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Why Spring Is The Perfect Time To Change Your Tires

Why Spring Is The Perfect Time To Change Your Tires

When it comes to a change in the weather, we often think of longer days and warmer weather, looking forward to trips to the beach and other road trip adventures. If adventures like this are on your to-do list, then it might be a good time to think about your tires. Did you put on winter tires this fall? If so, it is time to go back to an all-season tire. Unfortunately, driving on the same tires year-round can cause all sorts of issues, which is why it is important to change out your tires seasonally.  First of all, if you have studded tires or winter tires, the studs will cause reduced fuel economy and damage the roadway in addition to wearing down the metal studs, rendering them less likely to make it through another season. Each type of tire is made with different rubber compounds. Winter tires are softer, which means they will wear much faster than an all-season, that is engineered with a rubber compound that will hold up to hotter temperatures on the road. If you really think ... read more

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Got Rodents In Your Engine Compartment? Here’s What To Do About Them?

Got Rodents In Your Engine Compartment? Here’s What To Do About Them?

Did you find rats in your ride or mice in your manifold? Yikes!! Those buggers can chew up the electrical, tear up your insulation, and damage your ventilation system! They can cost you thousands in repairs if you don't get them out in time.  Mice are everywhere and are not going away any time soon. If you are finding traces of rodents in your car, you will want to take up the good fight right away. One way is to call a pest control business to help you. However, that can get costly. If you are in a losing battle, then perhaps it will be your best choice. If you are game to put up a fight, here are a few ideas on how to get them gone from their nest in your car. Block every entrance and exit in the engine compartment may feel like an impossible task. However, it just takes some time and patience. Start with some screen for blocking and put it across any openings that you can find. Find a buddy to shine a light in the dark and mark them. Traps. When you are not driving your c ... read more

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Preventive Maintenance: How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways!

Preventive Maintenance: How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways!

Ahhh… February. The month of love. We tend to think about romantic love for a partner, but don’t forget to show love for your friends, family, pets, and even your car. The best way to show love for your car is through a regular maintenance program. It matters. Period. It’s not uncommon for cars to make it to the  300,000 or even 400,000 mile marker when preventive maintenance has been a priority. We all know there aren’t any guarantees, but we also know that without a doubt, preventive maintenance will help you get the most out of your vehicle and it will definitely extend it’s life.  Just like you know that if you eat well, get enough rest, and exercise, you’ll get the most out of YOUR life! You will function and feel better just like your car. How do I love thee, dear car? Let me count the ways that I can show you: Tire care: checking tread depth, overall wear and tear including side walls, checking regularly for proper inflation, regu ... read more

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Top Winter Road Trip Destinations

Top Winter Road Trip Destinations

Road trips aren’t reserved for warmer months. Some of the most beautiful road trips are during winter when everything is a magical white. It may be cold, but if you prepare ahead of time, you will stay warm and safe.  The best way to stay safe is to be smart about your driving. Giving yourself plenty of room around you, having properly fitted chains, not being in a hurry can all add up to safe driving that will get you to where you want to be rather than stuck in a ditch. You’ll also want to make sure your vehicle is in prime driving condition. Here are a few things you’ll want to check on plenty ahead of time in case you need an adjustment or repair:  Tires: Look for the proper tread depth, inspect for general wear and tear, and inflate tires accordingly knowing that they tend to expand and retract based on weather. Proper inflation alone can help your tires grip the road. Lights: All lights need to be in proper working order. Check headlights, running l ... read more

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Light Diesel Vs. Gasoline Engines: The Pros & The Cons

There are pros and cons to both light diesel and gasoline engines. Let’s take a look at both and give you an opportunity to figure out what will work best for you.  Diesel engines are more fuel efficient. They also have more low-end torque. Diesel fuel has 10-15% more energy than gas, which means that they have the potential to go 20-30% than gasoline-powered vehicles. There have been many improvements made to diesel engines over the years that make them so much better than they once were.  Thanks to improved technologies that affect fuel injection and electronic controls, diesels have increased power, improved acceleration, and significantly increased overall efficiency. They are now quieter and run more smoothly. This is due to new engine designs as well and vibration and noise dampening technologies. They also now have much better cold-weather-starting abilities.   They run cleaner than they did, but they are still behind gasoline engines on this level ... read more

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How To Protect Your Vehicle From Rust With Oil-Based Undercoating

How To Protect Your Vehicle From Rust With Oil-Based Undercoating

When you live in a place like New York, we all know how likely it is that our vehicles will end up with rust issues. That rust affects resale value as well as life expectancy. It takes a toll on your vehicle that can end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. If you love your car and want it to look good for as long as you own it, this is just one more way to keep heads turning as you drive past. Whether or not you’re driving the soccer-mom van or a supercar, everyone wants to look their best and this is one sure way to make that happen. Rustproofing/undercoating prevents, or at least delays, the rusting of the undercarriage of your vehicle. Schultz Auto & Truck Repair uses an oil based undercoating to rustproof your car. It prevents all of the water, salt, debris, and chemicals used to clear the roads from embedding into the paint and metal. For best results, it’s good to have this procedure periodically repeated.  The auto repair team at Schultz Auto &a ... read more

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Fall is Snow Tire Time at Schultz Auto & Truck Repair!

Fall is Snow Tire Time at Schultz Auto & Truck Repair!

Skates are great for the ice arena, but when our roads turn into ice rinks, you’ll want the best snow tire possible. Even though this year’s winter forecast for Hamburg, NY is warmer than usual, you know it will still be cold with plenty of snow. Make sure that you and your vehicle are ready for the snow. The proper snow tires are going to matter! Schultz Auto & Truck Repair can help you with the right snow tires, and here are some other helpful suggestions for handling this year’s New York winter: You have great snow tires, now you need to make sure they are in the best condition possible. Check for tread depth as well as wear or other damage to the side walls. This can help you stop when you need to even with snowy conditions. Know that all the great de-icing salts and chemicals help to keep the ice down on the roadways but they also wear down your brakes. Make sure to have your brakes checked out this winter. Plan ahead for any winter road trips. Make sure y ... read more

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Five Things Every Young Driver Should Know About Their Vehicle

Five Things Every Young Driver Should Know About Their Vehicle

Most of us like to jump in our cars and go without thinking much about anything other than where we are headed. Especially when we are young and we can’t wait to get to a party, a friend’s house, or some other fun event. It is, however, important that everyone holds a bit of knowledge about the powerful vehicle under the control of our foot on the pedal, hand on the shifter, mitts on the steering wheel.  Know your car: Make sure someone teaches you about your specific car. From lights to brakes to everything in between, set it all up the ways that will keep you safe before ever pulling away from the curb. Understand all of your lights, set all mirrors to provide you with the least blind spots, and set your seat to provide you with comfort but also with the best ability to properly handle your steering wheel.  Owner's manual: Contrary to popular belief, your owner’s manual isn’t just there to take up room in your glove box or to satisfy the automa ... read more

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Dog Days Of Summer: How To Best Protect Your Pooch In Your Car

Dog Days Of Summer: How To Best Protect Your Pooch In Your Car

Many of us love to travel with our dogs. In fact, many of us don’t even like to leave our best friend behind when we go to the grocery store. We love our pooches, but that doesn’t mean it’s always best for us to bring them with us wherever and whenever we go out. It’s important to realize that our vehicle’s interior heats up very fast. When it’s only 70 degrees outside, a car interior can climb to 104 in a half an hour and up to 113 within an hour. The penalties for leaving a pet in your car ranges from a $50 fine up to a felony. Never leave your pet alone in your vehicle. There are other ways to protect your pooch when traveling or running errands that won’t leave your pet behind waiting for you in the car. It’s not a law in New York to restrain your dog in the backseat, but there are plenty of discussions encouraging lawmakers to take that stance. Some states already have those laws in place. While we don’t here, it is the safes ... read more

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How to Make Sure Your Car Is Prepared For The Hot Weather

How to Make Sure Your Car Is Prepared For The Hot Weather

Now that winter is long gone and spring showers are gone you can finally get ready for summer months. You might be ready for summer after you have stocked up on sunscreen, watermelon, and a new swimsuit. Think again! Just like you prepare your car for winter weather you also need to prepare your car for the hot blistering weather. Keep these tips in mind during all of our upcoming heat waves. The most important thing you want in the hot weather is a fully functioning air conditioning system in your car. To check this simply turn your car on and the AC, you obviously want cold air to be blowing out. If its just air blowing out then most likely something small needs to be replaced like an air filter.  Not only do you want to stay nice and cool during the hot weather but so does your car. Check your car's radiator to make sure it has enough coolant. If you glance at your dashboard and see the temperature gauge is too high this could be an indicator that there is a leak. A pro t ... read more

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