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How to Safely Change a Flat Tire

Changing a tireEventually every driver will probably have to deal with a flat tire — it’s just part of life. Having to change it yourself by the side of the road can seem like a daunting task, but if you’re prepared with both the proper equipment and know-how, it’s much easier than you think. Our Crestview Chrysler Service Department technicians suggest that you practice the following steps before the inevitable happens.

Be Prepared

  • Making sure your tires are inflated properly is an essential part of vehicle maintenance. When you check the air pressure in your tires, you also need to check your spare tire, or donut tire. Inflate it to the correct air pressure (as stated in your owner’s manual), and if it’s in bad condition, take it to a service center to be fixed or replaced. If your donut fails when you need it, you’ll need to get a tow instead.
  • There’s some safety equipment that can help with changing a flat tire, too. If you have some work gloves with you, they can keep your hands clean, and warm if it’s colder outside. Keeping a flashlight or a lantern-style flashlight will be helpful if you are changing a flat tire when it’s dark out. Also, if you can put a clean tarp in your trunk with your other supplies, you’ll have a clean place to work on the ground.

Changing the Tire

  • First, make sure you pull over to a safe area. Minimize how much driving you do on a flat, because you don’t want to damage the rim. Pull it over on a straight section of the road, and put the car in park and pull the emergency break. Keep your keys with you instead of letting them stay in the ignition. Turn on the car’s hazard lights, and place your flares or hazard triangles to move traffic away from you. Now you’re ready to get to work.
  • Get your tools out, and set them out on the tarp next to your tools. You’ll need to get the spare tire, the jack, and the lug wrench out.
  • Before you jack the car up, remove the hubcap with the flat end on the lug wrench. Then use the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts in even steps, about two turns for each nut at one time. If a lug nut is too tight, then hold the wrench on the nut with one hand, and step on the other end. Persistence will be your ally.
  • The jack will usually have a notch in the top where you’ll find a matching notch on the underside of your vehicle (called the jack point), so raise the jack to fit the notches together. Then jack the car up to lift the tire off the ground a few inches. Take the nuts off and pull the flat tire off. Put the new tire on, and use your hands to tighten the nuts back on.
  • Lower the car, and tighten the nuts all the way. Tighten them diagonally to keep the pressure applied evenly. Replace the hubcap. Make sure the jack is lowered all the way before you put it back, and put the flat tire in the wheel well.
  • You’re done! Now get back on the road, but drive slowly — don’t go faster than about 65 km/hour.

Need Service?

Crestview Chrysler has one of the largest inventories in Saskatchewan, so our service technicians are expertly trained in a ton of different makes and models. For more information about the services and parts we offer, or for more tips on what to do in the event of a flat, contact Crestview Chrysler today!

Check the Brake System Master Cylinder to Make Sure You Have Enough Brake Fluid

Master Brake Cylinder

Can You Find Your Brake Master Cylinder?

We’re one Dodge dealer near Disley that can provide you with information on taking care of your vehicle, such as telling you how to check and replacing your brake fluid. Like oil changes or checking your power steering fluid, checking and replacing brake fluid is crucial for any car owner. Fortunately for Disley drivers, this is also something that you can do at home and should be done every few months.

 

Get Into the Brake Fluid Reservoir

This is located on top of the brake master cylinder and may have a small plastic bottle on it. If it does, then all you have to do is unscrew it — or, if it’s a metal reservoir, then grab a screwdriver to open the top. Be sure your hood is clean before going into the reservoir since you don’t want any dirt in there.

What you’re looking for at the top of the reservoir is the diaphragm cups, which stop fluid from evaporating. Should the cups be in the descended position, then it means you will probably need more brake fluid; come into our service department and we can help replenish it for you. For now, push the cups back up with a non-greasy finger.

Check the Master Cylinder

Look inside the cylinder itself and you will be able to get a better gauge of how much brake fluid you have left. You should see a line on the side at the top that says full. The brake fluid should be ideally at the top or close to a half-inch away, or else you need more brake fluid.

Don’t spend too much time looking, though, so that oxygen doesn’t get in there and ruin the fluid. Close the cylinder without getting it dirty; brake fluid should not come out, or else you may have a problem. Lastly, grab a flashlight and shine it under the master cylinder to see if there’s any leakage.

Come to Crestview Chrysler for Service

If you find any leakage, or if you need some help checking the brake fluid, there’s only one Disley area Dodge dealer that you need: Crestview Chrysler. Contact us if you have any questions about taking care of your vehicle, and follow us on Facebook for more maintenance tips!

An Easy Guide to Repacking Your Wheel Bearings

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Crestview has service tips for DIY mechanics.

If you’re looking for a reliable Chrysler dealer near Stony Beach, come to Crestview Chrysler for all of your vehicle maintenance needs. Our service technicians have the skills to make sure that you’re completely satisfied.

In today’s blog, our service technicians want to provide a few tips for repacking wheel bearings. First of all, check to see if you have drum brakes or disc brakes. Drum brakes are easy to repack, but disc brakes are trickier and you may want to stop in to our service department if you aren’t confident.

 

 

 

Jack Up the Vehicle and Get to Work

The first step is to jack up the car and take off the wheel; be sure to place jack stands, just to be safe. You’re fine if you have a floating drum, but is you have a hubbed drum, you will need to take off the grease cap first. Next, you will need to remove the outer bearing, including the washer.

Check and Clean the Bearings

Now that you’ve got a good look at the bearings, take a glance at the grease. Don’t clean them, but check to see if there are any silver bits in the grease; if you see these, the bearings will need to be replaced. After the check, you will then take care of that grease with a solvent or kerosene as well as a paintbrush that you don’t plan on using for paint. Before repacking the bearings, you will need to run them under water and let them dry, or else the solvent will kill off the new grease too.

Repack the Bearings

After cleaning, take some bearing grease with your one hand and then firmly put the bearing on the grease with your other hand, which will make sure that the grease gets everywhere. Gloves will definitely help with this because you’re going to want to cover the bearing completely. If the outer bearings look good, then the inner bearings will most likely be fine. At this time, it’s up to you if you want to continue on and repack the inner bearings or reassemble everything.

Come to Crestview Chrysler for Your Maintenance Needs

As described, repacking bearings can be a messy prospect, so if you are not up for it, then bring your car into our dealership for servicing. We’ll be happy to help and show you how it’s done. Please contact us if you have any questions about repacking bearings or if you want to schedule service.

Crestview Chrysler has Paint Maintenance and Repair Tips

Protect Your Car by Fixing Minor Scratches

Crestview ChryslerAt Crestview Chrysler in Regina, SK, we have a large inventory of new and used Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles. Once you’ve found the car you’re looking for, we are also here to help you maintain it. Our service technicians are experts who can not only work on your car, truck, or SUV, but who can also give you tips on how to make your new set of wheels last as long as possible.

Here are some tips for fixing scratches on your vehicle.

Fixing a Minor Vehicle Scratch

While you are always welcome to take your vehicle to the Crestview Chrysler Collision Center for paint issues, minor scratches aren’t too hard to fix with a touch-up paint pen. First, you’ll want to soap down the area and then apply a wax remover. After that, apply the fresh paint with the pen several times, letting the area dry before each application. Put clearcoat over the area and then polish it until it’s shiny. The paint pen should be used on areas that are no larger than a pencil eraser.

Fixing Several Paint Chips

Are your issues a little worse than just a scratch? For fixing paint chips, try auto paint in a bottle. These two-ounce bottles are perfect for fixing lots of scratches. Follow the same procedure as you would with a scratch, except you’ll want to use a brush instead of applying paint.

Major Paint Issues

If the area has an even larger amount of chips and scratches, you are going to need to move on to a spray can that can cover a much larger area. Remove dents before painting with some spot putty and autobody filler. Then you will want to treat the area just the same as you would with smaller issues and then apply automotive paint with a spray can of touch-up paint.

General Painting Tips

Before painting your car, apply the paint to a flat surface to get the feel of the pen, brush, or can that you are using. Don’t panic if you get paint on the car where it shouldn’t go — all you need is automotive lacquer thinner and then you can try it again. Should the paint get on your hands, use paint thinner to get it off and then wash your hands. And always remember to wear a respirator!

Come to Crestview Chrysler for all of Your Maintenance Needs

Painting can be quite tricky, so if you run into a tough spot that you can’t take care of on your own, you can come to our dealership. At Crestview Chrysler, we’ll be happy to help!

Crestview Chrysler has Tips for Painting Your Vehicle

Tips for Painting Your Vehicle

Painting a Car

Are You Equipped to Paint Your Own Car?

Crestview Chrysler is one of the premier used car dealerships in Regina, SK, and we also provide exceptional service for all of our customers. One of the things that our Service Department can help you with is a new paint job. Maybe you have an older car you’d like to spruce up or maybe you’re just ready for a change; regardless, we’re here to help. Repainting your car properly can be quite the challenge, but we thought we would give you a few tips so you can learn how it’s done.

 

Preparing the Body of the Car

Before you can paint your car, you’ll have to prepare the body. This means cleaning the areas you are going to paint and sanding the exterior down to the original paint level. You don’t need used car dealerships inRegina to tell you that this can be a difficult process. Another thing that will make the process easier is to remove all trim pieces such as the grille and bumpers.

Next, you want to properly mask the car, which means covering up any areas that are not going to be painted. If you don’t do this, then your car will have evidence of overspray — trust us when we say that this won’t look good. Mask the wheels and tires, pieces between body panels, and anywhere else using weather strip tape; use a plastic knife to make sure the tape gets in all the crevices.

 

Painting the Car

If you’ve come this far without running to our Service Department for help, it’s time to paint. If you want to paint the car the same color, all you have to do is look up the original color code for your car. To get an even coat, you can use a spray gun, but you will want to start the gun on something other than your car.

Another tip for painting is to use a guide coat, which is a thin layer of a contrasting color that goes on top of your last layer of primer. This is how you get that smooth look, and it will let you see if there are areas that are still bumpy or rough. If you have any questions about getting the perfect paint job, don’t hesitate to visit our dealership for advice or to schedule an appointment. And, of course, if you’re looking for new and used car dealerships in Regina, Crestview Chrysler should be your destination.

 

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