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

 

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:

 

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.

We love hearing from you, so please comment and share!

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

 

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!

How to Know a Good Mechanic

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When something goes wrong with your vehicle, you want to be able to trust the person working on it. One of the worst feelings is that tingly one where you realize someone may be trying to take advantage of you. And unfortunately, mechanics can have a bad reputation for this. We decided to put together a list of expectations that you can keep with you in case you’re ever left wondering if someone is trying to pull the wool over your eyes in our field.

  1. Mechanics should be able to quickly diagnose what your problem is and offer solutions.
  2. A good mechanic should fix your vehicle effectively and efficiently, within a reasonable and agreed upon amount of time.
  3. Excellent skills in customer service are required. A customer should feel like he or she can ask questions and get straight answers. Customers should also feel taken care of and put at ease on the possible scenarios associated with their vehicle.17854701_1868829986476449_5997395442752894966_o
  4. Communication skills are on-point. Plain English is much appreciated by our average customer. Though a car’s engine can be complex, no one wants to be talked to in a way that is over your head or talked down to like you are incapable of understanding the intricacies of the issue. A good mechanic can share on whatever level the customer prefers or requires. The most important piece here is that everything is clear to the customer as the decision process is made and the plans are laid out for the repairs.
  5. A solid work ethic is a given. Your mechanic should be committed to working hard on getting your vehicle ready to run well again.
  6. Certifications set a person apart. A good mechanic is certified. This is the difference between someone that is “good with cars” and someone who has a career in this field. Plain and simple.  Mechanics have changed so much in the past 30 years. If a mechanic doesn’t try to stay current, he or she will be left behind and unable to work on newer modeled vehicles. A good mechanic understands the most advanced technology in the field.

All these qualities are the kind that we build our business on. We can proudly and humbly tell you that if you come into Crumpler’s Automotive, you will meet mechanics with all of these qualities and more. Our team will provide you with the best in service all-around. To make an appointment, call us at (910) 483-2958.

A HUGE THANKS to all of you that helped to make our Crumpler’s Custom Cycle Open House such a huge success! Much thanks to our whole team for helping out, all our volunteers, Open Road for playing some great music, and to all of YOU who attended! We hope to make this an annual event, and as it goes with Crumpler’s, we intend to only get better with age…!

‘Tis the season for mowing and yard work….Come get your new Husqvarna at the beginning of the season, and make life easier on yourself!

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And if you’re looking for a great used vehicle or motorcycle, check out all we have at our place. We have golf carts and ATV’s too! Call (910) 483-3791 for more details.

To stay up-to-date with all that we’re doing at the shop, make sure to follow us on Facebook, and please leave us comments and provide feedback. We value hearing from you!

Driving Tips For Your Teens

Before you know it, the days will get longer, spring will be in the air, and spring break will be happening all around. The roads will start to fill up with busy teenagers, either learning to drive, driving to and from work, or cruising in their downtime. But teenage drivers and their parents should be careful: the longer and warmer the days get, the higher the percentage of teenage accidents in vehicles also grows.

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We suggest that parents set aside some time ahead of time to have a talk with their teenage drivers about safety. Here are some points to consider and discuss:

No Distractions!

unknownIt can be so tempting to look at your cellphone, talk on the phone, play on the radio, and even text while driving–sometimes all at once! Emphasize with your teenage driver that it takes just a second for an accident to happen, and even less time for an inexperienced driver to lose control of a vehicle. Parents, we suggest you model good driving habits as well and refuse to be distracted while you drive. Nothing is truly that important.

Drive Defensively.

Explain the importance of anticipating situations and having a plan for how to drive well. For example, if there is a biker on the road, drivers need to be aware of the fact that they accelerate differently and also have a higher chance of losing control. Plan ahead for how to drive well with bikers and other drivers in mind, and consider all possible scenarios when choosing where to place your vehicle accordingly.

Plan Your Drive.

car-gps-accidents-2Before your teenage driver gets rolling, he or she needs to have their GPS coordinates not only punched in and calculated, but the driver should review the anticipated route. This allows the driver to have an idea of what to expect and minimizes distractions while driving.

Proper Vehicle Maintenance.

We cannot stress enough the importance of teaching your young drivers how to maintain their vehicles. Advise them on how to check fluid levels, tire pressure, and the logistics of how to do simple tasks like wiper blade replacements, etc. Also, teach your teen how to change a tire! If they don’t learn now, they’re likely to never learn, and that’s just not safe. If you don’t feel comfortable teaching them, we will happily do so. In fact, it teaches your young driver responsibility if they are the person who brings their car in for maintenance. We suggest you allow your teen to bring his or her car in, and we can teach them quite a lot about proper maintenance and care while they sit and wait!

And if you’re in the market for a great vehicle, check these out!

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2007 Ford Freestyle for sale. Clean and ready to hit the road!
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2007 Pontiac for sale. 4 doors and clean!
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2008 Chevy Suburban, black for sale. A nice ride and ready to go.
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For Sale: 2004 Toyota Solara Convertible
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1991 Jeep Wrangler for sale. Ready for some nice summer days!
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Many more to choose from….just come see us and check them out!

And as that grass grows, so does your need for Husqvarna!

All of these great options and more in mowers. And we have a brand new shipment in. If you don’t see what you want in front of the shop, just ask!

Mark your calendars: we have an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, April 1st! More on our Facebook event page and more to come soon in our next blog post.

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening at Crumpler’s by following us on our very active Facebook pages: Crumpler’s Custom Cycle and our main page: Crumpler’s Automotive.

We thank you for following our blog and ask that you comment, like and share it! Also if you need any more information, call us at (910) 483-2958 or visit our website at Crumpler’s Automotive.

 

 

Crumpler’s Holiday Gift Guide

 

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Happy Holidays, from our Crumpler’s Automotive and Crumpler’s Custom Cycle families to yours!

It’s already that time of year, and if you’re like most people, you’ve got a person on your list that is hard to buy for. But you’re stubborn, and you’re not giving up! If he or she is a gearhead, then you’re in luck–because this month we have a holiday gift guide to share with you to help you find the perfect gifts for that special someone who likes all things fast, shiny, and loud this holiday season! We also have items that everyone needs, and can help you find the perfect one for each person on your list.

Shop owner Richie Crumpler and his son George have sorted through the shop to find the best items that they approve of to help you come up with the most unique and creative gifts for the people that you love.

#1 Cycle Care Detail Kit

This kit is for the motorcycle enthusiast in your life. Because if they can’t ride their bike a lot in the winter, then they can at least spend time with it detailing it! This comes with every formula you need and includes pads, towels, applicator and this great tote!img_1944

#2 Impact Gun

For those who like to do some of their own work. An impact gun or wrench is is a socket wrench power tool designed to deliver high torque output with minimal exertion by the user. Though it looks like a drill, it actually stores energy in a rotating mass, then delivers it suddenly to the output shaft. Wow someone with this beauty!img_1940

#3 Mini Ratchet and Bit Set

This is an outstanding set that is easy to keep close at hand to help you build or tighten anything in your house or garage! We had such a great response last year, that we brought this set back this year for the holidays. People love how easy it is to use.img_1941

#4 Jumper Cables

There’s no reason not to have jumper cables with you at all times. But take our advice and get a great pair with some quality, so that you have a product that actually works well and is SAFE. While you’re at it, get the 16 ft long variety so you have some room to work with.img_1903

#5 Forest Helmet

This lightweight helmet will protect your head, neck, and eyes while you’re working. It ventilates like a dream, has a great visor, and an adjustable sizer. Nothing but the best when you purchase Husqvarna.img_1904

#6 Plug n’ Play Stereo for Harley-Davidson

If you’re gonna ride, do it with some great tunes! This heavy-duty radio will withstand all the elements and keep you singing along down the road. We also do the installs too, to bring it back in with your bike, and we will have you good-t0-go in no time!img_1907

#7 Husqvarna Blower/Vacuum

First, you have the great quality of Husqvarna, which sets all of our inventory apart. Second, this blower also vacuums into a bag if you put it on. This will make yard clean up a breeze!img_1911

#8 Husqvarna Weed Eaters/Trimmers

Get these in either gas or electric models. The batteries last a long time and don’t lose power. And the gas variety is easy to crank and keep running.img_1915

#9 Husqvarna Chainsaws of all varieties and Masonry saws

You can choose your blade length and type and go as big and as efficient as possible. And this masonry saw will get the job done, hands down!

#10 Husqvarna Hedge Trimmers

Go big or go home! Trimming has never been so easy as it is with these great trimmers. You will absolutely love how fast and smooth they cut.img_1916

#11 Stocking Stuffers and Smaller Gifts

We’ve got you covered with small items from ratchet straps, cleaning brushes, wash mitts, motorcycle charms, jacks, safety glasses, sunglasses, goggles, motor treatments, tire cleaners, paste wax, bar-b-que sauce from the famous Bethany Historical Society, and more! You won’t run out of good options for smaller gifts as well.

 

And as always, if you want to knock some socks off, check out our vehicles and motorcycles for sale and our newest vintage item: a 1959 Ford Tractor!

 

You all mean the world to us as customers and friends. It is our sincere hope that you have the most joyous and peaceful of holiday seasons. Please let us know if we can help you in any way and call us if you need us: (910) 483-2958. We’re open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm at our shop at 7611 Clinton Road in Stedman. Follow us on Facebook at our Automotive Page and our Custom Cycle Page. Also at our website. Let us know how we can best serve you!

 

What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

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It’s that sinking feeling that everyone who drives has had at one time or another…you’re cruising along, having a decent day, feeling no  real worries, and then you look down and see a little orange light on your dash is lit up. All your care is directed here now, as you try to decide how big of an emergency this is…. Do you hear a sound….? Smell a  strange smell…? Feel any difference in your car’s handling….? You check your other gauges… and it really feels like nothing has changed. Does that mean you ignore the little orange light that now seems to be boring into your eyeballs each time you look down? Luckily your friends at Crumpler’s Automotive are here to help. Read on to learn how to handle this little orange friend like a BOSS!

To keep this basic, always understand that check engine lights monitor your car’s performance. When the light comes on, it means your car has diagnosed that it has an electronic control system issue, and it’s unable to repair it on its own. Also know that the check engine light signifies different things for different cars, so as much as it seems like a pain, this is the moment when you need to pull out that handy owner’s manual for your car and do a little reading. This can at least give you some insight as to whether this is small or a more critical issue. Regardless, you’ll need to start thinking of making plans to get it into us so we can take a look at it.

As general rule, the check engine light could mean:

  • An oxygen sensor needs to be replaced. You could lose a lot of fuel if you don’t get this replaced soon.
  • Something is wrong with the gas cap.
  • Your car’s catalytic converter needs to be replaced. A broken one will make your car run at a higher and more dangerous temperature.
  • Mass air flow sensor may need to be replaced. This will also cost you in fuel.
  • Spark plugs or plug wires need to be replaced. Your vehicle will begin to run poorly if you don’t get this fixed.

As you can see, this doesn’t mean you need to panic. But it does mean that you need to go ahead and call us to get in and see what’s going on. To schedule an appointment, call (910) 483-2958. We’re open from 7 am to 6pm Monday through Friday.

By the way…Fall is in the Air! We have some great deals on Husqvarna mowers before the season ends. Come see what we have on the lot!

Also if you’re ready to start some of those fall weather yard tasks, come see us about weed eaters, leaf blowers, and chainsaws. We have them all!

Need a New Ride?

FOR SALE: 1988 Monte Carlo SS. You will love the way this rides!

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FOR SALE: Completely Custom bike made in our shop. Not another like it!

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These and many more for sale, just call us at (910) 483-2958 and follow us on Facebook. Also, check out our website! And always feel free to comment and share here. We love your feedback!