4 Auto Maintenance Tasks Many People Forget

2018-10-31 08:04:47

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Most Falconer drivers are dutiful about regular oil changes and have the oil filter replaced when their tech reminds them. But your vehicle has thousands of parts and regular maintenance goes far beyond oil changes. Have you overlooked any of the following maintenance tasks?

Replace Wiper Blades

If you turn on your wipers and they just smear the dirt and dead bugs around your front window, it's time to replace the blades. If you do this every six months, you won't ever get to the point where they can't safely wash your windshield in a rain or snowstorm.

Rotate Your Tires

Tires are an expensive purchase but many drivers buy them, have them mounted, and then forget about them. A tire rotation service at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair is economical and pays off by protecting your investment and extending tire life.

Check Headlight Lenses and Headlight Bulbs

Only replacing the bulbs does no good if the lenses are cloudy. Most drivers whose cars are a few years old don't realize how significantly their headlight power has diminished. Talk to your service professional at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair about headlight lens restoration.

Check Your Tail Lights and Brake Lights

It's easy to miss the back end of your car. Faulty brake lights can result in a crash or a fine. Let I-86 Truck & Auto Repair take care of these vital components.

The team of automotive professionals at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair handle these oft-overlooked items along with all other routine maintenance services your vehicle needs. Our valued clients appreciate our quality work, fair prices, and timely turnaround. Call us at 716-665-2501 to schedule an appointment.

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Improve Visibility For Night Driving

2018-10-24 08:06:22

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Poor visibility is a factor in many automobile accidents. In fact, you probably know individuals who avoid driving at night because they feel unsafe. Of course, many auto owners have no choice because they work shifts that require them to commute before sunrise or after sunset or they actually drive for a living.

If you do a lot of driving at night or in bad weather, the team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair counsels that you take some simple steps to improve your visibility when driving at night and lessen your risk of being involved in a collision.

Headlamps

Some drivers never think about their headlamps until a bulb goes completely out and they receive a citation. (You are much more conscientious about auto maintenance, right?) Just like tires, headlamps get continually jolted and shifted around with normal driving. This not only makes visibility worse for you, it can blind other drivers on the road, increasing the danger. To make sure your headlamps are pointing at the correct angle, call I-86 Truck & Auto Repair to schedule headlight service.

Headlights also get dirty and over time. You can clean them yourself or have your service specialist at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair clean them during a headlight service or other appointment. You will be amazed at how much more powerful your bulbs are when they don't have to penetrate road grime, pits, scratches, and oxidation. Speaking of pits and scratches, ask us about complete headlamp restoration which is the best way to be certain that your headlamps are as powerful as possible.

Fog lights can improve visibility considerably. If you live where it's frequently foggy and your vehicle doesn't have fog lights, talk to us about putting some on your vehicle.

Windshield

An obscured windshield can decrease visibility significantly. Whether it's dirt, snow, ice, rain, dead bugs, or bird droppings—make sure it doesn't build up on your window. Replacing your wiper blades when needed and keeping your washing solution reservoir full is critical. If you find yourself in a blizzard or foggy conditions, it may be better to stop and wait for the weather to clear up.

Mirrors

Many beginning drivers ed classes start with instructions for adjusting your mirrors for your height. This is still wise advice. Keep in mind that if your side mirrors are angled straight back, they can reflect the lights from a car behind you directly into your eyes. If you have experienced this, you know how dangerous it is. You can adjust your side mirror to prevent this, thought it might require you to move a bit to be able to see your way clear when changing lanes.

Minimize Interior Light

This may seem counterintuitive, but bright dash lights reduce your night vision. You may have never even used your instrument panel dimmer control, but now is the time to find it. Here is an interesting factoid on this subject from Popular Mechanics:

"Racers take the nighttime driving very seriously—in fact, endurance racers and rally drivers cover their dashboards with black felt to avoid stray reflections. While you shouldn't do that in a road car, we like to turn down the dash brightness quite a bit."

Know Where to Keep Your Eyes

Our eyes are naturally enticed by light. Fight the impulse to stare into oncoming headlights. Concentrate the white line.

Prescription Eyeglasses Only

The American Optometric Association cautions against wearing non-prescription sunglasses claimed to improve night vision, regardless of the claims. Only wear prescription glasses (non-shaded) for nighttime driving. Also keep in mind that eyeglasses with thick frames can cover vision. Your optometrist can also prescribe glasses with an anti-reflective coating that can help when traveling at night.

Take Frequent Breaks

Driving at night with diminished visibility requires more concentration and staring at oncoming headlights can even be somewhat hypnotizing (picture Kaa the cobra in Jungle Book). If you are planning a long road trip, schedule frequent breaks to rest your eyes and brain. Speaking of road trips, I-86 Truck & Auto Repair recommends scheduling a safety inspection prior to your next adventure. Call 716-665-2501 today to schedule.

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http://www.allaboutvision.com/over40/night-driving-tips.htm

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Why Auto Recycling is Eco-Friendly

2018-10-17 07:55:59

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Are you all about recycling? Do you save your newspapers and soda cans and send them to the recycler? Do you drop off your old clothes to thrift stores? Have you ever thought about what happens to your automobile at the end of its useful life?

The automobile recycling industry has been thriving for over a seventy-five years. Though it may not seem like a tree hugger’s dream, auto recycling helps our planet. The parts in your car today will come in handy when it comes to making your children’s cars in the future. Now, you may be thinking, “But technology will be so advanced by the time my two year-old is driving.” That is true, but car recycling will proceed along with it.

Did you know?

1. Automobiles are the most recycled product in the world. Every year, over 25 million tons of the things we recycle are from vehicles. Metal, windshield glass, aluminum, individual parts, and tires (to name a few) are among the most common recycled materials and assets these days.

2. 86% of your vehicle can be reused after market. That means things like the engine coolant, motor oil, or the battery. These things are important, because it means less natural resources are used to make new vehicles. Approximately 90% of the aluminum in a car can be reused or recycled to make new cars.

3. Each year, Americans recover 25 million tons of auto parts. Professional auto salvage operations tear apart the engine and transmission to retrieve useable parts. This is especially important for individuals who need a rare component that is not in production any more. And rebuilt parts are cheaper than new parts

4. Every year, the amount of recycled car parts in the United States is sufficient enough to produce roughly 13,000 new cars.

5. In addition to more autos, the aluminum we recycle can be reused to make airplane parts, bicycles, countertops, soda cans, tile, and some jewelry. Car tires are used to make asphalt, flooring, and shoes.  Glass beads, jewelry, bottles, and dishes are made from windshields, as well as tile flooring, countertops, and porcelain.

Green auto owners want to extend the life of their auto as long as possible. Here at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer, that's exactly what we do by providing expert car repair and maintenance services. Call 716-665-2501 to speak with a service technician.

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy points out that if you mow your lawn and find an old car, you might be a redneck. But see if you can get some quality parts out of it.

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http://events.steelmintgroup.com/fifteen-interesting-facts-on-auto-recycling-6134-2/
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https://www.recycleeverywhere.ca/recycling-info/what-they-become/
https://info.glass.com/recycling-auto-glass/

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Just For Fun: What is the Most Expensive Car in the World?

2018-10-10 07:30:54

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How much did you pay for your last car? The national average cost for a new auto today is $33,560. If you have $30k to spend, you’ll have a broad array of nice cars to choose from. What if you double it to $67,120? Then you’ll be able to shop around in the big ticket brands such as BMW and Mercedes Benz. But how many times would you need to multiply it for the most expensive car in the world?

To reach the price of the costliest car in the world, you’d have to multiply the national average cost of a new car by 144.5.

How much would that be? A cool $4,850,000. So now that we know the price tag, let’s talk about the costliest automobile in the world and why it justifies such a price tag.

The Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita at $4,850,000 is the most expensive street legal, production car that money can buy.

Koenigsegg is a Swedish auto maker that specializes in supercars that are immensely fast and amazingly luxurious.

As an example of the extravagance of this stunning showpiece, consider the fact that the CCXR Trevita’s paint is made from carbon fiber with diamonds woven into it. These diamonds create a dazzling reflection when hit by sunlight. Imagine the attention you would attract if you picked the kids up from school in a Trevita.

If you pay millions of dollars for a car it better be fast, and the CCXR takes velocity to a whole new level. Its engine puts out over 1,000 horsepower and it can accelerate up to a top speed of 254 mph - that's 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.

Hope You Have a Big Garage
If you have $4,850,000 in your auto budget, you can either buy 144 new cars at $33,560 or buy one Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita. (If you decide on the CCXR Trevita, please bring it into I-86 Truck & Auto Repair so we can check it out.)

Whether your auto is worth millions or hundreds of dollars, at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair we know that you trust in it every day. Our factory trained technicians furnish quality comprehensive maintenance and repair services to car owners in Falconer and the greater Jamestown area.

Sources:
James R. Healey, "Average new car price zips 2.6 percent to $33,560," USA Today, May 4, 2015, http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2015/05/04/new-car-transaction-price-3-kbb-kelley-blue-book/26690191/, accessed February 25, 2017
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Andrew Hard, "The Ten Most Expensive Cars in the World Make Teslas Look Like Toyotas," August 1, 2016, http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/the-top-ten-most-expensive-cars-in-the-world/, accessed February 25, 2017

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Keep Your Teen Driver Safe

2018-10-03 08:30:35 car repair Falconer

When a son or daughter gets their driver's license, it can be one of the most nerve-racking milestones in a parent’s life.

Safety Features Protect Brand-new Drivers

With technological advances in safety, carmakers help give parents a little more peace of mind when their teenagers are behind the wheel.

Companies like Kia, Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, Audi, Honda, and Mercedes-Benz have equipped their vehicles with a lot of new safety features. These include electronic stability control, back-up cameras, navigation, crash detection, and lane departure warning.

Parents can now monitor the driving habits of brand-new teen motorists even if they are not in the automobile with them. These systems send an alert when the driver exceeds a pre-set speed limit. They are GPS-equipped so they can notify the parent when the vehicle travels outside a defined geographic area. They also signal when there is a mechanical problem or the vehicle needs routine maintenance. And some even prevent the driver from turning the radio up to an ear-splitting volume.

New surround-view cameras give drivers a bird’s eye view of their vehicle. This makes lane changing and parking much safer and easier. These systems can prevent those fender-benders that frequently occur when inexperienced drivers parallel park or navigate crowded parking lots.

In-car Wi-Fi is an added bonus to help families stay connected.

Safe and Affordable Vehicles for Teen Drivers

With the growing number of drivers and hazards on the road, parents want to put their youth in the safest auto possible. But many parents can't afford a new car for their teen. (Many moms and dads can't afford a new car for themselves!) Buying a used car can still offer cost-minded parents safety and reliability.

Here are some safe, cost-effective used cars for first-time teen drivers:


Ford Focus
Toyota Rav4
Chevrolet Malibu
Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata
Kia Soul
Volkswagen Jetta

Consider a minivan for the student athlete who needs a lot of cargo room. They are generally more fuel-efficient and less expensive than SUVs. (Your teen would probably rather have a sports car, but they should be grateful just to have wheels, right?)

Consider The Cost To Insure

Some of the lowest priced cars to insure are Ford Fusion, Mazda 3, Honda Civic, and Toyota Prius (great fuel efficiency, too!).

Inspect That Used Car Before Buying It

If you are looking at used for your adolescent driver, call I-86 Truck & Auto Repair to schedule a pre-purchase car inspection. We can assess the mechanical condition of the auto so you can purchase with confidence.

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/03/safest-used-cars-under-10-000-for-teen-drivers/index.htm
https://www.consumerreports.org/new-cars/best-new-cars-for-teens/

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