We are seeing more potholes related to the harsh winter we are having this season. With temperature swings from near zero to the high 40′s, potholes are inevitable. Hitting a pothole with your car is nearly unavoidable.
If and when you do hit a pothole, don’t ignore it. You may have done serious damage to the tire or rim. The damage may cause a tire to lose pressure, which sometime is not noticed until later on, sometimes not until the next day. Take a look at all the tires and wheels. If you see damage to the wheel or tire, contact us at Osceola Garage or your automotive service professional right away. For safety reasons, your car may need to be towed.
Another thing to consider is damage that may not be that obvious; such as wheel alignment issues, balance issues, suspension damage and steering damage. Having you car inspected periodically during the winter and early spring for pothole-related damage will save you time and money in the long run. It always best to spot a problem early, before it turns into a bigger problem.
Getting stuck on the side of the road is never fun. Getting stuck in sub-freezing temperatures during the winter can be life threatening. Old man winter continues to be in full strength this year; bringing severe cold, snow and ice. While there is no way to insure you will not have a mechanical breakdown, there are ways to minimize the odds and be prepared just in case you do.
Cold Weather Tips
Make sure you car is up to date with all required services, especially those that are needed during the winter months. If you are not sure, contact us. We will help you to make sure you car is winter-ready
If you car battery is more than 4 years old, have it tested today. Car batteries typically last 4 to 6 years.
Carefully inspect your wiper blades and replace if worn
Make sure all exterior lights are working
If you need to drive in snow, consider snow tires
Check tire pressure often, tire pressure will drop in the extreme cold
Check your washer fluid often and keep a spare container in the trunk
Make sure your heater and defroster is always working properly
On severe cold days, warm up your car for a few minutes
After a storm, make sure all the snow is removed from the car and make sure your windshield wipers aren’t frozen to the windshield
Don’t forget your cell phone and make sure you have emergency contact numbers
During a winter storm, SLOW DOWN. Excessive speed is the number cause of accidents during bad weather conditions.
The dreaded check engine; if it causes you anxiety, you’re not alone. The check engine light is a warning light. It’s your car’s on-board computer letting you know that something may be wrong with your car.
The problem can be as simple as forgetting to put your gas cap back on, or it can be a complicated engine-related issue. So, why do people fear the light? Probably because the check engine light could mean bad news and the fear it may cost a lot to fix.
The truth is the check engine light has helped motorist save money by giving them an early warning to potentially more serious problems. When the check engine light comes on, don’t delay; bring it in so we can scan your computer to see how serious the problem is, Our first basic diagnosis scan will be free of charge to you. So, when your check engine light comes on don’t ignore it might end up costing you more in the end if not properly cared for.
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Look for part two on Check Engine Lights “Why do I need a diagnosis scan for a Check Engine Light?
Temperatures are going to climb to the mid-30’s to 40’s this weekend and one thing to be concerned about is the possibly of fog as the temperatures rise. Driving in dense fog greatly reduces visibility, and objects such as other vehicles and traffic signs may not be as visible.
Take necessary precautions while driving through dense fog: Slow down and turn on your low beams headlights only. Avoid using your high beam headlights. The light from you high beams will bounce back off the fog, making it even harder to see. If your car is equipped with fog lights, turn them on too. Not sure if your car has fog lights? Check your owner’s manual.
In dense fog, it may also be a good idea to turn off the radio and lower the window a little. This will allow you to hear traffic noises and other events happening that may not be visible in the fog and lastly, keep your heater in the defrost mode and use your wipers and washers to keep the windshield clean and clear.
Having a tough time seeing while driving at night?
If you are having a hard time seeing at night while driving, it could be your headlights. Most headlights lenses today are made of a plastic composition, not glass as in years ago. The plastic often discolors and gets cloudy, dramatically reducing the amount light emanating from the headlight bulbs. In most cases the lenses can be corrected and restored using a special compound and procedure.
Many of these fixes are only temporary and if not done properly, you may damage your lenses, leaving you with a very costly repair to replace the headlight assemblies.
If you do have clouded headlight lenses, I recommend having a professional check them first. Some lenses get clouded because moisture gets trapped inside the lens. Also, ask the shop to check the headlight alignment, this will put the headlights back in focus after the headlight lens restoration.
44 Route 118, Baldwin Place (Mahopac), NY 10505. Serving the areas of Yorktown, Somers, Jefferson Valley, Mahopac, Putnam, Mohegan Lake, Mahopac Falls, Putnam Valley, Carmel, Brewster, Cold Spring, Garrison, Patterson, Pawling, Southeast, Kent, Shenerock, Lincolndale and Shrub Oak since 1980. Our auto mechanics and automotive technicians are ASE trained professionals.
Our auto and car repair services include: Oil change and lubrication, Synthetic Oil change service, Major Service Maintenance, Cooling system service, Transmission Service, Brake Work, Suspension/ Steering Service, Air Conditioner Service, Wheel Alignment, New York State Inspections, Brake fluid flush, Power steering flush, Fuel injection / Air induction
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