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5 Health Hacks for 2017

Posted on 02/01/2017
 
Healthy resolutions can be difficult to maintain. Finding time for the gym, having the right foods on hand for meals, resisting cravings... It can be hard! But we've put together some easy "hacks" to make staying healthy year-round easier:
 
Brushing Teeth - Bacteria in your mouth can be inhaled and lead to infections in your lungs. Avoid getting sick by brushing and flossing twice per day to remove plaque and excess bacteria. See your dentist at least once per year for a complete cleaning.
 
Hydrate - Hydration is especially important if you are working outside or performing strenuous work. If you are ill, or work indoors where central heat dries you out, stay on top of your hydration. You can 'spike' your water with available supplements to aid your body's hydration. Add a slice of lemon for flavor and a spike of Vitamin C. 
 
Sleep - A well-rested body will fight off illness better and help keep you alert and focused during the day. If you need help falling asleep, wear socks and gloves! Researchers have found that warm feet and hands aid in falling to sleep quicker. If you wake during the night, don't look at the clock. Thinking about the time can increase anxiety, and make sleep difficult again.
 
Sun - Try to get outside and get 10-20 minutes of unfiltered sun and some vitamin D during the day. Vitamin D aids in sleep (see above), lower blood pressure, and stronger bones. All the more reason to enjoy that walk and soak in some rays!
 
Healthy Snacks - Keeping fruit, granola bar, nuts, or jerky with your or in your desk will reduce poor food choices. A vitamin packed alternative to a candy bar will leave you feeling better with no sugar rush or crash later. For an inexpensive, homemade snack, try this recipe for cinnamon vanilla granola.
 
 
Staying healthy is easy with a few simple tips and tricks. In this new year, we hope you accomplish all of your goals and resolutions. Happy New Year!

Pre-Trip and Monthly Car Inspections

Posted on 04/30/2016

Monthly Checklist Tips

Take 10 minutes and use our Monthly Checklist to do your own quick visual car inspection and fluid levels check. A few minutes each month or Before a major trip of 100 miles or more, could save you a lot of money on repairs down the road. Following a basic car maintenance checklist can help keep you on the road and out of the repair shop. A little vehicular pampering can also help extend your fuel economy and put less of a burden on the environment. Take care of your car, and it will take care of you.

Basic automobile maintenance and upkeep describes the action of examining and testing the state of your car's engine and servicing or replacing parts and fluids. Regular maintenance is necessary to ensure the safety, reliability, drivability, comfort and longevity of your car. Completing a monthly preventive maintenance checklist, will alert you to fixable problems, before it's too late.

The actual schedule for a monthly preventive maintenance checklist varies depending on the year, make, and model of your car, its driving conditions and driver behavior. Auto makers create their recommended service schedules based on boundary factors such as:

 number of trips and distance traveled per trip per day

extreme hot or cold climate conditions

mountainous, dusty or de-iced roads

heavy stop-and-go vs. long-distance cruising

towing a trailer or other heavy load

Our monthly preventive maintenance checklist (created by experienced service technicians) recommends a maintenance schedule based on the driving conditions and behavior of the car owner or driver.

Common car maintenance tasks include:

  • Car wash
  • check/replace the engine oil and replace oil filters
  • check/replace fuel filters
  • inspect or replace windshield wipers
  • check or refill windshield washer fluid
  • inspect tires for pressure and wear
  • Tire balancing
  • Tire rotation
  • Wheel alignment
  • check, clean or replace battery terminals and top up battery fluid
  • inspect or replace brake pads
  • check or flush brake fluid
  • check or flush transmission fluid
  • check or flush power steering fluid
  • check and flush engine coolant
  • inspect or replace spark plugs
  • inspect or replace air filter
  • inspect or replace timing belt and other belts
  • lubricate locks, latches, hinges
  • check all lights
  • tighten chassis nuts and bolts
  • check if rubber boots are cracked and need replacement
  • test electronics, e.g., Anti-lock braking system or ABS
  • read fault codes from the Engine control unit

Following a basic car maintenance checklist can help keep you on the road and out of the repair shop. A little vehicular pampering can also help extend your fuel economy and put less of a burden on the environment. Take 10 minutes and use our Monthly Checklist to do your own quick visual car inspection and fluid levels check. A few minutes each month could save you a lot of money on repairs down the road. Remember ... Take care of your car, and it will take care of you.

Pre-Trip Checks

Posted on 04/30/2016

Take a few moments and become familiar with our Services link with more detail on all aspects. Take care of your car and it will take care of you. Following basic car maintenance tips can help keep you on the road and out of the repair shop. A little vehicular TLC can even help stretch your fuel dollar and help the environment too.

 

 

Here are some Car Care guidelines:

Battery

Most car batteries today are maintenance-free, sealed and can last more than three years. The first sign your battery should be replaced is often trouble starting the engine.

Tires

A car tire inflated to 35 pounds per square inch (psi) can lose one psi every month or for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit of temperature change, so your car maintenance checklist should include checking tire pressure. Find the recommended level in the owner’s manual or on a sticker on the driver’s side door jamb. And don’t forget the spare.

Rotate tires every 6,000 miles to prevent uneven wear, replace them when they become worn and have the alignment checked if the car pulls to either side when driving or if you notice uneven tire wear.

Engine oil  

Checking and changing oil is critical to keep today’s engines running properly and efficiently. Follow manufacturer guidelines for changing the lubricant – generally, every 3,000 miles or three to six months.

Check the oil level with the engine off and the car parked on a level surface. Open the hood, remove the dipstick (usually Yellow in Color) , wipe it clean with a cloth or paper towel, then return it to the oil reservoir. Take it out again and see whether the level is within the acceptable range marked on the dipstick. If you add oil, don’t overfill, this could make a check engine light come on or worse, damage the engine.

Transmission fluid

Checking the automatic transmission fluid is another vital item on the car maintenance checklist. Look for a reservoir marked ATF (automatic transmission fluid) and follow the same steps as monitoring the oil level – only this time, with the engine running. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for change intervals, about every 30,000 miles.

Engine coolant

Replace most engine coolant or antifreeze every 30,000 miles – or every two to three years. Newer formulas, however, may last up to 50,000 miles. To check coolant level, turn the car off and wait for the engine to cool. Locate the coolant reservoir (usually a translucent plastic tank) and eyeball the level of the coolant against the full and low indicators.

Power steering fluid

Power steering fluid should be changed every three years or 50,000 miles. If you have a power steering fluid reservoir, check the level visually; otherwise, follow the dipstick method. Low power steering fluid may indicate a leak, so have your mechanic take a look.

Brakes and brake fluid

Check to ensure that brake fluid levels are within tolerance. How often you need to replace brake pads or other components depends on how you drive and typical driving conditions. Warning signs of a brake problem include noise, vibration or “grabbing” when you apply the brakes. Working on your brakes is a job probably best left to the professionals.

Air filter

Basic car maintenance suggests changing your air filter each year or every 12,000-15,000 miles. A clean air filter can help your engine “breathe” better and improve gas mileage and reduce harmful emissions.

Fuel filter

Replace it annually to help prevent debris from clogging your car’s fuel line.

Windshield wipers and wiper fluid

Windshield wiper care is one of the most neglected basic car care tips. Replace the blades every six to 12 months or whenever the rubber becomes worn. Check the wiper fluid reservoir every week or so and keep it full.

Headlights and brake lights

With your car turned on and parked, have someone walk around to see that your lights are working – headlights, brake and tail lights, turn signals, etc. Replacing bulbs in today’s vehicles can be a challenge. Have a mechanic do the job, particularly replacing and aiming headlights. A pro also knows if the problem is a blown fuse, not a burned out bulb.

Get your Swish On!!

Posted on 03/11/2016

" Thanks to all our customers

who have participated in our

'Hoops' Game"

 

 

Week of March 14-19th Winners : 

Charles Robinson - 2 Baskets 

Lisa Covi  - 4 Baskets

Frank malone - 2 Baskets 

Raphael Pena - 1 Basket

Kayln Hall - 1 Basket 

Liluvina Cribeiro - 3 Baskets 

Peter Henderson - 3 Baskets 

John Marburg - 3 Baskets 

Nick Allen - 1 Basket 

Sumpter Riley - 2 Baskets 

Walsh Taylor - 2 Baskets 

Anna Brown - 2 Baskets 

Nancy Clusen - 2 Baskets 

Robert Riggs - 1 Basket 

David Greenberg - 1 Basket 

Patrick Orr - 2 Baskets 

Charles Robinson - 2 Baskets 

Kara Goobic - 1 Basket 

Week of March 7-12th Winners : 

Denard Jarmon - 2 Baskets 

Jon Parsonette - 2 Baskets 

Jonathan Bryson  - 3 Baskets 

Bertha Paige - 3 Baskets 

Ashley Brown - 1 Basket 

 

 

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