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.

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

 

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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!

 

Winter is Coming!

Open 6 am to 7pm Monday through Friday
Open 7 am to 6pm Monday through Friday

Though our winters here in the Carolinas are characterized by ups and downs in the temperature department, eventually Old Man Winter does generally pay us a prolonged visit. Go ahead and get your car winterized Carolina-style so that it’s good to go whenever our guest decides to show up. Follow these tips below and you won’t be caught off guard when the cold comes!

  1. Check your tires.

First you want to make sure your tires aren’t too worn out as well as check your air pressure. Refer to your owner’s manual to find out what the pressure should be in winter. Also if in doubt on your tread, please bring it by and have us check it out for you. We’ll be happy to do so, because the most important thing is that you’re safe.

2. Update your car’s emergency kit.

If you don’t have one, now would be the time to make one! Make sure to get a basic kit together and for winter add in a soft bristled brush in cash you encounter snow, a plastic scraper, some salt, a small shovel, flashlight, extra batteries, flares, gloves, an extra coat, and at least two blankets.

3. Check your 4-wheel drive and know how to use it.

You’ll want to make sure this isn’t something you’re looking up in the owner’s manual when it’s time to use it for the first time. Test it out ahead of time.

4. Make sure your defrost and heater work.

Though these repairs can be costly, driving around without heat won’t help you when it’s time to drive safely in the winter. Even if you can tough it out, you need the defrost for safety reasons.

5. Get a basic tune-up.

Tune-ups should be done every 100,000 miles on most newer vehicles. If you’re due in the winter, go ahead and get it done early so that you know everything is in good shape before it gets cold. We will check your belts and hoses, ignition, brakes, wiring, fan belts, spark plugs, air, fuel and emission filters, as well as the PCV valve.

6. Make sure your washer fluid is filled and change your windshield wipers.

Buy a good quality solution–even one with an antifreeze component added. Your wipers should be replaced every 6 to 12 months anyway, so there’s a good chance you’re due on those. If they’re starting to look beaten up or overused, just ask us to put new ones on. You’ll want them working in top form for winter storms.

7. Check your battery.

Cold temperatures mean your engine needs more current from the battery in order to start. A simple way to make sure you have enough charge is to turn on your headlights before you start your engine. Then turn it on–if they get brighter, your battery may be dying. We can do a test for you as well. Some batteries also have built-in measures. You’ll also want to the cables checked for cracks and breaks. Also the fluid needs to be checked here as well.

8. Check your engine coolant.

In the winter you need a higher ratio of coolant to water–more like 60/40 rather than the typical 50/50 ratio.

 

And know that we will ALWAYS be here to help with all of these check for all of your vehicles. Just call us for an appointment.

 

If you need to get some Christmas shopping done…..

 

We have motorcycle helmets for sale in the shop!
We have motorcycle helmets for sale in the shop!
Treat yourself to some new tires this Christmas--we can order whatever you need.
Treat yourself to some new tires this Christmas–we can order whatever you need.
Luckily we still have a few Husquavarna mowers in stock--surprise your loved one this year with the best zero-turn mower on the market.
Luckily we still have Husqvarna inventory coming in daily! Surprise your loved one this year with the best zero-turn mower on the market.
Great stocking stuffer ideas for the gear heads in your life!
Great stocking stuffer ideas for the gearheads in your life!
Chainsaws fit nicely under that tree as well.
Chainsaw of all sizes! These fit nicely under that tree as well.
Make life easier on yourself by getting a blower to deal with all of those leaves this season!
Make life easier on yourself by getting a blower to deal with all of those leaves this season!

 

As always, please follow us on Facebook and check us out on the web at Crumpler’s Automotive. Please like and share and have a great Thanksgiving!