Understanding Tire Alignment

We have all heard that you need to have your tires aligned at one point or another.  Every time we get new tires put on or even when we get an oil change the mechanics are asking when your last alignment was. Why are they so emphatic about tire alignment?  Let’s take a look at what proper alignment means to your car.

Alignment is the relationship of the wheels with the car body as well as the steering wheel with the car.  When your car rolled off the assembly line it was set up so that it would have an optimal ride with as little tire wear as possible.  Over time we can knock wheels out of alignment by hitting potholes, curbs, or objects in the road.  Mis-alignment can shorten the life of tires by thousands of miles and ultimately cost you a lot of money over the years.

Lets take a look at the ways your tires can be out of alignment:  

*Camber is the angle of the tops and bottoms of the tires as viewed from the front.  In a negative camber the top of the tires are closer than the bottom.  Positive camber is the opposite.  These will use wear on the inside or outside respectavely.

*Toe is when the front or rear of the tires are closer together when you look down from the top. This will cuse a feathered wear pattern and mis-shape the tire.

*Caster is the relationship between the steering access as the car as viewed from the side.  A wheel’s postive caster makes the vehicle more stable but requires more effort to steer.Screen Shot 2018-08-23 at 1.57.31 PM

In addition to tire alignment, having proper inflation will make a drastic difference in the life expectancy of your tires.  Over inflation will dome the center of the tire causing it to wear excessively, while under inflation will wear both the inside and the outside down at the same time leaving the tire more rounded.

By bringing your car in for an alignment every 6,000 miles you can prevent damage from being done and get the full life out of your tires. Always know that you can call us to help you out: (910) 483-2958

We’re Husqvarna Dealers simply because we love this brand. And with all the rain we’ve had lately, we know you’ll love having tools that get the outdoor work done efficiently and with no hassle. So check out all that we have at our shop. If you don’t see what you want, we can always order it as well!

 

Come visit us at 7611 Clinton Road in Stedman or call us at (910) 483-2958. We’re always here to help! Visit our Facebook as well and our website!

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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.

Oil

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

7611 Clinton Road

Stedman, NC 28391

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

 

 

How to Handle a Vehicle Breakdown

August brings with it the feeling that summer should be over soon, except that we still have to deal with the heat. This can be hard on your vehicle and even though we all try to do the best in vehicle maintenance, the heat plus internal issues can catch you in a rough spot before you know it. This month, we decided to discuss the steps you should take in case you end up with a vehicle broken down on the side of the road.

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  • First thing: get your car off of the road. Even when you’re in the midst of that moment when you realize you can’t continue down the road, you usually have enough time to get your car out of the way of traffic and onto a shoulder. If not, turn on your hazard lights immediately. When your car is on the side of the road, put it in Park and engage your emergency brake. Also turn your steering wheel so that your tires face away from the road. That way your car won’t accidentally roll into oncoming traffic. Again, turn your hazard lights on.
  • Call for help. Fortunately, almost all of us have a cell phone in this day and age. Call a family member, and the police if there’s been an accident or if one is needed for safety issues. Then call Crumpler’s Automotive and set up to get your vehicle moved to our shop. Call (910) 483-2958, or (910) 818-4646, or (910) 818-2958.
  • Let other drivers know you’re in trouble. In addition to your hazards, if it’s safe, consider putting out some road flares if you have them. Place them about 50 feet behind your car. Only get out of the vehicle if you’re safe to do so. You can also hang a white towel or shirt out of the window or tie this to a mirror while you safely stay in the vehicle.
  • Stay with your vehicle. It’s easiest to coordinate with roadside assistance if you’re present, and it’s also not safe to leave the scene on foot. 4,000 pedestrians are killed per year in the United States.
  • Know your limitations. Now probably isn’t your best moment to start trying to repair your vehicle. If you’ve never changed a flat tire before, don’t try on the side of the road. Learn in a safe scenario first, because your adrenaline will be up and this generally doesn’t help with trying any new skill for the first time. If you can change a tire, at the very least wait for the police so they can monitor traffic while you change it in less-than-ideal conditions.
  • Use common sense. Every situation when you’re broken down is different. Try to remain calm and don’t let anxiety take over. Be wary of strangers as well. As much as there are good people out there, there’s also a handful that wish to take advantage of you. The true Good Samaritan will be understanding of your wariness.  Trust your gut–it’s there for a reason! If a stranger approaches to help, it’s best to be in your car with the doors locked. Roll down the window a bit to tell them that help is on the way.

We’re here for you and will always be available to advise you on the correct course of action, so don’t hesitate to call us when you’re in a tough spot!

It’s still the season for Husqvarna! We have so much available at our shop. If you don’t see it out front, ask us. Chances are we have what you’re looking for in the back. If not, we can definitely order it!

 

And if you’re in the market for a used vehicle, motorcycle, ATV or golf cart, come check out all that we have at our place. You may be surprised at what you find!

Have comments or suggestions? Let us know! Also make sure to follow our Crumpler’s Automotive Facebook page and our Crumpler’s Custom Cycle Facebook page to keep up with all that’s going on daily at the shop. And check out our website to order tires or learn more about all that we offer!

Safely Towing Your Trailer

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No one can deny that we are living out a typical, sizzling, North Carolina summer here in 2017. But the beauty of our great state is that we have all kinds of fun to be had in every direction, from the mountains to the ocean, with area lakes and trails in between! There’s so much to do, and many of us in this state are known for making our fun and taking it with us. We tow trailers with boats,  ATVs, motorcycles, jet skis, and even horses all over the state at this time of year. This month, we want to talk about towing safety, so that you, your loved ones, and your vehicles and property all stay safe out on the open road this summer. Here are some areas to consider as you think about towing any of the above items:

Your Tow Vehicle

The first point to consider with towing safety is to correctly match up the strength of your tow vehicle with the size trailer you would like to tow. The hitch must safely towing.jpgconnect both the tow vehicle and your trailer in such a way that provides both ease of handling and safety under the most extreme conditions. You don’t want to “rig” it to make it work. You want the connections to be fitted and the vehicle to work for the weight of what you’re towing. Also, do your research and make sure your tow vehicle can handle the weight you’re going to be asking it to tow for the long-term. You don’t want to shorten your vehicle’s life by asking it to perform beyond its capacity or cause costly damage in the process.

Here are a few more of the items you may need to research for your personal towing needs:

Axle ratio
Increased engine cooling system
Transmission cooler
Alternator and battery size
Heavy duty suspension system
Tire size or rating
Engine size, torque, and capacity
Towing Package (includes some degree of pre-wiring)
Special mirrors

Most of these items are needed for towing under any conditions: mountain driving, hot climate driving or when towing heavy class trailers.

Make sure you do some short drives with your set-up before you decide to hit the road for a long trip. Also, ease into hauling in the mountains until you are very comfortable with your rig and how it handles. You don’t want to get in a dangerous situation or find that you’re out of your realm of expertise when it’s too late. Take it slow and learn from someone who knows how to tow already. A great rule of thumb: if you can’t back your trailer, you shouldn’t be hauling your trailer. Learn the basics!

Keeping Your Vehicle Cool During Towing

guidetotowingprimarymediadesktopSince excessive heat is your transmission’s worst enemy, a trans-cooler is an ideal and often necessary towing accessory. Long trips, hill climbing, and towing larger trailers are especially hard on your transmission. Hot transmission fluid running through the cooling system causes most radiator boilovers. When oil temperatures exceed 200 degrees F., oil breaks down causing seals to crack and leaks to occur.

A transmission cooler will protect your radiator by reducing the temperature of transmission fluid. The fluid constantly passes through a series of air cooled tubes before re-entering your transmission. The engine oil cooler functions much the same way. You can purchase these two types of coolers separately or together. You should also check your engine oil regularly throughout your trip.

Tire Safety

Tire size and tire pressure are both important subject for your tow vehicle and your trailer. Under-inflated tires will get hot and can lead to tire failures and possible loss of vehicle control. Over-inflated tires can cause uneven tire wear. Tires should be checked often for pressures recommended on the Safety Compliance Certification Label for original equipment tires. And mini/spare tires should not be used while towing Class II or Class III trailers.

Mirrors

It may help to equip your tow vehicle with special mirrors: one flat to see the road, and one convex to see the side of your trailer. These mirrors extend out from your tow vehicle, which enables you to see all the way down the side of your trailer. Know that if you can’t see beyond your trailer with your regular mirrors, you need extended towing mirrors for safety.

Lights and Wiring

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Any trailer that tows 4 or more feet behind your vehicle or visually blocks your taillights must be equipped with its own taillights, and your vehicle must have a connection to the trailer’s taillights. If you are towing a trailer equipped with electric brakes, you must have a brake control installed and working in your tow vehicle.

These are just a few of things you should consider. But there are many more. We’re happy to answer any questions you have or check your towing rig to make sure it’s safe. Just give us a call: (910) 483-2958.  And remember, if you ever find yourself in a bad spot, Crumpler’s Towing is here for you. We’re just a phone call away whenever you need us!

Summer also brings….HUSQVARNA Equipment! All of this and more available at our shop….

 

And if you’re looking for a great pre-owned vehicle, check out what we have at the shop:

 

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As always, we’re here for you! Come see us with all your automotive needs. And remember we work on motorcycles and ATVs as well! Please follow our Facebook pages Crumpler’s Automotive and Crumpler’s Custom Cycle and check our website www.crumplersautomotive.com 

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Why Yes, You SHOULD Get a Motorcycle!

We’ve written about motorcycle safety and being aware of riders on the road. We’ve listed statistics about accidents and how to avoid them. This is all because we want motorcycle riders to be SAFE, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want them out on the road. We actually believe quite the opposite–we love seeing riders out there on the open road!

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Here are just a few reasons why you should get that bike and why we think you’ll love riding one:

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The average motorcycle has far more human hands involved in their builds than robotic parts. They’re a bit trickier to build out in a lot of ways and require more direct human contact.

It’s Good for Your Health

A 180 lb man will burn 40 calories more per hour riding a motorcycle than driving in a car. It’s also great for your mental health. The open space and the zen of the movement and are incredibly calming and promote peace in your daily life.

You Can’t Text and Ride!

Riding requires the type of focus that people driving cars SHOULD also have, but usually don’t. You are completely present and aware of your surroundings because your life depends on it, and because it’s not possible to multitask. We consider this a good thing. Isn’t it nice to just focus on one thing?

Fuel Efficiency

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Most bikes get as much per gallon as a car if not more, especially if you operate them well. Higher miles per gallon leads to less carbon-dioxide emissions, and this is a perk that can’t be ignored in your “pro” list!

Your Commute Will be Loads More Fun–and Easier

Beyond just the joy of hearing your bike rev up every morning and evening and the feel of riding, your commute may become less frustrating if you can ride in a place where lane-splitting is allowed. Seriously begin to consider this benefit as you consider buying a bike. It doesn’t have to just be for your weekends. Why not enjoy your bike every day, twice a day at least?

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Smaller vehicle and special parking for motorcycles make it so easy to find a spot.

You’ll Meet Some of the Best People

There’s a brotherhood and sisterhood you join when you buy your first motorcycle. Get ready for waves and nods all the time! Plus people will go out of their way to tell you stories and ask you about your bike. If you join a group, you can have some great trips riding and make a lot of good friends along the way. Bikers help other bikers and look out for each other.

We Have a Great Shop 

We have a great place to service, repair, maintain, and update your bike: Crumpler’s Custom Cycle. We always look out for our customers and guarantee that this can be your one-stop shop for all your motorcycle’s needs. Isn’t it nice to know there’s someone you can automatically trust to take care of your new bike? You’re not in this alone! Stop by or give us a call at (910) 483-9607.

What did we miss? We know there’s more, but these are the reasons that stood out to us. Add your own ideas in the comments–we’d love to hear from you!

We have so many items and vehicles for sale at our shop. We’re way more than a parts and service center. Check out all we have below and more!

 

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*Crumpler’s Automotive and Crumpler’s Custom Cycle are located in Stedman, NC at 7611 Clinton Road. Open from 7 am to 6 pm Monday-Friday.

Some Reasons Your Car May Not Start…

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It’s never convenient when your car won’t start. Because not only do you need to get somewhere usually, but now your “get somewhere” is going to soon be the automotive shop, which can be costly and again, inconvenient. To truly know what’s wrong with your vehicle, you’ll want to bring it into Crumpler’s Automotive and get it checked out by one of our mechanics. But we wanted to compile a list of some of the top reasons your vehicle may not be able to start, so that you can be better educated if it happens to you.

Fuel Pump Failure or Restriction

fuel pumpOne of the most common no-start issues is the failure of the in-tank electric fuel pump. This is generally due to lack of scheduled maintenance, because the fuel filter has to be changed at proper intervals. If it’s not changed, it tends to clog and not allow fuel to move through. The fuel pump can also fail if the fuel level is below a quarter of a tank for an extended period, or if you run out of gas, of course. If the fuel pump runs dry it can ruin the pump.

Timing Belt Failure or Timing Belt Tensioner Failure

timing beltTiming belts should last 40,000-60,000 miles by design. If the timing belt isn’t changed before it breaks, it can cause extensive damage within the engine in some vehicles. It’s a good rule to have the timing belt changed just before the recommended interval and at the same time check the tensioner. Replace that as well if it’s in question at the same time, as this is a common failure as well.

ECM/PCM Failure

car ecmThis is a failure in your vehicle’s computer. Unfortunately, computer failure does happen from time-to-time with automobiles. There are tests that can detect these issues quickly.

 

Batteries, Cables, and/or Clamps

Neglected and corroded batteries can cause a vehicle not to start. This can easily be avoided by regular maintenance as well.

Electrical Issues

There are many start-up issues caused by voltage variations. Even minor variations can cause issues in the computerized controls in most cars. This is diagnosed with a load test that will show if your vehicle performs to certain standards.

Other Issues

 

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Alternators: used to charge the battery. If it doesn’t work, your battery usually doesn’t either.

Cam Sensors: Sensors tell your computer when your cam is in rotation. This helps determine spark timing and fuel delivery. If they are bad, your car won’t run well or at all.

Vehicle out of fuel due to inaccurate gauges.

Engine locked due to lack of oil.

Plugged exhaust system.

If your car won’t start, it could be for one of the above reasons. Call us and we’ll be happy get it working again. We can even come and pick it up so that we can get you back on the road as quickly as possible. Call us at (910) 483-2958

 

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Our doors are open from 7 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday.

And if you’re ready to take care of your yard like the experts do, make life easier for yourself and check out all the Husqvarna equipment we have for sale at the shop. You will love how EASY this stuff is to use!

 

If you’re in the market for a vehicle, check out the great options we have for sale at our place. And if you don’t see what you like, just call us and we can find it for you!

(910) 483-2958

We also have 4-wheelers, motorcycles, and a golf cart for your consideration as well!

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FOR SALE: Outlander BRP 2013 model
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FOR SALE: Kawasaki Brute Force 2009 model
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FOR SALE 1998 Harley
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FOR SALE: Harley Ultra Classic, 1992 model. Engine recently overhauled, new paint, new exhaust, new stereo. Ready to ride!

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