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How to Change a Flat Tire

wheel changeEvery driver has faced car problems at one time or another.  My first issue with a vehicle occurred when I was driving my father’s Chrysler Town and Country and noticed the rear passenger tire was lower than the others.

Come to find out, there was a nail that somehow ended up puncturing a hole in the tire, causing it to go flat.  Luckily, I was able to make it home before realizing the situation, especially since I had no clue as to what to do.  Needless to say, I paid close attention when my dad explained to me how I need to go about changing a tire.

Here’s the process of changing a flat tire, something every driver should know how to do:

  • Find your spare tire, car jack, and tools- You’ll need all of these items in order to begin removing the tire.
  • With the car in park, begin to loosen each of the lug nuts on the wheel- More than likely, it’ll take some force to remove them as they’ll probably be pretty tight.
  • Use the jack and raise the car- You’ll need to raise the car until the wheel is completely off the ground.
  • Remove the lugs and take the tire off- Be sure that once you remove the lug nuts off the tire that you do not lose them or have them rolling around.
  • Put the spare tire on- Take the spare wheel and line it up with the wheel studs on the brake hub.  Once that’s complete, then screw the lugs back on.  At this point, just make sure they’re snug on the spare.
  • Carefully lower the jack- Once the car is back on the ground, you can remove the jack from underneath the vehicle.
  • Tighten the lug nuts- You tighten the lugs now because with the car being on the ground the tire won’t rotate while it would have when it was elevated.

Once the changing process has been complete, take the flat tire and place it where your spare normally stays and begin your search for a new tire, or see if your old tire can be fixed.

Knowing how to change a tire is essential for any driver.  You never know when you’ll be in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone reception and need to change the tire yourself in order to continue on your journey.

Protect Your Car by Fixing Minor Scratches

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Fix it Yourself Before You Need a Professional

At 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. Aapply 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!

What Would Happen if You Never Changed Your Oil?

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Get Your Oil Changed at Crestview Chrysler

Here at Crestview Chrysler, we offer more to drivers than great luxury Chrysler vehicles, off-road Jeep options, and affordable Dodge autos. We also believe in keeping our drivers informed as to the best ways to maintain their cars.

Most of you probably know that it’s important to get your oil changed regularly, but do you know what would happen if you never got your oil changed?

 

Oil Changes Protect Your Car

Let’s be honest, many drivers probably go a bit over the recommendations for oil changes. Some might even exceed the frequency with which the manufacturer recommends you change your oil, which is a pretty hard-line limit. Going longer than what the manufacturer recommends can cause serious damage to your vehicle, though, and here’s why.

Oil is a necessary lubricant that keeps all the moving elements of your vehicle moving smoothly and fighting the forces of friction that not only slow things down but can also cause damage. Some of that damage comes from heat, and one of the last things you want is unplanned for levels of heat in an internal-combustion engine.

There are two big things that will happen if your engine has oil that never gets changed.

First, dirt and grime will accumulate in the oil. Your oil filter will keep out the grime for a while, but it’s only a matter of time before it gets clogged and the impurities in your oil start building up. By having chunks of stuff that aren’t oil mixed in with your oil, you greatly reduce its ability to fight friction, and in fact, the particles flowing through your oil can score and damage engine components.

Second, the additives in your oil will wear out, further reducing its ability to lubricate all the moving bits and pieces. Be sure to schedule regular oil changes to keep your engine clean and happy!

 

Get Your Oil Changed Today

Schedule your next oil change with our service department today to keep your car up and running. If you’ve got any questions about proper vehicle maintenance, contact us today and speak with a professional; we’re here to help.

 

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