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Are You Winter Ready?

Winter is here! There’s no more denying it. Those of you who were out there stapling the leaves back on the trees (like me) now have to come inside and start tending the fire. Maybe you hate the cold, maybe you love it, regardless of your relationship with frost it never hurts to be prepared! So even though you may not have been prepared for that first icy morning when walking out to get the paper in just your pajamas became no longer acceptable, you can be prepared for whatever might come next!

Black ice | Blizzards |Loss of traction |Low visibility |Hail

… These are just a few of the hazardous conditions you will encounter when you drive this winter. You never know what kind of sticky situations you might land in! That’s why in every vehicle driven by you or your loved ones, you should always make sure you have these top 10 essential winter road ready items:

1. Phone Charger / Battery

We’ve all experienced the desperate 1% search for a charger – being stuck on the road side in piles of snow is the last place you want to relive that trauma. Plus, if you’ve noticed literally every bad – gone worse situation in every horror movie ever escaladed because the victim had no way to contact people for help!  Lesson learned (thank you, modern day cinema). So many sticky situations can be solved or even avoided with our oh so beloved and incredibly useful cellular device. So stop by the store and grab one today!

2. Shovel

Handy for when you stuck in snow or mud! Don’t forget that adding fresh snow or dirt can help add that extra traction needed to get out of the rut you might find yourself in. You don’t need an oversized I-Just-Got-Back-From-Burying-Someone looking shovel either – look for something compact and light. And no, you don’t have to disclose it to the cop when you get pulled over for speeding and he asks if there are any weapons in the car… I think?

3. Snacks and Water

If you’re like us, your emergency supply of snacks may end up getting consumed more often than not in NON-emergent situations… like the carpool line. But make sure you keep that supply stocked! No one likes to imagine they will end up stranded in the very machine that affords them such mobility, but it happens! A couple bottles of water and some protein bars could make a bad day just a little better or even sometimes, save your life.

4. Flashlight

This comes in handy so often. Whether you’re digging around for stuff at night, experiencing under the hood problems or having to walk to get assistance, when you need a light you need a light. A using the one on your phone isn’t always the best idea especially in emergent situations. Using that valuable battery on your phone could be a gamble. And on most phones, that application uses a lot of power.

5. Blankets / Jackets / Mittens

Having these important backups for emergencies is a must, but they also come in handy for everyday use! The occasional indoor event that turns into an outdoor event, or maybe even a cuddle session in the backseat. Definitely worth the trunk space.

6. Kitty Litter

This heavy bag adds weight to the back of the vehicle which helps cars without 4 wheel drive gain traction, and it can also be used to add to the pile of mud or snow you got your tires stuck in (after using your handy shovel, mentioned above).

7. Ice Scraper

Keeping your mirrors and windows clear is a top priority for safe driving this winter. Keep an ice scrape in the car to avoid the defrost wait! Don’t forget if you’re parked some where long enough and its cold enough they may freeze over again – so keep it in your car not your garage.

8. First Aid Kit

You can make one at home or purchase one for relatively cheap online. What ever you do, remember to tailor it to your specific needs. Have a regular rider with a sever allergy? Stock the EpiPen. Often a victim to the winter sniffles? Throw some Dayquil in there.

9. Jumper Cables

Low temperatures put extra strain on your battery, so don’t forget this essential.  Like the flashlight, when you need it, you need it. A freezing night can turn a weak battery into a dead battery without any warning.

10. Extra Windshield Washer Fluid

Having this fluid available to be applied to your windshield during a storm is a huge help. The antifreeze can drastically improve visibility. It can also help cut your defrosting wait in half if you’re ever caught without your ice scrape!

 

Keeping these top 10 most essential winter road ready items in your car could make the difference between a life-threatening emergency and an inconvenience.

 

 

Top 8 Winter Car Care Tips

 

The severity of harsh winter weather can make your everyday roadside problems into much more serious and much more dangerous issues. Using these maintenance tips will help you to stay safe this winter.

1. Be Battery Aware

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – cold weather is hard on your car’s battery. Particularly if you’re driving an older model. This is important to stay on top of, so you don’t get stuck out in the cold. Auto Tech Service offers a battery check – come in today if you’re unsure about your battery’s condition.

2. Replace Wiper Blades

Winter is hard on your wipers as well. You might need to do this a lot more often than you think. And getting stuck in a snow storm or blizzards becomes much more dangerous to you and your passengers if your wipers are dulled and not able to efficiently whisk away the snow and sleet.

3. Invest In Some Winter Tires

This may seem like an unnecessary expense to some, but snow or not if you live in an area that gets below 45 degrees regularly it is recommended.  And it may not be quite as costly as you think. For one it’s a great investment which may help you avoid an expensive wreck, and two you can simply re install your original tires once winter passes.

4. Check Your Tire Pressure Weekly

Another advantage of having winter tires here! You don’t need to check them as frequently because they were designed for the cold and hold their pressure better. But regular tires need to be inspected for any change…and it can’t hurt to check your tread while you’re down there!

5. Always Keep Your Fuel Tank Half Full

This is important because getting stuck on the side of the road is much more likely in snowy conditions. If you’re car runs out of gas while you’re waiting for help you won’t be able to keep the heat going – and in some cases, especially with the young or elderly, this can be dangerous to a person’s health. Keeping a filled gas can in the trunk is another great option to make sure you’re never on empty when it matters most!

6. Add Protective Layer To Your Car’s Paint

A coat or two of polymer wax acts as a barrier between your car’s paint and harsh elements which may jeopardize its integrity, such as snow, salt, sleet or maybe a 100-pound  Christmas tree? Even with a good wax it’s still a good idea to high pressure wash your car a few days after a big storm.

7. Check Your Oil

The freezing temperatures are harsh on your engine too. When motor oil gets cold it thickens, making it harder for your engine to turn over. That’s why it’s generally a good idea to use winter grade oil. Every car is different so referring to your owner’s manual is a good idea. It will give you the recommended formula for low temps.

8. Stock Your Car With The Top 10 Winter Road Ready Essentials

Having the right apparatus is a key part of being prepared! Not sure what that entails? Check out our last blog Are You Winter Ready? for a full list of the 10 most important items to keep close while you travel this snow season.

 

Use these pro tips to keep you and your loved ones safe and warm while you’re on the road this winter!

Got any tips you’d like to share? Don’t hesitate to let us know! Comment or message us today, we love to hear from you!

Summer Maintenance Package

 

********** SUMMER MAINTENANCE SPECIAL NOW $79.99!  ********************

Auto Tech Service is ready to help you get your car ready for Summer with the Summer Car Maintenance Special … only $79.99

Call today for your appointment and receive our SUMMER CAR MAINTENANCE special that includes:

Lube, Oil, and Filter change

Check and top off all fluids

Test Antifreeze

Make sure your A/C is ice cold

Check tires for proper tread depth and pressure

Tire rotation, evaluate brake condition

Inspect battery terminal connectors and test battery

Inspect belts and hoses for proper tension and wear

 

Plus tax.  Some restrictions may apply.

Up to 5 quarts conventional oil.

Offer expires August 31, 2018.

 

Click here to schedule an appointment online or call (859) 252-8785.

Spring Maintenance Package

 

********** SUMMER MAINTENANCE SPECIAL NOW $79.99!  ********************

Auto Tech Service is ready to help you get your car ready for Summer with the Summer Car Maintenance Special … only $79.99

Call today for your appointment and receive our SUMMER CAR MAINTENANCE special that includes:

Lube, Oil, and Filter change

Check and top off all fluids

Test Antifreeze

Make sure your A/C is ice cold

Check tires for proper tread depth and pressure

Tire rotation, evaluate brake condition

Inspect battery terminal connectors and test battery

Inspect belts and hoses for proper tension and wear

 

Plus tax.  Some restrictions may apply.

Up to 5 quarts conventional oil.

Offer expires August 31, 2018.

 

Click here to schedule an appointment online or call (859) 252-8785.

Winter Maintenance Package

********** WINTER SPECIAL NOW $79.99!  ********************

Call today for your appointment and receive our WINTER CAR CARE special that includes:

Lube, Oil, and Filter change

Check and top off all fluids, Test Antifreeze

Check tires for proper tread depth and pressure

Tire rotation, evaluate brake condition

Inspect battery terminal connectors and test battery

Inspect belts and hoses for proper tension and wear

Plus tax.  Some restrictions may apply.

Up to 5 quarts conventional oil.

Offer expires Feb 28, 2019.

Click here to schedule an appointment online or call (859) 252-8785.

Our New Home

 

Remodeling is finished on our new home. Auto Tech Service is bigger and better. We’ve left Winchester Road and operating from N. Broadway, directly in front of the home of The Home of The Lexington Legends… Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Call us…859-252-8785. Let Auto Tech Service show you why thousands of satisfied customers every year trust us to keep their vehicle running smoothly .

                                

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Fall Maintenance Package

 

********** FALL SPECIAL NOW $79.99!  ********************

Call today for your appointment and receive our FALL CAR CARE special that includes:

Lube, Oil, and Filter change

Check and top off all fluids, Test Antifreeze

Check tires for proper tread depth and pressure

Tire rotation, evaluate brake condition

Inspect battery terminal connectors and test battery

Inspect belts and hoses for proper tension and wear

 

Plus tax.  Some restrictions may apply.

Up to 5 quarts conventional oil.

Offer expires December 31, 2017.

 

Click here to schedule an appointment online or call (859) 252-8785.

 

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AC Repair

Summer months in Kentucky are hot and humid.  Losing your car’s AC is miserable.  In this week’s blog, we are going to attempt to explain the most common steps that our shop does for AC failure diagnosis.  So here’s the scenario:

You notice your car starts blowing warmer air after driving awhile,  maybe not as cool as it used to be, may quit blowing cold all together.    You call and come in to check the AC….

First step:  We perform an AC pressure test and visual inspection. This includes checking the operation of the control panel, blower fan and engine fan operation, compressor, clutch and belt.  We check low and high pressures in the system, proper air flow thru the evaporator and condenser, and check for any restrictions noticed. At this time we will advise you of our findings and recommendations. We may have an estimated repair for you at this time.

Second step:  If we find the refrigerant level low and no other factors are found then we will recommend an evacuate and recharge of the system which includes dye.  Since refrigerant is a gas, the dye helps determine the origin of the leak.  Many times a leak will not be visible on this visit and we will recommend returning for a dye test.  Once a leak is identified we will estimate the repair. 

AC repairs vary in cost considerably because there are so many seals, components, relays, and lines that can be the root cause of failure.  The most expensive repair being the compressor, depending on your vehicle and reason for failure.  The reason a compressor replacement is so expensive is because a failed compressor will likely send metal or debris through the system and cause contamination to other components.  The only way to remove the contaminants is to replace compressor, orifice tube / expansion valve, dyer/accumulator/or desiccant bag, and completely flush the system.  The passages in these components are so small it is impossible to flush all the contaminants out, replacing the components is the only way to ensure the new compressor will not fail.

You can find further information on our AC page

We discourage over the counter dyi recharge kits because most have sealants that claim to seal leaks.  These sealants will contaminate the refrigerant and we can not properly evacuate and recover the refrigerant.  This sealant can cause damage to our equipment.

Please call with any questions that you may have, the more knowledge you have about your vehicle the better decisions you can make.

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Tune up basics

On today’s vehicles there’s not a basic list for what a tune up includes.  Different cars require different services so pricing a tune up at one shop may mean something totally different at another shop.  Pricing services according to the manufacturers recommendations is the best approach. If you do not have access to your service guide then you can find yours by visiting the Car Care Service website. 

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During a service interval, it is also a good time to ask the technician to perform a visual inspection on other engine components such as wiring, coolant hoses, belts, and fluids and see what else may be recommended at the mileage.

Please watch our video and if you have any further questions give us a call, we are here to help

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