A New Year’s Resolution: Making Your Car Lighter

Many New Year’s resolutions are to shed some pounds during 2016, but maybe it is time to apply that attitude towards your vehicle. Making your car lighter is a great way to save some money on gas and to lower your emissions output. It is simple physics: a lighter car tends to have better performance.

According to eHow, there are several ways to make your car lighter. The first thing you can do is to clean it out and remove any unnecessary weight. Get rid of all the trash, and try not to use your vehicle as storage. Keeping your car spotless could make a serious difference.

For those looking to cut more weight, you can remove seats fairly simply by using a socket set and screwdriver. Power seats are especially heavy because they have an added electric motor. Rear seats are usually the first to go, and can help you shed as much as 140 lbs.

Does your car have added bodywork? If you know you don’t need it, take it off. This includes things like fiberglass aero-skirts and front air dams. While these may claim to increase aerodynamics, many added parts like these simply add pounds.

The best thing you can do, though expensive, it to replace steel body panels with carbon fiber and aluminum. This can drastically change the vehicle’s weight and characteristics. If you still have steel wheels, you should consider upgrading to aluminum wheels to shed hundreds of pounds.

For more info on how to safely remove weight from your car, visit the Shults Ford of Harmarville Service Center.

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Are Your Tires Safe To Drive On?

tire safetyIt’s National Tire Safety Week! This week is the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) annual tire safety week so what better to talk about than the condition of your tires?

The tires are the only part of your vehicle that makes contact with the road so making sure that they are properly kept up with is an essential tool when it comes to safety.

Tire Safety Tips

  • Inflate- Make sure that you check your tire pressure monthly. It is hard to tell with the naked eye if a tire is low.  There are manufacturer specifications that are located on the tire so that you know the exact amount of air that should be in the tire.
  • Rotate- You need to rotate your tires every 5,000 miles.  Tires in different locations of the car get worn differently so to keep the tires even, we rotate them for balanced ware.
  • Evaluate- Check your tires regularly for signs of wear and damage.  To evaluate if the tread depth to make sure that it is deep enough, insert a quarter upside down into one of the treads. If you are able to see above Washington’s head then it is time to buy new tires.

Under-inflated tires have rack up over 600 deaths and more than 33,000 injuries each year. Stop into the Shults Ford service center today to have your tires checked!

Preparing for Winter Weather

Preparing for Winter Weather

Snow on the windshield already?

Whether we like it or not, winter is well on its way. While we love building snowmen, cozying up by the fire, drinking hot chocolate and the holiday season, winter is not necessarily our car’s favorite season. Lucky for you and your car, Shults Ford is here to help prepare you for winter weather.

  • Check the engine coolant: You car’s coolant is designed to keep your engine from overheating as well as protect it from corrosion. It’s important to make sure the coolant has the proper mix of water and antifreeze before the weather gets too cold.
  • Check the oil: Typically when the temperature outside changes, the internal temperature of your engine changes as well. Since weather around Pittsburgh drops below freezing in the winter, you will want to switch to a thinner, less viscous oil. It will help protect internal temperatures.
  • Check the battery: Batteries can be sneaky little parts. They don’t give us much notice before dying. During the winter, cold temperatures can reduce car battery life up to 50 percent. Have a mechanic test your battery before the cold weather really hits.
  • Check your tires: When the roads get wet, snowy and icy, properly inflated tires will help guarantee better traction. If you’re really worried about the roads this winter, consider snow tires.
  • Check windshield wiper blades and fluid: Nothing’s worse than getting in the car, it starts pouring, and your wipers do nothing but smear water around the windshield. Make sure that you not only check the condition of the blades, but also make sure wiper fluid is full.

As always, Shults Ford is here to make sure your car is all ready for winter weather.  Bring it in today and have one of our certified mechanics give it a good inspection and replace anything that needs done. See you soon!