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.

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.

Choosing Motor Oil: Which Is Right for You?

Choosing Motor Oil In Paducah, KY
Changing The Oil Is Important To Your Car’s Health

Choosing Motor Oil

Changing your oil regularly is one of the best ways to maintain your car. However, there are several types of motor oil now on the market. In particular, you’ll have to choose between various viscosities, a measure of thickness, and between regular and synthetic oils. Below are some tips on choosing motor oil that’s right for your car.

Does It Meet The Standards?

One of the steps in choosing the right oil, according to Popular Mechanics, is to make sure it meets the standards of the American Petroleum Institute (API). Oils that meet API standards are marked on the label of the container. You should also check to see that your oil has passed the Energy Conserving test, a test measured by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Types Of Oil

Next, choose between conventional or synthetic oils. Most conventional oils are made from a combination or recycled oil and refined petroleum. This type of oil has been in use for years, and it lasts roughly three months or 3,000 miles. Synthetic oils are specially designed in laboratories, and they often contain more durable compounds and detergents. These last about five months or 5,000 miles.

Viscosity?

Finally, choose the right viscosity, or thickness.  There are two numbers that show you this. For instance, 10W-30 can be broken down like this: “10” is the thickness at 0 degrees Fahrenheit (“W” stands for winter) while the “30” is the thickness at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. So, 20W-50 has more viscosity than 10W-30. You typically want thicker oil so it better coats the engine, but oil that is too thick will slow movement. The 5W rating is usually recommended for winter, while 10W is good for summer.

We at Chip Wynn Motors hope this helps. And remember, a simple oil change can keep your used car running longer.

Things to Do in Paducah This Summer

Things To Do In Paducah, KY
Some Great Festivals Are Happening This Summer

Things To Do In Paducah

There are tons to do in the Paducah area, including festivals and events. There are several activities in the area that celebrate the city’s culture and heritage, including things like the Dogwood Trail celebration, QuiltWeek, Lower Town Arts & Music Festival, Barbecue on the River, and more. Below are just some of the many fun things to do in Paducah.

Lower Town Arts And Music Festival

According to the Paducah website, the Lower Town Arts and Music Festival will be held from May 19 to 20 this year. The purpose of this festival is to create awareness in the area, providing support and exposure for a number of local artists. Many places in Paducah sponsor the event to help musicians, painters, and more get a start.

Cinema Sisters Film Festival

The Cinema Sisters Film Festival will be held from May 26 to 28. Supporting the LGBTQ community, this festival is held in the downtown area, and several dining and shopping locations will be available within walking distance.

Riverfront Rod Run Festival

Finally, check out the Riverfront Rod Run festival. This auto show welcomes hot rods, custom builds, classics, muscle cars, and trucks through 1972. There will also be classic motorcycles for you to see, a great way to see some truly memorable rides.

Here at Chip Wynn Motors we can’t wait for summer. These are just a few of the many great activities in Paducah.

Springtime and Easter in Paducah

Springtime is full of lovely reasons to celebrate, from new blooms to the smell of fresh rain. Easter in Paducah is just one of many ways to spend time with the family this year and enjoy the new season.

 

2017 Easter Egg Dash

Bring the kids out on the evening of Tuesday, April 11th for a free Easter egg hunt. Children 10 and under will be split into their age groups, then race to find over 15,000 candy-filled eggs scattered across Noble Park Baseball Fields. No Easter is complete without an egg hunt, and this excellent community event is happening right next door to Chip Wynn Motors.

 

Easter Crafts

Spend Easter weekend getting your hands dirty with some traditional Easter egg decorating. There are so many ways to get artistic with eggs, from watercolors to glitter to temporary tattoos. Take a trip to the craft store and pick out your tools, then spend the afternoon making your egg-shaped masterpieces.

Easter in Paducah

Easter Baskets

Nothing says Easter morning like an Easter basket filled with treats. Skip the store-bought version this year, and make custom Easter baskets for your friends and family. Whether you make it sports themed or build the actual basket out of boxes of candy, your recipient is sure to appreciate the thoughtful, personalized gift.