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Keeping your car CLEAN!!!!

If you are like me you like to have a clean car. Also if you are like me, finding the time to clean it in the driveway might be hard. My solution was a monthly membership to Mike’s Carwash which is a local chain in the midwest. It runs about $50 for unlimited washes each month. I have seen first hand what the salt and grime does to trucks and cars in the midwest. So I wanted to share the tips I use to help keep my truck clean and rust free on the outside and how a couple quick tips can keep your interior in top shape as well. First off you need a couple things. Similar to Clorox wipes, Armor all and Mothers sell their automotive interior wipes in the plastic containers that allow you to grab one at a time. You can find them at many grocery stores as well as Target and others. Next time you are out pick up a pack or 2 to keep in your vehicles. The also sell window wipes in the same type of containers. Most of the packs fit in the glove compartment, center console or even the door ... read more

Checking your Tire Tread Depth

Checking your tires is simple. All you need is a penny. Yes a penny with good old honest Abe on it. Make sure its a clean enough penny that you can see his head clearly. Most tires need to be replaced at 4/32 of an inch to be safe. Unfortunately it takes some work to get even wear across the face of a tire throughout its life. Using a penny will give you a good idea on how your tires are wearing and if they need to be replaced. The picture illustrated below shows you how to tell if the tire is bad. If you turn the penny upside down and stick it in the tread of the tire, it should cover up part of Lincolns head. If you can see his entire head that is 2/32″ or less meaning your tire should be replaced. If you can see his forehead but not his hair that is about 4/32″. A new tire should be about 10/32″. When checking your tire check across the whole tire. If your wear is uneven you might decide what is causing the issue. Higher or lower tread depth in the middle can be du ... read more

Roadside Breakdown and What to Do

Roadside Breakdown Dilemma So you get a flat and you are stuck on the side of the road, what should you do? Your options are attempt to change the tire yourself or call for help. You may be thinking about what the most affordable option is but perhaps you should think about the safest. First of all you have to get to the spare and jack which is usually buried under a seat or the trunk area. Also on a truck you may have to twist the spare down. There are so many variables here. Too often we see issues with these options. Many times the cable mechanism for the spare is rust and hard or impossible to turn. The jacks are tiny and wobbly and then you get the spare on only to find that it is flat. The spare is almost never checked for air pressure. At that point you may have spent an hour or so on the side of the road just ... read more

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