Changing Your Oil

Changing Your Oil

Changing your oil is vital for your vehicle and it will help to avoid costly issues.  It is recommended that you change your oil every 3,000 miles.  The oil filter may also need to be replaced. 

A technician will select the correct grade for your car.  At most places you can get a courtesy check for the engine air filter, antifreeze, brake, power steering, and automatic transmission fluid.

An oil change will put fresh oil into your car and drain the old oil.  This is important because the old oil can become filled with dust, and metal particles.  Your gas mileage can lower and cause engine failure without an oil change. 

Gerber Collision and Glass recommend that you keep up to date with your oil changes.

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Car Windshield Care

Windshield Care

Maintaining your windshield is one of the main priorities of your car.  It makes the car look good and it helps you drive safer.  In a collision, the windshield is what prevents the roof from caving in.  Here are some important tips to contemplate when it comes to taking care of your windshield. 

If you have a crack or chip in your glass get it fixed right away.  Sometimes when you are driving, debris such as pebbles, sand, or trash can cause dings in the glass.  Over time the dings will turn into bigger cracks.

Don’t slam your car doors.  Slamming the doors cause strong vibrations to the windshield.  The vibrations can cause the dings to spread. 

Don’t leave your vehicle in direct sunlight.  Extended exposure to sunlight can shorten the life of your windshield.  If there is a great temperature different on either side of the windshield, the dings could get worse. 

Clean the windshield with vinegar or alcohol.  Use cotton or microfiber towels.  Don’t use ammonia based glass cleaners.  They could destroy the tint. 

Use a rag to clean the wipers.  Dirt and sand can get on the wipers and scratch the windshield.  Rub the rag on the blades to remove the dirt, dust and sand.

Gerber Collision and Glass want you to keep your windshield in good condition.  If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-7gerber. Don’t forget your windshield tips. 

Cleaning the outside of your car

Cleaning the outside of your car

Roll up the windows tightly and shut all the doors.

Rinse the car with a hose. Start with the roof and continue down to the tires.

Fill a bucket with warm water and car detergent. (Although many people use mild dishwashing liquid to wash their car, it’s best to buy automotive car soap designed to protect your paint job.)

Wash the car with a sudsy sponge or rag. Start with the roof and work your way down. Wash the windows and tires, too. Use a step stool if you have difficulty reaching the roof of your car.

Rinse off all the soap with a hose.

Dry the entire car with a clean, dry chamois cloth or towel.

Clean the windows with paper towels or newspaper and window cleaner.

Apply vinyl protectant with a clean rag to any vinyl parts such as the bumper and trim.

Use metal or chrome cleaner on the wheel rims.

Gerber Collision and Glass encourages you to keep your car clean.

 

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Cleaning Your Car Engine

A car owner needs to periodically clean the engine compartment.  This will prevent rust, help find belt wear, and look for oil or fluid leaks.  The proper temperature for cleaning the engine is warm.  You do not want it too hot. 

When the engine is warm, you need to spray it with a non-petroleum based degreaser.  In order to avoid getting degreaser in your face, you should start at the bottom and work your way up.  The degreaser should sit for five minutes.  Use a towel to remove the soiled areas.  After you have cleaned the engine rinse it with water. 

Remove the plastic bags and rubber banks once the engine compartment is clean.  Dry the battery and any puddles.  Start the engine to dry the rest of it.  Wax the painted areas of the engine.  Do not wax the engine itself. 

Disconnect the battery cables and clean the terminals and the battery posts.  You can use a wire brush to do this.  Check all the hinges, shocks, and throttle cables.  Make sure they have a thin coat of non-silicone lubricant.  Check all fluid levels.  Once all these tasks are done, you have completed cleaning your engine.  Gerber Collision and Glass encourage you to clean your engine compartment.

Find that oil leak

  Find that oil leak

Do you have a large amount of oil on your driveway?  Can’t seem to find where all that oil is coming from?  There are a few ways to find where your vehicle is leaking all that sludge, and take steps to stop it.

First thing you’ll want to do is degrease the engine block.  Clean up all oil under the engine and around the valve covers.  The oil pan should also be cleaned to get a good sense of where the leak is starting at.  Start the engine and lay out a brown box.  You may not see the leak for a few minutes.  Be patient, the leak may not be seen if it is a small slow one.

Check to see that the oil filter is properly installed and tight.  Check the oil pan and the drain bolts.  A leak will ooze out if they are not tightened.  One of the most common places for an oil leak is the valve cover gasket.  This gasket is between the valve cover and the engine block.  It can become worn and cracked over the years.  Wipe it clean, start your engine, and check back in a few minutes.   If the area has produced oil it may need adjustment with a torque wrench.

If the leak is still not found, check the head gasket.  This is where the engine heads sit onto a block.  If you find the leak here it could be because of a bad pcv or a hose that has a kink in it.  Wipe them down and see if any oil comes out.  The last place to check is the head gasket itself.  This will be the most costly repair and should be inspected by a professional.  Gerber Collision and Glass recommend wearing the proper safety equipment when looking for the source of your leak.  Safety glasses are a must.  If you are ever in doubt about checking for an oil leak, please have a certified mechanic help guide you through it.

Tire Maintenance and checking air pressure

Tire Maitenance

When to check tire inflation

Proper inflation of your tires is one of the most important aspect of tire maintenance for your vehicle. Only 1 out of 7 car owners correctly checks tire pressure each month. Vehicle owners should check the air pressure on all tires, including spare tires at least once a month.  To help you remember, Gerber Collision and Glass recommends checking air pressure when your car payment or insurance is do each month. If you get in the habit of checking this when you make payments it will become part of your routine.  Regular rotation of your tires will also help prevent irregular and premature wear.

Gerber wants to remind you that proper tire rotation prevents auto collisions.

Excessive Speed Is A Factor In One Third Of All Fatal Crashes

Excessive Speed Is A Factor In One Third Of All Fatal Crashes

Late for an appointment or to pick up the kids from school?  So you tap the gas a little more.  Speeding is a factor in nearly 1/3 of all fatal crashes. The faster you go, the more likely you are to have an auto collision and the greater your risk of serious injury or death. No matter what causes the collision, speeding reduces the amount of available time needed to avoid a crash.  Gerber Collision and Glass wants to remind you of the dangers of speeding :

SPEEDING FACTS

  • Speed was a factor in 30 percent (12,477) of all traffic fatalities in 1998, second only to alcohol (39 percent) as a cause of fatal crashes. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, 1999)
  • In 1998, 40,000 people were critically injured in speeding-related crashes, 72,000 were moderately injured and 599,000 received minor injuries. (NHTSA, 1999)
  • Young drivers (under 30 years old) are more likely to speed than other drivers. Of all drivers involved in fatal crashes, young males are most likely to speed. The relative proportion of speeding-related fatal crashes decreases with increasing driver age. (NHTSA, 1999)
  • Alcohol involvement and speeding often go hand-in-hand. In 1998, 43 percent of drivers with a 0.10 BAC or higher who were involved in fatal crashes were speeding, compared with 14 percent of the sober (0.00 BAC) drivers in fatal crashes. (NHTSA, 1999)

Speed laws prevent auto collisions.  If you’re in a hurry, no destination is worth a speeding ticket and potential car collision. Going too fast may lead to your vehicle spinning out of control or hitting another car, not only are you putting yourself and other motor vehicles at risk to injury but you’re putting your car at risk for being banged up and in need of Auto Collision Repairs.

Beep Beep – Gerber is highly wreck-ommended

Beep! Beep! Gerber is highly wreck-ommended.

Accidents happen, but they shouldn’t disrupt your life. At Gerber Collision & Glass we understand. See what our customers are saying: “Jimmy provided excellent service through the entire repair process. He made sure the final product met my expectations. I have a unique color scheme and it was matched perfectly.” – Michael T.

Gerber Collision & Glass offers top-notch repair work and exceptional customer service. But don’t take our word for it.  See what more of customers are saying >>>

We also make auto glass replacement and windshield repair services easy with our mobile auto glass services. If something happens while you’re at work and you can’t leave the office, don’t worry we’ll take care of it while you keep working!

Learn more about our mobile auto glass repair here >>>

Gerber Collision and Glass can repair HAIL damage on your car…

 

Little rain pellots, they call “HAIL”

Gerber Collision and Glass can certainly bail,

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if your car suffers damage from hail….

 

Hail is definitely not good for your car…

To get it fixed you won’t need to go far,

 

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to fix hail damage in a few

minutes and get you back on the road,

And then you’re off to where you need to go!

 

So call on us and we will fix,

any needs and we’ll do it quick!

 

We care about you and your ride,

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Hurricane Irene and Car Damage

Hurricane Irene – What should you know about damage to your car after the storm passes.

Hurricane Irene continues up the east coast as a destructive Category 1 hurricane, whose maximum sustained winds reached about 90 miles an hour, with occasional stronger gusts.   It’s unlikely for motorists to see damage to their vehicle from the wind itself.  However, the wind causes flying objects, such as falling trees or hail which could damage your vehicle’s windshield. Having your auto glass repaired or replaced after a Hurricane shouldn’t cause you stress.   Even a small crack or chip in your windshield from Hurricane Irene is a significant safety problem and all our repairs are covered by our lifetime guarantee.

With an overwhelming number of motorist needing to get back on the road after the storm passes, Gerber Collision and Glass wants to remind you that we can take care of your auto needs.   We offer convenient auto glass repair and replacement service, both in our shops and via free mobile service.  We have several locations along the east coast to better server you.

Here are some interesting facts about Car Damage from Hurricanes and Tropical storms –

  • Hurricane Floyd (1999) damaged 75,000 vehicles and than half were put back out on the road.
  • Tropical Storm Allison (2001) – More than 95,000 vehicles flooded by the most extensive tropical storm in U.S. history.
  • Hurricane Ivan (2004) – Left more than 100,000 cars submerged in floodwaters throughout the Southeast.
  • Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Wilma (2005) – claimed more than 600,000 cars across the Gulf Coast.  Many of these cars still are showing up for sale around the country.
  • Hurricane Ike (2008) – more than 100,000 cars in Texas and Louisiana, from Galveston and Houston over to Baton Rouge, were left underwater.

Car Safety During a Hurricane – What to do while driving in a storm

The Hurricane… Now I’m not referring to the boxing movie starring Denzel Washington playing Rubin “Hurricane” Carter who was imprisoned for murder but was innocence. While that was a great movie, I’m referring to a hurricane storm! A storm that consists of violent winds, rains, hail, thunder, and lighting. These storms are extremely dangerous and everyone needs to prepare for such storms.

We need to get ready for the storm coming”. That is what most say when a hurricane is coming, and Floridians know all too well what a hurricane can do. Not only can the damaging winds do harm to yourself and your homes, but also to your cars!

With the threatening of the upcoming storm, named Emily, which is now downgraded to a tropical wave (thankfully), I am reminded of what damage can be done to your cars. The violent winds, flooding, falling trees and much more can do serious damage to your cars.  Gerber Collision and Glass can assist in these times, and help you get what you need done to your cars and get your back on the road! Please see us as we will provide any assistance necessary to you or your loved ones. And please be safe!