We’ve all been there: a mysterious, pungent odor is in your car and refusing to leave. Nothing ruins an otherwise great driving experience more than a bad smell, especially if you’re headed out of Paducah on a long road trip. If you want to ensure that your car is always as fresh and clean as possible, follow these simple and helpful tips on how to remove common car smells.
The first thing you should do when you smell a bad odor is to find the source. Look under seats, in pockets, and even in the glove compartment for anything that could be stinking up your vehicle. Once you find the cause, you’ll have a better idea of how to address it. If it’s food that’s been left behind, for example, you may only need to roll the windows down and air out the cabin for a while.
Smells from under the hood
It’s important to remember that bad smells can be an indicator of larger problems with a vehicle. If you smell oil or the sweet, almost syrup-like smell of antifreeze, it could mean that you have a leak that needs to be addressed immediately. Any smells that seem to emanate from beneath the hood should demand your immediate attention and the diagnosis of a professional.
How to Clean
In a lot of cases, vacuuming is the surest way to defeat unwanted odors. Take the occasion of a warm day to vacuum your upholstery and carpet thoroughly and you’ll likely find yourself dealing with less of a stink. If you have a more pronounced smell that comes from something like vomit, you can use a solution that’s one part water and one part vinegar. Soak the solution into the affected areas and then get it out with a wet-dry vac.
If all else fails, you can also consider leaving a bag of charcoal or cat litter under your seat or on the floorboards. These substances soak up odors with ease.
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The only things touching the road every time you drive are your tires, so proper and proactive tire maintenance should be near the top of any car owner’s list. Checking your tires on a frequent and consistent basis will help keep them as healthy as possible, and following these tire maintenance tips will help better safeguard you from unwanted flats and blowouts.
The surest way to keep your tires lasting longer is to make sure they’re properly inflated. Take your tire gauge out once every couple of weeks or so and make sure your tires are all at the manufacturer’s recommended PSI levels. When the temperature fluctuates during winter and summer, you’ll want to check more regularly as these conditions can lead to sudden leaps and losses.
Keep an eye on the rubber
In many cases, just looking at your tires can tell you the story of how well they’re doing. When you do your occasional vehicle walkaround, take a gander at all four tires for signs of wear like bumps and cracking. You’ll also want to keep an eye on tread depth and, if the tread appears lower, perform the penny test to see if you’re in need of a replacement.
Regularly rotating your tires will ensure that all tires wear equally, helping extend their lives as long as possible. You’ll want to rotate your tires in the intervals recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual, but as a general rule, you should have a rotation done every six months or 6,000-8,000 miles.
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School’s out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Check out one — or all — of these great museums in Paducah this summer with your little ones:
- The National Quilt Museum: This museum boasts three galleries that with quilt art that is rotated seven or eight times per year, including touring exhibits. Visitors from all 50 states and 40 foreign countries make up the museum’s 115,000 annual patrons.
- Paducah Railroad Museum: In the heart of historical downtown Paducah, this museum, opened in 1996, is open Wednesday through Friday from noon until 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with several unique train-themed exhibits.
- William Clark Market House Museum: This historical museum in Paducah truly gives visitors a glimpse into the past of Paducah, with several artifacts from the city’s history, including a statue of Henry Clay. The museum also includes the Market House Theater and Yeiser Art Center in a 100-plus-year-old building that used to be the public market of Paducah.
- Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum: Finally, this museum is the former residence of General Lloyd Tilghman of the Civil War. The home is an 1852 Greek Revival and costs $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12.
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With the promise of warm weather in spring and summer come the inevitable rain showers. Driving in wet road conditions can be dangerous with nearly 1.2 million crashes every year attributed to slick roads. With the right tips in mind for driving safely in the rain, you can help ensure you don’t become part of that statistic.
Before You Drive
Make sure your windshield wipers are properly functioning. If they leave streaks or don’t clear the windshield in one swipe, it’s time to replace the blades.
Your tire tread is a huge part of keeping your car on the road. Check the tread on all your tires to make sure they can displace the water on the road. If they have worn down, start shopping for new.
No matter your destination, in the rain it’s best to take your time getting there. Wet roads reduce the tires’ grip, and harsh storms reduce visibility. Keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you and slow down.
During the rain, a driver needs to pay full attention to the road. Avoid using cruise control during storms as it can increase the chance of an accident. Not using the cruise control allows you to concentrate on driving and allow faster reaction time to loss of traction.
If you do begin to hydroplane, don’t panic. Continue to steer, gently, in the direction you want the car to go. Avoid sudden turns or hard braking as you will lose even more control.
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There’s a lot of maintenance on your car that would be better off left to a professional. But there are plenty of areas that you can work yourself with relative ease. Changing out the windshield wipers is a quick DIY that provides a better driving experience.
But when it comes time to buy new wipers, have you noticed that you have to buy two different sizes? To maximize the surface area covered by the windshield wipers, automakers designed the blades to sit in an off-center position on the hood.
Older cars had centralized wipers that left a lot of the bottom and edges of the windshield untouched. With the newer design, when the driver’s side wiper swipes across, it stops at a 90 degree angle. More of the surface area gets cleared with this setup than if both blades sat centrally. But with these angles, one blade needs to be shorter to be able to fit the off-center position.
Depending on the vehicle you drive, the driver’s side could be longer than the passenger’s and vice versa. To figure out which blades to get when buying new, consult the owner’s manual. If the manual is not available, getting assistance from a car parts store or local dealership will help you find the correct size.
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Aggressive driving is an all too common behavior behind the wheel, but it is also very dangerous, as it can easily lead to accidents on the road. In fact, according to the AAA Foundation, more than half of crashes from 2003 to 2007 involved an aggressive driver.
So how can you avoid aggressive driving? Remain calm behind the wheel. Try not to let other drivers’ actions upset you. Focus on your breathing, play music that relaxes you, and remember that actions like speeding maybe shave seconds off your arrival time, but not much more.
Aggressive driving usually rears its ugly head in the form of tailgating drivers ahead of you, cutting off drivers during quick lane changes, weaving in and out of highway traffic, and failing to use signals. Aggressive driving turns to road rage when you use hand gestures to signal your dislike of another driver’s actions or when you attempt to speed past drivers, brake check them, or run them off the road in anger.
To ensure that you don’t become an aggressive driver, always remember to use turn signals, give space for others to merge, keep a safe following distance from traffic ahead of you, and obey traffic laws, especially speed limits. If you witness aggressive driving from other drivers or feel threatened due to someone’s road rage, call 911.
From all your friends at Chip Wynn Motors, stay safe out there!
Are you thinking of getting your Ma an outside-the-box present for Mother’s Day this year? Then consider one of these Mother’s Day gifts for car moms. Whether she loves classic cars or just spends too much time commuting to work and running errands in her minivan, she’s sure to appreciate any of these gifts:
- Steering wheel cover: Steering wheel covers are more than just a comfortable cover for the steering wheel that makes it a little more bearable to grip in extreme heat and cold. They’re also the perfect opportunity to add a pop of fashion into your mom’s daily driver. Alternatively, get fun seat covers with a bit of color.
- Car care package: If you and your wife or partner still have little kids, chances are good that Mom’s car gets messy easily. Build her a car care package for easily cleaning the inside — or give her coupons for free cleanings by you. You can also buy her gift cards for taking her cat through the car wash.
- Phone mount: If Ma’s car does not have built-in navigation, get her phone out of her hands with a phone mount, which makes navigation safe and easy.
- Weekend getaway: Book a stay in a bed and breakfast in a new town, then take a fun road trip with you mom to get there. The memories are priceless.
If your mom needs a new set of wheels, why not do her one better? Stop into Chip Wynn Motors and check out our selection of used vehicles moms are sure to love.
During the month of October, Chip Wynn took an opportunity to participate in Paducah’s first “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Chip was one of twelve members of the community that had the pleasure of participating in this campaign to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. The goal of this campaign was for these was money for the American Cancer Society while wearing pink to raise awareness.
We are very happy to announce that Chip came in second place in the Paducah fundraiser, having raised $10,083! Chip was ecstatic to be given the opportunity to make an impact, and jumped at the opportunity. “Since I’m in a position to make a difference within my community, I believe I have an obligation to do so”, said Chip.
We are very proud of him, along with the eleven other nominated members for taking a huge step to raise awareness and support for the men and women who are affected by breast cancer. All participants truly embodied what it really means to be a “real man”. If you would like to help in the fight against cancer, we encourage you to donate to the American Cancer Society. Any dollar helps in search for a cure.
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Looking for a fresh ride but not wanting to go through the process of the research, phone calls, or even BUYING it? Chip Wynn has a solution with the Hot Wynning Wheels Giveaway! You have the chance to win your choice of ONE of the three vehicles listed below:
- 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with 87,000 miles
- 2013 Buick Lacrosse with 27,000 miles
- 2015 Kia Forte SX “Koupe” with 34,000 miles
The contest begins today, Sept. 17th and will run through 3:30 PM CT on Oct. 13th, 2018. Contestants can enter online at Westkentuckystar.com, Facebook or by listening to Electric 96.9 Radio. Of everyone who registers, 50 people will be chosen at random to qualify to win. You must be 18 or older to win and be present at Chip Wynn on October 13th. The final winner will receive their car the day of the giveaway and will be responsible for all applicable taxes and fees incurred in winning.
See the specific contest rules for more details and good luck!
They say that age ain’t nothing but a number. Credit scores, on the other hand, are extremely important numbers that affect many potential endeavors in the adult world. There are lots of reasons to work towards a good credit score. May this list be the inspiration you need to improve yours.
Better Loan Approvals
Lenders like banks, credit unions, and even dealerships like Chip Wynn Motors use your credit score to determine how likely you are to pay back debt. Thus, the better credit score you have the better loan options you’ll get.
Better Chance of Getting an Apartment
Lenders aren’t the only ones interested in your history with debt. Landlords will also want to know your score. A good credit score means there’s a good chance you’ll pay rent on time.
Less Expensive Car Insurance
Car insurance companies see a bad credit score and make the assumption that a person will file lots of claims. Having a low score doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get insurance, but it might mean you’ll be paying a much higher premium.
Avoid Paying Deposit on Utilities
If a utility company sees that you have bad credit or no credit, they may ask for a deposit before turning on the utilities in your name. A good credit score will show them that you can pay your bills each month. Often times this is enough assurance for them to waive the deposit fee.