Wet Roads and Safety

As winter fully sets in here in North Carolina we tend to get a variety of weather conditions that can make roads extremely dangerous. Everyone worries about snow because we see it so rarely, but wet roads can be just as dangerous as snowy roads. And on days of heavy rain one of the most terrifying words you can hear is hydroplaning. Hydroplaning specifically refers to a film of water that forms between the roadway and your tires that lifts the front wheels off the pavement and adversely affecting your ability to steer and brake. Hydroplaning is base on a number of variables,  and speed is the most significant. However, vehicle weight, tire pressure, and water accumulation all play a part.

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There are several things that you can use to help prevent hydroplaning. The most important is to slow down. Any speeds over 35 mph on wet roads increase your likelihood of hydroplaning. Keep your vehicle maintenance up-to-date. This includes checking your tread on your tires and ensuring they have over ¼ inch tread. Cold weather lowers the pressure inside your tires which makes you more susceptible to hydroplaning. Ensure your tires are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressures. Do not use cruise control during adverse conditions. Use proper route selection to avoid water on the roadway.

 

Hydroplaning results in understeer, which is where you have your wheels turned but the film of water under the tires causes a loss of traction. The vehicle will continue straight as if you have not even turned the wheel. If you realize you are hydroplaning, let off the accelerator. As your speed decreases your tires will pass through the film and gain contact with the road again. Ensure your wheels are pointed in the direction that you need to go. Avoid sudden and large movements of the wheel, gas pedal, and brakes due to the fact you don’t know when your tires will make contact.

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Drive as slow as you need to when dealing with adverse road conditions. It is much better to arrive a bit late than to have an accident along the way.

We have tow trucks in different shapes and sizes to suit your needs. Call us anytime and we will be on our way to help!

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The Nuts and Bolts of Vehicle Survival Kits

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Fall is upon us and winter isn’t far behind. As many of us begin making travel plans for the holidays we need to consider an emergency kit for our vehicle. How large or small the kit is will be up to you as an individual. The only real downsides to a large kit is the amount of space in your vehicle you sacrifice and the cost to set up and maintain. Look at your lifestyle and decide if a small kit in the trunk is enough or if you have the room and budget to plan for the zombie apocalypse. Let’s take a look at some starting points for your vehicle survival kit.

CR-Cars-Hero-Winter-Emergency-Kit-12-17Any kit needs to be versatile enough to be beneficial in different environments. Think about what would help on a 4 lane interstate versus a deserted dirt road. Our environment will also determine the amount of time that we must sustain on our own. In the modern era with cellular phones, this time has dramatically decreased in most locations. Keeping a battery charger with you survival kit can extend the life of your phone. The only consideration for this is you must keep it charged as it will lose its charge over time in your survival kit.

One of the greatest dangers to a stranded motorist is other vehicles that are still moving on the roadway. Marking your vehicle as disabled is a key step to ensuring your safety. Beyond your hazard markers, consider road flares and orange reflective triangles. These will help ensure other motorists see your vehicle and you.

hypothermia-symptoms2-5ad4bb0fc6733500379fc89bHypothermia can set on quickly once a vehicle loses power and can no longer supply heat. Even if you are not planning to be out in the elements bring a coat with you in winter just in case you find yourself exposed to the elements longer than you planned. Keep a set of smaller items such as a warm hat and gloves in your vehicle kit. A foil thermal blanket is a compact option that can help if there are more than one of you when you get stranded. Carrying a lighter and a small bag of dryer lint is a great way to get a fire going quickly. Don’t forget that road flare we mentioned earlier, it can get a fire going to keep you warm in a hurry.

Having a basic first aid kit is a must. Ensure that any pre-packaged kit has items that will be useful in a situation with severe injuries. This is not the kit we are turning to for a band-aid. Large bandages that will be useful for stopping major bleeding are a great item to have on hand. Taking a first aid class before you find yourself in a dangerous situation can pay off huge when things go wrong.mental-health-first-aid-usa-announces-partnership-with-afsp

Other areas you may consider that go a bit farther are water purification and a shelf-stable food source. These would only be necessary for more extreme and longer-duration situations. For most of us, a candy bar and a bottle of water would go a long way. Keep in mind the water will freeze if it’s below 32 where you park your car. Lastly, it’s hard to go wrong with a knife or a multi-tool. They can be used for just about anything.

Whatever items you carry make sure you practice with them. The first time you strike a road flare should not be on the side of the interstate with cars flying by at 80 mph. It’s also tough to build your first fire when the temperature is dropping and you are starting to shake. Stay safe and plan ahead.

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We have tow trucks in different shapes and sizes to suit your needs. Call us anytime and we will be on our way to help.

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(910) 483-2958

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Tire Selection

Today’s blog is the third and final installment on tires and proper set up for your vehicle.  We all know that tires are our connection to the road. There are so many options out there that staring at a tire rack can get very confusing. The first piece of advice is to consult a professional that you trust to discuss the pros and cons of each type of tire.  The employees at Crumpler’s Automotive have decades of experience picking the right tire for your vehicle and budget. A quick way to tell if you need to start looking is to use a quarter to check the tread. If you insert a quarter with George Washington’s head pointing down and the tread is shallow enough that it is even with his head then it’s time to start shopping.

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One of the best places to start looking for a tire is on your vehicle.  When choosing a new tire it is hard to go wrong with Original Equipment (OE).  You know they will fit the intended use of your vehicle. If you plan to use your vehicle outside the lines of what it was designed for or you prefer a different ride from what you had off the factory line then making a change is in order.

First look on the side of your current tire to determine the size you need.  It will look something like this: P215/65 R15. The first letter designates the type of vehicle. “P” as in our example designates a passenger vehicle.  Some of the other designations are “LT” Light Truck and “C” Commercial. The next three numbers are the width of the tire in millimeters. The number following the slash is the height of the tire.  This is done as a ratio to the width. The example tire is a 65 so that means that the tire is 65% as tall as it is wide, or 139.75mm tall. The lower the number the lower profile the tire is. The last number is the rim size in inches.

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When choosing new tires there is generally a tradeoff between comfort, handling, and style.  Comfort and handling often work inversely when it comes to tires. There are tires that will make your ride super soft and comfortable, but if you try pushing your car through the corners you will have decreased handling.  Conversely, if you want your car to handle on a road course you will feel every bump on the road. The independent variable is style. It’s all up to what you think looks good on your vehicle. Remember the white walls on cars from the 1950’s? They offered no comfort or handling but looked so cool.  In case you are wondering, you can still find whitewalls today.

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Tires come with all different treads for all different applications.  Each of these choices has pros and cons. Mud tires, for example, will help you if you get your truck bogged down in the muck, however, the tradeoff is loud road noise and short tire life on the road.  One thing to keep in mind with performance road tire is that some of them are unidirectional, which means they only roll in one direction. This will shorten tire life as they can not be rotated around the car.

The bottom line is that you need to do some thinking about how your car has performed to this point and what applications you are planning to do in the future.  Stop in and see one of our car experts and we can get you back on the road in no time.

FALL means HUSQVARNA! What are you waiting for? If you’re like us, you want tools that make your life 10 times easier, not harder. Husqvarna tools are well-made, easy to use, and easily accessible at our shop. Come check out all that we have!

If you don’t see what you need, we can get it. Call us at (910) 483-2958 or stop by our shop at 7611 Clinton Road, Stedman, NC. We’re open from 7 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday. Stay up-to-date on all things Crumpler’s Automotive by following our Facebook page and checking out our website as well. We’re always happy to receive feedback from you, so please let us know how we’re doing!

Tire Anatomy

 

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), over 78,000 car accidents are caused each year from tire failure, including blowouts and flat tires. We need to do our part to keep from becoming a statistic. We will look over the next couple blogs at the makeup of a tire, the importance of alignment, proper maintenance, and tire selection.

Anatomy of a Tire
Everyone knows that tires are constructed from rubber but there are many more layers to the modern tire.

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1- Inner liner:

An airtight layer of synthetic rubber.  This is a smooth layer that when pressed against the rim and sealed creates a chamber to hold air like the older sealed inner tubes.  Rims that don’t use inner tubes perform much better than their predecessor. The inside layer is what will be patched in the event of a puncture by your local mechanic.

2- Carcass Ply:

The layer above the inner liner, consisting of thin textile fiber cords (or cables) bonded into the rubber. These cables largely determine the strength of the tire and help it resist pressure. The denser the cords the more pressure the tire can hold. Fiber is used in this level because it won’t snap or bend as easily as the rigid metal of the belts would.

3- Beads:

They clamp firmly against the tire’s rim to ensure an airtight fit and keep the tire properly seated on the rim. The seal between the bead and the rim is crucial to forming the air tight seal.

4- Sidewall:

It protects the side of the tire from impact with curbs and the road. Important details about the tire are written on the sidewall, such as tire size and speed rating. Since this area of the tire doesn’t have any belts it is much easier to puncture. It is also one of the spots on the tire that you can not repair should you puncture the sidewall.  These can be made with different colors of rubber, most notably white giving us “white walls” that were popular in the 50’s.

5- Crown plies (or belts):

It largely determines the strength of the tire. It’s made up of very fine, resistant steel cords bonded into the rubber. This means the tire can resist the strains of turning, and doesn’t expand due to the rotation of the tire. It’s also flexible enough to absorb deformations caused by bumps, potholes and other obstacles in the road.  Most tires use 3 layers of belts for increased strength. Some off road tires us as many as 6 layers. Tire companies have been experimenting with using Kevlar as an outer layer to provide a higher level of puncture protection.

6-Tread:

It provides traction and turning grip for the tire and is designed to resist wear, abrasion and heat.  Some tires are able to rotate either direction and some are unidirectional based on the tread pattern. Different depths of tread and tread patterns perform differently in varying weather and surface conditions.

We will spend the next blog looking at different wear patterns in the tread that can be caused by our car being out of alignment.  We will also take a look at how much tread is legal to pass NC State inspection.

If you need assistance with repairing a tire or buying a new set, we are happy to help! Just call us at (910) 483-2958 or stop by our shop at 7611 Clinton Road, Stedman, NC.

Summer means peak season for lawn mowing! If you’re in the market for a new mower or you’re unsure of what to buy next but you know you need a new mower, come see all the Husqvarna we have in stock! From zero-turn, to riding, to even push mowers, we can find the right fit for what you need. And if you need more tools for the outdoors, make sure you see all the trimmers, edgers, blowers and chainsaws that we have as well.

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Understanding Four-Wheel Drive

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When we are driving a 4×4 vehicle most of the time we drive it like it’s a two-wheel drive vehicle and don’t give that lever or knob a moment’s thought. Then one day we find ourselves on a slick surface and hear that tire start to spin. We press the gas and go nowhere. Yikes. Time to use that option we purchased for peace-of-mind but hardly ever use. The question is do you use the one marked 2H, 4H or 4L? What do those even mean? In this month’s post, we will answer both of these questions.

Below is a schematic we will reference with the basic parts of a four-wheeled drivetrain.

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Power from the engine is sent through the transmission to the transfer case. When the vehicle is operated in two-wheel drive the transfer case is virtually invisible to the operation of the vehicle. The power continues down the rear drive shaft to power the rear wheels. This is how our vehicle runs when 2H is selected during our normal day to day driving. The H refers to the high gear in the transfer case. When we find ourselves on a slick surface such as snow or mud, now is the time to switch to 4H. This keeps the transfer case in high gear and also sends power down the front drive shaft to the front differential that powers the front wheels and helps us get moving again. As a general rule of thumb, don’t drive faster than 35-40 mph when in 4H to protect the transfer case. Four-wheel drive low (4L), is the last selection that we have to look at. This is used on steep inclines or deep mud. The gear ratio is very low in this setting which gives you maximum power but very low speeds. In this

Four-wheel drive low (4L), is the last selection that we have to look at. This is used on steep inclines or deep mud. The gear ratio is very low in this setting which gives you maximum power but very low speeds. In this setting, we want to keep our speeds below 15 mph. Another use for the low setting is for steep declines at slow speeds. This causes the engine to slow the vehicle without engaging the brakes the whole way down. So there is a look at the basics of your four-wheel drive settings. As always consult your owner’s manual for specifics about your vehicle and always feel free to ask us about it your particular vehicle. We’re always here to help you operate it as efficiently and as safely as possible!

Spring weather means it’s time to simplify your outdoor work so it doesn’t get out of control. Try HUSQVARNA! Spring has taken a while to show its face, but it’s here. All of our Husqvarna tools are here for one reason: they’re easier to use and more reliable than any other brand in our opinion. Check out all that we have!

Crumplers Automotive Inc. is a full-service preventive maintenance and auto repairs center in the Stedman, NC 28391 area, specializing in General Services, Car & Truck Care, Undercar Services, Brakes, Engine & Transmission, Engine Maintenance, Transmission Services, Heating and Cooling Services, Electrical Services, Electronic Services, Miscellaneous Services, Towing, Counter Services, Hoses, Batteries and Machine Shop since 1970.

Our experts have the knowledge to service and repair even the most challenging auto problems on all makes and models of domestic and import vehicles. We use the latest technology to assess the situation and offer you alternatives. We guarantee all of our work and know you’ll be happy with the outcome.

Stop in or give us a call at (910) 483-2958 to let us know how we can help you!

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Choosing the Right Husqvarna Mower For You

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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 perfect 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.

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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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Stedman, NC    (910) 483-2958

 

 

Benefits of the Good Ole’ Oil Change

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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