Dangers of DIY Maintenance

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Patching a flat tire with duct tape. Replacing a bumper with PVC pipe or cardboard. Hooking up a fan in place of broken air conditioning. Believe it or not, these misguided DIY car repair attempts are true stories. When untrained people look for a cheap solution to a car problem, the results can be disastrous. MYTH: Fixing your car at home is the same as fixing it at a repair shop  FACT: While saving money with some do-it-yourself work can be a good thing, attempting to fix your own car could actually cost you more, and give you a headache. If you are unsure of what you are doing, you could end up making things worse and damaging the vehicle even further. The components in your vehicle, especially when you’re addressing transmission repair, are interconnected in ways that are not always obvious. A …… ( more )

Tips to Go Green with your Car!

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Whether the beautiful spring weather has you thinking about nature or Earth Day inspired you to give back, it is easy to “go green” with your vehicle. In a few easy steps, you can practice greener driving and car maintenance to help the environment, your car, and your wallet! Before you drive, you can do a few quick checks for a greener car: Remove any excess weight from your car. Having extra junk in your car weighs it down – get rid of it to increase your fuel economy! Check your tires. Low tire pressure means more of the tire contacts the road, increasing resistance and making the engine work harder to drive the car. When you stop for gas, don’t overfill your tank. Stop when the pump turns off – the gas needs room to expand. Close the gas …… ( more )

Protect your Car with a Car Wash!

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Spring has sprung in Galva! As we get ready for spring road trips and spring cleaning, we hope you’re enjoying the beautiful spring weather. During your spring cleaning, don’t forget about your car! Your car is one of the biggest purchases you make, so it is only natural to want to protect it. One easy trick to keep your car healthy is a car wash. Though it may not seem critical, washing your car is an important part of preventative maintenance. Here are a few good reasons to clean your car: Remove contaminants Dirt, road grease and tar, acid rain, bird droppings, and sun damage can all threaten your vehicle. These contaminants can harm your car’s paint and finish, speed up rust and oxidation, and cause corrosion. Wash your car regularly to protect it from these threats. Consider using a …… ( more )

A Love Letter to our Vehicles

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To our family vehicle, You are always there to get us where we need to go. You take us to work and home safely, pick up the kids from soccer practice, run errands, and enable new adventures. You carry the people we love and the things we use every day. You keep us warm and dry when the rain pours and offer a fresh breeze when it’s hot outside. You help us discover new places, explore the city we live in, and expand our horizons. You represent our freedom, our wanderlust, our work, our play, and our lives. From road trips to daily commutes, highways to back roads, you keep our family safely on the road. We know we don’t always do our best. We leave stuff in the trunk far longer than we need it. We let the dirt get …… ( more )

Transmission Fluid Resolutions

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As we head into a new year, think about the resolutions for your vehicle! Just like you want to eat better and exercise more for your body, your vehicle needs the same boost of maintenance to keep it running strong. One of the best ways to do this is with a regular fluid flushes. Your oil is not the only fluid that requires attention – transmission fluid plays an important role in keeping your vehicle performing its best. Transmission fluid should be checked regularly as part of your vehicle’s inspection. Just like motor oil, the transmission fluid can become spent, contaminated, and thick over time. When this happens, the fluid no longer flows smoothly through the transmission. This can cause damage to the many moving parts and components within the transmission. If there is not enough lubrication, the moving parts …… ( more )

Making an Emergency Plan for your Teen Driver

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There is nothing quite as stressful as having a teenage son or daughter learning to drive. I’ve been there – so worried about my son’s safety that I wanted to wrap him in bubble wrap every time he got into the car. But without being able to control every driver on the road, including my teenager, there is no way to guarantee their safety. As parents, the best we can do is make an emergency plan so your teen driver is prepared for any situation. Spare Tire. Most vehicles have a spare tire, jack, and lug wrench kit, but make sure your teen knows where to find them and how to use them. Jumper Cables. With proper maintenance, battery failure can almost always be prevented. But if your teen leaves the lights on overnight or something unexpected fails, they might find themselves with a …… ( more )

Transmission Issues in Cold Weather

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If you’ve noticed issues with your vehicle in the cold Kansas winter, the culprit may be your transmission fluid. As the temperature drops in Galva, the cold can increase the viscosity of transmission fluid. Fluid that is too thick will not be able to travel smoothly through the system. The usual flow that keeps your transmission operating at its best will become plugged up, resulting in lower performance and leaving your tranmsision at risk for bigger problems. Before the cold sets in, stop by Nightingale Transmissions for a transmission fluid check. Our technicians will inspect your transmission make sure the fluid is prepared for the cold weather ahead. If your transmission fluid is worn or thick like sludge, our skilled technicians will recommend and perform a transmission fluid flush. With a transmission fluid flush, all of the spent fluid is removed from …… ( more )

5 Tips for a Fun and Safe Halloween

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Ghosts, ghouls, goodies… the spooky and festive holidays are here! Before you embark on this year’s trick-or-treating, we want to offer a few tips to have a fun and safe Halloween: Bring a Flashlight for trick-or-treating. Look for safe neighborhoods with working street lamps. Even in well lit areas, a flash light will help you and the little ones navigate steps and paths up to the houses. Well-fitted costumes can help you avoid trips and falls. Try on costumes with the family before you hit the streets. If pants or skirts are a little too long, hem or secure with safety pins so they don’t trip. Reflective tape can be added to almost any costume to improve visibility after dark. Stick on seams, backs, legs, and sleeves or get creative and find a fun way to incorporate into the design …… ( more )

Why you need a Transmission Flush

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The problem with transmission fluid is that you can’t always tell when it is dirty just by looking at it. Transmission fluid is often a bright red or green color. When you look into the fluid while your car is parked, it may seem clean and clear. But hidden underneath is dust and debris waiting to mix in and flow through your engine. Just like the motor oil and other fluids in your vehicle, transmission fluid wears down over time. It collects contaminants, breaks down, and needs replaced periodically in order for it to be effective. When the fluid becomes contaminated, it carries the debris through the engine as your car operates. Over time, this can wear down the components in your vehicle, leading to extensive damage, transmission failure, and expensive repairs. A Transmission flush will clear all this contaminates …… ( more )

Comparing Monthly payments to Maintenance costs

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When you’re thinking about purchasing a new (or new-used) vehicle, it is easy to focus on the new features, shiny paint, and dealer offers of a new vehicle. But is it really worth it to buy a new car? Let’s look at just one factor: Monthly payments. Buying a new car usually comes with a large loan, broken into monthly payments for years to come. If you already have paid off your vehicle, you’re monthly payment free for as long as the car is on the road! But you can’t forget maintenance costs. The cost of a new vehicle isn’t limited to the price tag or monthly payment. New cars (and used cars) will still have regular maintenance costs, including oil changes, alignments, and other preventative maintenance. When you’re looking at a quote for a large repair on an older …… ( more )