Check their certifications: Mechanics can earn multiple certifications. The most important is the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, or ASE, but some shops may also carry AAA or Automotive Service Association certification.
Choose a make-specific mechanic: Often, dealerships have service departments with technicians trained specifically on the very makes they sell, making them more familiar with cars of that make.
Read reviews: The internet is your friend when it comes to choosing a mechanic. Research potential mechanics and see how customers have felt about their experiences.
But also check the Better Business Bureau: Go to bbb.org to see what formal complaints have been filed about mechanics you are considering.
Ask around: Most of your family and friends probably own cars and get them serviced regularly. Ask if they have a mechanic they highly recommend; you could even post on social media asking for recommendations from your wider network of acquaintances.
And don’t forget convenience: The world’s best mechanic probably doesn’t live right next door to you. Aim for a quality mechanic, but don’t force yourself to drive over an hour to see him or her.
If you’re car is beyond the help of a mechanic, contact us at Chip Wynn Motors and take a look at our inventory of affordable used cars.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The end of fall is in sight, which means the coldest time of the year is just around the corner. While most people are getting ready for the holiday season, it’s also a time to get your car ready for the coming months. Here’s how to prepare your car for the winter.
First, it’s important that you get your car ready for the onslaught of salt that comes when it snows. As salt destroys paint and causes rust, you need to take steps to prevent damage. In the beginning of the winter, wash and wax your car thoroughly to keep the salt from damaging the body of your car. Do this every month or two throughout the winter.
Once you’ve treated your car, prepare an emergency kit for your vehicle. In the event of an accident in the snow, there are certain things that you will want and need. In an accessible part of your car, put together a kit with items like road flares, food, an extra cell phone or battery, as well as a blanket and change of clothes. These simple items could save your life.
By following these few simple steps, you protect your vehicle for the long haul and keep yourself safe.