Oil on the Garage Floor?

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How to Remove an Oil Spot from Your Garage Floor

Oil stains on your garage floor don’t look good and can easily be tracked into your house by kids and pets. Here are some easy tips for cleaning these tough stains.

The first step is to remove any excess. The easiest way to do this is to put sawdust or clean kitty litter on the spot to absorb the extra oil. Once you’ve put down a thick layer of the sawdust or litter, stand on top of it to help push the material into the oil. Once that has absorbed as much as it can, remove the sawdust or litter and dispose of properly.

You know how Coke can help clean the battery acid off a car battery? Well, this bubbly, caramel-colored, phosphoric-acid goodness also works wonders on oil. Pour some Coke (or Pepsi if you prefer) on the grease spot and let it sit overnight.

The next morning, wipe up the remaining Coke. Next, wash the spot with a mixture of 1/3 cup of liquid dish soap with three cups of warm, tap water. Rinse the spot thoroughly with a hose and your garage floor should be back to good as new.

One final tip, if your vehicle is leaking oil, please give our service department a call at (866) 900-8854 so you can avoid future garage floor oil spots.

Speeding Tickets and the Color of Your Car

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Speeding Tickets and the Color of Your Car

Does driving a red vehicle help attract the attention of the police and make you more likely to get a speeding ticket? Do other colors make you less likely to get a ticket? We did some checking and the answer may surprise you…

If you think about it, red is the color used on traffic warning signs because it stands out the most so it would seem logical that a speeding red car might catch the attention more of police. Another theory is that the properties of red paint reflect light in a certain way to make the appearance of the vehicle moving faster than it is. (Thankfully, we didn’t find any evidence of this last theory because I didn’t want to dig out my high school science book to understand what it meant.)

But this is what we did find out…

First, we started with a check of which colors are the most popular for vehicles. According to the Axalta 2014 Global Color Popularity Report., here are what the numbers look like for last year.

1. White/White Pearl – 29 percent
2. Black/Black Effect – 19 percent
3. Silver – 14 percent
4. Gray – 12 percent
5. Red – 9 percent
6. Blue – 6 percent
7. Brown/Beige – 5 percent
8. Others – 6 percent

So if red is the color selected for nine percent of cars, it should only make up about nine percent of the vehicles getting speeding tickets.

And the survey says… no, thank you for playing. Try again.

It turns out that police departments don’t keep data on the color of the vehicles they ticket. If you speak with a police officer on which car is most likely to get a ticket, the officer will tell you – almost without fail – the color-blind radar gun will always recommend the vehicle that is speeding.

I still wanted an answer so I could irrefutably solve the debate that often happens between parents and teenage sons when the final decision on which car to purchase revolves around color.

On to the next source. More speeding tickets often lead to more vehicle accidents which leads to more insurance claims. And if there is one industry that can statistically slice and dice data, it has to be the insurance industry. If a certain color vehicle was attracting more speeding tickets, the insurance folks would know.

According to Carolyn Gorman, vice president of the Insurance Information Institute and Insurance Trade Association, “there is no data to support the assertion that red cars receive more traffic tickets than cars of any other color.”

If you’ll notice the next time you get a quote on new car insurance, the agent will ask you a lot of questions such as:

1. What kind of vehicle
2. How many miles you’ll drive each year
3. How long you’ve been driving
4. Your driving record
5. Your coverage and deductibles

The color of your vehicle isn’t considered so if you prefer the candy-apple red one or the midnight black – go ahead and get the color you like – just don’t use a lead foot to drive it.

Origin: http://bit.ly/1QZrS3S

Why Change My Antifreeze?

How Often Should You Change Your Antifreeze/Coolant?

 

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Coolant Thermostat

I was speaking with our Shop Foreman, Robert Isbell, the other day as he was working on a customer vehicle. I Inquired as to what was wrong with the vehicle. He stated that the thermostat stuck and as a result the vehicle overheated and had to be towed in. He further explained that the thermostat is a mechanism that opens and closes many times during the time the engine is running to maintain proper engine temperature. If it sticks closed it prevents the coolant from circulating through the engine, it overheats and suddenly your stranded, worse, you might do major engine damage. I asked why the thermostat would stick. He stated that when the engine coolant is not maintained properly, it becomes dirty and sticky and deposits form on the plunger of the thermostat and as a result, one day it sticks closed and doesn’t open again. Result? Stranded. Don’t know about you, but just the sound of the word ‘stranded’, is bothersome. So I thought this might be a good subject to begin our monthly ‘Service Tips’ with.

For “ordinary” antifreeze, Honda recommends coolant changes every two years or 30,000 miles. On newer Honda’s ( 2006 and Up) the on-baord diagnostics will let you know via the “Maintenance Minder”. Some say it’s not a bad idea to change the coolant every year for maximum corrosion protection. Continue reading