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.

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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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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!

The Lowdown on Oil

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We all know that we need to get our oil changed about every 3,000 miles based on your manufactures recommendations. What we don’t know is how to reply when the mechanic asks “What kind of oil do you want?”. To most of us what follows is a meaningless string of numbers and letters that may or may not launch the space shuttle. This month we will take a look at what it all means.

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Synthetic vs. Conventional
The first question the service tech usually asks is “Would you like conventional or synthetic motor oil?”. Let’s take a quick peek at the differences between the two. Conventional oil is crude oil that has been refined and cleaned to become the usable oil we all know. We put it in everything from our cars and motorcycles to our lawn mowers. In recent decades synthetic oil was introduced to the market. It begins its life as crude oil then has additives that change the way it performs. It lasts longer, reduces deposits, flows better at cold temperatures, and maintains lubrication better at high temperatures. So why wouldn’t we all use synthetic? It is more expensive and not all cars really need it. In fact, it’s really only high-performance cars that require more performance than conventional oil requires. It’s kind of like giving an amateur golfer use Tiger Woods’ golf clubs. They may be better, but we can still shank the ball into the water if we don’t have the skills to match.

By the Numbers
The numbers on the bottle all have to do with viscosity. Viscosity is a fluid’s resistance to flow (how well it coats). This is listed as a two-number letter combination such as 10W-40. The viscosity is rated at two different temperatures. First at 0° F which is the winter rating and the first number. It’s the 10W part of our number code. A 5W is rated for colder weather than a 10W. The second number is found by measuring the viscosity at 212°F. The higher the second number the better it coats at this temperature, which keeps parts lubricated minimizing friction.

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Hopefully, this will help you next time you are getting your oil changed so you can make an informed decision on what oil is right for you and your car. If in doubt, call us. We’re always here to help you. (910) 483-2958

Summer is a Time for Your Yard!

Choose the best in yard work help with Husqvarna. We only carry it because we love it and recommend it. Come check out all the Husqvarna we have the shop. If we don’t have what you want, we can order it!

 

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Crumplers Automotive

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Stedman, NC 28391

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

 

 

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.

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  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.

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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!

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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.

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.

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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.

Antifreeze

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

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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.

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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.

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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:

 

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