Archives for October 2016
Never drive through standing water. What looks like a shallow puddle might be deeper than you think. Deep water can stall your engine and leave you stranded. It’s a dangerous (and possibly expensive) choice.auto body & collision
( Did you know ) Motorcycle fatalities have dropped the past few years according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Unfortunately, so has the reported use of helmets, so many motorcycle accidents cause serious head injuries.
States across the U.S. are hoping to decrease the number of motorcycle-related injuries and deaths by:
Encouraging helmet use. Wearing a helmet is required in more than 20 states
Training police to identify drunken motorcyclists and increasing high-visibility drunk driving enforcement
Enforcing speed limits. More than 35% of motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were speeding.
Making rider training more accessible, with more courses at convenient times.
Educating motorists about sharing the road with motorcycles.
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Motor oil doesn’t just lubricate your car’s engine; it keeps it cool and prevents dirt and debris from accumulating and turning into sludge. Learn more about the unsung hero under your hood..
( Did you know ) Never drive through standing water. What looks like a shallow puddle might be deeper than you think. Deep water can stall your engine and leave you stranded. It’s a dangerous (and possibly expensive) choice. auto body & collision
( Did you know ) Between 2011-2014, road debris was a factor in a total of more than 200,000 police-reported crashes, resulting in approximately 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths. Road debris can be extremely dangerous to motorists, especially on roadways where cars travel at high speeds and have less time to react to objects in the road.
Many debris-related crashes are preventable. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, two in three debris-related crashes result from items falling from a vehicle due to improper maintenance or an unsecured load. Common types of road debris include: parts becoming detached from the vehicle (e.g. tires and wheels), unsecured cargo (e.g. furniture and appliances), and tow trailers becoming separated and hitting other vehicles.
Every state has laws that make it illegal for items to fall from a vehicle while on the road. Most states’ penalties result in fines ranging from $10—$5,000, with at least 16 states listing jail as a possible punishment for offenders.
Drivers can prevent road debris crashes by taking simple precautions to prevent items from falling off their vehicles. Learn more about road debris and tips to avoid your risk of crashing here.
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Performing Routine Tune-Ups
Change the oil every 3,000 miles. …
Rotate your tires and replace them, if necessary. …
Replace the windshield wipers, if necessary. …
Replace the car’s air filter. …
Inspect and change belts if necessary. …
Replace the car’s spark plugs.
Go to a name you can TRUST
The Auto Body Shop at Sears
( Did you know ) It’s that time of year again
How to change anti-freeze?
How to check antifreeze?
Just check to see whether the liquid reaches the “Full” line on the side of the coolant reservoir. It’s part of the coolant recovery system. If the liquid doesn’t reach the “Full” line, open the bottle and add a 50/50 mix of water and coolant until it does. Some coolants are premixed, so check the bottle to see whether you need to add water or just use it as-is.
How to change coolant/ how to change antifreeze for car?
If you want your car to last longer, learn how to change the anti-freeze coolant. Car owners should change their car antifreeze at least once a year. Changing antifreeze is not difficult.
Coolant change equipment:
Service Repair Manual
2-3 Gallon Drain Pan
50-50 Antifreeze Coolant
How to change coolant in car?
Step 1: Antifreeze car Safety Precautions
Make sure you follow all the necessary safety precautions to prevent an accident. Avoid spilling the coolant and keep pets and children away from the work area. Make sure the engine is not running and wait until it is cool.
Step 2: – How to drain antifreeze/ How to drain coolant
Place the drain pan under the radiator petcock drain valve. Remove the petcock drain valve by hand or use a pair of pliers. Observe the anti-freeze leaving the recovery tank and the cooling system as it enters the drain pan
Step 3: How to Change engine coolant – Remove Engine Plugs
Remove the radiator pressure cap to allow the rest of the coolant to leave the radiator. Use a wrench to remove the engine block drain plugs. Let the anti-freeze flow from the engine block into the drain pan. Make sure all the coolant has been drained from the radiator and the coolant recovery tank.
Step 4: How to add antifreeze to car – Refilling Cooling System
Reinstall the engine block drain plugs and the petcock. Find out how much anti-freeze your car is supposed to have by reading the service repair manual. For example, if the manual says four quarts of anti-freeze, add two quarts of coolant and two quarts of water. Pour the 50-50 mixture of anti-freeze and water slowly into the radiator’s filler neck with a funnel.
Step 5: Changing coolant – Start the Engine
Turn the engine on and let it idle for a few minutes. Let the engine heat up without the radiator cap on. Turn on the car’s heater to the high or hot position. Look into the radiator to see if the coolant is circulating. This means that the thermostat is open. Install the radiator cap and make sure the coolant recovery tank is full. Test the protection level of the coolant and you are done.
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A new survey shows that people who know that even reading a text while driving is dangerous still send texts to drivers. In this case, it’s parents of teenagers, but it’s just as likely that fleet drivers are on the receiving end of texts, too.