Four Important Trick or Treat Safety Tips

Trick or Treat Safety
Most kids look forward to Halloween all year long. Be sure to make the most of your holiday this year with these trick or treat safety tips.

Most kids look forward to Halloween all year long. The costumes, the candy, the spooky ghost stories—what’s there not to love? Be sure to make the most of your holiday this year with these trick or treat safety tips from Chip Wynn Motors.

Be a Good Pedestrian

You should always practice good traffic and pedestrian laws, but Halloween is a great time to begin teaching these to young children. Stay on sidewalks, only cross at the crosswalks, and be aware of cars.

Check Your Costume

Before your head out for the night, have your kids try on their costumes and walk around the house a little. See that there are no tripping hazards, that masks aren’t too tight, and that the kids feel comfortable.

Stay Together

Never let your kids trick or treat alone. Older kids may be fine going out together as groups of two or more, but use your best judgment. When in doubt, it’s best to send a chaperone along with each group.

Check the Candy

Before your kids dive into their well-earned stash, you should check to make sure that none of the pieces have been tampered with. Take a few minutes to look over the candy for any signs of tears or punctures in the wrappers. Once you’ve ensured that the stash is safe, your kids are free to dig in.

Common Car Sounds and What They Mean

Common Car Sounds
There are several common car sounds that come up when it’s time for a little maintenance. Know what they are so you know what to do when you hear them.

Ever heard a clicking sound coming from under your hood? Or maybe it was a ticking? A cranking? There are several common car sounds that come up when it’s time for a little maintenance. Knowing how to spot them and what they mean could save you time and money.

Your Brakes Cause a Squealing Sound

This indicates that your brake pads have worn down too much and that it’s time to get them replaced.

Accelerations Causes Squealing

In this case, one of your belts is probably loose or needs replaced.

Turning the Wheel Causes a Groan

This might indicate that your power-steering system has a leak, especially when paired with a stiffer steering wheel.

You Feel Vibrations in the Steering Wheel

If this is happening, then it’s time for you to get your wheels aligned.

A Rattling Under the Hood When Idling

Hearing a rattling near the engine might be a sign that the water pump needs replaced.

Ticking Noise Under the Hood

If you’re hearing a clicking or ticker-tape kind of noise under the hood, you’re probably very low on oil and should top your oil off immediately to avoid serious damage.

Have you noticed any of these sounds recently? Bring your car into Chip Wynn Motors for an inspection. The more you can tell us about the noises and sensations you’ve heard, the more we’ll be able to help you get the best service possible!

How to Get Your Car Ready for Fall Like A Pro

Car Ready for Fall
Follow these steps to get your car ready for fall, and if you need a new ride this season, come visit us at Chip Wynn Motors.

You can already feel the air getting a crisp chill in the evenings, meaning fall is nearly here. Along with going to football games, eating all the pumpkin-flavored things you can, and wearing your favorite cozy clothes, you need to get your car ready for fall. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Check your antifreeze. As the temperatures start to drop below freezing, you want to make sure your antifreeze levels are good. This liquid regulates your engine’s temperature to keep it running smoothly.
  • Keep your gas tank full. You don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road in a freezing cold car simply because you ran out of gas. Don’t let your tank get too low. Not only will you not run out of gas, but it will help prevent your gas lines from freezing.
  • Pack an emergency kit. Even with lots of preparation, you can still break down unexpectedly. Prepare for the worst with an emergency kit that includes warm blankets, a charged cell phone or extra battery, high-energy snacks (nuts), etc.
  • Check your exterior lights. As the days get shorter, you will be driving with your headlights on more frequently. Make sure all your exterior lights are working.

Follow these steps to get your car ready for fall, and if you need a new ride this season, come visit us at Chip Wynn Motors.

How to Have the Best Tailgate Party Ever

Best Tailgate Party
One important part of our American football tradition is the tailgate party. Here are some tips on how to have the best tailgate party ever.

For many people, football season really is the best time of the year. There is nothing quite like getting together with your friends and family to cheer on your favorite team. One important part of our American football tradition is the tailgate party. Here are some tips on how to have the best tailgate party ever.

  • Stay Organized. Use things like toolboxes or caddies to keep all of your tailgate party essentials together. This includes grilling tools, toothpicks, utensils, seasonings, sunblock, bottle openers, and more.
  • Sit down. While you might be focused on the food, don’t forget that you will want a place to sit. Pack folding chairs or plan to use your truck’s tailgate or SUV’s cargo area for seating.
  • Pack some fun. Yes, everyone goes to a tailgate party for football, but often tailgating starts hours before the actual game. Bring some activities to stay occupied until kickoff. Bring a deck of cards, a few board games, or even toss around a football (as long as you don’t hit anyone else).
  • Bring a tent. Soaking up the sun can be fun for a little while, but not when you start turning into a lobster. Bring along a canopy tent to shield you and your guests from the sun.

Are you planning any tailgate parties this year? If you need a new ride for your tailgate fun, come visit us at Chip Wynn Motors.

Experience the Total Solar Eclipse in Paducah, Kentucky

Solar Eclipse
Right here in our small town on August 21st we will experience a celestial phenomenon that many people have been waiting years for—a total solar eclipse.

Right here in our small town on August 21st we will get to experience a celestial phenomenon that many people have been waiting years for—a total solar eclipse. We are right in the path of totality which means that the moon will completely cover the sun. In addition, we are very close to the point of longest eclipse and will get to experience about 2 minutes and 20 seconds of twilight darkness.

The eclipse will start in Paducah at 11:54 and totality will begin at 1:22. Keep in mind, that just like any other time, staring directly at the sun can damage your eyes. That is why experts recommend you purchase a pair of eclipse glasses. These glasses have lenses that are specifically designed to protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun.

If you are looking for a fun place to watch the eclipse with others, there are some great options to choose from here in Paducah. You can visit the Challenger Learning Center, McCracken County Library, River Discovery Center, Brooks Stadium, Dry Ground Brewing Company, Silent Brigade Distillery, and the Art Guild of Paducah.

Here at Chip Wynn Motors, we are excited to get to see this amazing event right above our heads.

Safest Used Cars for Teens for Back-to-School

Safest Used Cars for Teens
Check out this list of some of the safest used cars for teens as recommended by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

If you have a teenager that is of driving age, they are likely begging for a car of their own. Whether they have been saving upon their own or you are planning on buying it yourself, you know they need something safe. Here are some of the safest used cars for teens as recommended by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

IIHS has two groups of cars. The “best choices” are vehicles that have a starting price under $20,000. But if that is still too steep for your budget, they also have some “good choices” that start under $10,000.

Best Choices

  • Dodge Avenger 2011-2014
  • Hyundai Sonata 2015 and newer
  • Subaru Outback 2013 and newer
  • Nissan Rogue 2014 and newer
  • Ford Edge 2015 and newer
  • Volvo XC60 2013 and newer

Good Choices

  • Ford Fusion 2010-2012
  • Subaru Legacy 2009-2012
  • Ford Escape 2009 and newer
  • Toyota RAV4 2009-2014
  • Honda Pilot 2006 and newer
  • Audi A6 2007 and newer

Here at Chip Wynn Motors, are inventory is constantly changing. However, we frequently have many of these used models available. If you are looking for a specific one, give us a call and we can help you find the ideal safe car for your teen as they head back to school this fall.

How and Why to Change Your Air Filter

Changing Your Air Filter
Changing your air filter is a great way to help keep your car running smoothly.

The more consistently you take care of your car, the better it will run and the longer it will last. Sounds like a good deal doesn’t it? There are actually plenty of simple maintenance tasks that owners can perform on their own, like changing your air filter. And remember, if you ever need help with your car maintenance, Chip Wynn Motors is here to answer your questions.

Why Changing Your Air Filter is Necessary

Your engine needs air to run, but the air that gets pulled into the engine is often full of debris, like dirt, pollen, or even bird feathers. How would you like breathing that in? Your engine doesn’t like it either, which is why vehicles contain air filters. These filters keep the bad stuff out. But once they get too dirty, they can no longer do an efficient job. With a dirty air filter, you don’t get the best fuel economy, and you end up putting out more emissions. Plus, dirty air is bad for your engine’s longevity.

How to Change Your Air Filter

In order to change your air filter, all you need is the correct replacement. You can get this at your local auto parts store and use your owner’s manual to help you find the right fit. Changing your air filter will only take a few minutes. Start by locating your air filter under the hood. The filter is stored in a black box near the engine. Open this box and make a note of how the current filter is installed so that you can mimic its orientation. Remove the old filter and replace it with the new, then close up the box and shut the hood. That’s all it takes to change your air filter and keep your engine clean and happy.

Visit Shawnee National Forest

Visit Shawnee National Forest
Shawnee National Forest is one of our favorite local getaway spots.

Chip Wynn Motors may be located in Kentucky, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to get out of state and visit our nearby neighbors in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee. One of our favorite local vacation spots is Shawnee National Forest. This beautiful outdoor haven is filled with plenty to do on a long weekend or a full family vacation.

At Shawnee National Forest, there’s something for everyone. You’ll find miles and miles of hiking trails, including favorite routes like Garden of the Gods which takes you by stunning rock structures, and a walk around Herod Pond, the perfect place to spot wildlife and practice your bird watching skills. Shawnee National Forest also features a cool national land bridge, Pomona Bridge.

You’ll have no trouble finding a cozy camping spot, from the most primitive options to rental cabins in nearby areas. Staying a few nights in the forest will give you plenty of time to enjoy the many recreational activities, like swimming, fishing, hiking, hunting, climbing, or even horseback riding. If you love outdoor family vacations or live in the area, you’ll want to visit the Shawnee National Forest.

Drum vs. Disc Brakes: Know the Difference

Drum vs. Disc Brakes - Chip Wynn Motors
Know the Difference Between Drum & Disc Brakes

Drum vs. Disc Brakes

Your brakes are one of the most important features on your car. But, how much do you really know about them? Here is a quick comparison of drum vs. disc brakes.

Drum Brakes

Drum brakes are called that because the braking components are housed inside a drum-shaped cylinder attached to the wheel. Inside the drum are braking shoes. When the brake pedal is pressed, it pushes these shoes against the inside of the drum causing the wheels to slow down. Because the shoes are kept within the drum, it can cause excess heat to build up inside the drum under heavy braking conditions, causing the brakes to lose some of their stopping power.

Disc Brakes

The majority of brakes used on vehicles today are disc brakes. Their design and ultimate stopping power are superior to drum brakes. As opposed to having the components inside a drum, disc brakes use a rotor, caliper, and brake pads. The caliper has two brake pads, one on each side of the rotor, that squeeze together when the brakes are engaged. Since all components are exposed to the air, they are much less likely to overheat.

We at Chip Wynn Motors want you and your vehicle to be safe, so if you have any questions about your vehicle’s braking system, be sure to have it checked out.

When Do You Need New Brakes?

Signs You Need New Brakes - Chip Wynn Motors
If Your Vehicle Shows These Signs, You May Need New Brakes

One of the most important safety features on your car is your brakes. That is why keeping them in prime working condition is extremely important. Here are four signs that you need new brakes.

  • Squealing sound when stopping.

    If you hear a high-pitched squealing sound when you step on the brakes, this could mean your brake pads are wearing thin. Most pads have a built-in safety device, called an indicator, that will make this sound to let you know the pads are getting thin.

  • Reduced stopping power.

If it takes longer to come to a complete stop or it feels like you have to press your brake pedal down further, this could indicate a leak in your braking system. Look under your car to see if there are any puddles of fluid forming while you are stopped.

  • Vibrations.

If you feel any vibrations while braking, this could mean your brake rotors are warped.

  • Pulling.

If your vehicle pulls to one side while braking, this could be a sign your brake pads are wearing unevenly or your brake fluid is dirty.

If you notice any of these issues while braking, be sure to check them yourself or have a professional take a look.