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Written by Jessica Golden

Three Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Car Lover

car repair, maintenance, Car shopThey love you, and they also really love their cars. You’re jealous, but Valentine’s Day is an annual event celebrating unconditional love. If the way to his or her heart is through a car, you will take that path. Anyway, a gift for their car will make them happy, and it will also be practical. Besides, you want your Valentine’s Day date ride to look the best it can be. The following are three Valentine gift ideas for the one you love, who also happens to love a car.

Car Wash & Detail

The winter has been long, and it has been tough on your loved one’s vehicle. Grime and salt thrown up from slushy roads has roughed up the car’s paint job and started to corrode its undercarriage. Washing the car yourself on a driveway won’t do the job. It will be awfully tough to reach every nook and cranny underneath that may be covered with dried up mud, so we recommend buying a gift certificate for a professional car wash as well as a detail. The interior has also received a beating from the elements. The car will sparkle and be squeaky clean both inside and out, and your significant other will be proud to take you out to dinner in his ride for your Valentine’s Day date.

Oil Service

Engine oil is the lifeblood of your car’s engine, and your loved one may have been putting this important service off for a while and it’s now overdue. For critical engine lubrication and protection, clean engine oil and a new oil filter are essentials. Many independent car facilities offer gift certificates offering this service, and so you can give this very important service as a wonderful Valentine’s Day present to your most favorite person.

New Tires

A wet and cold winter has been rough on your significant other’s ride. The cold, salt, snow, sleet, and potholes have taken their toll. If you notice that the tire’s treads have also been worn down from commutes and errands, it’s probably time for the penny test. All you have to do is insert a penny into your tire’s tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, the tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and time to get new tires.

If they are snow tires, they will need to be swapped out for all seasons, so this would be a great time to treat your loved one with you new tires. You will also help ensure his or her safety. By the way, many local independent services offer professional tire services.

Last Advice

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offer the following benefits:

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

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Written by Jessica Golden

Top Eight Vehicle Services for New Drivers – Part 2

 car mechanic, car shop, repair servicesAs discussed previously, a new driver will probably be driving a used car. The vehicle may be more of a challenge to maintain because it will be older with higher mileage. However, proper and regular maintenance will save you money in the long run. Part 1 covered the topics of air filter, battery, brakes, and hoses and belts. Part 2 will discuss the last four of the eight most important services for your vehicle.

Oil Change

Lubricating the moving parts of the engine, oil provides critical protection from high temperatures and friction. As oil gets older, its viscosity starts breaking down, and eventually it will lose its effectiveness. Although newer vehicles may not need oil services every 3,000 miles depending on the oil use, you should perform regular checks of the oil level. Make sure to discuss your vehicle, manufacturer’s recommendations and usage of your vehicle for the proper oil and service interval recommendations.

Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are responsible for the ignition of the air/fuel mixture within each cylinder of your engine. This results in multiple controlled explosions that provide the energy necessary to power every internal-combustion vehicle. As do every electrical element, a spark plug will eventually burn out. If a spark plug stops working, the engine will be forced to work harder, and this will be very inefficient. Check the manufacturer’s recommended replacement intervals. They can be recommended by both time and/or mileage.  Ensuring the spark plugs are in good condition will result in smoother running and an engine with longer service life.

Tires

Car tires are engineered to last for thousands of miles, and they can be costly. However, even tires of the highest quality will eventually wear and undergo a loss of air pressure. Maintaining proper tire inflation has three very important benefits. First, tires will last significantly longer because wear will be more even. Second, safety is enhanced because under or over inflated tires are much more likely to blowout at highway speeds. Third, proper inflation results in improved fuel efficiency, reducing costs. Other important tire services are regular tire rotations and alignments, which will also assure even tire wear.

Wiper Blades

Wiper blades are important because they help ensure a driver’s visibility, making driving safer. The longevity of your windshield wipers will depend on the region where you live. Rubber will degrade more quickly because of UV rays and high temperatures if you live in the Sunbelt. Similarly, cars driven in areas that experience freezing temperatures will have wiper blades that will degrade faster because of cold and salt. Depending on the normal weather conditions of your area, replacing wiper blades ever six to twelve months will be necessary to make sure they remain effective.

Last Advice

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offer the following benefits:

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

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Written by Jessica Golden

Car Transmission Servicing and Repair

 Transmission,car mechanic, Repair AnnapolisThe maintenance of your car’s transmission maintenance is critical. Periods of prolonged low fluid levels and fluid leaks are the most probable causes of a faulty transmission. Both problems will lead to damage and costly repairs.

Regular Filter and Fluid Changes

Like vehicle engine oil, transmission fluid may be contaminated and degrade eventually. To prevent these issues, regular transmission flush and fluid changes have to be regularly performed.

A transmission breakdown would be quite costly. In contrast, a transmission flush that prevents problems is a much smaller percentage of the expense. Typically, overheating caused by poor maintenance is the main cause of transmission failure.

Check your vehicle maintenance recommendations or speak to a trusted technician for recommended service intervals.

Flush and Change Comparison

A special machine flushes all the fluid from a car’s transmission, removing contaminants and grime from the cooler lines and torque converter that would cause transmission issues. Transmission flushes include pumping a special solution through the lines until exiting completely clean, then new fluid is introduced.

In contrast, a fluid change usually consists of removing the transmission pan, replacing the filter and fresh fluid. This service usually evacuates 75-80% of the fluid.

In any case, both flushes and changes will improve, maintain, and extend the service life and performance of your vehicle’s transmission.

Transmission Rebuilding or Replacement

If your vehicle’s transmission is malfunctioning, immediately bring your car to a service facility for an inspection. Transmission faults will be identified, and the examination will determine which repairs will be necessary. If a transmission requires significant work that is very expensive, either an overhaul or replacement should be considered as options. A certified mechanic expert in transmissions will be able to assist you in making this decision.

Last Advice

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offer the following benefits:

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

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Written by Jessica Golden

Winter Tune-up Checklist for Your Car

 car maintenance, car services, Annapolis MDBenjamin Franklin wrote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Winter is just around the corner, so it’s time to begin preparing your vehicle for the tougher weather of this season. The following is a winter tune-up checklist for your car, which your trusted certified mechanic can get done before the snow falls.

Battery Check

Very cold temperatures make it difficult on batteries.

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Written by Jessica Golden

9 Basic Car Maintenance Tips

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Following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule and using replacement products with correct specifications is the key for a car’s long life. Taking extra care of the interior and exterior of your automobile will also keep you proudly driving your vehicle for an extended length of time.

Below are 9 basic car maintenance tips that will help keep your four-wheeled pride and joy on the road for many years.

Oil Check and Change

Proper maintenance of a car’s motor oil and oil filter is the most important method of assuring long engine life. On the flip side, neglecting the above will lead to premature deterioration of an engine.

Transmission and Differential Fluids

Although service frequency is low, both will require changing at service intervals that a car manufacturer requires. It is also very important to use the specified type and viscosity.

Cooling System Flush

Performing a cooling system flush and replacing the coolant periodically is important. A 50/50 mixture of 50% coolant and 50% distilled water will properly maintain a cooling system by preventing the build-up of deposits and corrosion. Check the coolant concentration and make sure that it is sufficient for your climate.

Brake Fluid

Since brake fluid has the quality of hygroscopic, attracting moisture, it needs to be replaced at regular intervals. Braking components will corrode and fail because of a high level of moisture in the brake fluid. Replacing brake fluid is inexpensive, while replacing sensors, calipers, and hoses is not.

Exterior Maintenance

Obviously, keeping the visible exterior the vehicle clean will preserve its looks. The best way to beautify and protect a car’s paint job is by applying a fresh coat of wax twice a year.

Underside Cleaning

The underside of your car also needs to be cleaned regularly, especially during the winter when it is exposed to the effects of salt, dirt, and grime.

Interior Maintenance

Parking a vehicle in the shade or garage, as well as using a windshield visor and UV protective spray, will protect the interior’s plastic and vinyl from drying and cracking.

Lubricate Moving Parts

To assure the longevity of moving parts, they must be lubricated regularly. This includes drive line components like u-joints.

Wheel Bearings

As required by the manufacturer’s service intervals, wheel bearings should be inspected, cleaned, and repacked with grease. This procedure is cheap in contrast to replacing spindles and hubs.

Last Advice

Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offer the following benefits:

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.