Posts made in April, 2016

2 Birthday Gift Ideas Your New Teen Driver Should Appreciate

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

With a license to drive and a set of wheels to enjoy, your teen will likely appreciate gifts for their birthday that relate to driving in some way. If you’re like most parents, you are probably interested in gifting them with something that will enhance their experience as a driver without interfering with their concentration while behind the wheel. By focusing on your teen’s needs, you can provide them with a gift that they’ll appreciate yet at the same time improves their ability to be a responsible driver. Consider one or both of the following birthday gift ideas:  Certificates for Services, Inspections, and Parts Whether your teen’s vehicle is brand new or used, they are going to need to consider maintenance on a continual basis. Things like changing the oil on an average of once every 1,000 miles, replacing the brake pads when signs of wear and tear become apparent, and getting yearly tune ups are just a few things your teen will need to keep in mind as a responsible driver. But these services and replacements can add up as time goes on, so consider gifting your teen with a series of gift certificates that can be used toward their vehicle maintenance needs. In addition to gift certificates for a brake pad replacement and a tuneup, you can provide them with certificates for services such as: Wheel alignments and tire repairs. Suspension repairs and maintenance. Replacements for accessories like windshield wipers and headlights. In addition to a few gift certificates, consider enrolling your teen in a roadside assistance program to ensure their safety while on the road for the first year as a new driver. A Prepaid Fuel Card Another useful gift option to consider is a prepaid fuel card that can be funded in a variety of different ways. You can fund the card with enough money to fuel your teen’s vehicle for a couple of weeks, and then they can use it as a savings account and regularly fund the card when possible to create their own source of continual gas money. By ensuring that the prepaid fuel card can be funded using various payment options, such as credit cards, bank accounts, and even Paypal, your teen can use it to earn money for any services like babysitting that they provide to the community. Their customers can simply take the funding information your teen provides them and send a payment to their fuel card. This will also make it easy for you to fund the card when your teen completes a task that isn’t part of their regular chore list as time goes on. These basic gift ideas should be a hit with your teen, especially when they have a need to repair a flat tire or have the brakes replaced. Contact local professionals, such as those from Alignment...

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4 Common Signs Of Air Conditioning Problems In A Semi Truck

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you’re a long haul trucker, having air conditioning in your rig during the summer months is essential. There is nothing worse than driving through an area where the temperature is in the triple digits and finding out that your semi truck’s air conditioner isn’t working as it should. As summer approaches, it is important to pay attention to how your truck’s air conditioner is running– if there is a problem, there will usually be signs. Some of the most common signs of a problem with a semi truck’s air conditioner include:    Air Isn’t as Cold as it Used To Be It can be very frustrating to set your truck’s a/c to the coldest setting, only to have lukewarm or barely cool air blow out. This is a common problem, and it can be caused by several things. You may need to repair or replace the condenser, radiator, or the cooling fan. It may also be possible that the hoses in your cooling system have become clogged with dirt or debris. Don’t wait until the air conditioner in your semi truck completely fails– visit a commercial truck repair shop as soon as possible to have the issue diagnosed and repaired. Leaking Coolant Coolant runs through hoses and helps with the temperature of the air your truck’s air conditioner puts out as well as the pressure. If you suddenly notice that the air pressure coming from the air conditioning vents is very low despite setting your a/c to blow on high, you may have a coolant leak. Truck coolant is very toxic, and it is not a good idea to breathe in the fumes from leaking coolant, so it is a good idea to take care of this type of problem as quickly as possible. Strange Smells If you turn on the air conditioner in your semi truck and immediately notice a musty or foul odor, there is a possibility that you have mold growing inside your truck’s cooling system. Inhaling tiny mold spores on a regular basis may cause health problems, so don’t ignore strange smells coming from your truck’s a/c vents. Unusaual Sounds A truck air conditioner in good repair should make little noise while it is running. If you notice unusual sounds only when the air conditioner is on there may be a problem with the air conditioner’s compressor, or you may have parts inside your trucks cooling system that need to be lubricated. Contact local professionals, such as those from Color Country Diesel Inc, for further...

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