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Auto Repair in Mint Hill – What Should I Do if My Vehicle is Recalled?

Having your vehicle recalled is a scary thing to have happen. After all, if a vehicle is recalled for a defect, the issue is most likely important. Recalls happen all the time for various reasons. Though recalls themselves are common, what to do when the vehicle is recalled is not commonly discussed.

 

  1. If you vehicle is recalled, you’ll likely get a letter.

Most car companies will send mail to you if they have your address, which they should have if you bought your car from a car dealer (this usually excludes dealerships who focus on used cars.)

2. You are usually required to bring the vehicle to the dealership from where it was originally sold.

Sadly, your local independent auto shop cannot do recall repairs, usually due to licensing or legal reasons. The good news is, however, a recall is free if the recall was issued by the manufacturer. For example, if a Toyota is recalled, the repair is usually done at the Toyota dealership who sold it new, regardless of who currently owns it. If you cannot get to that specific dealership, you should attempt to go to your local dealer.

3. If you have the repair done, you should keep the records.

It is incredibly important you keep the records of a recall repair. If something should happen to the vehicle or if you try and resell it, proof that the job has been done is great to have.

 

If your vehicle ever gets recalled, you can rest easy, you now know everything there is to know about recalls.

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Auto Repair in Mint Hill – Should I Replace My Headlights?

Headlights are a crucial part of any car. After all, without them, driving after sunset would be more of a dangerous stunt than a common activity. Headlights, like any other part, wear over time. Replacing headlights, however, are not as cut and dry as “change your headlights at X miles,” but “when can you not see anymore?” To expand on the topic, we spoke with Manchester Auto and Tie of Mint Hill’s co-owner and co-founder Ken Manchester.

 

“Headlights go bad. A lot of people think you just have to replace headlight bulbs every now and again but a lot of times you have to replace the whole headlight assembly too.”

Ken expanded on the topic; “A lot of times we don’t realize how bad our own headlights are. After all, we drive them every single day, we aren’t going to notice the hang in visibility as well as we think we can.”

 

“What you have to check for is the “fogginess.” When you look into your headlight, can you actually see the bulb? Can you see anything in there? If the answer is no, its time to consider new ones.”

 

We then asked Ken if there is a law about headlight visibility.

 

“Yea, kinda.” He said. “State inspectors are supposed to fail you if they think they’re too foggy. Its an automatic fail if your headlight is cracked or has condensation in it. If your headlights get to that point, the state thinks they need to go ASAP. Its a safety thing. Ultimately, if you think your headlights need to be replaced, just have them checked by professionals. They’ll tell you whats OK and whats not.”

 

If you’d like to talk to Ken or his associates, you can call Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill at 704-545-4597 or email them at kenmanchester1@gmail.com

Auto Repair in Mint Hill – How Do I Unfreeze My Windshield?

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Don’t let this be you!


Have you ever walked outside to your car to head to work only to realize the windshield is frozen solid? In colder months, this is all too possible. Maybe it snowed and the leftover snow froze. Maybe your windshield was wet and it froze overnight. Maybe Mother Nature knows you need to get to work on time and just likes throwing you curve-balls. Whatever the reason, there are many ways to defrost your windshield in an efficient manner. Below are listed some of the most common ways.

 

  1. Cold or Lukewarm Water

Water can speed up the process of defrosting your windshield, especially if your windshield is covered in thick ice. To defrost, simply take water and apply to the windshield by tossing, pouring, or however you like. IMPORTANT: Never use hot water! That could crack your windshield. Cold water or lukewarm water is fine because it is above freezing. It is important to remember glass expands and contracts based on the temperature, and a sudden change from freezing cold to almost boiling is too quick of a change.

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Deicer.

  1. Deicer

Deicers are chemical compounds designed specifically for melting ice on windshields. It is commonly sold at auto parts stores and sometimes gas stations. To use, simply spray onto the iced area and begin to scrape.

  1. Credit Cards

Credit Cards actually make a great scraping tool, especially on light ice and frost. IMPORTANT: If you choose this method, be sure not to scrape with the side with the magnetic strip! This could damage the strip and make the card unusable.

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An ice scraper.

  1. Ice Scraper

Much like a Credit Card, this is best for light ice and frost, but it can be used on heavy ice with the help of deicers or water. The major difference between the scraper tool and a Credit Card, however, is that scraper tools are designed for windshield. They are usually very slightly curved like a windshield, and sometimes are long so you can reach hard to get spots.

  1. The Car’s Defroster

This method is best used on light ice and frost, but if you have time to spare, this car be tried on heavy ice. To do this, simply set a temperature on your heater in the car, and then set the blow to “defrost”. Though this may take some time, as it most likely won’t blow hot right away, it is a hands free method to defrost a windshield.

  1. Ice Blockers/Guards

Some companies make windshield covers for the specific purpose of preventing ice and frost to build up on a windshield. To use, simply apply the guard before harsh weather, and remove it before you attempt to drive.

  1. Winter Windshield Washer Fluid

Winter Windshield Washer Fluid is similar to regular windshield washer fluid, except it is specially formulated to defrost and deice. It is similar to deicer, except it is kept in your windshield washer reservoir.

 

Whatever method you choose, always remember; keep yourself warm when defrosting your windshield! Don’t get frostbite over your windshield!

Auto Repair in Mint Hill – Should I Get My Car Checked Out Before a Trip?

As the holiday season is in full swing, Almost 100 million Americans travel. Maybe its for  vacation, maybe its to see family on Christmas r Thanksgiving. Either way, the odds of you being one of the 100 million is likely. If you’re one of the people driving tis holiday season, there is an important question to ask yourself – “Is my car ready for a trip?”

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Hopefully your adventures will be safer than the Griswolds’ this season.

Is My Car Ready?

Aside from packing and bringing coffee to stay awake during a road trip, there are many things your car needs checked before a road trip. Any funny noises you’ve been putting off – now is the time t have those looked at. Tires are extremely crucial – a low tire is a potential blowout on the way there. Brakes are also an important piece, as not being able to stop is always dangerous. Other minor things to look at include the speedometer accuracy, fluid levels, and if cruise control works.

If anything that a professional looks over is brought up as “bad,” the best time to replace is before a road trip. It is always best to be safe than sorry, because a tow across multiple states can cost hundreds. Even things that seem like nothing – a belt, for instance, can cause the whole car to stop running should it break.

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Is your vehicle ready for the elements?

Where Can I Get My Car Checked Over for a Trip?

Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill has a 49.99 Trip inspection that covers everything from tires to fluids to belts. Nothing is left out. Should you wish to check your vehicle over for a trip, be sure to call us at 704-545-4597 or email us at kenmanchster1@gmail.com.

Auto Repair in Mint Hill – Do I Need Wiper Blades?

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Have you ever caught yourself driving in a storm, and as you go to turn on your wiper blades, you realize, they just smear your windshield, and don’t really wipe anything? This is not an uncommon happening. For most people, you only think about windshield wipers when you need them, not on a sunny, 75 degree day.

In Mint Hill, 32.6% of the year is rainy days. That’s almost a third of the year! It is crucial to have a wiper blade system that works.

What a wiper blade?

A wiper blade is a simple construction of a rubber strip similar to a squeegee attached to a plastic or metal arm. All cars have at least one, almost all have two, and some cars with a hatchback have 3. Vary rarely do cars have 4 or more wipers, but it is possible. The wiper attaches to a clamp device called the arm (on most cars, it is a simple hook, others are more complex) which sets the path for the wiper to follow.

How do I know if I need new wiper blades?

The easiest way to know is simply turn them on doing rain. If they don’t wipe well, they need to be replaced. Other reasons for replacement can be pieces of the rubber missing, a broken arm, or the rubber is scratching the windshield. Depending on blade quality, blades can last 3 months to a year.

How many kinds of blade are there?

There are three main kinds of wiper blades – Standard, Premium (sometimes called Flex) and Exact-Fit. Standard blades usually use metal arms and are designed to be a semi-form-fitting blade. A Premium blade usually uses a plastic base, so it can flex and perfectly fit your windshield. An Exact-Fit is usually a small wiper for the rear windshield, and only designed to fit one specific type of vehicle. It usually does not matter what your car came with, Standard or Premium should fit, but an Exact-Fit is on a case-to-case basis.

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An Exact-Fit blade for Toyota hatchbacks.

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A standard blade.

Where can I get wiper blades?

Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill, LLC has a wide variety of both standard and flex blades at our disposal. We’ll do everything from removal of the old blade to applying the new. You can always set up an appointment at 704-545-4597.