your car’s glass, we will work on it again until you are happy with the work. We would never let you go home with a bad car glass repair or replacement. You can speak up your mind, tell us all your concerns, and we will be sure to get everything fixed just the way that it should be done.

LP Auto Glass Orlando has the best, highest-quality services at affordable prices and always goes above and beyond to make customers happy.

Brake Safety

tire rotationAs things are getting somewhat back to normal, this is the perfect time for checking brakes to make sure they are in safe working condition.

Brakes are a normal wear item for any car and eventually they’re going to need to be replaced. A vehicle’s braking system should be checked at least once a year and a thorough inspection should include brake lining wear, brake fluid level, rotor thickness, condition of hoses and brake lines, brake and dash warning lights, as well as taking the car for a test drive to detect other potential brake system problems.

When it comes to vehicle safety, the brake system is at the top of the list, A properly operating brake system helps ensure safe vehicle operation and control under a variety of driving conditions. Motorists can put a stop to any potential brake system problems by recognizing the signs and symptoms that their brake system may need maintenance or repair.

If your car is pulling to the left or right, or if you hear odd noises when you apply the brakes, they should be inspected. Other warning signs include an illuminated brake warning light, brake grabbing, low pedal feel, vibration, hard pedal feel and squealing.

Several factors affect brake wear including driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type and the quality of the brake lining material. Never put off routine brake inspections or any needed repair, such as letting the brakes get to the “metal-to-metal” point, which can be potentially dangerous and lead to a more costly repair bill.

A few things that could wrong with your brakes:

  • Brake Pads
  • Brake Fluid
  • Brake Rotors

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 should 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