National Car Care Month: Get Your Vehicle Ready

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We at Osceola Garage encourage you to get your vehicle ready for the Spring with these basic tips to ensure your vehicle is running at peak performance for the months ahead.

 

  • Check all fluids: engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission, windshield washer and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check hoses and belts: ensure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.
  • Check battery: replace if necessary and ensure connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
  • Check brake system: should be check annually, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.
  • Inspect exhaust system: for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay.
  • Schedule tune-up: helps the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions.
  • Check heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system: proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons such as defrosting.
  • Inspect steering and suspension system: should be check annually including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components.
  • Check tires. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots including tire pressure and tread.
  • Check wipers and lighting: all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.

Osceola Garage and The Car Care Council offer free tools and information to help consumers drive smart, save money and be car care aware, including the popular 60-Page Car Care Guide.

If you see your car needs attention, don’t delay. Repairing these small things now can help avoid more costly problems down the road, and add years of useful vehicle life.

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Earth Day

earth day photoOsceola Garage Has Been Green For Years

We at Osceola Garage understand that as a business we have a responsibility to our community and to the planet. Being green conscience is not new for us, we have doing our part for years. Here are some of the things Osceola Garage is doing to help to protect our environment:

 

  • Fluid recycling: All fluids removed from your vehicle are recycled: Engine oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid and differential fluid.
  • Used Oil for Heat: Osceola Garage has invested in a used oil heater to help heat our facility. Burning used oil for heat reduces the demand on needing to purchase heating oil.
  • Batteries: When a new battery is installed in your car, the old battery is returned to the factory where it is processed and all the elements of the battery are recycled.
  • Tires: All worn tires are recycled.
  • Scrap metal: Your vehicle is assembled using many different types of metals: steel, cooper, aluminum, brass, etc. All metals are separated and recycled.
  • Part recycling and Re-manufacturing: Many vehicle parts are removed and sent back to the factory to be re-manufacturer and used again. This saves you money on future part’s purchase and also helps saves the planet.
  • Parts Cleaning Solvents:  All solvents and chemicals used to clean your engine and other components are environmentally friendly and recycled.
  • Promoting Vehicle Maintenance: Our maintenance programs not only save you money, but help keep the environment clean. Having a properly tuned car saves fuel and pollutes less.
  • Shop Rages and Uniforms: Our shop rags and uniforms are cleaned using environmentally friendly products.
  • Facility Maintenance: Osceola Garage does not wash its floor using any harmful chemicals. In fact, we use a solid compound to absorb all oils, grease and other liquids, which is then recycled. No contaminates ever reaches the environment or ground water.
  • Windshields, Glass and Other Body Components:  All windshields, glass and nearly every body part is recycled, to be used again in the manufacturing of new vehicles and other products.

Live a greener healthlier life in your environment at home and at work.

Auto Recalls

Don’t Ignore your Vehicle Safety Recalls

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Toyota and General Motors have been making headlines lately for ignoring serious safety issues and not notifying the public.  Toyota’s recall issue is with the acceleration problem from faulty gas pedals, and GM with their ignition switch problems, which led to 12 deaths and many accidents.  Toyota was fined an uncontested 16.4 million dollars.   The full outcome of GM’s problem is not yet known.  In spite of these two situations, safety recalls are issued from all car makers each year.  Many are ignored by car owners, many are overlooked.

Please take these recalls seriously.  Your safety and the safety of others on the road is most important.  If you want to find out if there are any recalls for your car click here: Safecar.gov 

You can also email Joe at osceolagarage@gmail.com with your vehicle information, or contact me directly at: 845-628-7900.  We subscribe to factory bulletins and recalls and would be happy to help you.

Child Car Seat Safety

Is your child safe in your car?

Baby SeatEach year thousands of children are injured or killed in car crashes. As a parent, the safety of your child is always top of mind.  Along with following safe practices on the road, your child’s seat is important too. The proper use of child seats and the right seat helps to protect your child while in your car.  Choosing the right car seat depends on vehicle model, your child’s age, size and weight.

For information on child seat safety visit:  What is the Child Passenger Safety Laws in New York State

 

 

 

Road Salt Damage to Your Vehicle

Salt and Sand: A lifesaver on Slippery Roads, A Killer on Cars

Salt, sand and other chemicals are used during winter months to improve traction, melt ice and keep us safe. We could not travel the roadways if it were not for the fine efforts of our town plow trucks and salt spreaders. However, the effects of the salt and chemicals can be damaging to your car.putnam county winter photo

When possible, have your car washed often and check with the car wash to see if they have an undercarriage wash too. Interestingly, the cars exterior body holds up quite well, it’s the undercarriage, frame, fuel lines, metal gas tank and brake lines that receive the brunt of the damage. All of which, you cannot see unless your car is placed on a lift and inspected by a trained professional.

If you are driving a newer car, there are ways to protect the undercarriage through rust proofing compounds. Every car should be inspected at the end of each winter and checked for winter-related and salt damage.

If you are looking for more information on Rust Proofing and inspecting for winter damage contact us at 845-628-7900 or schedule an appointment online at osceolagarage.com.