Crumpler’s Custom Cycle Motorcycle Summer Checklist

 

Things have been busy as can be for us over here, but we’re always committed to giving you the best in advice and knowledge in order to keep your vehicles, motorcycles, and small engines in top shape. This month we want to focus on your bike and give you a checklist that will help it run right through the fall so that you can enjoy your rides through the best parts of the year!

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Fluids

Motorcycle-Oil

Keeping your fluids all up the correct levels will ensure that your bike is lubricated at all times. You’ll avoid so many issues just by making sure your bike isn’t fluid deficient, which causes degradation almost immediately. Old fluid and fuel can also clog your fuel system and cause harmful acid levels which will shorten the lifespan of your transmission. You should be replacing your oil every 5,000 miles. Your transmission lubricant should be replaced every 20,000 miles, and your brake fluid levels should be checked every 5,000 miles. Additionally, your fuel valves, lines, and fittings should be checked every 5,000 miles for leaks. The primary chaincase lubricant should also be checked, but only every 10,000 miles or so.

Air Intake and Exhaust

Always check the air filter, as it is what essentially helps your bike to breathe. This always helps it to stay clear of heavy debris. If you ever see a hole, you must replace it to keep harmful particles from entering into the engine. Also, inspect your muffler to make sure no cracks or damage are depriving you of valuable horsepower! Filters should be replaced every 5,000 miles, as well as your air cleaner.

Tires and Driveline

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Heat has an adverse effect on the PSI (pounds per square inch) on your tires. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines as they vary per each different product and then fill or drain your tires accordingly. FREQUENTLY check the tread, as this is one of your primary safety features. No tread=No traction. And tires can rot faster than you think! Tires should be inspected and checked every 5,000 miles at least, and the wheel spoke tightness should be checked.

While you’re at it, give the chains or belts a good look too. Make sure driveline sprockets  and pulleys don’t have any signs of hooking. If you notice any damage to these or the belts, don’t wonder about it, just replace them. Chain tension should be examined by a mechanic every 5,000 miles as well as the belts, sprockets, and pulleys.

Brakes

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When you need some stop in your life, you want the brakes to be there for you. That’s another one of those moments in time when your safety is on the line. Make sure there is no damage to your brake lines BEFORE you head off on a ride. Then actuate them to check for leaks and pressure loss. Your master cylinders should be checked as well to make sure the fluids are where they need to be. Your brake pads and discs should be inspected every 5,000 miles by a mechanic.

Battery and electronics

A dead or weak battery isn’t an uncommon problem, even in the heat of summer. If your battery won’t hold a consistent charge, it’s time to get a new battery instead of wasting your time trying to get an old one to work. Bare wires and cracked shieldings are bad news–make sure to clean the battery area of debris as well. Clean connections every 5,000 miles and make sure all your electrical switches and equipment works every 5,000 miles or so.

Most of these checks are performed every time you bring in your bike to us at Crumpler’s Custom Cycle for maintenance. We have a schedule we follow for routine maintenance so that you don’t have to. We’re here to keep your bike running happy so she keeps you running happy too!

Summer is also the time for NEW RIDES!

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

 

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FOR SALE: Yamaha white dirt bike. Street Legal. 1987. Low miles!
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For Sale: 2004 Honda XR400 Dirt Bike. Has a title that will allow it to be legally driven on the road!
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Yamaha for Sale! 2002 model. Great price!
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1994 Jeep Wrangler ready to go–for sale! New tires.
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FOR SALE: 1988 Monte Carlo SS. You will love the way this rides!
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For SALE: 1995 GMC Pick-up! Great all-around truck.
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Husqvarna for sale! If we don’t have what you want, we can order it!

We’re open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm every Monday through Friday and would love to show all that we have to you. Call us at (910) 483-2958 as well for more information. And as always, watch our website and our Crumpler’s Facebook  as well as our Crumpler’s Custom Cycle  page for current updates. We love your feedback and shares. Thank you all for your support and your business. Take care, stay cool, and enjoy the open road!

 

Crumpler’s Vehicle Summer Checklist

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Open from 7 am to 6pm, Monday through Friday at 7611 Clinton Road.

Summertime is a time for traveling. Whether it’s to the beach, the mountains or the All-American road trip, it’s hard to not take advantage of this time of year to take a vacation. Before hitting the road, though, you can take a few simple precautions to keep your loved ones safe and maybe even save money at the pump. The kind of heat that we have here in NC can be particularly hard on cars, so make sure to keep on top of the following things to keep your vehicle running smoothly this summer:

1. Check your tires. Only one out of ten drivers know how to correctly check their tires, but over-inflated, worn, or under-inflated or misaligned tires can be dangerous in hot weather. Consult your owner’s manual to see what PSI your tires need to be in hot weather. Also, use the penny trick to see if you still have enough tread on your tires. Stick a penny in the tread, and if Lincoln’s head disappears, you’re good. We can also check your tires as well if you’re unsure about any of the above. Last thing: make sure to also check your spare tire.

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2. Change your oil and filter. Oil keeps your engine running clean, smooth, and cool. Most of us do a lot more driving during the summer, so keep in mind the guidelines for changing for your vehicle and also check your oil before a trip so you’re not caught off-guard.

3. Check hoses and belts. The key to keeping your car running well this summer is generally keeping the engine running cool. The hoses connect to the radiator and help pump coolant back and forth between the engine block. The belts run the fan that helps cool the system. A cracked hose or broken belt will lead to the radiator overheating.

4. Replace your windshield wipers. We all know summer is the time for torrential downpours in this area. This is when you need wipers that really work versus smearing water when they should be swiping it off your windshield.Buying-the-windshield-wipers-that-work-perfectly-for-my-car If your wipers are smearing water, leaving visible streaks, or requiring several passes to clear away light rain, then they need to be replaced.

5. Check your brakes. Brakes are the single most important safety feature on your vehicle. Don’t put yourself or your loved ones at risk by riding around on worn down or faulty brakes. We can always check this for you! Some signs your brakes need some help: 1. Your brake pedal feels very soft. 2. You pedal feels hard or resistant. 3. Warning lights come on. 4. Scraping or grinding sounds are emitted when you brake.

6. Check the coolant and radiator.th If an engine gets too hot, this is never good and can cause a variety of internal problems. Summer is tough on cooling systems in your vehicle. Sitting in traffic creates a situation where there is no air to flow across the engine to keep it cool. If your coolant levels are low, your engine temperature is going to go up. A general rule is to flush your radiator and add new coolant at least every two years. This is done with a special chemical that cleans debris and build up on the inside of the radiator. And if you see a small puddle of coolant under your vehicle when it’s been parked for a while, then you have a leak. You need to bring it in ASAP and have it checked out.

7. Clean your battery. Hot weather is harder on your battery than you think. Summer can speed up the chemical reaction inside a battery, causing it to overcharge, which can shorten the lifespan of your battery greatly. Heat can also evaporate the internal battery fluid. We can run a quick battery inspection if you suspect either of these issues.

8. Maintain your air conditioner. Losing cool air on a hot summer day is rather uncomfortable to say the least. car-air-conditioningThe most common issue with your AC in your car is a low level of refrigerant. This should always be done by a professional as air conditioning units, especially in newer cars, are complicated beasts!

If you follow up and check all eight of these suggestions, you should be well on your way to maintaining a long life for your vehicle, thereby also keeping your beloved passengers safe! For any and all questions, please make sure to call us!

Summer is also the time for NEW WHEELS!

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FOR SALE: 2003 Yamaha V-Star 650
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FOR SALE: 2004 Honda XR400 Dirt bike. Has a title that will allow it to be legally driven.
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FOR SALE: Completely custom bike made in our shop! Not another like it!
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FOR SALE: 2002 Harley Sportster
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2009 Harley Ultra Classic
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FOR SALE: 1994 Jeep Wrangler. New tires!
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FOR SALE: 1995 GMC pick-up. Great all-around truck!
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SO MUCH Husqvarna for sale at our site! Come see all that we have to offer!
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FOR SALE: 4 Wheeler: Arctic  Cat. Come see it and take it for a test drive!

We’re open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm every Monday through Friday and would love to show all that we have to you. Call us at (910) 483-2958 as well for more information. And as always, watch our website and our Crumpler’s Facebook page for current updates. We love your feedback and shares. Thank you all for your support and your business. Now, let’s have the best summer we can as we MAKE THOSE MEMORIES!