Sunday, April 26, 2015

NAPA, NASCAR, Merchandising Commercial

More Chase Elliott, more products with Chase’s face on them and more of NASCAR merchandising king Dale Jr. in the 90-second version of the latest commercial from NAPA. #ConquerTheJob

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Top Five Summer Auto Maintenance Tips

Keeping your auto running well with preventative maintenance is the difference between enjoying the open road and having your vehicle stuck in the repair shop. During the summer months, the heat and weather put a unique strain on a car and so it requires some special attention. Here are the top five summer auto maintenance tips to keep you on the road.
Keep Your Tyres Inflated - Saving Money And Being Safe
Your tyre pressure is an important part of a well running auto, but many people fail to check up on it. If your tyres are low on pressure, they will bulge outward and put pressure on the sidewalls. This means that, with enough heat and pressure the tyre will fail in the middle of a drive. On the other hand, if your tyre is over inflated, it makes less contact with the road and leads to a loss of traction and control especially in wet conditions.
Reference your auto's manual and check your tyre pressure at least once a month.
Top Off Your Coolant To Beat The Summer Heat
You are not the only one who suffers from the summer heat; your engine has to stay cool as well. Start off by checking your belt and hoses and look for wear or cracking or any loose connections. These components drive your cooling system. Then check the coolant level and top it off if needed. Keeping your cooling system in top working order is critical when sitting in traffic on a hot summer day.
Clean Your Battery For Smooth Starts Every Morning
While many batteries die in the winter months, the summer heat can be just as bad as it speeds up the chemical reaction inside of batteries that leads to a shorter lifespan. The best way to maintain the battery is to clean the terminals periodically. Detach the cables and wipe down the terminals; you can also apply terminal grease (available at any auto store) when you put the connections back on for added protection.
Stay Cool - Maintain Your Air Conditioning
While the air conditioning is not vital to your car's operation, it is vital to your comfort! We all spend a lot of time in our vehicles so being comfortable will make every commute and trip much more enjoyable. Unfortunately, the most common cause of a failed air conditioning unit is a leak in the refrigerant which you can't work on yourself. You will have to take it to an auto repair shop, but you can go in before the summer heat hits to have it checked. That way you won't have to suffer through the heat once everyone else realises they need work done on their air conditioning.
Stock Your Roadside Emergency Kit
While it is a good idea to have a roadside emergency kit no matter the season, you are more likely to be taking holidays away from home during the summer so make sure you have one before then. Common items include:
* A set of screwdrivers and wrenches
* Torch and an extra set of batteries
* Jumper cables
* A jack and tyre iron
* Emergency flares and reflectors
* First aid kit
* Bottled water
With these five tips in mind, you can rest easy knowing you have taken all of the preventative measures possible when you hit the road this summer.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

NAPA Racing – Meet the NAPA #9 Team Part 1

What does the #NAPAKnowHow Team do to prepare the NAPA #9 car for the track? Meet the team and learn more about the technical inspection process and what they look for in practice and qualifying to give Chase Elliott the best car on the track!

Tire and Interior Specialist – Will Coats
Engine Tuner – Billy Fraser
Front Mechanic – Danny Earnhardt Jr.
Car Chief – Travis Mack
Race Engineer – Travis Peterson
Underneath Mechanic - Brent Wentz
Crew Chief – Greg Ives

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Checking Your Tire Pressure and Monitoring Wear

Keeping up with the maintenance of your tires is one of the most overlooked preventative measures for your car. It is easy to assume your tires are in good condition just by glancing at them. After all, problems with tire wear or inadequate pressure aren't in the forefront of your mind when you're driving and the vehicle seems to be running smoothly. You, as a car owner, need to check for proper air pressure regularly and perform an up-close inspection of your tire condition.
Having your tires inflated to the proper air pressure will improve your gas mileage and make your brakes and suspension systems last longer by not having to work so hard. It is recommended that you have your car or truck's tires checked for wear and pressure each time you fill up your gas tank and before any long road trips.
Your tires are the only contact your vehicle has with the road. If there is any sort of cracking, bubbling or tread wear, your safety is greatly at risk. Make sure you check over all of your tires, including the spare. Simply placing your hand on the tire to feel if it is round and uniform is the best way to check for bubbles and bulges and irregular tread wear that would make driving your car dangerous. A good way to check for significant wear is to take a coin, such as a penny, and insert it into the tire's tread. If Lincoln's head isn't covered by the treads, the tire is worn and in need of replacement. Driving your car with worn tires can lead to hydroplaning in wet or rainy road conditions.
For checking your tire pressure, you must use a pressure gauge. You cannot judge a tire's pressure simply by looking at it or feeling it. You can find what your tire's proper inflation weight either written on the tire or in your vehicle's owner's manual. When you place the pressure gauge on the tire stem, an indicator is raised by the amount of air in your tire. There are also gauges that are digital and will give you a reading of the PSI (pounds per square inch) of your tire. If your reading tells you that your tires are underinflated, use an air compressor (found at most gas stations) to fill up each tire that needs it. Be sure to check the pressure again after you inflate to be sure you're at the proper PSI. Do not overinflate your tires, as this can cause excess wear in the middle and reduce the surface area of the tire, further reducing your safety.
By following these measures of proper tire inflation and monitoring your tread wear and condition, you can be sure that you and your family are riding in a vehicle that is safer for you and for those who share the road with you.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hot Shot's Secret Transmission Stiction Eliminator

Transmission Stiction Eliminator is a low viscosity ester which has been shown to dissolve additives that have deposited on the metal surfaces in the valve body. This feature helps your transmission fluid to last longer and perform better by keeping the additives in solution.

Recommended for ALL automatic transmissions

Saturday, April 4, 2015