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Welcome to Our Family

Dan and I would like to welcome you to our family with the start of this blog.  We are always striving to give our consumers important information and sometimes fun information.  We have our website and Facebook, but we are now adding the blog.  I am not an official blogger at all, but I will do my best to keep you informed and entertained.  We have been in business for 31 years now and have many interesting stories and tidbits to share with you like, Dan running up a down escalator.  I will share the whole story with you later.  At one point I was visiting with a customer and they said, “you and Dan must have so many interesting stories with people who you have met over the years”.  It was then that it dawned on me that we did and I had not written down any of them.  Time is going by so quickly and my hope is to get those stories with all the interesting people we have met written down.  I plan on sharing some of those with all of you.  If you have been a customer of ours and have a fun story to share, please e-mail it to me.  I also will try to share stories of things that you as a consumer need to know.  We hope you will join us on this journey by following our blog.

Do You Know What Your Fluids Are?!

Vehicles are always changing and will continue to change over the years.  With those changes, the types of fluids your vehicle uses changes also.  Your owners manual is a good tool to help you find what type of fluids your vehicle uses or you can ask the technician that works on your vehicle.

All fluids have certain colors that help you to know which fluid it is, but you can’t rely on just the color to get the right type of fluid.  Putting the wrong type of fluid in your vehicle can cause major issues for you in the future because the vehicles are made to run with specific fluids in them.

If you have fluid leaking, take it to your local service center to be inspected, so you can get the problem solved and the correct fluid put back in your vehicle.

 

 

Do You Need a Headlight Replaced?!

We sometimes get busy and don’t notice the little things wrong with our vehicle.  Take some time to check out your headlights for signs of needing replacement.  The four most common signs that your headlights are failing or becoming less effective are:  flickering light, color change, going on & off and the age of your vehicle.  Visibility is a critical part of driving, so it is important to have properly functioning headlights.

During this snowy season, don’t forget to wipe off your headlights and help boost your visibility.

Give Your Car Some Love, Saving Gas is Easy.

There are some little things you can do with your vehicle that will save you some gas and make your vehicle run better.  Doing engine performance maintenance will keep your vehicle running properly and improve your mileage by 4%.  Fixing a serious issue can improve your mileage by 40%.  Some smaller things, but just as significant are:  proper tire inflation (3.3% improvement), proper type of motor oil (1-2% improvement), new air filter and replacing a damaged, loose or missing gas cap.

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Keeping Your Vehicle In Top Shape

Car maintenance is being forgotten in our busy lives.  Why do we spend all our hard earned money and not take care of what we buy?!  Some may not know when to do regular maintenance on their vehicles.

Oil changes should be done according to your vehicle owners guide recommendations.  Make sure that the oil used is the correct oil for your vehicle.  The correct weight and type of oil (conventional, blend, synthetic) is a very important part of helping your engine live longer.

Every 3,000 miles it is recommended to check:  automatic transmission fluid, battery, battery cables, belts, oil, engine air filter, exhaust, hoses, lights, power steering fluid, tire inflation, tire condition and washer fluid level.

Every 6,000 miles it is recommended to check:  automatic transmission fluid, battery, battery cables, belts, chassis lubrication, engine air filter, engine oil, exhaust, hoses, lights, power steering fluid, tire inflation, tire condition, windshield washer fluid and wiper blades.

Every 9,000 miles it is recommended to check:  automatic transmission fluid, battery, battery cables, belts, engine air filter, engine oil, exhaust, hoses, lights, power steering fluid, tire inflation, tire condition and windshield washer fluid.

Every 12,000 miles it is recommended to check:  automatic transmission fluid, battery, battery cables, belts, brakes, cabin air filter, chassis lubrication, coolant, engine air filter, engine oil, exhaust, hoses, lights, power steering fluid, steering, suspension, tire inflation, tire condition, wheel alignment, windshield washer fluid and wiper blades.

All vehicles over 100,000 miles should have flushes done including coolant, transmission, power steering and brake fluid.  Fluids break down over time and your vehicle deserves some fresh fluids.

Not all vehicles are the same so check your owners manual or your local mechanic for specific guidelines for your vehicle.  Putting a little money into your vehicle now, may save you from putting a lot of money into it later.

Bad Weather; Who To Trust, Apps or Your Gut

Winter is upon us and we try to utilize everything around us to be warm and safe.  There are times when we think we are being proactive, but turns out otherwise.  With technology so readily available we turn to it first, but what if the technology steers us wrong?

Remember that our senses can give us just as much information.  If it snowing and blowing, that is when your gut should be telling you to pull over.  This winter season utilize the technology, but trust your gut and be safe, rather than sorry.

Time Has Flown By

Friday, February 2nd is Duane Overweg’s 80th birthday.  Duane was an essential part of Overweg Repair, LLC for many years.  In May of 1985 Duane and Dan started Overweg Repair & Radiator out of a three stall garage just outside of Duane’s home.  They worked side by side until Duane retired in January of 2009.  Duane still comes in just about every day for coffee, to read the newspaper and visit with everyone.  We enjoy his company and stories.  We appreciate everything he has done and is still doing for us.  He has been a great supporter of our company.  Join us on Friday morning (Feb. 2), 8 am – 10 am for coffee and donuts as we celebrate with Duane.