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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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!

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!

Make sure you keep up with our specials by checking out our website, Crumpler’s Automotive. And follow our very active Facebook page for daily updates. And always feel free to call us with any questions or concerns: (910) 483-2958

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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.

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!

The Scene of the Wreck

Unfortunately, sometimes things don’t go the way we want. Maybe it was their fault, maybe it was our fault, maybe it was just a complete accident, but wrecks happen. We’ve had enough people panic and not know how to handle the aftermath, that we decided to share what we think is the best course of action after the wreck occurs. This is in order to help keep you calm and to get you safely out of harm’s way in the aftermath.

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One of our tow trucks. We’re always here to help you in those rough moments.

The easiest and most unproductive thing to do after an accident is to panic. Instead, try to pause for a second and take a breath. The most important thing is to make sure you and your passengers are safe first. If there are injuries, you must call 911. Follow their instructions. Wait on emergency personnel and listen to their advice.

If there are no injuries thankfully, you still need to call law enforcement or 911. Even if you’re not injured, you’re alone, or it was an accident that was not involving other vehicles, you should involve law enforcement, especially if you will need to repair your vehicle or get a wrecker to come out.

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Once the officer arrives, explain the situation and how it occurred. At this point, the officer can tell their dispatch to call a towing company. You may request any company you’d like, which is why we suggest you tell the officer that you’d like to call Crumpler’s Automotive. Please note that if there are no injuries and the damage is minor (meaning you know you just need a tow to get the vehicle back to the shop to get something small fixed) you may not want to involve your insurance company. However, if the damage is major, you’ll need to call your insurance company. You can do this the same day or the next day. The point is, you don’t have to do it at the scene of the accident. But you will need an accident report from a police officer.

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Upon getting a call from dispatch, we will bring one of our tow trucks and get your vehicle. At that point, we’ll also help you get somewhere safe if you don’t have someone to pick you up. Then the vehicle will come back to our shop and will wait for the insurance adjuster  to come to the shop and assess the damage. Then the insurance company will contact you as the owner as tell you how they suggest you proceed considering the damage. If you have full coverage and the vehicle is not totaled, insurance will help pay for the repairs of your vehicle. If it’s totaled, then you will have a compensation congruent with how the insurance company values your vehicle at that time. We will then dispose of the vehicle.

All in all, it is no short process, and it’s one that requires patience. But allowing for these steps and doing it correctly will help your particular process run much more smoothly. All the above steps also apply to your motorcycle if you happen to have an accident. We sure hope you aren’t in a bad situation. But if you are, we certainly want to be the one to help you and make sure above all that you stay safe.

Time for some fall clean-up!

Check out all of our Husqvarna products in stock at Crumpler’s. If we don’t have it we can always order it!

And if you’re on the hunt for a vehicle, check out all the great pre-owned vehicles we have on our lot right now!

Clockwise: 1988 Monte Carlo, 2005 Escape, 1991 Jeep Wrangler, Silver Cadillac CTS, 1998 Red Chevy Suburban, Black Chevy Suburban, 2003 White Lincoln LS, 2001Cadillac Deville.

Our products and services rival any of our competitors and our prices are competitive with national chain stores. But that’s not why we are here. We’re here to serve our community and proudly bring our best to work every day. We have a goal of excellence, and we’re only getting better with age!

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 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!