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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

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

Love Bugs are Back

car glass repairIn this blog, let’s discuss the pesky thing that have shown up recently. They will be climbing all over your car, having dates with other love bugs, and going everywhere with you. They will even have a full life on your car and die there happily. And while they’re harmless creatures to you, they can be really harmful to your car. After all, the acidity in their body can cause your car’s paint to peel. So what do you do? How do you prevent love bugs from staying on your car and, worse yet, decomposing? Here are our top auto detail tips:

Regularly Wash Your Car

As a rule, always wash your car when you get the chance. And we don’t mean that you should be washing your car every time you have a work break or a school break or just nothing to do. What we do mean is that you should wash your car regularly. Typically, washing the car at least once a month is ideal, but during love bug season, it’s a good idea to wash the car at least once a week. This auto detail is especially important to follow when you see love bugs on your car. The longer you wait to clean them off, the more likely they are going to decompose and ruin the paint.

Use a Bug Cleaner and Microfiber Cloth

It is best to take your car to a professional car wash, especially when you see dead love bugs on your car. Why? Because car washes typically have the best tools and products that are safe for your car and its paint. Meaning that when you have a stuck love bug on your car’s bumper, the car wash can gently remove it without letting the paint peel off with it.

However, if you prefer washing your car yourself, be sure to avoid regular household cleaning products and tools; these include: regular soap, detergents, sponges, towels, rags, Windex, and the like. While these products might clean things around your house, they are too harsh for a car and its delicate paint.

What you’ll need to get are two microfiber cloths, a high quality, biodegradable car detergent, and a biodegradable degreaser. Microfiber cloths are fine and soft, which makes them ideal for washing cars since they can’t scratch the paint or glass, and the reason you should purchase car products that are biodegradable is because it is illegal in the state of Florida to let chemically-filled soapy water down storm drains. We recommend SuperClean Cleaner-Degreaser, which is biodegradable, to use when removing love bugs.

When removing love bugs, be sure to spray your car with water first and then apply the degreaser over the love bugs. Let the product sit for a few minutes, until the bugs are softened, and then take the microfiber cloth and wipe the bugs off. They should come off easy, and if they don’t, you’re doing something wrong and should stop before you ruin your car.

Afterwards, be sure to wash your car and remove any degreaser residue.

Wax Your Car or Use a Paint Sealant Treatment

Although you can’t exactly get rid of love bugs, you can prevent them from sticking to your car. The easiest ways are getting your car waxed or using a paint sealant treatment. Both methods make your car’s paint slippery, which force the love bugs to slide off.

These simple yet effective auto detail tips should help you remove love bugs safely from your car without damaging the paint.

Prevent Windshield Repair

rain on windshieldPrevent Windshield Repair – In the last few weeks, we have encountered a few days of weather advisory with rain and wind. Rain isn’t the most terrible element people encounter while driving. Hail, too, can be a dreadful element when people are driving. It could chip or crack the car glass, making the windshield unstable. However, while people can’t exactly take precautions against all elements, they can take heavy rain precautions. In the midst of a rainstorm, the one thing drivers usually do is turn their windshield wipers on maximum speed. Turning your windshield wipers on a top speed causes immense friction against the glass, which can lead it to a  scratched or broken windshield. Therefore, it’s important to protect your car glass prior to facing rain in order to prevent a windshield repair.

Making Sure Wiper Blades are In Working Condition 

When you have the time, examine your car’s windshield wipers and make sure they are functioning. Wiper blades play a major role in maintaining the windshield. If they’re getting old and you can clearly see cracks and tears in the rubber, they could scratch the glass when you put them to use. Thus, if you’re driving during a heavy storm and your wipers are in an awful condition, you could be destroying your windshield right there and then, one movement at a time.

What you need to do: Don’t neglect your windshield wipers. Look at them closely once a month and any time after you drive in a storm. Search for cuts and worn rubber, and if you find any, replace the wipers with new ones. The life expectancy of wiper blades usually varies somewhere from six months to a year. As long as you inspect them regularly and don’t keep them longer than they are meant to last, you’d be guarding your glass from getting broken and needing a windshield repair.

Keeping Car Glass Clean

Although cleaning your car glass doesn’t directly affect rain, it does maintain your windshield wipers, which, in turn, keeps the glass strong and secure during rain. Otherwise, if you leave the glass dirty, then the wiper blades will also become dirty, making them more prone to cracks and tears in the rubber. Then, the next time it rains, you’d be using worn out wiper blades to shield the glass, but you’d be causing damage instead.

rainrepelInvesting in a Rain Repellent

This precaution is not necessary, but it is highly recommended if you want to do everything you can to avert a windshield repair. Using a windshield rain repellent helps you ward off rain without needing to set your wipers to maximum speed. In fact, with a rain repellent treatment, you might not even need to use your wipers at all. The rain repellent usually does a great job of improving your visibility during rain. Rain-X is a well-known rain repellent product in the market.

What you need to do: You can spray the rain repellent on the glass (the windshield and other windows) and then wipe the excess off. It’s pretty easy using a rain repellent.


Parking Cautiously

How do you park cautiously and how does that defend your car glass from rain? The answer is simple. When you park your car, check your surroundings. Make sure that your car isn’t directly underneath a tree with a weak tree branch that could fall easily. Take a look at anything that could harm your vehicle, even if it’s sunny out and the weather is nice. For all you know, while you’re away, a bad rain could ensue and wreck your car glass. So taking this precaution is an added safety measure.

Taking these precautions against rain certainly will help you avoid a windshield repair. Plus, these recommendations are easy to follow and don’t take long to do. Consequently, there’s really no reason to allow rain to ruin your car glass.

National Car Care Month

windshield repairNational Car Care Month in April is the perfect time for simple driveway car care to make sure your vehicle is operating safely and dependably for essential trips during this trying time. Many shops have remained open in stay-at-home areas and most have instituted polices to ensure limited personal contact, allowing you to drop off and pick up your vehicle quickly and safely.

A driveway vehicle check only takes about 10 minutes. These simple steps will help keep you on the road so you can run important errands and arrive safely to your destinations, If you find your vehicle needs service, automotive repair is considered essential, so call your trusted local repair shop.

Inspect the following items as part of a simple driveway vehicle inspection:

  • Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check the hoses and belts that can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
  • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  • Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and inspect and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation. Keep the reservoir filled with solvent.
  • Check your windshield for any cracks. Even a small crack can get larger if you hit a bump in the road, putting you and your passengers at risk.

partially reprinted from the Car Care Council

Windshield Repair Mistakes

windshield repairYou have a crack in your windshield and need a windshield repair. You go to YouTube and find a video that shows you how to repair it. Simple, right? Wrong!

First of all, the average person is not qualified to assess whether the damage is fixable as a do it yourself project.

Our certified technicians have seen some drivers make a small problem into a major problem.

Common windshield repair damage mistakes

Using a do-it-yourself kit. If you are not familiar with the process and materials, you can actually cause more damage, instead of fixing the original chip.

The video you watched seems simple enough. The video could have been made by a professional who is trained to do repairs, because they have a steady hand and have done hundreds of repairs. This does not guarantee that you will get it right.

Many drivers choose to just keep driving until it gets worse. This is an unsafe decision. Drivers and passengers could be cut by broken glass if your windshield finally caves in when you hit a bump.

Avoiding common windshield damage mistakes

The best choice is to take your car to a professional auto glass repair shop right away. Let the pros do the work.

Mobile Service

The good news is that you don’t have to waste a whole day waiting in the shop waiting room while your repair is done. Let us come to your home or office so you can go about your day.

Insurance Claim

Florida insurance will reimburse you to replace your damaged windshield. With our direct billing to the insurance company, there is no hassle on your part and we offer a Lifetime Warranty on your windshield replacement.

So it makes good sense to have the experts install your new windshield, saving time and money at Low Price Auto Glass Orlando, family owned an operated since 1988.

Windshield Safety

windshield glaresOn a normal day, drivers don’t think about their windshield unless it’s dirty. But during a crash, would your windshield stay in place? It should if it’s made with laminated glass. For windshield safety, you should know why your windshield is important.

Your windshield is a important part of the safety system of your car. It keeps the roof from crushing in a rollover and allows airbags to deploy to cushion passengers. It also prevents you and your passengers from being ejected in an accident. According to the Auto Glass Safety Council, the windshield provides up to 45% of the structural integrity of the car in case of a rollover. Therefore it is important that your windshield be installed properly.

When your windshield gets a large crack, it’s obvious that you need a new windshield but sometimes there are less obvious reasons to have your windshield checked.

  • A branch or stone may have hit your windshield but there are no visible signs of cracks. Even though you don’t see it, there may be trauma to the integrity of the windshield.
  • The same road debris that could have cracked your windshield could cause pitting, which are small (almost invisible) marks. These can be dangerous to the driver’s visibility especially when driving at night. These “pits” can reflect light including the high beams of an oncoming car.
  • If you see a white haze forming on the edges of your windshield, it’s time to have a professional check it. This haze can indicate that the coating is starting to come off. With this compromised, even a minor accident can cause the windshield to break and scatter shards inside your vehicle.

For your safety and the safety of your passengers, it’s a good idea to have any concerns checked out by a professional windshield repair specialist.

 

Back-to-School Car Safety

back to school car safetyIt’s time for back-to-school and it’s time to help families remember back-to-school car safety for car pools, playdates, soccer games and more.

There is always a lot to do before school starts and making sure your vehicle is running safely and efficiently should be at the top of that ‘to-do’ list.

  1. Check lights and wipers for visibility. With shorter days and inclement weather ahead, make sure lights and wipers function properly so that you can see and be seen. Check wiper blades for signs of wear and replace if necessary.
  2. Get an annual brake inspection. The braking system is your car’s most important safety feature. Before carpool season gets in full swing, make sure that your brakes are functioning properly. Schedule a brake inspection and look for warning signs that your vehicle may need brake service, such as an illuminated brake light or screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes.
  3. Check tires for under inflation or excessive wear. Check tire pressure and refill underinflated tires, including the spare, and look for uneven wear and check tread depth.
  4. Make sure everyone is buckled up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website has important tips on seat belt fit and position. For the younger ones riding along, the site has information about how to install car seats as well as guidelines on selecting a car seat or booster based on your child’s age and size.
  5. Consider a back-up detection device. Consider having a back-up detection device installed that provides rearview video or warning sounds when moving in reverse. While drivers should not rely solely on these devices, they can help to reduce the risk of back-over incidents along with following other prevention tips .

Back-to-school car safety should be on the top of every family’s mind as we start this busy time of the year with our children.

reprinted from the Car Care Council

Summer Vacation Tips

Summer vacation road trips are fun no matter the distance. The anticipation of reaching your destination and getting to enjoy some time with your family once school is done 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 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 vacation road trip this year.