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.

What You Should Know Before Buying a Used Car

buying a used car
Buying a used car is a great idea for the buyer on a budget.

Today, used cars are more reliable and long-lasting than ever. Follow these tips for the best used car buying experience.

  • Calculate Your Budget. Before doing anything else, you should decide what you can and are willing to spend. Think about financing and how much you can handle in terms of a monthly payment.
  • Decide What Kind of Car You Want. The used car market is vast – and might paralyze you with how many choices are out there! Try narrowing down what you’re looking for ahead of time.
  • Investigate! There’s no such thing as too much research. Research all different kinds of vehicles and when you’ve decided what you’re into, research what your ideal car typically goes for.
  • Inspect and Get a Vehicle History Report. So, you’ve done all that research and found your dream car – now what? Make sure to do a full inspection and get a Vehicle History Report from the seller.
  • Negotiate. If everything else checked out, it’s time to negotiate and pay what you want for your new (used) car.

At Chip Wynn Motors, we have plenty of great used cars in our inventory – so make sure to start your search by stopping by today.

The Meanings Behind St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

St. Patrick's Day traditions
You probably celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. But are you familiar with these St. Patrick’s Day traditions?
  • Why green? The color originally associated with St. Patrick was actually blue, but green came to be associated with the holiday through being the color of Ireland’s lush, green wilderness and also of the shamrock, which according to legend St. Patrick used to explain the trinity.
  • What’s so special about shamrocks? As mentioned above, there is a legend surrounding St. Patrick that one of the ways in which he converted the Irish to Christianity was by explaining the trinity to them using the three petals of the shamrock.
  • What foods are traditional? Foods like Irish stew are nice to have on St. Patrick’s Day, but corned beef and cabbage is a major dish in the US. In older times, St. Patrick’s Day was a Catholic festival that allowed the Irish to take a break from Lent by partaking of bacon and other meats from which they were fasting.
  • What’s the significance of Irish dancing? There are a number of different kinds of Irish dancing. Oftentimes Irish dancers will have to master certain types of dance in order to move onto the next one. St. Paddy’s Day has a special dance that doesn’t allow for variations in steps which all dancers must master.

Learning about St. Patrick’s Day traditions can help you enjoy the holiday more fully, so we at Chip Wynn Motors hope you enjoyed these facts and trivia!

Spring Clean Your Car in Five Easy Steps

Spring Clean Your Car
Spring is right around the corner. If you have a layer of salty grime on your car along with some trash, it’s time to spring clean your car.

Spring is right around the corner. This means it is time to kick winter to the curb, and the place where winter is most likely lingering the most is your car. If you have a layer of salty grime on your car along with some trash and a bunch of junk, it’s time to spring clean your car. Follow these five steps to have the best-looking car on the block.

  1. Empty your car. Take everything out of your car that isn’t attached—don’t forget the trunk. This includes floor mats and any cup holder liners. Divide all the stuff into three piles: things to throw away, things to put away, and things to put back in your car.
  2. Clean the interior. Work from the top down to clean every surface of your car. Use a fine-bristled brush, like an old toothbrush, to scrub at built-up dust and dirt. Wash the windows and wipe down all hard surfaces. Finally, vacuum the seats and carpeting.
  3. Wash car accessories. To clean your floor mats, you can just hose them down, even if they’re carpeted. Then, just hang them up to air dry. If you have cup holder inserts spray these down, too.
  4. Wash your car. Starting with your roof, wash one panel at a time, making sure you rinse out your cloth or sponge frequently. Rinse off the soap and dry the car with a soft, clean cloth.
  5. Put it back together. Once everything is clean and dry, put it back in your car. Make sure everything you want to keep in your car has its own place.

When do you usually spring clean your car?