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Hitting a Pothole with your Car

hitting a potholeHitting a pothole with your car can do a real number on tires, wheels, steering and suspension, and alignment. The Car Care Council urges motorists to watch for three warning signs to help determine if hitting a pothole has damaged their vehicle.

Loss of control, swaying when making routine turns, bottoming out on city streets or bouncing excessively on rough roads are indicators that the steering and suspension may have been damaged. The steering and suspension are key safety-related systems. Together, they largely determine a vehicle’s ride and handling.

Pulling in one direction, instead of maintaining a straight path, and uneven tire wear, are symptoms of an alignment problem. Proper wheel alignment is important for the lifespan of tires and helps ensure safe handling.

Low tire pressure, bulges or blisters on the sidewalls, or dents in the wheel rim will be visible and should be checked out as soon as possible, as tires are the critical connection between the vehicle and the road.

“If you’ve hit a pothole, it can be difficult to know if and to what extent your car has been damaged,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “It’s a good idea to describe the symptoms to a professional technician who can then check out the vehicle and make the necessary repairs to ensure safety and reliability.”

Potholes occur when water permeates the pavement – usually through a crack – and softens the soil beneath it, creating a depression in the surface of the street. Many potholes appear during winter and spring months because of freeze-thaw cycles, which accelerate the process. Potholes can also be prevalent in areas with excessive rainfall and flooding.

reprinted from the Car Care Council, carcare.org

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How to Prevent an Auto Glass Replacement in Orlando

Getting an auto glass damage can happen any time. The good news is, if you have a small windshield damage, you can most likely get it repaired without replacing the entire glass. However, if you neglect the damage, you will end up making it worse. Follow these tips in order to prevent an auto glass replacement Orlando:

Don’t Ignore Small Damage

Oftentimes, people see the damage, whether it’s a small chip or a big crack in the windshield and windows, and assume that it will be fine if left for a while. As a result, they ignore the broken auto glass for days and even weeks. Though, if it’s not obvious enough, leaving car glass in that state will only cause the problem to increase. For instance, if the glass is chipped—no matter how small the chip is—over a period of time and constant driving, it’ll grow bigger until it splits into many fissures and the glass shatters. Furthermore, any small bump in the road, like those you find in neighborhoods, can be other triggers for the glass to shatter. So if you want to prevent an auto glass replacement Orlando, don’t ignore any damage, big or small.

Don’t Fix Any Small Damage at HomeOrlando auto glass

In an attempt to hold on to their money, many people decide to try out DIY auto glass repair kits. They purchase these kits for a reasonable amount of money (perhaps $15) and look up directions from YouTube videos to see how the kits can be properly used. Though, many people who put up instructional videos online of auto glass repair kits are either expert auto glass technicians and are used to repairing windshields and windows with steady hands or they’re regular people with simple glass damages, such as scratches. If you’re watching videos by experts, you’re probably thinking that the broken glass looks easy to fix, and if you’re watching regular people fix small issues, then you’re being misled into thinking that any damage can be easily fixed. The fact is, chips and cracks are harder to repair at home than minor scratches, and if your hand isn’t used to precise, steady manual labor, you could completely destroy the glass and pay so much more than you would have before. Besides, auto glass repair kits don’t work long-term. Thus, it’s better to leave glass damage to the professionals.

Don’t Ignore Small Damage Even If It’s Out of Your Line of Vision

For some, if they see that the glass is damaged far from the driver’s line of vision, such as on the right side of the windshield, they tend to not give it too much thought. They think that as long as the issue is far from them, it won’t impair their driving. Though, the truth is that a broken auto glass is dangerous no matter where the damage is located. Pretending that there is nothing to worry about is going to lead the driver to regret not doing anything in the first place. So before you let damage like this get worse and end up needing an auto glass replacement Orlando, go to the professionals.

Go to a Professional Right Away

The last but certainly not least mistake drivers make when they notice that their cars’ glass is damaged is neglect to go to a professional. In order to save their wallets from temporary hunger (for money, of course), drivers continue to drive their cars instead of get the situation under control. And you can probably guess where that leads those drivers . . .

 

Don’t ignore a small windshield damage. If you want to prevent an auto glass replacement Orlando, be sure to follow these important tips.

Car Care and Safety Tips for The Cold Winter

frozen-wiper-bladesNo matter where you’re driving this winter, you should always be cautious. After all, the cold weather can tamper with the windshield and mirrors and even put you in risky situations while on the road. So whether you’re driving to work, school, or the movies, be sure to always follow these car care and safety tips for the cold winter:

Inspect the Tire Pressure Although you should always do so, even in the summer, it is highly vital that you inspect the tire pressure during the winter. A cold road (and perhaps a snowy road if you’re traveling outside of Florida) does not go hand in hand with a low tire pressure. Therefore, before you leave your house, take a look to see if there is a flat tire or a tire that seems to be heading in that direction. If you have a flat tire or a low tire pressure, get it replaced fast. You never want to drive around in this terrible weather while your tires aren’t in their best shape. You can even go to one of the many gas stations out there that fill the air pressure for free. Many new cars have an awesome feature that tells drivers whether the car has low tire pressure, but even so, it doesn’t hurt to check for yourself. It’ll help you have a safe drive no matter what the weather is like.

 Defrost Your Windshield During the winter, a car care tip to follow is parking your car facing the east, where the sun rises. Condensation during the cold months can truly be annoying to clean every morning, and it’s not a good idea to just hop in your car and be on your way if your windshield is fogged up. As a result, parking your car facing the east will naturally defrost your auto glass every morning so you never have to clean the condensation or scrape the ice (depending on where you are) off the windshield.

Join a Service like AAA Things can go wrong no matter how careful of a driver you are. If it’s raining or snowing out, the road could get slippery, causing your car to slide and crash into the side of the road. Thus, it’s good to have a service like AAA. This will help you get your car repaired or tolled even if you’re outside of your city.

Refill on Windshield Washer Fluid Another car care and safety tip to always go by is refilling the windshield washer fluid every once in a while, especially when you start noticing that it is decreasing. After all, windshield washer fluid comes in very handy when you need to wash a dirty windshield or even remove condensation that has formed there during a typical winter night.

As you can see, these car care and safety tips are simple to follow but can truly make your life easier all the while protecting you on the road. Best of all, these tips don’t take too much time out of your day!

Car Care and Safety Tips for the Upcoming Holidays

holiday_road_trip1Holiday road trips are fun no matter the distance. The anticipation of reaching your destination and getting to enjoy some time off work with your loved ones is wonderful. However, before you take off with your family and/or friends in your awesome car, be sure to check out the below car care and safety tips and examine your vehicle accordingly:

Check the Headlights, Backlights, and Signals Don’t wait until you are on the road with headlights, backlights, or signals that don’t work to do something. Before your holiday road trip, take a look at all the lights and make sure they are working normally. It is also a wise idea to have someone help you see if any lights need replacement. Do this examination a few days before your trip so you’re not rushing at the last minute, but if you still have enough time (and it is recommended), take a look at the lights again the day of your trip.

Inspect the Tire Pressure Along with examining your headlights, backlights, and signals, you should inspect the tire pressure. A few days before your road trip, take a look if you see a flat tire or a tire that seems to be heading in that direction. If you have a flat tire, get it replaced fast. However, if you just have low tire pressure, then you have plenty of time to get it repaired; though, be sure to do so within a day or two and not at the last second before your trip. You can even go to one of the many gas stations out there that fill the air pressure for free. Then, check the tire pressure again right before you leave for your trip (as in the morning of). Many new cars have an awesome feature that tells drivers whether the car has low tire pressure, but even so, it doesn’t hurt to check for yourself. It’ll help you have a safe drive.

Join a Service like AAA Things can go wrong no matter how careful you are. You could examine your car all you want before your road trip and still have a flat tire on the road. Thus, it’s good to have a service like AAA. This will help you get your car repaired or tolled even if you’re outside of your city.

Keep Windshield and Windshield Wipers Clean This car care tip will come in very handy on your road trip. Car owners use windshield wipers not just to clear the glass from rain but to also clean the glass from fog and dirt. Most glares drivers experience while on the road occur due to a dirty windshield, and it is during those moments that drivers use their windshield wipers to wipe the dirt out of their view. Yet, if the wiper blades are themselves dirty, then it’s impossible to thoroughly clean the glass. As a result, be sure to have a clean windshield and clean wiper blades before your road trip. If the wipers are old and starting to make screeching noises, be sure to replace them.

fluid_graphicRegularly Refill on Windshield Washer Fluid Another similar car care tip is to always refill on windshield washer fluid, especially before your holiday road trip, as you might need it when you’re in need of washing a dirty glass while you’re off to your destination.

Don’t wait to the last minute to follow these tips. With these car care and safety tips, you’ll have a better, safer, and more fun time on your holiday road trip this year.

Car Care Advice for Your Return from the Beach

beachSummertime calls for outings to the beach. It’s truly the best season to relish in the sun and play in the sand with family and friends. However, just like any other road trip, going to the beach requires certain preparations. You have to bring the right products and things, be sure that they fit in your car, and then place them successfully at the beach. Though, just like any road trip, going to the beach also requires that you clean up at the end of the day. For instance, upon your return from the beach, there are specific car care tips that are highly important that you must do. Not only should you take your products and things back into your home, but you should also tidy up your car.

Here’s how:

Shake the Carpets Your car’s carpets are almost always dirtied with sand once you step off the beach and get into the car. Strangely enough, even if you wash your feet and shoes with clean water, sand still somehow makes its way into the vehicle. For that reason, the very first car care advice you should follow is shaking the carpets outside the car. This will dump out all the souvenir sand you brought with you from your day trip.

Vacuum the Upholstery Just as with shaking the carpets, you must vacuum them along with the seats and floor. After all, sand and other dirt is spread almost everywhere when you come back from a day at the beach. Even salt from the ocean can somehow make an appearance. So vacuum all over, making sure to get all corners and in between the seats.

Let the Seats Air Dry When you return from the beach after a long day, chances are that your clothes are still wet. Then you end up sitting in your car and dampening the backrest and seat. That is why another important car care tip to remember when you get back home is to leave the windows down for a bit until the car seats air dry. This will ensure that no mold feasts upon the wet areas of your car.

trunk_fullClean the Trunk Similarly to cleaning the carpets, floor, and seats, you must clean the trunk. So, remove all your beach items and vacuum the floor. This will get rid of any sand you brought in to the trunk or just about any other mess. Be sure to get all the corners here too.

Clean the Windshields and Windows You were at the beach for an entire day where dust from the sand created a hazy layer over your car’s windshields and windows. As a result, it is crucial that you get that dust cleaned off. Using an auto glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth, wipe the glass. This will make your driving visibility clear again.

Wash the Car (Optional) Although this tip is optional, it is definitely recommended. Once you return from the beach, it is very helpful to get your car washed. Not only does this preserve the vehicle’s cleanliness, but it also allows it to cool down after being in the heat all day. It’s a win-win, and you will appreciate your sparkling car in the end.

Other Tips If you want to make cleaning easier on you the next time you go to the beach, there are a few actions you can take. For one, you could place a clean, dry towel underneath you before you sit back in the car upon your return from the beach. This will keep the seats dry. Another tip is to place a clean blanket in the trunk and then place all the beach items on top of it. This will prevent sand and other dirt from going all over the trunk floor.

These super simple car care tips should help you out the next time you go on a beach outing. You’ll be able to get your car cleaned quickly and effectively.