Sunday, May 29, 2016

Put A 24 On It! With NAPA and Chase Elliott.

Do you want to go fast like our driver of the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS, Chase Elliott? The answer may be easier than you think.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Top 10 Memorial Day Weekend Travel Destinations

Here are the top 10 Memorial Day weekend travel destinations based on AAA member bookings.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Running Rough / Misfire - 6.0L Powerstroke Symptoms

Troubleshooting a rough running or misfiring Ford 6.0L Powerstroke. "A condition of running rough can be one of several factors..."

Friday, May 20, 2016

Five Safety Checks For Your Tires

The following five measures will help you protect your family from injuries in preventable car accidents.

1. Monthly Air Pressure Checks.

The tire pressure should be checked when the tire is still cold, that is before it has been driven more than a few miles. The correct safe pressure is usually listed inside the glove compartment or gas cap door or on a sticker on the doorjamb.

2. Observe the Weight Limit.

Do not operate the vehicle above the safe weight limit listed for the vehicle. An overloaded vehicle heats up tires. Heat can cause tire failure. The safe vehicle weight is listed on the placard in the door jam of the vehicle and in the owner's manual.

3. Check the Tread Depth.

New tires average 10-11/32 inches of tread depth. The tread depth is needed to channel water to prevent hydroplaning in the rain and to provide traction in snow and mud. Legally the tread needs to be only 2/32 of an inch deep. This is usually the point where the wear bars on the tire are flush with the tread. An easy way to tell if the tread is too worn is to put a penny in the tire groove. If the top of Lincoln's head is visible you need to change the tires in any driving conditions. If the Lincoln memorial is completely visible, you're at 6/32 inches or less of tread and you should replace the tires if you may be in snow. Put a quarter in the tread. If George Washington's head is completely visible, there is only 4/32 inches or less of remaining tread and you should replace the tire if you'll be driving in rain.

4. Check the Tread Wear.

Examine the tires on the front and back for uneven tread wear. Uneven tread wear is often caused by improper wheel alignment or worn suspension components. If unchecked these problems can cause parts of the tire to wear out very quickly resulting in unforeseen tire failure. Always check the alignment and suspension before replacing tires to save the new tires from premature wear.

5. Check for Tire Defects.

Examine the tires for cracking, cuts, foreign objects (nails etc.) or bulges in the sidewall and tread. These are signs of tire failure and you must replace these tires even if they have sufficient tire tread left.

Tire failure causes of thousand of car accidents every year. Please follow these steps to protect yourself and your family from the time, expense and potentially life altering injuries that can result from preventable automobile accidents. If you take these steps and you still have a tire failure you may have a defective tire. Defective tires can result from defects in the manufacture, design or installation of the tires.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

How To Jack Up A Car Safely

Everyone should know how to use the jack that comes with his or her car. Try this at home so if you ever get a flat, you'll know where the jack is and how to use it.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

60 Second Diesel Oil Change

In this instructional video, we will show you how to change the oil on a Ford 6.0L Powerstroke; model years 2003 to 2007.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

DIY Cinco De Mayo Cookie Taco Treats

Learn how to make your own Cinco De Mayo cookie taco treats! Perfect for kids and adults! Make them for your next Cinco De Mayo celebration or any future fiesta, no baking necessary!


- vanilla cookies
- chocolate icing
- coconut flakes
- red hot candies
- orange and yellow jimmies
- green food coloring
- serrated knife
- piping bag and 2 or 3 piping tip

Visit my blog for more pictures of these taco treats and other fun recipes like this!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Brake Fluid: Knowing The Crucial Basics

With a basic hydraulic system, brakes are designed to use kinetic energy to slow down a moving vehicle. Whether driving at slow speeds or high, by pushing down on your brake pedals your car will use a fluid to transmit a force which your tires will then use to create a friction that will ultimately slow things down.

Understanding the full extent of the technology behind brakes requires a great deal of knowledge but what even the most novice driver will know is that without your brakes your car won't function but how many are aware of what they can do to ensure their brakes remain in prime working condition?

The condition of your brake pads is essential and as a driver, it is crucial to ensure that you maintain and regular monitor this not only to ensure the smooth operation of your vehicle but to improve your safety on the roads. One of the crucial ways of doing this is by knowing just what your brake fluid is, what it does and how you as a driver can use it to determine just how well your brakes are operating.

Whether you're new to it all, not sure of whether you know enough or just curious; below are the brake fluid basics that every driver needs to know...

  • Brake fluid has many responsibilities but its primary focus is the corrosion protection and lubrication of brake systems.
  • Without the fluid, your hydraulic brake system will not be able to operate.
  • Brake fluid is held in a fluid reservoir.
  • Adding fluid is generally not part of a standard vehicle service.
  • Low fluid levels or a sudden drop can be an indicator of several issues including low brake pads that may need to be changed.
  • On a few occasions air may enter the brake line. Bleeding the brakes can improve this condition however if your reservoir is struggling to contain the liquid then you may need to get it checked by your mechanic. This may not work with newer vehicles so check your manual before doing anything.
  • Brake fluid must never be substituted with any other fluid.
  • Become familiar with the brake reservoir so that you can easily check your fluid. There will be a "full" mark which will give you an idea of what level your fluid is at and what it should be at.
  • If your fluid level falls below the "add" line then you may need to have your discs checked.
  • As the car owner you should have no issue in topping up your fluid however if you have any other issues or any general concerns over your brakes then you should see a professional.

Getting from a to b is important but doing so safely should be on top of your list! By knowing as much as possible about your brakes, how they function, what role the right fluid plays and any issues that can occur you have a great chance of ensuring your car remains in the best condition and you as the driver are as safe as possible.

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