Summer-Proof your vehicle

The dog days of summer are here; have you summer-proofed your car? Yes, summer-proof your car!

Most of us are well aware of the damage the chill of winter can wreak on our SUVs, vans, and trucks but the heat and UV rays of summer can also harm our vehicles.

According to R.L. Polk, Americans keep their cars for an average of six years and most vehicles are resold at that time. Taking the time to summer-proof your vehicle is not only good for your car, it can add dollars to your resale price. Statista – The Statistics Portal, reported people are selling their vehicles at ever increasing rates.

Want top dollar for that car when you are ready to sell it? Make sure it looks good. The most obvious summer-time damage is to the paint and the dashboard. The UV rays of the sun can discolor paint and crack the dashboard until it looks like a model of the Grand Canyon.

BYK Laboratories explained that the UV rays breakdown the organic compounds in the paint like the binders which lead to the paint discoloring and drying out to the cracking point. Also increased dust because of dry, summer conditions can really build up.

Slide1Dust acts like sandpaper on your cars’ clear coat. The clear coat not only makes the car look good but more than that, it is the primary barrier against rust. The scratching effects of accumulated dirt and dust coupled with the drying effects of the suns UV rays, acidic insects from increased summer insect populations, bird droppings, and tree sap all have adverse effects on an otherwise beautiful and beneficial paint job.

Don’t forget, every trip to the beach we not only bring home sand in our shoes but also in our car, on our car and in our air filters. An air filters’ job is to trap sand, dust, and other particles to keep them from mangling our vehicles’ engines. Regular checks and changes of the filters will keep our engines running smoothly and a quick wash will rid the paint of the scratching sand.Slide2

Plastics and vinyl tend to absorb UV radiation more quickly than paint. This leads to crumbling windshield wipers, which do little good in the occasional August rain shower. One place you might not think of when you think of summer damage are the belts and hoses under the hood. Excessive heat from parking in the sun can damage these parts as well. It would be a good idea to check them a few extra times during the summer.

 

Summer Proofing Steps –

  • Park in the shade whenever possible but be careful of parking under trees that might drip sap and be a favorite roosting spot for birds
  • Wash your car often – once a week is recommended. Hand washing is recommended but having the vehicle on a regular washing schedule and hand dry – Don’t let it dry in the sun
  • Protect interior by tinting windows, using a windshield sun screen and using a protectant on the dash
  • Check and maintain all fluid levels
  • Check and change the filters often

 

 

Resource list

https://newsroom.aaa.com/2018/06/47-million-americans-new-independence-day-travel-record/

BYK LABORATORIES BLOG

https://www.investopedia.com/articles/pf/08/preserve-car-value-vehicle-depreciation.asp

https://www.wikihow.com/Increase-Your-Car%27s-Resale-Value

https://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1090254_the-united-states-of-used-cars

https://www.statista.com/statistics/183713/value-of-us-passenger-cas-sales-and-leases-since-1990/

R.L. Polk

 

 

by: J. K. Luckhurst

CHECK OUT THESE COOLERS

Summer is still upon us making ice cold beverages a life saver.  Take a look at these hot new coolers 

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The first thing you notice is that it looks like an old-school boombox.  That’s right, it’s a music machine.  With USB power AND data, AUX, and SD card inputs, you can even hook up your vinyl player!  It has a flashlight! (batteries not included).  With four colors to choose from, you can keep one at home, one on your boat, one in your golf cart and one at the shop.  Check out these cool stats:

  • 40 qt. cooler holds up to 48 cans or 28 bottles and advanced insulation technology keeps ice frozen for up to 3 days. Comes with detachable cooler flashlight (3 AAA batteries not included)
  • 350 watts maximum output power Bluetooth digital music player and FM radio with two built-in 6.5” Hi-Fi water-resistant speakers and two 2” high performance tweeters
  • XLR microphone/instrument input, 1/4 inch instrument input, 12 volt power outlet plug (cigarette lighter port), 2 standard 3.5mm auxiliary jacks, powered USB port, USB data port and SD card slot to play MP3 /WMA music (supports up to 32GB)
  • Built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 16 hours of playing time and come with 100-240V AC/17V DC adaptor also built in weather resistant storage for iPad and charging compartment for iPhone/Smartphone
  • Heavy-duty wheeled design with long, telescoping handle for easy transport and extra large side handles with convenient bottle openers

Don’t get caught with a hot soda.  Order one today and we’ll ship it to you for $9.95!

Sources: SONDPEX WEBSITE

How do you change the filter in a Robinair 34788NI?

We have had several calls lately from customers who have purchased the Robinair 34788NI from National Tool Warehouse and are wondering how to change the filter in their unit.  It seems like an easy enough task but  maybe it’s better to double check.

After doing a little research, I found that Robinair has actually published some YouTube videos, (click here to visit their YouTube Channel), to assist customers with the filter changes. Yes! (If you are anything like me…I’d rather watch a video than read a manual.)

Another great video on the Robinair 34788NI is the Tank Fill Process.  Could they make this any easier?!?!

Wow!  As always, Robinair provides wonderful information on their products.  Thanks again to the Robinair Team!

Until next time….
Jay

Sources:
www.robinair.com
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw9s56VUlzEZNYU4fqEnaJA

Find Automotive AC Leaks Faster

The last thing you need is to spend too much time finding a leak.  Let Robinair help!

According to Robinair, “Eliminate countless hours searching for hard-to-find leaks with the Robinair 22791 Infrared Refrigerant Leak Detector. This tool uses infrared optics to create a leak detector that combines sensitivity, speed, battery life, portability, and ease of use.”

Ready to find out more?

Here’s the scoop on the Robinair 22791:

• Advanced infrared sensor designed to last a minimum of 10 years
• Three sensitivity levels down to 0.15 oz./year
• Automatically recalibrates in highly contaminated areas to help pinpoint the exact location of the leak
• Won’t trigger on oil or moisture
• Senses CFC, HFC and HCFC blend refrigerants
• 8-hour lithium Ion battery lasts all day long and beyond
• Visual alert and peak button make it easy to find leaks in noisy environments
• Audible alert with mute button
• Magnetic hanger to easily hang the unit during leak repair
• Durable carrying case lets you easily store leak detector and accessories
• Meets NEW SAE J2791 leak detection standard
• Certified to comply with the new SAE industry standard for use with R1234YF refrigerant

This leak detector is priced right and is currently available.

Want to review this product?  Send us an email with your testimony and it could be featured here and on our Facebook page!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for a “Manly” Man

The problem women seem to have when it comes to buying a gift for her husband, or significant other, is always the same, “What do I buy for my manly man on Valentine’s Day?”.  And YES ladies…your man DOES want a gift on Valentine’s Day! Don’t let him fool you…he may say you don’t need to go to any trouble for him but deep down inside he’s hoping you have a little gift for him.

Now, depending on what your guy is into, here are the top 3 gifts this Valentine’s Day.

1. Pocket Knives

Depending on your price range ($13 up) there is a huge variety of different models and types available.  My personal favorite is the Kershaw 1670BLKST.  This knife is only 4.5” in length when it’s closed and has a 3-3/8” serrated blade.  Can you say BEST pocket knife purchase ever?!?!

KER-1670BLKST

2. Scan Tool/Code Reader

The quickest way to a man’s heart is to make him feel like Super Man on any given day of the week.  The quickest way to do that is to buy him a code reader that will allow him to diagnose those pesky “Service Engine Soon” lights.  The Can Do IOBD2 code reader is perfect for that job!  Plug the code reader into your car and after downloading the app to a smartphone, he’ll be able to run a diagnostic on your car and tell you what’s wrong with it.  This would be considered a “gift FROM you…FOR you”!

CDO-IOBD2

3. All-in-One Jump Starter, Fuel Pack and Backup Power Source

Now…this may be the greatest invention yet.  The Schumacher SL1 not only jump starts your car but it will also charge your cell phone!  It comes equipped with an ultra-bright LED light to use as a work light or flash as a hazard signal.  The best part is that it’s TSA approved so he can take it with him on vacation or when travelling for work!

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Now, with those three choices added to the mix, what will you be getting your special someone this year?  Believe me when I say…he DOES NOT want ties, flowers, chocolates or dinner…well maybe he wants dinner but he’d really like one of the three items I’ve mentioned above.  Trust me…

Written by: Jay Johnson, Blog Writer for National Tool Warehouse

Sunex Rebate Alert – September 2015

Mail In Gift Card Rebate Alert!

I have a few questions for you: Is it really nearing the end of September already?  Where did this month go? Did you purchase a Sunex Tools toolbox, socket set, or impact wrench between July 1, 2015 and today?

If so…you need to check out this rebate form!  Sunex is offering a pretty hefty rebate on 17 of their toolboxes and other products.  If you haven’t purchased any of these items yet, you still have time!

National Tool Warehouse carries a huge Sunex variety, over 500 items.  Make sure you look at the rebate form to see which products qualify for the rebate and then get “Cash In Your Pocket” from Sunex Tools.

sunex rebate

So, what are you waiting for?  If you are going to buy tools anyway, you might as well get some money back for doing it!

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Introducing Pre-Packed Kits

Taking the guesswork out of buying tools!
By: Cheri Shue

Search no longer! National Tool Warehouse is now offering pre-packed aluminum kits that have most everything you will need to properly repair aluminum intense vehicles. There are 3 kits currently available; starting off with the basic kit and going up to the deluxe kit for the pros. In my next few blogs I will be highlighting each kit with more details. Stay tuned and see which one best fits your needs!

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The Basic Aluminum Kit

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The OEM Aluminum Kit

 

The Deluxe Aluminum Kit

The Deluxe Aluminum Kit

Coming up Next: The details on the Basic Aluminum Kit PPKAL-KIT-1!

Got Gas?

Gas prices have been outrageous in the recent past.  Luckily, I have seen they have been dropping a bit but with the upcoming holidays I will not be surprised if they go through the roof again.

Here are some helpful tips that can save you gas and money.

Do not accelerate and brake hard – I tell my boyfriend this every time he drives my car. He thinks I’m full of it but anytime you slam on your brakes or floor it you can literally watch your gas tank drop. Go ahead, try it. When you come to a stop or accelerating slowly, fuel economy can actually increase by as much as 20%.

Don’t use your A/C unless you have to – Okay, in the summer time there is NO WAY I’m not using my A/C but on nice cool days it can actually save you some gas by not using it. Using the A/C puts an extra load on the motor causing it to have to use more fuel. On most vehicles, even the defroster you use on cold mornings when you go out to start your car, yea, that uses more gas too.

Keep your windows closed – No A/C AND your windows closed?  (It’s getting a little claustrophobic in here.)   Keeping your windows open, especially on the highway, will cause more drag and use up to 10% more gas than if you had them shut.

Don’t sit and idle – I was always told that turning off then starting your car used more gas than keeping on. Not true. If you are going to idle for more than one minute you should actually turn off your car.

Use cruise control – I never hit the highway without using my cruise. If you are going to be traveling a long distance, it’s best to use it to maintain a constant speed. Speeding up and slowing down will use up more of your gas.

Keep your car in good shape –I think it’s been a few years since my car has had one of these…but having a frequent “tune up” on your car and making sure the tires, filters, spark plugs, fluid levels etc. are all in good shape will save  you on gas in the long run.  If the car is not running at tip top shape then it is using extra fuel to make up for the lack.  

I think I will try to start using these gas saving tips from now on. They might not make a HUGE difference but every little bit helps, right?

Written by: Cheri Shue, Guest Blogger
Source: www.gasbuddy.com