Motor Oil the very basics :-)

We created a short video to cover the basics. Let us know what you think in the comments or if there are other topics you would be interested in learning about from the very basic to more in-depth car care issues.

If you want to learn more about Motor Oil Basics, check out our article in Kirk’s Car Care magazine . If you like the video, don’t forget to like our post and share it with your friends. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read our blog.

 

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A little bit about your car’s battery on National Battery Day

Your car’s battery is crucial to starting your engine. It stores power produced by the alternator and runs the secondary electric systems such as your lights, radio, power seats, power windows, and extra electrical parts in your automobile. Even though it is rechargeable, various factors such as weather conditions that are out of your control can shorten the life of your battery.  It’s estimated that a car’s battery will last for approximately 5 years on most cars and longer in the new hybrids and electric cars batteries with estimates of up to 8 years.

Regular maintenance will help prolong its life and don’t forget to shut down front lights, cabin lights, and your radio when the car is not being used.

How your car battery works:

We reviewed a lot of explainer videos and found the best ones here:

Check out this informative infographic for more tips too!

 

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Infographic licensed under Creative Commons

 

We hope you found this short article helpful and happy Battery Day to you 🙂

p.s. Don’t forget to check out our website for our special offer coupons that include a Free Battery Check coupon and $10 off in-stock batteries coupon too.

p.s.s. Contact Kirk’s Auto Center in New York and New Jersey today to schedule your next car battery replacement or other repair and maintenance service. Kirk’s is a family owned business that is thrilled to be your number one auto repair store and provider of tires in New York and New Jersey and surrounding areas since 1973.

Get your motor running…how to use jumper cables to jump start your car.

Get your motor running…how to use jumper cables to jump start your car.Jump! Jump for joy, the holidays are over and winter has settled in, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. Uh…wait, you probably don’t feel like jumping for joy when your car won’t start and your battery is drained.The majority of US passenger vehicles use a standard 12-volt direct current (DC) Lead-acid battery. When a driver turns the ignition key, an electric motor engages the teeth on a flywheel which then goes through a series of steps that ultimately lead to ignition. Once ignition is achieved the engine can produce its own electrical power from its generator or alternator. Once in awhile, it happens that a battery fails or is discharged. That’s when you need to ‘jumpstart’ your car.There are a few different ways that you can jump start your car. This method that we’re sharing today is the most common and requires a 2nd car that will help you get juiced up and ready to go. Now you can jump for joy when you remember you can easily access this handy reference tool on your cell phone or other device — a handy infographic that you can reference with detailed instructions on how to jump start your car.

Source: Infographic by Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance

It’s a good idea to carry a pair of high quality “jumper cables” in the trunk of your car. Jumper cables are 2 heavy gauge wires with large crocodile clips at each end. Good quality jumper cables will have large copper conductors, well-made alligator clips, and insulation which remains flexible at lower temperatures. Longer cables make the task slightly easier — longer cables means easier reach between the two vehicles batteries and less maneuvering of the boosting vehicle.Thanks for taking the time to check out our article here on Niume. We are here to help. Let us know what you think in the comments and what you want to know about your car, car maintenance, and repair. We want to hear from you! Don’t forget to follow us here on Niume too and if you found this article useful please bookmark it, gives us a thumbs up and/or share it with your friends too.

This article was originally published in our auto care publication, Car Care News Kirk’s Auto Center.

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About the Author: Kirk’s Auto Center, with five stores in Northern NJ and NY, is a family owned business serving customers in the area since 1973. In addition to our expert auto maintenance, auto repair and tire (authorized Goodyear dealer) services, we are committed to bringing you quality information to help you maintain and operate your vehicle safely.  Follow us on twitter @kirksautocenter, facebook @kirksautocenter and Pinterest @kirksautocenter too!

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Thanksgiving Travel Tips: Prepare for the worst and expect the best!

Holidays can be fun and they can also be stressful. If you’re driving this Thanksgiving weekend, a couple of miles or a couple of hundred miles, a little preparation can go a long way in making your trip fun and stress-free.

Here are some tips to help you prepare and enjoy stress-free travel by car:

TRAVEL TIMES

Avoid the biggest travel rush times, if you can, instead of traveling on Wednesday, try to schedule your trip on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving or on Thanksgiving morning and/or driving late at night or early in morning to avoid traffic jams is also desirable. You can avoid long traffic jams on your return trip by waiting until Sunday instead of Saturday.

PRE-TRAVEL AUTO PREP

  • Auto check-up. Check your car’s tire pressure, signal and brake lights, oil, windshield wiper fluid, coolant and other fluids. It’s also a good time to change your windshield wiper blades if you haven’t done so lately. If you don’t know how to, you can bring your car into your local auto maintenance and repair shop for a check-up.
  • Check your spare tire to make sure it’s in good condition and that the appropriate tools are stored along with it – tire jack and wrench.
  • Fuel up. Start your trip with a full tank of gas.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car that includes: flashlight, blanket, road flares and a gallon of water as well as a First Aid kit.

MAP IT

Stop off at your local AAA and get a map for your journey or use your GPS navigation system if you have one.
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CHILDREN AND PETS PREP

  • Travelling with children, pack healthy snacks, water, and games. If you plan on them watching a movie or playing video games don’t forget to charge your devices ahead of time.
  • Travelling with pets, secure their pet carriers or crates where they will not get jolted if you have to stop short. Bring water, food, a favorite toy, a leash, and clean-up supplies in case of an accident.

PLAYLIST

Check out some of the travel playlists (and other great road trip info)on our Road Trip Pinterest boards here or make your own.

HOME DELIVERIES

Now that you have all of that done, don’t forget if you need to, to stop your newspaper and/or mail delivery services. You can usually do that online these days.

CHECKLIST

Make a checklist of all the items you’ll need, such as devices (phone, iPad or laptop, digital camera, etc.) and their respective chargers and batteries, gifts, medications, and other treats and goodies.

THE NIGHT BEFORE

Rest up before you drive with a good night’s sleep, charge your electronic devices the night before your trip.

The car trip can draw the family together, as it was in the days before television when parents and children actually talked to each other. -Andrew H. Malcolm

Thanksgiving is a high-traffic holiday and the day before may not be the busiest travel day of the year, the entire weekend still rates as one of the most traveled weekends across the country. Allow plenty of time for travel and know the weather and traffic conditions before you travel.

You’re ready! Get your road trip playlist ready, buckle up and hit the road. Eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel, make your journey joyful. Stay calm knowing that you are prepared for any challenge.

We hope that you and your loved ones arrive at your destination safe and sound. In closing, some safety tips for your road trip

DRIVE SAFE

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

Safety first, driving at or just around the speed limit and keeping a safe breaking distance between cars, will keep you safer. Also if you start to feel drowsy, switch off with your co-pilot or pull over at your nearest rest stop and take a power nap or get out and stretch your legs and take in the fresh air.

PHONES

If you’re traveling alone. Don’t let your phone distract you. If you must make a call or send a text, wait until you reach a rest area to pull over and call or send your message. Or you can use your imagination and pretend you are a time traveler and you’re driving in the prehistoric age when cell phones were not commonly in use. If you’re with others ask your co-pilot to answer the phone for you if it’s important.

DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE

40% of fatal accidents on Thanksgiving evening involve alcohol. If you choose to drink this holiday, call Uber, reserve a cab, or designate a non-drinking driver to get you home safely or find a place to sleep overnight.

We wish you a warm and safe Thanksgiving, from all of us at Kirk’s Tire and Auto!
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Sources: NPR, AAA, Consumer Reports

What do you need to know about your car maintenance and auto repair?

Dear Reader,

First, we want you to know that we started this blog so we can share relevant and educational information to help you, make informed decisions and learn about your vehicle, as well as, to share innovations and other interesting information related to cars and the automotive industry.

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We’re just getting started, and we have a lot of topics on our list to cover throughout the year ahead. Still, we want to hear from you. What do you want to know? What do you need to know about car maintenance and repair? Ask us questions and we’ll try to address them in an article or short video.

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