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Winter driving tips

December 29, 2005 Leave a comment
People, it’s that time of the year again when there the roads will be packed with ice and snow – winter. It would really be weird if you haven’t winterized your Honda Accord or your Chevrolet Malibu by now – but in case you haven’t really done so yet, you can start by clicking over to Auto Parts Corner and getting new headlights for those burned out headlights of yours or those worn tires, or maybe still, those malfunctioning tail lights.

Now after you’ve winterized your Acura, your Volkswagen, or your Mercedes-Benz – make sure you’ll be prepared for the worst winter case scenario (like getting stuck or getting stranded in the snow, for example). Make sure you have a winter driving kit in your car ready. Your kit should include:

  • Properly fitting tire chains
  • Bag of sand or salt (or kitty litter)
  • Traction mats
  • Snow shovel
  • Snow brush
  • Ice scraper
  • Booster cables
  • Warning devices such as flares or emergency lights
  • Fuel line de-icer (methanol, also called methyl alcohol or methyl hydrate)
  • Extra windshield wiper fluid appropriate for sub-freezing temperatures
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Flashlight and a portable flashing light (and extra batteries)
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing, including hat and wind-proof pants, and warm footwear
  • First aid kit
  • Snack bars or other “emergency” food and water
  • Matches and emergency candles – only use with a window opened to prevent build-up of carbon monoxide.
  • Road maps.
  • “Call Police” or other help signs or brightly colored banners.

Now, all you need to do is to drive extra cautiously and to be wary of other motorists on the road.

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GM: back to the past?

December 15, 2005 Leave a comment
CNN/Money reports: Chevrolet of tomorrow: Back to the ‘50s, GM’s mass-market brand wants to turn back the clock to the days when exciting design sold cars.

Here are excerpts of the article:

“Today’s Chevrolets, even executives at General Motors will admit, do not inspire pounding hearts and raw desire. The brand’s most successful products, its SUVs and trucks, dazzle only through sheer size. Even otherwise good cars, like the Impala sedan, have the visual excitement of a decent sport coat.”

“Now GM is looking back to the 1950s for inspiration as it tries to recover from declining market share and a seemingly unbreakable reliance on cash incentives to sell cars.”

“While no images of the vehicles have been publicly released yet, a look ahead at upcoming Saturns and a look back at the classic Chevys of the 1950s gives an idea of the sort of thing Wilkinson is talking about (“Something that’s well designed doesn’t have to be radically designed”). And, some experts say, it’s just what Chevrolet needs in an era when building better cars just isn’t enough.”

A moment of silence please, as I remember my grandfather’s very flashy 1955 Chevy Bel Air.

When I was still a kid, granddad used to come visit us at our old home and I remember he would always look like he came straight out of a movie each time he stepped out of his blue and white Chevy Bel Air. That car was quite a sight, and so was my granddad. Yes, it would be nice if GM came back to building more exciting cars. We used to have a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu in our driveway and even after my brother tried making it “more exciting” by putting in WingDoors from Auto Parts Corner it still didn’t have that much of the oomph factor. Maybe this new plan of GM’s will make us change our minds about their products.

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Keeping your car new

December 1, 2005 Leave a comment

So you just bought yourself a shiny new Toyota Prius. You’ve been driving it around like it was your full time job. Sooner or later, that 5,000 mile mark will arrive. Keep your new baby running smoothly with these tips:

1. Perform a tune-up.

2. Check the oil.

3. Replace spark plugs and wires as necessary.

4. Check coolant levels.

5. Inspect the belts.

6. Check the brake fluid.

7. Check tires for wear. Rotate as necessary.

Also, avoid hard or frequent starts and stops, corner at reasonable speeds and generally drive conservatively. If you treat your car with respect, it should give you back the loving for a long, long time. And if in the future you should need to replace your vehicle’s mirrors, bumpers, catalytic converter, or lights, make sure that you get only the best quality replacement auto parts. You can get premium quality Toyota Prius parts – as well as Honda, Nissan, Ford, GM and Chevrolet parts at trusted online auto parts stores like Auto Parts Corner.

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