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Spring Cleaning For Your Car

Did someone write “Wash Me” in the dirt on your back window? Does the inside of your car look more like a college dorm room? It could be time for some spring cleaning — for your car.

You winterized your car and made it through the harsh winter. Now it’s time to, um… spring-ize it! The road salt, sand, and freezing and thawing have taken a toll on your vehicle. And, the cold weather prevented you from keeping your car looking showroom-new. Follow these tips to make sure your car sparkles as the sunny spring days approach.

Give It A Bath

It is your baby, after all. A car that is routinely washed and waxed can add years to the life of the paint and body. To make sure you’re making the most of your one-on-one time with your car, you should:
•Spray the wheel wells and undercarriage to remove salt buildup.
•Be sure to use soap made specifically for cars.
•Don’t wash or wax the car in direct sunlight.
•Dry the car with a soft, natural-fiber cloth. That sandpaper hotel towel won’t cut it. 
•Don’t forget to clean the doorjambs. A shiny exterior will soon be forgotten when you open the door to a layer of salt and dirt inside the door.   
•Clean the windows (inside and out) with a glass cleaner and lint-free cloth.

Make The Interior Habitable Again

Hanging a pine tree air freshener from the rear view mirror won’t cut it. A clean, cared for interior will help maintain your car’s value, and make the ride more pleasant for your passengers. Here are the basics:
•Vacuum! Take the floor mats out and move the seats forward and back to reach under the seats. Don’t forget the trunk or rear cargo area. 
•Use cleaners specific to the type of surface in your car — upholstery, leather, plastic, etc. Any auto parts store will carry these, but many times a household cleaner will work just fine. 
•A can of compressed air will help get the dust from the small crevices around the center console, shifter and vents.

Maintain The Moving Parts

It’s also a great time to do some minor routine maintenance to get your car ready for a summer road trip.
•Check your fluids. When the engine is cool, check your oil, coolant and other fluids. If your car’s service manual recommends specific mileage service, see your mechanic. 
•Fill the washer fluid.
•Get ready for April showers by checking and replacing your wiper blades if needed.
•Check your tires. Switch from winter treads or get your all-seasons rotated. Become a tire expert with our interactive tire quiz.

If you aren’t car-savvy, you can always get your car inspected by a professional. Otherwise, get ready to open the sunroof, roll down the windows, and enjoy the looks of passing motorists admiring your shiny car.

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What is electronic stability control?

Electronic stability control (ESC) is a safety feature that detects and prevents (or recovers from) skids. ESC can help keep the driver from losing control of the car in a panic swerve or when driving on slippery roads.

Why is electronic stability control important?

A government study showed that ESC reduced single-vehicle crashes by 34% for cars and 59% for SUVs.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that ESC reduces the risk of fatal single-vehicle wrecks by 56% and fatal multiple-vehicle crashes by 32%. Because of its proven effectiveness, the US Government has mandated that all new cars must be equipped with ESC by the 2012 model year.

How does electronic stability control work?

ESC uses sensors in the car (wheel speed sensors, steering wheel position sensors, yaw sensors, etc.) to determine which direction the driver wants the car to go, and compares that to which way the car is actually going.

If the system senses that a skid is imminent or has already started -- in other words, that the car is not going in the direction the driver is telling it to go -- it can apply the brakes on individual wheels to bring the car back under control. Because the system can brake individual wheels, whereas the driver can only brake all four wheels at once, ESC can recover from skids that a human driver can't.

Is electronic stability control the same thing as traction control?

No. Traction control senses wheelslip (the drive wheels breaking loose and spinning) and reduces engine power or applies the brakes to stop it. Traction control can prevent some types of skids, but it does not provide the same level of protection as ESC
ESC programs have a traction control function, so while ESC can do the same job as traction control, traction control cannot do the same job as ESC.

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Friday funny..... have a good weekend! 
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We have a fresh new look that provides a ton of customer information, please check and let us know what you think of the new look.

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Why is my Steering Wheel Noise?

Noise you may hear coming from your steering wheel is a rattling, clicking or clunking.  These sounds are usually a symptom of worn joints in your steering linkage or front suspension.  There are joints in your steering column that allow the steering column to change directions from your steering wheel down to the steering box or rack and pinion.  These joints may have become worn or loose over time.  Also, after your steering box there are joints that connect your drag link or tie rods to the steering knuckle.  These joints also wear out with time.  The best way to test for any of these joints being bad is to turn the steering wheel back and forth slightly while your car is parked.  If you can turn the wheel a significant amount without the tires turning, or hear the same clunking or clicking noise these joints likely need to be replaced.  Lastly, the suspension joints or bushings may be worn on your actual control arms or suspension components.  These joints are more difficult to diagnose.  You often need to have that wheel completely lifted off the ground and a significant amount of pressure needs to be put on the tire or joint to test it for play.  These tests should usually be left to a mechanic with the proper tools.  All of these joints can translate clunks, clicks, or rattles into your steering wheel as you drive if they are worn out or in need of replacement  

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Timing belt replacement is the “must-do” service operation which every car owner should know about. Along with that knowledge, we should be aware of whether our engine is considered an interference engine or not. These two bits of information can, at a minimum, save us from unexpected breakdown and in the extreme can help us avoid thousands of dollars in repairs.

Some other considerations relative to timing belt replacement are:

1)    Is the vehicle leaking any type of fluid that might degrade the belt, if so disregard the suggested replacement interval and replace the belt ASAP as well as repair the leak;

2)    Do you know the repair history of the vehicle if it is not verifiable err on the side of safety and replace the belt;

3)    Timing belt replacement can be labor intensive. Since the water pump is usually accessed in the same operation you might consider replacing the pump at the same time even if it doesn’t leak. You will save on labor and possibly prevent a pump replacement later on that will also necessitate the belt to be replaced again;

4)    To avoid subsequent failure consider replacing sprockets and tensioners that are part of the timing belt system. All components are sometimes sold as a kit and can be less expensive than purchasing them individually.

All service intervals should be followed in order to protect your investment and maintain the integrity of your warranty. In the case of the timing belt, it just makes sense.  

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With all of the cold weather, snow and slush make sure you have the right windshield washer fluid in your car….  

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Can You Blame the Weather for the Tire Pressure Light Coming On?

It's the first cold fall morning, and suddenly you're faced with that annoying tire pressure light coming on; why?

The weather plays a big part on the pressure in your tires.

Hot weather may make your tires over-inflate. However, very cold weather may cause your tires to be dangerously under-inflated.

Many newer cars have a tire pressure monitor built in for each wheel that constantly measures the inflation of that tire.

A deviation from the recommended inflation pressure of your tires will cause the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) on your car to be activated.

Most TPMS measure your tires when they become significantly underinflated, and not overinflated.

Your owner's manual will indicate your recommended cold tire inflation PSI.

So how does the weather affect your tires?

Most tires are inflated with air, although some dealers are now using nitrogen because the nitrogen molecules are larger than oxygen molecules. Seepage is thus reduced through the tire walls and where the tire meets the rim. Any moisture in the tire is also eliminated, which can affect inflation.

There is a basic relationship between the change in temperature and pressure. When the temperature outside the tire changes, it will affect the pressure inside the tire.

In the fall, the colder weather will significantly lower your tire pressure. If your tire pressure has been set during the hot summer months, the first major cold wave will cause the air to contract inside your tire, lowering the pressure, thus setting off your TPMS.

The TPMS alarm is more prone to go off if one of your tires is already slightly underinflated. In addition, cars that sit outside all night will be affected more by the colder weather than those kept in a garage.

To alleviate that annoying tire light, check your tire pressure monthly, during the morning, when tires are cold. During this time, make sure all tires are at the PSI indicated in your manual.

As you drive your car, friction causes the tires to heat up, increasing the pressure within the tire. Checking the tire pressure after you have been driving around may give inaccurate, misleadingly high pressure readings.

Most tires can handle higher pressures resulting from driving and in hot weather, provided they were set at the "correct" pressure when cold.

If your TPMS light comes on, immediately check your tire inflation, or have a dealer check it for you.

Running on underinflated tires will negatively affect gas mileage and will substantially increase tire wear, as well as resulting in poor, dangerous handling.

Increased friction created while driving on underinflated tires will cause tires to overheat and increase the risk of a blowout.

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Why is my car leaking oil?

as the video shows one of many reasons your car could be leaking oil, have your local Auto Repair Shop inspect your car today! 

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Do you YELP??? If you yelp like so many others,  please review Terry's Service Center today! 

Thank you and keep on YELPING! 
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