It’s that time of year again: time to promise yourself that you’ll make a big change this year, in the form of a New Year’s resolution. While getting in shape, reading more books, and spending more time outside are each valiant ideas, we have a few more proposals for you.
This year, consider one of these New Year’s resolutions for your car:
Keep a written log of every time you get your oil changed, and always get it changed on time.
Keep the inside of your car clean, by never leaving garbage behind when you exit the vehicle.
Keep the outside of your vehicle clean, and get some exercise while doing it by washing it on your own.
November is here, which means it’s time to start planning for Thanksgiving. If you are hosting the holiday at your house this year, whether for the first time, or the twentieth, it’s time to get ready. Here are some tips on how to host a successful Thanksgiving dinner.
According to Epicurious.com, since we’re less than four week away from Thanksgiving, you already need to invite your guests, finalize your menu, create a shopping list, get any cooking gear you’ll need, finalize your décor, order your turkey, and make your cooking plan (plan out what you’ll cook when).
Later this week (when we’re three weeks out), you should clean out your cupboards to make room for new ingredients, buy all nonperishable supplies, and take care of any in-home projects you wanted to accomplish (paint the dining room, get new guest towels, etc.).
Two week ahead of the big day, you can start cooking! First, however, you’ll need to clean out your freezer to make some room. Good items you can make this far ahead include pie dough, bread, and turkey stock.
Over the next week and half, you will need to prepare your house, especially if you’ll be having house guests. This means you should have clean sheets and towels for your guests, polish the silver (if you have any you’ll be using), clean out the fridge, and start thawing your turkey if it’s frozen (it takes about 5 hours per pound to thaw).
The day or two before Thanksgiving you can start doing some hardcore baking. This includes the pies, or simple side dishes that can be reheated in the microwave, like mashed potatoes. If you’re brining your turkey, leave it in the brine overnight.
Once Thanksgiving Day has arrived, plan on baking and cooking until mealtime. Be sure to put your turkey in the oven nice and early so it has plenty of time to cook. Also, don’t forget to take out any items you placed in the freezer, like bread, so they can thaw on the counter.
Will you be hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year?
Being stuck with a flat tire is an invariably unpleasant experience, but you’ll make matters quite a bit better by knowing what to do when the time comes to change out your flat and put on your spare. To help you out, we’ve detailed just how to change a flat tire below.
First thing’s first: you’ll need to have a few essential tools on-hand if you want to change your tire. Be sure to keep all of the following in your vehicle just in case you should need to change a flat in a pinch: lug wrench, jack, spare tire, flashlight, gloves, and spare lug nuts. The DMV also recommends tire blocks, tire gauge, a tarp or mat for kneeling, and a poncho in case of inclement weather. Fix-a-flat™ and a portable tire inflator is also recommended for instances where a flat can be temporarily repaired.
On the occasion of getting a flat, pull off on the side of the road and try to make sure that you’re parked on as level a surface as possible. Turn on your hazard lights (particular if it’s dusk or later), and retrieve the tools from your trunk.
First, loosen the lug nuts on the offending wheel. You won’t want to remove them completely yet, but loosen them enough that you can remove the tire with relative ease. Next, find your vehicle’s jack point (consult your owner’s manual) and jack the car up until the tire is about six inches off the road.
From here, you’ll remove the lug nuts and the tire, pulling the latter straight toward you and setting it next to you on the shoulder. Then, line up the spare wheel with the lug nut posts and push it onto the wheel base. Once it’s secure, replace the lug nuts and tighten moderately, lower the vehicle to the ground, remove the jack, and tighten the lug nuts completely.
That should be it! If you have a flat and need a replacement, or if you need inflation and realignment, be sure to stop into Chip Wynn Motors.