Choosing the Right Husqvarna Mower For You


The thing about our shop is, we only carry items that we love, that we use ourselves and that we can truly say are a value to our customers. So when we suggest a Husqvarna tool to you, it’s only because we truly believe that it’s the best product out there for the money. With Spring starting this week, we thought we’d talk through the options in mowers. Because spring brings, warmth, longer days and grass to mow!

IMG_5125There are a couple different types of riding mowers that we have at the shop, and all are made for different wants and needs depending on how much you mow and how often. One great thing about Husqvarna in general though is that they are easy to operate. They have a pedal-operated hydrostatic transmission that allows you to keep your hands on the wheel and adjust your speed with foot pedals. The gauges and controls are easy to see from the driver’s seat. And speaking of the seat–they’re always adjustable and have a cup holder. Because cup holders are the main thing that make mowing fun..! Beyond that, there’s also an automatic or electronic rear differential which increases traction when cutting wet grass or when you’re on an incline.

IMG_4677One factor we appreciate a lot with Husqvarna is the Rapid Replace blade system. This allows the cutting blades to easily be removed and replaced without needing any tools. All models feature a built-in water hose connect port to make it easy to clean your mowing deck. The deck is reinforced and powder-coated to provide durability and corrosion resistance. It’s small features like this that make your mower run better for longer.

One feature that is noteworthy on select models and that you may want to opt for is the ClearCut deck. It delivers a pert cut even on uneven terrain. It generates airflow to raise the grass blades for a clean, precise cut from one side of the mower deck to the other. This is available on both riding and zero turn mowers.


Not only are there mowers, but a wide variety of attachments. They can be fitted with garden dump carts, spreaders, brooms, rakes, and more. When your mower can do more than mow, why only use it for cutting grass? Stop by our shop today to check out all that we have. If we don’t have what you need, we can order it! And beyond mowers, we carry the full line, so we have trimmers, chainsaws, blowers, carts, hedge clippers….you name it!

And if you’re in the market for a pre-owned vehicle, check out all that we currently have at the shop. We buy these vehicles and make sure they’re good-to-go, so buy from our family, because you know you can trust us. Call (910) 483-2958 for more information on any of the vehicles below.

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Crumpler’s Automotive

7611 Clinton Road

Stedman, NC    (910) 483-2958




Safety Tips for Driving with Your Dog

We know that as the weather gets nicer and the days get longer, we all get more active. This means that the whole family hits the road, and this includes the furry kids too! This month we want to cover some points to keep your pets safe while you’re out on the roads so that the experience stays fun instead of dangerous. Here are few tips to keep everyone safe from puppies to full grown canines as well.


  1. Make sure you have supplies. Regardless of whether you’re going on a short trip to the groomer or perhaps to the park, or on a long trip, you need all the necessary supplies to keep your dog safe. Collars, leashes, tags, water, a towel for clean up, and even some treats are always a good starting point. If you were to get stranded and you didn’t have a leash for your dog when the tow truck got there, you’d be scrambling to keep you both safe. Just plan ahead so that you don’t find yourself wishing you had. And puppies can’t necessarily “hold it”, so if you’re in heavier traffic than you thought or on the road without a potty break built in, be prepared with supplies for clean up. And NEVER leave your dog in a hot vehicle. A good rule of thumb is if you’d be uncomfortable without the AC on while the car is off, your dog absolutely will get too hot. Remember, they overheat easily–they wear a fur coat all the time!
  2. Kennels are the safest bet for travel. Small dog maltese sitting safe in the car on the back seat in aThough you probably don’t envision your fur kid riding in the kennel, it’s usually the safest place for him to travel in, especially on a long trip. He’s less prone to be able to distract you with movement, and also more apt to settle down and get calm since crates function as a den for your dog. Also if the worst happens and you’re in an accident, it’s a safer space for containment than your dog being loose in a vehicle. Also, make sure to secure the kennel. You can tie them down in your vehicle, or some come with attachments to seat belt them in.
  3. If you don’t have room for a kennel, then a dog seat belt is a great option. Tyger_upright_profileIt’ll not only keep them safer if you have to slam on brakes but can also keep them contained during travel so that you fur kid isn’t causing a major distraction for you while driving or harming herself by getting into something she shouldn’t while in your vehicle.
  4. Prepare your dog to be a good citizen in a vehicle. You want your dog to love car rides…not get anxious at the sight of your open car door. Anxious dogs whine, cry, scratch, walk around, and sometimes vomit from the nervous feelings. Teaching your dog to enjoy these rides takes doing short, frequent rides that don’t end up at the vet or someplace scary for your pet. Doing these with two people is the best scenario: one person drives and the other person works on the training portion. This way you all stay safe and your pup learns that the driver isn’t going to be focused on him the whole time. The more emphasis you put on this, the faster your safety protocols will be set, and rides will be uneventful and pleasant.


These are just a few ideas to get your dog out on the road with you safely. Even more important to your pet’s safety is the car they are riding in! Drop by Crumpler’s Automotive and we’ll make sure your vehicle is running just as safe. We’ll see you soon!

Spring is just around the corner! Go ahead and get the tools you need to make your outdoor space exactly what you want this year. We have SO MUCH great Husqvarna equipment to make life easier for you!

Make sure you keep up with our specials by checking out our website, Crumpler’s Automotive. And follow our very active Facebook page for daily updates. And always feel free to call us with any questions or concerns: (910) 483-2958

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Crumpler’s Automotive is located at 7611 Clinton Road, Stedman, NC. Open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm.

Car Batteries and How They Work

Winter is the most typical season for your car not to start and need a jump. But what is actually happening when your car battery won’t start? And how does it work in the first place?



Just like your TV remote needs a battery to function, your car needs a battery as well. A battery is a device that translates chemical energy into electricity. The cells in batteries are what contain the energy and they store it until it needs to be transferred into electrical energy.

Your car battery relies on a lead-acid chemical reaction. These batteries are SLI, which stands for starting, lighting, and ignition. Short bursts of energy come from within this battery to power your car’s lights, accessories, and engine. The battery brings the engine to life with a burst, and then power is supplied for the rest of the vehicle by the alternator.

The Process of a Battery:

1. A SLI battery has six cells. Each cell has two grids–one made of lead and one made of lead dioxide. Each cell makes 2-volts of energy, give or take. So if most car batteries have six cells, they generally have a 12-volt battery.

2. The plates are completely encased in sulphuric acid. This triggers a reaction between the grids. The acid is a catalyst.

3. The acid creates a reaction on the grid. This causes it to make ions and lead sulfate.

4. The ions created on the grid react to the grid beside it to make hydrogen and lead sulfate.

5. This makes a chemical reaction that produces electrons. The electrons move around the plates and make electricity. Then the electricity flows out of the battery to start your engine, play the radio, turn on the headlights, etc.

The reaction is reversible as well. That’s why you can jumpstart your battery and why you can charge it. By having a current applied to the battery at the correct voltage, lead and dioxide form on the grids allowing your battery to work.

A battery doesn’t last forever though!
Even though batteries are reliable, they only last about three to five years. Temperature changes, motion, and cramped conditions all lead to wearing your battery down. If you’re concerned about the life of your battery, we will test yours for you for free so you can have peace of mind.

Here are some issues that may give you a head’s up that it’s time for a new battery:

*Slow engine crank. The starting of your engine seems sluggish.

*Check engine light. Sometimes it lights up when your battery power is weak.

*Low battery fluid level. Batteries have a part of the casing that’s translucent so you can see the fluid level. If the fluid is below the lead grids, it’s time to have the battery and charging system tested for sure.

*Battery case looks swollen. If your battery’s case is swollen, this may be because of excessive heat. If so, this will dramatically decrease your battery’s life.

*Battery leak. Leaking can cause battery corrosion around the posts. The posts are where the + and – cable connections are located. The gunk may need to be cleaned off or it may impede your vehicle from starting.

Always know that turning off all interior and exterior lights will help your battery not to drain. Unplugging power adapters as well. If you’re ever in doubt about your battery’s health, bring your vehicle to us for a free battery test. It’s better to know ahead of time than to be stranded when your car won’t start! Call us at (910) 483-2958 or stop by our shop at 7611 Clinton Road, Stedman, NC.

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Winter is a great time to get that Husqvarna you’ll need for Spring!

We have plenty of pre-owned vehicles to choose from as well!


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Crumpler’s Christmas Gift-Giving Guide

It’s that most wonderful time of the year again! Season’s Greetings from the entire crew here at Crumpler’s. We’re here to make sure that your holiday season is as stress-free as possible so that you can actually enjoy this time of giving! Read on below for our Annual Crumpler’s Christmas Gift-Giving Guide to help you get the best gifts for all of the people you care about–from the gearheads in your life, to the most basic gifts for all vehicle owners.

Husqvarna Safety Helmet: Good head protective equipment can’t be touted enough! With full-face protection as well as head and ear protection, this is a great gift that everyone who has chainsaws and power tools should utilize.


Portable Light Switch: At just $6.50, this is the perfect gift that everyone will use! This portable switch has 200 lumens, which means it’s ultra-bright! It also can be mounted anywhere and runs off of AAA batteries. Easy to get in use and keep in use!


Makita Drills: We carry these drills because we love using them! We guarantee that they will bring a smile on Christmas morning. Various options to choose from as well.


New for 2017: Customizable Gift Cards! We can put as much or as little on this card to be used on any services or products that we have. All you have to do is come in and grab one at our counter!


Husqvarna XP Pro-Tect Chainsaw Chaps: This 5-layer 1000 Denier Polyester with PVC Coating adds an extra layer that can mean the difference between injury and a reminder not to be reckless! We highly recommend wearing these for chainsaw projects.


Ride in Style: These embroidered shirts are great for riding your bike or going out on the town! And at no more than $39.99, it’s a deal that you can get behind. With front and back art.


Sunglasses and Safety Glasses: These won’t get lost or damaged because they’re not your expensive pair!;) Polarized and as low as $14.


Total Cycle Finish Restorer: S100 makes it easy for your motorcycle lover to spend time effectively detailing his or her bike. This is a great kit with all you need for the extra shine that we all LOVE!


Tire Plug Kit: We love this kit! At only $24.99, it’s also reliable and a great help when you need a plug for a tire.


C.O.B. Led Lantern: Another item to keep you safe! And at $10.99, this ultrabright, battery-powered tool will become a daily staple in your life.


BBQ Sauce: The Bethany Historical Society is famous for their amazing BBQ sauce! A great gift or stocking stuffer, we have it on our shelves for $5. Don’t miss this for the foodies in your life!


Pro-Logix Intelligent Battery Charger/Maintainer: This handy tool charges and maintains 6 and 12 v batteries. It’s fully automatic and the power supply mode provides stable power for a wide variety of uses!


For the Detailer in Your Life: We have so many products that will keep them happy for hours taking care of their baby!


Oil: Because you really can never have enough! If you need an extra gift or something to take up the whole stocking, we’ve got it here.


Vehicle Extras: All over the shop, from washing items, to ratchet straps, tie-downs, and octane boosts, we’ve got it all!


T-shirts: We’re always humbled and honored when people want to wear our shirts. At $15, we try to keep them affordable and fun to wear!


Bells: Have you ever wondered what these are? There’s a tradition here: You hang them on your bike for good karma and to stay safe. But there’s a catch–you can’t buy them for yourself. Someone else has to get them for you. At just $10.99, these make great gifts and won’t break your budget!


Husqvarna: You’ve seen them eyeing what they want. Why not knock their socks off with the best in orange this Christmas? If we don’t have it, we can order it!


Pre-owned Vehicles: These are just a FEW of the vehicles at our place. We’re always updating our inventory, so come see us!



All of this and more at our place this December! Make plans to come see us! We’re here on Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm. Call us at (910) 483-2958 and discover the Crumpler’s difference. Follow our Facebook pages for daily updates as well: Crumpler’s Automotive and Crumpler’s Custom Cycle. Like what you see here? Please comment and SHARE!


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Located at 7611 Clinton Road, Stedman, NC 28391



Benefits of the Good Ole’ Oil Change


Some people bring their cars in for oil changes well past the time that they are due. We can’t help but think that if everyone understood a bit more about exactly WHY the oil change is so important, they’d be more prone to prioritize it. Maybe it’s just not on your radar as to why oil changes are capstone, and if so, that’s ok. This blog is going to help you understand the importance and realize that they’re actually going to save you money!

We can start with the main idea: Oil changes are the easiest thing you can do to extend the life of your car and save yourself from breakdowns and repairs. Bottom line.

The Benefits of the Good Ole’ Oil Change

Oil changes….help engine performance. Oil helps the internal moving parts of your engine to stay lubricated. This allows for a smoother and quieter ride.

Oil changes….keep your engine clean! Dirt and debris can build up when oil gets old. This dirty goo in your oil can damage your engine just because it prohibits the oil from moving through it.

Oil changes….can increase your miles per gallon (MPG).  By improving lubrication, new oil reduces friction that slows down your engine. This can help you get more out of your gas and decreases your frequency of visiting the pump!

Oil changes….create less harmful emissions. Fresh oil is less likely to burn and better able to absorb particles. This means you pollute less.

What Happens at the Oil Change

When you bring a vehicle into Crumpler’s Automotive for an oil change, we do more than just change the oil. We do the following at a minimum:

*Change the oil
*Inspect and replace the air filter
*Inspect the belts
*Inspect the hoses
*Check other fluid levels and top off
*Check the tire pressure and make sure the correct amount of air is in the tires

If anything seems wrong in the rest of the check, we will inform you and find out if you want the other repairs as well.

You should change your oil every 3,000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first. Premium oil can stretch this timeline out as well as synthetic oil. Oil rated below 10 weight has to be part synthetic, so that’s something to keep in mind as well. We will be able to tell you once we see your vehicle if you may be able to go 5,000 miles in between, or at least what a good plan will be for your particular vehicle.

When an engine has low oil it can’t operate at its peak. Something is leaking or causing the oil to burn off at a high rate. If you get your vehicle checked, we can take care of this before it’s occurred long enough to do major damage, so make sure to call us to get your vehicle in.  And if you schedule an oil change between now and Christmas, we will take $5.00 off! So call us and get those vehicles in: (910) 483-2958

Want to handle that outdoor work with ease? Try Husqvarna! We only carry this line because it’s the best, and we use it ourselves. Come discover the difference that orange makes! If you don’t see what you want at our shop, we can always order it.

We’ve got pre-owned vehicles for sale! Come find an affordable solution on our lot!

Stay tuned…our annual “Crumpler’s Christmas Gift Guide” is coming soon! Until then, follow us on our Facebook pages Crumplers Automotive and Crumplers Custom Cycle to stay up-to-date on the latest with us. And we appreciate your comments and shares. We love feedback!

Crumpler’s Automotive is located at 7611 Clinton Road, Stedman, NC 28391


Time to Winterize That Car!

We know, we know…this October has had its fair share of 80 degree plus days, but being in North Carolina we know that you know that it’s only a matter of time before that changes. And it’s usual that the first frost is out of nowhere! Because of our fickle weather here, you have to prepare ahead of time so that you aren’t caught off-guard when Mother Nature makes its cold weather debut this Fall. Read on below for a few tips to winterize your vehicle now.

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Check Your Tire Pressure

81bjl0bC4QL._SL1500_Most of us have all-weather tires in this state. Because of that, we don’t need snow tires or anything quite so drastic as that, but we do need to make sure our pressure is good this time of year. Deflated tires close up the tread and decrease traction, which increases the possibility of sliding etc. Check your owner’s manual to see the suggested pounds per square inch.

Check Your Battery

The average car battery lasts 3-5 years, so it’s best to be aware of how old yours is. Colder months are harder on your car’s engine because it has to work harder, which puts more pressure on the battery. Bonus: batteries are often on sale in the fall, so this is a good time to get it checked and replaced.

The white substance is corrosion. This battery needs to be cleaned up and checked out!

Even if it’s not old, take the time to check the battery cables and clamps for any fraying and/or corrosion. If you see white, powdery substances around the clamp, that’s corrosion from battery acid. It’s easily cleanable and not a huge cause for concern. Just let us clean it up for you!

Check Your Oil

Oil is lubricant, plain and simple. It stops your engine parts from grinding together. The thickness of your oil (viscosity) greatly affects the engine’s performance. If it’s too thick, the oil will flow too slow. Cold temperatures cause oil to thicken, so that’s a consideration as you choose which oil to put in your car. If in doubt, we can always advise you on what you need, depending on the season.


antifreezeAntifreeze protects your engine from freezing and heating up on hot days as well as cutting back on corrosion. You need equal parts antifreeze and water in your radiator for it to function properly. For this reason, stores carry a pre-mix that is the correct 50:50 ratio. If you’re not correct with your ratio, you can literally blow a gasket and that cost can be expensive. Better to just keep it correct!

Check Your Defrosting and Heating Units

Defrost keeps you safe because it ensures visibility, so it’s important to make sure this system is working properly. And no one wants to crank on the heat for the first time and find out that it doesn’t work! Figure out now if you have a faulty heat coil, before you need it.

Replace Windshield Wipers and Wiper Fluid


We know none of you are those people who have rubber flapping around on your windshield when it’s raining and water smearing into channels on the glass when you’re trying to see, right? If you begin to hear scraping, you already know that it’s time to change the wiper blades, because they can warp, crack, split and deteriorate. They should be replaced every 6 months to a year. Keeping your wiper fluid full can assist in breaking up ice on the windshield on a cold day, so make sure you have plenty of fluid now as well.

Make Sure Your 4-Wheel Drive Works

Chances are, most of you that have 4-Wheel Drive don’t use it during the summer. Before winter starts, it’s critical to make sure it all works before you need it to improve traction on snow or in ice.


Keep an Emergency Kit Inside Your Car

We saved the simplest tip for last. The easiest way to combat cold weather is to keep a few essential supplies with you all the time in your car. You’ll always want a spare tire and the knowledge on how to change one. If you don’t know, simply tell us and we can teach you! Keep some bottled water on hand as well, some gloves, a blanket, and an extra coat. Flashlights and flares are helpful too if you get stuck. And make sure you have an ice scraper, some engine oil, and some coolant as well. The last thing is your own set of jumper cables so that if you need a jump, you don’t also have to borrow the cables! If you need instruction on how to use jumper cables, we can show you how as well. Just ask.


We’re always happy to educate our customers in order to keep them safe. Make an appointment to come down to the shop, and we’ll make sure your car is good-to-go for the cold weather! Just call (910) 483-2958

Fall is the Season for Husqvarna!

We can’t say enough good about this wonderful line. We only carry items that we stand behind and believe are of the highest quality. That’s why there’s Husqvarna in our shop, plain and simple. Check out all that we have on hand right now:


We’re always here if you need us. Check out our website for deals and tools and our Facebook for Crumpler’s Automotive and Crumpler’s Custom Cycle for daily updates.

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Crumpler’s Automotive is located at 7611 Clinton Road, Stedman, NC


Choosing Tires

Get your tires right, and it’s something you never really notice. Get them wrong, and you can hobble your car’s performance and its safety in a variety of scenarios.

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You generally only have to buy new tires every 3-4 years, so no one really takes the time to become an expert or feel like they truly know what they’re doing. Here’s where we come in at Crumpler’s Automotive: we can help you pick them out every single time, and give our professional opinion on what’s best for you. That being said, we also want to share with you how to choose tires so you can make informed decisions and not feel blindly led.

Categories of Tires

There are three broad categories of tires: all-season, summer tires, and winter tires. Most of us in NC buy all-season tires because it’s easy: they’re less expensive and we can simply use one set all year.

All-season tires give a well-rounded performance, but keep in mind that they’re not going to be the top of the line with handling on wet surfaces or snow. Winter tires, however, have great traction in the snow, but only fair braking on clear roads.

Here’s the bottom line: no single tire type is going to be outstanding in all conditions. This is again why we buy the all-season type here in NC.

Tire Size

This handy information is always with your car. Check out the owner’s manual or placard in the driver’s side door jamb. Now, let’s break down an example, since it may look like a foreign language to many.

For example: P215/60R16 94T

“P215/60R16”: this is the tire’s size measurements as far as width and diameter. The “94” is the load index: how much weight each tire can support. “T” is the speed rating: max speed in relation to load index.

Tire Types

You’ll have to do some research to match the speed rating at times with the type of tire for the surface that you need.

All-Season: Come in S and T speed ratings. Known for all-weather grip and longer mileage. Usual for mainstream cars and SUVs.

Performance All-Season: Come in H and V speed ratings. Those are usually for cars that have enthusiast appeal and upgraded wheels. These have better cornering grip than S and T. But they usually don’t last as long as All-Season.

Ultra High-Performance All-Season: ZR, W- and Y-speed ratings. Sports Cars and Performance Sedans can trend towards these.

All-Season All-Terrain Truck: Larger sizes and designed for hauling and towing of light-duty pickups and SUVs. More aggressive tread pattern to aid in off-road traction. Most have an A/T or All Terrain in the model name.

Winter and Snow: Easily identifiable because they have a mountain and snowflake symbol on the sidewall of the tire. Another key indicator is that these treads have lots of slits. A consumer should always buy winter tires in sets of 4 to optimize handling and ensure best braking.

Tire Construction

Tires are flexible containers of compressed air. The air container supports the vehicle’s load and propels it forward, backward, side-to-side, as well as stops the vehicle and cushions the load.

Tires are built from the inside out and have somewhere between 19 and 25 components. One of the most important parts is the inner liner. It gives the tire shape and holds air. Fabric belts wrap around the inner liner, and a bead fastens the bottom of these belts and holds the tire to the wheel. On top of the fabric belts are steel belts. They give stability and make the tread pattern as flat as possible. Flatter tread means more contact with the road. The tire tread is on top of all the belts, and there is different tread for different types of tires. The sidewall gives the tire it’s stiffness and ride characteristics. A taller softer sidewall absorbs more bumps, and a shorter, stiffer one proves better at cornering and sharper steering responses. That alphanumeric code on the sidewall describes the dimensions, as we stated earlier. Most tires start with a P. If they start with an LT, this conveys light truck.

Tire Maintenance

After you select the right tires, now you’re down to maintenance. Rotate those tires. It’s essential to prevent uneven wear over time. Unrotated tires cause road noise to increase, lower fuel economy, and decreased wet-weather traction. These tires will have to be replaced sooner because they weren’t cared for.

Tire Rotation Guidelines

Front drive vehicles: Rotate the front tires to the rear in a straight line and cross the back tires to the front.

Rear drive vehicles: Rotate the back in straight line to the front and cross the front tires to the back.

All and four-wheel drive vehicles: Rotation pattern is a simple X. The left front and right rear swap and vice versa.

Load capacity decreases as you lose air pressure. Regardless of temperatures, tires lose between 1 and 2 pounds per square in (PSI) per month. Also, every 10-degree drop in temperature will cause the tire to lose another pound of pressure. Underinflated tires will affect fuel economy, traction, and increase wear.

The above is broad information on tires and tire selection/maintenance.  If you have questions or concerns, please give us a call! We’re always here for you to assist you in any way we can. And especially in this realm–tires are our business! (910) 483-2958.


If you’re looking for a great pre-owned vehicle, check out all that we have on our property!

We’ve got everything from pickups, to sedans, to SUVs. Find your next ride at our place. Call (910) 483-2958 for more information about any listed.

It’s time to take the plunge and try Husqvarna. You’ll realize just how easy all those outdoor tasks can be–and fun–with the right equipment! If you don’t see what you’re looking for below, check out what we have in the shop or let us order it for you!


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