Last week, we enjoyed some cool spring weather. But now, Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial start of summer – has come and gone, which means hot weather is just around the corner. And on that first real scorcher of a summer day, the last thing you want to find out is that your car’s air conditioner has stopped working after a long winter’s layoff.
And even if your AC works the first time you need it this summer, that’s no guarantee it will be operating at its peak by summer’s end. Air conditioning systems lose between 5 to 15 percent of their efficiency each year because of leaks in the lines, hoses, O-rings, and the compressor shaft’s seal, all of which dry out over time. (Helpful hint: Periodi ...[more]
It's spring in East Tennessee, and that means severe weather can erupt with little warning. Before your next long drive, take a few minutes to make sure your vehicle is ready if you get caught in a sudden storm. The following tips will help you prepare.
First, always make sure your vehicle is road-ready. In particular, check that your tires are inflated to manufacturer specifications and have plenty of tread. Also ensure that your windshield wipers are in good working order and that the blades remove water from the windshield without leaving streaks or smudges. In heavy rain, your tires need to be at their best to grip the road while keeping the car from hydroplaning, and your windshield wipers must be working correctly ...[more]